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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
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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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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 06:01:11 | More by ngeunit1
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peacebone116

California

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2011 20:24:07 | More by peacebone116
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 18:59:42 | More by womencantsail
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tdawgydog

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 14:01:08 | More by tdawgydog
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LittleDon

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: cask

08-31-2010 03:43:22 | More by LittleDon
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jdense

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 16:53:47 | More by jdense
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 00:41:12 | More by dirtylou
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 21:08:50 | More by Jayli
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2009 20:19:19 | More by ffejherb
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 20:40:14 | More by GPHarris
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BeerisfoodLLC

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: cask

06-11-2009 18:28:36 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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quinlin

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 17:31:56 | More by quinlin
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ironlung

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: cask

04-19-2009 19:15:27 | More by ironlung
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bbothen

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap at the pub.

100 IBU's.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 18:24:56 | More by bbothen
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 17:07:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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Hollenbeck2

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2008 04:25:47 | More by Hollenbeck2
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bboven

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 18:35:19 | More by bboven
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jreitman

California

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-07-2007 15:49:37 | More by jreitman
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-13-2007 21:57:26 | More by kdoc8
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freed

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2006 23:37:03 | More by freed
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2006 18:31:59 | More by John_M
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flexabull

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 22:31:24 | More by flexabull
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-11-2006 02:16:23 | More by NEhophead
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2006 21:12:55 | More by MaltyGoodness
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kdog630

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2006 16:24:47 | More by kdog630
Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.