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