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India Pale Ale - Wagner Valley Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiredave on 10-20-2002)
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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +6.7%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +6.7%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nataku00
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Label seems to make this out to be English style IPA more than an American one so I'll treat it as such. Beer pours a clear dark bronze color with a finger and a half of off white bubbly head. Plenty of sticky lacing as the head recedes to a mix of small and large bubbles scattered across the surface and collar. Well carbonated, many tiny bubbles floating up.

Nose has light earthy and grassy hop aromas but mainly malty, with caramel and bread. Pretty weak aromas as well, unfortunately.

Definitely an English IPA with earthy bitterness initially, then a big malt backbone, biscuit, bread, caramel. Finish is medium with some lingering malty flavors and a big earthy and grassy bitterness drying out the tongue a bit.

Medium to full body with a thick syrupy feel to it. Pretty uncomfortable to drink with the big mouthfeel to this.

nataku00, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Wagner Valley India Pale Ale pours a completely see through amber. There's only about a finger of bone colored head, and it fades somewhat quickly. Lacing is nonexistent. The nose is impressively pungent, and varied. There's a classic grapefruity citrus note from the Cascade hops used, as well as a light, almost flowery herbal quality present as well. There's also an unpleasant dankness that I've come to associate with Simcoe hops, and it's really the only down part of he aroma. You may be noticing a lack of any mention of malty/sweet aromas, and that's because there are none, and that carries over into the flavor. There's really no backbone to the beer, it just jumps right in to a solid bite of bitterness, and a back end of hop flavors that mirror those found in the nose. The body passes being bone dry, and lands itself in "watery" territory. Carbonation is very good though, the bubbles help the hoppy flavors pop, while not overwhelming the barely there body. Wagner Valley IPA's got a very good aroma, and if the malt bill was shored up a bit the rest of the beer could follow suit.

axeman9182, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of muletrane
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice 2 fingers of creamy dense off white head. Lots of nice lacing all over my glass.

S: Nice floral hop nose with a touch of malt. Nice citrus notes as well.

T: A touch of malt and then the hops come in. Lots of Hop character in this IPA. Floral and citrusy. A Hop-Head delight! Hops up front and in the finish. Nice bitterness in the finish but not too dry.

M: Medium/Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness through out. Nice!

This is a great IPA for folks that love them floral and hoppy. One of my favorite IPA's from one of my favorite places to vacation.

muletrane, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Tartarus
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Much darker than most IPA's I've had recently. About a finger of head that stays for a minute or two and then leaves a nice little layer on top.

S: Hops and an interesting spicy malt scent.

T: Unlike a lot of IPA's where they smack you in the face with hops, I got the malt flavor first and then the hops are mixed in nicely. Still a healthy hop flavor, but it's a nice change of pace. When you let it sit for a minute you get a coffee/caramel taste. I feel like I need to suspend my ideas of what an IPA is while I drink this but in now way is that a bad thing.

M: Heavier mouthfeel reasonable amount of carbonation and keeps it's smoothness.

D: It's very tasty, but I don't know if I could drink another tonight.

D:

Tartarus, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label.
Clear, copper colored with a nice two finger frothy head that dissipates ever so slowly leaving behind some real nice lacing.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy with faint sweetness, hints of citrus, pine and some malts.
Taste is high on hops, a hop-heads delight this one.
Dang, this one is hops all the way, assault of hops on the taste buds. Bitter hoppy finish that lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel on this one is really good, chewy and oily hop character. Beautiful!!!
A must-try for every hop head.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wagner Valley IPA is a sparkling, crystal clear amber ale with a fluffy off-white head that has outstanding retention. It has a sharp grapefruit/pine aroma. It's medium bodied, foamy and very smooth. The finish is clean. It's simple and bitter with a very green, leafy bitterness. The malt balances it out well, to make it a very drinkable pale ale.

yesyouam, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured this beer at the brewery on Aug. 24, kept on ice and stored in the fridge since.
Poured it heavy and it produced a nice head that mostly faded leaving a layer and excellent lacing. Beer has a light amber hue with soft carbonation. The moderate aroma of fresh malts and earthy floral hops blend interestingly to create that "old world" character. Flavor starts off malty bitter, continues that way into the finish with a long dry texture. Really neat combo. Must try.

outdoorbrewer, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Franz4
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a penny copper color with an off-white head, about a finger's worth.

S- smells sweet with a slight pine hint to it, very fresh

T- the hops come through in the taste, with some additional lemon flavor... lemon pine-sol comes to mind, although it's not that bad.

M- initial carbonation fades quickly, hoppy finish that stays with you for a while.

D- seems to me the biggest drawback to this beer is it's lack of balance, average at best, there are plenty of better IPAs out there.

Franz4, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear honey amber apricot colored with a frothy beige head that comes from a vigorous pour. Aroma of bready malt and understated hops, some lemon and metallic notes.

Even flavor of hops and malt, neither one dominates, fairly well balanced. Malty flavors seem a bit muted, maybe staled. Hops move from orange rind to pine and back again. Resiny pine hops linger. Some metallic and powdery notes.

Even mouthfeel, finishes somewhat dry and tingly. Decent drinkability, but I would like some fresher flavors.

far333, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

akorsak, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a sixer at Wegman's. A fingerlake brew to get close to closing out summer

A- pours a copper carbonated body with a super white head of foam. There is literally big time lacing swooped all over the sides

S- a pretty strong scent of grapefruit and some sweet fruit. There is a prevelant malt profile that is present as well.

T- a surprising dominance of bitterness with grapefruit and pine flavor. It's just a real bitter brew

M- medium bodied and creamy

D- Wagner Valley IPA makes a very bitter and dry brew. The emphasis on grapefruit and bitter themes make it different in the IPA sense. Not bad at all

lovindahops, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

david18, May 13, 2010
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It comes out a bit of a heartier color than a good portion of IPA's in my opinion, almost like a heavier lager. It's a nice amber reddish/orange color with good clarity to it. It has a very thick frothy white head that produces a great deal of lacing, it's a very good looking beer. The smell is also very good, very hoppy. You can really smell the hops right after you crack it open, it's pretty nice. Pine hops dominate the nose. It's funny because the taste is dominated by hops as well, but it tastes more like citrus hops than pine to me. On top of that it's more bitter tan I expected, almost has some lemon and orange zest to it. Overall the taste is pretty good, directely to the point, it doesn't mess around. A slight bite from the hops in the mouthfeel and it's pretty drinkable. It's a very solid IPA.

AndyAvalanche, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold with a big frothy head of white foam. Nose is pine and grapefruit with a hint of lemon. Solid bitterness and a resiny body. A bit of apple sneaks in, but not too much. Finishes strong with a big lingering bitter aftertaste. Nice balance of sweetness and hops, and good job packing rich hop flavour into this one. Tasty, drinkable and satisfying.

allergictomacros, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jameswaldo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like a quick high pour of bottle into pint glass to see how heaping I can get the head without it slopping over glass edge. A firm gelatinous foam with gluey viscosity can sit there bulging for a minute before it gets down below rim to let you delve for first sip. This is very pretty! Also helps get carbonation down a bit to prevent what would otherwise be overly fizzy mouth feel. Color is redder than usual copper IPA, an 18 on my SRM by winter snowlight filtered through dining room window; hop haze opaque the way I love it. Smells of good yeast and grass and citrus hops. Tastes a surprisingly wide range of bitter and mulchy hopblossoms around a light caramel malt toast politely balancing the bitter, with delish tongue-coating hop feel hanging on into persistent aftertaste. I'd love to keep some of this in my fridge IPA stock at all times, but it's a bit too expensive. This is brewed just 30 miles from my home in Ithaca; if I could get a 6-pack for $8, I'd be drinking it more regularly. Hops finesse in this IPA is unusually fine.

jameswaldo, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

jwc215, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque, reddish amber color with a half inch of bubbly head. Nice retention, nice lacing.

Smell: A balanced, hoppy/sweet smell. Reminds me a bit more of a pale ale than an IPA. A wee bit disappointing.

Taste: A much stronger hop presence than the smell indicated. A reasonably strong, citrusy grapefruit kind of bitterness with a slight malt backbone giving some balance.

Mouthfeel: A surprisingly full-bodied brew. Nice carbonation, good texture, and a nice bite from the hops.

Drinkability: Not a shabby IPA. The taste is much better than what the smell would indicate, and the mouthfeel is very good. I wouldn't mind having a few more of these in my fridge.

krisandajt, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear copper with two fingers of frothy light beige head.

Smell is full of resiny, sappy, herbal and earthy hop aromas, along with some caramel sweetness and lightly toasted biscuit malt. There's an odd buttery aroma going on, as well; not sure where that comes from.

Tastes much like it smells, with the hops being very resiny, herbal and earthy. Lots of pine and leafy tobacco hop flavor, along with leather and wood. No citrus hops here. There is, however, a very solid toasty, biscuit malt base with some deep caramel sweetness. It's well balanced but is not lacking in hops at all. It has quite a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body but has a real chewiness to it. It's quite rich for an IPA, with a good level of carbonation and a slick, oily feel.

This is a well put together IPA, and is a nice change of pace from the many citrusy IPAs out there. This is much earthier and piny than many others. The only thing that bugs me a bit is that it's on the expensive side - I typically see it for between $11 and $12 a 6er, and there are many excellent IPAs that can be had for $3-4 cheaper than that. A tasty beer nonetheless.

number1bum, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Hojaminbag, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of kevman527
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers from this brewery.

A: Dark for an ipa, a rich amber color. Not a lot of head but leaves decent lacing.

S: Mostly malt, some earthiness.

T: First taste you get a full onslaught of malty goodness followed by the bitterness of the hops. Leaves a little bit of an bitter aftertaste.

M: Very light on the mouth with its low carbonation.

D: This is an ipa I could drink several of in a sitting, a little bit heavy at 6% abv but still easily drinkable.

kevman527, May 22, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear dark apricot color with an inch of lingering bone white foam. Lemon, orange and caramel fills the nose. Initial taste is of bitter grapefruit peel, lemon, and orange, followed by sweet toasted grains, bread, and malt. This IPA was amply carbonated and medium bodied. Wish I had easier access to this one once in a while.

ClockworkOrange, May 09, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

BEERchitect, May 04, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 31, 2009
India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.