India Pale Ale

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IPA - English
Ranked #134
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3.67 | pDev: 11.99%
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got to check this out on tap at Craft. Copper in color, a lot of suspended yeast I suspect floating around. It did make a good 3/4" white head, and almost uniform lace down the glass.

Aroma lacked dry hopping. Taste was all bittering grapefruit like hops. For being an English ipa, it sure has those bittering hops all over it. Its a little different, something yeast or water wise giving a unique aspect of the mouthfeel. Alcohol kind of pronounced.

I'm not super down with this beer.

Oct 11, 2016
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an odd duck; not bad, but not great. Bottle started foaming over after opening. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, tan head that rapidly settles down to a light spotty cover and a little lace. Color is a cloudy, medium amber. Aroma is spicy, malt, caramel, hops, yeast, pungent. Flavor is like nose. Yeast stands out, even a tiny bit fishy. Good body and excellent carbonation. Finish has some alcohol and is like flavor with a surprise of slight sweetness. Good burps. Reminds me of a cross between a pale ale and a farmhouse. Not a quaffer.

Jun 20, 2011
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csiewert from Oregon

2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick hazy amber color with a finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is strong of bubblegum notes and some fruitiness. The taste is strong with cardboard and earthy tones. The mouthfeel is way overcarbonated and harsh. Overall very unique but not very good and definitely not an IPA.

May 28, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great purchase from gbx recently. this one was enjoyed last weekend in a pint glass while shooting hoops in the yard.

poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish that was remarkably clean and drinkable.

overall i really liked this one. i ha no clue how strong it was which made it even better.

May 05, 2011
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peabody from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a kind of cloudy ice tea with two fingers of very foamy off-white suds.
Smell is very fruity with mango and orange and grapefruit aromas mixed with a sharp hop and slight alcohol smell.
Taste is slightly sour then bitter then becomes watery. I am getting some malt but very little.
Some sugar and some alcohol but both very faint.
Mouthfeel is dirty then clean then sticky.
This is a strange drinking beer.
Drinkability is not bad. I just wish it would have a little more flavor retention.

Sep 17, 2010
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color with a huge thick head

Good aroma malt and hops but nothing more then average

Carbonation starts and finishes very quickly with a nice earthyness. The flavor dissipates and bitterness becomes a very smooth flavor.

This beer taste good but the price decreases it's drink ability however that said i would suggest it as its is a good beer.

Sep 13, 2010
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jmhart from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leon's Full Service

A- Poured a hazy golden brown with a 2 finger foamy white head. Head was persistent and sticky until the very end.

S- Not a lot of aroma to it. Malty with a slight, and I mean very slight, citrus aroma.

T- Deliciously smoky with a medium amount of malt body and a nice bitter finish. I've never had a smokey IPA like this and it was delicious. Such a wonder sweet and smokey flavor.

M- Medium bodied, oily.

D- A really delicious beer. Smokey and sweet and incredibly refreshing. I drank this outside at 90 degrees and it was wonderful.

Aug 12, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looked the part, good copper haze, chunkies, great head and retention of the lace. Aroma was absent.

Only seems to use bittering hops, no flavor, aroma, dry hopping seems to be the case here. Super bitter and sour. Somewhere between an English and Belgian IPA, with lots more bitterness. A profile similar to when rye is used in the beer. Light malt, maybe there is a % of rye or wheat with this one. Just a trip. Check it out if not too pricey, its probably one of the more unique IPAs you'll ever come across.

Jul 27, 2010
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illidurit from California

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold-orange color with a light-tan wet filmy head. Old grapefruit aroma, with a light earthy smokiness. Sweet fruity flavor with overripe apples (Fuggles?), crystal malts, earth, and a dry bitter finish. Obviously English in style. Nice filling mouthfeel.

Jun 07, 2010
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JohnnyP3 from Alaska

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Batch 259, brewed on 08.12.09, best before 08.12.11.

This IPA is dark orange-gold in color with a very substantial foamy white head that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Hazy! Can also see some yeast chucks floating in there. You can also see quite a bit of carbonation firing off in the glass, likely contributing to the foaming action. Looks like some pretty good lacing is in the works as well.

This is definitely an unusual smelling IPA. I don't detect a citrus hop smell, like in many American IPAs (which I am more familiar with). Instead, here, it is more of a grassy, hay-like, bitter/hop spicy smell. Nothing wrong with that.

As for the taste, well, again, quite unique. There is a delightful spicy hops kick with a kind of smokey undercurrent. Like no other IPA I have had, but I'm liking it the more I drink. There is an oh so slight citrus hint in there. But, this hop character is more of a bitter one. More reminiscent of some English ales I have had, with a strong hop bitterness to them. As I continue to drink this beer, there is still a taste I'm detecting that I have yet to clearly identify. Almost like some kind of a berry--juniper? Well, whatever is going on here, this is a nice IPA that I will likely seek out again during my time in Norway.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Hops give a little bit of a pucker factor with the bitterness. Drinkability is quite good. Would likely compliment some Thai food quite nicely.

May 23, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and thick, cloudy consistency. Lots of floaters. There was an inch of long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: A strong, hoppy aroma, with traces of malt and barley.

T: Tasted predominantly of spicy hops, with some malt and an earthy quality. Much more lively than most English IPAs. Very flavorful.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable IPA, though it may be a little out of character from the style.

May 03, 2010
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NewGeneric from California

2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Stein for getting this one.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vibrant orange marmalade color with a full finger and a half of fluffy foam that dissipates quickly. Plenty of lacing left around the glass as well, with a nice quarter finger of foam sitting on top.

S: Smells of spicy hops, revealing citrus behind the earthy tones. I also feel like I smell rye (haven't checked the label to see if they mention it). Seems a little musky/stale.

T: Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Very earthy, and I swear I taste rye. Gettin the same score as the smell.

M: Decent enough but not mind-blowing. Nice body, but not terribly smooth. Slightly overcarbonated as well. Just kinda in the middle.

D: Oof. I'm not getting this again. It actually seems like a decent beer of some other category, just not IPA. Unfortunately, whatever category that is, I'm not a big fan of it.

Apr 20, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy and light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of slightly bready pale malts with good amounts of floral and earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are soon augmented by mild biscuit-y flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of citrus hop flavors work their way into things and are joined by mildly bitter and earhty hop flavors right before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer for the style although it didn't have a defining characteristic to make it anything better than that. Worth a shot and likely better on-tap.

Mar 09, 2010
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gabeerfan from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance and picked up a bottle after having some good experiences with Mikkeller single hopped beers. Poured a very hazy medium brown, looked a lot like unfiltered apple cider. Very heady pour that couldn't be avoided.
Pretty subtle aroma. Black tea, smoke, very subtle earthy hops. Pretty typical EIPA aromas.
Flavors are pretty close ot the aromas. But, the smokieness seems to be more prominent. Stronger black tea with subtle earthy hops.
Medium bodied. Slight chalkiness from the hops. Good, almost nitro-like carbonation.
Pretty drinkable once you adjust your expectations from a typical American IPA. At 6.5%, probably only 1 or 2 would do the trick.
Pretty good beer that I'd buy again. It's so hard to find an IPA to keep in the rotation when there are so many out there, that it may be awhile for a return visit. Definitely worth a try.

Mar 04, 2010
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meeekyh from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a belled beer glass.

Rather a non-traditional label with pretty green hops and green fingerprints, and a little blurb about the beer and brewery.

Robotic looking additional label says it was brewed in Apr '03 (Maybe '08) and is best enjoyed by Apr '010.

The beer is a robust golden orange with a tan head which is fluffy but leaves no lacing.

Very strong smells of pineapple and pirate beers waft away from the glass. There is caramel, yeast and citrus along with the sea, like the Belgian pirate-themed beers I have tried.

The taste is tangy, malty, sweet and bitter but without a heap of hoppy bite. I kinda dig the malty sweet balance and friendly lack of strong aftertaste. The tang is abundant and enjoyable.

I like the moderate carbonation in spite of my noted penchant for lots of bubbles. The body is full and silky with a tinge of dryness.

I could drink this in excess but it is not a gulper by any means. The 6.5% ABV is not obvious but it has a fruitiness that begs more to be enjoyed than imbibed.

I like it and hope to find more beer from this Norwegian brewery. Cold weather seems to encourage the brewing gene...

Feb 19, 2010
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bheilman from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. The thing I liked best about the beer was that it was from Norway, and that probably influenced my experience, but I love trying things from different places and this is my first Norwegian craft beer. It doesn't have the bite of an American IPA, its a lot more subtle and does seem to fit in well in the EIPA style. The smell is not overly hoppy and the overall experience is nice and refreshing. I could drink several of these in a row although the cost will keep me from drinking this again outside of Europe.

May 18, 2009
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SwiftyMcBeer from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more interesting beers I've had in awhile. Pour was decent, quite foamy but it settled down quickly. The smell was extremely sour and I was nervous about this beer but I shouldn't have been. It was very interesting and subtle compared to the American IPAs I am used to. Very light and fruity with a big yeasty wheatlike backbone. I've never had anything like this, I can't decide if I loved it, but I certainly liked it quite a bit. If you want something completely different then you are used to, seek this one out. It shows you a whole new side of an IPA, well at least it showed me that.

May 16, 2009
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pokesbeerdude from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint of this from Liquormax in Loveland, CO. $7. Batch NR 155 APR 08 best before APR 10. So I'm at the halfway point. Could be interesting.

A: Cloudy copper color with a dense rocky head, excellent lacing, and really nice head retention. Overall a really nice looking IPA.

S: Funk, this smells like big time bret...sour lemons, sour candy, just all around this one smells like its gonna pucker me up. Umm...I don't know how to rate an IPA that smells like a wild ale, doesn't have any IPA notes...tricky. Still a nice smelling beer regardless.

T: Not as sour as I had anticipated, still a strong medicinal bret flavor to it, bitter hops are unique, hard to place, this is an odd beer. There is a hint of malty sweetness, but everything is so crowded by the overpowering bret, I can't tell if I like it, or want to toss it. As it warms a little more the flavors of an IPA begin to emerge. Sour and bitter are an odd contrast, but I can't say that I'm offended. Really an interesting beer, but not something that is amazing by any means.

M: Slight sour pucker, quite dry as well. Light carbonation, medium/light thickness. Really alright, the sour pucker is weird though for an IPA.

D: I don't know, this beer is really odd. A fresh example would be a little nicer, but when beers are coming from Norway its hard to find something truly fresh. The wild aspect of the beer potentially takes away from the "wild hop" variety that the label talks about. The next time I see this, I will check for a fresher date. Weird, but not bad.

May 11, 2009
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky orange pour

Heavy yeast on the nose with a hint of lemons

Tastes yeasty and slightly sweet with faint lemons on the follow through

Highly carbonated and slightly thin

I'm a little bit IPA, this beer's a little bit Belgian-o'....with apologies to Marty Cooper's eternal lyrical greatness

Mar 12, 2009
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a 50% off going-out-of-business sale, so I can't complain about the price tag. Unless I feel like it...

Clouded apricot/pale orange color, judicious froth atop...good IPA look, for sure.

Airy, Belgian nose...not getting what I thought I would from an American style IPA out of's lightly citric, but a bit sour. Lemon and minor orange...but not what I'm looking for ...huh.

Lush, full texture...solid mouthfeel. Nice hop play , but rather small. I expected more. Alittle spritz, a little zest, but no real bite or kick. Too mellow, too mild.

When you pay top dollar for a Scandanavian microbrewery making American style brews, you expect a lot. When the $10 for the bottle (forgetting I paid half of that this time)does not equal the value of a 12 pack of Sierra Nevada pale ale for the same price, give or take a buck or two ...this is a big pass.

I'm left feeling a bit ashamed I paid $5 for a so-so IPA out of Norway. I'd like to hear that the Norwegians are drinking a lot of this, but it may be best that they keep it there, while we enjoy our own efforts.

Mar 10, 2009
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that recedes slowly and rockily. Small amount of cloudiness. The liquid is neutral amber. Lots of chunky lace on the glass.

Round dark malt aroma is the first impression I have on the smell. For an IPA, it's unusual to have such a low level of smells closer to a English Mild.

This is an easy beer to enjoy. It is not a strong IPA in terms of the hop. In fact, I wouldn't know it is anything more than an English Pale Ale except for the higher level of alcohol, which is not evident on the tongue. Very nice creaminess to the mouth; good carbonation.

There is a brandy-like element to this beer. Lots of wonderfully full flavors without being extreme.

Mar 07, 2009
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a rich, semi-cloudy amber/orange. Head is very thick, with large bubbles, and lacing is typical of most IPAs. Carbonation is good, with tiny bubbles rising rapidly.

S. Somewhat off. I don't know if it's the wheat in the brew or what. Hops dominate, but there is a chemical smell there too, almost like some type of solvent.

T. This beer begins malty with hints of toffee and caramel, with a toasty character. Once the hops kick in, there is an astringent quality to it. Not piney or citrusy, but just bitter and off-flavored.

M. The mouthfeel was suprisingly good. It was medium bodied and the flavors were long lasting.

D. Although a unique example of the style, I found the flavors and aromas of this beer to be too much. The astringent character is to the point where some could see it as undesireable. I would like to try this again and see if a different batch tastes any different.

Feb 01, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firelight apricot with a fine yeasty haze. My usual pour produced a head that is currently filling the upper half of the pint glass... and looks pretty good doing it. The foam is the color of lightly toasted marshmallow and appears as if it will hang around for the duration. So far, so good.

The nose, although interesting, isn't very IPA-like. The hops aren't as upfront as they should be and there's an odd, phenolic quality that is probably coming from the yeast. Perhaps this is what a Norwegian IPA is supposed to smell like.

India Pale Ale's eccentricities are even more pronounced on the palate. Did the brewers use peat-smoked malt? Scottish sea water? Whatever the ingredients, the bandage-like quality of the beer is reminiscent of Islay whiskey. That's an acceptable flavor in some styles, but not in an IPA, no matter the country of origin.

Malt sweetness seemed to be sparse initially, but it does hold down the bottom end pretty well. A peppery sort of hop bitterness makes more of a splash than does good hop flavor. I had no luck trying to identify the specifics of the hop bill.

The body/mouthfeel, while nothing special, is above average for the style and the ABV. It's medium in heft and falls within the broad range of acceptable with respect to carbonation.

India Pale Ale is my least favorite HaandBryggeriet beer to date. I'm not expecting Dobbel Dram (their Double IPA) to be twice as good... on second thought, given what this one tastes like, yes I am. Considering the purchase price, give this one a pass.

Jan 24, 2009
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akokandy from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. The beer is opaque and orange with a very bubbly 2-finger head which dissipates in a couple of minutes. Leaves almost no lacing.

S- Citrus and yeast predominate.

T- A citrus mix of orange and lemon. Pretty nice. Hops are detectable in the crisp finish. Plenty of flavor. Virtually no aftertaste and not even a bit of alcohol flavor.

M- Smooth, with a lot of carbonation. Not a lot of body.

D- A drinkable brew. Lots of carbonation help it go down smooth. Not too alcoholic, but not what I would want in a session beer.

Jan 14, 2009
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aforbes10 from Iowa

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from kkulacki. Pours an orange brown and cloudy, once a bit of the sediment from the bottle mixes in. Short yellowish white head. Vegetal, lemony, slightly tart smelling nose. Flavor is tart, lemony, somewhat bitter. Hop flavor is interesting, very different from other IPAs. These wild hops impart a more lemony, earthy kind of flavor...almost tastes a bit like they threw some Brettanomyces in there. Light malt base, alcohol and hops on the finish. Drinks fine, and like i said, its interesting, so thats always a good thing.

Jan 03, 2009
India Pale Ale from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 41 ratings