INDIAna Pale Ale | Mishawaka Brewing Company

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INDIAna Pale AleINDIAna Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mishawaka Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by frank4sail on 10-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by GreenWBush:
Photo of GreenWBush
4.27/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I came to the Mishewaka line of beers before reading anything about them. I just grabbed what looked good, two kinds of IPA and a strong ale. It seems like this brewery hasn’t exactly been heralded by other BA’s, but I found two of the three I tried of theirs were particularly tasty.

Gorgeous out of the bottle, this IPA does get a bit deep in color to truly be “pale”. The meringue and stamina of the head, however, paint a picture you can’t look away from. Exemplary to gaze at.

Nose leans towards the floral side of things; tangerines and peaches then come forward and it hits you that this could be the Midwestern Arrogant Bastard. Some Chinook action happening but not so much bitterness.

Taste is much leaner than expected; almost to the point of being watered down. Pleasingly hopped, and faintly reminiscent to a lighter AB, this seems like it could be a good training wheels IPA that beer geeks could love too. Nice hop-burps.

Wateriness cuts down on the overall package, but darned good. Don’t overlook this just because of low BA scores.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tjthresh
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One on Mishawaka Brewing Company's standard offerings. This beer has a medium hop aroma with a little bit of malt in support. Served with no head. Light copper with some yellowish highlights. Grassy and floral. No real malt flavor. Kind of disappointing

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.61/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a high ball glass)

A- This beer pours a lightly hazy orange body with a mousy off-white head that last for a minute and fades to a thin film. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles that race to the surface.

S- This beer has a musty hint to the green citrusy hops that cover the hint of pale malt in the background.

T- There is a light slightly sweet light toasted malt hint that is soon covered by the big taste of orange juice flavor which fades into bitter pungent hops. The finish hops have a light pine note that lingers for just a bit. As this beer warms there are notes of orange cough drops and orange suckers and tart orange zest in the hops flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel.

D- When this beer is really cold it has a much milder citrus flavor and the malts come through a bit. After the first few sips you can tell orange cascade hops are the major star of this show. The orange flavor even overpowers the bitterness or any other flavor of the hops.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.97/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Lucas for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Vigorous pour barely yields a .5 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer of film. Beer is a mostly-clear orange. Lacing is spotty and near non-existant.

S: Nose is sweet apricot, a slight bit of brown sugar, and cane sugar. Very subtle, appropriately sweet, but fresh hop character is noticeably missing.

T: Opens uncharacteristically sweet. Brown sugar, caramel, and all the slightly subtle barleywine flavors that I'm not supposed to get in an IPA. No hop and no citrus. Slightly spicy towards the middle with a unpleasant medicinal quality. Finish is overly messy with the hop bitterness finally all coming in, in one fell swoop that lingers aggressively on the palate. Overly bitter with no citrus to balance it out.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonated, but not overly coarse. Actually one of the smoother IPAs with a dulled down, unlively body. Finish kills me here with an overly bitter, not hop bitter mind you, aftertaste that is very messy and lingers on and on.

D: Pass on this one. I can deal with a nose and taste that is uncharacteristic of an IPA... after all, that's what innovation is all about isn't it? However, the finish and subsequent aftertaste brings me back to when I was 3 and I didn't know how to swallow cold medication so I decided to chew it instead. Unbearably bitter...

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Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, obtained from the brewery pre-UCLA game a few weeks ago

appearance: pours into a ND soccer pint glass by coincidence only, body is slightly clear/slightly hazy...pale golden-bronze, light white foam with decent lacing...color is a little off

smell: aroma is of lightly metallic hops, light citrus, bready/doughy malt, the infamous "mishawaka characteristic"

taste: the mishawaka characteristic comes through must be something about the hops they use that produces an odd metallic taste i have only come across in their beers...hops are a touch fruity, a touch plastic? I'll drink it but i dont necessarily have to like it

mouthfeel: medium body, foamy coating

drinkability: alright

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Photo of shbobdb
2.21/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Since I frequent the liquor store where I bought this beer, I am fairly certain it was fresh. That is a pity, because if this beer were ancient and light-struck I could understand it tasting the way it does.

You know how some IPAs take a bit like an old sock? Not enough to really ruin the beer, but some hops in combination really have that gym-sock taste to them. Goose Island IPA comes to mind as an IPA with a hint of gym-sock to it. Well, this IPA is overpoweringly gym-socky. Really knock-you-over-the-head sweaty sock.

The nose smells like my foot, the beer tastes like my foot.

Which is really a pity, because the malt profile on this beer is very well balanced with the hop bitterness.

Yeah, wow, it was work to finish just one of these.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pub.

A- Came to me a semi hazy golden orange color. Little tiny head on this that went away almost as soon as it hit my coaster. Some soapy lacing left on the sides of the glass with little actually sticking.

S- Faint citrus hops smell upfront which wasn't a bad thing I actually enjoyed a not so strong nose for once in a beer. Picked up some sweeter malty undertones but for the most part a lot of hops and more hops.

T- Light bitter hop upfront with this beer. Middle of the beer seemed a little sweet from the malts I'm guessing. The tail end of this beer made up for the light bitter front with a good strong citrus hop ending. Nothing over the top at all with beer. Almost perfectly balanced.

M- Medium mouthfeel. This beer sat a little heavy in the mouth but with good carbonation it sprung it to life again. Left a faint hop oil on the tounge which really made you want to take another sip. I liked it personally. Good clean finish to this beer.

D- This isn't the most over the top or under the radar IPA. It's a nice go to beer when you get burned out on the big hop bombs. I always have a 22oz bottle of this at home just in case I have those days...which is far and few to be honest.

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Photo of emerge077
3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a large Spaten mug.

Poured a hazy golden orange tone, tons of lace coat the sides of the glass, all the way down. An initial finger of foam with a few larger bubbles on the surface. It looks very appealing.

Bready aroma, not much else. Whole wheat bread that veers into peanut butter territory. Must have similar malts as Lake Effect. No indication of hops :(

Biscuity pale malt, bread with a hint of butterscotch, mild dry bitterness in the finish. Not alot of hop flavor, but what hops are present gives it a weak citric bite.

Very drinkable, the German mug was appropriate for this, since it quaffs like a hopped Helles. Really good all-weather IPA. The mild character makes for a good training IPA for the non-hopheads out there. Glad I grabbed this regional brew while I was in NW Indiana.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new Midwest offering for me and a nice session able style taboot! This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/13/2010.
The pour was pretty good, a solid look for an IPA. Dark amber in color and very clear. A nice solid head of white rose up from the top of the glass and settled down with ease. Rich lacing coating the sides and the bottom of the glass as it went down. Aroma was light and not as strong as I would have hoped, but as it warmed became stronger and even more pronounced. Well balanced with a biscuity malt and a rich citrus hop note that seemed to balance themselves quite nicely. Started off slow again as I took the first sip. A touch to malty at first, but again it seemed to grow on me as the session went on. Nice buttery flavors, hints of citrus and al light, but dry finish seemed to cap it off pretty well.
Overall a decent IPA. Better then average but won't stand out in a crowd. Still would try it again one day though.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of frank4sail
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lighter in color than other IPA's I've had. Not much nose as well. Fruity taste but lacking the huge bold bite of a IPA. Not as good as their pale ale. This beer just did not put everything together.

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Photo of mdm46410
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Mishawaka. Served in a pint glass. This beer poured an amber color with a very small beige head that left some faint lacing. Aromas were pine and light citrus. The flavor was fairly light and balanced, with notes of grapefruit. This beer was medium bodied, leaving behind a very quick bitter finish. A middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of betsona
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No best by, brewed on, or bottled on date.

A- Poured an lightish hazy orange with a vigorous pour resulting in a finger worth of white head. Head dissipated into a thin covering. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S- I was befuddled by what I was smelling. There wasn't a hop presents at the beginning but a ever so faint citrus smell came through towards the end. It was almost like a fresh orange had been chopped up two rooms away. A heavy burnt multigrain bread smell persisted throughout. By no means offensive smelling: couldn't figure out what I was smelling till the end of the drink.

T- Malt forward. The multigrain smell is tasted at the front. The end has a hint of bitterness. Absolutely no lingering tastes. Tasted better than the smell lead me to believe.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nothing crazy happens to the palate, nor anything at all. Extremely easy drinker.

O- It is an easy drinker. Not much flavor, but nothing that makes it hard to drink. It is a beer that I will give to my BMC drinking friends as a possible gateway. I could drink a couple of these without problem, but not one that I will seek on a weekly basis.

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Photo of Cummins9110
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light Amber, carbonation bubbles are susspended in the glass.
S - Smells hoppy yet not too strong
T - Not so hoppy IPA, still hoppy but not so damn hoppy you can't stand to drink it.
M - Thick
D - In my opionion IPA's are not a beer to drink more than 3 of. They are heavy sitting and not very drinkable

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Photo of tmitch75
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lighter than average orange color with good clarity, good lacing, and a light head that disappears quickly.

Very full smell, resiny, sweet, and citrusy. A little cloying but still a good smell.

Sweet and citrusy flavor with bubblegum. Not enough malt to balance the hops. Lighter than medium body with an oily slickness.

An interesting IPA but probably not one I'll seek out again.

Tasted on 8/1/08.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a hazy yellow gold with a foamy white head.

Sweet, heavy aroma of malts, brown sugar, butterscotch, and light hops.

The taste is heavy on the malt side with just a subtle hint of hops. Aftertaste of brown sugar, butter, and a lingering bitterness.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

I would have like to have had a bit more hop presence in this one. The balance heavily skewed to the the malty side.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color, with an off white head. In the aroma, small hops and a caramel note. In the taste, small hops and a caramel malt. A small bitter and a medium mouthfeel, with a sticky sweet caramel aftertaste. Quite sweet and small hop presence, maybe a pale ale, but I don't think I would call it a IPA.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-10-08

Pours a fizzy, slightly hazy golden orange, with a huge white head that lasts a very long time.

Smell is huge hops, a little sweat sock-y, maybe slightly old, but quite enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, hugely bitter with a sweet, buttery quality. A little different, but good.

Mouthfeel is very good, thick and resiny to help out the hops.

Drinkability isn't bad, but the bitterness is definitely there.

Overall, I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.03/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - a slightly hazed orange/yellow. I'm using the new Sam Adams glass and the beer is yellower down low and has more orange tint in the bowl area above. A fat three fingers of foam takes a while to subside so I can pour in the rest. A little sediment at the end, no problem. The head has a dry clump in the middle and a thick meringue of lace around the glass.

Aroma - intensely piny to the point where it smells pretty much like mint leaves. Herbal and grassy, a fine aroma.

Taste - a great start absolutely ruined. The hops are there, but as with the Four Horsemen I had previously, there is something *up* with this beer. An unpleasant sourness that bespeaks some sort of defect. Some metal to go along with doesn't help either. Not one drainpour in 800 reviews and now 2 in one week, go figure. The hops are covering some of the bad flavor, but I keenly remember it from the 4H. Enough.

Mouthfeel - the feel has the beginning of some smoothness there, carbonation level isn't half bad.

Drinkability - I'm getting gun shy towards this brewery. I'm beginning to wonder if all their beers have this sour taste to them. The chances of me trying this on tap are slim due to availability, so this one's a one and permanently done for me.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- An ever so slightly hazy light golden color. The head is modest in size, but has pretty good retention. There are no streams of carbonation.

S- Smells kind of sweet and carmely, but there are some sour notes in there as well. A little bit of honey and vanilla are picked up as well, but this smells a little weak for the style.

T- Same as the aroma. Sadly, it's a little boring... with just a smack of bitterness.

M- Not bad. Just a bit on the dry side.

D- Well, this is just not my thing I guess. In a country full of IPA's, this one does not really stand out in the slightest.

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Photo of cnally
3.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update review, only because I was so mad about some stuff (appearance)

The Indiana Pale Ale. This beer better be good considering it has my homestate's namesake.

It pours out to a beautiful radiant orange. However, it has a huge, uncontrolled head that looks like an orange soda float. And huge black particles in the beer. Definately terrible. The last bottle I had of this, these problems were not there. Now, I have a completely different feel for the beer.

Scents are good. Flavor is good. Feel is good. I just can't get over the appearance, I wish I could reco. this beer but just can't.

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Photo of JamesS
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark orange/copper color with excellent initial head and good lacing. Very nice aroma, a nice floral hoppiness, with a small citrus undertone. Very nice hoppy taste, crisp and clean with a nice malt balance and a great bitter aftertaste. Goes down fine, perhaps a bit rough from overcarbonation, but a very well down IPA.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery, probably the most IPA-ish offering they had on-tap at the time.

A= rich color, foamy head that laced, I've seen better but this was fairly nice.

S= evident grapefruit (Chinook?) hops and florals.

T= very tangy and lots of up-front grapefruity Chinoook hops and others including Cascade. Bold, a bit unbalanced by the over-abundance of the grapefruit for my preferences, however.

M= very hoppy.

D= as much strong-hops as you can tolerate.

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Photo of Dyerseve
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of pmatz2
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. No freshness date. Bought this from the Hop Shop in Indy (baught almost a case of single IPA's that I had never tried)

Appearance : Beer pours a cloudy amber color. A very carefull pour was required to keep the head down to 2 fingers. No real lacing to speak of.

Not much jumps out in the aroma. Some piney hops, some carmel.

Balanced Carmel / hops with an unpleasant bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel : medium body, didn't have the prickliness I'd expect from an IPA

Drinkability: Not something I would drink by itself. Improved when paired with a Cheese Pizza ;-) I don't see this one in my fridge again

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INDIAna Pale Ale from Mishawaka Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 37 ratings