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Proving Ground IPA - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Proving Ground IPAProving Ground IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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)
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Reviews by kdoc8:
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-13-2007 21:57:26 | More by kdoc8
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Doppelmax

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

11-06-2004 20:43:14 | More by Doppelmax
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ironlung

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

04-19-2009 19:15:27 | More by ironlung
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

09-17-2004 10:33:00 | More by rastaman
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watermelonman

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

10-08-2004 07:28:44 | More by watermelonman
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-08-2013 06:08:17 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Tuckersmth

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-22-2014 05:10:51 | More by Tuckersmth
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

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

01-02-2010 00:41:12 | More by dirtylou
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VE777

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-15-2014 02:32:22 | More by VE777
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

01-24-2013 02:20:10 | More by Larrydoherty
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-25-2013 00:08:25 | More by mc4z
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-12-2013 23:45:43 | More by waddellc2
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jellikit

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

06-08-2014 02:35:15 | More by jellikit
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-13-2012 01:17:13 | More by mdillon86
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2%

02-22-2014 20:56:55 | More by jaydoc
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BeerisfoodLLC

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +13%

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!

06-11-2009 18:28:36 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-10-2013 08:28:27 | More by largadeer
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carln26

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-02-2005 15:27:44 | More by carln26
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JoshTellez

California

4/5  rDev +2%

05-24-2013 21:58:18 | More by JoshTellez
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-07-2006 21:12:55 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Mark

California

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

Since this brew checks in at 100 ibu's I guess it should be a double IPA. All I know is that I loved it! First it was on the house thanks to a nice bartender that could tell I was enjoying their pub. Second, it was cask conditioned. Need I say more?
Color was a medium amber, head retention was excellent though once again lacing was not that prevalent. What an outstanding aromatic brew! A hop field right under your nose. Taste profile was riddled with grapefruit notes, even some orange peel was detected. Very long lingering complex finish. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is right on. I love cask and I loved this beer.

01-03-2004 03:10:03 | More by Mark
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SMITHAND

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

02-15-2014 21:39:54 | More by SMITHAND
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-19-2013 21:48:21 | More by AngusOg
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geuze_gone_wild

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-26-2013 23:25:21 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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Joel12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-23-2014 22:30:07 | More by Joel12
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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.