India Pale Ale
Fair State Brewing Cooperative

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #490
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,997
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
144
From:
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
 
Minnesota, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  19
SCORE
90
Outstanding
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 144
Reviews by Tricerahops:
Photo of Tricerahops
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold / light orange color with a less than one finger white head. The aroma has grapefruit, grapefruit zest, and some pine. Kind of a subdued aroma.

Tastes much like it smells with grapefruit, citrus zest, and a little pine. Just like with the aroma, the taste is also subdued. There is no bottled on date, so I can't tell how old the beer is. I will grade it as if this was a fresh out of the bottle beer. If this is fresh out of the bottle beer, it lacks something.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. This is pretty much an average beer across the board.

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Photo of maximum12
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Loved the beers from Fair State we’ve sampled in their tap room, so happy to see a (reasonably priced!) bomber show up on shelves. 22 ounces split with my wife.

The pour is unfiltered orange/yeller. Hard to get anything up the nose, determined sniffling leaves me with nothing but an urge to blow my nose. Mild sweet malts, light fruitiness. Not much going on.

Fair State IPA is a continuation of a distressing local trend – the difficulty good tap rooms have translating those beers into a quality bottled product. The wonderful citrus notes so evident on tap have gone MIA, this trends towards the earthy, damp maple leaf side of the hop. Chorus of moderate bitterness provides a bit of pleasure, which is quickly overrun by the malts. Fine in the mouth, but my wife has already declared she’ll be leaving her nine ounces & moving on to a cuter brew.

The difference between this & the tap version is night & day. This is flat, relatively tasteless, with zero sex appeal, while on tap it was zesty, tasty, lovely. I might re-review if I have it on tap again, but I will avoid these bottles. Not a good beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very "traditional" American IPA aroma of grapefruit, orange and pine. The taste is similar, with a nice toasted malt backing, and ample bitterness at the finish. Very dry and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. This isn't like most new IPAs with the crazy tropical notes, this is like a 90s throwback, and a damn good one.

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Photo of mikerieder
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guezarka
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great look, smell, look, mouth feel and finish. Got a bomber at Elevated and it was better than Surly, Ode, Let It Ride, and Bent Paddle, which were all awesome, but second place to this beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hints of tropical fruits. Taste is dank, citrus, light malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing and solid beer.

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Photo of warmbier804
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ystazi
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, but not enough pop for this guy. For entry-level IPA-ers, probably a good choice

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Photo of JDizzle
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkhartnett
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap – strong citrus and pine aromas rise from the glass. It pours brilliant pale gold under a thin, white head. Has a grassy palate with fruit, citrus and pine. The hops are mild – as much for flavor as bitterness. Medium body and carbonation but finishes crisp and dry with a hint of tartness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of andrew8626
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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India Pale Ale from Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 144 ratings