Proving Ground IPA | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 48
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dowlers
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Magnolia brew pub.
Look: burnt gold, orange. Very appealing colour with good thick off white head. Clear.
Smell: faith pine.
Taste: big and bitter. Hops have a tropical sweetness quality. Not much malt at the end.
Feel: smooth, medium carbonation.
Overall: A really good solid IPA. I was expecting more of an English style IPA after seeing their other beers but this is definitely a big hoppy West coaster. Solid for the style but lacking the smoothness and subtlety of Pliny or Sculpin. I would definitely drink again should I find myself lucky enough to come across it.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthSideSean
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.32/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jcruelty
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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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Photo of Razonulzer
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Mhiller
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Trix247
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Proving Ground IPA from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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