India Wharf Pale Ale | Mystic Brewery

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Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by johnnnniee on 10-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 79
Photo of irrevjim
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look; pale golden orange with lots of tiny bubbles. first normal pour resulted in head rapidly foaming over glass rim for half a glass of beer. A much more careful pour resulted in a foamy 4" head. leaves thin sticky lacing
smell; apricot hops and malt, some citrus, a little bit of cherry when the head calms down
taste; dry hoppy grapefruit up front with grass, tart cherry and wood blending in, medium light malt, nicely balanced
feel; crisp, fresh, lots of carbonation, almost seltzer level. Works for this beer.
overall; a nice very live and entertaining hoppy fruity bitter pale ale. a lot going on but balanced, nothing out of control except maybe the head.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle. Pours a burnt orange color with, even with a soft poor, yields about 4 inches of fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. Yeasty aroma with some apple, citrus, herbal and floral hops. The taste is much like the aroma. Apple and herbal hops with some wood and floral hops. Bready. Floral, herbal hops finish. Heavily carbonated. Overall, meh.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have no clue how old this bottle is since there's neither a bottled date nor does the label match the one on the website which, oddly, shows the ABV in the picture but lists a different ABV in the text beneath. More like a hoppy ESB than an IPA, this beer starts with a rusty, golden brown pour with a thick, fluffy head. Aroma indicates an imbalanced malt/hops profile. Smells of lite cedar, earthy notes and citrus. Taste follows suit with wood, hay, orange and bubblegum with a slight trace of alcohol. Certainly not the juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit-forward IPAs we've all been enjoying; this is a more bitter, malty cousin that, depending on your mood, can be enjoyable. Wish there was a date on the bottle. Drives me nuts.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first time was having this at a Mystic tasting at the fireplace in brookline MA, have enjoyed it many many times after, as this was the first IPA i truly enjoyed. I really loved this beer, juicy hop profile - very easy drinking and refreshing. I really wish they didnt retire it!!! hopefully mystic will do another IPA soon. rip wigglesworth

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; steady stream of bubbles rising; copper colored; 2+ finger ivory head that receded slowly o a thick, rocky cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: floral hops, bready; a little herbal; as it sits, the aroma changes - very interesting;

T: follows the nose - well balanced; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: this bottle may be old - no date, but it's been retired in BA; interesting flavor profile; glad I tried it;

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Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -16%

I was up in Massachusetts again on Friday, stopping at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge on the way back from a job, and picked up a few beers brewed in the Commonwealth that I have yet to try. This one caught my eye, just because of the name: Wigglesworth India Wharf Pale Ale. When I poured it from the half-litter bottle initially it was mostly foam, even when tilting the glass. I let it settle for about 5 minutes, and it still had a very thick head that lasted as long as it took to drink it. I attribute that to the bottle conditioning. Light amber in color, the first sips revealed mild piney hops flavor, and some mild bitterness on the finish. I think that word describes it best: mild. Not a strong English IPA, nor a hoppy flavored West Coast IPA, but in between - perhaps the Wharf has something to do with it. Pleasant, but not memorable (except for the name!)

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, hazy, gold in color

Smell: citrus hops with wheaty bread

Taste: orange, lemon zest, light grapefruit, and light toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with bry bitter backbone and dry end, light body, high carbonation

Overall: A very juicy and tasty English IPA. Bitter but not overly so. A nice beer to sit with. I like others from Mystic better, but this is solid.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No "best by" date or even a "bottled on" date. Strange.

A: Super hazy, cloudy goldem orange with a huge, fluffy, frothy, foamy white head. Great lace and retention. Gorgeous brew.

S: Very floral hop aroma followed by some grass and hay. Very inviting.

T: Hop presence isn't overwhelming but it's almost all you get. But they're delicate while being full of flavor. Not sharp, bitter, or resiny. Floral, fruity, earthy, delicious! The malt is always there, especially in the finish and as the beer warms up. Finally a beer that can be accurately claimed as balanced.

M: So damn smooth and properly carbonated with a great body. Massive drinkability...I want another bottle!

O: All I can say is that I'm really happy I picked this up. I can also say that I wish all English IPAs were this good because I'm not a huge fan of the style. Huge fan of this, though.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Another English IPA, a style I still want to get into but find it hard, as I usually don't like the hop profile. I once smashed Pretty Things for doing a big IPA although it was an English IPA, but now I miss the times when they were making styles of things I normally wouldn't buy or try otherwise. So cheers to Mystic and Pretty Things for producing styles like this.

Pours a fizzy bubbly 1 finger frothy head that fades at a med pace but reinforced by lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom, slight hazy golden honey orange yellow color.

Nose seems to bring a more American hop profile, fruity and a little citrus tropical fruit but not much, a mild grapefruit and tangerine like, before turning into a mild floral hop and grassy like, touch earthy, as the grapefruit really starts to get juicy and like a fresh spray of grapefruit, just a touch of sweet malt under all that. There is a hint of a lemony character, almost saison like lemon too.

Taste starts with more hops, not a ton of bitterness but lots of hop character, juicy hops with a lot of fruit again, with some citrus and tropical fruit like, little tangerine and some grapefruit again, little pith and rind, etc. Then hops turn a little floral and grassy, just a touch of earthiness. Malts are mild, little grainy toasty character, mild sweet malt like flavor but just enough to let the hops come through. Yeast seems to bring a hint of that fruity quality itself, and light cracker note. Hope turn slightly lemony as well. Finish dies off a lot, and as it does so the bitterness from the hops really take off, a rind like bitterness with more grapefruit pith, little tangerine, and touch earthy.

Mouth is med bod, little fluffy feeling, nice carb.

Overall mixed feelings, yes it's a pretty tasty beer, nice hop flavors, good malt character that really lets the hops shine but balances them nicely and keeps them in check, and finish brings a nice drying feel and long lingering bitterness. However, this isn't really an English IPA, much more American style hop profile and even malt profile, so I really don't know how to rate it, since I usually rate towards style I have to take off a couple points overall, but still a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head but it settles quickly, leaving a single layer of bubbles. Some initial spots of lace. The liquid is cloudy amber with a tinge of orange.

Smells slightly sweet. Very low hop smell. I detect a bit of alcohol.

This is a mello IPA without a lot of the elements I expect to find in the English version, meaning there isn't the strong caramel malt flavor. Decent peppery hop in the swallow. This is a subtle IPA, probably closer to a Mild or a Bitter. Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloudy, lighter orange color. Nice, hire head that retains pretty well. It leaves a lot of popped bubbly lacing.

A-Quite interesting. I get a whiff of lemongrass hoppiness. Hints of orange and florals too. Light, grainy malt background. Hops are definitely unique.

T-Again, the lemongrass/lemony hops are bright and vibrant. Light herbal hoppiness with more floral hops. Cracker and grainy malt balance.

M-Not sure what the ABV is the menu said 7.0%. I would be shocked because it drinks like a 4% brew. Sneaky bitterness. Tight, lively carbonation.

O/D-Mystic hits with this hoppy offering. They do a lot of neat Saison but they definitely have a knack for the hoppy stuff too.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich, almost-amber in color, which also might be identifiable as orange-brown. The beer forms a small head of tightly knit, eggshell white bubbles that fizzle away to a scrim and leave strands and sticky splotches on the sides of the glass. The beer appears opaque in body, with lots of light coming through, but no notion of the other side of the glass visible. No particles or sediment can be found in the beer. On the nose, the beer smells like candied pine and orange peels with a touch of grapefruit pith. The candied note comes from a light touch of caramel malts which give the nose some interesting nuances. Pine and pith are quite big, but are not overwhelming or bristling in anyway. On the tongue, the beer tastes properly bitter with a soft sweetness and a touch of acidity giving the beer a nice balance, while still keeping it bitter and IPAish (if that makes sense). Flavor begins as bitter orange juice, quickly working to pine and orange peel with a touch of caramel bread and some soft medicinal bitters. The finish is on the short side of medium in length, with bitter citric and medicinal pine flavors, while the aftertaste is slightly sticky with pine and pith flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a “thicker-watery” mouthfeel that makes it excellent to drink. Carbonation is gentle and a little fluffy on the tongue, and the mouth is left slightly dry with a soft sticky sense from the hops. Overall this beer is very nicely balanced, with a proper dose of bitters and enough of a sideshow to add complexity to the sip. This beer is perfect to drink, as it is a little heavy for sessioning, and far too light for sipping. Personally, I want a little more weight on the back end of this sip, but that might hurt the drinkability of this beer. The beer would also pair really well with pub foods, like spicy fries, buffalo wings, or potato skins. Mystic’s owner swears they won’t brew an IPA, but they’ve created quite a nice one here and I do hope they try for more. This beer will appease hop-heads and those looking for something that won’t assault the tongue. Try it for sure!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to wisps of foam on the top. Smells of spicy earthy floral hops and a hint of grapefruit pith. Light bit of diacytyl atop a light bready sweet sugary malt base. The flavor is bright with bitter hop flavor. Earthy citrusy hops meld with a crackery bready malt base. Light bit of diacytyl, ok for style. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice flavorful easy drinking pale ale.

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India Wharf Pale Ale from Mystic Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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