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 plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balanced biscuity grain and peppery hop aroma.

The taste was well balanced as well. A solid malty grain supported a good citrus hop. Mild caramel as well.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a nice sessionable AIPA.

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Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange / gold color with a thin, bubbly white head - very slight haze. Strings of sticky lace and good head retention. Mild floral hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, caramel, and grain...pleasant. Pine hop flavors mix with a spicy earthiness - British hops for sure. Solid, lingering bitterness - sweet, biscuity malts under it all. Crisp, medium body with assertive carbonation and a little dry.

Nicely hoppy and underrated. A pleasant suprise from Paper City.

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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 sinstaineddemon
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale amber straw color with a thin rocky white head that dissipates quickly, moderate carbonation

S - hopyy as to be expected, with a mild sweetness in the background, almost piney from the hops, but not as much as the Blonde Hop Monster from this brewery

T - hoppy again, with some extra bitterness, very tasty and original, with the mild unplaceable(maybe orange-y citrus) sweetness, it is well balanced

M - smooth despite the IBU's, and well balanced

D - high, a great IPA

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paper City India'N Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best if served by 06/26/06
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy orange-brown blend. Thin white lace on top. Some patterns of sticky lace cling to the glass.

Light aroma of sweet malts, grain and spicy hops. Wish the nose were a bit more aggressive for this style.

Toasted wheat, bready, grain flavors. A tad sweet from a caramel flavor. Biting hop finish, but a tad watery and buttery in the body. Juicy hop flavors with hints of peach.

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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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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 ZAP
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden colored...nice frothy head...nose is leafy...tobacco like...body is medium...fdecent biscuity malt load...some English style hop flavors and then a bitter bite on the finish...a little grapefruit and some piney notes...

Not one of my favroties for this style but certainly a quality beer some might enjoy..

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a decent head. Faint citrus smell. The taste is a malt crispness followed by juicy hops. The flavor is tasty but there is not enough of it. The finish is fruity and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. This is a decent beer but not at all what I expected. More of a pale ale than an IPA. I doubt I would buy this again as it does not leave a memorable impression.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with freshness dating area, cant be read however, washed out... Pours a light dull golden tone, cloudy, respectable tiny bubble head, leaving oodles of lacing and sheets of lace. Nose is citrussy, mouthfeel is soft and inviting. Hoppy mild IPA, some grainyness noted as well as a soapy note. A litle thin body wise and perhaps a tad watery, could use some more malt to sturdy up the mid section of this brew. Nothing special, respectable sessioner.

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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 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 masterbruewer
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head. Light Steady carbonation. Good Lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a little malt background.

The taste is smooth. Hoppy but smooth, not as hoppy as I'd expected in an IPA. There's a subtle bitter hops aftertaste, but no off-flavors. Very solid flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a little bit of hop kick at the end, but not much.

This is a fine example of the style and very, very easy drinking.

I'd drink this again if it was distributed outside of Western Massachusetts.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head that leaves spotty lace on the glass, impressive for a bottle. Cloudy and golden in color.

The is freshly cut grass aroma. The hop is not very pronounced for an IPA. The main smell is the pale malt used. Strong hop flavors up front and in the aftertaste (lots of bitterness!) The malt shows up in a supporting role. This brew is fairly thin but also has a slight alcohol oiliness to it. High in carbonation.

Tasty and pleasant, great beer to indoctrinate fledgling IPA drinkers.

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Photo of mschofield
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-gold, topped with a tall three finger creamy head, well carbonated, leaves thick webs of lacing.
Wood, floral aroma, biscuit, lemon and grapefruit.
Lemon zest, pepper, grapefruit taste. The bitterness is at a very good level. Caramel, wood, resinous, grape. Mellows and gets a lot fruitier with warming.
Medium bodied, and a bit harsh but that doesn't detract from the drinkability.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light copper / golden color with a faint white head. Barely any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slight nose of caramel and a light hop aroma. A little lemon aromas is also noticeable. But overall not too much in the nose.

Taste: Up front this beer hits with a a decent malt body. Caramel, and a little biscuit flavor make up the main malt flavors. This beer finishes with a slight zesty hop zing, with a minor bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice crisp carbonation and light body.

Drinkability: For an IPA its pretty drinkable but IMO this is much more of a mellow Pale Ale. SNPA has more of a hop profile than this beer.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Indian Pale ale pours a nice amber color. There is a foamy head, which unfortunately did not last very long. The smell is somewhat faintly hoppy. The taste is slightly bitter with an odd metalic tinge. Not a bad beer but not worth searching out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid orange color, with slight haze, gifted with a fine layer of milky white foam above, generously dotted with lace.
Mildly hoppy aroma, definite hop oils, notes of grapefruit, peach, tangerine.
Taste: hops are pleasant, yet meek on the tongue, and what slides down the palate is nothing but juicy goodness. Piney oiliness susists throughout the length of this bottled serving, thins out at the end. Body is medium at best, and the finish is sweet, but unmemorable.
A happy little ale, but a faint, forgettable IPA.

thanks to sulldaddy for the sample.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber. The dark cream-colored head is large and looks to be somewhat sticky. It falls faster at the edges, leaving scraps and small sheets of lace. The nose is a mixture of earthy and citrusy. Although hops are clearly the focus, as in all good IPAs, it's obvious that this won't be a hop monster on the palate.

The label says that India'n Pale Ale 'pulls from both the British and American traditions' and that is exactly what it tastes like. The two-sides-of-the-Atlantic personality is achieved by the use of Goldings hops, by the use of a good deal of malt and by a correspondingly laid back hoppiness. In general, I prefer American IPAs, but this one is a nice change of pace. It tastes good, it feels good in the mouth and it's highly quaffable.

This is not a beer that I could see myself drinking on a regular basis, but it's clearly well-crafted and I'm glad that I got the opportunity to give it a whirl (thanks to mikeys01). I love the Indian riding an Indian (motorcycle) on the label of India'n Pale Ale.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright amber color, nice head settles at 1/4 of an inch. Laces complexly and fairly completely. Aromatic fruity aroma, slightly more hop astringency than some. Flavor is a contrast in part -- good malt, caramel, some buttery tones and breadiness. Carbonation is subdued, helping to generate a decently creamy mouthfeel. Hops lend a good balance, mixing west coast with more floral and dry Kentish Goldings. And balance is what this beer does best, a quaffable IPA that keeps hops in your mind but not in your face. Thanks to Alex P. for bringing this beer from Rhode Island while he interviewed for a Twin Cities TV internship.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a nicely apportioned off-white head. Nice bit of lacing.

Smells a little sweet and a lot hoppy. Bit of caramel in the vapors.

Nice amount of sweet malt up front with a lingering diacetyl in the middle. Turns a little yeasty and then the hop burn drops in. Hops are well balanced against the initial sweetness of this beer. An excellent IPA and I'm not a big fan of the style.

Mouthfeel is very moderate with a a nice palate bath of hops for those that really groove on them.

Highly drinkable. I'll definitely load up on this come warmer weather.

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Photo of Edwin
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sulldaddy for sending this one my way.

Appearance - Golden color with an amber hue to it. White head that gives way fast.

Smell - Hoppy, piney, and citrusy. Tough to distinguish the hop types in there, but definitely an IPA type scent.

Taste - A bit light for an IPA, but they can't all be huge Hop donkey-punches. Tastes like hops, pine, and some light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with less carbonation than I thought would be in it. Goes down pretty well with some bitterness on the end. Not bad.

Drinkability - It can be consumed rather easily, but it leaves no real impression. A decent beer, but not worth seeking out.

Overall - A good effort from a smaller brewery, but with so many better IPAs out there, this one will get lost in the shuffle. Good, but not great.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pour this chilled sample into my snifter. The beer pours a rich clear amber color and a white fluffy head fades up very easily. The head fades a a solid surface layer that lasts throughout the sampling.
The aroma is mild but exhibits some piney and grassy hops with just a hint of caramel. Dominated by hops.
First sip reveals a beer with average body, creamy texture and mild carbonation. The flavor is mild like the aroma and starts with a quick hit of caramel and quickly rolls to bitey bitter pine hops. This is an easy beer to drink and I get no hint of alcohol anywhere.
A good example of an IPA but the aroma is a little bit mild.

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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 beernut7
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper rimmed with a thin lace on the glass. The tempting aromas of toffee and caramel sweetness first greet the senses. The first taste brings a stab of bitterness rounding quickly into a citrusy spice. The hop characteristiacs are paired with a sharply sweet malt flavor. The malt wanes as the citrusy hops build into a zesty finish.

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