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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch orange white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. An assertive bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but the bitterness is pretty assertive and distracts from the flavors somewhat.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

brentk56, Mar 25, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

largadeer, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

From the cask this is frothing white excited and flashy. Despite its cloudy muted color, the look is aggressive and has a great rush of micro bubbles. Nose and tast of classic hop strains with that classic cask conditioned mellowness and an assertive but palatable bitterness. Juicy fresh for a cask beer, colder than others, still refreshing. A bigger brew too, tons of body and a long finish. Cut grassy finish, bitter, half English. Overall this may be the best cask IPA I have had, hitting the best if both worlds perfectly. Magnolia is really impressing me!

StonedTrippin, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

GClarkage, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

barleywinefiend, Feb 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2%

afsdan, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

John_M, Aug 02, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Falling Rock, Denver. 10.2.14

Super bitter and dank next to the Pliny.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 07, 2014
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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 ccrida
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the toranado, proving ground is light bronze with a small white head, big bubbled and frothy, but with suprisingly good retention, leaving decent lace.

Smell is light dough and earthy hops.

Taste is good and hoppy, more so than I expected from the nose, a nice resinous quality. A little spicy. Fairly dank. Little malty, biscuit.

Mouthfeel is good, soft and oily. Medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, this is a solid west coast ipa that really does well on cask.

ccrida, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap. Light golden/orange slightly hazy with a nice egg shell white head of dense foam. Aromas of citrusy hops, some bready malts, and some piney/herbal notes. Taste is good as well. Fresh hops, citrus fruits, pine, some malty bread, and more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and grainy. Drinkability is good. A good brew, but not totally stellar.

francisweizen, Jun 01, 2005
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

AngusOg, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mhaugo, May 16, 2012
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 AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

AgentMunky, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

flexabull, Jul 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a fairly clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy white head. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and to a lesser extent some pine hops. There is also some sweet caramel malts in the background.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of citrus hops and some bitterness. There is also a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background to balance. Through the middle, the bitterness grows a bit more and some piney/grassy hops come through. The finish is a mix of citrus hops and bitterness and some sweet caramel/bready malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice dryness from the hops and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Nice citrus hops profile. Could have used a bit more complexity, but still a very solid IPA.

ngeunit1, Oct 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.