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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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 62
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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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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India'n Pale Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
3.48 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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