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Proving Ground IPA - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Proving Ground IPAProving Ground IPA

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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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Photo of GClarkage


4.63/5  rDev +18.1%

12/23/04- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a random pint glass.

Appearance- Small 1/2 inch head, cloudy apricot pour and decent lacing.

Smell- Lovely hops o'plenty fill the air. A bunch of grapefruit in the face.

Taste- Very comparable to El Toro IPA except just a tad less in your face. But, that could be a good thing also. Much fruity hopped goodness.

Mouthfeel- I thought this was on cask because it was so lightly carbonated. About as perfect as one can get.

Drinkability- Ranks right up there as one of my top IPA's. Damn good brew. Will have several more in my future since the bar that brews it is right down the street from the Toronado. Score one for Magnolia.

12-24-2004 05:20:47 | More by GClarkage
Photo of elNopalero


4.61/5  rDev +17.6%

Had this on tap at Magnolia. Unfortunately they didn’t have it on cask on my visit otherwise I’d include some side-by-side comparison notes.

This pours a light caramel tan-sunny gold color with tight bubbling.

There’s a sharp grassy piney aroma on it, followed by some toasted straw notes.

Fantastic flavor—it just knocks it out of the park with a great blend of toasted straw, piney notes, and grassy green, finishing with some slight chew and a easygoing, laid-back bittering. Worth the effort to try it out. I know cask is delicious too!

05-25-2013 05:25:51 | More by elNopalero
Photo of flexabull


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

One of my favs when it comes to IPA's. I remember smelling this beer when it was sat down in front of me, and that was without putting the glass to my nose. If you like hops, you'll like this. It is overloaded with hops, but very very tasty. This is a must if you are in SF / Haight St.

07-23-2006 22:31:24 | More by flexabull
Photo of drewbage


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Sampled off the cask at the brewpub out of a imperial tulip pint.

Great grassy hop aroma with a soft brown and caramel malty touch with a barely there head.

Flavor follows through with a soft malt flavor quickly subdued with a grassy English hop.

Top notch finish and a grand beer that is easily drinkable and well made for sipping again and again on the comfortable bar stools of the magnolia pub.

03-20-2004 08:00:26 | More by drewbage
Photo of Mark


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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-22-2014 05:10:51 | More by Tuckersmth
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC


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
Photo of 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
Photo of watermelonman


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
Photo of John_M


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Haven't had this beer in some time and was overjoyed to see it at the Oregon Beer Festival. This is a very hoppy IPA, but is also very different from the hop monsters you see here in Oregon. There was less of the citrus and pine smell, and more of a nutmeg, cinnamon and alspice nose. I assume that Magnolia must use a different blend of hops then what I normally see around here; no matter, it was a fabulous hoppy beer none-the-less. I was a bit surprised to see the IBU at 100, for while this beer was quite hoppy, it was nicely balanced with malt and didn't come across as over the top by any means. It didn't taste anywhere near as hoppy as the Pliny or Green Mamouth at the festival. This beer is very drinkable, and I could easily see myself knocking back 2 or 3 pints before I even realized they were gone.

One more reason to stop by for a visit next time I'm down for the Far Side 10K.

08-02-2006 18:31:59 | More by John_M
Photo of NEhophead


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a glowing copper in color. Creamy white head that leaves ringed lacing down the glass' sides.

Piney, oily, citric and floral hop aromas. Clean hop oils that aren't the least bit astringent in aroma.

Temperature of the hand pulled pint was slightly cooler than room temperature. Bright flavored floral hops with tones of pine, resin, and lemon. The bitterness is intense, but light and clean tasting. Pear, apricot, and pine fill the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; the hop intensity makes for an oily, juicy feel on the palate.

A great tasting IPA. The smoothness and textural aspect of this cask conditioned offering, makes my mouth water for another pint.

05-11-2006 02:16:23 | More by NEhophead
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Cloudy honey colored body with no head or lacing

Smell: All cascade hops on the nose

Taste: Hops, hops and more hops, with a little bit of sweet malt balance on the finish - what would you expect with 100 IBUs

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the overwhelming bitterness, a quite refreshing brew

03-25-2005 14:26:50 | More by brentk56
Photo of ironlung


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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-15-2014 02:32:22 | More by VE777
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-13-2012 01:17:13 | More by mdillon86
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-29-2013 01:33:24 | More by bluetrevian
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2013 22:16:14 | More by AdamPaul
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2012 01:28:32 | More by ScottO
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-23-2012 02:14:23 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Had at Toronado on 12/5

A: This beer pours a nice murky amber color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of solid malt backbone with a nice mixture of floral and piney hops.

T: Taste starts with some pale malts up front. Hops then begin to trickle in to the body. Hard to decipher the hops flavoring until they sit on your tongue for a bit. Floral hops are detectable first balanced by a nice burst of pine and the finish is of grassiness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick oily feel to this one.

D: Not quite a hop bomb, but a nicely balanced IPA that goes down easily and isn't too filling. I'd like to have a few more pints of this one!

12-14-2009 21:08:50 | More by Jayli
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

On tap at Magnolia. Poured 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. Great IPA

02-17-2008 17:07:30 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of AgentMunky


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Serve in a 20 ounce glass at the brewpub.

A: Light off-white head. The beer is gorgeous, clear and brilliant orange.

S: Strong hops...Cascade? Balancing bready/caramellish malts (Marris Otter?). Very nice!

T: I suspect English hops have infiltrated my IPA, but I don't mind so much. This a darn good beer, full of earthy, spicy hops. Bitter end taste highlights the excellent dry malt balance in the main taste.

M: Full, thick, carbonated, excellent-strong.

O: Recommended; solid beer. I would have it again. Great with food.

03-17-2012 22:37:13 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of quinlin


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

A - deep reddish orange, good off white head that lingers

S - Citrus, lots of sweet floral, sweet malty, pine

T - floral, citrus, pine, bitter hops, malty finish

M - smooth, med/full carbonation, med/full body, round in the mouth

D - great brew from san fran, ill have another

05-30-2009 17:31:56 | More by quinlin
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Fine head, good retention. Nice amber color. The smell is a fresh breeze of cascade hops: strawberries, oranges and some lemon in the back. The taste shows a fresh and broad fruitiness, although it didn't appear immediately. When it did, it became quite enjoyable. Hops, hops, hops. Greatly fruity, and then dry as straw, with a very light hint of liquorice. The mouthfeel is good, maybe slightly floury on the palate. A sense of balance makes this brew quite drinkable. Enjoyable, to say the least.

02-24-2005 08:12:17 | More by tjd25
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

this was by far to me the best beer i had at magnolia on my recent visit.

served perfect temp, dark auburn color, very hoppy and bitter to the end, envoked my late taste buds to really come alive, had this beer with some onion rings and savored every last drop.

this place and the beer was excellent, the best in the bay area.

01-24-2008 04:25:47 | More by Hollenbeck2
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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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