Proving Ground IPA - Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-17-2012 22:37:13 | More by AgentMunky
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-18-2011 05:20:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-08-2011 06:01:11 | More by ngeunit1
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
3.43/5 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
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
Had on tap at Magnolia. Served in a pint glass, the beer had already lost its head by the time it made it to the table. The scent was very piney. The beer was bronze in color (although it was very dark in there). A very enjoyable IPA. This seems to have become the summer of the IPAs and Magnolia makes a very good one. They have stiff competition in the SF area but this was really good. Maybe my only complaint was the lack of head and the beer seemed a little flat. This may have been by intention but I would definitely drink some more of these if given the opportunity. I tried the cask version of this IPA and this was definitely better.
08-31-2010 14:01:08 | More by tdawgydog
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
Served in a pint glass at Magnolia.
Amber, slightly redish, clear. No head retention. Muted grapefruit aroma. A bit more carbonation than expected, given that it was cask conditioned. Citrus front that fades quickly. Balanced middle and bitter back end. A very subtley West Coast IPA. Alcohol shows up in the middle, but is well hidden. Board at Magnolia indicated a higher ABV than 7.2
08-31-2010 03:43:22 | More by LittleDon
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at Magnolia 4.1.10 $6 imperial pint.
One finger white head, quick dissipation, minimal lacing. Orangish amber clear body, a bit of rising carbonation. Big hops attack in the nose. Taste is a big grapefruit hit upfront, balanced with caramel malts with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, minimal effervescence and quite drinkable. Solid but not a standout.
04-02-2010 16:53:47 | More by jdense
4/5 rDev +2%
ontap, magnolia brewpub on Haight
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
01-02-2010 00:41:12 | More by dirtylou
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Had at Toronado on 12/5
A: This beer pours a nice murky amber color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice sheets of lacing.
S: Nose is of solid malt backbone with a nice mixture of floral and piney hops.
T: Taste starts with some pale malts up front. Hops then begin to trickle in to the body. Hard to decipher the hops flavoring until they sit on your tongue for a bit. Floral hops are detectable first balanced by a nice burst of pine and the finish is of grassiness.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick oily feel to this one.
D: Not quite a hop bomb, but a nicely balanced IPA that goes down easily and isn't too filling. I'd like to have a few more pints of this one!
12-14-2009 21:08:50 | More by Jayli
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
4/5 rDev +2%
had this at the gastropub as part of a flight along with their highwayman ale, stout of circumstance, wit rabbit, half step hefe and a stone levitation pale ale.
decent beer but i thought it was the weakest effort of all the beers i had on the flight.
don't get me wrong, it's a good beer but it didn't do it for me.
i paired this flight with a fried chicken sandwich.
not counting the stone, i rank the beers in this flight...
1) wit rabbit
2) highwayman ale
3) half step hefe
4) stout of circumstance
5) proving ground ipa
06-26-2009 20:40:14 | More by GPHarris
4.43/5 rDev +13%
A - Golden amber color, slightly cloudy. Decent head that lingers into lacing that sticks around.
S - Citrus, floral scents, maybe a touch of pine. Nice bouquet, strong smelling.
T - Well balanced taste. Hops are very evident yet the malt mellows it out. The cask aging really smooths out the taste as well.
M - Really smooth IPA. I could drink these all day.
D - Very drinkable, smooth character. Had three before I realize it!
06-11-2009 18:28:36 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
A - deep reddish orange, good off white head that lingers
S - Citrus, lots of sweet floral, sweet malty, pine
T - floral, citrus, pine, bitter hops, malty finish
M - smooth, med/full carbonation, med/full body, round in the mouth
D - great brew from san fran, ill have another
05-30-2009 17:31:56 | More by quinlin
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Golden amber with a thick creamy off-white head that appears to be going nowhere. Smells like a hop bouquet. Much more pronounced than the non-cask version. Casking really mellowed this beer. It's much higher on the drinkability scale due to it's smoothness. Still it has that great lingering hop profile, just not the same "bite" to it.
Overall: I enjoyed this change to the normal proving ground, but I'll probably stick to the original.
04-19-2009 19:15:27 | More by ironlung
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
From the tap at the pub.
Light amber almost straw color with a nice big bubbly head.
Smells big of citrus hops along with a decent amount of breadt maltiness.
Tastes well balanced. Citrus & piney hops balanced by a nice malt sweetness. Finishes sweet.
Medium bodied with a lingering oily, resiny, hoppiness.
My favorite of the beers I tried at Magnolia.
08-17-2008 18:24:56 | More by bbothen
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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
02-17-2008 17:07:30 | More by barleywinefiend
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
01-24-2008 04:25:47 | More by Hollenbeck2
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
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-07-2007 15:49:37 | More by jreitman
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
3.35/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
08-02-2006 18:31:59 | More by John_M
Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.