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Amnesia IPA - Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA

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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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1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ZiegMeister, Jun 08, 2013
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1/5  rDev -60.6%

blastoderm55, Jun 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

Clem319, May 18, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

alwaysplayin, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

acevenom, Apr 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

gregoryhersh, Feb 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

sansho, Feb 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

WDJersey, Feb 02, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -50.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

gtermi, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.4/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

fox227, Jul 08, 2012
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
Photo of StLThrash
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a trade with Rizalini... thanks Bryin. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A - slightly hazy, orangeish, very little head and what there was dissipated quickly. Just a slight bit of lacing from the first ring.

S - medicinal, earthy, a slight bit of pine, no citrus, but almost like cooked vegetables. strange smell - definitely not a true hoppy IPA smell.

T - Decent - nothing special, but nothing too nasty. I was a little worried considering the other reviews.

M - Kind of flat. Not a lot of carbonation. Not really smooth. One and done with this one. Glad I only had 1.

Overall - avoid. Nothing special here. I think the Poor rating is maybe just a bit harsh, but I definitely wouldn't buy it.

StLThrash, Apr 13, 2012
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2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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".

arizcards, Mar 09, 2012
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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.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

TrojanWheels, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

rtaps, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of treque
2.93/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a dirty orange color, some amber hues, semi hazy, looks like no filtered beer, there is almoust no carb and no head at all, dissipates so fast

S: not smell at all, there is no hops aroma no floral, no citrusy, no piny, a little caramel, honey and nutty

T: so flat, a little hops, medium body, musty and dry finish

treque, Dec 27, 2011
Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.