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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.

Added by Duhast500 on 01-23-2009

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by petermethot:
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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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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2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
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 lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev +8.3%
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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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours red tinged amber, hazy, typical light tan head, decent retention at the 1/4 inch level, slowly fades, to a thicker film and leaves respectable fine lacing.

I pick up just a faint whiff of dusty hops in the nose.

Decent pale ale, not sure if I'd count this one as an AIPA however. Hops are present, gritty and grainy, balanced out, nothing special going on here, not particularly vibrant or fresh tasting, just a moderately drinkable, pale. Eh, lots of better brews out there

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Photo of tigg924
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation, cloudy

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: super bitter, harsh, biting, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I wonder if there is some inconsistency in the brewing of this. I have had it on tap and it was wonderful, bitter but not overly so. I would give the on tap version a 4. In the bottle, this was way to aggressively bitter and harsh. It is very hop forward comparable to some west coast IPAs. Hop heads can enjoy this. I will pass on the bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
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 juicebox
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of geoffpm
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle from a reputable wine store who said that the beer is kept cold directly form the brewery and I should keep it in the same condition.

I am a proponent of supporting local breweries but I can't support this beer. I am a fan of West Coast IPAs but recently have had some good east coast IPAs. This one is not one of the better IPAs I have tasted.

Hops appear to missing except for the final mouthfeel. IT feels like a mediocre lager with some hops added at the last moment.

Not overly sweet, I suppose if it were really cold ,I could drink it as a session beer, but given the availability of world class IPAs in the Boston area, I would pass on this one

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Photo of nmwhitehead
4.23/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of racer2k
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: light amber color with no head and lacing. Thin looking beer

S: faint hopped smell with notes of pine, and malt

T: Bitter malt profile with not much visibility on the hop side of the equation for an IPA. There seemed to be a raw metallic aftertaste with this batch

M: Thin beer profile with minimal carbonation to boot

D: Not the most drinkable beer in my opinion but I will give this new upstart brewery another shot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.86/5  rDev -5%
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 qcbrewer
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dannydetox
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Boohausen
4.65/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brew is a nice and what i consider a pefect example of a very drinkable IPA not to bitter not to sweet the hop flavor dances with the malt. to produce a flavor unmatched in my opinion when you first look at the pint glass you notice a golden almost copper hue nice hop nose of cascade with a refreshing malt hop taste

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Photo of seanh99
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +45.5%
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 zero_signal
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of u2carew
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Blue Hills India Pale Ale from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 138 ratings