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India Pale Ale - Bitter Root Brewing

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2005)
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
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jpchamberland

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-22-2014 23:05:06 | More by jpchamberland
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-07-2014 21:42:49 | More by devilfluff
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-24-2014 21:19:57 | More by thebigredone
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neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-12-2014 16:50:17 | More by neckbeered
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-24-2014 19:44:39 | More by joemcgrath27
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MikeMilanoDesign

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 05:42:54 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-22-2013 05:48:20 | More by Jameswoody
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DeekNayvuz

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-23-2013 22:24:09 | More by DeekNayvuz
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:26:49 | More by Jellopants356
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-05-2012 19:31:16 | More by Johnhaley1989
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-08-2012 03:14:32 | More by grubefresh
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BurghFanSC

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-25-2012 14:59:00 | More by BurghFanSC
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-01-2012 20:58:12 | More by jheezee
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-19-2012 02:46:55 | More by bluckbeyes
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:15:04 | More by mastodonj
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:10:28 | More by ChimRichels
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smulkowski

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2011 04:49:28 | More by smulkowski
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 23:53:22 | More by biboergosum
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

3.5/3.5/3.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 08:18:38 | More by JohnGalt1
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RJLarse

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:27:04 | More by RJLarse
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Shango42

Minnesota

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 18:07:41 | More by Shango42
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with kyzr (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some caramel, and light citrus. Tastes of caramel, tea leaves, and some floralness. More sweet than bitter (but it is described as in the English Style).

Notes from 2/17/08

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 23:01:44 | More by hopdog
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, white head. Pretty much looks like their PA.

Smell: Spicy toffee drops with a few drops of lemon oil.

Taste: Sweet, lightly caramelly malts. Hint of lemon oil sprinkled with spice and table sugar (again, like their PA), though with a bit more spice this time. Medium bitterness lingers on into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Strinkingly similar to their Pale Ale, just with a slight increase in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 23:44:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange red with a light 1/16 inch head. Below average lacing. Under carbonated with a super sweet hoppy flowery citrus smell. Very fruity that is unusual for an India pale ale. The light flowery hops dominate the malts . It finishes with a light sweetness with just a hint bitterness. This is does not taste like an IPA ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 22:58:39 | More by ATLbeerDog
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snowranger05

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First impression was that it's a lot clearer and a bit lighter in color than its BitterRoot Pale Ale brethren. I like it.

As mentioned, it's clear, and with a coppery color. Unfortunately, the head retention isn't very good. somewhat of a piney hop aroma, or maybe more spruce-like. Ever smell the inner wood of a spruce tree? Not as strong as that, but in the same vein of aroma. The flavors are great. I served it cold, but coming out of the 22oz bomber it was able to warm a bit by the time I was done. This beer definitely wants to be served at cellar temps; it has a good malt character, not overpowered by the hops, although they are there. It has a low bitterness level, but lots of hop flavor. Overall, it's not a terribly complex beer, but a solid IPA worthy of buying.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:53:08 | More by snowranger05
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India Pale Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.