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India Pale Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-01-2002)
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Reviews by BCMan:
Photo of BCMan
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured up amber in color and produced very little foam with an aggressive pour. The aroma is slightly sweet but has a floral hoppy bitterness at the same time. I like my IPAs very hoppy and this one is a little soft. Perhaps it's because I recently had Weyerbacher's Hop Infusion and was hoping for something similar. The flavor is good. More of a dry hop taste that finishes with some citrus notes. As with most of Weyerbacher brews, this is a good solid middle of the road beer. For the price it's a solid purchase.

BCMan, Mar 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a nice golden color with a medium well retained head that leaves some nice lacing,the aroma is nicely balanced a little caramel malt but herbal hop is the predominent.Taste is pretty balanced of caramel and zesty hop,leaves a nice aftertaste.Not overly hopped,pretty decent brew.

oberon, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Caramel amber with a big frothy off white orange cream head leaves minimal specks of lacing not bad. Aroma: Citrus hops are evident along with a toasty mix of backbone malts. Taste: Clearly not a true IPA by American standards unbalanced in bitterness and flavors nothing great to say here not a bad malty nutty backbone but c'mon I want some hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied high carbonation lacks a bit of everything. Drinkability: Wow, I don't like this as an IPA or any other style for that matter many better beers in the world pass on this one.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly clear (does not appear to be bottle conditioned - there's no yeast in the bottom of the bottle) and amber in color with a foamy off-white head that holds OK. It drops to a good collar and whispy surface covering but leaves no lace. The aroma is of a lightly caramel and toasty malts with some piney and citrusy hops. The hop nose is not real strong, and the varieties are impossible to discern, but they are noticeable when you first pick up the glass. The body is light/medium with a very fine and gentle carbonation that's lightly crisp and tickles the tongue but becomes creamy as it warms in the mouth. Nice. The flavor is more hoppy than the nose indicates with piney flavors dominating over a toasty and biscuity malt. Finishes short and dry. Very well balanced and nicely done. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

NeroFiddled, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew, but more like a pale ale than an IPA. It starts well with a nice amber appearance with a chunky white head that dissipates into excellent lacing. Smell was a very pleasant fruity hop aroma. Taste was tart from start to finish...very little malt presence. Tartness was a bit light for an IPA...I prefer a bit more bite. Mouthfeel was also light for an IPA, with a lot of dryness on the finish. I would have another, but it was a tad dry for my liking.

edchicma, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber, with crystal clear clarity was laid before me. There was a nice three-inch high head of white foam that came over the top, but then folded down quickly in on itself and left behind only token traces around the edges. Nice side glass presentation and a good amount of carbonation could be seen streaking up toward the top throughout.

The aroma was huge and full of fresh citrus hops. Lots of orange and grapefruit tones in here and a good amount of sweetness as well. Very fresh aroma. The flavor followed along the same path, very crisp, with a sharp cutoff in the finish. Very nice use of pine and orange flavors, with a somewhat sticky and fresh hop taste. Very nicely done, akin to the two hearted, Odell's, and Leather lips IPA's. The finish left me quickly, but had a good amount of drying and bitter flavors in it. Nice sessionable IPA.

mikesgroove, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of santoslhalper
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a foamy slightly off-white head. Has nice head retention and a little lacing. Smells of carmel and toasted malts with a hint at pine. Tastes pretty hoppy with pine and dark bread undertones. Quick and dry in the mouth. Of all the Weyerbacher brews I've tried this is my least favorite, but it's not a bad beer at all. Could use less hops in the mouth, in my opinion.

santoslhalper, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh lemon/hop nose. Amber in color with lively bubble action. 1/2 inch cream colored head. malty taste with a dry roast malt and hop finish. Much more malty than other IPA's. A little too malty in the finish. The roast flavor keeps bringing me back to the "amber" flavor and away from the crispier pale malt IPA flavor. There is also some bitterness in the finish as well. Not much mouth to speak of...

frank4sail, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy orange amber with a small white cap that fades into a small collar. Mild spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of of caramelized & roasty malts with mild grass notes.
Taste is of the same aromas...nothing special. Run of the mill style IPA.
Mouthfeel is dusty, metallic, bitter, and mildly sour.
I'm glad I wasted $5 at Michael's Deli, who manages to rape everyone who wants to buy beer there.

weeare138, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a 12 oz bottle of this brew in a pint glass. The beer was outside temp (50 degrees F)
The beer poured a clear copper color with a small bright white head developing. Aroma is dominated by hops with a mix of sour grapefruit and mild pine mixing nicely. FIrst sip reveals an average body and mild carbonation. Flavor is hoppy just as the nose advertises. Some pine and a bit of grapefruit combine and create an overall bitey/bitter taste. The beer is smooth and easy to drink but lacks any malt backbone to carry the hoppiness. A decent brew.

sulldaddy, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of jaxon53
3/5  rDev -11.5%

jaxon53, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of mikeys01
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle courtesy of Unionmade, nice label graphics on this one. Appears a clear amber in my glass, with a slightly clumpy just off white head that fizzes off rather quickly. Aroma is full of very grassy and piney hops, a little bit of spice and sweet malt. Taste is sharp and hoppy at first, but not too crazy, reminiscent of 60 minute at first. Plenty of malty backbone to this IPA, nice caramely sweetness. Some citrusy hops come back in the end, finish is pretty clean, no residual bitterness. Nicely drinkable.

mikeys01, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer that I've had from this brewery. Well balanced, very drinkable IPA. Aggressively hoppy, but not dominating. I enjoyed this beer with dinner on several nights this week. It was a pleasing food companion all around.

Suds, May 23, 2002
Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weird pale malt scent with some breadlike notes and a bit of citrus smelling hops in the background. The taste is decent as well. It has an earthy pale malt palate that is quite bitter and musty on the finish. This has got to be the worst beer they brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average IPA. It is nice and bitter, but the overall flavor and aroma are sub par. I'm surprised Weyerbacher produces this. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Standard 12 fluid ounce sampling that arrived in a brown glass bottle. Single dark blue label, with a picture of the Taj Mahal in orange and yellow. Labeled as “India Pale Ale, Micro-Brewed In The Lehigh Valley”. No Strength or Freshness Date.

Appearance: A very clear amber-golden color with tangerine hints when held to the light. A central core of streaming bubbles spoils the beers peace and tranquility. A wafer-thin, cream colored, broken halo head, which leaves a feint, “hairy-fairy” light lacing. Average inherent carbonation.

Nose: Not what I expected to be honest, very restrained, it is as if the aromas are hiding from me, but I know that they are there
". ..98, 99, 100 - coming ready or not"
"Will the real Aroma – please reveal itself”.
I cannot help but think that Michael Jackson’s nose is bigger than this one.

Taste: Hops are evident, but like the nose, are restrained, very restrained. Did someone forget to turn off the water tap here when brewing this? It has some malt but it feels exceptionally weak to be honest, and desperately struggles to muster a presentable hop content.

Mouthfeel: Thin and diluted. Carbonation fights to lend some credibility here, but beyond this, there is not much to write home about.

Drinkability: The lack of any hop-bitterness, makes it rather unappealing, far from offensive, but a long way from a good drinking IPA.

Overall: Desperately needs some injection of aroma, hops and zest. Like the Weyerbacher ESB, not a bad beer, but just very lacking when it comes to the expectations for the style.

Cheers to Francisweizen for a chance to try this one.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden orange amber color with a thinning white head. Nice grassy hop aroma. The sweet malt flavors blend well with the hops. It has some nice fruity tones that come out. This is not an extraordinary IPA, but it holds it’s own. Light to medium bodied and has a medium bitterness to it. Although easy drinking, this one could do with a bit more bang.

pezoids, May 19, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon pouring, a huge ivory froth builds with frightening intensity, threatening to overflow the glass. Three or four more pours finally situates the contents of the bottle neatly in the glass. The liquid itself is a rather hazy orangey copper, flecks of yeast hanging in suspension, with the occassional carbonation bubble rising up. A thin pile of yeast granules settle to the bottom. The head settles into a very even, half finger thick layer. No lace.
The aroma is surprisingly malty, with a bit of a winey oxodization presence. The hops are very much less present than I expected, just a vague, feeble herbal and grassy quality. The malt retains a pleasant biscuity graininess.
The flavor starts with a husky, biscuity maltiness, some sweet toastiness smoothing things out. Some nutty yeast is almost immediately apparent, somewhere between pecan and cashew. A slight grassy, floral esteriness creeps through the middle, meandering into the finish, where it's met by a mild grassy/herbal hopping. The hops feel subdued, mostly bitterness without adding much to the flavor. I'm guessing they were a bit more piquant in the past. A slight metallic astringency right before the swallow, with an increased nuttiness. The aftertaste leaves a mild hop bitterness, with traces of winey staleness. A fullish medium body, with mild, small bubbled carbonation and a pleasantly biting, insistent mouthfeel.
I'm guessing the beer's seen better days, with the oxodization and all. A bit disappointing, considering that I purchased the beer at the brewery. The yeast seems to overburden the beer, throwing the malt/hop balance out of proportion. I'd like to revisit this with a tap sample, or a fresh bottle. A decent enough beer, this bottle just happened to be down on it's luck.

UnionMade, May 12, 2004
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a bottle into a tulip glass at room temp., it pours an amber color with an essense of peach. It leaves a 1 finger-width thick head that is white, lacy, and very condensed. Aroma is lots of earthy hops w/ citrus aromas also. Maybe a little caramel found in the aroma too that accompanies a grassy note. Taking a sip, the front is a little caramel flavor leading to grapefruits. The finish is a bit grassy and bitter. Not as much piney hops in flavor as I hoped for; the hops was more floral and citrus in taste. Feel is well balanced w/ moderate carbonation and smoothness through the last swallow. Medium bodied and decent. A decent springtime brew.

Fish113d, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck US generic bottle, white and yellow on dark blue label

Appearance: amber color, off-white head, good laceing

Smell: malty and hoppy

Taste: malt and strong bitter hoppiness, close to ESB thn to IPA

Notes: average brew, nothing special

BeerBeing, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very thin head on a deep reddish gold pour...head doesn't stick around for many formalities.

Scent is a little atypical for an IPA, I think. The hops aren't as obvious as some of the malty notes are more clear along with some little hints of hoppiness.

The flavor is kind of bland for what you'd hope for from an IPA. The hops are kind of lost under a pretty thick blanket of maltiness, and there are a few off notes that are almost sour and funky to my tongue.

Overall: This one is completely forgettable. The flavor just isn't packing much hoppiness, and the maltiness that is there is pretty subdued and not too enticing. Weyerbacher makes some fantastic beers, but this isn't one of them.

whartontallboy, May 28, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA has a simple pic of the Taj Mahal on the label. That’s it!

Tight 1” tan head over a ruby golden pour loaded with tons ‘o fizzles, leaving a wavy lattice lace down the glass.

Contains WEYER’s “signature house aroma” that WEYER is so well known for. It’s a touch of wet cardboard and, dare I say, A-1 steak sauce. Yeah, there are hops underneath there too, buried under the chewy body.

Flavors are of a singular dry sour almost creaminess with a dry wheat bread doughy aftertaste. Spicy, hard to place hints also come out. For the basic hophead, go for my favorite WEYER: Hops Infusion. This is not for the steady level IPA hophead, but rather more for the daring hophead.

Last swigs: WEYER is my first true craft beer love, but we must be objective. My personal preference for IPA is more along the nuveau genre, ass kickin’ IPAs i.e. STONE, BELLS, 3FLOYDS and VICTORY. WEYER IPA clings a bit too much onto their signature house style best suited in their ESB but not highly valued in an IPA. WEYERBACHER exceeds in strength and innovative areas. This might improve immensely if they would drop the heavy punch, just this time, and venture towards a more floral, dare I say fruity IPA realm, but this will not impede my wallet from coughing up the duckets to WEYER.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Jarod
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color, slight cloud to the sight. A cream colored head. Lightly carbonated,as bubbles were somewhat present. The aroma had malts, citris and hops. The flavor matched the aroma, creamy and slightly crisp at the end.

Jarod, Nov 14, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a hazy copper-orange color. Nice big head that forms craters as it slowly dissipates. Huge amounts of pine on the nose. Like smelling pine sol almost. Too overbearing even for me. Mouthfeel is not pleasant. Totally saturated with gas. It's hard to drink a bottle of this without burping about 10 times. My second highly carbonated Weyerbacher.(The other was Belgian Trippel.) The taste is not pleasant either. Probably one of the worst IPAs I've had. Astringint and too piney. There's a bad lingering aftertaste also. I'm going to try their Hops Infusion next, but after 2 beers from this brewery, I am not impressed in the least.

Thanks to Davo for the sample. Maybe the Hops Infusion, Imp. St, Rasp Imp St, and Barleywine will change my attitude about this brewery.

Bighuge, Jun 27, 2002
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India Pale Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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