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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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Spencer_Stephens
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +29.1%
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 +28.2%
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 bufleraj
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baconman91
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of HurricaneMo
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
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 +19.3%
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 +17.3%
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 CaptainFleeker
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of EricClayton
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of RogueHam
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of DSWeller
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvbrewcrew
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Applesauce1
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 JagerBombAFJ
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jredner
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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 +12.7%
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 +12.4%
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 Qdaly11
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Irishmafia
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Seneca Indian Pale Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
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