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Marin India Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Marin India Pale AleMarin India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002)
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Reviews by athensbeermaster:
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This one poured a big thick head 3 finger high and the color had a red amber glow. The smell of pink grapefruit and fresh caramel. The taste was more of the flavors that I found in the nose with a extra kick of spicy hop that was quickly matched with a smooth malt backbone that never let up. This beers mouthfeel is over the top for a powerful hop driven ipa. The main point of this ale was the great balance, without being boring. I can see why this beer won so many medals from around the world!

More User Reviews:
Photo of imperialstout27
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pub glass.

A: Hazy burnt orange color. Good sized off-white head. Looks malty, rich, and inviting. Good lacing. Very nice.

S: Citrusy hops, but not so much as to be sharp. A little spicy, with a light malt sweetness underlying.

T: Excellent. The smell comes through on the palate. The malt backbone is good. There's a perfect level of maltiness and a wonderful citrusy, herbal, spicy hop profile. Very bold and very balanced with some fruity hints as it warms. The interplay between sweet and bitter is very appealing to me in IPAs, and this delivers. Really good.

M: Medium to full bodied for the style. Carbonation level is perfect. A little slickness from the hop oils.

D: Probably not going to put back as much of this as some thinner IPAs, but most of the time I'd rather drink less of this than more of those. I had no problem finishing the bomber and enjoyed every moment.

IPA is a very widely interpreted style, and this is a really, really good IPA if you're wanting some body and some malt sweetness - and flavor - to balance the hop profile. It's very hoppy, and the hop flavors are a delight, but if you're seeking massive bitterness with the hops smacking the rest of the beer around so that it disappears like a little girl hiding under a table, this IPA probably isn't going to be your favorite. But for me, it's one of the best.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a murky orange amber body with a small offwhite head. Retention is fair and some spotty patch lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly pine and grapefruit but a wisp of caramel and orange ester sneak in.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation. Mild hops bite present.

Taste begins with bitter hops, grapefruit, pine, and some grassiness. Pleasant notes of caramel and orange add a nice balancing sweetness. Finishes with a fresh pinecone bitterness.

Very sessionable. I like the subtle sweetness which takes the edge off what would otherwise be a hop bomb.

Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's I've had. Pours a hazy dark orange with a big tan head. Aroma of pine, pink grapefruit, and citrus. Sweet malts come first, but are followed by the resin and citrus hops. Very nice. It seems that Marin has far better luck when it comes to hoppy beers.

Photo of ironlung
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light golden hue with 1/2" head. Nice lacing.

S: Musty hops. Arnie(brewmaster) told me they're cascade.

T: Well balanced for a 7.3% ipa.Kinda fruity on the front and then the hops come on the back end.

M: Crisp refreshing beer. No stickyness. just very easy drinking.

D: Drinks as easy as any good pale ale, but that 7.3% ABV is very well hidden so watch-out!

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mattffrost
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bevmo in Fremont, California.

A: Beer is a copper light orange with a white head that did not last to long. Not heavly carbonated.

S: Citrus, malt, hops, very fruity smell

T: Very fruity and light at the begining with a slight spiceness with bitterness for the finish. I like it.

M: Very easy on the mouth. Light and fruity but a little bitter at the same time. Nice

D: Very, Very Drinkable easy can't taste the alcohol to much. A couple of pints is perfect.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, Huge westcoast IPAs that's what I'm talking about it, in the words of the Larry the Cable Guy they "ger 'er done". Appearance: Amazing color it glows a copper orange hue with an off white tinted orange cream tone with resiliency what nice evenly dispersed lacing this beer is the shit. Aroma: Let's see where do we start Pine Cone scented hops a great floral quality about 'em this beer sings to my soul with each sniff this is what I talk about when I refer to an IPAs aroma. Taste: Wow succulent hop profile I wish I had acces to the Marin and Moylan brews I am an westcoaster in an eastcoasters body, after living in SoCal and being introduced to flavorful beer that is where my beer soul is connected to I love the ocean I spent my days at the likes of Dana Point, Laguna Nigel, Topanga, and Newport. I have to make my way back there for the only way I am going to be happy is to do my thing in the seventy degree weather for the rest of my life. Thank heavens for beer tasting this creamy, earthy, and pinecone like at the same time a wonderful mix not as big as some west coast IPAs but it's textbook in the categories I admire most. Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as some are or try to be, but fulfills my jonesing for a hoppy beer any day this is what I love you can't go wrong here this is so good. Drinkability: Refreshingly robust and wonderful this beer goes down as my favorite all around IPA ever, I like the bigger ones as in Imperial and Double styles but this is so drinkable so good.

Photo of HopAttack3
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why I waited so long to try this.
Pours a clear golden orange with a solid two finger off white head that melts very slowly to nice, sticky lace.

Aromas are all about hops...fresh pine oils more than citrus.

Taste begins with sweet amber candied malt as in a DIPA but thins quickly to the citrus peel hops and bits of pine again.
****
Note: On re-review, I looked at some of the other reviewers and have to note that blitheringidiot's comments about this being a "Tang flavored IPA" are right one. I love the taste, but it really is sort of a Tang kind of citrus hops...a lot sweeter and a little synthetic compared to most West Coast IPA's.
***

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth from the carbonation and aftertaste is clean and fresh with a remembrance of the malt and a lingering of the hops.

Good, solid West Coast IPA.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mbunje
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Served refrigerator cold.

Copper-Orange color with an off white head. Medium-heavy lacing that sticks to the glass nicely.

Smell is quite good. Very Piney Hop smell with a background of toasted malts.

A crisp citrus taste at the front of the tongue, becomes rich and bready, and finishes dry with a bit of alcohol burn (6.8 ABV). This is borderline DIPA in my opinion

Feels crisp with a good amount of carbonation and very smooth. slight hop oil gives it a bit substance.

Very drinkable at 6.8% tastes and feels lighter than it is. A very nice "IPA" by Marin. I'm tasting the Moylan's IPA in a bit so look for that. Moylan's is the sister brewery of Marin.

IPA lovers this is a good one.

Photo of MichaelPiazza
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of emanon
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff was pretty good. It was not super special but very solid. It represented the style very well. Nice clear crisp appearance. Floral Pines with a slight soil smell, tasted very nice fairly well balanced very enjoyable. Bitter but it was smooth. Medium bodied, maybe on the lighter side. Drinkability was moderate I could have a couple for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber. Orange with some head. Hoppy though not grapefruit aroma. On very bitter side, certainly well hopped. Canadian malt is hometown stuff but I felt this was missing the balance I have had in other IPAs. Nicely drinkable with food which offsets acidic aftertaste.

Photo of Lucho
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark orange with a big thick white head.

Pleasant lemon/orange, bitter tangerine nose with hints of ripe pineapple. Nice nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with nice full body.

Is this really an IPA? Flavors start with a front palate of sweet malt that lingers to a lemon mouse. Nice and pleasant but a bit too sweet and not really like a typical IPA. Lots of malt flavors and sweet orange/tangerine flavors for an IPA. Little bitter character whatsoever. Only bitter comes in the finish. Finish is also malty with a light sweet grapefruit finish.

Pleasant if not a little too sweet. Not typical in my experience of an IPA.

Photo of UncleBuccs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a small, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and spicy hops.

Tastes of some spicy hops with not much of a malt base. Hops give off grapefruit and some tea leaves come through with a bit of spiciness. Malt is very light and doesn't offer much sweetness or depth. I would call this kind of a hop tea.

Mouthfeel is light with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA that would benefit from some malt additions.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into an imperial pint glass. Appearance: dark amber color, slightly hazy due to bottle conditioning and some stirring up of light sediment. Lumpy whitish head that maintained form for several minutes and left nice rings of lace.
The nose: immediate strong pine needle and grapefruit rind notes. Underlying sweetly malty aroma but easily outpaced by the hops.
Taste: modest sweet malt flavor and hint of caramel before the potent, raspy flavors of spruce sap and juicily bitter grapefruits arrive to ruthlessly suborne any other tastes. Bitterness lasts forever and struck me as being rather harsh which cut down on this brew's appeal. The feel was medium in body (at best) but rather thin considering the lively carbonation that maintained the long-lasting head.
Overall, Marin's IPA was a decent, but not superb, IPA. The harshness of the hops character was a major detractor as was the feel. Still, if you really, REALLY love a scathingly bitter IPA, look no further.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this one in the store for along time, and passed it by for more famous, more talked about beers, but I have to admit, one try and I am a big fan of this IPA.

It pours a bit darker than American IPAs that I am used to (to date, I have used Stone IPA as my standard). Lots of beautiful off-white frothy head, with a ton of lace sitting on the side of the glass.

The aroma and flavor as about as good as they get (for the ones I've tried so far). Slightly sharp, but in a pleasant herbal, pine forest & grassy way- my first thought when smelling this was that it was like a field of very aromatic graases and flowers. Not the oily, sharp, bitter hops of some beers.

Tried this one with a Thai chicken noodle dish (with spicy peanut sauce) and it went really well.

What else can I say? I really like it!

Photo of theopholis
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Body is a clear, deep copper that continually effervesces. The head is a 2 inch, foamy, off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell -Good, spicy, piney, citrusy hops. Very well blended in the smell. Good malt. also, a hint of a smokiness. It's not to style, but it smells great.

Taste - Very nice blend of hops and malt sweetness. Hints of citrus, and a mild grassyness. Amazingly mellow for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel - Unusually creamy for an IPA. Good body. Carbonation is a tad low.

Drinkability -This is a great American IPA, and a good sterter beer for non-hopheads to try hoppy beers.

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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.