Proving Ground IPA | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Proving Ground IPAProving Ground IPA
BA SCORE
71.1%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 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:
#11,108
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
149
Liked:
106
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
10.36%
Alströms:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 48
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch orange white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of sweet malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. An assertive bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but the bitterness is pretty assertive and distracts from the flavors somewhat.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

From the cask this is frothing white excited and flashy. Despite its cloudy muted color, the look is aggressive and has a great rush of micro bubbles. Nose and tast of classic hop strains with that classic cask conditioned mellowness and an assertive but palatable bitterness. Juicy fresh for a cask beer, colder than others, still refreshing. A bigger brew too, tons of body and a long finish. Cut grassy finish, bitter, half English. Overall this may be the best cask IPA I have had, hitting the best if both worlds perfectly. Magnolia is really impressing me!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy honey colored body with no head or lacing

Smell: All cascade hops on the nose

Taste: Hops, hops and more hops, with a little bit of sweet malt balance on the finish - what would you expect with 100 IBUs

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the overwhelming bitterness, a quite refreshing brew

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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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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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4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12/23/04- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a random pint glass.

Appearance- Small 1/2 inch head, cloudy apricot pour and decent lacing.

Smell- Lovely hops o'plenty fill the air. A bunch of grapefruit in the face.

Taste- Very comparable to El Toro IPA except just a tad less in your face. But, that could be a good thing also. Much fruity hopped goodness.

Mouthfeel- I thought this was on cask because it was so lightly carbonated. About as perfect as one can get.

Drinkability- Ranks right up there as one of my top IPA's. Damn good brew. Will have several more in my future since the bar that brews it is right down the street from the Toronado. Score one for Magnolia.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had this beer in some time and was overjoyed to see it at the Oregon Beer Festival. This is a very hoppy IPA, but is also very different from the hop monsters you see here in Oregon. There was less of the citrus and pine smell, and more of a nutmeg, cinnamon and alspice nose. I assume that Magnolia must use a different blend of hops then what I normally see around here; no matter, it was a fabulous hoppy beer none-the-less. I was a bit surprised to see the IBU at 100, for while this beer was quite hoppy, it was nicely balanced with malt and didn't come across as over the top by any means. It didn't taste anywhere near as hoppy as the Pliny or Green Mamouth at the festival. This beer is very drinkable, and I could easily see myself knocking back 2 or 3 pints before I even realized they were gone.

One more reason to stop by for a visit next time I'm down for the Far Side 10K.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Magnolia. Poured a medium amber, head retention was excellent though once again lacing was not that prevalent. What an outstanding aromatic brew! A hop field right under your nose. Taste profile was riddled with grapefruit notes, even some orange peel was detected. Very long lingering complex finish. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is right on. Great IPA

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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Falling Rock, Denver. 10.2.14

Super bitter and dank next to the Pliny.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Orange color, good head. Aroma was slightly floral and piney, not bad. Flavor was bitter and hoppy, citrus, not much dank though so I really didn't feel this was a true west coast style IPA. Yes it was hoppy but didn't have that certain something you get from say a Pliny or an Alpine. Still, a decent IPA and one I would probably buy a bomber or sixer of.

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4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serve in a 20 ounce glass at the brewpub.

A: Light off-white head. The beer is gorgeous, clear and brilliant orange.

S: Strong hops...Cascade? Balancing bready/caramellish malts (Marris Otter?). Very nice!

T: I suspect English hops have infiltrated my IPA, but I don't mind so much. This a darn good beer, full of earthy, spicy hops. Bitter end taste highlights the excellent dry malt balance in the main taste.

M: Full, thick, carbonated, excellent-strong.

O: Recommended; solid beer. I would have it again. Great with food.

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Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 71.1% out of 100 with 149 ratings
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