India Pale Ale | Climax Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2002

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: Pre-packed 64oz. growler

Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King; $8.25 at Artisan

Presentation: Beer mug at ~45º

Appearance: An amber-brown semi-cloudy body that was at most the slightest shade lighter than the ESB. Generated a medium to large-gauge bone-colored head of moderate longevity. Head dissolved into a thin, lacey film.

Smell: A very strongly hopped aroma that verged on the medicinal. Adjectives like green, herbaceous, leafy, and grassy came to mind. Any malt sweetness or toasty notes were either not detectable or overwhelmed by the hops. Definitely a more assertive aroma than the ESB, but made me think this beer would be wildly out of balance.

Taste: This time my nose wasn’t far off. Tremendous hops up front, with some spiciness and very muted malt. Some pepper and tannic hints at the back of my throat. Less citrusy and resinous than some other IPA’s I’ve tried recently. Having tried this soon after Climax’s ESB, the bitterness seemed a bit harsh and unrefined. Perhaps some age would smooth this out nicely. Finishes with a sharp, astringent bite.

Mouthfeel: Again, Climax does this nicely, achieving a smooth, fine carbonation that lasted through the glass and over two days in the growler. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: A good session IPA that provided welcome relief to an afternoon in the 90’s. I would not expect this to have a high ABV.

Another good offering from Climax. Although I did not like this as much as the ESB, I would not hesitate to buy it again. However, competing in a segment that includes Hop Devil, 60 Minute IPA, Stone, Hop Pocket, etc., it has tough shoes to fill. Like the 60 Minute IPA, I think this lacks a bit of refinement and balance; but doesn’t shortchange on flavor. I might also have liked it a bit more if I hadn’t so recently tried the Ithaca Flower Power IPA, which suited me better. I look forward to more offerings from Climax.

Bottom Line: I was proud to be drinking this on July 4th! Another Climax brew worth seeking out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.37/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not enjoy this I.P.A. I just could not get past the strong fruity tones to this beer. If it had been marketed that way, with some sort of fruit in the title, and I had been prepared for it, maybe I would have enjoyed it. But the flavor that it had only made me feel like something had gone wrong. It doesnt taste like they took the IPA style & put their own spin on it - it just tastes incorrect. It wasnt very pale for an IPA, and you can really detect the fruity/floral tones in the nose as well. Low drinkability. I did not want to finish this beer.

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a cream head that had good staying power. Served out of a 64 oz. growler.

A citrusy, slightly grainy aroma greets the nose. It starts out with a slightly grainy-malty flavor, with the citrusy hoppiness and a caramel malt sweetness joining in mid-sip to balance it out nicely. A very soft, almost velvety mouthfeel distinguishes this brew. The finish becomes slightly more bitter, while the citrusy Cascade hoppiness stays there all the way through. Very, very nicely done.

Now if I could get the Climax Blues Band's "Couldn't Get It Right" outta my head...

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap at "Standings" (the new incarnation of Brewskis in NYC) Pours dark honey amber, tan creamy head with healthy lacing evident. This one shows off a rich malty nose. Creamy, super smooth brew. Loads of malt balanced by more of a British style hop package. In any case, this is a very tasty and easy drinking IPA.. Mouthfeel and balance are what were talking about here. NIce brew, seek it out on tap

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Photo of Soonami
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz pint glass at SPTR, chilled but not cold

A- Burnt orange, cloudy with great cling and excellent lacing

S- Bready malt and fresh cut pine needles

T- Sweet with pine resin bitterness balanced with a tropical fruit--pineapples and apple

M- amply carbonated with a medium, chewy mouth that was pleasantly thick.

D- this is a repeater!

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer that I have never heard of or seen before. I always enjoy an East coast-style IPA that knows how to pack a hop punch

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Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of KenC
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from NJ. Surprisingly very drinkable and a nice orange citrus taste. Pleasant mildly hoppy aroma. Pours a light orange with a little retained head, and good lacing down the glass. Medium bodied with above average carbonation. vegetable is in residual of the bottle.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus PA. Very tasty and relatively maltly IPA. I'll let the extra malts slide since the beer's on cask and the beer is pretty red in color for the style. Meh, it's hoppy and tasty - that's what matters. The hops are a floral fruity punch with spicy finish. The malts are a balance a caramel malts with note of cocoa that pop up as the hops start to kick in.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Fronjdj10
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of BodyPolitic
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ChrisIPA
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to board45 for this.
Appears a golden bronze with a hearty 2 inch white cap. Streams of large and tiny carbonation bubbles rist to the top. Lots of thick, marshmallow like lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Smells of earthy and wood like hops with a sweet malt mixed in that is reminescent of iced tea.
Taste is smooth and clean. This one packs in a woody and floral hop that seems to harmonize with a sugary vanilla and caramel malt backing.
Mouthfeel is ultra cramy and smooth with just the right balance that catches the whole back of the mouth off guard. Seems to rev up like a hot rod showing off it's power when the finish hits 375 horses.
Drinkability...kick back, relax, and enjoy a growler of this smooth IPA for yourself.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a massive 2 finger foamy beige head, which leaves very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides; lacing leaves rings and a creamy layer on top of the beer.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, sweet malt, piney hops, biscuit and caramel; a very well balanced nose that is stronger in the citrus hops to remain consistent with an IPA aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, light lemon, sweet malt, piney hops, biscuit, wheat bread, caramel, light floral hops, faint toasted grains and faint spices; this is well balance and not a hop bomb, but more of a session IPA that leans more towards English IPA than American IPA. Definitely not a West Coast over hopped IPA, and one that got better after each pour of the growler.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body, light carbonation and a light chewy feel that slid down easy. High drinkability, this beer went down too fast and too easy; if you are in NJ then you should treat yourself to this very good beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.67/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange with a thin, but fairly well-retained head that left some lacing.

The smell was crisp and clean - Fresh, floral hops on a background of caramel malt.

The taste was incredibly delicious. Flavorful, fresh citrus hops well-balanced, for the style, with caramel and chocolate. As expected, and even wanted, for the style, the hops took center-stage, but the malt gave it a thick, creamy body and character.

The flavors lingered for a while on the tongue and in the mouth.
It was very smooth.

This is truly a work of art. A traditional IPA, with an interpretation that makes it unique and very pleasing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JohnnyForeign
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2004 Kennett Square BF.

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged size head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (oranges). A little grassy and floral too. Light bitter finish. The bitterness factor was on the lower side.

Notes from: 10/11/04

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