Proving Ground IPA - Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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2.65/5 rDev -32.4%
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.
09-09-2007 18:35:19 | More by bboven
2.75/5 rDev -29.8%
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
05-22-2012 02:24:03 | More by DrewSnyc667
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
02-09-2006 16:24:47 | More by kdog630
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
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
09-24-2006 23:37:03 | More by freed
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
11-27-2010 18:59:42 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -12%
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.
07-20-2011 20:24:07 | More by peacebone116
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
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-07-2014 19:30:54 | More by ArrogantB
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
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-23-2009 20:19:19 | More by ffejherb
Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.