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India Pale Ale - Wagner Valley Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shiredave on 10-20-2002

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 140
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very Bitter and salty and not as hoppy as expected. I think I kept it from becoming too cold and flattening the hops effect. I got a head. Maybe it was Premier Gourmet storing it too cold or old. Did not get the hops or citrus flavour expected from this brew or the IPA type. In a pinch, could go with juicy salty meat.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head consisting of big bubbles that slowly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The hops really stand out in the flavor of this beer, contributing piney flavors and a moderately strong amount of bitterness. Hints of caramel malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is packed with hops but could use more malt for balance and make it easier to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white head that persists extremely well and leaves sheets of lacing down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Strong malty caramel aroma with a woody resinous hop character; slight butterscotch aroma (Ringwood yeast, I wonder?)

Taste: Starts out with a stong malty caramel flavor that is joined by an earthy bitterness almost from the beginning; mid-palate and into the finish, the bitter flavors build and dominate into a very earthy, but somewhat rough finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very unique flavors in this IPA; big malt profile almost like an APA but the combination of English (EKG) and American (Cascade) hops creates a tension of earthy and fruity flavors that ultimately doesn't work well for me; worth a try, however

Thanks, tempest, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gary for quenching the thirst on this one.

The beer opens with a sturdy and strong, froathy pour. Fantastic head forms on the dark copper beer. Retainage is as good as can be asked. A mild dry-hopped haze gives some visual weight to the copper hue. A really good look.

Strong aromas of citrus and grapefruit hops stand well above the caramelized, cracker-like malts. However, nearly equally as strong is a plastic-phenolic character that hurts the nose. Moderate on the fruitiness and light on bready notes, the beer is otherwise clean at the scent.

Flavors obviously favor the hops, and with strong blends of citrus (grapefruit and orange zest), pine, and fresh cut grasses. Sometimes herbal and vegital in taste. The malts are well attenuated to deliver medium caramel and graham cracker taste but with low-lying sweetness. This really allows the hops to pungent hops to shine. All is good, except for that plastic taste that interferes with the complex hop flavors.

Well malted and fermented. The malts give a nice meloidin reaction that gives the indication of sweetnes without leaving any sugary films on the mouth. Hop resins deliver various sharp pangs of bitterness on the back of the tongue and sometimes with a metalic and bitey feel.

This beer reminds me of some good IPA's that I encounter during homebrew competitions. I'm not entirely sure I received a fresh bottle. I'll enjoy re-reviewing to compare notes another day.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with some burnt orange tint with a one finger head that was gone quite quickly leaving a trace amount of lace seems pretty well carbonated.Citrus and pine are big in the aroma with some nutty malt in there keeping it from being to one sided,the taste is more hop subdude than the aroma but there is some definant hop flavors going on some hop resin and pine with a big firm nutty backbone finishing with a soapy note..A very well balanced AIPA hoppy but malty as well just a very solid offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a decent crème head. Nose is acidic citrus. Flavor is a biting pine acidity. A bit too salty I think. But it still works. Feel is a slightly fuller carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is an okay IPA. Too salty and acidic IMO. But it's still drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazed copper amber with a towering (rather too much so, esp.in initial pour - couldn't pour all at once because of that) that stays, then descends. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is spicy - citrusy (lemon/lime) and piney with some caramel.

The taste is of tart tropical/citric fruitiness, becoming pepper/spicy with tea-like bitterness. A hint of rounding caramel and a slight touch of alcohol come through.

Initially it is foamy and over-carbonated, despite a carefully pour. After head descends to a reasonable height, I carefully drank it to get the body to come to my lips from under the head. The body did still become foamy as it went over my tongue. After the second pour, it did have an improved body.

I suspect that something was off with the carbonation level on this bottle...hindering, but not destroying "drinkability"...
Anyway, hopefully, this was a fluke... The "locally grown hops" were appreciated in a more "balanced" interpretation of the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a nice white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It is really pleasent smelling. There is a bold floral scent here. The taste is good. The flavor is good. There is a good balance between malts and hops. Again, there is a floral flavor that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with a nice mild amount of carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is one of their better beers.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no freshness dating. Pours a nice rich clear honey golden color. Of white tiny buble head, leaving nice wispy lacing. Oh yeah this is the good stuff. Nose is bready, malt and resiny flowery hops. Medium body. Flavor hits the tongue immediatly, great hop character and malty glow. Full flavor and tasty. High quality and very enjoyable IPA. Anouther nice micro creation from NY state!

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber in color with a 1" head that quickly disappeared. Light lacing. Carbonation level seemed low. The aroma was of caramel and bitterness. The flavor followed suit as the bitterness and caramel tones seems to be slighty unbalanced on the lighter side with the malt level.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a short bitter finish. The brew was medium bodied. The drinkability level is good as the alcohol level seemed low for an IPA and the flavor was OK.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last review wasn't so hot, this bottle definitely redeemed itself. This beer is about hops and it seems a little old school in taste. Its a deep, citrus tang of a bitterness. Like grapefruit and orange rind with nice, long aftertaste. Oddly, the mouthfeel is still a bit creamy. My guess would be that an english yeast strain was used and that there isn't any dry-hopping as there aren't any sharp hop flavors like many of the top-rated American IPAs, but there's still a nice lupulin punch. I should mention there is a hint of biscuity malt in the aroma and flavor, but that's just an afterthought. I guess I'd call this beer a big English IPA, or maybe an IPA stuck somewhere inbetween the American and British IPAs. Either way, its worth a try.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for the trade!
Appears a medium amber color with a small 1/2" head that dissipates within a few seconds. A small amount of carbonation and lacing graces the glass as it goes down. Smells of a sweet caramel malt and a wood like, slightly resonous hop smell.
Tastes slightly bitter up front, hitting the middle of the toungue and leaves a slight linger of bitter hops in the back of the mouth and roof. Mouthfeel is okay with some mild carbonation & bitterness. Slightly watery texture that leaves a pleasant malt and hop aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty nice. Another IPA with lager like characteristics. Not too shabby.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger pillowy off white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell was strong upfront peppery and citrus hop. That's all I could decipher.

The taste featured a serious upfront hop. There were successive waves of resiny and peppery hop. A nice grain bill and a mild orange sweetness were detected at the finish.

The mouthfeel was sharp and clean.

Overall a high powered IPA. A hop lovers delight.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the winery/brewery complex in late July.

A: The IPA is a coppery brown color, rather clear even on the first pour. A small head, less than a finger, was easily accomodated in my Chimay glass. No lacing.

S: Plenty of caramel lingering around this beer. So much that it crowds out the hoppiness that I liked when I had it on tap.

T: Lots of caramel and just a bit of hops. The bready flavors are strong, mixing with the caramel for a full grainy body. Hoppiness comes late, blasting a flurry of flavor over the malts. The hoppiness isn't very strong although the bitterness lingers alongside the caramel. The hoppiness is weaker than I was expecting.

M: The mouthfeel is caramel malty, bready and sweet. The hops take second fiddle and never rise up.

D: A nice beer to sip on, just not hoppy enough for my tastes. That may actually aid the drinkability the more I think about it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head above the clear copper brew. Head is frothy and strong, with superb lacing. Aroma is a nice clean piney citrus, with indication of some malt backbone to balance. Taste is smooth malts, with hops character moving in and cranking up the radio, but only to 6 or 7. nicely balanced for an AIPA, which I have to appreciate. This balance makes the mouthfeel and drinkability excellent as well. Good one!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper Orange with a sticky lace of off-white. The aromas are all citrus and floral hops, sticky, and wonderfully aromatic, this is a real hopheads delight. The taste is all sticky floral and citrusy hops up front with a slight biscuity maltiness in the middle and a slightly dry finish rounds out this brew nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite lovely, as is the drinkability of this one. A real hoppy sessionable IPA from the finger lakes region.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt and light fruits. Flavor of caramel malt, some sweet fruits (tropical fruits, maybe a little banana), with a bittering finish. There is a slight vegetal quality to the malt. This is an ok IPA, not that hoppy really, definitely more malty. Still, a pleasant beer to drink.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a 12 oz longneck
Visually quite attractive,but not really what I expect from an IPA. Its a slighly murky, light brown colour with orangy tinges..small off white head,leaves nice lacing.
It has the usual IPA aromas,though a little subdiued also a slight honeyish scent.
Unusual taste, very sweet then a nice hop bitterness...though this seems to balance rather weell for an American IPa, remeinds me a bit of some of the British IPA/Golden ales.
Pretty darn nice on the tongue..smooth..long lasting after taste.
Quite a nice IPA, rather different than the usual PNW IPA, but If i had to compare it would be akin to Bridgeport IPA.
Thanks again to Jah Noth for this beer.

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Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in manhattan. It was poured into a Palm glass, my new favorite.

As an IPA it was typical of an east coast version. Not hoppy enough. Not bitter enough. However, as a good pale ale it was quite good. The one outstanding characteristic was the dark color. Dark copper bordering on brown.

Great malt flavor, just not enough hop to call it an IPA.

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Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle: This beer pours a crystal clear coppery amber color. It had a strong off-white head, that laces down the glass. The aroma is a nice hoppy grapefruit nose. The taste has a hint of sweetness in the background, with a strong grapefruit hop bite to the taste. A slight dryness to the finish. A very good beer!

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with off-white head, that fell to a thin ring. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is hoppy with a nice malty background. Taste provides a large toasted malt taste along with a good bit of hops. The malts and hops are well balanced gining a superb brew. Finish with nice hop bitterness, with againg also mixed with malt. An excellent, great tasting beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Calling your IPA "India Pale Ale" shows very little originality. Or maybe they're purists, which could bode very well for the beer itself. Doesn't really matter, let's pour...

Good-looking IPA, just as it should be: big fluffy head that lasts awhile sitting on top of a rusty pale-orange color. Leaves plenty of lacy trails on the glass too.

A fruity, sugary aroma hits the nose and stays there. Hops o'plenty, but nothing outstanding.

Flavor favors the hops, which have a grassy, rough, leafy bitterness. This would be overkill and one-dimensional in a lesser brewer's hands, but here the malts give a syrup-sweet backup, balancing, adding depth. Coarse bitterness meets candy-like gooey sweetness, along with a superbly creamy yet tingly mouthfeel which isn't too heavy or too thin. The almost exotic spiciness in the finish pushes this over the edge and gets close to "outstanding" territory.

The mouthfeel and hop-balancing sweetness almost veer into DoubleIPA-land. But not quite. This IPA stays true to its name. It's just plain delicious, but maybe due to its decidedly snappy bite and spicy finish, maybe not an IPA for all days and all seasons. I'm definitely bringing some back down to VA next time I head to NY.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shippos for the chance.
Pours a hyper clear copper and amber color. Heavy foam of off-white leaves a thin trail of some spotty lace.
Aroma has lots of hay and grass notes with some caramel and citrus as well.
Flavor has lots of citurs, grassy/earthy notes and some caramel and subtle pine cones.
Mouthfeel is somwhat dry after the hypersweet citurs wears off as it is cut by a dry bittering.
Drinkability is fairly good. A bit too thin for style fo me but overal taste profile is pretty positive. Grows on you as you consume the beverage.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper, orange color with a medium size off white head. Head retention was a bit weak, leaves a nice amount of lacing. Mild hoppy, aroma, nothing distinct.

First taste was disappointing, malty, bready and bitter. I was surprised to notice a follow-one flavor of what I normally expect in an IPA: citrus, spices and hops bitterness. Mouthfeel, after the first few sips was rich enough. A nice crisp IPA - not outstanding or memorable - but very drinkable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly clear copper body with about a finger of soapy, white head. Pretty good retention, as a cloud of foams sits atop the body throughout the entire drink. Nice lacing too, it does a good job of covering most of the glass.

Pretty hoppy nose. Fruity and a bit bitter with biscuit and caramel malt aromas behind it.

This thing is pretty good. The flavor is on the hoppy side, but not super hoppy. The hop profile is pretty interesting too; although a bit of grapefruit and some bitterness are noticeable, there is also a lot of earthy flavors mixed in with orange zest and pineapple. Behind that is a malt base that tastes like biscuit. Fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel is moderate in body and carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, and overall a decent IPA.

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India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.