Seneca Indian Pale Ale | Mountain State Brewing Co.

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Seneca Indian Pale AleSeneca Indian Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mountain State Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A highly hopped, moderate bodied beer which comes in at 5.4% ABV. The hops schedule includes healthy doses of Chinook, Cascade, and Amarillo, and is tuned perfectly to provide the hops bitterness explosion that IPA fans seek without a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Added by WVbeergeek on 10-10-2005

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Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great dark copper color with great head and excellent lacing. It has a wonderful hoppy/floral scent, with nice citrus tones. Same for the taste, a very nice pale ale with a great hoppiness and an excellent aftertaste, with wonderful American hops. It goes down very smoothly, as well. Great beer!

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Photo of rabsten
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

West Virginia doesn't have a surfeit of breweries and product to chose from, but calling this on of the best beers made in the Mountain State isn't faint praise. This is a good, good beer.

On tap at Sam's Uptown Cafe in Charleston, WV. Clear amber body, tan head with light, fluffy foam that has very good lacing qualities. Pretty much looks just like an IPA should.

Mellow hops, leaning towards citrus in nose, light vanilla and malt notes. Some floral presence as it warms up.

Solid, citrusy hops up front of palate with just enough malt to support the enterprise. Well balanced. Crisp mouthfeel that opens up as it goes down. Very, very drinkable.

Now that West Virginia Brewing Company isn't distributing to Southern WV, we can expect to see more Mountain State products taking their place. All in all, that's shaping up to be a good thing.

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Photo of HurricaneMo
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having a pint at the pub, I liked this brew so much I decided to get a growler to bring home with me.

This beer poured darker than I expected - brown and not very translucent. It poured with a finger of head and showed decent lacing. The nose was hoppy and so was the taste. Not a whole lot of citrus and well-blended. Remarkably smooth finish. The hops kicked you up front, and then mellowed out to let you enjoy the taste. Medium carbonation and not too heavy on the mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at CJ Maggie's in Elkins, WV.

The frosted mug (grrr) brought to me was filled with a standard looking IPA: clear, copper-amber body with a light cap of eggshell-colored foam that left behind nice lacing. Good carbonation level, too. Aroma was a blend of juicy citrus hops and floral notes. Definately above average.

The taste brought about a pleasant, zesty-citrus hoppiness balanced by a sweet caramel backbone. The hops were fresh and piney, almost reminded me of a "fresh-hop" IPA. Body delivered a lingering hop finish; mouthfeel well-carbonated and refreshing. Overall, this wasn't a "knock-your-socks-off" IPA, but the craftsmanship was unmistakable. I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a 2" head. Some lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: floral hops and some orange citrus was pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange, light grapefruit tartness, soft ripe fruit sweetness, and a floral bitterness created a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last in your mouth.

Drinkability: this was extremely quaffable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap at The Junction in the Snowshoe Village.

Appearance: gold-copper color with a 1/2" white head off the tap; looks like a good ale
Smell: hops very prevalent
Taste: hoppy and flavorful; not a very balanced beer, but if you like some hops, this is a beer to try
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinability: this would be a good session beer

This is my first time trying any beers from Mountain State Brewing. I had this and the Amber Ale. This one was a little better, but overall, I'm pretty impressed with the brewery.

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Photo of Jredner
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the Hole in the Wall Pub in Snowshoe Mountain, WV. The aroma is very citric and mildly sweet, but it’s a fresh natural sweetness. Fairly enticing. The body is a light copper/orange and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head. Fore is citric hops, but more orange zest than grapefruit. A nice sweep malt base balances it. As far as intensity this is more akin to a pale ale like say a Sierra Nevada, but it is pretty decent and a nice suprise on a ski trip where I didn’t expect any enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poued this from the tao at the brew pub. surprisingly dark, may be a bit tto dark for thr style? No head at all to show, but that also means more beer from the pour!
Hoppiness in the nose, with a malt backround. Caramel malts, fairly thick in hoppiness.
Taste was very nice, fairly well balances. Hops dominated, as expected, but there was some malt in there as well. Not just hop water. Had a little "ashiness in the finish
Pretty solid brew.

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Photo of ricknewsom
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass from 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Amber, clear, moderate white head that lingers.
Aroma: Piney hops, some background maltiness, clean. Aroma is rather subdued for an IPA.
Flavor: Medium bitterness that is at the low end for the style. Many "pale ales" are more bitter these days. Pleasant hop flavor dominated by piney notes with fruitiness in the background. Nicely balanced with the malt, but again, almost drinks like an American Pale Ale instead of IPA.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium light body. Medium carbonation. Finishes moderately dry with just a hint of lingering hop bitterness that quickly fades.
Overall: A well balanced beer that is at the lower end of most IPA attributes. Not very bitter. Not a lot of aroma. Almost a "session" IPA by modern standards. So, as a representative of the style, it may have failings, but as a refreshing, drinkable beer, it is very good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks a lot to my brother for bringing this one back from his trip for me. its a great ipa, really different, and its an unfair shame that its rated as low as it is, I think its really nice. I like all the grain weight to it, and the choice blend of hops flatters both the nose and the finish, with a perfect blend of oily Amarillo and very bitter cascade. there is a fair bit of body to it, but it lets the different hops come in stages. the woody hops are first, citrus peel in the middle, and oily west coast bitter in the finish, a cool movement and on top of crystal malt in the mid toast range, its super nice. only moderate carbonation lets it hang around a bit, but its not the least but sweet so it goes down easy. warms up well too, which I find to be really uncommon in ipa after a certain point. I have had basically no beer from the seemingly foreign land of west Virginia, and this makes me want to get into a lot more of it. I know there is a made for so and so by so and so in so and so on the label, but I don't care. the recipe and execution are both great, and I think this one deserves a little more love. cheers to my brother for thinking of me and feeding my stoke for new beers with this wholly original product. well worth it.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to family and friends. I'm actually not 100% sure how this made it to my fridge but it was a pleasant surprise after a long week.

Brown/golden color with a lumpy white head. Some soap bubble lace.

Smell is floral hops mostly. Taste has a little floral hop kick up front but then is overwhelmed by the biscuity malt. This really trended more toward a brown ale as far as I'm concerned, even having some earthy nutty tones.

I didn't knock this quite as much as I would have if I knew for sure the growler was fresh and had been handled properly. Overall a nice beer I would like to try fresh at the brewery.

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No overwhelming hop notes, just mild citrus and pleasant, lingering bitterness. Light caramel sweetness for balance. Solid IPA option, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light chill-hazed amber colored IPA with not a trace of head on it. Pint glass filled to the rim by the bartender/server.

Aroma of some citrus hops and caramel. Not much depth here. Nice hoppy flavor, without much malt balance. It's not a thin hop-water type beer, it does have some body. Sessionable as all the other from this brewer have been. It tastes good but is nondescript at the same time.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, decent head forms and leaves lots of lace. Aroma of floral hops, herbal and a bit earthy in the flavor. Bitterness is rather tame, malt body is biscuity and lightly sweet in a caramel fashion. Overall, a decent drinking IPA and one I was glad to try. I believe this is the first beer I ever had from West Virginia.

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Photo of mirish72
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Had a chance to try this on a recent visit to West Virginia. It was a welcome respite from what was generally available down there. Not as hop forward as I like in an IPA, but given what else was available down there I really liked it. Don't see myself seeking it out but would drink again if I ever find myself down there again.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my hotel (Euro suites).

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is unusual for an IPA, as along with dry citrus, I get some dry malt and tea. The flavor profile replicates the nose, including the tea flavor. The beer is fairly hoppy/bitter, with some noticeable malt, but the beer is not at all sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter, slightly skunky finish. Alcohol seems pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, but then again, it's only 5.2% abv.

An interesting beer, but not one I can really see myself drinking a whole lot of. The hotel also has smithwicks on tap as well, which is probably what I'd order if I order anything else at my hotel.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts, hops seem to be lacking. Taste is of some hops, lots of malts, tasty and balanced, but lacking the bitterness and oomph of an American IPA. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but if you are looking for a hop bomb, keep on looking.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is amber in color with an inch of beige head on top.

S - It has a slight citrus and caramel scent. I also get some bitter metallic aromas.

T - The taste starts out with some sweet caramel malt. Then some slight bitterness comes in. It is just bitter. Then the finish is pretty clean.

M - Moderate

O - I have had more hopped up pale ales. That doesn't make this necessarily a bad beer. The fact that it starts sweet then comes some plain bitterness makes it a not very good beer. It is not horrible to drink, but there are millions and millions that are better. The IPA style is so saturated that mediocre ones are way down the list.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-deep amber pour from undated can. Little visible carbonation and minimal aroma (or that is just me today). The flavor is malt-forward. There is a little toastiness. The hop mix provides a somewhat unique bite that is a bit arresting, but welcome. This is different for an IPA, but I would pick it up again.

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Photo of weller1js
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a hazy copper-amber, lightly carbonation but little foam and only slight film of bubbly lacing.

smell: hops are light yet crisp, only a faint dryness is notable.

taste: begins mellow, with a dry hoppiness that is sharp but brief, with its taste declining toward the finish, leaving only a slight bitter lingering.

drinkability: unique in its intent to have more a light finish as opposed to typical IPA's, seems to pack more of a punch in the middle, decently-hopped all the same.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a two-finger thick and creamy white head that retains well after the pour, leaving frothy lace behind

S- grainy toasted malt with a bit of doughy bread, floral/perfume, hop aromas a there but not as pronounced as expected

T- toasted malt with some caramel sweetness, the hops are muffled at first, with just a bit of dry bitterness on the finish. Notes of grass and pine

M- medium body and carbonation with a super creamy mouthfeel, leads to a silky finish and high drinkability

O- this drinks more like an amber ale. It's not bad, but just too malt dominant for an IPA.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/15/11 at the Taphouse in Charles Town, West Virginia,

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, caramel malts,

taste: caramel, som hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not an outstanding IPA but atleast West Virginia offered one so I could try. They need to cut back on the sweet malts and mellow that out a bit. Just to sweet for an IPA for me. More Hops please.


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Photo of HamdenHector
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; medium amber in color; less that a 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: moderate earthy hops; a little pine;

T: earthy all the way; moderate bitterness on the finish that doesn't really kick in until after the swallow;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not sure what to make of this , but I wouldn't buy it again;

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Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Once again, the mighty tone77 has come through with a new and unusual bottle to keep me honest while The CANQuest (TM) is on a temporary hiatus following my having splashed Oskar Blues' Chaka into my other computer's keyboard. My technician recommends against such action, BTW.

From the bottle: "Mountain State Brewing Co.'s Seneca IPA is an ode to the Native American Seneca tribes that once traversed the rolling hills of West Virginia, calling its lands and bountiful hunting grounds - home. This highly hopped, moderate bodied beer is toned perfectly to provide the hop explosion that IPA fans seek, without the lingering bitterness."; "Seneca IPA is bittered with Galena hops, flavored with Amarillo and dry-hopped with Cascade."

My pour, while aggro, was not uncontrolled, and so I wound up with just better than a finger of rocky, tawny head that gently fell like a souffle, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was also great, a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future and beer was there! Nose had a light pine scent, enough to be perceived, but not enough to scorch my nostril hairs. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while bitter with pine hops, seemed to lack the intensity associated with the style. It might be better served as an EIPA or even an APA. This simply lacked the Ooomph! usually inherent in the modern iteration. I was down with what they were trying to accomplish, but as a hardcore hophead, this was like methadone to a heroin junkie - barely satisfying and enough to make me want to score a real hit. Dig? Finish had kind of a minty flavor, spearmint, perhaps. I just felt kind of underwhelmed by the whole deal.

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Photo of bamojr
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy amber pour with a small white head and quick dissipation. It had very little aroma and an overall unimpressive smell. It was quite tasty with a very low hop concentration and I got what I thought were some nice oak notes. It had a bit of a watery feel but was very crisp which gave it great drinkability and a good mouthfeel.

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