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India Pale Ale - Bitter Root Brewing

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2005

First brewed in England around 1800, for export to the British population of India, IPA was generously hopped as a preservative for the long sea voyage from Britain. Combining both English and Northwest brewing techniques, Bitter Root Brewing's IPA is light in color, high in hops, with a balanced malt flavor.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 19
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

A: Copper color, not much head when poured into pint glass
S: Sweet, citrus, not much smell
T: Quite sweet, less hoppy, citrus notes, dry finish
M: Bit syrupy, good carbonation
O: Its an OK IPA, no complaints but nothing special

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is a dark honey. It smells pretty bitter and alcoholic but less hoppy. Also smells of juniper/pine. Thin cream head with some lacing. Meh. This isn't the best IPA out there. In fact, it doesn't taste like an IPA but more of a Pale Ale, which i enjoy, but the hops are just too slight here to justify calling it an IPA. The mouthfeel is too thin as well. Overall not a bad beer, but not a great IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a diconic....

Starts with a huge creamy-looking head of lighter-than-normal
for an IPA color

What sets this apart from an average IPA is the juniper-y
aroma along with a barley malt substance.
Doesn't have that floral hoppiness that I usually enjoy but
that's not what they are going for here.

Solid, strong bitterness along with that barley flavor with a
creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish.

I would definitely keep my eye out for this one. That juniper
touch makes it worth checking out.

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3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a hazy brilliant deep bronze with a good finger of cream colored head that holds on strong. Quite a sight for sore eyes

S - Smells very tropical, pineapple/mango with hints of biscuity malt. Nothing too strong in the aroma.

T - Tastes a lot like an english IPA. Malt provides a little too much balance, bringing flavors of fresh bread and toasted grains into the mix with the fruity hops. Bitterness seems to come from equal parts hops and charred malt.

M - very smooth and viscous, coats the tongue and mouth quite well.

O - A really good beer, but not the best IPA I've ever had. I would consider drinking again, but not if I was in the mood for a hop-bomb IPA.

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3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from somewhat old (sealed) growler into Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

Copper/dark amber color. Small head, my fault because the growler was probably a week old. Copious lacing.

This smells vaguely hoppy, not super hoppy like many IPAs. Very bready malt in the nose. The flavor is not as hoppy as I expected, nor as hoppy as I generally enjoy in an IPA, but it is outstanding. Starts off with a bit of a hop bite, transitions into full biscuity malt, leaves a pleasant bitterness and hop flavor.

This beer is very nice in the mouth, creamy and thick.

I like this beer a great deal, it would be a favorite if it had a bit more aroma hops.

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3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from one of the many groceries in Kalispell who wouldn't let me buy single bottles from six-packs - you know who you are...

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of foamy, chunky off-white head, which dissipates slowly, leaving a thick patchwork of webbed lace around the glass. It smells of mild biscuit grain, light piney hops, a bit woody, and some funky floral hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, and bitter, but even, piney hops, the woodiness taking the edge off quite nicely. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and it finishes on a pleasant crisp drying note.

A very interesting IPA - seemingly big bitter hops up front, which are deftly diminished towards the finish, insomuch as you forget the expected palate assault, and just exult in the easy-drinking joy that is this beer. Would be grand with food - too bad the pizza is at least an hour out.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at Brewforia.... $6 seemed a tad high, but oh well, I want to support them and hope we continue to see their bottles and hopefully kegs.

Pours with a 2 finger white head.... sticky sheets of lacing despite a less than stellar retention... the brew is very clear orange.

For an American IPA, I have to be a tad harsh... there just isn't enough punctuated CC hops to really drive it home... subtle citrus.. but the big player is toasty maltiness... a bit bready... like someone was a big heavy handed with some victory malt.

Flavor suffers from the same lack of big hoppiness.. there is a descent bitterness up front, but the hops really only translate as citrusy toward the finish.. mid palate malts play first fiddle.

Body and carbonation seem about right.

I honestly can't complain too much... if there is going to be a more malty IPA, I prefer a touch of toast... good drinkability.. glad we have this locally.


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3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Bitter Root IPA at my micro brew headquarters store. $4.59 Poured in to a pint glass.

The beer is a copper/gold color and clear with a slight chill haze. Small bubbly head, and dissipates to some thin frothy islands on the surface of the beer.

Smell decidedly malty, perhaps with a bit of a dairy aroma, ice cream or milk, and a hint of a fruit scent. It's not a great smelling brew.

Taste is a sweet caramel bread flavor, with an earthy peat presence and little citrus bitterness on the finish. Tastes much like an English style IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying, with a dry bitter finish.

Drinkable, but like I said English style, not your typical American hop bomb grapefruit and pine needles IPA.

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3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into pint glass.

A-Amber/Copper color, almost no head. Decent carbonation but little lacing.
S-Woody, piney, sweet malt, quite floral. Very nice.
T- Good bitterness from the very beginning. Some decent malty sweetness but the piney bitterness is the dominant taste. There is definitely some woody character in the middle and the finish is surprisingly smooth with slight bitterness left on the tongue. A nice effort from a small brewery.
M-Could use a bit more carbonation. Seems a little thin.
D-Very easy to drink. Is it an IPA or Pale ale? Not really sure, but it is quite drinkable either way.

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India Pale Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.