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Atlas India Pale AleAtlas India Pale Ale

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.

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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 DelMontiac
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Atlas was poured from a brown 22Oz bottle into an Anchor pint glass.

This beer is a really nice glowing orange/amber with a fluffy white two finger head that fades very slowly. Lacing is scant.

The aroma is of sweet maltiness, bisquit dough, and floral hops flowers.

Bitterness is big and bites hard and lacking in the flavor department - somewhere between grapefruit and pine sap, but is really neither one. A bit of a question mark there. The bitters hang on for eons. There is a bit of caramel maltiness that makes an attempt to balance things out, but comes up a tad short. There is some alcohol warmth. These are all I'm getting flavor-wise.

Atlas feels quite nice - appropriate carbonation and fairly medium silky.

I've had Altas several times. I finally figured I've had enough for review now, hoping it would grow on me. I find it pretty average as far as IPAs go. The fresher the better. Pass if it's over four months old.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a magnificent amber with a two-finger head. Beautiful lacing. Delicate maltly nose, with tons of piney, and citrus hop. Brilliant floral taste, accompanied by a nice smooth bitterness. Silky smooth mouthfeel and pleasant finish. A local IPA that is one of my favorites

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Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marshall Brewing's IPA pours a cloudy burnt orange. The head was a good fluffy two fingers of tan, with several little craters.

The aroma seemed typical, but typical is enjoyable. Well balanced to say the least, spice and toasty malt tones match well against the hop bill. The hops hit the nose with very earthy tones, and a slight bit of citrus. Some more strength would have been appreciated.

The flavor follows the same lines, lacking strength. Nonetheless does have very good flavor. The taste carries more bitterness than indicated by the smell. Sweet caramel is prevalent throughout before being swarmed by grapefruit, and a grassy dry bitterness which lasted long through the finish.

The body is about medium, with a nice bit of thickness accented by abundant carbonation. A bit more of a bold attitude would have yielded a better score. However,this is still a good beer with good flavor and exceptional drinkability IMO.

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Photo of TylerBGoode
4.92/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Though I've had this local brew in every possible way available: bottle, tap and cask; the cask conditioned version at McNellie's in Tulsa is hands down the way to go. This was the first cask brew I have ever tried, mostly because I believe McNellie's is the only establishment in town to serve cask conditioned ales. The first time I ordered cask conditioned Atlas IPA I didn't know what to expect, by the time I took my first sip I realized that I needed to order Atlas, and his Marshall-brewed brother the McNellie's Pub Ale, from cask every chance I got.

For comparisons sake, the flavor of this beer is more pronounced, the texture more complementary and the experience more rewarding when this beer is consumed on cask. Poured into a typical pint glass, the hue is rather dark but a tone lighter than if poured from the bottle. It has a nice foamy head, but not nearly as much as you get out of a bottle - which is not necessarily a bad thing. The aroma of the beer is intoxicating, floral and gloriously hoppy. The hop filled aroma is actually bigger than the actual taste, which is splendid, but just not as big and hoppy as the smell may indicate. Still a wonderful flavor, especially on cask. The flavors seem to meld together very well. The maltiness of the beer is actually a little more pronounced than you may expect, but it doesn't mask the other floral flavors that you'll encounter. The drinkability is through the roof too. It's just so easy to sit back and continue to order rounds of this one. I enjoy this beer in the bottle, I love this beer in a keg, but this may be my favorite beer when consumed out of a cask.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy amber/brown color. Off-white head. Spotted lacing.

S - Fruity, roasted malt, sweet caramel dough, muted citrus hops.

T - Subtle earthy hops, woody toasted caramel, mellow dark fruitiness, an old smoky malt drives the boat. The sweetness doesn't assert but gently complements. Soft citrus bitterness on the finish. A complex set of profiles that's hard to pick out.

I absolutely love this beer! I've had it the bottle version and on tap, but its very good on cask. The velvety texture is creamy and glorious. However I wouldn't categorize it as an IPA. It is on the lighter side of an IPA. I would rate it lower because of this, but it is such a great tasting beer. It leans close to a Pale Ale. It is an outstanding beer nonetheless.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 3 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large peachy white foamy head. Minimal carbonation. Slight haze. Caramel brown color. Aroma is caramel, faint earthiness, touch of pepper and resin. Some sweet malty caramel to start. Minimal hop bite. Some slight earthiness in the middle and towards finish. Ends with a slight bit of bitterness. Moderate ethanol. Medium body.

Seems closer to a pale ale than an IPA.

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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 eclaycamp
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber with a wax top. Pours a deep bronze with a pillowy off white head. The beer looks slightly hazy. Aroma is of pine, with some sweetness and malt in the background. First sip is primarily hops, though it also has some sweet malt character as well. Tastes a little like grapefruit and oranges. Light mouthfeel that finishes rather bitterly. Very dry. Not an aggressively hopped IPA, despite what you may think when you smell it for the first time. There's something off putting about the general flavor of the beer. Not the best IPA I've had.

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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 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 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 chezlee
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, which seems interesting.Robust in color, with deep orange, not golden, but mainly rust.

Smell: Hops at the nose intense, but not overpowering. Somewhat bready or yeasty but mainly hops.

Taste: Powerful and delicious. Not complex, just a dang good IPA. An excellent session beer that I cannot seem to put down. Every sip seems to leave the mouth calling for more.

Feel: Average for an IPA

Overall: I have had many of these and I havn't grown tired of it yet. An excellent go-to beer that I know will give me satisfaction every time.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. very nice burnt caramel color, light carbonation with few bubbles, a fingers worth of an offwhite/creamy head that doesn't stick around long. moderate lacing.

hops, some pine and sweet caramel malts

The taste is where this beer really shines. Not overly hoppy or malty, just very solidly balanced and delicious. keeps a great flavor, I get some grapefruit notes and mild bittering. very smooth.

I could just keep drinking this, I bet it's even better on tap.

Overall I'm very proud to say that this was brewed in my state.

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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 StoneTSR
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another random beer from Oklahoma that I picked up on my last trip to Tahlequah. My first impression is that the bottle is gorgeous - a nice dark glass with an elaborate label and a thin layer of deep blue wax over the cap. Enough to keep the flavor sealed in, but not so much that it was a problem opening the bottle. If they took as much care with the beer as they did with the 22 oz. bottle, this should be delicious.

APPEARANCE: Just like the bottle, the beer itself is gorgeous. A deep, orange-ish, gold color with a nice thick, foamy head. The foamy head, of course, led to a nice, think lacing as well.

SMELL: A very nice strong, hoppy smell. Notes of citrus are present, but are more or less background noise, the hops seem to be the star of the smell.

TASTE: Not surprisingly, the Atlas IPA has a very strong hop presence. Notes of caramel are also noticeable, and surprisingly, the citrus "background" noise I mentioned above is still there - and it's still seems to be in the background. I expected the citrus flavor to be stronger than the smell, but I am pleasantly surprised that the hops shine through. A smoky finish somewhat overwhelms the nice hoppy start, but that's a minor complaint for an otherwise fantastic IPA.

FEEL: The most noticeable feeling with this beer is the foamy head that stays strong throughout much of the beer. The foam that ends up on my upper lip masks the fact that, once in your mouth, the carbonation is not as lively as it looks.

OVERALL: I originally bought this bottle because I wanted to add a somewhat obscure IPA that I wouldn't be able to find at home to my list. I figured it would be enjoyable, but I wasn't expecting to be blown away. When I finally cracked it open, though, I discovered a fantastic beer. The flavor is a bit too intense to have more than one or two, but that's what I'm looking for in a good IPA.

As a side note, after reading some of the other reviews, I was shocked at the wide variety of experiences people had with this beer. It was almost as if we weren't all drinking the same thing. That said, I didn't open my beer for about three months after purchasing it, and there is no date on the bottle, so it may have been on the shelf at the store for a while as well. This may be a beer that does a little better with some aging.

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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 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 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 mikereaser
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/20/09

A - pours a dark copper color with a half glass of foam

S - orange and lemon citrus hops with a malty base

T - citrus hops, lemon, sweet malt, slightly bitter finish

M - smooth, medium carbonation

D - average flavor, not bad for an IPA, but not necessarily worth having again

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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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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 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 Yeastcakes
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - cool, shaker glass, on tap.
A - wonderful floral and grapefruit hops.
A - two fingers of head that dissipates to a thick film. Clear amber body.
M - medium body with medium to high carbonation.
T - floral and grapefruit hops forward on the tongue. Nice balance with malt sweetness. Some astringency on the back of the tongue that fades as the beer warms.
D - This manages that balance of great IPAs of having great west-coast hop aroma and flavor while having enough malt backbone to be very drinkable.

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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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Atlas India Pale Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
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