1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Amnesia IPA - Indian Wells Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
62
poor

88 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 28.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indian Wells Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named for the beer that was shipped to Her Majesty’s Royal Army in India. This beer was brewed with large amounts of hops, which acted as a natural preservative in transit from the British Isles to India giving it the distinctive bitter taste. Modern Microbreweries now attempt to make IPAs as bitter as possible. Not us. We make the classic India Pale Ale, with an International bitterness rating of around 62. The taste is not overwhelmed with bitterness, but it allows you to enjoy the brilliant subtlety of the complex hops, aromas and flavors of four different hops used to finish our IPA. Oh yeah, we also hand-craft it at 7.2% alcohol by volume.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 08-07-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by shakeheap:
Photo of shakeheap
shakeheap

Oklahoma

1.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I admire the efforts of the little guys who go for wide distribution but I would recommend perfecting the recipe first. Slightly bitter but only for the sake of bitterness. Not a lot to comment on other than that.

I wanted to like this ale but the long and short of it is this is what I'd expect to taste if Anheuser Busch were to introduce and IPA. And I mean that only in the most respectful and kindest way.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:03:24 | More by shakeheap
More User Reviews:
Photo of ds18425
ds18425

Texas

1.96/5  rDev -21%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Creamy taste like no other IPA Ive tasted. Has no resemblance of an IPA in taste, feel and smell. Not much going on here and rather boring. I still cant believe its an IPA. Think i will skip trying this brew company for now but wish them the best of luck. :-)

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 22:08:57 | More by ds18425
Photo of jbuckhead
jbuckhead

California

1.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Isn't an IPA supposed to have some bitter quality from the hops? What I tasted was more sour than anything (perhaps they should just call it a sour beer). Also, not sure why there were proteins floating around in the beer. Shouldn't a professional brewery know how to get that out of the beer? This is he second of four styles I bought from these guys today, and so far they both sucked.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 04:02:14 | More by jbuckhead
Photo of Petersfavoritebrews
Petersfavoritebrews

California

3.75/5  rDev +51.2%

07-20-2014 19:58:44 | More by Petersfavoritebrews
Photo of DoctorQ9
DoctorQ9

California

2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

07-04-2014 00:32:42 | More by DoctorQ9
Photo of TX-Badger
TX-Badger

Texas

3/5  rDev +21%

06-08-2014 16:24:03 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of ACB
ACB

California

3/5  rDev +21%

05-29-2014 20:40:16 | More by ACB
Photo of adept1
adept1

Singapore

1.95/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I've been reading and consulting BA for a long time, but this is the beer that made me register. It's the worst craft beer I've ever had. In addition to the sub par taste and aroma, the carbonation on it was out of control. First I sipped from the bottle and the gases kind of exploded in my mouth! Then I decided to pour into a glass to let it mellow out for a while. Despite my slow and careful pour, the foam overflowed and I was left with a head that took up most of the glass. I put it in the fridge to try again later - took one more sip and poured the rest down the sink. I live in Singapore now where American craft beer is super expensive (about $7 USD for a 12oz bottle), so I'm glad this was a gift and not something I bought myself.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 08:17:31 | More by adept1
Photo of santomark
santomark

California

1.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Mother of gawd, I didn't even look at the reviews before I reviewed this brew. But fack, this is just downright awful. this tastes like rotten fruit, and I even received a fresh bottle. This is just very bland, no citrus from "6" hops, just blah. I'm sorry, if you crafted this, I commend you, but please try this different. There's nothing from the hops other than bitter, the only thing noticeable is the bitter and the malt. The only good thing I can say from this is I'm feeling light headed. Can't believe I spent $7 on a bottle of this. Do yourself a favor if you're a beer nerd, you probably know the store owner, ask him for an exchange.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 08:28:29 | More by santomark
Photo of Noxious26
Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +61.3%

05-03-2014 04:01:43 | More by Noxious26
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

3/5  rDev +21%

12-29-2013 04:05:12 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Booner818
Booner818

California

3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

11-17-2013 07:26:47 | More by Booner818
Photo of SteadySippin
SteadySippin

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured straight from bottle to a chilled glass.

Appearance - To me it looks like your typical IPA, dark amber color with a touch of light brown. After pouring there wasn't much head, about a fingers worth. Quickly dissipates to a thin and hardly noticeable head. Noticeable lacing around the glass.

Smell - For some reason, I immediately thought of pizza dough when I took a sniff of this beer. Some caramel hints but not much hop presence that I can smell.

Taste - After reading some of the reviews on this one, I really didn't think this beer was going to taste good. I have to disagree here. The first thing I notice as I take a drink is the piney hop flavor that really presents itself without being too bitter. The hops tie in nicely to the malt and caramel flavors in this beer, but I will say that for an IPA it isn't as bitter as I would like. It does taste good, but it doesn't scream IPA.

Mouth - Feels light bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down decently smooth but the carbonation lightly tickles the back of the throat. It is a little watery.

Overall - It seems that this is either a love it or hate it beer. I have to say that it isn't amazing but it is quite drinkable. My main gripe with it is that it really doesn't seem like a true IPA. The hops just aren't there like they should be. The other flavors that come through kind of make up for this, though. If you're expecting a true, bitter IPA then you will be disappointed. I wouldn't pick up a six pack but I may be tempted to pick up a single bottle later on down the road.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:05:38 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of ste5venla
ste5venla

California

2/5  rDev -19.4%

10-31-2013 02:15:15 | More by ste5venla
Photo of TxMdScotty298
TxMdScotty298

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +71.4%

10-11-2013 00:44:06 | More by TxMdScotty298
Photo of laceratekane
laceratekane

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

09-28-2013 01:34:57 | More by laceratekane
Photo of jngrizzaffi
jngrizzaffi

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

09-26-2013 23:07:51 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of Jame515
Jame515

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +31%

09-25-2013 00:00:54 | More by Jame515
Photo of Mosmo
Mosmo

Texas

3/5  rDev +21%

08-13-2013 23:49:11 | More by Mosmo
Photo of aquazr1
aquazr1

California

2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-11-2013 02:59:22 | More by aquazr1
Photo of JCC78
JCC78

Mississippi

1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

08-04-2013 19:27:28 | More by JCC78
Photo of Irrationalist
Irrationalist

California

3/5  rDev +21%

06-23-2013 01:31:56 | More by Irrationalist
Photo of midnitesun11
midnitesun11

California

2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

06-22-2013 03:38:04 | More by midnitesun11
Photo of ZiegMeister
ZiegMeister

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

06-08-2013 18:28:05 | More by ZiegMeister
Photo of blastoderm55
blastoderm55

Texas

1/5  rDev -59.7%

06-07-2013 02:35:50 | More by blastoderm55
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.