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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 76
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 mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a one finger white head that fades quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Not overly hoppy, a little bit of pine and light citrus, with a little bit of grass and caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, a little light in terms of hop presence. Some light pine and grass, heavier caramel and bready malt on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O: Not bad, but probably not something I would seek out again.

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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 jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

India'n Pale Ale boasts a rich, malty nose, redolent with brown sugars, apricots, oranges, vanilla, and freshly-baked bread. Notably absent from the nose is a strong hop aroma. There is a good hint of rosewater around the edges, and a slight tinge of grapefruit, but not at the potency I would expect from an IPA.

On the tongue, the beer quite makes up for the hops, which do come across with a nice, strong grapefruit bitterness. However, it is still the malts which dominate, though here the brown sugars and sugary fruit esters are undercut by a huge chocolate malt and pecan base. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malts and pecans, with washes of bitter hops countering. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I expect many will be surprised at how much nut flavor is present, and lament the fact that the hops aren't stronger. Perhaps the problem is the label: this doesn't taste like many IPAs, and so expectation doesn't meet taste. Still, the brew is well-made and flavorful, and worth trying.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, Best if served by: 4 30 11, clearly stamped on the back.

Pours a pale golden orange with a nice 1.5 finger bone white head that stays around for a bit and laces quite well.

Hints of citrus and earthly grassy notes. Nice biscuit like fresh malt presence.

Great balance in the taste. Hops are earthy and herbal with a hint of mint and citrus. Malts are crisp and bready with an amazingly smooth finish.

Medium bodied IPA with a crisp refreshing carbonation. Not to dry in the finish which makes this one easy drinking.

Very good drinkability, i could easily down a sixer in a night. I applaud Paper City Brewery for their passion and love for good beer and a diversity of styles.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber-gold color with a nice head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is somehow more among the lines of a belgian ipa with a distinct aroma of candi sugar/yeast. It's certainly not one but just thought I'd note that.

Ditto on the taste. For sure, the British East Kent Golding and American Yakima Golding hops dominate the mouthfeel with a slight bit of citrus/mint.

Lots of grassy hop bitterness for the hop lover. That hint 'o mint is still here as well. Nice finish that is marred slightly by the high carbonation.

It's certainly an interesting take on the style. I can't help but wonder if they put the wrong beer in this bottle because it could easily pass as a belgian-style IPA. I'm not sure whether to add or subtract points for this?

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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 mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/30/09; sampled 8/11/09. Brewed with East Kent and Yakima Goldings. The beer is a light amber color, with nice clarity save for a few floaties, and is capped with an inch of cream-colored head that leaves some nice lacing. Caramel and sweetish hops in the nose. The flavor consists of toasty and lightly sweet caramel malts, cut with fruity and floral hops that impart a medium bitterness. It has a medium body, with ample carbonation and a fairly dry, bitter finish. I really enjoyed this brew - very balanced and very English in character. Well worth a try.

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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 mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna be a BIG ipa weekend for me! So I am hoping to work my way back up to full strength and what better way then to try and knock back like 10 differnet IPA's in a weekend. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/22/2009.

Very nice pour here, light amber in color with good clarity. Smooth white head on top to about two inches and settled down slowly on the way. Nice side lacing throughout. Light aroma, not as strong as I would have liked, but well balanced. Light citric hops, and a touch of light bready malts. Very light on the palate without much in the way of a pungent note to it. Light grapefruit touches the lips before it gets washed with light bready malts and fades off without much at all in the way of an aftertaste. Easy to drink with a light body and nice carbonation. Smooth, crisp and sessionable but lacking some depth on the palate.

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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 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 albern
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a slightly better than average IPA, nothing special. The beer pours a clear amber color with a thinnish head that doesn't retain much, no lacing. The aroma is a bit butterscotch, some mild hop esters, some florals, some piney notes. The aroma is pretty good, but subdued.

The taste is primarily slightly bitter hop leaf, herbal hops, with a touch of a citric grapefruitiness. The hops are not all that well balanced in that the malty backbone is quite thin, the hops are bitter without being creamy and estery, and the consistency of the beer is a bit too watery. Moderate carbonation, some interesting butterscotch and sweet malts lurking in the background, and an overall lightish beer. You can drink a few of these, if desired. The beer is not overly complex, but it is an easy drinker.

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Photo of chemmie
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear light-copper color with a small head but some sticky lacing.
The smell is of butterscotch and some bitter hops.
Taste is of bitter hops, not sweet or citrusy.
Overall, a good pale ale. The powerful and bitter hops give it a slight different taste than other IPAs.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd consider this more of an English than American IPA but to each his own. Somewhat offended by the "Indian" on a motorcycle but to each his own. I still won't hate on the beer.

Pours crystal clear, golden in color with light orange. Great carbonation but not much of a head, it's thin with random spots of lacing down the glass.

Smell is nice and inviting. Earthy, spicy, lightly floral hops. Little pine, not much citrus if any. Peppery biscuity bread and lots of it. Light grain.

Taste is pretty nice as well. Good balance of hops and malt, neither really dominating by any means. Again, peppery and earthy. Medium bitterness. Light fruit flavors in the background come through at times and make my mouth water with joy.

Nice carbonation on the mouth with just the right level of bitterness. Crisp and a nice dryness in the finish.

A very drinkable good brew to me. Good balance and flavor. Solid all around and something I could have a sixer of in an evening.

Thanks goes to naproxen for this extra in the TIF tournament!

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a pale copper color with major off-white head and good lace. I get a malty spruce hops aroma, pleasant. The taste brings on a bitter hops front with big butterscotch malty back. Nice midland body, plent of carbonation, a little viscous on the tongue. Very drinkable, sweet and tart, nicely blended.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Sturbridge Mass, but no Norm Abrams!!!

Poured a golden brown, slightly hazy with medium carbonation that produced about a half inch head that partially clung to the glass after settlement.

The bouquet was malty with strong caramel and hops. This translated into the taste which was rich with caramel and malt. The taste complemented the big body. Even with the big body, the mouthfell was good, as the beer seemed to come together about half way through the session.

This is a tasty IPA that is a decent mid fall or early spring beer. Not one I would have in the summer heat and humidity of the mid-atlantic.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harp. Settled with a good, orange-amber appearance with some nice lacing. Spiced citrus aromas were very potent in the smell department, as well as complimentary odors of strong hops. I liked the taste of this one a lot. It was wicked bittersweet; very sharp in its flavors, allowing it to linger on your tongue for awhile. The carbonation was typical and medium-bodied but it really did help in preserving that great taste. Overall, I enjoyed this American IPA a lot.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Lots of hops in the nose, but little else.
Taste is also full of hops, with little if any malt noted.
Finish is more dry bitterness, and no malt present.
A bit unbalanced for m, needs some more malt.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber with best purchased by July 2007 on the label. It was a golden orange color with a medium head that still left some good lacing. A mostly floral aroma, nothing that predominated. Citrussy hops taste, a little muted. Not a very aggressive IPA. Still, it was fun to drink, and I'd try it again.

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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 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 Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white foamy head. The head is average,but it does leave ggod lacing. The smell has a strong "bisquity' aroma along with hops and spices. The taste is creamy with an average hop bitterness mixed with citrus hops. A good IPA,just not the extreme hoppy IPA that we've become used too. The m/f is medium,alittle thick and creamy with the flavors blending well. A good English stlye IPA and one of the better offerings from Paper City.

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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 MattBrooks
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orange with a minimal head. Classic aromas of flowers waft up from my glass but get overshadowed by the intense aroma of orange peel. Spicy, nutty, coriander smacks you in the mouth at the first sip, and keeps on smacking as you keep drinking. This IPA is not for the novice-it is for people who REALLY like IPA. Ther's not a lot of hoppiness, some, but it's more about the orange peel taste.

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