IPA | Nashoba Valley Brewery

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Nashoba Valley Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.24%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewandbbq on 05-01-2005

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Reviews by BeerBeing:
Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, white/green on reddish/brownish label

Appearance: cloudy amber color, medium off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: spicy herbal hops

Taste: light-to-medium body, smooth mouth feel, medium carbonation, bitter hops, bready maltiness, some caramel

Notes: not bad, but still an average brew

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep amber orange with a nice fluffy two finger creamy head on top. Looks good in the glass while the head lingers on and on. Aromas of bready caramel and some spicy, citric herbal hops. A bit metallic with underlying hints of fruit. Not exactly making me jump out of my chair.

First sip brings a mix of sweet bread doughy caramelly maltiness that melds with a spicy, herbally citrus hop flavor. Intially sweet, the brew moves to a mellow bitterness on the back of the palate. Hints of light fruitiness and yeast throughout. A nice Enlgish IPA overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a creamy aspect to each sip. I could sit down to a few of these and I'm guessing this would be even better fresh off tap. Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for this one.

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Photo of JasonA
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber carmel. Not much visible carbonation, though head does appear. Remarkable lacing considering carbonation level.

Smells hoppy fresh. I doubt this has been sitting long (no born on date on bottle ;)). Not a standard hop, maybe not as powerfull, but a nice floral example. Citrus/tangerine, is that maple or is it vanilla?

Cold, subtle, not a hop bomb. There is something with these hops. I dont think ive had hops like this before. Doesnt make it awesome or not, different yet the same. The citrus is in there, though not as a flavor. Interesting. Not a heavy beer. Its cold and Christmas Eve Eve now, I bet this would be an excellent choice on a hot summer day.

Not heavy, yet not light. 5+ ABV is masked well. There is something in the mouth that doesnt taste natural, I cant quite place it though. I dont want to say metal, though I cant get away from the comparison. Not horrible, it just takes away from mouthy.

Overall I really like this beer. I dont know how the other votes are so bad. Maybe all reviewers are looking for bombs and if they dont get them, they whine and complain. Well ... as I take a sip of this wonderful IPA example, I say NAY!! NAY TO YOU ALL!! NAY NAY NAY!!


Merry xmas

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Colonial Spirits in Acton...not usually my style to buy without even trying one, but this particular brew is real close to home and home to one of my favorite places to pick apples, so they deserve the support.
Pours a worn copper color...much darker than I was expecting.
A full finger of bright white head forms and quickly disappears...minimal lacing.
Not much in the nose except for some faint sweet malt...
The taste is real enjoyable...the bitterness is high, but it hits me differently than most bitter brews...it's up front and heavy in the finish.
Has a nice sweet sugarcane like flavor to keep me coming back for more. Slight alcohol detected once it warms up a bit.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is fantastic.
I could enjoy a few of these on any given occasion...real glad I picked up a sixer. I have a couple family members who will really enjoy this offering from Nashoba...if not, I have no problem making them disappear.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nashoba's IPA bears a highly hoppy nose, replete with grapefruit and pine notes, and bearing the sugary rosewater scent that sometimes accompanies intensive dry-hopping. Light toasted grains lie beneath these hops, but are mostly occluded by their presence.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately hoppy, though not as intensely as the nose would hint. Instead, the hops--while still decently bitter--present a far more nuanced and flavorful profile, with layers of grapefruit, pine, and sugary rosewater lapping at the tongue. Strong fruit flavors such as lychee nut, apricot, and orange accompany the bright citrus notes, joined by more subtle hints of toasted Grape Nuts cereal-like grains. Late in the mouthful the sugars die off, and a more pure, raw, grapefruit rind hop flavor is exposed. This flavor lasts throughout the aftertaste, which carries on for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a good-quality IPA, with finely nuanced and bright flavors, and a good balance between sugars and bitters. As with all Nashoba beers, however, if you don't live within a few miles of Boston, this one probably won't be found on the shelves of your local beer store.

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Photo of Cgraham
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meathookjones
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a fairly clear golden amber color with a very tall off white fluffy head. The huge head stays intact leaving giant thick rings of hoppy lace coating the entire glass. Nice citric and floral hops in the nose with a solid biscuit and caramel backing. A bit mild though. More hoppiness upfront with the flavor some citric and pine play well with the malty base. A bit of sweet caramel and toasty biscuit. Pretty well balanced and flavorful. Solid mouthfeel and it went down smooth. Pretty drinkable stuff that a good take on the English IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy amber with a thin, wispy patch.

The smell is of a vague spicy floral fruitiness with a subtle caramelish background.

The taste is of brown sugar sweetness upfront, with some caramel. Some raw alcohol recveals itself early on (just a bit too much for relatively modest abv.) An herbal, floral, slightly citric taste comes in too balance out sweetness. Not really enough hops for the style. The malt and the hops don't really seem to go together as well as I would like. An assertive bready yeast gives it an unneeded doughy character. Chalky finish.

There is an overdose of carbonation that gives it a prickly feel despite fuller side of medium body. The taste comes back in the aftertaste depite the body not being very coating.

Not bad enough for me not to have finished, but nothing I would look forward to having again. Seems pretty lame, (and overly balanced?) for the style, IMO.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Part of Nashoba's Special Reserve series.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear copper brew. Head hangs around nicely, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet malts coupled with a light pine hops character. Taste follows the nose, reasonably well balanced, with a crisp hoppy close, just about right for an English IPA. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. Worth checking out, nice representation of the style.

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Photo of msondel
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, at least this one has some carbonation! The three I just had before this didn't!

It rises a very light 1/4 finger bubbly head over hazy orange-red color. Again all the friggen beers have the same look!

Nose is... actually not bad. Lots of Cascade hops, perhaps Centennial, some light grassy, light pine, light fruits, a little citrus, touch of musty hop resin. With that a hint of malty sweetness. A big surprise compared to the last three beers I just had from Nashoba.

Taste is pretty much all hops. Very light malt to give a base, but otherwise just hops. The hops are very fresh too, almost like I'm chewing on a fresh hop flower. The hops are nice, a little pine, some light citrus, light earthy tastes, even some fresh hop resinous flavors. Pretty bitter, but not overly. Touch of fruits, little tangerine and even a hint of an apricot like fruit. Finishes a little drier with a long lingering bitterness, with some lingering fresh hop resinous flavors and light pine. Way on the back end of the palate is a hint of those U.K. style bittering herbal hops I'm not a huge fan of, hedgerow style hops I believe.

The mouth is lighter bodied, with very low carbonation, but at least it has some.

Drinkability is decent, with a decent dry finish, some lingering hop bitterness. The hops start to gang up on my mouth quite a bit as it goes and gets quite bitter, but I likes it that way.

OK, so I finally found a beer by Nashoba that is halfway decent, other than the Bourbon Barrel Porter.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from the winery into my tulip.

A - When I open it, it starts overflowing. Because of this, I anticipated a lot of head, but it actually only had about 1 finger of white head. The color is slightly odd: medium brown with some mahogany highlights.

S - Lots of fresh fruit at first. Well, I suppose that's really all that's there. Pretty much just nice, juicy fruit. No real hints of resin.

T - However, in the taste, that's where the resin kicks in. It's certainly a hoppy beer. Very bitter, without much malt to balance it out. The fruit is still present, but overwhelmed by the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty standard. It's moderately carbonated, and it fits the beer perfectly. There isn't much residual bitterness after the swallow, which I like.

Overall, a solid IPA. If you're looking for a bitter hop-bomb, this is certainly a beer to check out.

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Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I know this one is retired, today (Aug 5, 2006) I had an IPA.

The look is awesome: clear golden color with a great head and excellent lace.

The first smell I detected was soap. The typical hop aroma was missing, nearly unnoticable.

For the style, this is a malty. The hop shows up here, but it is milder than the style would suggest--more like an American Pale Ale. Also, this beer has good body, which is unusual for Nashoba's beers. The carbonation is good as well.

I like this beer very much...it IS very drinkable, but as a Pale Ale. This won't disappoint if you don't have a preconceived expectation.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at the winery/brewery poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Orangey/copper/amber in color that comes out hazy. There is a crazy thick white head that sticks around for quite awhile, gets excellent lacing.

Smell is pretty good, not very strong though. Slight floral/herbal hoppy notes. Slight bit of a vanilla/oakey scent, but again not very strong, a little malty.

I like the taste, very good for an English IPA. Pine hops with an oakey flavor to it. Well malted as too. Caramel with a hint of vanilla to it. A good combination of flavors and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied overall. Good carbonation balance, smooth, slightly buttery with a clean bitter finish slightly dry, very good. Very good drinkability. This is a very good English style IPA.

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Photo of bjohnson
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy one finger white head. Nice rolling cloud like retention. Good looking lace.
S: Floral and citrus notes hit the head first with a good malty undertone.
T/M: Citrus and floral notes first, but then a cardboard like bitter finish that leaves the mouth very dry. Bitter hop notes can be noticed in the dryness. This actually tastes like my first ipa homebrew. Not a very good mouthfeel. Sharp with a crisp carbonation doesn't make me want to finish this. Chalky in the end also.
D: Starts out ok, but finishes with a thud. Doesn't seem like an English IPA as the malt and hops are balanced with a bit more hop presence I would say. Wouldn't pick this up again.

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Photo of taez555
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes, tasted 10/2/08

This beer poured a bright ruby tan clear dark body with a bright white head.

Nose is soft and subtle with only very mild hints of citrus or caramel.

Taste is medium bodied with a HUGE hard hop bitter flavor. A very compressed leafy, dirty leaf, dark hop. Did I mention a dark compressed dark bitterness. Black, moldy citrus, leafy hops. It has a surprisingly strong caramel backbone. Some caramel shines through a bit. Ends with a long lingering hop bitterness.

A good beer, but very much out of balance. Overly hoppy, could definitely use some more malt to balance it out.

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Photo of hga2009
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

enjoyed a trip to the brewery in Bolton recently. Fantastic place that the ba's should check out. Great opperation going on there. I read some reviews about this ipa on this site and they were not that good. But took a flyer and tried a 6 pack, I am glad I did. This ipa is very enjoyable. The nose in it is great, a considerBle amount of hoping going on in this one. Clear yellow golden color. Complex hop character with a good malt to balance it out. Now that this brewery is close to my house, I will with out a doubt be picking more of this one up. For fresh beer, you can't get much better local beer. Check out this brewery. I can't say I enjoyed all of their beers, but the heron ale, summer stout, imperial stout and ipa were excellent.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is pretty good for being over the hill. It doesn't taste quite like an English nor like an AIPA.

It pours cloudy yellow with a little fizz. The aroma is junked up and weak - a fault of the several month old sample, maybe. The taste is intact except maybe the hop profile, and it may have been really good. Now it's kind of malty. I was pretty generous trying to compensate for the fact that these were purchased for me as a gift several months ago.

I can't recommend because of the sample.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I've come to not like everything from Nashoba. SOme of their brews just seem amateur, but I did like their Summer stout.

Anyway, thought i'd give the IPA a try.

Appearance is a hazy orangy-red. Plenty of yeast from bottle fermentation was hanging out - surprised to see that from Nashoba. It looked great, better than most of their other beers.

Aroma was definitely hoppy for their relatively low ABV. There's also very noticeable caramel sweetness in there and a touch of leafy aromas.

The hops came though on the palate, but there's definitely some sweet malts (caramel, brown sugar) underlying it all. I think it's balanced quite nicely, despite other reviews on here. .

Mouthfeel is properly carbonated and crisp, but has substantial enough weight.

Drinkability is just fine.

Out of the 4 or 5 Nashoba's I've tried, this is 2nd best after their summer stout. Reminds me of the ipswich IPA toned down a bit. Give it a shot.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have a hunch that with conditioning this beer would be good. Especially if aged in a cask. The hops need some serious mellowing because they come across so sour. Almost like a tangerine that has gone bad and will make you sick. Pours a clear burnt orange with a thin head but no lace. Fairly flat. Nose is malts (and pears) and just sightly of hops. Those hops come across very sour in the flavor. Medium body but a wierd overall mouthfeel. Does Nashoba pasteurize their beers? Drinkability? Not so hot. I think I'll let the other bottle sit for a bit before I try them also. Likelywon;t make a difference, but ya never know.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served cool from 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Started a normal pour, but it was extremely fizzy, so stopped and took a break to let the 95% head subside. Came back to it and poured gently, a light orange, hazy brew with a foamy off-white head that looked like a sponge.

Nice hoppy bite right at the bottle mouth and again right after the pour, but it subsided and nose was indistinct and woody by halfway through the glass. Also some grassiness and biscuity aroma.

Flavor is woody, musty and astringent. Mouthfeel has appropriate bitterness, but finishes poorly due to the astringency.

Drinkability overall is pretty poor. Poured it down--wasted calories to finish it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold,no haze with a minimal white head.
Slight carbonation from the cask.
Light malt with English hops in the nose. Somewhat minerally and astringent. Hops mildly floral and subdued with a slight cheddar finish.
Thin in body with medium bitterness and balancing English hops. Light esters and balancing pale malt.
Nagging astringency detracts with each sample.
Copper-like undertones possible from unfresh Fuggles or oxidation.

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Photo of TheBeerSipper
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of PSUDREW
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, yet deep amber/orange color. Tanish head that dissaptes quickly and laces solidly.

nice citrusy/grassy nose mouthfell is light. pretty drinkable. very dry. nice citrus taste, no real malt feel. like I said, kinnda light. nice intro for an IAP. not bad, not good, just there. I don't know any other way to review it

Thanks uncle jimbo, I will always enjoy the chance for a new review

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Photo of Mkgrenwel
1.31/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don’t know what the hell happened to this beer. It tastes like it was fermented at like 100 degrees.

Appearance: Golden/copper and very hazy from all the yeast. Very big, fluffy head

Smell: Very yeasty. Actually smells like a wheat yeast (banana and clove)

Taste: Esters absolutely dominate the flavor. I can’t get any malt or hops through these clouds of yeasty flavors. Almost wine like. Banana and clove, like a hefe, plus belgian-like esters. Peach, apple, raspberry. Like a nasty apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Full on the palate but opressively so. Too thick for the style.

Drinkability: Pretty low. It is really tough to make it through a glass of this stuff.

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Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 27 ratings