1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Proving Ground IPA - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Proving Ground IPAProving Ground IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-03-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by YieldToNothing:
More User Reviews:
Photo of Chlsyhawkins
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Chlsyhawkins, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Doppelmax
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this last week and found it to be one of the best Cask IPAs I've ever had.
The hops are right there start to finish and it is very drinkable. It was quite balanced though inspite of the hops. I quit after 2 as I had to drive and had never been to SF before.
Just wished I didn't live 2500 miles away because I sure would go back often.

Doppelmax, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of BenHesk12
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Proving Ground IPA is the workhorse of the Magnolia Pub and Brewery; it's moderately priced ($6/pint for SF is average) and always available. English hops, low carbonation, maybe a nitro mix on tap here to make everything palatable to the restaurant goers. I get the feeling that this place is more about food, vibe, and profit than quality of the beer. Proving ground is by far the best beer they have, and I only rate it slightly above average. Most beers are in the 4-6% alcohol range and just watery representations of english or german styles.

BenHesk12, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of ironlung
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden amber with a thick creamy off-white head that appears to be going nowhere. Smells like a hop bouquet. Much more pronounced than the non-cask version. Casking really mellowed this beer. It's much higher on the drinkability scale due to it's smoothness. Still it has that great lingering hop profile, just not the same "bite" to it.

Overall: I enjoyed this change to the normal proving ground, but I'll probably stick to the original.

ironlung, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Magnolia Pub and brewery, San Fransisco. Cascade and pine are the main flavours, typical US pale in many ways, some sweetness at the start finish dry and medium bitter. Not too bad, decent balance, probably one of the better beers at Magnolia, quite tasty.

rastaman, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a cloudy off-gold color with huge bubbles but not very many of them. The lacing is evident but nothing special.

The smell is subdued for a beer with this much flavor, although I like the way it's not a simple grapefruit punch in the nose. The taste is great. I can't believe how many hops are in here without disrupting the balance of the flavor. It's not particularly heavy, either. I guess it's just an amazing blend of hops or something, because every last drop of bitterness makes its presence known but none of them are the least bit unsettling.

watermelonman, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Tuckersmth
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Tuckersmth, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ontap, magnolia brewpub on Haight

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, big amber body body, murky

smell: hop resin, sweet citrus hops, orange peel

taste: pretty solid ipa, big sweet citrus flavor, floral, caramel. nothing wrong with this one - only beer consumed while at magnolia

mouthfee; medium body, slick

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of VE777
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

VE777, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of kdoc8
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Magnolia brew pub in San Francisco, CA. This was the cask version of my review (they had both draught and cask-conditioned). Same general characteristics of the draught - golden/amber color, no head this time, but tasted flatter and a bit more complex hops/fruit flavor came out in the taste. Also a bit more of a dry taste.

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Larrydoherty
4/5  rDev +2%

Larrydoherty, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mc4z, May 25, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

waddellc2, May 12, 2013
Photo of jellikit
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: light orange. Crystal clear. Medium head; thick foam.

S: mango. Pine. Mild aroma, but clean.

T: pine followed by malty, bready goodness. Bitter hangs on for a bit.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: decent IPA. Not stellar. Would be better if the bittering hops were different. A bit too much of a lingering funkiness. But I guess this is Haight/Ashbury.

jellikit, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mdillon86, May 13, 2012
Photo of DerekCarruth
4/5  rDev +2%

DerekCarruth, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber color, slightly cloudy. Decent head that lingers into lacing that sticks around.

S - Citrus, floral scents, maybe a touch of pine. Nice bouquet, strong smelling.

T - Well balanced taste. Hops are very evident yet the malt mellows it out. The cask aging really smooths out the taste as well.

M - Really smooth IPA. I could drink these all day.

D - Very drinkable, smooth character. Had three before I realize it!

BeerisfoodLLC, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

largadeer, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper to amber with a thin head that settles to a nice lace. The aroma had more orange than grapefruit. There is some toffee malt on the nose as well. Very tangy, orange and grapefruit flavor, backed by mild caramel sweetness. The mouth feel was very slick with a high drinakbility.

carln26, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of JoshTellez
4/5  rDev +2%

JoshTellez, May 24, 2013
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at the brewpub on 3/3/06. Listed as 7.0% ABV and 100 IBUs.

Pours a clear, light amber with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by a blend of citrusy and piney hops. Very fresh hop aroma!

Taste is citrusy, piney, and slightly spicy with a big hop bitterness. Decently balanced for the level of IBUs.

Plenty of carbonation in a slightly thin body.

Easy to slug this one down while jamming to some Dead and Phish.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 07, 2006
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.