India Pale Ale
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,045
Ranked #28,398
3.81 | pDev: 9.97%
Nebraska Brewing Company Production Brewery & Tap Room
Nebraska, United States
Very Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: Our India Pale Ale has a pronounced hop bitterness and wonderful hop aroma. The taste immediately gives away the high hop characteristics with malt aspects playing second fiddle to this fantastic example of the style.

72 IBU
Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 658 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pull off top can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger head of just off-white foam. The head has a great level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive in intensity with tons of tropical fruits of tangerine and papaya along with big hop aromas of a herbal and earthy nature. Along with these smells comes some rather strong vegetal smells as well as a bit of a harvest fruit smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a very doughy and bready flavor that has a great level of sweetness due to some tropical fruits of tangerine mixed with some caramel flavors. There is a herbal and vegetal hop flavor right from the start that grow stronger as the taste moves forward. Along with these hops comes some flavors of an earthy hop and a bit of hay. The vegetal flavors really amp up at the end, and with a touch of harvest fruit sweetness of pear, one is left with an oddly pleasant vegetal/herbal hopped, sweeter, and thicker malt taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a lower carbonation level. The feel really fits the thicker malt flavors and the odd hop and sweet tastes rather well, and actually seems to accentuate them and make them more approachable and enjoyable.
Overall – Now I may be an oddity, but I always sorta like a little bit of herb, earth, pine, and/or vegetable flavor in my IPA. It creates a more dank and interesting flavor profile for the brew (I am sorta tired of fruity and citrusy IPAs…). This is an interesting one that delivers many of the aforementioned qualities. I like it, but feel it will likely be a polarizing brew. Try it if you have the chance. You may like it, or you may not, but it is interesting any which way.

Jan 23, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

June 2019....bright and mostly clear copper with a high white foam if you let it sit. Faint floral nose. Pine too. Resin filled open and a sharp pine bitter. Smacks the palate. Like tree sap and bark together. Nice.

Dec 08, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours medium-amber and clear with a moderate head and lacing.

Citrus and resin aromas dominate the nose, with hints of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor follows the nose. Strong grapefruit and general citrus flavors forward on the tip of the tongue. Earthy and piney hops in midstream. Pale malts provide balance. A nice spicy finish with a hint of booze.

Medium-bodied and smooth, with a bit of dryness at the finish and plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a nice west-coast evocative offering.

Sep 01, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold and crystal clear body; gently rising carbonation; very thick and creamy white head. Fantastic pine and floral hop aroma. Berry taste with some herbal spiciness; light malt grain flavor; bread crust; well-balanced hop bitterness. Medium body; softly tickles the palate; primarily dry mouthfeel throughout.

My can was packaged on 03/15/19, yet despite its age, comes across in a very pleasant manner. Sure, the taste is mildly muted yet still has a lot of character and variety. Well-balanced and flavorful.

May 27, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

File under: beers I thought I already reviewed.

Pours a soapy yellow and amber color, 1/3" white head. Aroma seemed to be mostly/entirely bittering hops and crystal malt.

Taste, yeah, the commercial tug job ain't lying, they go for ibu bitterness more than flavor on this ipa. Chinook and Centennial seems to be utilized extensively, giving a solid floral grapefruit, tree and aspirin like bitterness with a heftier malt presence. The claim of Citra hops seems to be one of those "we used regular hops for 98% of the beer, but check it out, we dropped all of 2! hop cones of Citra in here you can't taste or smell!". Nothing citra wise seeming to be going on. Looks like Warrior hops also amp up the bitterness here.

Mouth feel just continues to beat a dead horse with its bitterness first, middle and always approach. Alcohol is slightly perceptible. I dunno, this was relatively average all around for me for the most part.

Apr 10, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can produced 7/17/18. Amber color with a half finger of white head. Smells of malt and floral/pine hops. Light, well carbonated feel. Taste has a malt base with big piney hop flavors and a dry/earthy finish. Great beer that nails the West Coast style.

Nov 03, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice with a big head. Good carbonation. Slightly hazy and a fair aroma with the hops. The taste is decent with the citra hops. Not powerful at all, nor bitter. It has a good mouthfeel with the carbonation. Easy to drink. Fortunately I got a six pack here in beautiful downtown Valentine, NE and I’ll be having another. The can’s cap removes completely and makes somewhat of a “glass” on its own. Kind of cool. Canned on 06/21/2018 “cansinthewild”

Aug 29, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can dated 3/15/18.

Pours a clear straw color with a thick, one finger, white head and soapy lacing.

The smell is slightly floral and piney with a malt background. There's also a little breadiness in there reminiscent of a pilsner.

The taste is very malty sweet with a little pine and a lingering bitterness. The malt overtakes the other flavors with pine resin a close second.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation, slight thick and oily.

Overall this is too sweet for me. I'm not a fan of the lingering pine bitterness either. But fans of west coast malty IPAs will probably really enjoy it.

Apr 26, 2018
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I can honestly say this is the first beer I've ever had from Nebraska. You just don't see many Nebraska beers out there. But I love the wide mouth can. Still not sure why more breweries aren't doing this.

Pours a cloudy apricot color with a nice one-finger head. Decent enough lace as the beer recedes. Lots of fruit in the nose (citrus, mango, pear) with a strong fruitcake scent and some pine. The taste is nice as well, with a strong emphasis on the fruit, with a very malty (almost syrupy) sweetness. Hoppy bitterness on the back end with mildly funky aftertaste. Moutfeel is a bit sharp and metallic, but mellows out some as the beer warms to room temp.

Overall this is a solid IPA. I am not sure what I was expecting, but this exceeded my expectations. I hope to find more Nebraska B.C. beers to try. Cheers.

Jan 30, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big pop top can that turns the can into more of a glass. Poured over to a pint glass nicely. They lose points on an indecipherable date code (they don't want you to know) but gain some back on a recommended serving temp (42 F).

Appearance: Frothy rocky head that holds a full finger and coats the side of the glass with lace. Glass is hazy gold with a little amber.

Aroma: Big hop presence, smells like a C hop, really like hop pellets, very potent.

Taste: Big hop flavor without a lot of bitter after bite. Pine, citric, earthy mix of alpha acid is backed by a pretty clean crystal malt base that gives a sugary coat to the hop assault. Orange peel finish is candied and lasting.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body triggers a chew, finishes fairly clean with a little oily residue.

Overall: Impressive. Old school IPA, west coast, taste fresh. You should like hops getting an IPA and this delivers. I'll look out for more.

Dec 28, 2017
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This a very good traditional west coast IPA. Appearance is beautiful- it pours a clear copper, deep golden with finger width head and strong lacing throughout the pint. Aroma of bread, citrus and slight pine. Taste is instantly well balanced leaning towards the bitter side: malt is definitely present with slight bready and caramel character that supports the hop flavor and bitterness well. Hops flavors are a range of citrus and pine. Bitterness is moderate to high, but perfect in a west coast way for the malt presence. Could use more hop flavor. This beer achieves what it seems intent on doing- being a good “drinking” American IPA. It is not quite world class, but definitely worthy of adding to your IPA rotation.

Nov 04, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clear light amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1" ivory head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the sides as it recedes slowly but visibly to evenutally leave behind an irregular thin island of foam and a bit of a ring around the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include citrus and pine resin with some tropical fruit notes and a bit of malt in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the citrus and pine resin up front. The tropical fruits and malt backbone noticeable but serves complement the citrus and resin. The malt backbone is enough to soften the bitterness of the hops but not to conceal them in any way.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly and crisp from the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the various hop flavors begin to fade away, leaving behind a nice dry slight bitterness to close the show.

This is definitely well made, hop centric IPA that I'd be happy to have again. It is a nice example of the West Coast version of an IPA once combination of flavors and aromas are mostly about the hops and their enjoyable flavor profile. The only thing I’d change about the beer is to have the malt just a bit more noticeable in the long ending in the back of the palate.

Oct 29, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/9/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.9%. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and quite refreshing to drink; despite the aggressively drying bitter finish. Insanely dank and vibrant hop character; great malt backbone with no residual sweetness. Great mix of Citra and resinous/rindy Columbus hop character. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 16, 2017
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden with white fluffy head. Nice lacing.
Smell is so odd and perhaps off. Muddied iced tea and field manure. Vegetable-like at best. Better taste this and quick. It's funny because the can art so far looks like what I'm picking up: a barrel-backed farmer working bent over a dirt pasture- but wait I realize it's an elephant! Oh now it REALLY makes sense. Seriously, it's almost like that old picture illusion of the elephant that also looks like something else when viewed a certain way. Anyway.
Taste is more Earth-malts and piney citrus. Something dark about this beer, dark bitter caramel (not sweet), and in a decent way for an IPA. The taste redeems itself from the aroma. I actually went from the little I poured into a pint glass to finishing most of the rest from the can. The iced tea malt flavor is more gritty and almost dank.
At least this one's somewhat interesting. Definitely assertive of itself, as the can descriptive suggests.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a good thirty seconds. Messy lacing stuck nicely around the glass. The smell had a decent blend of sweet caramel malts to bitter citrus hops. The taste was divided a bit as the bitter citrus came and went through the caramel malts. It didn’t seem to combine as well. A light citrus aftertaste bled into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a dry feel running over my tongue. Decent sessionability. Overall, well, if anything, everything seems to be there, mostly balanced.

Jun 20, 2017
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K-Baum from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like that bitterness that is for sure there, then fades fairly quickly, this is your beer. The beer is great, but what puts it over the top is the tech of the can. Love being able to remove almost the entire top. See it? Buy it.

May 03, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single at Beers and Cheers Too in Gaithersburg. Pours an awesome bright orange body with a big head that dies slowly and leaves amazing lace. Aggressive nose with alcohol and pine and herbal and medicinal notes on the side.

There is plenty of dark malt here, and the hops offer mostly pine and medicine, which makes the flavor fairly harsh until the finish, where it finally mellows. Not much for citrus or other notes either. The alcohol comes on like thatr of a much bigger beer. The texture is thick, but not enough so to coax the flavor back to enjoyable.

This isn't really bad, just not very interesting and not to my personal taste. Of the hundreds of American IPA's I have had, this is easily in the bottom quartile. Not in any hurry to try this again.

Mar 15, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has vegetal, grassy, slightly dank hops and some malt in the background. Taste starts with slightly nutty malts and vegetal hops. Finish is earthy and bitter with some toasted malt flavor. Medium to light body with smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a pretty good IPA leaning more towards the old school style.

Aug 03, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(On tap, limited notes)

Copper color, nice head.

Onion, caramel malts, fresh pine on the nose.

Lots of caramel and onion to start, a very bitter and bready finish. Bitterness in spades.

Feel is dense and equally carbonated. Semi dry finish.

A solid effort but one is enough for me.

Jul 25, 2016
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A - thick foamy white head lots of lacing. Thin clear green tea body. 3.5

S - citrus bitter goya 3

T - bitter then sweet then bitter again. Tree bark then molasses then right back to plant pesticide bitterness. 3

M - just right. Smooth creamy. Foamy. 4.25

D - for an IPA pretty good but not sessionable. 3

Jul 17, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Surprisingly dark. A nice look with a very clear almost copper hue. A fairly aggressive pour produced a one-finger off white head that settled quickly into a wispy cap, leaving some nice tracks behind. Big citrus aroma on the nose, with grapefruit, orange, some pine, and some dry malt. No toffee or caramel, but definitely more malt than I'm used to. The taste was as expected - no surprises - bitter grapefruit up front, followed by orange, pine, resin, and a prominent bready malt presence. A hint of caramel but not sweet. Very bitter with a clean finish. I like this better as I go - a nice classic West Coast IPA.

Jun 12, 2016
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WittyBeerReference from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a one-of-kind can. My first review I prefer IPA's. That should count for something. ;) This beer actually got me to register an account! Simply put, its not world class but worthy of higher BA SCORE (currently 86) Its an outstanding beer rather than the current rating of very good. Admittedly, I care less about look, smell or feel. I prefer rating by taste. Its a great tasting IPA. The pop top can is very unique as well. Simple joys, simply put. In other words its good enough where I would seek to find and try their other beers if ever in Nebraska area (I enjoyed this one in San Antonio, Texas purchased from an HEB grocery store there). Keep venturing out!

May 24, 2016
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frasergrove from California

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely the weirdest can opening I have ever seen - more Campbell's soup than standard beer can pop opening. In any case - rich amber bronze body with a thick resinous head. Light haze level. Balanced nose, definitely some malt up front, but earthy and light pine hops follow. Nice smooth bitterness that sticks around a bit at the end. Some juicy sweet flavor as well, but not overly cloying. A nice IPA!

May 20, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nebraska India Pale Ale has an extremely thick, creamy, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly (etched tasting glass), amber appearance, and profound lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet (but, not overly sweet), strong, bready malt and rich hop resins (fruity, but not in an effeminate way. The citrus note stands to attention). Taste is of rich, sweet (not sugary) white bread and bashing and admirable bitterness. Citrus- yes. Canned pineapple? No. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Neberaska India Pale Ale finishes dry and memorable.


Apr 07, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color with a big two finger beige head that falls slow and laces really well.

Aroma is good fruity overripe citrus notes, nice pine mingled in a good caramel malt base that seems to ad its own fruit notes.

Taste is wow big malt base partially caramel with some toasted notes. Hops are bitter grapefruit rind, good pine notes more like deep seated bitterness not bright like i seem to prefer. Pretty good for a malt forward IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium pretty average carbonation.

Overall not bad just not my favorite style of IPA.

Apr 04, 2016
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