India Pale Ale | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.85%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 07-31-2011

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head that dies to only a rim of bubbles. Surprisingly, it leaves some streaky lace. The liquid is deep amber color with a hint of haze.

Earthy aroma with a mild floral hop background.

The flavor is classic American IPA: lighter malt in the front of the taste, but the hop strong and peppery. The body is richer than most IPA's. The carbonation is appropriate. Long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of msanfe
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rayj212
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

This cask was apparently dry-hopped with Apollo hops. Nice. Things pour a slightly cloudy tawny amber topped by a bit more than a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises pineapple, sweet pine, light mint, buttery toffee, dry biscuit, light honey, and light mandarin orange. It's pretty fruity, but in a breathmint sorta way, and it's all balanced pretty well by some nice maltiness. The taste continues this idea of balance, with some biscuity caramel coinciding with that aforedescribed fruit salad, which is now met with a near-equal bit of straight pine. The body is a light medium, with a rather light carbonation and a fluffy, creamy feel. Overall, it may have been the cask-conditioning and the dry-hopping, but this was a very enjoyable IPA. Good times.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hinterland IPA pours eye-appealing burnt orange with light and foamy head. As the head recedes, small intricate lacing coats the glass. Holding the glass against light, the beer is extremely clear and has minimal carbonation.
The aroma that is released from this IPA is very reminiscent of citrus fruit, most notably tangerines and grapefruit. Expecting the traditional American "Hop Bomb", I was pleasantly surprised to smell the subtle hop character with an excellent balance of malt sweetness.
Hinterland's IPA is more English than American in style. The taste begins with malts coating your palate leaving a biscuity flavor and ends with grassy-earthiness from the hops. The citrus aroma that was present in the nose is somewhat masked from the grassiness, but due to the balanced flavor, the taste is very nice.
The mouthfeel is light-bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. These two characteristics combine for a very dry and crisp finish, which results in a very refreshing pint.
At 6.7% ABV and combined with the english influence of hop and malt kinship, Hinterland's IPA is very drinkable. Everytime I purchased a Hinterland product, my respect for this Midwest brewery continues to grow. If you see this in your local bottle shop, definitely give it a chance and make Packer fans proud of their local brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange amber. Thin head but tons of lace. Aroma is pretty baseline and simple. Some fruits but mostly caramel malts and some slight resinous hops. Flavor is straightforward. This is definitely a malt forward IPA, which is kind of an oxymoron. Too much malt flavor in my opinion. Caramel dominates. Resiny hops are there but just not prominent enough. Bitterness is low key. Good enough beer, just not what I'd expect from an IPA.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Third beer I've had from Hinterland. GB Baby! Solid IPA, golden with a frothy crown that laces well. Not overpowering West Coast style hops in the nose, but a decent bite. Good balance on the tongue in favor of the hop bitterness. Quite enjoyable, I'll buy this again if I can find it. Sessionable IPA, recommended.

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Photo of gonuts31
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper/dark orange color with a medium head, def looks very appealing in the glass.

I smelled a well balance between sweet, fruity tones and some lingering earthy tones.

Taste doesn't hit you with hops right away, but lingers at the end. I get most of the fruitiness flavors I like in an IPA at the end. Well balanced. I like the taste a lot. Not like your typical, all hops IPA. Doesn't leave that bitter taste in your mouth. Finishes very clean.

Heavy and smooth in the mouth. I think the balance of the flavor helps this aspect.

Now that this is offered in the Chicagoland area I'll definitely be seeking this brew out. I love the 16oz 4-Packs, bottles are cool shape too. Haven't been too excited about many WI breweries, but Hinterland has a solid lineup.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a vibrant, ruby-tinted, slightly hazy, copper coloring with a very low profile, foamy, big bubbled, off-white head that clings to the glass. Light citrus aromas dance upon a heavier note of caramel malt and some wet, fresh hops. Good balance in the nose. Flavors are very peppery hopped, with a dry feel to it, and a good foundation of grapefruit citrus sweet and a dark caramel malt sweet. Hopcentric, by far, but fairly well balanced overall. Round, smooth, and slightly astringent feel in mouth. The aftertaste is hops bitter and pepper spiced, with a tangy caramel sweet once again. The finish is a little slick, with a drying feel from the spice and hops. Very strong flavors and a very hoppy brew. I like it.

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Photo of Mikey58
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a deep amber color; bordering on light brown. Thick khaki head that settles down to leave a thin layer.
I don't get a huge hop aroma from this one, but what I get I like. Grapefruit, citrus, pine. Also very apparent from the aroma that this IPA will have a strong malt backbone.
This IPA will not knock you over with intense hop flavor, but it has a very apparent, bright, and complex hop flavor. In the middle the malts come out, and you get a definite toasted bread, caramel malt flavor. Then follows a pleasant bitterness and dry finish. Great mouthfeel. Not one dimension or thin. One of the richer IPAs I've had.
Overall, this IPA is extremely drinkable that boasts a pleasant hop character, strong malt body, and clean bitter finish. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of aparoche
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just bought a 4-pack of 16 ounce bottles at Binny's. I was excited when I heard that this would be distributed to Chicago. This beer smells amazing. Probably the best smelling IPA that I have drank. I also like that it is a bit more carbonated than most beers. It pours an amazing head. This tastes much more like an English IPA than an American IPA but it is still very good. I believe the ABV can be updated to 7% since that is what this is. Not my favorite IPA but definitely up there. I really likes the taste of this IPA and I would drink it again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served to me on tap into a standard pint glass, appears medium cloudy with haze and has a peachy / tangerine color to it. One finger of cream colored head leaves behind some mild lacing, but deflates kind of rapidly compared to other IPAs. As for aroma, this is disappointingly mild in strength for an IPA. I can smell mild citrus peel, an odd wispy pumpernickel bread scent hiding behind grassy hop tones....very strange as I don't think this beer has any rye in it.
Tastes of an understated pine bitterness paired with a standard bready caramel malt and some vague herbal grassy notes come through from the aroma, but still there is not as much complexity as I am used to in an IPA, I wish there was more to experience here. Body is on the thicker side of medium heft, but I would expect something this 'heavy' to have a heftier flavor to match the body. At least it is nicely creamy in texture.

In overview I agree with another BA before me that this one is more of an English IPA in feel than an American IPA because of how subdued the hops are, but even judged as an English IPA I feel that this one lacks a certain level of complexity that I have come to expect. Don't get me wrong, this is an OK beer, but it is only just OK, not "great".

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Photo of emerge077
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apparently a new arrival in the market, thankfully it will be fresh.

Bright and clear copper orange, thin wispy skim on the surface. Weak patchy blanket of foam that doesn't stick around more than a few seconds, oddly enough. Clinging string of bubbles around the edges, no lace. Ho hum.

Smells like dried citrus peel, orange mostly. Some light maltiness under that too.

Low level bitterness, it comes off more as an English IPA right off the bat. Mild, with more maltiness than hop character. Mild citrus rind, grassy pine bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's understated. Toffee, caramel, the usual specialty malt flavors with hops as second fiddle though there's some underlying spicy tea notes. Lower carbonation. Overall it's playing way too safe to be an American IPA, and leans more toward a milder English rendition. Not something i'd seek out again.

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Photo of cokes
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber-orange with a low-slung stained white head. It retreats towards the surface, but leaves a great deal of lace behind.
Crunchy, brown leaves, crusty bread, old pennies, caramel, toffee, dates, and a peppery grassiness dots the nose. It's not a particularly assertive aroma, and had this not just arrived in stores, I'd question it's age (and I felt the same about Hinterland's Pale Ale).
Into the mouth, it's wetly doughy and semi-sweet with caramel and Fig Newtons. Malt is the driving engine here with toasted and burnt toast breadiness with a splattering of sweeter nuances. A vague, stewed apple and date fruitiness gathers in the middle. It's like an ESB or Old Ale with hops that don't quite jive. They bring a moderately bitter, rusted tin and pine bark acridity, along with muddy smears of orange peel and dried leaf herbality.
The medium+ plus body adds some needed character. This is a weird one. It carries some rustic charm and is actually kinda drinkable once the acclimation process is complete. I can't recommend it as an IPA, English or American. It's like a buddy's off-base, but not racid homebrew. Fuck it, let's drink.
As a general rule: It seems that Hinterland's non-hop-focused offerings are the ones to seek out.

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India Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 140 ratings