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India Pale Ale - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%


Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.85% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 07-31-2011)
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served to me on tap into a standard pint glass, appears medium cloudy with haze and has a peachy / tangerine color to it. One finger of cream colored head leaves behind some mild lacing, but deflates kind of rapidly compared to other IPAs. As for aroma, this is disappointingly mild in strength for an IPA. I can smell mild citrus peel, an odd wispy pumpernickel bread scent hiding behind grassy hop tones....very strange as I don't think this beer has any rye in it.
Tastes of an understated pine bitterness paired with a standard bready caramel malt and some vague herbal grassy notes come through from the aroma, but still there is not as much complexity as I am used to in an IPA, I wish there was more to experience here. Body is on the thicker side of medium heft, but I would expect something this 'heavy' to have a heftier flavor to match the body. At least it is nicely creamy in texture.

In overview I agree with another BA before me that this one is more of an English IPA in feel than an American IPA because of how subdued the hops are, but even judged as an English IPA I feel that this one lacks a certain level of complexity that I have come to expect. Don't get me wrong, this is an OK beer, but it is only just OK, not "great".

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 21:52:51 | More by WastingFreetime
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One pint bottle:

Pours deep golden with a thick white head that settles to a lasting cover. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is medicinal/herbal, citric and slightly piney.

The taste is of a general hop bitterness with a firm sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit bitterness lends dryness in the finish.

It has a medium body.

A competently made, standard American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:10:57 | More by jwc215
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:15:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hinterland Brewery/ India Pale Ale

POURED an amazingly super clean amber initially. The 22oz bottle serving into my 12oz beer glass had to wait for me to knock of the first 12oz. The second, remaining pour was a thick haze of visible yeastie beasties. I had to grade for the thick haze.

The MOUTHFEEL of the second pour was predictably heavier than the first - not an IPA style - but my fault in not turning the bottle slowly end-over-end and side to side before the first pour - but I was NOT expecting sediment in an IPA style.

AROMA: Expected herbal hit of an IPA.

FLAVOR: The first clear glassful was sharply herbal IPA; the second, yeastier glassful was a sour maltier flavor that I expect from Belgian Ale styles.

IF I have it again, I would make certain to have a fresh bottling + bottle turn.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:57:18 | More by GoldHorde
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This IPA has a very heavy malt presence that the hops accent, at best. It's thick and heavy, but not really in the manner that I can appreciate. Which turns this into more of a beer to just drink as opposed to being one to experience. Unfortunately, this is my 3rd beer from this brewery and I have to say I am less than thrilled. Would suggest passing on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 01:48:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:21:33 | More by JamesMN
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phiberoptik

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint bottle from a 4pk for $4.99. Even though it was the featured sale beer at the local international supermarket, I had a feeling it wasnt going to be a home run.

Pours copper with a weak white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing on the side of the glass though.

Sweet floral notes and a hint of lemongrass in the nose but very malty as well. More malt heavy than hoppy. Slightly dank and musty.

Candied citrus hops, caramel maltiness across the middle with a piney bitter finish.

Medium to full bodied, viscous with great mouth coating.

Average to slightly above average. A fair drinker and especially for $4.99 a 4pk. I wanted more hops in the nose and taste but this has a good malty backbone that makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:28:55 | More by phiberoptik
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course I love AIPA's, so this was unlikely to get a bad review. The appearance is not too cloudy with not a good head but a little lace. The aroma is weak for the style but the taste is pretty much all there and a bit darker tasting that many AIPA's. It is missing the hoppy piney taste and any yeastieness, but it has a good, unique taste.

Were it not for the uniqueness, this would not be worthwhile due to weakness in several categories, but it is truly unique tasting. I would only seek it out if I wanted a slightly milder IPA (more IPA than AIPA).

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:02:30 | More by schoolboy
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy orange-amber color. The tall head has a burnt orange tint and a densely foamy texture. Retention is good, and some pleasant rings and webs of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Some pale and caramel malt aroma up front before a rather vibrant hop aroma takes over, with substantial citric (especially orange), fruity, and resiny character. A tangy bit of esters from the yeast is detectable.

T: Lightly grainy and moderately sweet maltiness up front, with a bit of caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is initially medium, with a nice, vibrant hop flavor. Citric and resiny notes are most prominent, with some fruity and floral undertones. There is a very faint tartness before a mild alcoholic punch at the finish, which also becomes increasingly bitter.

M: Fairly full bodied. Carbonation is fine and smooth. The finish becomes dry due to the hop bitterness, and a bit of alcohol warmth is detectable.

D: This is an enjoyable, if somewhat heavy, IPA. I like the hop bill, and it also works well with the malt bill. The body is a little heftier than I'd like, and the bitterness, while enjoyable, isn't as clean as in some other IPAs. These aren't bad things, but together they add up to create some rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:07:42 | More by Clydesdale
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bashiba

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2012 21:46:40 | More by bashiba
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had Hinterland IPA in a nonic pint.

Appearance- This one has a hazy and dark amber body with slim copper-gold highlights. The finger width, white head looks puffy with a smooth cap.

The foam dies quickly and leaves behind spotty lacing, just enough fizz left over to cover the lid.

Smell- Earthy and dank hops are the notable bit of this nose. I finally get some sweet, biscuit malt after a couple go-rounds. There is not much depth to this IPA's nose.

Taste- The beer starts out a little bitter on the palate, then gets to REALLY bitter, not very intriguing in the flavor hops department. The flavor hops feel a little grassy, with a grainy and piney back end.

The sweet malt is sort of there, but incredibly soft. Nothing really stands out about these flavors, it is a ho-hum experience.

Mouth feel- This one is too carbonated. It is hard to catch the medium to light body through all the bubbles. They do not work well with the bitterness of the IPA.

Overall- This beer has average written all over it. I do enjoy the scent of the malt, but it all but disappears on the palate. I also think more of that earthy hop tone on the palate would have helped.

This IPA seemed to be all about the bittering hops and not about being flavorful. A bigger feel and less carbonation would also have been appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:22:03 | More by Pintofbrown
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange with a half inch of khaki foam that recedes to a thin skein, leaving small fits of lace. Smells of malts, pine and citrus hop, apples, and a bit of earthy spice. Bitterness immediately on the tongue, mostly pine and citrus pith, malt keeps the bitterness somewhat restrained in peak intensity, although the bitterness lingers and lingers long after the mouthful of liquid is consumed. Medium mouthfeel is a bit light. Carbonation is on the high side and lends crispness and a bit of zing to the bitterness. Enjoyable if not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:11:48 | More by JackieTH
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 16 oz bottle

A- pours a slight hazed light brown.copper color with a fast receding 1 finger head to a fresh cap/collar and lacing

S- is baked bread malts and citrus hops, grain, caramel

T- is caramel malts first sweet baked bread with some floral hops a little citrus, some pine and caramel a grapefruit bitterness

M- piney resins and sweet malts resins, a medium/low carbonation a little bitter grapefruit/pine hop finish

O- a sweet and malty more than hoppy IPA its good but not one i will look for

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:25:47 | More by gatornation
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.53/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 14:46:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head that dies to only a rim of bubbles. Surprisingly, it leaves some streaky lace. The liquid is deep amber color with a hint of haze.

Earthy aroma with a mild floral hop background.

The flavor is classic American IPA: lighter malt in the front of the taste, but the hop strong and peppery. The body is richer than most IPA's. The carbonation is appropriate. Long bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:43:37 | More by smcolw
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

This cask was apparently dry-hopped with Apollo hops. Nice. Things pour a slightly cloudy tawny amber topped by a bit more than a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises pineapple, sweet pine, light mint, buttery toffee, dry biscuit, light honey, and light mandarin orange. It's pretty fruity, but in a breathmint sorta way, and it's all balanced pretty well by some nice maltiness. The taste continues this idea of balance, with some biscuity caramel coinciding with that aforedescribed fruit salad, which is now met with a near-equal bit of straight pine. The body is a light medium, with a rather light carbonation and a fluffy, creamy feel. Overall, it may have been the cask-conditioning and the dry-hopping, but this was a very enjoyable IPA. Good times.

Serving type: cask

11-03-2011 03:13:14 | More by TMoney2591
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hinterland IPA pours eye-appealing burnt orange with light and foamy head. As the head recedes, small intricate lacing coats the glass. Holding the glass against light, the beer is extremely clear and has minimal carbonation.
The aroma that is released from this IPA is very reminiscent of citrus fruit, most notably tangerines and grapefruit. Expecting the traditional American "Hop Bomb", I was pleasantly surprised to smell the subtle hop character with an excellent balance of malt sweetness.
Hinterland's IPA is more English than American in style. The taste begins with malts coating your palate leaving a biscuity flavor and ends with grassy-earthiness from the hops. The citrus aroma that was present in the nose is somewhat masked from the grassiness, but due to the balanced flavor, the taste is very nice.
The mouthfeel is light-bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. These two characteristics combine for a very dry and crisp finish, which results in a very refreshing pint.
At 6.7% ABV and combined with the english influence of hop and malt kinship, Hinterland's IPA is very drinkable. Everytime I purchased a Hinterland product, my respect for this Midwest brewery continues to grow. If you see this in your local bottle shop, definitely give it a chance and make Packer fans proud of their local brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:13:25 | More by PEIhop
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange amber. Thin head but tons of lace. Aroma is pretty baseline and simple. Some fruits but mostly caramel malts and some slight resinous hops. Flavor is straightforward. This is definitely a malt forward IPA, which is kind of an oxymoron. Too much malt flavor in my opinion. Caramel dominates. Resiny hops are there but just not prominent enough. Bitterness is low key. Good enough beer, just not what I'd expect from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 04:14:21 | More by Bighuge
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Third beer I've had from Hinterland. GB Baby! Solid IPA, golden with a frothy crown that laces well. Not overpowering West Coast style hops in the nose, but a decent bite. Good balance on the tongue in favor of the hop bitterness. Quite enjoyable, I'll buy this again if I can find it. Sessionable IPA, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 07:23:05 | More by chicagoabbot
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gonuts31

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper/dark orange color with a medium head, def looks very appealing in the glass.

I smelled a well balance between sweet, fruity tones and some lingering earthy tones.

Taste doesn't hit you with hops right away, but lingers at the end. I get most of the fruitiness flavors I like in an IPA at the end. Well balanced. I like the taste a lot. Not like your typical, all hops IPA. Doesn't leave that bitter taste in your mouth. Finishes very clean.

Heavy and smooth in the mouth. I think the balance of the flavor helps this aspect.

Now that this is offered in the Chicagoland area I'll definitely be seeking this brew out. I love the 16oz 4-Packs, bottles are cool shape too. Haven't been too excited about many WI breweries, but Hinterland has a solid lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:51:55 | More by gonuts31
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a vibrant, ruby-tinted, slightly hazy, copper coloring with a very low profile, foamy, big bubbled, off-white head that clings to the glass. Light citrus aromas dance upon a heavier note of caramel malt and some wet, fresh hops. Good balance in the nose. Flavors are very peppery hopped, with a dry feel to it, and a good foundation of grapefruit citrus sweet and a dark caramel malt sweet. Hopcentric, by far, but fairly well balanced overall. Round, smooth, and slightly astringent feel in mouth. The aftertaste is hops bitter and pepper spiced, with a tangy caramel sweet once again. The finish is a little slick, with a drying feel from the spice and hops. Very strong flavors and a very hoppy brew. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:22:52 | More by GarthDanielson
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Mikey58

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a deep amber color; bordering on light brown. Thick khaki head that settles down to leave a thin layer.
I don't get a huge hop aroma from this one, but what I get I like. Grapefruit, citrus, pine. Also very apparent from the aroma that this IPA will have a strong malt backbone.
This IPA will not knock you over with intense hop flavor, but it has a very apparent, bright, and complex hop flavor. In the middle the malts come out, and you get a definite toasted bread, caramel malt flavor. Then follows a pleasant bitterness and dry finish. Great mouthfeel. Not one dimension or thin. One of the richer IPAs I've had.
Overall, this IPA is extremely drinkable that boasts a pleasant hop character, strong malt body, and clean bitter finish. Will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:05:35 | More by Mikey58
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aparoche

Illinois

5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just bought a 4-pack of 16 ounce bottles at Binny's. I was excited when I heard that this would be distributed to Chicago. This beer smells amazing. Probably the best smelling IPA that I have drank. I also like that it is a bit more carbonated than most beers. It pours an amazing head. This tastes much more like an English IPA than an American IPA but it is still very good. I believe the ABV can be updated to 7% since that is what this is. Not my favorite IPA but definitely up there. I really likes the taste of this IPA and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 19:09:56 | More by aparoche
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emerge077

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:46:13 | More by emerge077
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 09:00:24 | More by cokes
India Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.