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Marin India Pale Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick one finger head with good retention and strong laces.
Citrusy and fresh aroma with notes of oranges, grapefruit, lemon grass and resin. Light, but pleasant enough.
Hoppy flavor with notes of caramel and bread malt sweetness, grapefruit, spices, resin, orange marmalade, soap, lemon peel and apricot. Quite dry aftertaste with a refreshing bitter citrusy.
Light towards medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well disguised.
Solid citrusy American IPA, balanced a bit towards malt and not harsh.

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Photo of 3PuttPar
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Another great testament to Marin's ability to balance a variety of hops. Felt more like an imperial but with some extra caramel notes to balance it. Think racer 5 or Green Flash. Super delicious, but only for real IPA fans.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown. Analogous to Racer 5. Solid lacing. Yummy.

S: Great light fruity hoppy aroma. Smell is better than the taste.

T: A nice, IPA from a few years ago. Not an aggressive piney, grapefruit IPA. Just an IPA and nothing else. I appreciate there is no sugary aftertaste. I'd love to get to know this brew on a Wed or TH night.

M: I found this bomber FLAT. Some astringent flavors at the back end.

O: I'd definitely try this again as a draft. Not as a bomber.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy copper color. Head is nice. It leaves lacing and is relatively frothy but has some body to it.

S-Getting that standard citrus/dough combo. Citrus and green bitter grass and pine. Malt provides balance. Definitely hop-forward but the hop flavors do allow the malt to shine through at some moments.

T-Still finding balance. Bakery malt and citrus hops with more pine and grass than the nose led me to initially believe. Herbal hops too.

M-Fuller bodied in terms of the style. Booze hidden well. Bitter and dry. A mild resinous quality. Chewy to some extent.

O/D-Again, another reason for me to believe that the East Coast has some serious hoppy brews that can easily compete with many of these West Coasters. Good price though. I have had this exact beer before I swear; maybe a different label from a different brewery but this take on the IPA is everywhere.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, intensely herbal hops, alcohol, and a weird cleaning product aroma. Taste is of toasted malt, earthy/dank/herbal hops, and alcohol. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. Oddly enough, there is something in this beer that is slightly numbing to my palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a a pretty good beer with a weird smell but its pretty tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber orange in the Ommegang chalice. Large amounts of bubbles on the side of the glass. Prickly on the tongue with a rich carbonation and lots of flowery aromatics.

Toasty and mouthfilling. The citrus taste reminds me of the mild and pulpy kind of orange marmalade. Lots of malt and that mellow, caramel taste. Then some sharp notes, and finally the leafy hops. It tastes like they are completely dry hopped without much bitterness in the boil. A modest bitter aftertaste, again like the orange peel preserves.

22 oz bottle from Best Damn in San Diego. Quite likeable with lots of hops but less harsh than many IPAs.

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Photo of bmwats
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark golden hue. poured about a 2 finger, cascading, foamy, white head which persists throughout. sporadic dry lacing.

s: steely an hoppy.

t: really piny with a slight sweet tinge.

m: light and refreshing quality. a bit of a steely aftertaste, dry finish. seemed a little washed out, but it was the very tail-end of a cask...

d: more of a sipping brew.

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Photo of coldriver
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a medium clear amber, decent head and lacing. Piney grapefruit and tangerine aromas with caramel malt. Tending a little towards an east coast maltier style, although piney, citrus and berry hops come through loud and clear. Rather wet and thin mouthfeel. A solid IPA from this Bay Area brewery.

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Photo of drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA bordering on DIPA. I let it warm some out of the fridge and it poured with an amazingly slow to settle, foamy, super frothy, fluffy, Iight, off-white head and loads of clingy lace. Color is a slightly hazy apricot. Aroma is bread dough, hop, yeast, malt, resin. Flavor is similar to nose with some up front sweetness, followed by bitter, cracker, fruit, resin and slight tang. Body is good and carbonation somewhat soft. Finish is like flavor with resin lasting longest and no alcohol. Good brew.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of kflorence
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Scot for providing this in my care package from San Diego. Love trying these west coast gems. Although my first comment here is that this reminded me more of an east coast IPA. More malt/caramel focused. More pine focused vs. many of the Citrus west coast bombs (that I love)

Off white head grows, stays and sits atop a brown/amber beer with some reddish tints. THick rings of lacing remain. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is more pine focused as mentioned above. A decent amount of malt and caramel here along with some grassiness.

Much more fruit and caramel than the west coast staples. Pine resin, some pepper and the grass notes continue. Even for a 7%, there was some abv detected.

Fairly bold body. Almost sticky.

A decent little IPA. I liked their White Knuckle Double a lot more for whatever that’s worth. Still very happy to have tried this.

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Photo of t420o
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured semi aggressive produces a off white head that rests atop a golden-orange beer that is ever so slightly hazy. Head is a little fizzy and leaves after a couple sips with decent lacing.

S- Sweet pink grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, melon, pine, very fresh hop smell, and some sweet malt smell as well. Very good smelling.

T- Taste upfront is of slightly bitter hops with a strong malt presence. Too malty even though its still good, it is not balanced well at all for a IPA. The hops are overpowered and do not make a real presence in the taste as they do in the smell. Some slight citrus and bitterness fight through the malt, but they do not last on the palate for very long at all before the malt wipes the taste away. A good beer, but for an IPA it just doesn't do it for me. Not a hint of alcohol which is nice at 7% abv

M- Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, and nice and viscous. Smooth on the way down

O- This is an IPA? Why so much malt? I like this beer, but when I go out and buy an IPA, I expect hops. Their are sooo many IPA's I'd rather have than this one. Its a good beer. Easy drinking and flavorful, but not a good representation of a IPA, especially one from the west coast.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Color is an amber bronze.

Aroma: A ton of citrus fruit. Pineapple and grapefruit. Earthy and grassy hops.

Taste: A ton of fruit flavors and citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple. Floral and earthy hops. Very fresh.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and fresh. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, another surprise. Nice ipa. Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Good stuff.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, clear orange-amber color, with a nice half inch of rocky white head. Huge hoppy aromas, pine, citrus, grapefruit. Tastes exactly like it smells, with the intense hoppiness balanced by some sweet malt. Alcohol is not at all evident, making this a delicious, dangerously drinkable IPA.

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Photo of azdback
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Pretty dark, or burnt orange. A bit cloudy. Quite a bit of carbonation bubbles but not too many. Head is two fingers and close to bright white, very frothy and luscious. Lace is sticking around moderately.

Smell is bready, caramel malt sweetness. Deeper citrus smell, maybe of a blood orange. Something not so bright and puckery.

The taste is nothing like the smell. It still has the bready or Belgium yeast taste. There isn't much going on here. With a ton of searching I was able to find a bit of the mellow citrus I detected in the nose. On second thought maybe it tasted exactly like the nose. Not impressed.

The mouth is what it should be for the style. Well carbonated, light side of chewy. Full to the end.

This is the second Marin beer I have reviewed and neither has tickled me much. I am on the search for the White Knuckle and hope it is not the let down this and the San Quinten Stout were.

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Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint at the Marin pub in Larkspur.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky grain dominates, but comes across as fairly mild. Caramel and delicate floral and piney hops are also present.

T: Begins off-dry, immediately malty with bold toasted pale malt. Restrained hop aromatics emerge after a few beats, displaying floral and citrus flavors. Flavors fade in the middle as acidity rises with a whiff of carbon dioxide. Finish is drying, balanced, and barely bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth with a mineral edge, and moderate carbonation.

D: A mildly-flavored IPA that drinks easily, this beer shares a similar hops intensity to its sibling, Mt. Tam, but strides ahead with a bigger malt bill. While stylistically it does not come across as a West-Coast IPA, this beer is food-friendly--providing a fine accompaniment to salmon fish and chips at the pub. Having had this beer from the bottle and the tap on many other occasions, the passive presence of the hops here was surprising, though not a deal-breaker.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Marin IPA pours a golden honey color in the glass with a two finger thick white froth(big bubbles). The lacing of the beer is nice as well as the retention of the froth. Obviously, the beer is very hoppy on the nose with aromas of pine resin, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, jasmine, caramel, & biscuit. On the palate, the beer has a smooth dryness (as opposed to a sharp bitterness) that allows the hop flavors to linger. The best part of this beer, for me, is that the beer is evenly balanced. The IPA is well built, which makes it extremely easy to drink. Solid IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like its bouquet, the beer's appearance glows with orange - in its case, however, it literally glows and, while it's still sunny out, I'd be curious to see if it stays alight at night. The tone is too deep, however, to allow unhindered clarity; the complexion is blurred. Although most its head eventually sinks, the lacing it leaves hangs draped like theater curtains.

The Three C's (Chinook, Cascade and Centennial) are a trio that I think simply cannot be beat when it comes to beer's of this elk. The three B's that characterize them (brassy, bold and brawny) doesn't convey the range and scope of the flavours they offer: soap, lemon and orange zest, tree resins as well as tons of varieties of grass and flowers.

But while the character in the aroma fades - unexpectedly, for whatever reason - to drink the beer is very much like actually eating an orange wedge... that was smeared with grapefruit puree, sprinkled with pine needles, zested with lemon peel and then stir-fried in lemon grass. It is a hop-salad of sorts and it comes with all the fixings.

The maltiness holding it all up, although perhaps initially overlooked, makes clear its muscles are not just for show. Hints of caramel and a toasty bread smothered in honey make a smart side-dish, especially considering the acidity of the hops tends to grow stronger with warmth (and because a fairly flat carbonation won't scrub the resins off).

Marin Brewing's IPA isn't California state's best, but bear in mind that earning that honour is probably harder than winning a Nobel Prize. But I will say this: If cities and counties everywhere had access to this fine beer, or if they could produce something of equal caliber on their own, then the world would be a much, much better place.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was presented to me with a finger of off-white head with low retention. Nose was lightly piney-hoppy. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a grainy hoppiness, like it had been overly dry-hopped and not all of the resulting solids had filtered out. Hey, it happens, and I am not dunning them (too strongly) for it. Caveat emptor! Finish was pleasantly dry and hoppy. Better than average, but not worth seeking out, IMHO.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark gold with a medium white head, good retention and lace as per style.

S: Fragrant tropical fruit, grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Nice tropicality, I really like this flavour in IPAs. Pineapple, mango with some definite pine to back it up. Rather light malt. CA IPA all the way.

M: Smooth and filled with hop resin, medium-bodied.

D: So many times I find this beer sitting unrefrigerated on store shelves, and it's not as it should be. Fresh, out of the tap this is straight up good ale, classic CA IPA flavours, a good drinker.

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Photo of caresville
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

received this last month in a BIF from i dont even remember anymore, but i know he/she hooked me up!! thanks for this beer i would never have the opportunity to try.

a- a cloudy/hazy dark orange to light brown with lots of carbonation, a nice fluffy white head and leaves great lacing.

s- fruity and hoppy but hints of a sweet kind of maltiness and lots of sugar.

t&m- just didnt do it for me, not a regular IPA for sure. starts drinking like any IPA with great hops and some citrusy fruits but comes up way sweet and malty in the finish. very bitter on the swallow showing its malt backbone and all hops and fruits disappear. not sure of the age on this one though.

d- im not a fan of most bitter beer and this is no different, very unique and i can see why people would really enjoy this but when im drinking an IPA i dont like to try something out that i would feel is a hybrid of a few different styles.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, annoyed. Beer is poured into a shaker pint. Dark yellow / light brown, slight haze. Carbonation low but steady, head is thin and white made up of small bubbles. Leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice mostly hops, pine and citrus. Its not huge in your face but its good.

Pretty sweet for a single. Hop character is OK, the bitterness is not as high as expected. Its medium bodied but there isn't much palate connectivity. This is just OK. Not my favorite.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.