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Amnesia IPA - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 105
Avg: 2.48
pDev: 29.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 08-07-2008

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.
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Photo of largadeer
1.28/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Murky, hazy pondwaterish amber. A white head rises to about an inch and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Malty and bready; a bit of mineral and a hint of sulphur, almost like a natural hot spring. Yeah, this is kind of gross. Not much hop aroma to speak of, perhaps a touch of citrusy cascade that barely rises above the warm bog aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: A fairly dry biscuity malt base makes up the bulk of the flavor; for an IPA, there's not actually a lot of hop flavor, or bitterness for that matter. There's something noticeably off here too, a funky mineral-esque character that becomes more and more of a detraction with each sip. This is truly bad stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the first new things I tried over the weekend, I have to admit I had never even heard of this one before when I saw it sitting there. I figured it could not hurt so I went in and tried it. Decent pour, nothing mind blowing, but decent for the style. Medium amber in color with a soft white head of foam that capped the top of the glass rather nicely. Faded out fairly quickly though and left behind a nearly bare top with minimal lacing and some carbonation coming up from the surface. Aroma is very light, nearly non existent at times but what you can find is a light citric hoppiness, caramel and bready malts, well balanced, but again just very light and this carries over in the flavor profile as well. Very light, nearly watered down flavor with a very over carbonated body leads to some very lack luster impressions. Soft hops are quickly shunned by a grainy malt bill that all but over rides their presence. Thin feel is way over carbonated and this too leads to it coming across as if it was far lighter then it should have been. It was clean and quite drinkable it was just the lack of depth in the flavor that would keep me from coming back to it again.

Overall I will have to pass on this one, just too bland for me.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper colored IPA.

Sour grains and light earthy pine with a weird soapiness aroma.

Light caramel malts with a light sour to almost soapy pine and maybe a hint of floral hops taste.

A light dry aftertaste with hints of caramel on this medium bodied beer.

Not much for a IPA, might work as a light amber, light red, either way I think I'm gonna have to pass on buying any more beers from Indian Wells, unless of course down the road I hear that things have changed for the better their.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.09/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Chris (Spycow) for this gem. Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - This beer actually looks pretty good. Generous white foam has surprisingly good retention and settles to some wisps, a thick collar, and splotchy lace. The body is a murky orange-brown color.

S - No idea on freshness, but this smells like sugar. Just sugar. Cloying and strange sweetness.

T - The taste is even worse, with strange herbs, watery cauliflower, and a hint of seltzer water. No obvious bitterness, and the finish is mercifully quick.

M - Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, slimy. I suppose one positive is the well-hidden ABV.

D - Easily one of the worst IPAs I've ever had. Competitive with Keith's.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.03/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Dang, those before me are a little harsh. Pours a little cloudy dark yellow/orange, good head. Smell, nothing coming out, some unfinished alcohol remnants (acetyl something right?).

Taste, yeah, its bitter, not bitter balanced, just bitter, alcohol very pronounced. Mouthfeel is a little on the not good sour side. Drinkability, a little too acidic o have a bunch, but they do the trick. Not the greatest effort, but I've had worse.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Another great thanks to spycow for supplying us with this amazing brew.

A - A little bit brownish for an IPA, but looks fine. Brownish orange color with a hazy body and a pretty nice looking white head it. Moderate lace.

S - Smells obnoxiously sweet and candy like.

T - Not sure what this taste is excactly. Broccoli? Cauliflower? Odd herbal and garden tastes. Not good at all.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Maybe the taste is making my mind play tricks on me, but somehow it feels gross.

O - Yuck. Don't drink this. Freakin' horrible.

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.95/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy light copper colour. Decent amount of head, and the lacing isnt that bad either. However, a shade lighter and I may confuse it for a Hefe if you just sat it down and told me to guess.

Theres is very little on the nose. Faint somewhat stale hop aroma, and a little bit of malt. No pine or woodsyness, nor anything remotely floral.

Like in the nose, I got this hop taste that was...well, stale is the best way I can put it...like the hops were past their prime. It wasnt very pleasant. Abv claims 7%+, which I may believe, as there is a little warm sensation after a few sips. This thing just doesnt have much balance to it.

The feel is average I'd say. Not horrible, but had the hops have been fresh tasting, a cleaner, refreshing bite would have been nice.

For the price, and the over all experience, drinkability falls to the wayside. Maybe an unexperienced IPA drinker may find it palatable, but me being an IPA fan, even the most average of the average tower over this in drinkability.

This beer is basically good to get another notch on the old belt , but nothing more. Try one, and then forget you ever did.

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3.39/5  rDev +36.7%
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.


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2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark hamber with haze, small suspended yeast particles, and a medium sized head. Nose has an off-toffee aroma. On the palate the beer comes across as watery, low on hop flavor, and has a somewhat chalky character. Some off-flavors on the finish too. Avoid this beer if you can.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat of a murky gold color with no head. The aroma is sweet, a little fruity... and nearly completely missing hops. The taste has a little bitterness, but very little hop flavor. It's more malty than bitter, and the body is rather watery.

I haven't had a decent beer from this brewery yet, and this one is the worst, a beer that doesn't match the style at all.

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Photo of arizcards
2.58/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was given to me as a gift for helping a friend. Seen this brewery at Total Wine a number of times but never picked any up.

Beer poured a golden orange with a thin small head.

Nose is funky, kind of citrus gone bad with some pale malts.

Taste is pretty unexciting, some toasted grainy malts to start. Finishes with a light citrus hop. It is pretty uneven and not meshing well.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, fairly average.

Overall this beer is off from what i would expect. Not sure if i got a bad bottle but in looking at the average scores "It is what it is".

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Photo of Floydster
1.35/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 ounce purchased as part of a six pack for seven dollars from Whole Foods in El Segundo, opened another bottle to make sure the first was not a bad one, both the same and I do not know what to do with other four now, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden amber color that is a little cloudy, absolutely no head or lacing, flat and funky looking brew
S-Malt, caramel, toffee, some grass, no hoppiness, random sweetness, and rotten fruit
T-Not much here, the only taste that sticks out at the beginning is taosted or biscuity-malt, then some weird sweet flavor in the finish, where are the hops, they are seriosuly nowhere to be found, does not change much over time, just gets worse, no citrus, pine, or anything, the taste is helpless
M-Sweet and tangy mouthfeel, thin bodied, not enough carbonation, taste lingered unfortunately
D-Could not drink a twelve ounce serving, poured it out, flavor was unbearable and sweet accents added heaviness, not smooth or enjoyable

Honestly the worst IPA I have ever had, this beer has my vote for my worst of 2008 period, starting to see why this brewery does not get more credit in the area, will never touch again, probably ending throwing the others out because I am embarrassed to even give these out as extras, do yourself a favor and do not drink this for any reason

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Photo of Pegasus
1.87/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Moderately hazy amber body, with a modest, fine-beaded white head, which soon collapses to a dusting of white foam. Modest agitation, say by gently tipping the glass, produces a surge of foam at the glass walls. The lacing is fine, and glass-coating.

Aroma: Dark bread notes and malt dominate the aroma, the hop presence is only slightly notable, and has an herbal quality. In all, the aroma seems quite understated for the style.

Taste: The taste begins with dark, bready malts, as the aroma would suggest. As the taste progresses, there is a moderate herbal hop presence, with a level of restraint that I would expect to find in a pale ale. Later in the taste, there are some citric hops. Finishes with a mild herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Soft, but a bit thin, with very mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An lackluster example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uber-strange beer. Not sure why it's called an IPA. If anything, kind of a weird malty barley-winey ... thing.

Pours amber. Smells like ... weird musty pine/vegetables. Taste has a bready maltiness that seems somewhat rancid and sickly sweet. What bitterness there are seems to be as much a metallic chemical burn as anything else.

Watery, not a tremendous effort.

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Photo of wagenvolks
1.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle (single purchase) into a Carolina Brewing Co. pint glass.

Amnesia pours a golden-copperish hue with a decent clarity and a stubborn, off-white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing. This is an IPA, right? Because I'm getting major notes of wheat and fruity hefeweizen bouquets backed by some cooked veggies and sour whiskey mash. The hops finally show up after some digging, but it's too little too late, and the floral, tree-sap notes don't do much to resurrect the aroma on this beer.

Things start pleasantly, with some caramel malts, light booze, and toasted toffee notes. Again, I'm getting a wheaty, hefeweizen vibe. Where are the hops? Oh well, on to the mouthfeel. Somewhat chalky, well-carbonated body with a medium consistency. Ugh...in rushes a nasty medicinal aftertaste leaving sour notes of bitter aspirin all over the back of the palate. Not a fan at all. I hope this beer gives me Amnesia, because I want to forget this drain-pour as soon as possible.

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Photo of nickd717
1.24/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours medium amber with a small white head. Doesn't look terrible.

Floral hop aroma and...AH INDIAN WELLS!!! Some serious weird stuff going on. Some bad earthiness to it.

The flavor is really rancid. Sickening even. I can't even say why it is, but it's dirty tasting and vegetal.

The palate is thin and astringent. Just not good, and didn't sit well in my stomach.

One of the worst IPAs I've had. I hope I get amnesia and forget this experience.

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Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +59.3%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
1.8/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours a muddy amber with a foamy off white head and lots of sticky lacing. Odd looking to say the least.

S-Lots of caramel malt, little to no discernible hop presence.

T-Pretty bad really. Pungent with a very light malt presence; some tangy hops in the mid palate.

M-Thin, watery, blah.

D-Pretty much undrinkable.


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Photo of DogFood11
2.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Floor display at the local whole foods had this on sale. 7.99 for any IPA is hard to find so in the cart it goes. I like the name and the bottle design is alright. Poured into a pint glass it is easily managed. Head falls to a thin, sustained head. Light copper body with tons of carbonation.

Hmmm. Smells kinda like a second run of a barleywine mash. A small beer of sorts. Mild apricot makes up the lame hop profile and the malt bill is equally as dull. Soggy wheat bread and sprite like carbonation make up the middle and the ending is watered with some lingering acidity.

Notes: Regardless of style classifications it just doesn't taste good and thats all that matters to me. It is far from an IPA of any nature and falls short no matter what its called. Avoid.

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Photo of bmwats
2.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. Low carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a little blanket of spotty foam on the surface. A bit of spotty lacing remains.

S: Sharp hops, pine nuts, and a hint of citrus. Kind of a soapy, musty nose.

T: Hops are not as sharp as the nose gives off. As a matter of fact they're quite dull and subdued. It is, however, really piny if you like that sort of thing (unfortunately, I don't consider this a good quality).

M: Has a kinda' musty quality to it. A light bodied beer with a steely aftertaste.

D: Serviceable. . . I mean, there are certainly quite a number of beers that I would want to drink less than I would this one. So, it's got that going for it. . . which is nice.

Atmosphere is decent. Really nice appearance (but that's where the train starts to get off the tracks), and the nose is pretty similar to most any other IPA, but has an "old-sittin'-around-gathering-dust" quality. The flavor, unfortunately, falls a little flat. Hops are really washed out and lackluster. Also, a musty feel and steely finish don't help the cause. Overall, this quaff has been found lacking (which is disappointing because I really enjoy a good IPA.)

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2.02/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Slightly hazed amber with an off-white head that leaves descent lacing.

S - Sugary toffee malt, some buttery diacetyl, leafy, butterscotch

T - Medicinal-like herbal hops, toffee underneath, some band-aid and buttery flavors mixing around. Some light unkown fruitiness. The rough medicinal-herb flavor grows stronger as it warms and gets pretty distracting.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body.

Good looking and average mouthfeel but there's something not right about this beer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
2.86/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an ugly dark amber (almost brown) color with a descent head. Smell is not very appealing either. Not getting a very strong citrus, hop, or piney smell. A little bit of a sweet and sour scent. The taste is initially some maltiness, followed by very slight hoppiness. This is very watered down for an IPA. The mouthfeel is the only thing about this beer that is pretty normal. The drinkability is descent. With so many amazing IPAs made here in California, it's hard to believe they continue to brew this one.

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Photo of deereless
3.12/5  rDev +25.8%
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

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +68.5%
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.

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Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.