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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

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 46
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)
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Photo of bboven
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow which is too light for the style.

All I smell are hops; Magnum or Chinook most likely, no malt backbone in the aroma.

It tastes like drinking hop tea. There is no malt flavor in this beer, it would even be too hoppy for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is the only thing stylistically correct about this one.

I would not get this again. It made my mouth pucker to drink it.

bboven, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a plastic cup at Off the Grid in SF

A - copper to tannish body, very little head or activity
S - Very citrusy, some mild toasted sugar and biscuit
T - Hops are a bit overpowering for me, needs something to balance out the bite
M - Sticky and oily, not really for me
O - Not my beer, but it happens

DrewSnyc667, May 22, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.5%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
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 kdog630
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was not as impressed as others may be with this one. It looked good in the glass with a darker amber color and nice head and lacing. The hops were really there in the aroma so I was really looking forward to drinking this one.

Unfortunately, I felt they were more concerned with kicking the BUs up to 100 while neglecting the malt. I'm a hop-head by nature, but there has to be a certain balance. This beer didn't really have it for me. I was much more impressed with the Prescription Pale.

kdog630, Feb 09, 2006
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 freed
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from OBF2006.

Light golden body, nice thin white head, mild carbonation.

Excellent hop aroma - bright citrus and floral, clean smells.

Taste also highlights a wide and clean variety of hops - from citrusy to almost meaty/fleshy. No malt backup or body to buttress the hoppiness though, so the taste kind of trails off with a limp body. Easy to drink, but not too satisfying.

freed, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Magnolia

A: The pour is a light copper sort of color with a nice layer of off-white foam forming on top.

S: A moderate citrus aroma from the hops along with some floral notes coming through. There is a sharp note of alcohol at times, which is never really appealing. A bit of toasted malt hits the nose which is a bit more reminiscent of an English style IPA.

T: Mostly oranges in terms of the citrus but there's a bit of grapefruit peel in there as well. More floral hops are present, too, as are some pine notes. It seems this is just a bit watery, too.

M: The body is just about at medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not overly hoppy or bitter, which I can deal with, but they advertise this beer as having 100 IBUs, which is just so far from the case. A mediocre IPA.

womencantsail, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask in an imperial pint glass at Magnolia on 5/22/11.

A: No head & cloudy gold in appearance, even after beer has settled.

N: Fairly weak scent of peach & light lemon.

T/M: Bitter hop flavor comes in first followed by a light sweetness from the malt. There are lingering citrus notes after the finish. The beer's carbonation is a little on the low end for a cask style, but definitely within appropriate range. Beer finishes fairly dry with, as I stated above, a lingering light lemon-pepper flavor.

Beer is okay, but not the best strong IPA i have ever had on cask. Usually the dry hopping is featured a bit more when on cask, but this seems a bit weak on the nose. I actually prefer this one on draft a bit more.

peacebone116, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

largadeer, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Joel12, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of justinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

justinbrown, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

avaldivia, Jul 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

IBUQT, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of drew74
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

drew74, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of ajcantu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ajcantu, Jun 14, 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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Orange color, good head. Aroma was slightly floral and piney, not bad. Flavor was bitter and hoppy, citrus, not much dank though so I really didn't feel this was a true west coast style IPA. Yes it was hoppy but didn't have that certain something you get from say a Pliny or an Alpine. Still, a decent IPA and one I would probably buy a bomber or sixer of.

ArrogantB, May 07, 2014
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 ffejherb
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Magnolia on 7/12/09.

A - Clear golden/amber body with slim white head that retained as a patchy residue and thin, stringy lace.

S - Pleasant hop bouquet with pine and the forefront and some citrus and resin to add more depth to the aroma. Malt is sweet with caramel notes, some grains, and just a hint of buttery diacetyl. Subtle waft of alcohol.

T - Opens with a piney hop bite and a splash of citrus until a grainy malt presence swoops in to cool down the bitterness a bit. Some sweet caramel malt adds balance as well. Subtle alcohol notes also creep into the mix.

M - Medium body with a syrupy, oily texture and mild carbonation. Subtle alcohol warmth with a moderate hop bite in the finish.

D - Not getting 100 IBUs from this. However, this is a pretty solid IPA, and certainly much better than In with the New, which I also sampled on this day. Proving Ground boasts much more of a hop presence.

ffejherb, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

waddellc2, May 13, 2013
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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.