Paleo IPA - North Country Brewing

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Paleo IPAPaleo IPA

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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North Country Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BuckSpin on 04-03-2005

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only IPA on the menu at the time I was there,poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed peach color with a nice looking 1/2 finger white head that had good lasting power.A mix of citric,floral hops and lightly sweet caramel biscuit malt nicley balanced with the malt not interfering with the nice hop profile.A standard American style IPA wich I adore on the palate a deep grapefruit rind shot hits you upfront with a bit of pine resin with a caramelly sweet malt base thru out and into a nice finish.A very solid IPA no frills if your a hophead you will enjoy this and you will be able to enjoy a few of them.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler i had filled at the brewery on a trip on 10/18 cracked it open a few hours later had a couple of nonic glasses with a few friends who like this beer.

Mirky opaque orange reddis hue with a 1" creamy bone white head with decent retention leaving a lasting creamy ring down the glass with a few small lace curtians and spots of lace.

A predominate hop aroma lots of pine and very minty with herbal notes in the background turning to some perfumyness as it warms

Light clean sweet malty taste,grainy/bisquity light maltiness with lots of tangy notes. Very complex hop taste with all the tastes as described in the aroma present at diffent intervals finishing with citrus rind.Lots of earthyness with a weak malty backbone has crisp hoppiness throughout. On the lighter side as an ipa goes making it very drinkable.clean and refreshing. A hop lovers brew. One the the best beers i tried at the brewery.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I had at North Country, though there will hopefully be many more. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden hazy yellow with a fat head that seemed to stick around and gobs of lacing also sticking around.

Smell: Lemon up front, some toned-down oily hops in the back. Some yeast and slight malt. Almost more like a Witbier, but I think because it wasn't infused with hops like most IPAs I've had lately. Still pleasant for sure.

Taste: The aromas go on to represent the taste quite well. Lemon and citrus right away, to bitter hops (which I think is due to the fact of the beer being slightly unbalanced, though it ended up doing something interesting for the beer), to a lingering bitter hop finish and slight malty finish to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and impressive, as I thought it was going to be light for some reason, but it'd definitely medium-bodied and warranted.

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking a few more of these upon my next visit. I had a sip of two other beers, and this was by far the best, and a fine representation of the style as an IPA.

Photo of SomethingClever
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4 oz taster on draft

A: light Amber good white head good lacing clarity is excellent

S: a light herbal smell

T:  some fleeting grapefruit disappears quickly floral a little resin malty sweetness ends with mostly sweet breast taste

M: medium bodied has a slight linger on the tongue

O: Average just on this side of an English style ipa nothing exciting I'd pass if you see it 

Photo of DavidGross
3/5  rDev -13%

had on tap, was an ok beer, but nothing to give me a wow after it.

Photo of tkelley
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a tulip. From my latest shipment of beer of the every other month club.

A - pretty good. Nice orange body with creamy head.

N - nice citrusy hop scent. Not Much else.

T - not bad. Basic hops and malts profile.

M - medium carbonation, decent bitterness on the aftertaste.

O - certainly not the best Ipa ever, but it was a fine enough beer.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of malts as well. Taste is balanced and mild, light bitterness, not bad but if you are looking for a hop bomb, this ain't it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for shooting me out some of this beer after he took the trip up to North County Brewing last weekend. Poured this into my tulip glass.

The body is hazy copper-hued orange, which even after the cross-state trip, had a healthy 1-finger head form after a bit of coaxing from the pour. Despite the lowish head, the lacing that is produces is fine and stringy and spotty all in one.

The aroma is incredibly floral, with hints of citrus zest and pine mixed in for good measure, all on top of a well-balanced caramel malt backbone. The flavor brings on more hoppy bitterness with the pine coming through more than it did in the aroma. However, the floral flavors fade to the back, and they are replaced by a slight booziness and biscuity character instead, throwing the flavor just slightly out of balance to the malty side.

The palate was very well done, as the carbonation blends nicely with the medium to light consistency of the beer. Overall, it could use a bit more balance, but this is a good representation of the style.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a 5oz sample platter.

Slightly cloudly, this golden IPA had a slightly sweet lemony nose that (blindfolded) one might mistake for a toned done witbier. Head was thin and white, with little or no lace. The lemony nose carries thru to the tongue, with a toned down hops for an IPA that was nice. Smoother than some IPA I have had, it peaked to a hoppier (hoppier?) throat.

While not blown away, this was a good IPA and could be a great summer choice to drink or enjoy with the right foods. You won't regret trying this.

Photo of kylermccoy
4.39/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer at NCB. I've had many-a pitcher of this bad boy.

Appearance - Orange-amber. Always nice lacing. Nothing particularly special here, but definitely looks good.

Smell - Pungent hop aroma. Slightly sweet, but primarily exceptionally bitter. Not the most bitter IPA aroma I've experienced, but it's definitely characteristic of the style. Very appetizing.

Taste - The first sip of it always kind of makes my salivary glands pucker (you know the feeling). It's a little bit of a slap in the face, in a good way. It's got an immediate bitterness that sticks around, with a little sweet malt on the back of the palate. It finishes nice and dirty, with a lingering bitterness long after you've taken a swig.

Mouthfeel - A little crispness with some balanced heaviness. A little oily from all of the hopiness. Definitely not thick, and certainly refreshing and drinkable.

Overall - Like I said, this is my go-to beer. It never fails, and it's always consistent. Definitely recommend it for anyone who can handle their hops.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Fruity hops focusing on orange, mango, and papaya. Surprisingly toasty with caramel maltiness. Perhaps a touch of breadiness as well.

3.5 T: The taste is more malt-forward than the nose. Good blend of caramel and toastiness. Mild-moderate bitterness. Fruits mentioned above with the addition of some grapefruit. Pretty good.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasant velvety creaminess to it.

3.5 D: Solid beer. Love the toastiness in this.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours a very hazy amber brown with no sediment floaties. Head is good with a 1/2 inch that has great lacing.
S - Never smelled a beer this sour of lemon hops, like lemon pine sole smelling so its very herbal. Smell kind of stings the nose, it doesn't smell like the malt bill is very balanced.
T - Very herbal and mildly stingy, but not as unbalanced as I thought. Lemon and pine hops in the beginning and finish with mild sweet cracker malts to back it up. Again not sure what hops were used but I never tasted them before.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it's a decent IPA not too herbal and somewhat balanced. Still nothing I would drool over to have another. Decent at best.

Photo of Eden
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thoroughly malty ew don't get again

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

The CANQuest (TM) is back up and running and I am happy to leave bottles in my rear view mirror! My maternal uncle is a geologist, so I dedicate this CANned beer to him.

From the CAN: "Tribally Pleasing"; "A true India Pale Ale"; "An amazing Western PA discovery, light in color and full of hop flavor, a very aromatic find."; "S[CAN] Your C[AN]!"; "Enjoy responsibly & Please recycle".

I just love the Crack! followed by an inverted Glug and I CANnot remember why I allowed myself to get buried in glass bottles. In this case, I got about two fingers of dense, rocky, light-tawny head with decent retention from the Glug. Nose had a grassiness that put me in mind of an EIPA, rather then an AIPA, along with a slight maltiness, reinforcing that thought. Color was Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Great sticky lacing was beginning to appear. Mouthfeel was medium, at most. The taste was kind of odd, bitter but not full-on AIPA bitter. I would argue that between the soft mouthfeel and the muted hoppiness, it should be CANsidered as an EIPA. In that case, it really works. It would be at the upper end of the style, but more aligned than as an AIPA. The more that I thought of it as an EIPA, the more I liked it. Finish was semi-dry with a decent hoppiness, but still mellowed by its malt bill.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a mug. The beer is frothy off the opening and the eggshell white head almost overtops the glass even on a gentle pour.
The head fades pretty quickly to a pock marked surface layer with some tight lattice.
Aroma is pretty mild with a little bit of caramel and some herbal hops. I also get a little pithy rind, but overall the nose is pretty mild.
First sip reveals an average body with fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel up front and then a little bit of rindy hops. A general bitterness lingers on each swallow. Fairly dry finish makes me thirsty for another swallow. The flavor is mild as well and doesnt have any dominant flavors to it.
The beer is not flawed, but also not really complex on the nose or palate.
I find it drinkable but not outstanding. I dont think I would pick up on a regular basis and I am glad to have only a 6 pack of it right now.

Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light copper color with at least a finger of head that took some time to dissipate. The head left nice lacing as it slowly receded. The nose is quite nondescript. The flavor profile is more akin to an English IPA. The hop profile is mild even by English IPA standards.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a 5 oz. sample glass. Light yellow with some lacing.

S. Citus hops all the way.

T. A light malt character lets the delicate citric hops stand out. I have had many IPAs in my day and this one is just as good as most. West Coast style.

M. A bit abrasive but not too bad.

D. A solid, drinkable, IPA. Would easily fill a growler of this.

Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish hazy color with no head and no lacing. The smell is of earthy and flower hops over a sweet malt. The taste is of eathy and flower hops. The taste is not bitter or stingy, it is smooth and mellow, it has a sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel is of slight to moderate carbonation. Overall the drinkability is okay. its not for hop heaads, but it is smooth.

Photo of cichief
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler at the brewpub in Slippery Rock, PA.

A- Pours a very hazy yellow-gold, with a nice white head.

S- Lots of citrus and pine, very flowery.

T- Tastes of apricot, citrus and slightly grainy. Not overly hoppy, but well balanced. I think another week in the fermenter would serve this beer greatly.

M- Smooth, medium in body, nice.

D- A very refreshing beer, very fresh and drinkable.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at the brewery/restaurant as that night's cask special.

Pours a honey amber color, not quite clear, visible bubbles on the glass, minimal head retains as a lacing.

The smell is a bit weak, but pine hoppy.

The taste is mild, the hops more subdued than in the smell, with a honey and citrus sweetness.

Feel is thin, hardly any carbonation.

Okay IPA, surprisingly short on the hops, and seemed a bit flat or something. Not bad, but not great.

Photo of ONUMello
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can dated 10/5/14 poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Slightly hazy orange with a one-finger head
S: Fairly generic malt with a bit of floral and citrus notes from the hops
T: Matches the nose. No flaws but generic and malt-driven
M: Medium-bodied, simultaneously smooth and crisp
O: Again no flaws but nothing much to write home about. Good if you want a relatively tasty beer to enjoy without having to worry about what you're drinking

Photo of Marty30
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler filled at the brewery.Poured into A Sam Adams perfect pint glass at fridge temp.

A. Cloudy yellow orange body with a one finger cream colored head.Some spotty lacing throughout the glass.

S. Smell consists of pine and citrus with some bready notes in the end. Kind of weak,not in your face hops like most IPA's.

T. Taste is the same definately not like your average hop bomb.Slight bit of pine and citrus (orange,lemon) with a balenced malt bill,which consists of bread and earthy notes.

M. Nice full medium feel,creamy.Nice carbonation.

Overall just an average IPA, nothing special pops out for me.Very drinkable but I don't think I would go after this again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expect to see this in cans soon, apparently.

This is a pretty citrus-forward ipa. More so a lot of orange than anything else, but in a subdued and mellow kind of way. Fair amount of malts. Consistent. A very easy drinking ipa. Not something that will blow you away but something that's an easy drinker.

Photo of Nickgargs
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, smell not as strong as I like but taste is there

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! When you haven't had a decent IPA in a while, this is like a resurrection! Wonderful orange=peach glow beneath a two finger foamy head, lacing galore. This is one nice looking IPA!

Grapefruit nose, lots of citrus and pine aroma's. Taste is brilliantly balanced with citrus-y hops and a sweet malt backdrop that brings it all together. It strikes me as right on the mark , This is a really tasty IPA, I was tempted to score it a 5. Parched aftertaste is delightfully citrus and pitted fruit, nice body and mouthfeel true to the style. Bold but agreeable as a sessional with food, one of my favourite beer styles. This would never not be in my fridge if I had access to it. In that regard, thanks to biegaman for sharing.

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Paleo IPA from North Country Brewing
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