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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

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 129
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: Mark on 01-03-2004

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 129
Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (328 characters)

Photo of bboven
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my default beer when I go to Magnolia (which happens to be down the street from my house). Cascade hops seems to be the dominant hop in here and potentially some Saaz. The aroma is definitely more the Cascade. The spiciness, especially in the finish, is what makes the beer for me. There's quite a bit of complexity in here with some good malt flavor coming through and yielding to the hops as the beer works its way to the back of the mouth. (450 characters)

Photo of kdoc8
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of freed
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (671 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (482 characters)

Photo of kdog630
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (297 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (364 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (499 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of oggg
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color. Modest white head. Aroma is west coast, but not especially strong. There is a moderate hop bitterness up front but it lingers and keeps getting drier and drier and drier. Mouth puckering ensues. As the citrus hops fade, there is a nice grainy malt backbone towards the end. The finish is somewhat oily on the mouth but super dry. Chinook?

Overall: Nice hop flavors and dryness, but I would've liked more aroma from an IPA. (464 characters)

Photo of Doppelmax
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (346 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (569 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of drewbage
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (409 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (636 characters)

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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.