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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 alysmith4:
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District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer. The last in my flight at RFD Washington. It smelled of grass, hops, grapefruit, and pine. There was also a sugary/sour smell to it. The taste was good - nice earthy piney notes, with a good amount of hops mixed in. I had high hopes for this beer as I really enjoy the brewery's Double Simcoe IPA. This beer didn't disappoint, and I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 01:06:01 | More by alysmith4
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

06-26-2013 08:53:12 | More by jaxon53
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-24-2013 00:14:52 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-17-2013 23:57:41 | More by brheuer
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-07-2012 05:18:17 | More by Giantspace
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:55:03 | More by mikesgroove
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 15:26:35 | More by weeare138
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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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 00:27:58 | More by BeerBeing
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 05:35:49 | More by whartontallboy
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3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a light copper color with a frothy and creamy tan head. Smells hoppy, but not really of any distinct hop aromas I am familiar with. Kind of a generic hop smell if you will. Just smells kind of bitter I suppose, maybe a little citric. Taste is somewhat bitter upfront, with a small onslaught of citrus and pine like hops. Flavors are not that strong, and this all could be due to age. Slight malt backing, but nothing really noticeable. Mouthfeel is slightly higher than that of a macro. Pretty damn drinkable though, since there isnt that much here.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 23:18:14 | More by bnuttz
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 05:18:06 | More by blitheringidiot
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 22:44:43 | More by Fish113d
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 21:14:30 | More by WesWes
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 02:14:13 | More by sulldaddy
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3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orangish amber--heavy on the orange--with a very slight reddish cast if the fading daylight isn't playing tricks on my eyes. The light beige head is dense with an abundance of fine pits on its superior surface and is leaving an impressive amount of lace. The nose is nicely hoppy with a mixture of citrus peel (primarily) and ripe orchard fruit. Several hop varieties were undoubtedly used and have been combined into one marvelous IPA nose.

The hops seem to have switched places during the short journey from my nose to my mouth. The fruity-herbal hops are now uppermost which gives the beer more of an English IPA or an ESB vibe. The amount of hop bitterness and hop flavor is middle-of-the-road for the stated style. Although it doesn't finish as hoppy it might, it does gain in bitterness and hop flavor with warming. Fair compensation, I'd say.

A solid malt backbone contributes caramel flavor and some degree of firmness. The body doesn't reach beyond medium which allows some of the assertiveness to be lost in the second half of the mouthful. With no trace of mouthcoating or flavor linger, this is one of those IPAs that evaporates on the finish, leaving the tongue clean. Nothing wrong with that, especially since what came before is so good.

Weyerbacher's version of an IPA is a fine one indeed. Even though it isn't overly hoppy, it favors the hoppy side of the scale just enough to earn my approval. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 22:35:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 01:56:43 | More by santoslhalper
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 01:52:19 | More by edchicma
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 03:54:13 | More by UnionMade
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 20:05:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:30:40 | More by mikeys01
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 02:28:26 | More by BCMan
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 04:06:51 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper body topped by a foamy just-off-white head. Nose is pine and citrus, but not overpowering. Taste starts with a proper malt assertiveness, but the hop bite never quite comes through at the end. The tingle starts but drops out fast, leaving the malt hung out to dry, but it doesn't dry enough.

There is very little that says IPA here, American or English. Skip this and move on to the big brother: Hop Infusion.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 21:29:52 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly brownish hazy amber color (somewhat resembles a glass of apple cider) with a short and creamy off-white head. Nose is pine and cedar but is a bit subdued for an IPA. Just on the thin side of being medium-bodied with a slick texture. A decent malt backbone supports the bitter hop resins and pine oil flavors fairly well. A nice brew but there are plenty of superior IPAs on the market. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 21:04:39 | More by Morris729
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India Pale Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.