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India Pale Ale - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
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

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Beer added by: cokes on 07-31-2011

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Photo of emerge077
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of PEIhop
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.84/5  rDev -17%
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.

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.

Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bashiba
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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India Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.