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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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

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1.87/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
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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2.36/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.56/5  rDev -26.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.84/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.89/5  rDev -17%
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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2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
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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2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
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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2.98/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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Seneca Indian Pale Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
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