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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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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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a light cloudy amber with a bit fluffy white head. Nose is hoppy, light and sweet.

Taste is surprisingly belgian and buttery and earthy. Not really sure what I think o this, it's ok but I wouldn't seek it out.

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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 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 northaustin
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 22oz into a barrel mug. pours a darker copper color with two fingers of glorious froth at the top that has pretty good retention and leaves a little bit of lacing.

smell: mostly getting the sweet malts but there is a definite note of floral and piney hops.

taste: once again mostly the sweet malts but with a fairly well defined hop profile mixed in. not as flavorful as some other ipas but it has a flavor of its own that im really enjoying.

mouthfeel: a tad oily a tad sticky. fairly typical mouthfeel of well balanced ipas

very drinkable if you can get it. i was lucky enough to have someone bring one down from the brewery. wish it was readily available.

lookin forward to trying their pub ale

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Photo of jdklks
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

this both looks and smells much more like a pale ale than an ipa. almost a clone of SNPA. amber, with tinges of gold throughout. a tan, thin, bubbly head with decent retention. again, smells like a PA. citrus fruit aromas and hops, contending with a bigger than expected or desired malt presence.

taste is certainly not bad at all. still tastes more like a pale ale (perhaps a super-hopped pale ale). more hops here than expected from the smell. a nice fruity sweetness up front that fades to a bitter hop bite in the end and finish. a very decent beer.

mouthfeel is less than exciting. very light and very carbonated. drinkability goes something like this:

3 seconds later: "did i just take a sip of beer?"
"hmm, no, no i dont think i did. i better get to drinking."
*repeat until finished, having no recollection of consumption*

in other words, dangerously drinkable.

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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 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 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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4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer on tap at Savastano's Pizza in Bixby, Oklahoma (a suburb of Tulsa). I was surprised to find a craft brewery IPA, and was hoping it would be good. I was not disappointed!

The pint was brought to me with about an inch of foam, and the color was a darker amber. Pretty dark for an IPA, but it looked good! I could smell hops and malt, and upon first sip the balance of the two were perfect. An easy sipping easy that I ordered another...and then another. Definitely a session IPA.

Although this wasn't as hoppy as most of the IPAs I drink I loved the balance and the smoothness. For those just venturing into the world of hoppier beers this would be a great one to try.

If you're ever in Tulsa go to Bixby and try Savastano's! The pizza and Atlas IPA are the best! So good I ate there two nights in a row.

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Photo of Docer
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber acquired in a trade... interesting that it is wax dipped... must be for looks! No freshness date...

- Huge 5 fingers of head... slowly down to a thumb of frothy head that looks like the surface of the moon. Lacing all about. The ale is a dark clear copper/amber... not too much character.. but overall nice.

- Wonderful crisp smell... reminds me of my first beer. Nice bitter hop nose... little bit of sweet malt... but overall very nice. I am actually impressed by the smell... much like a fresh hop harvest ale.

- Interesting sweet flavor.. bit of ester, some type of fruit... kiwi, strawberry.. caramel.. some very slight sour zing to it towards the end... and a nice bitter hop bite.... this is actually quite good, and quite original.. I am liking it... and shocked at the lower review scores. Certainly some citrus.

- Very slight chewiness.. but the light sour zinger causes saliva to flow... not too dry at all... and a big taste for a low alc. is nice!

- Huge drinkability... if I lived near there, I am sure this would be my go-to beer... it is quite nice, distinct and drinkable.

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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 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 shohog
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass pint glass and got a nice 2 finger head. The beer has a very clear amber copper color. A nice off white to tan colored head retained to the end.

Smell of caramel, toffee malts w/ slight hints of citrus or pine.

Maybe not the hoppiest IPA or a perfect example of an IPA, but what an amazing tasting beer! It has an enjoying balance of sweet caramel, toffee malts to bitter hops which quickly take over but then goes back to the sweetness again for a moment before it leave a slight bitter not unpleasant after taste. Mouthfeel is ideal for this style, maybe a a tad creamier than some but is very very smooth with a high drinkability. d.

I have had this local brew several times before and find myself drinking it more and more. You gotta try it if you like pale ale, ambers or IPA. It is kind of like combination of all 3. Awesome!

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: 45-50 degrees approx.

Pours up a dark amber color. A little to the dark side for an IPA, but I like it. A thin head of light tan colored foam sits on top. Retention is excellent. Lacing is great, if slightly clumpy.

A very mild nose, I thought. Some nice, mild, malt notes. Good presence of piney hops. A nice touch of grapefruit/citrus.

Man, the cask conditioning is wonderful for this brew. Super smooth going down. Good hops bite, but the cask smoothes them out, compared to the bottled or draft versions. I pick up a nice hint of caramely malts in this version, that really doesn't come through so much in the others.

Light to medium body. Low carbonation level. Very smooth and nicely creamy.

This one has great drinkability. It would make a supreme session beer. So smooth and easy to drink, you hardly even think about it.

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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 skeetermoses
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent beer, not super hoppy but overall a decent IPA not much of the IPA regular features, but in overall beer, this one was a pretty good one. I think I might have to try the other lines of this brewery. Pretty good overall may have to have a hearty irish meal with this one.

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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 tronester
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I originally had this beer in the bottle I DID NOT like it. It was mediocre at best. (see original review at the bottom) Maybe it was a bad bottle, or they refined the recipe...

HOWEVER, I had the beer on cask at Mcnellies. And my opinion has completely changed. The beer was lighter in color than before, as well as not being cloudy. The aromas were of substantial piney hops. Taste was sweet rich malt, with a piney, earthy blast of hops in the finish. Not as much hop flavor as some IPA's, but still amazing. Creamy mouthfeel, super smooth, low carbonation. Amazing drinkability, an Imperial Pint of this beer is not enough! I plan on getting this and the Pub ale on cask every time I am at Mcnellies!

Look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a MASSIVE oversized tan head. somewhat cloudy, either bottle conditioned, unfiltered or both. The appearance takes a huge hit, because it took 10 minutes to get the head to die down and pour a tiny bit more into the glass. Smell is vaguely of malt. Taste is primarily malty, brown sugar and raisins. A coarse bitterness is in the finish, but the beer is really low in hops from an IPA standpoint. There is a touch of earthy hop flavor, but it is pretty low compared to that of the malt. The yeast seems to put off a phenolic flavor as well, tastes almost like a belgian strain! In the finish you can taste alcohol as well, which is very odd for a beer that is only 6.5 percent ABV. Mouthfeel is better though, smooth and creamy, and even though there was a massive head, the carbonation levels ended up pretty good with a slow pour. Drinkability is alright, there are much better examples of an IPA, this seems more like an American strong Ale perhaps, but even if it were categorized differently I wouldnt rate it better because IMO it isnt that great a beer. Which is very dissapointing, because Their McNellie's pub ale from the cask is the highest rated beer I have ever given. Their Sundown wheat is very good too.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep amber color. with HUGE head, filled the entire glass with foam. Smell, didnt get too much here didnt smell any hops or sweetness or anything. Taste, is good, just not like an IPA, good sweetness in it, just not much going on in the hop department. mouthfeel is medium.

Overall this is a decent beer, but its not a great IPA [where's the hops!?]

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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 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 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 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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Atlas India Pale Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
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