Atlas India Pale Ale | Marshall Brewing Company

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Atlas India Pale AleAtlas India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Atlas India Pale Ale is an ale with strength and character worthy of its name. Pale and caramel maltings of American two-row barley give Atlas IPA a malty backbone to support its noticeable, but not overpowering, hoppy flavor and aroma. Columbus, Amarillo, and Cascade hops are harmoniously blended together, bringing about floral and earthy tones which highlight this bold but delicious ale.

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 213
Photo of randal
2.01/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well I wanted to like this beer. I grew up in south Tulsa and remember Tulsa Brewing Company and the short lived Cherry Street Brewing Company in the early 90's. Atlas IPA is not a bad beer, but not an IPA. Perhaps it's the bottle (other reviews were on tap) but the beer is extremely carbonated and I don't get much aroma hop at all which is strange considering the extreme bubbles should be releasing a wave of hop scent. The flavor doesn't have much hop presence at all, and not much bitterness either. I tasted this next to an average pale ale and the Marshall's was outclassed in most aspects of hop flavor and aroma.

It would be really great if they get the kinks worked out and throw caution to the wind and dump some more hops in this beer. Until then, I will consider this a decent amber ale.

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Photo of dza360
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but this beer was not very good. I struggled to find any characteristics of an IPA, but there really aren't any traces of the style here. Very one dimensional beer that frankly tastes pretty much like first time home brew from an extract kit. Color is a ruddy amber with some haze and a very thin head that leaves no lacing. The smell is next to burnt biscuits with a slight tinge of sweetness. The beer tastes pretty unremarkable, definitely nothing IPA about this beer as the low quality malt is really heavy and overpowers the hops which are nothing but bitter. The mouthfeel is thin with some biting carbonation but it seemed flat by the time I got 2/3 through the glass. I ended up pouring it out.

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Photo of JEdmund
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ambery/orange body with a tall, tan head

Something a bit off and not very hoppy for an IPA

Taste & Mouthfeel
Taste follows nose and that funkiness is dominating the palate in a big and distracting way; hops are barely perceptible, as is the malt; body is thin-to-medium; this definitely tastes like something went wrong with the beer. And my buddy who has had it on tap confirmed that it does not taste like it should.

I will give this one another try as I'm sure the beer had gone bad. With how tasty the wheat and pub ale are, I am pretty confident Atlas IPA, when fresh, is an enjoyable beer. The only reason I even logged this review was because a number of other reviewers had the same experience, so obviously something's going wrong with q.c. at Marshall Brew. Co. and they need to be made aware of it.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz waxed bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was an orange amber color with light carbonation and good lacing. It had a small head especially for an IPA that quickly settled into a thin film.

The aroma was very weak. Some floral hops if you really sniffed along but mainly caramel malts. Taste followed the aroma. The hops were barely there and what was there wasn't that pleasant. Really not much flavor and then it had a weird aftertaste. Drainpoured after several attempts to make it through.

Overall, a major mess and not worth drinking. I'd had two other Marshall beers and they were excellent so not sure if this is just a bad beer for them or if I got a bad bottle. Based on how good the other 2 were I'd re-sample this one but for now it's one and done.


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Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange-amber with three fingers of lasting head that leaves sticky sheets clinging to the glass. Lightly hopped floral aroma, not exactly what I'd call a true IPA. Crystal malt is more prominent, in fact. The first thing noticed in the taste is a bit of wet paper-like oxidation that lingers from beginning to end; strange as this doesn't taste old, just oxidized. Mouthfeel is thin, I'm guessing this is a partial mash brew. There's a touch of malty sweetness but this is mostly bitter, with no real foundation or body to balance it.

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Photo of AReason4Reason
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely not a pale ale. Way too malty for a pale ale. Darker color indicates a lot of malt and the taste follows suit. Reminds me more of a dunkel than anything else. Little to no hops. I would not recommend this to a pale ale purist or anyone who likes a west coast pale ale.

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Photo of shakeheap
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

With some work this small brewery will likely be able to turn this into a great ale. But there's work to do.

It's really hard to drink this beer and it has nothing to do with flavor. I poured about 3 ounces and had a glass full of foam. It took me 25 minutes just to pour a full glass and by that time I was losing interest. Drink it I did though... and it's a decent IPA. Not great but it could be.

The label and wax sealing on the bottle are very impressive... but I think I'll try it on tap and hopefully then I can come back and edit this rating higher.

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Photo of BgThang
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to blueokie for the opportunity to try this beer.

The beer foamed out of the top of the bottle as the cap was popped. Usually not a good sign. Feared this bottle/brew had been infected.

As We poured this brew the head on this was intense. Like 12 fingers according to one BA and like pop rocks according to another. Little liquid and a shitload of foam.

The nose was interesting. I got candy and spices, and a few other things going on.

The taste with alot of carbonation made this feel light on the tongue with a slight carbonation burn.

I would not recommend this beer to anyone . Glad I got to try it

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Photo of pigc
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dirty light brown with two finger head that fades quickly.

S - Heavily breaded malts, oat, rye.

T - Bready malt. Slight bitterness on the backend.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - Somewhat of a disappointing IPA. Hops are not very noticable. Just some bitterness on the back end. Too bready and grainy.

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Photo of Alexkegs
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a little dark for an IPA a deep orange brown

S - not too much aroma, musty floral hops and sweet smelling malt

T - a little bit of hop bitterness up front finishes just a little too sweet at the end. Notes of citrus, pine, caramel sweetness

M - on the thick and sticky side for an IPA which actually helps to bring out a bit extra bitterness

O - Had on top at the MAYO in Tulsa multiethnic times throughout the weekend. Honestly just a completely average IPA IMO. Everything was there but nothing stuck out. Very drinkable but there was a little too much sweetness for my taste. But honestly I would have drank anything to escape drinking 3.2 beer gross

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Photo of nickd717
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber via trade thanks to stephens101. My first full Oklahoma beer, although I've had a couple ounces of Marshall McNellie's.

Pours cloudy amber with a one-finger white head. Great retention - head never totally fades.

Aroma is caramel malt, spices, and really muted citrusy hops.

Flavor is pretty light on the hops. Caramel malt and spices with a little bit of soapiness. What hops there are are mainly citrusy and earthy. Someone else mentioned orange marmalade, and that flavor really is in there. There is hop bitterness for sure, but not much hop aroma/flavor.

Medium body with average carbonation and some hop oils.

Drinkability is average. Overall, not too impressive. A little odd for an American IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours cloudy golden orange with a white head. The aroma is very floral, almost perfume-like. You also get some hops and a slight soapiness. The soapiness is also there in the flavor, as well as strong piney hops and some malt. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer wasn't bad at first, but the soap-like flavor kept building and it was hard to finish by the end of the glass.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Strong lacing, heavy mouthfeel and low presence of hops which makes this more of a pale ale/lager blend than true IPA to me. Not bad by any means but not what I look for in an IPA. Coop IPA takes the OK IPA spot for me.

If in ok I would suggest giving it a shot but nothing to go out of your way for

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Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bobby for opening this one. I have no idea why it is waxed, but why not give it a try...

A: The pour is a slightly hazy copper color with a thin white head.

S: There are some slightly fruity and floral hop aromas to this beer. But there is much more caramel and a slight sugary note to this beer.

T: This beer appears to have some oxidation going on because there's a definite cardboard flavor happening here. Despite that, there are still some mild citrus flavors with a decent bitterness on the finish.

M: The carbonation is on the light end of medium to go along with the medium body.

D: Even if I throw out all the amazing west coast IPAs we have and look at this on its own, it's still not that great of a beer. The flavors that make an IPA what it is are seriously lacking.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a HUGE beige head that will not die. Mad retention and lacing, it's a pretty solid looking beer.

Unfortunately, not a whole lot going on in the nose...not bad, just faint. A bit of light fruity notes - strawberry and raspberry with some tropical and citrusy hop aroma.

A bit malty for an IPA, it overpowers the fairly pleasant hop flavors that are there in bits and pieces. Fruity notes are a bit too omnipresent and I could use a bit more hop flavor as opposed to the hop bitterness here. A decent beer, but not really a great IPA. Would not mind trying it fresh on tap though.

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Photo of SDmedic
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Too malty to be called an IPA, and missing that hoppy punch in the palate that I seek. Still better than a macro. Worth having one if you're in Tulsa - do your part for the local economy.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into snifter on 10/26/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a very hazy orange body with reddish highlights and a patchy beige head that retained well and yielded a modest amount of lacing.

S - Sweet aroma with floral and perfumy hop notes up front. This doesn't really scream IPA, unfortunately. Aroma got a bit more juicy and citrusy as it warmed up a bit, but overall the hop character is quite sweet.

T - Sweet and malty up front with lots of caramel and toffee malt, which eventually segues into a floral hop character. Flavor is a bit messy and undefined overall. Finish is on the herbal side of the spectrum with a slight medicinal hop bite.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with a hint of carbonation and a slightly syrupy texture. A tad watery overall. Odd, moderate lingering herbal hop bite on the palate.

D - While I'm glad to have tried a beer from OK, it was just that. OK. Overall, I found this to be way too sweet for an IPA with an undefinted hop character than never really developed into anything memorable.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired this bottle as an extra in a recent trade with stephens101. Thank you Lane!

Appearance: Pours out thick and clay red in color. A small off-white head takes it's time forming on top of this brew, but quickly dissipates to a loose, bubbly film. The body is very murky, and shows shades of gold and orange when held to light. Not getting much lacing - pretty non-existant.

Smell: Piney hops, grains, candied orange, lemon, caramel malt, red currants, and other floral aromas. I'm also getting some weird, red wine-like esters in the back. Not bad.

Taste: Caramel malt, bread, sweet lemon and then bang! Sharp piney, salty hops!. Much more bitter than I anticipated. Grapefruit and toasted grains can be found throughout, though they're each more notable in the aftertaste (especially the toasted grains). Maybe some nuts as well. This is a bold IPA; lots of malt, lots of hops. Sadly, I don't think the two compliment each other too well. This beer is big and thick, yet tastes sharp, crisp, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Sharp (have a overused that word yet?), crisp, malty, bitter, and dry. Heavy-bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability: I'm all about malty IPAs, especially when they've got a ton of hops in there to balance everything out. The components of this beer just don't seem to work very well with each other. I didn't mind drinking it, but I could imagine myself handing this off to someone else as well.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Marshall- Atlas IPA

Thanks to Davey for this bomber!

A- Deep orange, slight tawny brown with a huge (hlaf the glass) foamy soapy head. Big thick ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Quite faint hints of sweet caramel malt, tea (tannins), and earthy hops.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a big heavy tea leaf tannin favor. Dry earthy hop bite in the end. Big brewed tea leaf flavors.
M- Thick sweet malt up front gives way to dry slight bitter tannins and a dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Very malty with low hop presence. Misses the mark.

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Photo of stercomm
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a restaurant in Tulsa.

A - Light hazy brown, very slight head by the time it got to us.

S - Got a mild pine note nothing with any power to it.

T - Definitely get a little more hops on the taste, some malts, beer is balanced, a little dry on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation

O - was not a bad beer, had 2 pints with dinner

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Photo of jcompton
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a nice amber color with decent head retention. not much lacing on this one

smell: smells very malty for an ipa

taste: over malted and under hopped for an ipa. the hop kick i love in ipa's doesn't exist in this brew

mouthfeel: decent amount of carbonation

drinkability: not bad. it's pretty easy to drink. i would take another if someone gave it to me, but i won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of vacax
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Why would a brewery decide to wax a bottle of iPA? Perplexing, but I'll still drink it. Pours a deep copper color with a fair amount of retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma has pears and loads of floral elements, but not hops flora, in fact I don't really smell any distinguishing hoppiness here to indicate this is an IPA. Smells quite good, but more believable as a saison even than an IPA. Tastes of flower petals, blossoms, light citrus character, moderately bitter. Despite the lovely aromatics, little carries on into the flavor here. A very average beer that misses the style. Body is medium with a lightly creamy mid level of carbonation.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz waxed bottle into a tulip. I really like the name and label.

A: Attractive bright copper color bordering on red with a decent white head that is easily revived with some agitation. Good looking beer.

S: Mostly caramel malt with a moderate level of floral hops.

T: First impression is that this is quite bitter, much more than expected. White grapefruit. Also some bready caramel and pale malts, but in contrast to smell, the hops are the main attraction. Not enough sweetness to balance heavy bitterness that stretches from initial taste through the finish.

M: Medium bodied, and on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum.

This is a beer that could use more balance. I'm fine with some of the big IPAs and DIPAs like Maharaja, etc. but this is lacking complexity. The hops aren't adding much outside of bitterness and completely overpower the malt. Not sure how old this bottle is, but would like to try it again knowing for sure that it is fresh. Overall, a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-amber color. Huge, overcarbonated head and tons of lace. Aroma is piney hops and very sweet malt. Flavor is decent but not quite to style. It is as if the brewer skimped on the hops to save money. Would qualify as an English IPA. (The flavor "issue" may be due to the yeast sediment going into the review glass.)There is some residual un-beerlike sweetness that tastes like cola. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkabiity is decent.

I had this beer on tap at McNellie's Pub in Tulsa last year and it was pretty much "on-style" then. The bottled version is fairly new and I hear that they are working on making sure the draft quality is reflected in the bottled product.

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Photo of Redrover
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Ale Werks in OKC. It was served in a standard pint glass & the beer is a dark copper with a tan head. The beer has excellent clarity.

The nose is a bit underpowered. There is some pine and citrus with a bit of grain.

The taste follows the smell but is amped up a tiny bit. There are pine notes from the hops and caramel malts and a touch of toasted bagel. Unfortunately it turns a bit sour late.

The beer is moderately thickish and a touch oily. Maybe a good easy intro to the style?

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