Spud Boy IPA | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Spud Boy IPASpud Boy IPA

Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mark on 01-25-2004

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 28
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tap-Magnolia Pub and brewery, San Fransisco- didn’t have too many notes on this. Hops are lemony and tangy, bit grainy as a lot of the beers from Magnolia tended to be. Thin and not very interesting. Not too bad though. Just a bit on the bland side..

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Photo of watermelonman
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a clear and light shade of amber, with a modest head. The head faded but did leave some lace.

A nice hop aroma comes through the smell. The taste brings pale malts up front with citrus across the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth but somewhat thin. It's definitely easy to drink.

After Prescription Pale and Proving Ground, this was a little bit of a downer. Still, it's decent on its own.

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Photo of Jonathanwheeler
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spudboy comes in behind their Proving Ground for Westcoast Ipa feel but as an English IPA the 2015 is very smooth a good amount of hops atypical English IPA and in that it excels.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the source.

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Photo of Mark
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color was a crystal clear amber, airy white head retained well, but lacing was sparse at best. Good malty aroma with a hint of hop wafting up. Taste profile was heavily grapefruit, I think I even tasted some passion fruit notes.Very different but nice. Mouthfell was rounded and a bit on the light side. Nice, enjoyable, refreshing, and drinkable. This brew pub makes a good cask ale.

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Photo of marcpal
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Magnolia gastropub in SF. This was my favorite offering of theirs, well done. Would like to try cask as well.

A: Light liquid gold, clear as day with active caronation. Fluffy cloudy bright white head.

S: Surely fruity with a tight hop aroma. Both sugar based and grapefruit essence.

T: Middle of the road grapefruit and citrus kick- not too west coast and in your face. For an IPA, very light and smooth and not overly bitter. Bready like a good notched up ESB, almost to the point of an English IPA.

M: Light body, not oily, and extremely refreshing on the tongue.

D: Superbly drinkable. The low abv helps out as well and good flavors accompanying some fine grub.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About a finger's worth of off white, soapy, foamy head. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a peppery/hoppy tang on the tongue. Finish was quite dry and nicely refreshing. Nose had a now-familiar minty aspect. There must be a new variety of hops coming on to offset the shortage. Warming, the finish got that spearmint flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Magnolia

A: The pour is a hazed amber color with a layer of foam that is off-white and leaves some mild lacing.

S: A mild citrus aroma, certainly leaning more toward the floral side, like you might expect from an English IPA. The nose is pretty light, so it shows off the flaws. Seems to be some urine, and perhaps buttery.

T: The hops are floral and earthy, which is nice. A bitterness that works well enough for this kind of beer, which is quite bread forward overall. There are a few hints of citrus peel, though.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Their IPAs just don't do much for me. Maybe because they're of the English variety, but I don't think that's the case...

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Toronado San Francisco. Poured a dark amber with a nice cask head that sticks around for an amazing length of time. Smells of grainy and earthy hops in equal measure and bready, fresh malt. The taste is very smooth and classic English style with restrained earthy hops and dry bready malt. Smooth and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber gold color body with a messy head of haze. Nose is lightly sweet, of fruit and fresh apples.

Taste is loaded with super mild fruit punch overtones that make it refreshing and drinkable. Not a hoppy IPA, not bitter or floral, more like a British mild bitter or pale. Notes of bitterscotch malts like I've come to expect in Magnolia brews. Cask-mellowed body and carbonation. Light sour breadiness. Yummy.

Lusciously mild IPA which seemed more like a pale -- especially being on the West Coast and all -- but perhaps it was the affect of the cask mellowing. Lowish ABV to boot.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light caramel color with a candied orange aroma.
The taste is a muddled candied orange/orange marmalade. It lacks the character of their Proving Ground as well as the hop kick.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stefan1234
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LittleDon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Magnolia.
Clear amber with a bit of carbonation and reasonably good head retention. Earthy hops and caramel aroma, but muted. Taste is similar to aroma, caramel up front, but with bitter earthy hop balance. Sweetness fades in middle with subtle hop bitterness taking over. Medium to slightly Med-heavy mouthfeel. A bit on the malty side for an IPA.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask version at Magnolia. Very typical English style IPA with earthy hops (assuming fuggles/EKG) and low-to-mid bitterness. A good malt backbone, soft mouthfeel. Overall a little above average, but nothing special. I often prefer cask, but it didn't add muchmuch to this one, in my opinion.

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Photo of spw109
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Magnolia brewpub. Clear orange color, only a LIGHT aroma of hops.

The flavor is hoppy like a strong pilsner, in fact I feel this is more pilsner than IPA. Despite the faint aroma and flavor there is a bitter aftertaste, so this had all the negative with none of the plus of IPAs.

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Photo of od_sf
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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