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 mynie
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single can, purchased at a little shop in Harpers Ferry.

Pours a little thick and caramel-colored. Decent head.

Smells of sharp pine hops. A nice enough hop profile, but a little one-note.

The flavor starts with the same sharp, American hops. Nice enough. But the back end is a little off, with loads of cereal-tasting grain weighing everything down. A bit unbalanced, but not bad.

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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 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 TeamMathis
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light smell of citrus and pine. Pretty weak (watery) taste of bitter citrus. Leaves nice bitter aftertaste. Not really American IPAish. It's ok, but would be really enjoyable and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of BeerBandit
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a six pack of cans while on a trip to West Virginia.

This beer is decent, but nothing to get excited about.

The malt taste slightly overpowers the hops. Not exactly what I expected from an IPA.

If you are in West Virginia, give this beer or anything from Mountain State Brewing a try. Although I couldn't rate this beer as a solid 5, it is decent. It was also refreshing to see craft beer in a state where at one time you could only find watered down light beers served at bars and restaurants.

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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 bluehende
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had from a Keg at a Mountain biking event in Davis, This beer seemed more of an amber than anything else. Some hops, but not a lot. Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing special. I would have assumed it would have been fresh as it was a donation from a local brewery.

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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 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 JeffONeal
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a great clear yellow gold but be careful this beer is bottle conditioned and they don't spell that out on the bottle. I ended up with a cloudy beer full of live yeast. I really can't call this an IPA. It lacks any real hop flavor or smell. To me it taste more like an Amber. There is a bit of bitter to the end of the beer but I think that is from the yeast more than the beer. Save your money on this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of conifers, not very strong
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing fair – some irregular islands of various size bubbles
Body light orangish-amber, hazy
Flavor begins moderately bitter with piney resin; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends with a slight sweetness, leaving a chalky aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.

Overall – meh. Another average IPA – the only thing special is that it’s from West Virginia, a hard state for tickers to find a local beer

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Photo of marshmarsh
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Capital Market in Charleston, WV. Just got back from a family reunion there, and every year I grab something local from WV at this market. This year it was beer!

Poured into a Tulip glass.

a - dark and cloudy copper with a two finger creamy white head. Lots of sediment visible.

s - citrus, pine, and you're gonna laugh at this one, but it's what it reminded me of: wonton soup.

t -mild hoppy start, pine - hop finish.

m - acid and light

o - i like the pine element, but the mouth feel just isn't as good as I like, and it's not very complex.

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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 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 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 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 WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's nice to see bottles from MSBC but they are not bottled in Thomas, WV or Morgantown, WV or Deep Creek, MD. These guys have done great for themselves with beer and pizza in WV, I hear they have a great place in Morgantown in the Wharf District the original place is legendary in Thomas, and I'm sure the Deep Creek locale is making folks happy at the lake. I was happy to see a Mountain state beer bottled then I read the fine print and found brewed and bottled by Peabody Heights Brewery Baltimore, MD. The same folks who brew the Raven Lager and other Edgar Allen Poe influenced brews. Pours a bright copper slightly off white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has pine and tart citrus notes with a dank West Virginia kind bud quality about it. Flavor...very muted hop pellet bitterness with an unapproachable malt character this is really poorly brewed IPA there's three hop varieties but there's one acrid lingering bitterness roughness in each sip, it's sad. Flavors are not cohesive the excitement of the bottle ended in let down again and again between the brewing location and poor quality of the ale. It's a fresh bottle no issues with age here, it's just not good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is even lingering harshness between sips, what a poorly executed IPA somebody go back to the drawing board or pay somebody else to make this beer it's never been this bad on tap in the state of West Virginia.

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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 psuKinger
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a mason jar, had fresh at the brewery. The chalkboard says this IPA clocks in at only 5.2%... if true; that's quite low for style.

A: pours a nice orange-copper color with plenty of frothy white head on top that stayed around for a while. 3.5

S: mild smell of malt sweetness. No hops present in the nose. 2.0.

T: hop bitterness can be found on the back end to balance this brew out, but little-to-nothing in terms of floral/citrus hop flavors... Malt sweetness and hop bitterness do strike a nice balance here though. 3.0

M: thin and light, with a nice bitter-sweet finish. 3.0

D/O: very quaffable. The taste agrees with the ABV, very "drinkable".  Considering the circumstances/craft beer scene here in West Virginia, this is a fine brew that drinks well. But when back home in the Burgh, this would fall well short of other options. It's a "sessionable" IPA, but as the ABV suggests, it doesn't have as much flavor as it's "bigger brothers" in the style. It finishes well, with a good bitter ending, which for me pushes it from a 3.0 to a 3.5.

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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 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 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 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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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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