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Amnesia IPA - Indian Wells Brewing Company

Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 27.53%

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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Photo of slatetupelo


2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a medium to dark copper with just a thin head.

T - I had not read any reviews on this beer before trying it and had hoped that I'd stumbled across a really good new brew, BUT this was really underwhelming. It just has a really odd taste that is hard to pin down. There is some bitterness there but not really a good bitterness there is a really odd aftertaste that lingers. I imagine this is what flat Dawn dish washing liquid tastes like.

M - Too distracted by the taste to even notice.

D - I'm glad that I just bought this as a single and not a six pack. One was enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:26:51 | More by slatetupelo
Photo of deereless


3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:51:56 | More by deereless
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 23:24:55 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of EgadBananas


1.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:58:06 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of hayalex6


3.4/5  rDev +37.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 21:59:05 | More by hayalex6
Photo of yemenmocha


2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 01:15:48 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brown. Cloudy. Off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Malts and hops. pretty nice. Actually the best part of this beer.

Taste: Strange hop selection. English noble? Not an american IPA here.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Astringent. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Literally hard to get down

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:56:57 | More by Squelch
Photo of ELDAVIS69


1.78/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A friend of mine picked up a six pack of this swill last week. Their is a slight hop presence in the nose but once it hits your tastebuds it's absolutely terrible. This was a terrible Ipa and the only thing i would compare it to is watered down motts applesauce.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 18:37:38 | More by ELDAVIS69
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.31/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 04:41:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of shakeheap


1.73/5  rDev -30%
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
Photo of vdread


2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amnesia IPA
bottle to glass

when i saw this in the store, i didn't want to get it at first, but it was on sale. the label looks uninspired, but i decided to try it anyway.

pours attractively dark and hazy amber color. the head, however, is tiny and disappears in seconds, leaving no lace whatsoever.

nose is of grassy hops and some caramel malt. not much else, and not very impressive for an IPA. taste is pretty bland. the hops are dull and nearly nonexistent, the caramel malt takes over and something else sticks to the palate...something metallic or earthy. i can't quite put my finger on this taste. whatever it is, it's bad. mouthfeel is thin, slick, unpleasant. drinkability is very low to low. nearly lacking in any taste, especially the hops i was expecting. it's like if inbev tried to make an IPA this is what would come out.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 11:30:12 | More by vdread
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.18/5  rDev +69.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:34:43 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of NorCalYeti


2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

taste- malted toast, bacony

color- amber

clarity- slightly cloudy, sediment

smell- very alcoholic

body- barleywine-like, full body, smooth

appearance- sleeper, unassuming

overall impression- fell short, not my style

notes- i was expecting one thing and got another, and not in a good way. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:35:54 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of boomer31


2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle via b-day gift 'beer of the month' club.

A - Looked like beer
S - You got to be kidding me! An IPA?!?! I'm confused, I thought IPAs were hoppy
T - Tasted like a beer I would drink during a game of beer pong. No hops present here at all
M - Beerish
D - Yea it was drinkable, but mercy where are the hops?

Thank goodness Bear Republic was the first beer in the beer of the month club because this is a poor showing. This simply cannot be catagorized as an IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 01:45:32 | More by boomer31
Photo of jbphoto88


2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The lack of creativity and simplicity of the label spurred the purchase of this beer. I figure that a brewery that doesn't have flashy design must use the quality of their product to sell via word of mouth... right? I have been schooled.

The beer pours a hazed orange terra-cotta color with a grayish tan cap. Not great retention but there is some spit looking suds that stick to the edges of the glass.

Nowhere are the hops I expect to smell from an American IPA. The overall scent is muted stale grains and a hint of bitterness. A bad start.

The taste is equally underwhelming. Again no hops except for a bitterness that can be confused with over carbonation. The stale malts from the nose turn into a copper flavor and lose any semblance of the original character they might have had.

The mouthfeel is good despite the lack of nose and taste. The bitterness is present that one would expect from an IPA and the beer has a certain something that makes it drinkable. If the mouthfeel were to falter this would be an instant drain pour. For now I'll suffer through because I paid for it.

This is a poor beer. It's not tasty in any way and nothing except the metallic bitterness resembles the style. In the long run this beer tastes like a cheap mineral water and in my book should be avoided or at least called something other then IPA. I guess the cheap label is indicative of the cheap swill inside and I hope the amnesia kicks in and helps me forget that I still have 5 more in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:12:33 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of bmwats


2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 02:19:15 | More by bmwats
Photo of theghost3


2.17/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light, translucent copper with a 1-finger head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

The smell is really subdued throughout, just sweet caramel malts, wheat & a hint of herbal hops. The taste is dominated by sweetness from the malts, it's bready with just a slight hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp at first but then sticky.

I don't know what this beer is, but it is not like any IPA I've ever had. Where are the hops? Why is it so dominated by sweet malt? I'll pass on this next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 03:21:33 | More by theghost3
Photo of allengarvin


2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 06:00:18 | More by allengarvin
Photo of wagenvolks


1.7/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 04:34:13 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of chapka


2.1/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like an IPA; there was a nice rocky head in my sampler glass, though it didn't last.

Smells like hops, but not in a good way; vegetal, like damp compost. The flavor is strangely sweet, and there is no hop character in the finish: just a lingering, cloying, almost oily sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 04:41:27 | More by chapka
Photo of dwheeler


1.85/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer is terrible. Got a six pack at whole foods, bad idea. Being an aussie I can't waste beer; that said I am going to really struggle through these.

App: Light copper colour, low carbonation with little head. Smell: vegetable, hops malt and maybe something else nasty. Taste: Bad, some kind of bitter vegetable flavour.

Leave this one one the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 20:52:06 | More by dwheeler
Photo of seanbhudson


3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 14:31:34 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of Overlord


2/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 10:18:42 | More by Overlord
Photo of Floydster


1.33/5  rDev -46.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 04:53:47 | More by Floydster
Photo of ricand


1.27/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On a whim, I bought a 6er of this at Whole Foods, all 6 are going in the sink. Life's too short to drink this beer. Light foamy top (not a head, just little foam on the top) which quickly went away leaving a limpid pool of amber. There is so very little body and mouth feel. Think of bitter sugar water. It went in the sink.. I really need to have these reviews available on cell so we can check at the store.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 00:22:15 | More by ricand
Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.