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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Falling Rock, Denver. 10.2.14

Super bitter and dank next to the Pliny.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: light orange. Crystal clear. Medium head; thick foam.

S: mango. Pine. Mild aroma, but clean.

T: pine followed by malty, bready goodness. Bitter hangs on for a bit.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body.

O: decent IPA. Not stellar. Would be better if the bittering hops were different. A bit too much of a lingering funkiness. But I guess this is Haight/Ashbury.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of drew74
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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