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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

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
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elNopalero

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 05:25:51 | More by elNopalero
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-25-2013 00:08:25 | More by mc4z
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Jessenimmo

California

4/5  rDev +2%

05-24-2013 22:40:41 | More by Jessenimmo
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JoshTellez

California

4/5  rDev +2%

05-24-2013 21:58:18 | More by JoshTellez
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YieldToNothing

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

05-16-2013 18:41:54 | More by YieldToNothing
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-12-2013 23:45:43 | More by waddellc2
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bluetrevian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-29-2013 01:33:24 | More by bluetrevian
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2013 21:52:18 | More by chugamugofsud
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pheggeseth

California

4/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2013 23:17:08 | More by pheggeseth
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

01-24-2013 02:20:10 | More by Larrydoherty
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AdamPaul

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2013 22:16:14 | More by AdamPaul
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ScottO

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2012 01:28:32 | More by ScottO
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-23-2012 02:14:23 | More by t0rin0
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hayesjw

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-09-2012 00:09:23 | More by hayesjw
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 00:43:58 | More by ccrida
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-09-2012 05:43:17 | More by avaldivia
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ambruns1979

California

4/5  rDev +2%

06-16-2012 06:28:42 | More by ambruns1979
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 02:24:03 | More by DrewSnyc667
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +2%

05-16-2012 03:57:19 | More by mhaugo
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-13-2012 01:17:13 | More by mdillon86
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +2%

04-25-2012 19:21:20 | More by brotherloco
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AgentMunky

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 22:37:13 | More by AgentMunky
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 05:20:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-28-2011 03:30:01 | More by jenray
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-15-2011 19:48:03 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.