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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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86
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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jtransel

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-28-2014 00:30:35 | More by jtransel
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-27-2014 03:41:01 | More by Drucifer
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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
50ibu
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 03:47:47 | More by barnzy78
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-24-2014 02:41:02 | More by brandoman63
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jabo134

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-18-2014 01:59:53 | More by jabo134
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bcm75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-15-2014 23:50:33 | More by bcm75
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shredder83

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-11-2014 00:39:07 | More by shredder83
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JohnnyNicks

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-10-2014 02:26:16 | More by JohnnyNicks
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1jstafan

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-08-2014 14:39:41 | More by 1jstafan
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mlklein27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-06-2014 16:48:02 | More by mlklein27
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-06-2014 14:15:21 | More by scruffwhor
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badmotorgrunge

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-06-2014 12:37:38 | More by badmotorgrunge
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MidwestBA

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-03-2014 02:16:04 | More by MidwestBA
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-30-2014 01:25:57 | More by thinwhiteduke
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:13:50 | More by WoodBrew
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-28-2014 22:22:53 | More by ssimpson89
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Maninthearena

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Poured a burnt brown orange, seemed like a nice citrusy IPA solely based on color. A orange laden tan froth sat atop.

Nose- After pouring, an intense rush of hop oils with some sweet grass. Some sour grapefruit notes linger as well. A backbone of malt rounded out the smell. Nose slightly diminished with intensity after initial pour.

Taste- More grapefruit, with some herbal hop elements, a very nice hop expression indeed. Fairly sweet and malty compared to other IPAs, a welcome change. I wonder if this might detract for the “hop-heads” out there though. Faint dried fruits and esters on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy and chewy for a pale ale but a tad bit watery beyond the resin-like thickness, I like a little more density of carbonation usually. Syrupy stickiness at the finish made me hankering for another sip. Slightly puckering.

Overall- A tasty take on a well-versed style. Perhaps a little untraditional compared to your typical IPA but in a good way, I enjoyed every drop. Ale Syndicate will be a staple for years to come!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:13:00 | More by Maninthearena
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:26:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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jscheuf

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-19-2014 14:43:46 | More by jscheuf
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-13-2014 05:26:57 | More by oso
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beinerso

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-10-2014 20:27:14 | More by beinerso
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-10-2014 18:47:08 | More by Whiskeydeez
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-07-2014 23:42:18 | More by enelson
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bushwik

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding IPA that is extremely well balanced and supremely sessionable. A nice grapefruit hop with a dry crisp finish and excellent mouthfeel. Not super resinous and drinks more like a traditional pale ale or APA rather then the likes of your traditional big WIPA. Get it if you see it, especially on draft. Another great beer from the unmatched Chicago stable!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:29:05 | More by bushwik
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SCZ

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-05-2014 01:45:23 | More by SCZ
Municipal India Pale Ale from Ale Syndicate
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.