Blue Hills India Pale Ale | Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills India Pale AleBlue Hills India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
the 12 oz bottle/six pack version of the IPA.

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 138
Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a pale yellow with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma, floral and citrus

Taste: Good floral and citrus hops, light bitterness

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A good but unimpressive IPA

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, this beer is taking it in the chin for reviews. I had at the Fat Cat on tap in Quincy, and I enjoyed it. I agreed with the was much more of a Pale Ale than a traditional IPA. But it was a good pale ale in my mind. So sure, maybe the end result wasn't what they planned, I liked the result. Be like if you ordered a pizza, and instead you got some fantastic Chinese food instead - just be happy that you enjoyed it. Good job Blue Hills giving us what we want, not what we asked for

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.64/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pour is clear copper color with a tight white head. Nose is rubber, notes of plastic, some caramel malt, and a light resin hop. Taste is metallic, burnt rubber, caramel, candied orange sugar. Creamy body, moderate carb, a bit syrupy, dry finish.

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Photo of beerdude2014
1/5  rDev -67.7%

I bought several dozen bombers to a party and we tried about 7 different BHB beers. What we experienced way out in here in Plainville MA is that it was not a very good experience, we had every single beer in some level of spoilage. No product expiration date or batch codes on bottles. I called this brewery and all they said was “it happens” well I am no longer a fan and actually never was. The owner of the package store said he was done with this brewery.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In a pint glass the beer was a gold color. The head was white and medium-sized, and left a little bit of lace.

Not much to the aroma. A little pine, a little citrus, and a bit of sweet malt. Very understated.

Same for the taste: a little pine, a little citrus, a bit of bread. Just not that much there.

As others have said, not much of an IPA sense to this beer, more like a pale ale.

This bomber will do it for me.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well...hard to say this is an IPA--very little of the extra hop it takes to make the jump from a pale ale to an IPA--at a minimum its not a well balanced hop.

Had it on draft and it came with your standard white head and color was a bit darker than most IPA's.

Barely any fruit essence, just a nice, smooth pale ale. I could drink a few of these with ease, but this simply doesn't compare to a true IPA.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a copper color body with a 3 finger white fomay head that retains for a long time. The smell has a citurs and floral aroma. The taste has a bitter hop taste up front with a nice balance of malt. The mouth feel ok and overall this is a a average ipa.

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Photo of IHC
4.38/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPAs it's nice and rounded with a definite malt character to it. It's not overly hoppy so if your into dogfish head 120 you might be disappointed. The hops are well balanced with a nice floral and citrus flavor. Pours nice copper color with nice 1 inch head sometimes a little more. Overall this beer is a unique IPA and strays from the over the top hop madness that has grasped some beer lovers. This is more like what I think an IPA should be. Hoppy but with some malty sweetness and a slight caramel note too.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average east coast style IPA, but nothing spectacular. Deep copper/amber color leaves a smallish white head. I get that typical earthy, slightly damp wood smelling hop profile off this one with a hint of something citrusy. Better than some of the cheapo IPAs fresh n easy and whole foods are hawking these days. I enjoy the bitter finish the beer leaves behind even if the blend of goldings and summit don't give the kick a westerner like myself prefers.

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Photo of u2carew
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a large head - big bubble, off-white and settles quickly. Body is a hazy copper color. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Not very aromatic. Faint hints of citrus fruits and a bit of a "wet dog" smell.
T) Definitely more hops in the flavor profile than malts.Very little malts in the taste, hops from start to finish. A sharp hop bite in the finish that lingers long into the aftertaste.
M) Medium-light body. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) An alright brew. Too much hops. This is more an ESB than an IPA.

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Photo of silentjay
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

deep amber with a nice fluffy, almost white head that recedes quickly but leaves good lacing.

bready and grainy with some bittering hops.

caramel and toffee with some grains. is this an amber ale? no lingering hop flavor, just sweetness and a bit of astringency.

medium bodied with decent light carbonation that leaves an oily feel on the back end.

hmmmm. that is all.

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Photo of brentk56
2.12/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice, frothy head; leaves plenty of strands of lacing behind

Smell: Hard to define the aroma on this beer; gives off a wet leaf character, somwhat akin to a compost bin

Taste: Starts out with the herbacious wet leaf character and adds a meat-flavored element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter element increases but the flavor is just awful

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps the worst IPA I have ever encountered; one wonders why they stick with this recipe

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Photo of PDXHops
1.86/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bomber poured into a shaker pint. No bottle date See-thru light copper with a bubbly layer of foam that soon enough becomes a bubbly ring. Scattered bits of lacing.

An interesting nose on this, spicy and grassy with a touch of citrus zest and toasty malt. Smoke? Tastes interesting, too, but not in a way that generates interest in repeat purchases. An odd combo of brown sugar, overripe oranges, white pepper, grassy hops and, most puzzingly, a hint of smoked meat. On the positive side, the malt profile is dry and the level of bitterness is more than acceptable. Increasingly boozy and unpleasant as it warms. A head-scratcher of an IPA.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Hill IPA smells of citrus hops and sugary malts, the former taking a good lead on the latter. On the hops side, the brew bears the typical grapefruit and pine aromas (leaning more toward the grapefruit), but adds just a hint of rosewater. The malts come across as light waves of toasted grains, and a hint of brown sugar.

On the tongue, the brew is of course bitter, but not excessively so, the hops being well-balanced by sugars. Still, good grapefruit rind notes sparkle throughout the mouthful. The malts bring a good level of brown sugars to the mix, accompanied by toasted grains and a few light fruit esters (apricot mainly, with hints of pear and apple) that nicely hide the 6.6% ABV. Late in the mouthful most of the sugars die off, and the hops rebound in strength, bringing fresh grapefruit rind flavors, as well as a healthy touch of pine. The aftertaste is mainly these latter hop flavors, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA, providing a balanced mixture of bitters and sugars that makes the beer very drinkable.

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Photo of rinhaak
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11 oz. bottle poured into a Sam's perfect pint glass.

Pours a cloudy caramel color with a full, frothy head. Certainly looks appealing.

The nose has aromas of orange, hops, and lemon.

A rather peculiar - and not all that enjoyable - taste. Citric acid and herbal hops are prominent flavors. There is also a strong malt profile. I don't get the crisp hoppy bitterness I've come to expect from a good IPA.

Truly not a beer worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramel and citrus sweetness, bready malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus. After that though there isn’t much else to enjoy. The malt character is hearty but the hops presence in mild and there isn’t very much balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not a good representation of style, even some of the run-of-the-mill beers in the style are better than this one.

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Photo of pburland23
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack in Boston a few weeks ago and ended up splitting it with a friend. Glad I did.

Beer pours a hazy orange amber with a paltry layer of white head which quickly dissipated to nothing.

Smell. It doesn't smell like an IPA. The aroma is sweet and very malty with a touch of citrus fruit. There's no hops notes whatsoever.

Taste isn't much better. Again, malty sweetness is at the forefront with an ever so scant amount of hoppiness at the end of each sip. Tastes more like a very malty mild rather than an IPA.

The carbonation is on the lower end but the mouthfeel is pretty good and the beer is drinkable. It's got some flavor and is, at least, interesting, but it's not an IPA.

Glad I only have two more of these to get rid of.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up out in boston over EBF weekend. never even heard of this brewery before. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out an amber colored body with a large fluffy bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind large spots of lacing.

S- the malt comes through a little strong on this one. lots of sweet caramel wafting from my glass. after that i get a much lesser whiff of hops. grapefruit and pine.

T- the caramel malts that i could smell come through sweet and strong. after that i get some grapefruit and piny hops. too much of a malt presence here.

M- light bodied and way too much carbonation.

D- in a market over saturated with quality IPAs, i cant see myself seeking this one out ever again. not offensive, theres just nothing here to separate it from its competitors.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looks good. Like a tasty IPA. Rich, reddish amber color with white suds that fade to a frost on the surface and laced sides.

Smell seems conservative for an IPA. No hop explosion, though they are there. Faint peachiness, malty sweetness, but no bursting grapefruit or spice.

Tastes quick and dry with hop bitterness and some malt, not as sweet as expected. A bit more malty than a pilsener, but reminiscent. Bitter kick in the overall decent tongue time.

Feels like a pilsener more than anything. The bitterness is accompanied by the tannic feel of the hops. The mouthfeel is surprising. Not bad, but unexpected.

Drinkability is good. No matter what category of beer this is, I will have one more round, garcon.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as a gift from my brother.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a foamy one finger head. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: I get a little bit of floral and citric hops but also a good bit of bready/biscuity malts.

T: Well, different. There is a strange malt flavor, very biscuity with some caramel. There is some floral hop flavor, but not much. It is strange and difficult to describe.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, its probably a pass. It is the first beer I have had from Blue Hills. Hopefully this one was just off since they are now the closest brewery to where I grew up.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

This one pours foamy with an unfiltered, hazy, dark copper color, topped with a massive three-fingered head that retains forever. Aroma is powdery, slightly spicy and floral, with hints of citric and fresh malt. Body is full and rounded, slightly chewy on the palate. Quite malty and sweet up front with toasted and caramel notes followed by some breadiness. Rhubarb. Over-ripe strawberries. Esters. Slightly sharp and tart. Citric, rind, not overly bitter, but most certainly hoppy. Dries up with some grain and leafy tannins in the finish; not in a good way, a bit rough.

Unique, despite the market being flooded with IPAs; however, its uniqueness is not all positive. Given what the market expects from an American IPA (something hoppy and clean), this brew could use some cleaning up. We did enjoy the malt-to-hop balance though.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color with a descent head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Thin aroma mainly dominated by a subtle, earthly hop character. The malt lingers in the nose but is challenging to find.
The taste is pretty average for an IPA. Nice bitter hit right off the bat and quickly blends to the malts. The aftertaste has a mild hop bitterness without much character.

Pretty drinkable for an average IPA

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Photo of rinypa
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to get this in growlers and thought it was very good, nicely-balanced and not over-hopped. Maybe it's not as good in bottles?

This is a small brewery-only operation in a quasi-industrial suburb south of Boston. I used to really like going here, the brewer himself was there to chat with and they filled any growlers since they didn't sell their own. That policy has ended, and they now make you use theirs, although if the price I was given on the phone is accurate - $2 - it's very reasonably priced. $7 for a fill, also very decent for this area.

Unfortunatley, I have enough growlers and because of their limited hours (friday and saturday afternoons) and horrendous traffic on 95, I will not be going here any more. Too bad - another microbrewery getting a little bit more corporate.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack from Table and Vine. A beautiful murky look with an assortment of yellow and green colors. The head is very frothy and has great lacing on the sides. Great aroma of heavy hops and lemons, some cloves I could sense too. Could sense a buttery taste to the overall bitter flavors. However, the sweetness of the malts really comes in after a few moments in the mouth. Crisp feel in the body with a really dry aftertaste. Overall, a great find from this Canton brewery.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright clear orange with some decent lacing. off white head lasts to a ring.

Boiled grain, some caramel, and some citric hop notes. Faint. Ok, but faint.

Nice hoppy bite, with some light toasted malt. Some boiled grain flavors, light fruit, but sweet this ain't. Long bitter hop finish. Not bad, but nothing that stands out.

Medium body, fair carbonation. A bit mushy. Crazy astringency at the end -- it is closing up my throat.

The huge pucker is the downfall. Hard to get down, and the bitterness lacks balance with other flavors. I don't hate this as much as others. It is ok.

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Blue Hills India Pale Ale from Blue Hills Brewery
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