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Municipal India Pale Ale - Ale Syndicate

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Municipal India Pale AleMunicipal India Pale Ale

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Syndicate visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Municipal IPA is is an all-Cascade ale, giving it a tangy aroma and citrusy flavor. Resiny, yet refreshing.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-26-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

spycow, Yesterday at 02:24 AM
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

nmann08, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Jun 20, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

After narrowly missing this stuff at a few nearby venues, I'm finally getting a chance thanks to the bottles. It pours a partly-hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, mild pine resin, light mixed greens, lightly-toasted biscuit, and a hint of flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the flowers coming through stronger, along with a bit of lemon peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Gonzoillini, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

brandoman63, Apr 24, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Municipal IPA from Ale Syndicate. The beer poured a hazy yellow with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent carries a fresh slightly floral leaning hop. The taste is very well balanced...enough hop to be bitter, but finishes very smooth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is definitely sessionable and worth the try.

WoodBrew, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

scruffwhor, Apr 06, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, stamped on neck: 064 2014
Crystal hopped
6.2% ABV
This seems to be a new recipe for the same beer that made its debut not that long ago using Cascade hops. Not sure why the change; maybe a continuously changing hop variety? Change of heart? Nothing noted on the website, other than that this is Municipal IPA. No word of its previous form.

L - hazed amber color with a creamy off-white head that slowly fades leaving some lacing
S - fresh floral, citric, earthy, piny hops - smells delicious. Caramel malt, bread, and toasted grain in there as well
T - bold flavors of pine, grapefruit pith, earth, caramel, bread crust, toasted grain
F - fuller bodied and creamy, finishes semi-dry with lingering pine; alcohol is hot at times, even though it's only 6.2% ABV
O - I really like this version, but will it be available indefinitely? Will the recipe change again? At least they do have parameters and a description on the bottle of what it is for future considerations. I would get this particular recipe again, but probably wouldn't venture out if the recipe changes a second time (at least without an explanation).

barnzy78, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

enelson, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Holland, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

hilgart1, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jsh420, Apr 28, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy, shimmering orange body, finger white head
fantastic lacing in glass

S: lemon peel, hint of pine and grass, sweet malt

T: mild grapefruit, lemon peel, firm malt
solid pine bitter finish

M: med/light body, mild oily/sticky mouth

O: New to this brewery, rather enjoyed it.
Would buy again and share. Between session
and stand alone IPA. Love supporting local/regional


BeerLover99, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jgunther71, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

thinwhiteduke, Mar 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

ystazi, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ssimpson89, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jschott75, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bcm75, Apr 16, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from Ale Syndicate, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. My bottle lists a 6.20% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright juicy caramel orange colored body, typical of an IPA. Little over a finger of fluffy creamy off-white head. Nice sheets of sticky lacing.

S - Smell is light, but nice. Floral, grassy, and earthy hops, but not what I would call citric. Perhaps just a hint of orange. Soapiness / creaminess. Layer of honeyed biscuit malts in the background.

T - Taste is pleasant, but much more malt forward than I've come to expect from many IPA's. Bready honeyed biscuit malts, and grassy, piney, grapefruit hop presence. Bitterness is light at only 50 IBU. Nicely balanced.

M - Feel is very nice. Light piney / fruity bitterness, and some sticky bready malt lingering on the palate. Light-bodied, easy drinking, and with excellent carbonation.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed it, but it seems like more of a pale ale than an IPA to me. This doesn't mean that the quality isn't there, I'm just saying. Extremely drinkable and well-balanced. I would have it again, and I continue to look forward to more from these guys.

Ale Syndicate Municipal India Pale Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BeerOps, May 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Brams17, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Drucifer, Apr 27, 2014
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Municipal India Pale Ale from Ale Syndicate
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.