Atlas India Pale Ale | Marshall Brewing Company

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Atlas India Pale AleAtlas India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States | website

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.

Added by Beertracker on 08-15-2008

BEER STATS
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81
Ratings:
206
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
23.94%
 
 
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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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney with some strong roasted malt notes.

T - It tasted very roasty, almost like a Black Ale or Porter. Good citrus and pine hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty IPA. Again, it was very roasty and almost like a black IPA in terms of flavor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wax capped IPA is always a good way to start off a night in my book! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/25/2009.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color with a smooth, even head of white that came up and over the top very nicely. Really well done here I have to admit as the lacing coated the inside of the glass very well. Rich looking for sure. Aroma is hop heaven. Rich notes of grapefruit, orange and hints of pine are right in your face, but mellow out as it warms and offer some balance against a bready malt that starts to show itself. First sip shreds the tongue, right grapefruit flavor prickles away at the taste buds, thick, almost viscous for an IPA is what is on tap for you next. Takes a few sips before you can get past this bigger then life hop profile and find some decent balance in here, but it is there. Huge feel and great carbonation made this one actually drink bigger then the ABV had it pegged at, but went down nice and smooth.

Overall a solid IPA I was glad I was glad I got the chance to try. Not sure I ever would have sought it out, and thats half the fun.

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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 russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with a cheeseburger at McNellies in Tulsa

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apricots& fruttyness, some caramel & a whiff of herbal hops

T: Pears & apricots, biscuitty malt & leafy hops up front. Fruittyness & herbal hops as this warms, plus a bit of biscuitty malt & dryness. Finishes fruitty with & some caramel. Finishes fruitty with dryness & a bit of crisp hops

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, creamy, good balance

Drinks very easy, wish the taste profile was pumped up more, to me it's kind of like sheep in wolf's clothing. More hops & malt please!!! This needs to be stepped up to catch up to the pub ale...

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch a head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of caramel malt, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, simplistic body and aroma, and an average beer.

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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 akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle that FooFaa was kind enough to share. Cross OK off of my list.

A: The IPA is a copper amber color, translucent with a finger and a half of head. No lacing resulted.

S: The nose starts off slow, offering little in the way of hops, before a citrusy bitterness begins to arise.

T: The first few sips reveal a medicinal hop presence, aspiriny, before yielding to a spiciness. The spicy hops aren't citrusy or sharp, just biting. Caramel malts add balance to the spicy hops, resulting in a pleasant aftertaste. Nothing in the way of citrus here, just a layer of hoppy heat.

M: The IPA takes a bit of time to get started. When it is primed up though, a nice hoppiness wafts out.

D: A good IPA, it would never be my favorite but Oklahomans have a nice one here.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy amber/copper color. Poured a 2 finger bubbly white head with fair retention. Laced in broken rings.

S: Muted floral hops. Pepper and earth as well. Very laight crystal malt in the background.

T: Floral and earthy. Crytal and pale malts for a slightly sweet bready flavor. Finishes with an even lingering bitter.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Lightly resiny and fairly well balanced.

D: Easy to drink. Not as aggressive as many.

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Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and hazy orange/brown color. A large beige head forms with great sticky lacing.
S: Citrus and grassy hops mostly. Not a lot here, but still enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. A good bitterness of citrus fruits and grassy hops. Just a bit of nondescript sweet malt.
M/D: A medium body, but to thin and watery for me. Though one of the best drinking IPA's I have had.

I am not a big fan of this style, but this is not bad at all. Not as intense as some other examples of the style, so be prepared if you are expecting a huge mouth puckering hop bomb.

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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 FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1492nd  Review on BA
Bottle to pint
12oz 

Thanks to TheBishopCo for this one

App- A deep amber/mahogony with a orangy/yellow highlighted outside. Small one finger mocha head with barely a spot of cling.

Smell-  A huge malty bomb of a beer. Really thick and sweet. The creamy hops add a good depth of flavor.

Taste- Well its a nice IPA. Its very malty but has a semi good hop balance. A little spicy on the back. Maybe a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Mouth- A full medium body with a a medium thick carbonation. Pretty full malts and creamy hops on the finish.

Drink- Its okay, not the best IPA but being from CA its hard to beat our in state beers.

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Photo of zonker17
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bitter malt is about all I can say here. Almost no fragrance. Copper color with lacing. In the world of lPA I find little here to cling to. Almost drinkable and not ordering again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: What is it with me and beers with oversized heads. I have had my fair share as of late. This one pours with more head than beer. Ridiculous retention as well. I got tired of waiting and scooped tons of foam out. Add beer, scrape head, add beer scrape head.... You get the point. It does produce huge chunks of lace though.

S: Very mild. Subtle hints of caramel malt and citrus. Have the feeling this one is gonna be very weak.

T: Not too bad actually. Lots of nice malt sweetness right from the start. Gooey caramel malt with a touch of toffee. The hops are almost an afterthought here but they do appear for a moment in the finish. There is a touch of citrus followed by bitter grass.

M: On the thinner side, pretty smooth.

D: I like more hops in my IPA's but for those who don't hey this may be for you. It's not bad at all and I did finish the entire bomber. They need to do something about the head though. This beer was actually a chore to drink.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks coldmeat23 for sending this my way!

A- Body is a slightly translucent dingy, rusty amber hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head which has decent retention with 1/2 finger and leaves some traces of lacing behind in the glass.

S-Smell is faint and offers a mix of spicy hops, herbal hops, and earthy hops. A faint sweet malt backbone can also be detected.

T- Upfront are some earthy and herbal hops with a faint pale malt backbone. The finish offers a good dose of spicy hops and a moderate amount of hop bitterness that lingers for awhile.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation, light to medium weight body that is slightly oily.

D- This is a pretty standard IPA. Its quite drinkable and enjoyable and though its decent and above average its really nothing special. A nice local IPA that I am glad I had the opportunity to try. Not sure how old this bottle is either.

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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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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 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 armock
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on a caramel malt backbone

T - Starts with some citrus hops upfront then the caramel malt comes through finishes a little bitter

M = This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was an enjoyable IPA with a good balanced taste it was easy to drink I wish Marshall was available in Texas worth trying sometime

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a darker copper color. Fairly clear. White head disappears after a few minutes, but does leave some spots of lace.

Hop aroma seems restrained. Some citrusy hop aroma, but also some earthy notes which don't seem to go along with everything. Darker caramel malt notes.

Darker caramel malt with a bit of sweetness. Moderate amount of bitterness that is mainly earthy, but also has some floaral and slight citrusy notes.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems a bit tame for an ipa. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy caramel color, cream colored head that recedes to a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Caramelly sweet, spicy. Tea-like herbal tang.

Taste: A tea leaf bitterness comes first before going into spicy sweet caramel. The finish brings bitterness, more black tea.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side.

Overall: Malty. Spicy. Almost into DIPA territory.

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the new Mcnellie's in downtown OKC. Poured dark amber with an diminutive off-white head. Smells of typical citrus hops, malts and a bit of sweets. Tasted big on the hops up front with a good amount of backing malts and some spice. Felt a bit creamy going down with a medium mouth-feel. Not much more to say here excepts this is a really good standard IPA, and has become my traditional first beer every time I go to Mcnellie's.

Review update: Tapwerks featured this beer dry-hopped on cask in celebration of International IPA day. The original knocks a solid double in my opinion, but the firkin-style nearly hits a grand slam. Saw a murky brown pour this time around with a fine lace all around. Noticed apricot to the nose and a chalkier mouth-feel. The sweetness was still there. A little hoppier and hotter than I remember, but smooth as hell. Excellent change up here to keep the RBI's at bay.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper color, little head, and minimal spotty lacing.

Smell is very malt forward with caramel and heavy barley. Light herbal and earthy hop notes.

It is a very malty ipa, but has a nice bitter bite. Caramel and brown sugar, herbal and earthy.

Full bodied, kind of chewy. Dry finish.

A very average ipa, but enjoyable.

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Photo of bump8628
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear copper color with some sticky bone-colored head that really laced well down the glass.

Aroma lacks a bit in the hop department, but as it warmed I was able to detect some piney, herbal, citric American hops and a little bit of caramel malt.

What it lacked in the nose it made up for in the taste with a large helping of grapefruit-esque citric hops. Notes of pine and tropical fruit add some complexity and a solid (but not overwhelming) caramel malt backbone balanced the bitterness.

The finish is semi-dry and carbonation spot-on lending a smooth mouth presence. Bitterness lingers just enough to let you know that this beer is indeed an IPA.

I'm really pleased with this and couldn't be more proud that it's brewed locally. Its a rather balanced IPA and falls short of some of the monster west-coasters, but it more than satisfies my hop needs. I must note that I had it a year or more ago out of the bottle and it was almost sickeningly sweet and not nearly hoppy enough. I don't know if Marshall has really improved this beer this much, or if it is just a much better beer on draught. Either way, I'll be drinking this much more often from now on.

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Atlas India Pale Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
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