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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
87
very good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Sammy, May 28, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium amber body with a small head

Smell: Grapefruit hoppy notes

Taste: Nice bitterness; pronounced but not overbearing; confirms the grapefruit tones in the nose

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and tasty; this one is a winner

brentk56, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy pumpkin with a large, tight-bubbled head the color of aged parchment. This is the sort of cap that could only appear on a hoppy beer. Sticky, shredded sheets of pocked lace decorate the glass and don't look as if they'll melt anytime soon.

I could smell the wonderously hoppy nose all day, although the beer won't be around nearly that long. It's explosively white grapefruit zesty (Cascade and Columbus) with a musky spiciness that adds another dimension. Thankfully, there's very little malt to muck things up. Hops can easily carry a nose. They not only carry this one, they juggle while doing so.

Marin IPA isn't as fabulously hoppy on the palate, but it's damn close. Here is where the beer could use a little more malt. Not so much for flavor, but for body. It feels just a shade thin (for the style), and consequently lacks that resinousness that would allow the flavor to sink in and make itself at home. Bitter orange has now made an appearance, but is still subservient to grapefruit.

Very little sweetness is evident, another result of a slightly too flimsy malt backbone. Oddly enough, I pick up some sugary sweetness on the finish of the finish, a time when hops usually dominate. Hopheads are sure to get their alpha acid groove on, though, because bitterness is still the beer's defining characteristic. The mouthfeel is no more than medium and gives up the ghost a little too quickly. More heft would result in a even better beer.

Marin IPA is a good to very good West Coast IPA, which means that it can hold its own anywhere in the country. A few tweaks here and there would put it firmly into the upper echelon. Bigger isn't always better, but in this case it's a sure-fire recipe for greatness.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

GRG1313, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Toronado. Hazy pale amber in color with just half an inch of head, this cask has probably been on for a couple of days at this point. The aroma is full of citrusy goodness, grapefruit and orange predominantly, and there's just a hint of malt shining through. The taste isn't far off from the aroma; very hop-forward, citrusy, dry on the malt side. Cask conditioning has mellowed the mouthfeel quite a bit, taken away the bite, though it hasn't lost any flavor. Pretty quaffable stuff actually, I had no trouble finishing my pint and wouldn't hesitate to try it again on cask.

largadeer, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  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.

drabmuh, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

mactrail, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
Pours with an easily summoned, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The head sits atop a brilliantly clear, cranberry tinged, copper color beer (I think my hotel light brings out the cranberry notes in a beer). A nice, sweet, citrus character wafts to my nose as soon as I pour this beer; notes of tea, berries of course lots of sweet citrus are quite noticeable even before I try and sample the aroma. Ah yes, as expected the aroma is quite pungently hoppy; notes of grapefruit, candied orange peel, sugar glazed green onions, and some herbaceous menthol notes are all quite noticeable. Though the dominant aromatics are fruit leaning, there is some nice, dank, green hoppiness here as well; luckily it plays a supporting role, so just adds to the aromatic complexity here.

A bright, sweet, caramelized malt character greats my tongue up front, but this is quickly joined by, and ultimately plays second fiddle to the hop flavors. Fruity hop notes of apricot, lychee, ruby-red grapefruit, candied orange peel, and orange flower extract are all found here. There are lots of sharper hop notes here as well; a mix of green, herbal hop character, notes of menthol, some definite pine and even a hint of raw, green, onion like flavors are here as well. A nice bitterness finishes this beer off with a nice bite. The bitterness never becomes harsh or astringent and in fact integrates quite well with the overall hop character; it is in fact not just noticeable in the finish, but plays a role here from start to finish of each sip.

What a nice brew, a paragon of IPA-hood in many respects; it captures the drinkability of the style and is definitely hoppy enough for even this oft-times hophead. It has been years since I regularly had access to Marin BC's brews and I certainly miss having them. They make a solid line up of brews that I need to continue to track down and retry.

Gueuzedude, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  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.

Halcyondays, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

03/11/06- On tap (cask) at the Marin Brewing Company.

Presentation- Via cask into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper colored pour...slightly murky with a 1/4 inch creamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Very hoppy and fruity. Lemon rind, grapefruit and maybe oranges. Light backdrop of toasted malt.

Taste- Malt is a nice background to a sweet hop parade. Lots of grapefruit...mouth watering grapefruit. Some lemon as well. The roasted malt melds well.

Mouthfeel- It's cask, so your really can't go wrong here. Very lightly carbonated, not to bitter of a mouthfeel. Leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability- I'll have to try the regualr bottled version sometime. This is right up there with some of the most drinkable IPA's. Not to extreme, just a pleasure to drink. Kinda on the level of the regualr Russian River IPA, but a bit sweeter and hoppier.

GClarkage, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy amber color with a small one inch white head. Leaves some decent lacing throughout with some alright carbonation.
Smells of citrus, pine, cream, and a touch of vanilla. Tastes of all the wonderful smells I described with a nice bitter balance lending slightly more to the hops than the malts. The mouthfeel is decent. Finishes slightly dry and crisp with a gentle touch of hops. I actually prefer the Moylan's to this one but that's just this man's opinion.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a slightly hazy amber with almost no head despite a fairly vigorous pour.

The smell, however, is really nice. A noseful of citrusy, piney hops with a noticeable spiciness.

The taste doesn't live up to the wonderful hop nose. The taste is a little flat, and the hops lose much of their citrus and pine here while retaining a slight spiciness on the finish and a more muddied earthiness in the fore and mid palate.

The mouthfeel is just okay- the carbonation seems a little off. On the one hand there is a quick burst of very tight carbonation that seems a little in your face, and on the other, that carbonation fades away to almost nothing too quickly and leaves the beer feeling as if it lacks body.

I really want to like this beer more, but the strange quirks in its profile brings the enjoyment level down for me.

Georgiabeer, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have a good feeling about this beer. It was relatively inexpensive ($3.29 for a bomber) and loaded with awards on its label. Let's do it. On to the beer:

Glowing, pale orange in color with a froathy white head on top. A bit of chill haze in the body. Your classic American IPA in appearance....and in aroma. The hops are quite juicy, interwined with hints of licorice. The aroma's intensity quickly fades. Mildly hoppy in taste, maltiness is on the light side. Some resin, some herbs, hop leaf...tastes like the color green. It becomes more flavorful as it warms, resulting in a positive notch in the score. Lighter than its listed 6.8% ABV

There is a good amount of hops in this one, though I think the malt bill needs to be beefed up to make this beer really shine. That being said, this is still a satisfactory beer, particularly as it warms up from the fridge.

DoubleJ, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper colored brew.

Smell is strong piney hops and a bit of malt.

Taste is sweet with a big dose of pine hops, bitter almost salty finish. The final flavor is of bergamot, aka Bitter Orange.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, but really a hop heads brew.

Zorro, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

mothman, May 28, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

biegaman, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for busting this out.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, pure white head, tons of lace, settles to a thick layer. Smell is very hoppy, floral, citrus, caramel, pine, bread, very balanced. Taste is similar, perfect balance, pine, tons of floral, light fruits, some grapefruit citrus, orange, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, warming, very nice IPA, solidly done. Thanks guys!

Viggo, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with orange tinting. Head fades quickly but laces nicely. Nice citrus tones on the nose and a bit of caramel. Nice tasting IPA. Nice load of hops. But balanced nicely. Citrus and subdued rine flavor. Easy drinking. Glad I lugged one of these back from San Diego.

Bighuge, Jul 02, 2002
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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.