India'n Pale Ale | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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India'n Pale AleIndia'n Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of Kudashov
1.4/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The Red Sox are ahead of the Yankees by 9.5 games as I type this . I am happy that they are the best in baseball but this brew is my second " drain pour " since I started this new hobby . 22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass which had a nice dark gold color . Decent head which reduced to some lacing . The aromas are of sweetness , malts and nuts . I really have to inhale to smell this . Nothing overpowering . After a few mouthfulls this brew is a trainwreck . Taste is awful - like sucking on wet brown paperbags -. I would take a few more sips , inning after inning but this stuff is vile . Bitter . The flavors are everywhere . Hope the 3-eyed fish in Dorchester Bay enjoy this more than I did .

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Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of TXHops
2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From the Paper City website: “Paper City's version of IPA. Lightly hopped medium bodied ale.” OK… Well, before we get into that, let’s talk a little bit about the beer… A huge head prevented me from pouring more than about 1/3 of a pint at a time. The cloudy, bottle conditioned-orange body threw up a meringue of probably 2” worth of tan foam. The aroma of bottle conditioning and something vaguely sweet entered my nose, meandered for a moment and then wandered off, confused. The flavor profile seemed just as bipolar as the nose. An initial flavor of crisp yeast mingled briefly with some kind of vague fruitiness that was reminiscent of the watered down “fruit drink” you can buy at the grocery store in a milk gallon container and serve to unsuspecting kids when they’re parents aren’t around to induce some conscience. When the yeasty fruit was done mumbling its rudely-brief introduction, it too limped away lamely and without explanation, leaving a massive, awkward void that should have been filled by a loud, raucous, entertaining and all together overwhelming presence of the guest of honor, hoppiness. Nope: nothing but a slightly sour, apple bite that reminded me of extract homebrew.

What the hell is this beer? A “lightly hopped medium bodied” IPA? Why not call this a blonde ale and avoid the artificial expectations and much harsher resulting reviews that inevitably accompany intense disappointment? What a waste of time and money. The beer didn’t taste bad—it had a modicum of freshness thanks to the bottle conditioning and the ambiguous fruitiness was more interesting that Bud. But calling this beer an IPA is an insult to the legions of brewers and beer lovers out there that have tastes hops. This beer is a travesty to it’s style. Who the hell invited it over??? Oh yeah, I did… Well, live and learn---I shoulda known better than to jump on the $2.95 bombers when all the other 22 ouncers at Charles Street Liquor were in the $4+ range. C’est la vie…

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a ugly fairly cloudy pale with a slight head and very low carbonation. Smells of mild hops with just a tad of a malt presence. First sip is sweet not very hoppy. Finishes slightly bitter There is nothing here to write home about.. Decent mouthfeel but under carbonated. A very poor showing for an IPA!

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Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Jwaks
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving 12oz bottle

Ample carbonation races upwards through a translucent pale orange/amber body toward a think layer of fine froth. Great amounts of sticky white lacing is left about the glass by the once pillowy white frothy head.

Aromas of dry hops, dry nutty malts, earth play on a slightly muted nose with hints of sweet bread and light honey.

Sweet and nutty for an ipa this offers a bit of sweet malts upfront, melding into drier nutty flavors (brazil nuts) - grainty to a point - in the mid palate toward a dry mildy bitter hoppy finish and aftertaste. The near honey sweetnes and dry nutty flavors are a surprise, but they seem a bit out of style.

Medium bodied with an overall dry mouthfeel, this boasts a twenty second finish featuring pleasant nutty malt and hoppy flavors with a touch of grain. Carbonation is a bit thin resulting in a less than vibrant mouthfeel yet it's not flat or stale.

Just about average doing down for an ipa, odd nutty flavors and graininess keeps drinkability down while a nice dry finish keeps me interested.

Overall this is another enjoyable, solid brew from Paper City, a great local brewery in my book.


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Photo of blknikon
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a classic example of one of those BA lowball 3 review where you are trying not to bash the brew, but in reality it simply is not that good of a beer.

In a conversation wioth a drinking buddy today Papaer CIty came up up, within the discussion I realized that this brewery so close is just so far away. So I've decided to give it a chance.

It's simply an average IPA. Average orange color, average hop smell, average fruity bitterness, average drinkabily. It's simply an average craft beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper hue with a light tan sticky head. Mild hop tones most noticable, with some sweet malt sneaking into the nose also. Well-balanced palate. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Malt adds a nice backbone, with the hops offering a slightly tannic, dry finish. Dry, crisp mouthfeel. A solid beer, but not a great IPA, IMO. Needs more hop character for me. Still, worth a try if you run across it.

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Photo of taez555
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear orange/amber body with a nice thick creamy white head.

Nose was rather muted with some mild citrus hops, biscuit, caramel and some fruity pepper smells.

Taste was light to medium bodied with an interesting taste. Sort of a mild burnt malt and even ham flavor mixed into the hop taste. Caramel, granny smith apples, toffee, roasted malt and some touch of peat moss. A big but muted hop taste. Strong aspirin and mildly astringent citrus peel. As if someone took fresh hops and aged them too long then used a ton of them in the beer. Bitterness is present and slightly more intense than the malt backbone. It ends with a long lingering astringent hop taste.

Eh... it's decent, but the flavors seemed all out whack. Not sure if it's something I'd go for again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden/light amber color with little head. The aroma is weak. There are hints of some light crystal malts along with mild hopping. The taste is nothing special. It has a weak hop flavor, a decent bitterness, and low malt character. There is a hoppy aftertaste that lingers, but it's not a good one. The mouthfeel is very light. This is extremely low bodied bordering on watered down. It's smooth and drinkable, although this is one I hope to soon forget.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, vaguely orange-y body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sweetish toffee and minor citrus scents with some spice and a distant, though distinct note of tea leaves.

Taste: Toffeeish and biscuity maltiness with a faint, brief sweetness. Stir up some light citrus, tea leaves, and a noticeable spiciness, add a quite cleansing bitterness and let's call it a day. Finishes dry with a lingering tea-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An acceptable IPA, but nowhere near being an exceptional IPA.

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Photo of Todd
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too impressed with this offering from Paper City. Orange-amber in colour with an estery and piney aroma. The taste is quite odd. A bit malty, fruity sweet, but then a very odd character comes forwar -- a slightly cheesey and citric hop flavour that is quite assertive, raw and leafy. The finish a spoiled as a result, with a lot of dry tannins that stick to palate and mess with the feel.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper. Aroma is average. Some grapefruit rind. And a little pine. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation. And a little light in body as well. Average taste. Light bitterness. A little pungency. Overall, an average IPA. I hope to give this a more detailed review someday when I don't review it as a part of a IPA tasting.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice off white head. Head doesn't have great retention, forms a layer of bubbles on the top and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Seems to be a bit muddled here. Herbal and floral hops seem to dominant this one. A bit of a bready smell as well, but fairly weak.

T- Again the taste is pretty muddled. Not quite sure what was going on here. Floral and herbal hops with a bit of a caramel malt and metallic taste.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed ok.

D- I'll go with ok. I've had much better for the style not something I'll probably go out after.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: One inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, honey, husk, and toasted malt

Taste: citrus hops, grapefruit, honey, husk, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and a stronger bitter end, light bodied, high carbonation

Overall: An average IPA. I will say it is fairly juicy, but the flavors do not mesh as well as some other IPAs I have had. I would not turn this down, but I would not rush out for it either.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It appeared golden and clear with very little head and light carbination.

Very little aroma at first, a little bit of hops to the smell later.

It tasted very hoppy and malty. It had a medium to heavy body that went down smoothly.

I found it to be very drinkable.

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Photo of cbutova
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a one finger head that has good retention and nice creaminess. This beer really leaves no lacing behind as I consume it. Smell is pretty hard to pick up but I get only light malts and piney bitterness. Taste is much of the same but a bit stronger and balanced. Piney bitterness, lots of light malts and some citrus. The taste just has no strong point, neither the malts or hops are that spectacular. Mouthfeel is good. Nice light-moderate body with good carbonation and a coat of bitterness. No warming or alcohol to speak of. Drinkability is also good. While this beer does not taste great, its not bad and it is very light on the stomach. Could session this one as much as any other IPA that I can think of. The price is not bad so I wouldn't feel bad doing that.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly golden colour with a tall billowing foam head. Quite good lacing and an OK retention as the foam head recedes to a thin blanket.

S: Herbal and floral hops, grains, bready malts as it warms, faint spices including cloves and coriander, and honey. Generally pretty subdued aromas.

T: Grainy taste upfront with the hop presence, with a very faint bread-like malt backbone. Picking up some faint spices of clove and coriander. Not a whole lot else going on in this.

M: Viscosity about right for an IPA with an above-average carbonated feel going on. I think the carbonation is giving this a spritzer-like feel, and affecting the taste as a result. Somethings off.

O: A decent IPA but not one I would likely pick up again. Fairly sessionable but a bit too grainy tasting for my liking, with a bit of an odd mouthfeel.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be an unexceptional brew, especially in light of the many exciting India Pale Ales emerging out of the American Micros. It poured a weak amber with some off-white head dominated by big bubbles. The hops were definately understated in the aroma--what I noticed most was lightly toasted malts and a kind of piney undercurrent. The taste was about the same, although there was a slight bltterness to the finish.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly off white, crearmy 1/2" head that leaves the glass' sides with a thin paste of lacing. Patches of lattice-like lace with good strength. Slightly hazy, murky light peach in color.

Light citrus aroma: lemon and orange peel. Light, creamy malt sweetness. Mild grain-like hop character.

Moderate caramel flavored hop character; gives this IPA a burnt and rustic taste. The hop profile has a touch of oil and coarse pine notes. A moderate bitterness followed by a touch of caramel with a faint grapefruit, orange, and pine aftertaste.

A lighter shade of medium bodied; creamier than most versions of the style, yet the hop character is a bit coarse.

A bit disappointing from the creators of 'Hop Monster'. A bit of an unbalanced IPA, definitely more towards the English IPA side of the spectrum. One I'll pass on in the future.

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India'n Pale Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
3.48 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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