India Pale Ale | Pedernales Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Pedernales Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DavidST on 10-11-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Fusilierquattro
2.16/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Staying at the hilton in San Antonio. The only IPA they had is this. So I get presented the bottle. No beer glass. Oh well. Immediately from about twelve inches away my nose picks up a lager smell. Not hops. Smells like I just cracked a Shiner Bock. Take a drink... And sure enough it feels like a rich American lager, like a dark lager. Tastes like one too. Finishes just like a lager with a lingering lack of crispness. I didn't detect any real hoppy bitterness. No hoppy aroma or tastes. So.. It's a pretty good American lager as far as those go, but I honestly wouldn't call this an IPA. That was my big issue with it. Not a pale ale and certainly not an IPA.

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Photo of utfiero
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Color- clear gold with medium head that quickly settles.

Aroma- mild hops with citrus notes and wiff of honey.

Taste- A very mild IPA (an IPA with training wheels). Overall more of a hearty lager than an IPA. Leaves a pleasant and lingering mild citrus hoppiness in the aftertaste.

I have nothing against Pedernales Brewing. My low rating simply reflects my perspective on this sub-par brew as compared to all the other IPAs on the market.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 1/27/2013.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.27/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Rather hazy medium brownish-yellow, with a moderate off-white head, which retains well. Thick, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Moderate piney hops dominate the aroma, but do not overwhelm. Moderate, lightly toasted pale malt and light fruit aromas are present as well. That being said, the aroma is more like that of an American Pale Ale (APA).

Taste: Moderate pine tar hops open the taste, followed by bready pale malt, caramel, and hints of light fruit. As the taste progresses, the hop bitterness intensifies, never quite overwhelming the solid malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with moderate carbonation zest.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable, example, perhaps a bit understated.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.34/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light copper and crystal clear with mild carbonation and a fluffy white head surrounded by a semi dense wall of lacing.
The aroma is light overall but hops and grapefruit do come through. Honey and banana also come through as it warms up.
Bitter toward the corners of your mouth, some citrus zest flavors are present. Mild lemon zest flavors make the aftertaste memorable.
The carbonation is lively, this medium bodied IPA warmly envelopes your tongue with.
Mildly bitter and the citrus really come through in this IPA, overall not bad, I would love to drink on a hot summer day. This would make a good introductory IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

6% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange & white label and branded pry-off black/silver pry-off cap acquired at a local corner mart and served into a conical Pinthouse pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, with which I haven't had much experience. Reviewed as an IPA for obvious reasons.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Head retention i above average - about 3-4 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but little sticks.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. Clean looking; there's no visible yeast sediment or dregs.

Overall, it's a pretty standard IPA appearance. Far from unique or special. I don't notice any flaws. i'm optimistic.

Sm: Pleasantly fruity - peach and pear mainly. They're light, but they're there. There's also plenty of butterscotch, as well as some sweet caramalt and pale malt. Has some nice floral hop character but no discernable hop bitterness. Cotton candy/candy floss. Bubblegum. Sweet breads. Corn adjunct.

Hopheads will note the absence of piney, nectary, citrusy, oily, et al character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma in a general sense, but for an IPA it's a bit lackluster. In spite of its notable lack of real hop notes, it's an enjoyable clean scent and I'm excited for the first sip. Above average but mild in strength.

T: Sweet malts (caramalt, pale malts, and bready malts), strange bubblegum and cotton candy notes, and butterscotch. I do get a peck of grapefruit but there's no accompanying bitterness. Indeed, this beer has no real hop bitterness at all, falling pretty far on the sweet end of the spectrum. I do wish it had more hop flavour than that bit of grapefruit and its underwhelming generic floral hop notes.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

It's a cohesively built flavour profile with some likable elements, but it largely fails as an IPA. Still, I'd take this over many of the overly bitter offerings in the style, and I do think even without much hop character it boasts better balance than many popular IPAs. It's not horribly complex, subtle, nuanced, or intricate, but I do like it for what it is and outside of style conventions it's pretty likable stuff. I could see many reviewers giving this much higher scores if it was reclassified as a different style; I'm not sure that should be the case.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Buttery. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. It's got a light bite to it. Would be better softer and creamier. Medium-bodied. Decent weight.

Not gushed, oily, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.

It doesn't have a very good presence on the palate, but it's pretty average overall. It doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to this taste, but the texture suits this flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. This is best reviewed outside of style conventions. IPA fans aren't advised to purchase this, but for those who like beer in general, this'll fit the bill. Hides its ABV well enough. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, but it's too far below average.


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Photo of wejohnsn
3.94/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this HEB in Killeen, TX about 2 hours from Fredericksburg where it is made.

Poured into a mixer glass from a 12 oz bottle. Amber in color nice head. smells good. Does not taste like a typical IPA. It has some hops and a hint of ruby red grapefruit minus the natural sweetness and with out the normal bitterness that is expected in an IPA. In the back of my mouth i could taste something familiar but unrecognized yet very yummy. I do like a bitter IPA and this is not bitter but I still like it.

I think this is something I would want to recover with after my next marathon.

I am eager to try the other beers made by this brewer.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

You wouldn't mistake this for an IPA after the first sip. It's hard to approach a review of this since it's really not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to share the attributes of what an American IPAs seems to be these days. It's more on the malty side than a hop showcase.

A little fruity and rather malty. Some pleasant aroma of fruit cocktail and malt. A little grainy with a slight bitter edge. I don't taste much hop flavor, but there is some bitterness toward the end. Not too much carbonation in the mouth.

Really quite drinkable, but it's more of a Maibock than an IPA. Poured from the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg, TX.

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Photo of coldriver
2.46/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a light amber with quickly dissapating head. Not much in the way of hops detected in the aroma - more in line with a American Adjunct Lager. Taste is somewhat bitter, but certainly no hint of citrus, pine, resin, etc that is required for the style. Malt backing is corny and watery. A decent "kick" on the finish but the aftertaste is astringent. If Lonestar tried to put out an "IPA" this is what it might taste like. Down the drain with this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow, slightly amber glass holds a quarter finger white head that laces the glass in full curtains.

Smell: I tried not to be too disappointed. Light corn with a very muted earthy hop note, nothing near American IPA standards, mild even for an English IPA. A white bread yeast note also has a yawn factor.

Taste: Yeah, this is an American lager flying a false flag. Corn/rice base is too light to pick up the slightly malt liquor alcohol notes. The hops just aren't there, the total package is actually on the sweet side of balanced where it should be firmly into the bitter.

Mouthfeel: Watery with a sharp prickle of carbonation. Oily and hot.

Overall: Sigh, I got the full 6 pack. Well, I'll share it with friends and I was happy to see another brewery in the Republic. I'll try to find a Hefe in a single to give the brewery another chance, but based on this, it's going to be tough.

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Photo of homebrewedchristian
2.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color, with a nice bubbly head that dies off relatively quickly, which is expected from most IPA because the oils from the hops don't usually keep head retention well. I was a little surprised though that I was not really getting much of anything on the nose. I was fighting to even pick up some malt. There was hardly any hop aroma whatsoever.

However, at first sip, I was introduced to every beer drinker's friend..Hops!!! Granted, it's not a palate wrecking hop bomb (I'm not sure what the IBUs is) but it's a nice bitterness that would probably please your average run of the mill craft beer drinker, and maybe even some marco drinkers as well. With that said, I'm sure most people on the West Coast would probably thumb their nose at this beer because they probably eat a bowl of hops for breakfast with Stone's Ruination IPA as the milk .*Sighs* The malt comes in at the end, with a nice relatively clean finish with a slight bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue.

Overall, not an amazing beer, but not bad. It's not the best IPA I've ever had, but it's by far not the worst. At 6% ABV having a few won't absolutely kill you, but it's not the beer you would want to start your night with.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.78/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, golden color with a miniscule wisp of white head, even with a fairly aggressive pour.

Nose is more malty than hoppy with light caramel and grains leading the way. No matter how hard I try, I cant pick out any

Taste is caramel malt, touch of butterscotch...and still no damn hops. This is weak sauce indeed. Amber ale, maybe...Pale Ale, meh, thats pushing it...IPA? Hellz to the no. Label says established in 2012...if they are not careful, they will be extinct by 2013. Mouthfeel is tannic, husky and undercarbonated. Basically this beer sucks, one of the worst beers from the lone star state, and thats saying something!

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a nice amber color with a short lived off white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are light a little caramel mild pine hops. The feel is medium. The taste is okay a little light you get the medium almost English ipa type of hops followed by some caramel malts.

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India Pale Ale from Pedernales Brewing Company
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