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India Pale Ale - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.85% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 07-31-2011)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super hazy golden orange color with visible sediment suspended in the beer. Very thin frothy off-white head.

Aroma: A healthy mix of hops and malts. Sugar crusted orange and caramel.

Taste: A very well balanced IPA. The chosen malts give a rounding feel to the flavor with notes of caramel and toffee with a gentle sweetness. Perhaps an English barley blend. The hops are a little more subdued than in the average American IPA with medium bitterness. There is an orange zest and sugary flavor to the hops. The chosen hop strains work very well with the malt bill. 6.85% ABV seems about right and none of it is evident in the flavor. Finish is a tad dry and there is a bit of lingering bitterness as well as a watered down black coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and very soft on the palate. Very smooth carbonation and an ease of drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Based on appearance and aroma I wasn't expecting to much out of the IPA. Much to my surprise the flavor is thoroughly enjoyable. Brewer's don't usually strive for balance in an IPA (indeed some of the best are hop dominated) but this is one case where balance pays off dividends. Would I drink it again? Yes, but I want a fresh bottle (not sure how old this one was).

JamesMN, Jan 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer was a dark copper color with a medium-sized tan head. A good amount of lace.

Mostly a citrus aroma, with some sweet malt.

In the taste there was a tiny hint of caramel, followed by biscuit. Overwhelming taste, though, was grapefruit.

A nice hoppy IPA. Fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

SkinnyElvis, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Nemers
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Nemers, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

cmwilliq, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of dpolifka
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

dpolifka, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber-orange with a low-slung stained white head. It retreats towards the surface, but leaves a great deal of lace behind.
Crunchy, brown leaves, crusty bread, old pennies, caramel, toffee, dates, and a peppery grassiness dots the nose. It's not a particularly assertive aroma, and had this not just arrived in stores, I'd question it's age (and I felt the same about Hinterland's Pale Ale).
Into the mouth, it's wetly doughy and semi-sweet with caramel and Fig Newtons. Malt is the driving engine here with toasted and burnt toast breadiness with a splattering of sweeter nuances. A vague, stewed apple and date fruitiness gathers in the middle. It's like an ESB or Old Ale with hops that don't quite jive. They bring a moderately bitter, rusted tin and pine bark acridity, along with muddy smears of orange peel and dried leaf herbality.
The medium+ plus body adds some needed character. This is a weird one. It carries some rustic charm and is actually kinda drinkable once the acclimation process is complete. I can't recommend it as an IPA, English or American. It's like a buddy's off-base, but not racid homebrew. Fuck it, let's drink.
As a general rule: It seems that Hinterland's non-hop-focused offerings are the ones to seek out.

cokes, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mjstacker
3/5  rDev -12.3%

mjstacker, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank off a firkin dry hopped with appollo hops.

Poured a dirty amber with a creamy perfect cask head.

The nose was very aggressively dankly hopped. Very green and piney.

The flavor is agressively green and dank, very bitter and piney, just tons of fresh hops. Very hoppy and bitter, but not overwhelming even with almost no malt flavor.

Very creamy with lots of resin.

Fun cask beer.

bashiba, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro always makes a nice pour. Bright orange and cascading, settling carbonation. It leaves a frothy off white head with excellent retention.

Pleasant but weak aromas if citrus and lilac. Toasted crackers.

The flavor has a little more punch, again with a nice balance of citrus and floral notes. A little pine in the back end. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel on nitro is out of this world. Soft and creamy.

I've had this bottled and it's mediocre. On nitro it's very good.

At the Milwaukee brewpub.

Vonerichs, May 29, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Kunstman, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apparently a new arrival in the market, thankfully it will be fresh.

Bright and clear copper orange, thin wispy skim on the surface. Weak patchy blanket of foam that doesn't stick around more than a few seconds, oddly enough. Clinging string of bubbles around the edges, no lace. Ho hum.

Smells like dried citrus peel, orange mostly. Some light maltiness under that too.

Low level bitterness, it comes off more as an English IPA right off the bat. Mild, with more maltiness than hop character. Mild citrus rind, grassy pine bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's understated. Toffee, caramel, the usual specialty malt flavors with hops as second fiddle though there's some underlying spicy tea notes. Lower carbonation. Overall it's playing way too safe to be an American IPA, and leans more toward a milder English rendition. Not something i'd seek out again.

emerge077, Aug 16, 2011
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3.76/5  rDev +9.9%

ALSAIL, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

McMuffin_1, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Jman_01, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
6.85% ABV

A - Faintly hazy, Hinterland's IPA is deep golden honey hued and topped by a dense, frothy, well-retained off-white head. Heavy, chunky lace remains on the glass as the sturdy pile of foam slowly plateaued.

S - Dirty grapefruit rind and ripe, whole pineapple dance between earthy and tropical fruit notes with heavy grassy resin finishing the hop aroma out before biscuity malt balances the beer. Nice hop notes are there but this one could stand quite a bit more dry hopping for added oomph.

T - Hinterland IPA has firm maltiness, starting with soft caramel and biscuity tones that slowly shift to subtle grapefruit and pineapple fruit with undertones of pine but the fruit and earthiness isn't quite defined, lingering with a muddled finish.

M - Subtle bitterness creeps up on the finish but Hinterland's IPA is very round from the get-go, balanced by a malty medium-full body and soft finish.

O - Balance plays a large role in the majority of beer styles but when it comes to IPAs, American-style in particular, "balance" shouldn't be the focus - hops should. This IPA has a very nice malty base but the hops are lacking from the beginning considering the IPA category. Since the style is incredibly competitive, Hinterland's muddled earthy and fruit suggestive version doesn't have the hop-forward focus of aroma or flavor to stand up to other American IPAs. That's not to say it's a bad beer all things considered, but if someone expecting the characteristics commonly associated with today's IPAs were to anticipate that from this beer, they would be disappointed.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17%

Highstplz, Jun 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

accountant, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

dav2080, Oct 15, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev +2.9%

Brock915, Sep 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Canada_Dan, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Jacob007, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

MNAle, Jun 08, 2013
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India Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.