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 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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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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