India Pale Ale
Climax Brewing Company

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
IPA - American
3.5 | pDev: 20.86%
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 30, 2002
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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3.25 by njbusa from New Jersey on Aug 02, 2017
3.67 by cliff1066 from Virginia on Feb 05, 2017
3.25 by AD17 from New Jersey on Jun 12, 2016
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2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by BFCarr from New Jersey

There was something way out of balance with this IPA. Not hoppy, it was like dried fruit molasses.

Feb 21, 2015
3.64 by ChrisIPA from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2014
3.5 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Jul 20, 2014
2.5 by BodyPolitic from New York on May 19, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

O: This beer is unusual and deep, although the tasting notes are somewhat unrefined. This is especially noticeable next to a cleaner, standard American IPA. This beer pushes style definitions, although it could use some refinement. I'd buy it again, and would love to try it fresh as opposed to slightly old. Are we sure this isn't a Belgian IPA?

A: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian goblet glass - the beer pours a murky brown not typical of your average IPA, with only the slightest hint of red or orange in the hue. Large effervescent bubbles are apparent in the haze, and there is a thin, turbid head of foam that clings to the glass well, but does not rise high or linger long. A noticeable and surprising amount of yeast particulate can be found in the beer, which reveals itself after the bubbles fade.

S: the smells are unimpressively typical of your average IPA - neither good nor bad. No distinct fruit aromas are apparent, but there is a moderate hop character intermingled with the strong malt, biscuit aromas. The smell of this beer has a surprisingly deep caramel character, which seems to explain the deeper color of the beer, suggesting more roasted malt than a typical IPA.

T: this beer tastes like the cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and an American IPA, with a surprisingly pleasant spice character (this beer is pretty spicy!). It is also very complex, with clashing fruity notes vying for attention. Is this an American IPA? It's a lot closer to a Belgian IPA, made with very tropically flavored hops. Good hop character balances well with the sweet, caramel body of the beer.

M: great level of carbonation on this atypical IPA. The medium body on this brew compliments the caramel backbone nicely

Apr 19, 2014
2.75 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey on Jan 05, 2014
2 by Jsher from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2013
3.25 by Varkias41 from New Jersey on Aug 22, 2013
2.75 by petermethot from New Jersey on Aug 21, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy copper in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation (mostly large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass) and some light amber highlights. The beer has a quarter to half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready malts with some hints of caramel sweetness along with some light aromas of citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light notes of caramel sweetness. That is followed by some light flavors of citrus/orange zest hops that impart a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Doesn't really seem like an IPA as it is so much more malty than other examples of the style. The smooth body makes this one pretty easy to drink but I don't think I would get it again as the hops are barely present in this one.

Aug 19, 2013
3.75 by abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey on Aug 17, 2013
2.75 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Jun 26, 2013
3.75 by robwestcott from Indiana on Jun 19, 2013
2.75 by mikeburd1128 from New Jersey on May 12, 2013
3.5 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey on May 12, 2013
3.5 by danipp from Germany on May 04, 2013
1.25 by Iamstryker from New Jersey on Apr 22, 2013
2 by brandoman63 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2013
4.25 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey on Jan 14, 2013
3.25 by Treb0R from Oregon on Dec 13, 2012
3.25 by mwarriner from New Jersey on Oct 25, 2012
3.75 by jnardone235 from New Jersey on Sep 03, 2012
3.25 by ShemRahBoo from New Jersey on Jul 27, 2012
2.5 by KenC from New Jersey on Jul 12, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Pours a rich deep red colour with a white foamy head.

The smell is citrus hops quite faint.

The taste is roasted malts and bitter hops.

The mouth is medium with low carbonation.

Overall more malty than most ipa's with a bitter after taste without any real hop flavours.

Jun 06, 2012
3 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2012
3.5 by Mikeymcglynnigan from New Jersey on May 01, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, floral, a touch of malts. Taste is piney hops, bitter, malts seemed to have disappeared, a bit unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Apr 30, 2012
1 by jscottku21 from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down and left spider web lacing covering the surface and a ring of big bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has light aromas of bready and caramel malts along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of bready, caramel and nutty malts stand out in the initial taste. These transition to a moderate amount of hop bitterness, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The malty and smooth nature of this beer sets it apart from other India Pale Ales and makes it interesting to drink.

Mar 02, 2012
2.5 by Myst from Maryland on Feb 28, 2012
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2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by HopHeadRyan from Pennsylvania

Climax IPA - - climax brewing - -

A - hazy orange…small 1/2 inch head…a thin layer remains after it dissipates…some decent lacing… (3.5)

S - Fresh squeezed orange juice mixed with Orange Zest…wow this is one orangey IPA! Not sure if thats a good thing. Sweet malts, grassy, honeysuckle, underlying yeasty-bready-grains, and noticeable caramel malts. The malts and the orange hop notes come together to make an almost Orange-Aid aroma…very different…kinda weird…but I'll keep going… (2.5) (as it warms the bready malts really come threw and smell better to me than the initial hop aromas…a little dank and estery…old world smelling…really nice actually)

T - The grains and hops struggle to blend and almost duke-it-out on my tongue…the bottle says "belgian malts" not sure which they are using but that may account for the strangeness of this IPA. Some definite off-flavors…vegetables…grassy…but still I find it oddly tasty…(2.5)

M - Mouthfeel is good…nice carbonation…good weight…not overly heavy or syrupy…good feel (3.0)

Ovearll - - A good brew…but an IPA…I think not…If I crafted this delicious ale I would not label it as such and maybe that would help…Maybe a double-cream ale…Golden or Amber Ale…or just Pale Ale would probably work…its not quite hoppy or bitter enough for an IPA…but I enjoyed this one overall and would certainly be okay with having another in the future. However, Climax is going to be hard pressed to sell this as an IPA with so many world-class IPAs out there.

Give it a try and decide for yourself! (2.5)


Feb 18, 2012
3 by marine1975 from North Carolina on Feb 04, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

This beer poured out as a murky looking copper color with a cream colored head on top. The head is very large and needed time to settle down. The lacing is sticky and the retention is pretty strong also. The smell of the beer has a nice fresh hoppy aroma, very little malt on the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice soft hoppy bitterness to it, There are earthy flavors in there too. The mouthfeel is a little on the oily side which is fine by me. There is a moderate carbonation and is pretty slick feeling. Overall it's a pretty solid Eastern style IPA.

Jan 21, 2012
4 by bonbini26 from New Jersey on Jan 11, 2012
3 by Casterbridge from Connecticut on Dec 31, 2011
India Pale Ale from Climax Brewing Company
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