India Pale Ale | Nebraska Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our India Pale Ale has a pronounced hop bitterness and wonderful hop aroma. The taste immediately gives away the high hop characteristics with malt aspects playing second fiddle to this fantastic example of the style.

72 IBU

Added by beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009

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Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single at Beers and Cheers Too in Gaithersburg. Pours an awesome bright orange body with a big head that dies slowly and leaves amazing lace. Aggressive nose with alcohol and pine and herbal and medicinal notes on the side.

There is plenty of dark malt here, and the hops offer mostly pine and medicine, which makes the flavor fairly harsh until the finish, where it finally mellows. Not much for citrus or other notes either. The alcohol comes on like thatr of a much bigger beer. The texture is thick, but not enough so to coax the flavor back to enjoyable.

This isn't really bad, just not very interesting and not to my personal taste. Of the hundreds of American IPA's I have had, this is easily in the bottom quartile. Not in any hurry to try this again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has vegetal, grassy, slightly dank hops and some malt in the background. Taste starts with slightly nutty malts and vegetal hops. Finish is earthy and bitter with some toasted malt flavor. Medium to light body with smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a pretty good IPA leaning more towards the old school style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(On tap, limited notes)

Copper color, nice head.

Onion, caramel malts, fresh pine on the nose.

Lots of caramel and onion to start, a very bitter and bready finish. Bitterness in spades.

Feel is dense and equally carbonated. Semi dry finish.

A solid effort but one is enough for me.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A - thick foamy white head lots of lacing. Thin clear green tea body. 3.5

S - citrus bitter goya 3

T - bitter then sweet then bitter again. Tree bark then molasses then right back to plant pesticide bitterness. 3

M - just right. Smooth creamy. Foamy. 4.25

D - for an IPA pretty good but not sessionable. 3

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Surprisingly dark. A nice look with a very clear almost copper hue. A fairly aggressive pour produced a one-finger off white head that settled quickly into a wispy cap, leaving some nice tracks behind. Big citrus aroma on the nose, with grapefruit, orange, some pine, and some dry malt. No toffee or caramel, but definitely more malt than I'm used to. The taste was as expected - no surprises - bitter grapefruit up front, followed by orange, pine, resin, and a prominent bready malt presence. A hint of caramel but not sweet. Very bitter with a clean finish. I like this better as I go - a nice classic West Coast IPA.

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Photo of WittyBeerReference
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a one-of-kind can. My first review I prefer IPA's. That should count for something. ;) This beer actually got me to register an account! Simply put, its not world class but worthy of higher BA SCORE (currently 86) Its an outstanding beer rather than the current rating of very good. Admittedly, I care less about look, smell or feel. I prefer rating by taste. Its a great tasting IPA. The pop top can is very unique as well. Simple joys, simply put. In other words its good enough where I would seek to find and try their other beers if ever in Nebraska area (I enjoyed this one in San Antonio, Texas purchased from an HEB grocery store there). Keep venturing out!

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Photo of frasergrove
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely the weirdest can opening I have ever seen - more Campbell's soup than standard beer can pop opening. In any case - rich amber bronze body with a thick resinous head. Light haze level. Balanced nose, definitely some malt up front, but earthy and light pine hops follow. Nice smooth bitterness that sticks around a bit at the end. Some juicy sweet flavor as well, but not overly cloying. A nice IPA!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nebraska India Pale Ale has an extremely thick, creamy, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly (etched tasting glass), amber appearance, and profound lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet (but, not overly sweet), strong, bready malt and rich hop resins (fruity, but not in an effeminate way. The citrus note stands to attention). Taste is of rich, sweet (not sugary) white bread and bashing and admirable bitterness. Citrus- yes. Canned pineapple? No. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Neberaska India Pale Ale finishes dry and memorable.


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Photo of mntlover
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color with a big two finger beige head that falls slow and laces really well.

Aroma is good fruity overripe citrus notes, nice pine mingled in a good caramel malt base that seems to ad its own fruit notes.

Taste is wow big malt base partially caramel with some toasted notes. Hops are bitter grapefruit rind, good pine notes more like deep seated bitterness not bright like i seem to prefer. Pretty good for a malt forward IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium pretty average carbonation.

Overall not bad just not my favorite style of IPA.

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Photo of mpk_tx
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not like this beer on the first couple cans of the 6-pack, but it has grown on me. Yes, it is definitely maltier than you would expect from an IPA. But, the hop profile is there and it jives with the malt to create something interesting. The flavor is strong and full-blooded. Still not great, and I would classify it as a hoppy Amber rather than an IPA, but its enjoyable.

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Photo of Wookieboy1
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer a lot. Smell is pine, citrus and malt. Held up to the light reveals a deep copper hue. Taste is as you would expect of a WC style IPA, piney, juicy citrus deliciousness.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz poured into my mouth.

Straw yellow/Amber in color.
Lots of grapefruit and other citrus on the nose, with a hint of sweetness.
A good amount of citrus, light malt notes and piney.
Medium mouth feel with medium carnbination.
A nice IPA over all that packs a nice punch.

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Photo of cfalls
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - very dark amber, white head fades fast, lacing the glass

S - as soon as you pop the can, you can smell the delicious Citra hops, and an unfortunate quantity of malt

T - toasted malts foremost, with balanced sweetness, a hint of citrus hops, and dry piney finish

F - nice and creamy without being too heavy

O - it's like someone poured some porter into a fresh juicy IPA in order to make it more palatable to folks who don't like IPAs

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Photo of stephens101
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice to see Nebraska in Oklahoma, and it's not a football game. Color is a pristine amber with orange hues. Smells floral and malty. Has a malt base with a fruity core all enveloped in pine.

One of those IPA is as an IPA does kinda IPA.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently Nebraska has three times as much malt as hops in the state, or at least that is what this beer would lead you to believe. This is a total malty mess and the fact that they mention citra on the can is funny as they probably have a single hop present per can.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can in a nonic pint glass.

Dark amber-copper color, slight haze. A billowy, durable, 2f linen-white head leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, earthiness, pine and a faint touch of citrus.

Bold malt flavors dominate. Crisp citrus hops in the second flavor wave.

Very fresh. Full malt backbone feel. Bitter citrus finish.

Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

dark cloudy amber color with a thin fine coating of lace that covered the glass from top to bottom. I could smell the aroma as soon as I popped the top on the can strong pine and hops. big hop taste hits you right off finishing with a long after taste. smooth medium mouthfeel. if you like a strong ipa you will like this one its just not the best style that I like.

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Photo of delta490
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, slightly cloudy, with a moderate amount of creamy white head. The head has some retention that leaves small and tight sticky lacing. The aroma is almost non-existent, with just a faint wisp of malt. The taste has a little more going on, with some non-descript hops bitterness that is still pleasant all the same. The body has a decent amount of carbonation and with a lighter-weight feel, the carbonation comes across more than it should.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this in Totowa even though a few other stores around here feature offerings from Nebraska Brewing. I can't say that I've ever had anything from the Cornhusker State before so an IPA like this would be a good way to get closer to my goal of having a beer from every state in America. Given how many IPA's are out there, this didn't measure up to the heavyweights from the coasts but as a starter IPA, this wouldn't be a bad choice as the alcohol was recessed and the flavor profile wasn't anything outlandish.

Not a bad pour to this as this beer had a caramel hue, fluffy head that quickly settled, and a half-hearted attempt at lacing along the back of the top half of my pint glass. Pine resin and earthy hops in the nose along with caramel malt , tea-like spiciness, and some tropical and citrus pith underneath it all. Nice and full bread gave this body and there may have been some crystalline sugar in here too but the hops dominate to just an excessive extent. The carbonation was good and there was a minty aftertaste as this beer finished clean and crisp - impressive given how heavy this was up-front.

Just a tad strong, the alcohol wasn't overpowering but by the end of the can, I could feel it a bit. Obviously, there are much better examples of this style to be found on any retail shelf in America but if i lived in Nebraska, I'd have this in my rotation for sure. Props to having the state outline over the UPC code and the subtly trippy design on the package. A solid IPA that hit the nail over the head without hitting me over the head at the same time.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant dark amber to light brown under a clingy, very lacey, light cream colored 3” foam cap that drops to an inch after 3 minutes. S: Citrus, lemon, an earthiness and a hint of wood aroma. T: Big malt flavors with layers of bitterness throughout tempered by a slight spicy sweetness at the beginning that finishes dry. F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation. O: A very drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of clake
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into a Spiegelau glass. Sticker on top of 6 pack holder marked 5211 which could be 7/31/15. Appearance is a dark amber color with a small amount of lacing. Smell is sweet with a bit of piney aromas. Taste is sweet up front with a hint of grapefruit and pine. Moderately carbonated with a bit of a wet finish. This is the first of Nebraska Brewing I've seen in the area sand it was worth the pick up. Maybe a bit on the malty side but an overall solid IPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little darker colored than your traditional IPA. Great aroma, very piney and sweet. Solid flavor, strong malt backbone but a good dose of hops. Bitter, pine, touch of citrus, earthy. Feels a bit too heavy but a solid IPA overall. Try this if you like your IPA's to have some malt, but not too much.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark orange with two fingers worth of white creamy head

S-caramel malt and light citrus hops

T-caramel malt, citrus and piney hops

M-medium body, soft carbonation

Overall nice IPA, very drinkable, nice citrus hops

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Photo of SF_Posse
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not much hop smell to this one but the hop flavor is there. Not a well balanced beer but not bad. Much better IPAs out there. A little disappointed as this was my first Nebraska Brewing beer, and i expected more.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can labeled 6.9% abv 72 IBU. Look is amber, somewhat thin head but very nice lacing. Smell is floral hops and caramel malts. Taste is a mix of citrus, floral and pine hops and caramel malt. Feel is bitter, crisp and dry.

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