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India Pale Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
selinsgrovebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rdrummer on 05-09-2004

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Avg:
4.31
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
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Photo of philbe311
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers worth of off-white colored head this is so rich and creamy it appears to have been whipped... Decent retention gives way to a full lacing... A lightly bronzed golden color... Significant hazing... Minimal carbonation... Loads of lacing coats and encircles the entire glass after each and every sip...

S - Sweet citrus at the forefront... Pineapple... Tropical fruits... Some subtle floral notes... Deep down with in is a strong malt graham cracker like base...

T - The citrus subsides a bit on the palette though it's still dominate... It mixes with some piney hop resins... There even seems to be a bit of spice mixed in... A solid malty bread base lies beneath once you get past the hops...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Ultra smooth... Creamy and lush from start to finish... Minimal carbonation... Even and consistent...

D - Outstanding in all facets... Wham bam thank you mam, may I have another... One of the most well rounded American IPAs that I have ever encountered... So good, I brought a growler home and got through it in one evening and still wanted some more... Loaded with hops, but never bitter... Exceptional...

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewpub draft

a: pint glass serving, the ipa is a deep amber in color with a dark tan head, showing good retention and some lace

s: lively hop nose with a slew of earthy pine and citrus rind hops and a touch of tropical on the underside, fresh orange and tangerine, resin, pale malts with some caramel sweetness form a backbone, great start

m: a low to moderate carbonation and medium body combine into a smooth, creamy mouthfeel

t: a punch of earthy pine hops upfront with big notes of fresh citrus, some tropical notes underneath, sappy tree boughs and fresh orange rind, toasted pale and some caramel malts, full flavored and balanced, a great bitterness begins midway and builds to the finish

o: just an all around great ipa, assertive but balanced and solidly east-coast, awesomely drinkable

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Urbancaver and CooperEllis! This was better than I expected.

A. Pours a very pretty blood orange with foamy white head.

S. Mango, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, and lots of beautiful floral notes.

T. Citrus, pine resin, tropical fruit, and a nice fruity sweet malt backbone. A bit of earthiness. Interesting and complex. A great IPA.

M. Thick and luscious.

D. Supremely drinkable. A huge fan of this one.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty reddish orange. A bit of white head. One of the prettiest beers I've had in a while. Smells nicely hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. Lots of citrus and pine and grapefruit on the nose and tongue. Very thick and complex. Something earthy as well. Subtle but very nice. Overall a really complex, thick, viscous ipa that is truly top notch

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Thorpe, thanks, long time want of mine.

Beer poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber to red and mostly clear with a decent head and low carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Beer smells sweet but not malty, strong but not alcoholic, and very very hoppy, nice grapefruit and strong aromas, I like this beer already.

Beer is medium to light in body and creamy in the mouth. Minimal sweetness up front with some hoppiness on the back. The midpalate is a little fruity with the grapefruit and other mild citrus flavors, not as earthy as some of these IPAs but the hops are nice and its easy drinking. yeah, I would have this again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to chase2634 for this. Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: This isn't the best looking IPA I've seen. That much I'm sure of. Deeply hazed orange amber color. About two fingers of white, foamy head that falls quickly and leaves small touches of lacing.

5.0 S: This might be one of the best smelling IPAs though. Jam packed with flowery and citrusy hops. Megatons of mango foremost, followed by pineapple, papaya, and maybe some orange. Behind that there is grapefruit and pine. Lastly, this has a strong sugary aroma in there. Despite the color and cloudiness, the malt and yeastiness are really faint. Just a touch of breadiness from them. Really intense and really pleasant.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose. Incredible amounts of pineapple, mango, and papaya. Cake icing, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Again, really intense flavors. The malts come through more this time. Slightly biscuity and bready from the yeast. Moderate caramel sweetness and some peachy fruitiness from there. I really like this, but I'd prefer if the yeast were a bit cleaner.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Reasonably creamy, though I could go for a bit more in lieu of the slight chewiness it has. Otherwise, smooth.

4.5 D: This beer doesn't fool around with the hops. That's probably why it's so highly ranked. Can't say I don't love it either. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is a coppery brown color, darker than not with an unfiltered haziness that obscures the light. A finger of head nicely laces for the first 1/4th of the glass.

S: The nose drips with hops, a lupulin delight. Citrus dominates with a wide spectrum of fruity hops.

T: The ale is wonderfully bitter, just like Olde Frosty and Old Snafu. The hoppiness builds off of the caramel malts (therefore no dark malt flavors) with orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple. The bite of the hops never waivers or backs off, remaining robust throughout.

M: A deliciously hoppy ale that keeps the tastebuds at attention. A great beer.

D: How does a small brewpub in Selinsgrove, PA make the best IPAs that I've ever had? I could belly up to the bar all day with this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the bar into a tulip pint glass.

Kind of dark to judge appearances but, off white and creamy foam head on top of a real nice gold orange with good rising carbonation. Not much for lacing.

What a great nose on this. Mild cream sense of malt with juicy orange citrus bent. Real nice wonderful.

Taste brings everything into play. Soft orange practically tangerine and soft creamy texture (why is everything here so amazingly creamy) of malt. Finish hits with also soft pine needles and malt sweetness complete with brown sugar.

Overall just a fantastic ipa end of story.

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Photo of JohannBock
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've been able to try this brew. All the other times I've been to SGB it's been out so I'm pretty excited.

A: Bright orange-gold with a slight haze for the color. Pours with two fingers of white head that dissipates into a tiny patchwork on top. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: All over the board with hops here! Some initial flowery smell up front followed by piney goodness and a hint of tropical fruits (grapefruit, pineapple)

T: Once again all hops here. A lot of the flowery and piney flavors from the nose come in here. The malt is there just enough to provide a backbone for this beer but it is all about hoppy goodness here. Not the bitterness you might expect with just a little bitterness up front, which gets washed away pretty quickly. Finishes nice and dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel here. Still lets you know you are drinking a beer but doesn't get in the way of the flavor:

O: Another winner from SGB. If you happen to be in the pub when this is on, you should definitely grab a pint of it. Great example of an IPA that doesn't try to wow you with IBU's.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange-amber body. Creamy, two-finger off-white head. Good retention and solid sheet-like lacing.

S: Aggressive citrus notes. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Floral/pine undercurrent. Caramel base is detectable throughout.

T: Similar to the nose, there is a fair bit of citrus here. Getting more grapefruit here than in the nose. Not overwhelmingly bitter, but pushing the bounds of IPA into dIPA territory. The herbal/floral/pine hop notes contribute a tea-like character.

M: Smooth. Creamy. Medium bodied. Fantastic, moderate bitterness finish that fully engulfs the mouth.

D: Top notch. Selin's Grove is a three hour drive for me, making sure this is on tap is a must for me before I make the trek out there. I always get a growler fill to go.

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler when I was up at the brewery on a little side adventure after Troegs Splinter Black day.

Straight from the tap, into a growler, into a cold car, and into my fridge. We enjoyed this at a tasting a little less than a week later.

A: Poured a very hazy off-brown, almost pink color, with about a one finger head that stayed mildly frothy throughout the session.

S: Tangerine upfront, followed by orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of ground up Flintstone vitamins. Simply fantastic!

T: Same as the nose, only even more intense. I found this one to be much more on the fruit side of the spectrum, as opposed to the extremely hoppy, bitter side (ala. West Coast style). It had a bit of an earthy, almost organic, homemade taste that one could tell instantly that it was handcrafted with the greatest of care.

M: Not too bitter.... however, this was definitely "Fruit Bombs R'Us!" As a matter of fact, the thick fruitiness and well-rounded carbonation buried the booze and then some.

D: I've tried several brews from Selin's Grove now and all have been among the top in their style class IMO. I could honestly drink a whole growler of this stuff.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly cloudy amber orange color. It was served to me with a short frothy white head.

s: Beautiful combination of orange zest and pine with a hint of something floral. Minimal malt sweetness.

t: Mirrors the smell, very fresh tasting. I love that piny orange combination.

m: Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

d: I wish I could get an IPA like this on a regular basis in Lancaster county.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear caramel amber color with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Great retention with good sticky lacing wisps. Smells of citrus fruits, pine, caramel, and dried grass. Tastes of grapefruit and oranges up front then some honey glazed biscuit, and caramel malt before a nice dry grassy hop and pine needle finish. Medium in body, very creamy and smooth with a pleasant bitterness. Selin's Grove IPA is always a treat, and finding it on cask is definitely worth a few rounds while it lasts.

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Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boy and I happy to have the chance to try this one courtesy of Bmoyer0301, thanks Brad!

A: Rich amber color and slightly cloudy, pours a mild head but it does not retain at all and hence no lace, but it is from a growler so that is too be expected.

S: Very nice citrus lemon and pineapple smell to start, it also reaks of resinous pine and flowers, as soon as i opened the growler I could smell this one! Some caramel is present as well in the nose

T: Oh yeah, thats the good stuff. It is not the citrusy west coast hop bomb, but rather just resiny pine that is oozing. There is also plenty of grapefruit flavor in there that is bitter and deliciousThere is also some vanilla notes which makes me wonder if it was oak aged, very well balanced between the bitterness and sweetness, similar to Super Kitty or Burton Baton

M: Big creamy mouthfeel with not heat whatsoever and a very nice lingering bitter grapefruit note.

D: Wow well that first glass went down way to fast and I am glad to have someone share this growler with me, but this would be a nice casual beer to enjoy throughout an afternoon

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Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer lots of times now and it remains in my top 3 IPA's of all time. Served on-tap at the Selin's Grove Brewpub into a pint glass.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice creamy one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of bright citric hops, pine resin, tropical fruits; most notably grapefruit; and sweet caramel malt. Good balance overall all things considered. An absolute hop bomb.

T - Tons of bright citric hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of tropical fruits and sweet caramel malt. The hops are strong but not to the point of being overpowering and the other flavors offer just enough contrast to keep it in balance. The finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering for some time. One of my all time favorites, grab some if you can.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with plenty of lingering hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol creeps in a tiny bit toward the end but it isn't a big deal.

O - Very high. One of my all time favorite IPA's. When he started to tweak the recipe about a year or so ago it went down hill a tiny bit but ever since he went back to the original it is better than ever. One of the best for sure.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All too often I find beers I have wanted to try for a very long time end up being a letdown. Or, I just build them up so much without realizing that I have tried so many beers that I may be setting the bar way too high.

This IPA does not disappoint. Intense, consistent, and thorough in flavor profile. I was not bothered by having a whole growler of this to have to drink.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub with my lunch. Arrived a rather cloudy golden light amber color with about two fingers of head that left a nice, sticky lace on the inside of the glass. Smells initially of fresh, fruity, hops followed by a nice dose of sweet malt to balance it out. Tastes of mild caramel malts, sticky, but clean, followed by fruity, citrusy hops. Medium in body but slightly over carbonated (as evidenced by me and confirmed by the bartender - she was having a hard time filling growlers of it). Nicely done.

update - just had a couple of fresh glasses at the brewpub. Super fresh, hoppy aroma and flavor. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of treyrab
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drove up to Selin's Grove yesterday and tried everything they had to offer. Got a pint of this and now I want more!

A: Pours a pretty clear copper with red tints. A touch of chill haze, but not much. A nice creamy off white head that laces pretty well from all the sticky resin. Very nice.

S: Incredible scents of pine hops mixed with a touch of citrus and balanced by a nice touch of caramel. From the smell of this, you would think this was a hop bomb. It is very potent with hop goodness.

T: The taste gets toned down a tad from the smell, but in a good way. It is incredibly balanced with incredible pine hops and a touch of earth and grass. Slight citrus and pine comes in, but this is not a bitter bomb, as it is very balanced like a nice English IPA.

Overall, this is an incredible brew by Selin's Grove. Too bad I am moving from State College tomorrow and won't be able to make the hour drive anymore.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ffejherb for the growler!

Poured into a pint glass. Figured it would be a nice opportunity to share this with some friends while watching a little football during the holidays.

Somewhat milky, cloudy orange pour. Careful pour from the growler doesn't produce much foam, but there is some really nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly pine, with some citric undertones. Sweet up front, with a quick burst of citrus bitterness, then a long piney finish. The transition from sweet to bitter is quite smooth. This is a really, really easy drinking beer. Caramel malt backbone keeps this beer from being too bitter.

Really nice bitter dry finish. Delicious hop flavor, with no hint of alcohol. One of the easiest drinking IPA's, and beers in general, that I have ever tasted. Medium bodied, with just perfect carbonation. Just an outstanding IPA. Many thanks to ffejherb for the growler.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Selin's Grove - 02.19.2010.

A: Pours a somewhat-darkened orange with a nice white head.

S: Very nice citrus notes with a little bit of herbal hop notes in there as well. Some slightly sweet malt hiding in the background.

T: Very nice hop domination--a beautiful combination of bitterness and hoppy citrus and tropical flavors. Slightly sweet, yet definitely not balanced. A bit of herbal and resiny hops.

M: Good carbonation. Medium body. Fairly dry.

D: Exceptionally drinkable--definitely would not know that it was 7% without being told so.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This beer arrived with a dense, foamy finger of off-white head with excellent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber. Yeah, bump filtration! Down with The Man! Nose was grapefruit-citrusy, totally mouthwatering. Enough of the foreplay - my hop jones monkey was starting to chatter. Mouthfeel was medium with that oh so craved hop bite on the tongue, letting me know that I was alive. It was very flavorful, especially in terms of the hops. Finish was lip-smackingly dry. Suddenly, I felt MUCH better.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler acquired in trade from kramer17801 thanks!.

Poured a deeper and hazy golden amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, and light caramel. Oddly enough, the aroma reminded me of a tuna sushi hand roll (not sure why that came to mind, hmmm, I'll have to go get some sushi tomorrow - could be, I'm just hungry and love sushi). Tastes of pine, citrus (oranges), caramel, and had a grapefruit bitter finish.

Notes from 2/9/07

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this growler brought by tenderbranson69 to HombreWing's w/ mughugger, abru17 and BitterBeerFace. I poured the ale from the swingtop growler into a goblet.

A - On the dark end of the spectrum, a burnished copper w/ thin white cap. Speckles of lace form in a band as the head drops. The clarity is good and there is visible carbonation, the cap has a tight bead.

S - Resiny odors that indicate citrusy hops, a very "C" hop aroma IMO w/ grapefruity and orange blend of fruity aromas, very mild malt scent

M - A brilliant crisp taste w/ juicy feel, resinous with plenty of hops adding a bitter tinge with a moderate amount of acidity, the malt feel is mild as any good IPA should be - about the hops

T - Centennial taste w/ orangey hop flavor, clean malt and mild sweet caramel tinges accent the American hop taste that is citrus without being bitingly bitter, more about the flavor of the hops, mild sweetness adds dimension w/ a rind/herbal hint as it finishes. The spice and citrus combo is tasty it finishes slightly sweet.

D - A great American IPA, very good representative of the style, well brewed and kind of reminded me of the SN Harvest, so not over the top by any means, solid.

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to beerisheaven for sending this gem my way.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with very little head. The growler was initally a bit flat but a carbonation cap brought it right back to life.

S: Nice bold citric aromas. Strong caramel notes with hints of grass. Bold and hoppy for sure.

T: Nice malt sweetness up front. Mostly caramel with notes of roasty brown sugar. The hops are mostly citrus with mild tones of sweet pine. The finish is bitter grapefruit rind with hints of fresh cut grass.

M: As I said a bit flat from the growler, I was able to bring it back to life so I will not hold that against them as I am sure they did not intend for the beer to be sent to Florida via Fed Ex.

D: Good, tasty as hell. I really wanna plunk my ass down at the bar at Selin's Grove someday.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome, what a treat to taste this out of a growler, brought by Chaney (Brandon). Thanks man, awesome stuff.

A: Really hazy orange with pink highlights, good lacing, ring of head, beautiful beer.

S: Huge fresh ground up hops with all the colors you expect: Tropical citrus, pine, flowers, you name it. Just enough malt to be a pedestal for the hops. top 5% of IPa's (single or double) I've smelled.

T: A little more sweet malt comes through and a little less hop than the smell but still great stuff, man i keep going back for more. bread, tangerines, pine, and other citrus notes.

M: Awesome. Pretty good carbo, could be a little smoother.

D: Insanely easy to drink. Loved it.

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India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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