Proving Ground IPA | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Proving Ground IPAProving Ground IPA
BA SCORE
3.86/5
149 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:
#11,275
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
149
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 48
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of bboven
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow which is too light for the style.

All I smell are hops; Magnum or Chinook most likely, no malt backbone in the aroma.

It tastes like drinking hop tea. There is no malt flavor in this beer, it would even be too hoppy for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is the only thing stylistically correct about this one.

I would not get this again. It made my mouth pucker to drink it.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a plastic cup at Off the Grid in SF

A - copper to tannish body, very little head or activity
S - Very citrusy, some mild toasted sugar and biscuit
T - Hops are a bit overpowering for me, needs something to balance out the bite
M - Sticky and oily, not really for me
O - Not my beer, but it happens

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Photo of jcruelty
3/5  rDev -22.3%

I love Smokestack as a place to hang out, but I haven't yet found a Magnolia beer I really love...

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.14/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Proving Ground IPA is the workhorse of the Magnolia Pub and Brewery; it's moderately priced ($6/pint for SF is average) and always available. English hops, low carbonation, maybe a nitro mix on tap here to make everything palatable to the restaurant goers. I get the feeling that this place is more about food, vibe, and profit than quality of the beer. Proving ground is by far the best beer they have, and I only rate it slightly above average. Most beers are in the 4-6% alcohol range and just watery representations of english or german styles.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[email protected] Pub and brewery, San Fransisco. Cascade and pine are the main flavours, typical US pale in many ways, some sweetness at the start finish dry and medium bitter. Not too bad, decent balance, probably one of the better beers at Magnolia, quite tasty.

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3.32/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kdog630
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was not as impressed as others may be with this one. It looked good in the glass with a darker amber color and nice head and lacing. The hops were really there in the aroma so I was really looking forward to drinking this one.

Unfortunately, I felt they were more concerned with kicking the BUs up to 100 while neglecting the malt. I'm a hop-head by nature, but there has to be a certain balance. This beer didn't really have it for me. I was much more impressed with the Prescription Pale.

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3.36/5  rDev -13%

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3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freed
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from OBF2006.

Light golden body, nice thin white head, mild carbonation.

Excellent hop aroma - bright citrus and floral, clean smells.

Taste also highlights a wide and clean variety of hops - from citrusy to almost meaty/fleshy. No malt backup or body to buttress the hoppiness though, so the taste kind of trails off with a limp body. Easy to drink, but not too satisfying.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Magnolia

A: The pour is a light copper sort of color with a nice layer of off-white foam forming on top.

S: A moderate citrus aroma from the hops along with some floral notes coming through. There is a sharp note of alcohol at times, which is never really appealing. A bit of toasted malt hits the nose which is a bit more reminiscent of an English style IPA.

T: Mostly oranges in terms of the citrus but there's a bit of grapefruit peel in there as well. More floral hops are present, too, as are some pine notes. It seems this is just a bit watery, too.

M: The body is just about at medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not overly hoppy or bitter, which I can deal with, but they advertise this beer as having 100 IBUs, which is just so far from the case. A mediocre IPA.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask in an imperial pint glass at Magnolia on 5/22/11.

A: No head & cloudy gold in appearance, even after beer has settled.

N: Fairly weak scent of peach & light lemon.

T/M: Bitter hop flavor comes in first followed by a light sweetness from the malt. There are lingering citrus notes after the finish. The beer's carbonation is a little on the low end for a cask style, but definitely within appropriate range. Beer finishes fairly dry with, as I stated above, a lingering light lemon-pepper flavor.

Beer is okay, but not the best strong IPA i have ever had on cask. Usually the dry hopping is featured a bit more when on cask, but this seems a bit weak on the nose. I actually prefer this one on draft a bit more.

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3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 149 ratings
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