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Marin India Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

Marin India Pale AleMarin India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 131
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%


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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kflorence

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, almost opaque amber brown in color with a great frothy off-white head. Tons of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels were spot on. Looks to have good body and substance with a bit of oil. A very nice appearance for an American IPA, if not a tad on the dark side.

S: A ton of bitter, citrus and grapefruit hops make their presence known, but there is a definite roasted malt backbone. Some pine resin, fruit and a hint of alcohol are also present.

T: Much more balanced on the palate than the nose led me to believe, the taste is an entanglement of grapefruity citrus and sweet, toasty, caramelized malts. Though I think the hops are slightly more prominent, as they should be for the style, this has to be one of the few American IPA's I've had that manages to balance the hops and malts all the way through, from start to finish. This might disappoint hop enthusiasts, but I find it quite enjoyable. Finishes smooth and bittersweet.

M: This is medium bodied with perfect carbonation and a good amount of chewiness and substance. With a bit of oil, it seems to coat the tongue on each swallow. To me, this is the embodiment of what an IPA should strive for: enough presence to let you know it's there while remaining smooth and drinkable and easy on the stomach.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this American IPA. From the pour to the palate, I enjoyed the flavor and body this beer had to offer. Perhaps not an overly complex or breakthrough batch, it seemed to strike a chord for me in both quality and balance. Though I think most will find this to be weak as an example of a West coast American IPA, I quite liked the hop/malt balance. As an introduction to the Marin Brewing Company, I look forward to trying out more of their selection. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 04:16:30 | More by kflorence
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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.