INDIAna Pale Ale | Mishawaka Brewing Company

INDIAna Pale AleINDIAna Pale Ale
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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

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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very light amber body with a full, fizzy-looking white head.

Smell: Aroma of weak caramel malts and musty grains with a dry grassy scent.

Taste: An all too brief caramel sweetness that flashes to a sharp citrus hop flavor and ends with a bitter, lightly acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Unpleasantly fizzy.

Drinkability: Calling it an average IPA would be a bit of an overstatement. Could greatly benefit from a fuller, more refined palate and far, far less carbonation.

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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 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 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 scruffwhor
1.85/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours the usual amber IPA hue with light bubbles. No lacing, hardly any head after the pour, and none after sipping. Cheap smelling aroma of malt and hops. No bitter aroma. Smells like bread that might be moldy. The taste is just as cheap as the smell. Old hops, bad bitterness. The kind of bitterness that probably isn't coming from good hops or just good beer in general. One of the worst tasting IPA's I've had so far.

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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 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 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 deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 gmfessen
2.54/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was given this beer by a generous friend.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly murky, amber-orange color with a thin, yet firm cream colored head. The smell is actually a little buttery, skunked perhaps? I know there's hops in the smell but I can't quite put my finger on them with all the funk going on. The taste isn't a whole lot better, an initial staleness that transitions into a bitter skunky finish that lingers with bitterness. The mouthfeel is light in body with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall drinkability suffers due to the condition of the beer but perhaps better onsite?

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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 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 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 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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INDIAna Pale Ale from Mishawaka Brewing Company
Beer rating: 16.2% out of 100 with 37 ratings
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