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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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 62
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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Photo of Stopper
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden-red color. Has a generous, slowly dissipating head. Aroma breaks through as the head slowly recedes, and is very fruity with a touch of malt. The initial taste is of a nice round caramelly maltiness, followed soon by a moderate bitterness. There is not a huge bitterness for an IPA, and it's a bit slow to arrive on the palate, but it is there and it hangs around on the tongue for a long time in the finish. The fruitiness that was in the aroma comes out in the taste too, all making this a nice, refreshing, quaffable IPA.

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Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

honey colored with a frothy off-white head of different sized bubbles. The head settles slowly toward the beer, leaving a thick ring around the inside of the glass. Aroma is light, with faint hints of malt and hops. Initial flavor is light on the hops, and heavier on the malt, with a bit of smoke as well. The hops come through more in the finish, with some bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA.

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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 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 beerman599
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the real ale festival in new haven and thought it was a strait forward ipa with just enough carbonation to bring out the hops if your a huge hop head than maybe this isn't for you but if you respect the subtleties of an Ale like this than talk to jay or jon and find out when they will be serving another cask of this IPA

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Photo of paceyourself
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark gold color is so hazy you can barely see any of the carbonation. Floral and citrus aromas are gentle inviting. The mild flavor of grapefruit, clove and butterscotch lingers for a long time until the smooth piney bitterness moves in. The finish is kind of dry but i found this brew very drinkable. The one thing i didn't like was the best served by date is so faint i couldn't read it.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Redbones, at the start of our famous get-together!! Has a rich copper color, with a creamy tan head, with decent lacing. Nose seemed to be exceedingly mild, with faint citrus notes coming forth. It was nearly medium in body, and fairly smooth traversing the tongue. Tasted a bit bready at the outset, with a citrus flavor being more prominent. Slightly bitter towards the finish, and a bit dry as well. Not bad, but I've had better....

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit one thing, I love 22 fl.oz Bombers and any Brewery that bottles their beers in these, automatically gains some respect from me. Strike One for Paper City Brewery. The first beer of 8 beers that I received form the irrepressible BigDeb as part of a trade and I thought that the India’n Pale Ale would be first because I liked the way it was ‘mis’spelled and the label (it shows a Native Indian riding a Motorcycle – presumably an Indian!!!).
Pours with an intense head at first. A bubbly, frothy, deeply billowing mass that is as stiff as well-beaten egg-whites with a smooth texture and a cream color. Slowly collapses to a smooth ¼” covering leaving a spider’s web lace on the Glass sides.
Nose is, ah yes - definitely IPA. The hops are there and pronounce there dominance of an average strength aroma in a confident manner. The beer is a few inches to my left and I can smell the freshly cut vines as I type this. The body of the beer is a deepish hazy orange with some peach flesh yellow and red tinges. Not unlike other IPA’s that I have had, so no upsetting surprises there then. Good inherent carbonation gives this beer a refreshing, and a very satisfying wholesome mouthfeel.
Initial taste is thin, because the beer is still chilled, but the bitterness develops slowly as you swirl the beer. A few seconds later, after I swallow the first mouthfeel, a lovely smooth restrained but focused hop-bitterness lingers. As the beer warms the bitterness is more perceptible in the beginning. Has a really ‘fresh’ botanical character about it that makes you believe you may just catch a hop flower in your next mouthful. Not over the top but one of those IPA’s that is well-balanced (for West Coast read restrained) which I really enjoy. A good beer that is very drinkable and one which I will drink again if spotted. I could easily manage a Gallon of this that’s for sure.
Strangely enough, I note that the bottle says “Best When Purchased by Date Marked”, and the usual months listed, with “Jun” apparently hand blobbed out with a black marker – but, erm, no year?!?
Am I to assume that this stuff is not supposed to hang around long then?
Personally - that should not be a problem.
A heartfelt Thanks to BigDeb for this.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour seemed about average nothing too exciting there.A good amount of carbonation was present but just not in the from of a good head.The smell followed by a swirl was just inivting me to take a sip.The color is a dark amber copper color.The taste is what makes this whole Ale.It offers a mild but somewhat malty dark feel and texture with a finish of bitter grapefruit.A touch of acidity and hops is detected.A hint of cloves with a crisp refreshing finish.I liked this offering from Paper City and will certainly buy it again.A great addition to a cookout or any good meal.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a best if served by date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep reddish copper hue with a rocky tiny and big bubbled white head. Damn near the best head retention I have seen ever.

Smell: Fruity with hints of toffee and mild fruity esters. The hops float from a little piney to a little floral and a touch herbal and a touch citric ... all which combine to make wonderful slightly pungent aroma.

Taste: Very smooth and medium bodied with a rich malt crispness of toasted biscuity grain, slight steely crystal malt and a chewy malt sweetness in the middle which is cut by an ample assertive hop bitterness. Both flavours seem to linger to the finish, though a hop oil flavour is on top, which ends up being quite pleasant with the residual sweetness and a ghost like buttery diacetyl.

Notes: One of the more flavourful brews Paper City puts out ... indeed it is a very good IPA. One of the better IPAs in the NE for sure.

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Photo of tommyjohn
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Light Caramel malt, low hop aroma.
Appearance:Amber. Very nice head retention.
Flavor:Malty, but with enough hop to balance.
Impression:Very nice IPA. Well rounded. One that I buy often (and brewed locally). Wish they could get some more hop aroma into this beer.

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India'n Pale Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 76 ratings
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