Proving Ground IPA | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
155 Ratings
Proving Ground IPAProving Ground IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States
magnoliapub.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of Magnolia's most-loved and asked-for beers, an over-the-top IPA we've been brewing since 1999. It's a hybrid, built around English Maris Otter malt and fermented with our English ale yeast but then packed with a powerful hop charge like an American IPA, including big dry hop character. American hops dominate but Maris Otter comes through with a malty counterpoint in a way not often found in this style of beer.

Added by Mark on 01-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,930
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
155
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
Trade:
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold straw color. Not much on the aroma front - smells like a standard IPA. Taste is clean with mild hops and malts. Big beer as far as ABV goes but no alcohol heat. It's labeled as a British hybrid - can't detect much of the standard butterscotch notes common to the British style so not sure how this lives up to its description. Not a bad beer - nothing ground breaking but definitely a nice IPA. Reminds me of an East Coast style.

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Photo of Noelito76
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NixTL
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have had this at the brewery in the Haight/Ashbury district as well at the Bistro's ipa festival. Old school orange is the color, here comes the maris otter! 3/5" white head. Aroma is dry hopped but its still older proprietary C hops I believe.

Taste was decent, plenty bitter and hoppy, that grapefruit and pine combo is a classic one. The maris otter and crystal malt is working overtime from a land before (beer shitlord) time. Malt almost has that earthy woody feel to it compared to a diet of hazy low ibu flaked malt beers. I dunno if bc they used an English yeast that they thought it should be lower carbonation? I dunno. Its not terribly low carbed like a cask, but it does seem to be lower than I would like it, especially in conjunction with the heavier malt usage for an ipa here.

I like it and its a good throwback overall.

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Photo of summitsix
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into tulip glass
Wayne’s Basement 03/29/18 is printed on the bottom of the can

L: Hazy golden orange, delicate white lacing spread across the top
S: Dank hoppy goodness
T: Wow, peach, mango, passion fruit, bright, very well balanced by the proper malt background
F: Very pleasant, easy to drink
O: This is a wonderful representation of a West Coast Syle IPA. It does everything it should (cheers!)

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Proud to be 49th review of this gold standard, since '99.
a) Hazed dark gold color indeed, sending up a 1 finger frothy, creamy head, that fractures onto shards of coverage and lace.
s) Too faint, but sharp speciality hops and malts that bring welcome cutter ship from San Fran to China kind of a brew, West meets English.
t) Ample following of the smell, if you like strongly bitter and malty, with lots of piney, cedary, woody notes, this is for you. Immaculate wood shop sharp, tight finish.
f) The finish makes this woody brew, with ample carbonation and mid-twisting weight.
o) Highly original, hugely flavorful, try 24.

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

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gefinley
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

A Hybrid of sorts but clearly leaning more American due to the hopping. Mildly hazed pale golden color, lacing stays around for a while. Aggressive hop nose of harsh citrus rind, dried grapefruit peel, hemp seeds, & tobacco. A whole lot of bitter here which I can really appreciate, no worries on wondering if this is an IPA. This is truly what West Coast IPAs are about IMO.

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Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dannydetox
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

unfiltered orange-amber colored brew poured from a 12 oz sample bottle numbered batch #210. plenty of minute particles suspended in this beer. noseis faint - a little pink grapefruit, some toffee, something reminiscent of amaretto maybe, too. more grapefruit on the palate, and some nuttiness along with a dark breadiness-pumpernickel thing going on. carbonation is low, which detracts from the feel to me. the flavor was surprising at first, but grew on me as it warmed up ever so slightly. probably better off their taps. bitter finish let's you know this is an ipa, albeit with a more noticeable malt body.

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Photo of wlynch
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jack-ruby
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bisonfort
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great hoppy high alcohol IPA. Had draft at cliff house

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Photo of PabloSanDiego
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jebrew
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnsfolly
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sunilmallya
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cvdl42
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Hopsy - San Francisco, CA - growler poured into glass

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeerprincess
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of crobinso
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 155 ratings