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India Pale Ale - La Conner Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
La Conner Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by garthwaite:
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle presented courtesy of RoyalT. Pours a seriously hazy deep goldish-orange with streaming carbonation & a solid white head. Big time hops in the aroma with a nice blend of grapefruit & flowers with some more mild toasty malt. Base of rich, sweet caramel malt overcome by aggressive bitterness. Consistent hop flavors delight the mouth with big citrus and some earth. Relatively full bodied and dry, this brew finishes with lasting bitterness & hints of apricot. This is definitely another Pacific NW hoppy delight. Many thanks, RoyalT.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 20:11:52 | More by garthwaite
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-19-2013 01:57:45 | More by Telestic
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-12-2012 05:56:46 | More by twelveinches
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-08-2012 03:08:29 | More by Kopfschuss
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2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love IPAs, but more importantly, I love a good IPA, and as this style’s popularity continues to grow it seems that any brewery can easily pump out an average IPA. LaConner is no different. Theirs is a refreshing and tasty replication of the style, but it lacks personality. Nothing particularly stands out: bitter, grapefruit rind (not grapefruit), nothing floral, resiny, or fruity. Average all around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 23:24:17 | More by nsabo
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old-school american IPA.

The aroma & taste is mainly grapefruit juice, the bitterness is fairly modest by todays standards (not much more bitterness than their pale, but this doesn't have much residual malt sweetness to back it up). Blonde-yellow in colour, topped by a white head, some retention, great lacing.

Well-attenuated with a crisp, dry finish.

Like cascade hops?

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 15:20:45 | More by Derek
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA is a golden yellow color with a spice aroma. It follows with a pretty big ginger hop with a light note of peaches or apricots in the finish. Again it's fairly mellow with a subdued bitterness but interesting flavor. A pretty easy drinking IPA with good enough flavors to think about another one instead of moving on to something else.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 19:37:34 | More by Bfarr
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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a recent visit, (we've heard the beers are improving, after falling far from their past high glories) afriend tried this beer on tap. I took a taste and the beer popped with fresh, bright, hop flavor. Lots of citrus and pine. So we bought a sixer to split. And maybe this bottle is old, (there's no date code) but it's not the beer we had on tap.

As it is, this average IPA is still better than it has been the past few years, but still a long way from it's past highs. If you're visiting the area for tulip season, or to visit the Shoppes and galleries, a stop at the pub for the brews on tap would be worthwhile, but these bottles aren't anything special.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 23:28:38 | More by beertunes
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I last encountered an IPA of this particular styling. This is the grassy, green-herbal variety that sports an herbal tonic quality. It's mildly suggestive of tomato vines. The beer is clear copper with minimal foam and leaves some yeast residue in the bottle. A worthy ale, but I used to drink this years ago when it was more commonly available on draught and remember it as more flowery and bright.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:35:28 | More by RedDiamond
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy apricot color with a billowy head that provides sheets of lace as it descends

Smell: Pink grapefruit with a hint of pineapple

Taste: Bready, up front, with a blast of grapefruity bitterness that develops sweet pineapple undertones by mid-palate; after the swallow, the citrus dominates the finish but the sweetness still lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA, although I would prefer a bit more on grapefruit and a bit less bread and pineapple; still, a nice example of the NW style

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 15:45:40 | More by brentk56
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served a pint from the tap at the LaConner brewpub.

A: It poured a hazy dark orange body with a bone white head of about one and one-half finger. The head receded at a modest pace leaving a ring around the collar and supporting a layered lacing.

S: It had a noticeable hop profile that included piney and citrusy hops, as well as an underlying toasted malt base. This was a signiture IPA...floral hops.

T: There was a brief presence of sweet, creamy malts on the tongue that was quickly swept away by the citrusy hops (lemons, tangy oranges and grapefruit). It was moderately carbonated and finished clean and dry with no sour aftertaste.

M: It was a creamy medium bodied beer with a dry finish and clean aftertaste.

D: It is a pleasant IPA that packs a wallop. It is a decent session beer that may be a bit on the heavy side (body and ABV) to last over a long session.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 16:45:38 | More by dnichols
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Standard IPA. Out of the bottle I let it come up to temperature. It poured with a nice 2 finger head. Nice pale yellow colour.

Smell: Very citrusy. Obviously, lots of hop aromas. Almost overpowering. Smells to me like a Cascade hop bomb,

Taste: This beer turned out to be quite bitter. I found that the malt backbone that a lot of other IPA's have was kind of lacking in this beer. The only thing that provided some sweetness was the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Very bitter. Not sure if that is a tasting note or a mouthfeel note, but either way, it is almost overpowering on the tongue. The citrusy aftertaste lingers for quite a while. Almost like an orange peel.

Drinkability: Well I bought this in a 6 pack and was super excited to drink it. After the first one, I just didn't really feel like drinking another. There were a lot of bitter hop oils that really just didn't make me want to keep drinking. The 6 pack lasted me almost 2 months. I have to say, however, by limiting myself to just one at a time, it made this beer overall enjoyable for what it is. A HOP BOMB. I can't imagine what the Bottleworks version with the raw hop cone would taste like.

I will say this was an enjoyable beer because in my mind it was really intense. An extreme beer, if you will. In Vancouver, we have limited access to the American west coast hop bombs, so perhaps my pallate just isn't ready for this type of beer. I'd defininately buy it again just for the extreme nature of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 03:50:46 | More by Hornet2003
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at LaConnor. Served waaay too cold and in a heavily frosted shaker pint. Little lacing and absolutely no head with a hazy amber color. I wrapped my hands around the pint until it warmed up before I rated it. More grapefruit than citrus/floral aroma. Nothing spectacular about the taste, but a good pine aftertaste that was a bit different. Overall, a pretty good representation of the style, but why do they serve it so damn cold?

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 12:18:08 | More by doubleipa
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. I poured pretty aggressively down the middle of the glass and barely saw a sheet of head. There's very faint specks of lacing.

Great smell. Wonderful leafy hop smell mixed with heavy malt. Well balanced though.

The taste is the same with more of a fruity hop taste. Hoppy dry finish. Smooth feel.

When I poured this beer, I thought it had gone bad but it was only that I had left it in the fridge for longer than I thought and it was simply too cold. Once this beer warmed up some, I found it was delicious. Thanks to BeerBeing (I believe) for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 18:59:51 | More by timtheenchanta
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2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head and spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of buttery richness with mild orange.
Taste is of a buttery mess with some citrus trying to come through. Very muddled version of an IPA.
Mouthfeel is watery and thin.
Why the great dropoff from the bottleworks to this? What the heck went wrong?

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 18:43:30 | More by weeare138
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2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chill hazed, peach color, pretty good head that laces somewhat with every pull. Average to below average on the inviting scale.

Pretty well balanced in the nose. I found myself trying to describe this odd smell in the background once you get past the hops and the only thing I can come up with is wet paper, cardboard. Tasted similar, although the hop presence is extremely bitter and tends to sting away and cover the rest of the brew. This must have been some mash to come up with this taste as it is bold and confident in its direction. Wow, This is honestly a tough taste to shake. Brutally dry and lingering caked on powdery finish.

rough. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 05:16:58 | More by DogFood11
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-honey color. Chunky, slightly off-white 1 inch head that sticks around. It's been a few minutes and it holding nicely.

Hops are in the aroma, but there is more malt present here than with many other American IPA's I've sampled. Also there is something like Grapefruit, and Walnuts (some sort of nut), and candied fruit.

Interesting, this is kinda sour, with a buttery, creamy mouthfeel. Not like other IPA's. Also it finishes pretty abruptly and dry. Definately in tha category od "different" for me, for the most part ina good way though. It's an interesting change of pace from the all out Hop bomb's that some IPA's have come to be (not that I'm complaining ;)

Other than the odd sour note I detect on the intake, this is pretty tasty, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 06:07:47 | More by ReebShorts
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange..large pieces of yeast hang around the edge of the glass. Aroma is big floral hops..very pungent, sharp smell of pine and tree sap..yikes. Hop profile sort of reminds me of Dogfish Head.. The taste is surprisingly smooth and malty, with the carbonation just lively enough to keep the hops bouncing around on the tongue. A good IPA all-around, this one has more bitterness than most in it's class. Hopefully I can try the dry-hopped version in the near future.. mmm..

Props to Jetsbeer for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 00:19:14 | More by hero27
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent Pacific Northwest brew via trade with waldowin. Pours a chillhazed amber body with a one finger, offwhite head that is longlasting and leaves attractive patchy lace on the glass.

Aroma is PacNW hops, with C hops in abundance. Citrusy grapefruit and spruce resin dominate the nose, with caramel malt and a hint of honey in the background.

Mouthfeel is light medium, slightly oily, and a bit undercarbonated for style.

Taste is ruled by a well put together hops bitterness, with grapefruit and spruce pine prominent. Caramel malt backbone hovers underneath. Hops have a definite Pacific Northwest character, as should be expected. Very well constructed for the style. Finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness.

Very well executed for an American IPA. Nicely drinkable, and fits the style to a T. Many thanks to waldowin for his trading generosity.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 02:23:07 | More by merlin48
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/21/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness dating on the bottle. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange colored pour. Very cloudy as well. Gleaming white inch plus head and excellent lacing.

Scent- Syurpy canned fruit scents with a darker malt base. Maybe canned peaches?

Taste- Damn, this is about the sweetest IPA I've had. Super sweet and sryupy hop juice with a bready malt backing. One of the thickest beers I've had...thicker than most quality double stouts.

Mouthfeel- Thick and heavy mouthfeel. Picture drinking the juice out of the can of peaches. Medium carbonation and a larger bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Taste fairly good, but it would be hard to chuck down another one of these. Too damn sweet. Thought I was getting the dry hopped version when I bought it, but I was sadly mistaken. Still a pretty good beer in a novel kind of way.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 21:59:48 | More by GClarkage
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second go at Laconner's IPA. Had a long hot day at work, and decided some chicken/pesto pasta would hit the spot. Then deliberated for a while over what beer would work best with it, and settled on the Laconner, remembering it was a pretty crisp beer.

Appearance - Pours a nice rich gold, decent white head that leaves ringlets as it goes down the glass. Massive visible carbonation, that slows but stays until the end.

Smell - This bottle didn't have much of a smell to it. Maybe it's my nose. What I can smell smells vaguely of a hef with a lemon tossed in. Citrusy, wheaty, and a hint of pine.

Taste - The malt in this brew serves more to accent the hops, than the other way around. Just light and sweet enough to be noticed, and sets the stage for the wave of hops. Just the very first hit is a hint of malt, and then loads of crisp, citrus hops, with some wood-like hops, and a bit of a floral finish. Love this hop combination, inspires me to attempt to brew one like this.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation, a hint of astringent. Almost an effect of streaming bubbles, very pleasant to wash down. Good mouthfeel, but not very complex (which isn't a bad thing here).

Drinkability - With the lightness of the malt, and the sneaky way the hops ease their way onto your palate, this beer is supremely quaffable. I'd probably down a pint or two of this with some white meat or fish.

The first time I had this, it was essentially my introduction to the world of IPA's. Now I'm finding it's a solid beer, and will likely be added to my list of beers to always have on hand (along with Old Rasputin, and Black Butte Porter). The first non-pitch-black beer to earn such a place in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 05:04:50 | More by waldowin
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is up there with my opinion of the Stone IPA's. Wonderfully bitter, excellent body, fresh aroma hops, this beer has very few distractions. At 7+% abv with an enormous amount of IBU's, this is a big beer. I wish it was available on the East Coast!

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2005 01:08:00 | More by smcolw
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer pours a thin head, and is slightly hazy. It is pale amber in color, and it has good beer lace.

Smell - I think our friends in the UK would describe the smell as cat piss. The beer has a non-floral, pungent smell. There is a light malt smell in the background.

Taste - Very bitter, with pungent hops ruling the day. There is a fruity aftertaste, and the amount of bitterness is about where it should be for the style. However, the hops are so pungent that the taste is not that great.

Mouthfeel - This is the best feature of the beer. The body of the beer is about what it should be.

Drinkability - This is not the most appealing IPA. The beer is clean, but the overwhelming bitterness is out of balance, even for an IPA.

Comments - Taste and drinkability suffer due to the hop schedule of this beer. The beer is a little too "catty" (but not lightstruck) for my taste. The beer has definite potential; I would just play around with the hops. Hop heads may enjoy this one (but I'm a hop head, and I thought it needed some improvement...).

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 04:19:34 | More by mgdeth
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India Pale Ale from La Conner Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.