INDIAna Pale Ale | Mishawaka Brewing Company

INDIAna Pale AleINDIAna Pale Ale
37 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
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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Photo of aforbes10
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I disagree with the other 6 reviewers here. i had read their reviews and decided to stay away from this IPA since i know mishawaka brewing is hit or miss and i really like IPAs. Someone ordered a pitcher at our table though so i filled my glass. Nice orangey amber color with foamy head. floral aroma with some citrus present. Hoppy taste works for a good IPA flavor. i think i taste cascade hops but im not sure. some maltiness as well. fine drinkability...i could drink these all night.

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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 Eriktheipaman
3.86/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cludy orange/copper with nice white head and very good lacing the whole way down.

The smell is of floral cirtus and....cheese?

The taste is bitter on the forefront with mango on the back. Not much malt to be seen.

I must say I rather enjoyed this beer. Wouldnt go out of my way for it but fairly solid.

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Photo of cafemondegar
3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find not enough reviews for the beer. Possibly because it's a new addition to Mishawaka Brewing Company's list.
I like IPAs in general and whereas this may not be the best IPA I have had, it does rank among the better. The aroma and taste is unmistakeably hoppy, which is the IPA lover's delight, with a tangible aftertaste - again, of hops. If you like IPAs, you should give it a try.

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

Appearance: Orange/yellow body, very slightly hazy, with a half-finger white head.

Smell: Crisp dry hops up front, slightly citrusy grapefruit base. Pretty decent.

Taste: Dry hops on the tip of the tongue, a touch of citrus on the backend, and a cloying dryness to the finish. I've tried letting it warm a bit, but there's just not a lot of complexity here. It's pretty decent, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with a high hop content and large amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I like it okay, but with so many other great IPAs out there, it just doesn't stand out much.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a syrupy deep amber, not so much of a head. Excited to get this as an extra, but not really my kind of IPA. The nose was dominated by a malty-booze, coupled with the syrupy mouthfeel just wasn't my jam, almost thick in a way. Got to take my review with a grain of salt, i'm completeley swayed by the west coast IPA, and it ruins me on other IPA's, i tried to rate with that in mind.

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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 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 yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Hazed lemon orange color with a thin bubbly off white head that nearly immediately fades to a thin film with some specks of lacing. Mild aroma with citrus hops, grain and caramel. Fairly sweet, but not overpowering, very pleasant in general. Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, lingering bitterness from citrus hops and graininess. Flavor is similar blend of citrus hops, caramel and grain, but leaning more sweet than I prefer. Overall, nicely balanced, nothing exceptional, would be a nice sessionable IPA if available near me.

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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 deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 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 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 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 kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. This one pours a very deep copper to almost amber color. There is a finger of ivory head that falls to a solid coating over top of the brew. There is a nice cascaed of bubbles coming to the surface of teh very clear brew as well. Good looker here. The aroms is saturated wtih a deep caramel sweetness with a moderate piney hop melding with the sweetness. I think the caramel is a bit strong, and a litle unbalanced by the hop. Flavors brings a moderate caramel sweetness and a mild piney hop that fades into a mild bitterness. Everything about the flavor is mild. Nothing wants to jump up and hit my taste buds. Too bad. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very weak carbonation. Looks like this one outgased itself when poured. Overall, this one is just okay. It lacks anything that would get me to go back to it.

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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 Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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 drxandy
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz to tulip glass, pours a nice orangey hazy peach shade, cream colored head fades

smells... WEIRD! i've never smelled a beer like this, i have no idea what they blended, maybe heavy on the malts, comes off offensive smelling, vomit? meat casserole? not sure, but not a winner in the nose for an ipa - i dont really dislike the scent, i'm just completely taken aback by it.

taste is kinda heavy for an ipa, astringent bitter hops linger on, heavy malts, biscuity, caramel, citrus peel, good carbonation, grassy, pine, not bad

mouthfeel is of a good weight, hop resins stick around in your mouth and leave a dry finish, not bad!

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