India Pale Ale | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of koopa
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint consumed at the pub last week.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rusty copper with a small white crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Orange, a hint of grapefruit, and underlying alcohol warmth. Nice fresh cut grass over lemon note.

Taste: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit converge over a touch of pine, and some light caramel malt. Definitely a bit of alcohol in the flavor profile which isn't astringent but isn't exactly necessary either. A touch of lemon and grass add complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the alcohol presence this is a fairly drinkable brew.

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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 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 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 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 cbros
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- I recieved a growler of this from Tanger in the Growling at the Moon Thanksgrowling edition(2nd stage). Poured into a Selin's Grove pint glass that was included in the package.

A- Pours a hazy deep straw yellow color. There are also hints of amber colors in the pint glass as well. There is a little carbonation activity but not very much, there is also a one finger white lace that quickly disipates into a little lacing.

S- I am getting strong grapefruit/citrus notes in the nose. There is also little underpining of alcohol notes as well, they are subtle but constant. I am not picking up much more than that, a real subtle smell to this beer.

T- The citrus, especially grapefruit, that was present in the nose of the beer comes out in the tastes as well. The combination of the citrus and piney flavored hops does not overpower the taste, it stays smooth and consistent from start to finish making for a nice tasting and pleasant IPA. I am getting a little bitterness near the end of the taste but that is to be expected for an India Pale Ale.

Like I mentioned above this growler was sent to me for the second leg of Growling at the Moon from Jon(Tanger). Before getting this I had never heard of this particular brewery btu after doing a little research I was very curious to pop the top on this beer and give it a shot. This is a solid east coast IPA that could easily by the type of beer you buy in growler form and drink while kicking back and watching football(which I am doing now). A very easy and very drinkable IPA. Thanks again Jon.

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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 thain709
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy orange body...this is the first IPA I've had where I've really seen the body as orange...a creamy white head forms and falls pretty quickly...some lacing

S - I wish they would make a candle of this...resinous hops all the way...very fresh...piny, grapefruit, and citrus hops

T - After all the hops on the nose...the flavor is extremely balanced...for me it leaned a little more to the sweeter side...but it wasn't too sweet because it still had a nice bitterness...the caramel malts really stood up to the fresh hops throughout the whole beer

M - Medium bodied...pretty creamy for on tap

D - This was my first visit to SGB so I only had one IPA...I shouldn't have started with it as it altered the taste for some of the other beers I had...but when I return this will be a beer I make sure to have again

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. This beer pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of lots of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is pine initial with a nice malty finish. Hops are crisp and fresh. Overall, I thought it was very nice.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to HopDerek for sending a growler of this my way. Taped like crazy and filled to the brim. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - The pour was a little bit disappointing with maybe a finger of quick dissolving off-white foam that leaves a ring and some cloudy residuals. Hazed amber/coppery orange. Dave remarked that his growler leaked and blamed the lack of foam on that problem, but I'm starting to suspect that is just the way this beer is, as my growler made a huge hiss when I opened it.

S - This is a super balanced IPA, with tons of piney, earthy, herbal hoppy goodness and plenty of brown sugar and caramel malts, and maybe a touch of orange zest. Unusual profile, and a huge change of pace from the citrus bombs I've been having recently.

T - Taste is a lot of caramel, cracker, and doughy malts with some candied citrus flavors and a lot less of the pine and earthy flavors. The residual aftertaste is really mild, with only the slightest bitterness. It tastes good, but it's not super complex and not as good as the smell.

M - Even with the modest head, there's still a reasonable amount of carbonation in the brew with a tiny bit of tingle on the upper lip. Smooth medium body, with lots of residual stickiness. I'm actually digging the slightly carbonated cask-esque feel.

D - Not hint of alcohol, mild carbonation, minimal aftertaste = super easy drinking. The growler got killed pretty quickly. I'd love to try it on-tap to see if this is indeed what it's supposed to be like.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for having me over for a little beer sharing and breaking this out.

A: Pours a darker shade of orange with a little tiny bit of white colored head.

S: Smells pretty darn grapefruity, citrusy, hoppy with a slight maltiness in the background

T: Less hoppy and citrusy in the flavor as it tastes more balanced to me, but very pleasantly so. Some grapefruit, citrus and hops, but more sweet malt than I would have expected...also some earthiness and a slight bitter finish

M: Mild carbonation, but I actually like the mouthfeel, still feels full bodied...not sure if it's because this was out of a growler that was shipped across a few states or if that's how it normally is on tap

D: Super drinkable since it's nicely balanced with a solid flavor and little to no alcohol perceived either. A very nice sessionable IPA.


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Photo of sholland119
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a beautiful, moderately hazy orange amber. The perfect color, to me, for an IPA. Can't wait to dig in.

S-Wow! A burst of resinous, piney hops explodes from the glass. You can tell this was tapped today. So fresh, and so inviting. Oh, some malt backbone peeks through once you get past the hops.

T-Excellent balanced flavor, though pine and citrus hops still dominate a bit. Plenty of sweet malt to keep the flavor in check.

M-Medium bodied and rather dry.

D-Outstanding. Full of flavor, great balance. Why did I not get a growler for me?


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Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dyan for the growler. Cloudy, chill-hazed appearance. This one lost some carbonation in transit, so it poured with a very small head that receded quickly. Big citrusy hop aroma, loaded with resiny goodness and backed by a lightly sweet malt foundation. Floral, citrusy hop flavor up-front. The hop profile is fairly strong and complex, overwhelming any malt flavor almost entirely. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat sticky while carbonation is low; not the fault of the beer so I can't really dock it points for that. I can imagine this being exceptionally good on tap at the source.

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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 DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub today after a rather decadent tasting.

A: Crystal clear witha thin white head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Sharp pine hops, just so dank and herbal-y. No real malt apart from a touch of caramel presence, this one is all about the hops. Plenty of aroma and flavoring, with some good bitterness.

TL Opens up with a massive hop flavor, dank and resiny with an excellent, pleasing bitterness. Very mild malt character , this beer is all hops - bitter, aroma and flavor. Finishes with a beautiful bitterness, not too much, not too little.

M: Light with a lot of resiny hops and an excellent dry and bittering finish. The bitterness is not abrasive, as evidenced by the 3 pints I drank.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. Two hours after my half pint at the brewpub, I split a growler with a friend and still wanted more.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly disperses to an uneven layer of bubbles, with extremely sticky lasting lace. Aroma is dominantly piney hops, with some citrus notes.

Taste starts sweet, a quick shot of lemon in the middle, then a long intense ride of piney hops to the bitter end. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Great 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 d0ggnate
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/25/08. Poured from Growler (received in GatM from JKRAMER17801) to Selin's Grove glass.

A: Amber/orange pour with apparent carbonation giving way to 2 finger off white head.
S: Piney hops, malted nose, with hints of mild orange.
T: Piney hops continue here. An earthy quality, manifested as hay/dust, is noted.
M: Dry overtone, but creamy. Slightly oily from hops.
D: Very smooth and enjoyable. Nice hoppiness without demanding your attention.

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Photo of joepais
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to my secret Santa Deuane my growler poured into my Selin's Grove pint glass produced very little head maybe a wisp of lace. This was on top of a hazy amber colored brew.

The aromas are incredible some of the best I have experienced in an IPA and the first time I can truly say I grabbed an orange note in a brew. Nice floral hops to this brew as well

Flavors are great citrus, orange and grapefruit. There is enough sweetness from the caramel malts to balance it off. Medium mouthfeel but the carbonation was a little lacking I think I chock that up to the growler

This is a very drinkable IPA more on the sweet side of the balance but close to being perfect. A true recommend in my book. Thanks again Santa

Disclaimer some of my score I know is because of the growler would love to try it fresh

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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 aerozeppl
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to deuane for sending this in growling at the moon.

A: Nice slightly hazy copper color. Poured with a half finger of white head. For a growler that is not bad. Excellent lacing.

S: Wonderful nose. Tons of citrus. Oranges. A very nice floral hop note as well. Almost like orange blossoms. One of if not the best single I PA noses I have experienced.

T: Right off the bat a huge hop bitterness tempered by this awesome blast of oranges and citrus. There is a nice moment of malt in the middle of the beating my tongue is taking from the hops. The mouthfeel is part of the taste as it is just so crisp and nice.

M: Sticky. Just a great mouthfeel. It feels like a 10% DIPA. I love it when things like this happen.

D: All day long. While certainly too strong to session I know this growler is in borrowed time. Between the two of us it is only a matter of time. This is right up there with Masala Mama for me in terms of a DIPA being condensed into a single IPA. I would definitely seek this beer out again.

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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 Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take a good beer and then make it better....most of the time that means putting on the hand pull and for this beauty of an IPA that is exactly what happens.

A-Slightly hazy complete with small bits of hops bright orange copper. A small bright white head levitates on top and holds strong leaving spotty lace.

S-Sniff, sniff, sniff, all day long. The fresh, citrus, floral blast is a treat.

T-BAM! Hops and no question followed by a sweet malt blancing act. An incredible act of hop goodness and malt sweetness.

M-The cask serving makes this one rich and creamy. A luscious brew that makes me yearn for more.

D--All day long. A treat to have on cask. Grab it whenever the opportunity presents itself. An absolutley fantastic brew made even that much better being served on cask.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times but I think that this may have been the first time that I've had it on cask. Or maybe not. I can't remember! Anyway, this is the first time that I've reviewed it as such.

Served on cask via hand pump at the brewpub on 10/19/08.

Pours a clear copper (with some bits of hoppy sediment floating along the bottom) and a thin layer of brite-white foamy head. The retention, while foamy, hangs tough, leaving a nice cascade of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is a mellow yet pungent mix of pine and floral hops with notes of spice and citric fruits with some underlying accents of caramel malts. Pretty freaking nice!

Much like the aroma, the taste is deceptively mellow from the cask conditioning remaining smooth and chill but still provides a tingling medley of resinous hops, all kinds of tangy citric fruits, and backing caramel malts. The bitter hangover on the palette is dry, long, lingering and well...pretty darn nice. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and easy going on cask with a carbonation that spreads out and then effortlessly slides down the throat.

How do you take an all around awesome beer and make it better? Serve it cask conditioned of course! It can be rare to find this at the brewpub (heck finding the regular draft IPA has been hit or miss lately!) so jump on it if you see it. You won't be disappointed!

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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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India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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