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Amnesia IPA - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA

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BA SCORE
63
poor

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 28.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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)
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4.25/5  rDev +67.3%

TxMdScotty298, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bottle-conditioned haze from the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Color is a deep amber . The head is impressive with many different sized bubbles, and plenty of retention along with some lacing. Plenty of bubbles glide through the sticky body. Would be a 5 with if it were a bit lighter and more clear.

S- Bitter floral scents on top of a clean, malt body with a bit of light caramel sweetness

T- The taste is clean and bitter in an herbal way. Some complexity from the yeast with sour, "funky" flavors.

M- Smoothly carbonated with a full body.

D- This beer is has a lot more to it than it's getting credit for on this website. Maybe they changed their recipe or maybe I like shitty IPAs.

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +57.5%

Steven1024, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +57.5%

Noxious26, May 03, 2014
Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold/pale amber, it has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to thin foamy head that is lasting, and a little foamy lace.

Aroma is juicy wet leaves, spicy, faint Bergamot plus grapefruit, raisins, green apple.

Taste is leafy with green apples, hint of Bergamot, light juiciness and mineral, toasty grain. It has restrained bitterness balanced by light sweetness and a light marmalade finish. Overall, character is fairly mild, but has enough interest and a pleasantly firm character nevertheless, and is nicely balanced. This is one of the best beers from this brewer in my book. I wouldn't really say it's a great example of an IPA, but it is a very enjoyable, slightly different beer that nevertheless has firm hop character.

Offa, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +47.6%

111213forlife, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +47.6%

thkrb99, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +47.6%

Petersfavoritebrews, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +37.8%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +37.8%

laceratekane, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of hayalex6
3.4/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think all of the previous reviews must've been from a bad batch, because I get no alcohol on the nose, the appearance isn't cloudy at all, but a clear amber.

And to those who say no hops, y'all must've had a really old bottle or they changed their recipe because the hops blast you first in the nose, and then on the tongue. The hops linger in your mouth even 10 minutes after drinking.

Mouthfeel is the most disappointing aspect of this beer, as it just feels empty. Malts are seemingly non-existent, and it has a slight watery mouthfeel to it. I can't taste or smell the alcohol.

Overall this is a decent hop forward IPA, but lacks balance.

hayalex6, Mar 06, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev +33.9%

Jahgrizzly, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.35/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very weird beer. Amnesia I.P.A. has a thin, egg-shell colored head and a hazy, dark amber appearance that really clouds up once one swishes the bottom 20% and pours it in. Little brown chunks are also floating about. The aroma is rich, caramel, grapefruit, and spicy, but the flavor comes across flat, watery, somewhat fruity (turned fruit, really), and odd. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Anmesia I.P.A. finishes fairly refreshing, yet one gets a bit of a turned flavor. Certainly, if nothing else, it's interesting. I'd say it's worth a try for those who like off-the-wall beer flavors.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +28%

Jame515, Sep 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +28%

CorgiDad, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of SteadySippin
3.23/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

SteadySippin, Nov 06, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev +23.2%

glmccuskey, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of deereless
3.13/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin layer of head which dropped relatively quickly, medium copper to light amber in color, active carbonation in the beer - 2.75, S: Solid dosing of pale malts and biscuity aromas on the nose, gentle smells of floral and citrusy hops, though it's a fine line Amnesia seems to gravitate towards an English rather than an American IPA given the malt presence - 3.00, T: Though there are recognizable characteristics of an IPA, the flavors are quite subtle, noticeable caramel malts and with a slight toastiness, small hop bite, some grapefruit rind on the tongue - 3.00, M: Medium bodied and a little prickly - 3.50, D: All in all a drinkable beer, just a touch tame for an American IPA but a really good Pale Ale, in my opinion Amnesia would benefit from a balance that favors the hops rather than the malts a little more - 3.50

deereless, May 01, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates at a normal rate. There is some nice lacing.
AROMA:
I smell more malts than hops, not what I expect for an IPA, the hops I do smell are grassy.
FLAVOR:
Light caramel malts to start then there is a small burst of bit of grapefruit bitterness which fades pretty quickly
MOUTHFEEL:
Light to medium bodied beer. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Easy drinking IPA that feels more like a pale ale.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812-Sean

seanbhudson, Dec 30, 2008
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3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pilsner glass at the Brewery. The beer had an amber color to it, with a decent thick, foamy head. Minimal hops aroma in comparison to most IPAs. The beer had a mild hop-forward flavor, and tasted almost in between the flavors of tradition west coast fresh-hop IPAs and east coast IPAs. The feel of it was unremarkable in mouth, with a flat, crisp edge to it. Aftertaste was also middle of the road when compared to most IPAs. The beer itself was easy to drink, and the flavor was enjoyable. One of the stronger productions from this brewery, but mediocre with what is available out there in the IPA genre.

GarthDanielson, Nov 12, 2010
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

ACB, May 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

gregoryhersh, Feb 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

Mosmo, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

rtaps, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
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Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.