India Pale Ale | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Shiredave on 10-20-2002

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by jameswaldo:
Photo of jameswaldo
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like a quick high pour of bottle into pint glass to see how heaping I can get the head without it slopping over glass edge. A firm gelatinous foam with gluey viscosity can sit there bulging for a minute before it gets down below rim to let you delve for first sip. This is very pretty! Also helps get carbonation down a bit to prevent what would otherwise be overly fizzy mouth feel. Color is redder than usual copper IPA, an 18 on my SRM by winter snowlight filtered through dining room window; hop haze opaque the way I love it. Smells of good yeast and grass and citrus hops. Tastes a surprisingly wide range of bitter and mulchy hopblossoms around a light caramel malt toast politely balancing the bitter, with delish tongue-coating hop feel hanging on into persistent aftertaste. I'd love to keep some of this in my fridge IPA stock at all times, but it's a bit too expensive. This is brewed just 30 miles from my home in Ithaca; if I could get a 6-pack for $8, I'd be drinking it more regularly. Hops finesse in this IPA is unusually fine.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with some burnt orange tint with a one finger head that was gone quite quickly leaving a trace amount of lace seems pretty well carbonated.Citrus and pine are big in the aroma with some nutty malt in there keeping it from being to one sided,the taste is more hop subdude than the aroma but there is some definant hop flavors going on some hop resin and pine with a big firm nutty backbone finishing with a soapy note..A very well balanced AIPA hoppy but malty as well just a very solid offering.

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Photo of sponberg
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with an offwhite head.

A citrusy, hoppy nose leads to one extremely well balanced IPA - round maltiness laced throughout with citric, spicy, bitter, flowery hop notes. Definitely more than one variety here. It has a hop complexity on par with the malt complexity in a good Old Ale. An exemplary IPA - if you are a hophead, seek it out.

I did not know that this was a limited edition brew - nor that it used only NY State hops. Very cool. It's on at Mahar's in the Albany area - definitely need to sample it a few more times.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no freshness dating. Pours a nice rich clear honey golden color. Of white tiny buble head, leaving nice wispy lacing. Oh yeah this is the good stuff. Nose is bready, malt and resiny flowery hops. Medium body. Flavor hits the tongue immediatly, great hop character and malty glow. Full flavor and tasty. High quality and very enjoyable IPA. Anouther nice micro creation from NY state!

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear honey amber apricot colored with a frothy beige head that comes from a vigorous pour. Aroma of bready malt and understated hops, some lemon and metallic notes.

Even flavor of hops and malt, neither one dominates, fairly well balanced. Malty flavors seem a bit muted, maybe staled. Hops move from orange rind to pine and back again. Resiny pine hops linger. Some metallic and powdery notes.

Even mouthfeel, finishes somewhat dry and tingly. Decent drinkability, but I would like some fresher flavors.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery-amber with a rather smallish off-white head. Forms a nice sheet of lace on the surface.

Smells of hops, hops, and hops. Perhaps just a hint of ester.

Tastes like someone hit you with a hop vine. Starts a little sweet with hust a touch of caramel and then the hops just mug you. Lots of pine, grass, and citrus. Finishes a little dry with the burn going on and on.

Mouthfeel is quite moderate and enjoyable. Carbonation is noticed but not offensive.

Highly drinkable and I would think people who love IPA's would be all over this.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Calling your IPA "India Pale Ale" shows very little originality. Or maybe they're purists, which could bode very well for the beer itself. Doesn't really matter, let's pour...

Good-looking IPA, just as it should be: big fluffy head that lasts awhile sitting on top of a rusty pale-orange color. Leaves plenty of lacy trails on the glass too.

A fruity, sugary aroma hits the nose and stays there. Hops o'plenty, but nothing outstanding.

Flavor favors the hops, which have a grassy, rough, leafy bitterness. This would be overkill and one-dimensional in a lesser brewer's hands, but here the malts give a syrup-sweet backup, balancing, adding depth. Coarse bitterness meets candy-like gooey sweetness, along with a superbly creamy yet tingly mouthfeel which isn't too heavy or too thin. The almost exotic spiciness in the finish pushes this over the edge and gets close to "outstanding" territory.

The mouthfeel and hop-balancing sweetness almost veer into DoubleIPA-land. But not quite. This IPA stays true to its name. It's just plain delicious, but maybe due to its decidedly snappy bite and spicy finish, maybe not an IPA for all days and all seasons. I'm definitely bringing some back down to VA next time I head to NY.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very Bitter and salty and not as hoppy as expected. I think I kept it from becoming too cold and flattening the hops effect. I got a head. Maybe it was Premier Gourmet storing it too cold or old. Did not get the hops or citrus flavour expected from this brew or the IPA type. In a pinch, could go with juicy salty meat.

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Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last review wasn't so hot, this bottle definitely redeemed itself. This beer is about hops and it seems a little old school in taste. Its a deep, citrus tang of a bitterness. Like grapefruit and orange rind with nice, long aftertaste. Oddly, the mouthfeel is still a bit creamy. My guess would be that an english yeast strain was used and that there isn't any dry-hopping as there aren't any sharp hop flavors like many of the top-rated American IPAs, but there's still a nice lupulin punch. I should mention there is a hint of biscuity malt in the aroma and flavor, but that's just an afterthought. I guess I'd call this beer a big English IPA, or maybe an IPA stuck somewhere inbetween the American and British IPAs. Either way, its worth a try.

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Photo of kenito799
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a freshly-tapped keg at Red Newt Cellars Bistro, just down the road from Wagner, which closes at 4:30. Served in a pint glass.

Medium amber withj 1/2 inch beige head. Nice lacing lefton glass as beer is drunk.

Aroma with very pleasant pine and grapefruity hops notes. Underlying malt average, beer-y smell.

First sip has a sweetness and nice bitter hop flavors come in immediately to balance, and these bitter-sweet aspects go hand-in-hand during the whole taste. The finish is a bit shorter than I expected, as the hops are quite strong. Mouthfeel average, neither crisp nor creamy, nondescript, I would say.

A well-made beer in which attention has been paid to keep the hoppiness balanced. Successful, if a bit simple...tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of grahuba
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12/11...pours medium amber, on the lighter side, 3/4 inch white foam. Bready toffee nose. Sharp citrus. Sour citrus open, light bitter. Really light bodied, a little watery even. Small flavor, but easy and even if that's what you are after.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the winery/brewery complex in late July.

A: The IPA is a coppery brown color, rather clear even on the first pour. A small head, less than a finger, was easily accomodated in my Chimay glass. No lacing.

S: Plenty of caramel lingering around this beer. So much that it crowds out the hoppiness that I liked when I had it on tap.

T: Lots of caramel and just a bit of hops. The bready flavors are strong, mixing with the caramel for a full grainy body. Hoppiness comes late, blasting a flurry of flavor over the malts. The hoppiness isn't very strong although the bitterness lingers alongside the caramel. The hoppiness is weaker than I was expecting.

M: The mouthfeel is caramel malty, bready and sweet. The hops take second fiddle and never rise up.

D: A nice beer to sip on, just not hoppy enough for my tastes. That may actually aid the drinkability the more I think about it.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shippos for the chance.
Pours a hyper clear copper and amber color. Heavy foam of off-white leaves a thin trail of some spotty lace.
Aroma has lots of hay and grass notes with some caramel and citrus as well.
Flavor has lots of citurs, grassy/earthy notes and some caramel and subtle pine cones.
Mouthfeel is somwhat dry after the hypersweet citurs wears off as it is cut by a dry bittering.
Drinkability is fairly good. A bit too thin for style fo me but overal taste profile is pretty positive. Grows on you as you consume the beverage.

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Photo of charlesw
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber. Low cream head that doesn't last too long. Smells like hay a day or two after mowing (if it was hot and wet when mowed and is dry today. Um. Are you following me?). I taste... Citrus hops (flowery grapfruit) and citrus bitter. Awesome for these hot days of summer! Awesome that it's so readily availabe and at such a good price (support your local businesses!).

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Photo of nataku00
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Label seems to make this out to be English style IPA more than an American one so I'll treat it as such. Beer pours a clear dark bronze color with a finger and a half of off white bubbly head. Plenty of sticky lacing as the head recedes to a mix of small and large bubbles scattered across the surface and collar. Well carbonated, many tiny bubbles floating up.

Nose has light earthy and grassy hop aromas but mainly malty, with caramel and bread. Pretty weak aromas as well, unfortunately.

Definitely an English IPA with earthy bitterness initially, then a big malt backbone, biscuit, bread, caramel. Finish is medium with some lingering malty flavors and a big earthy and grassy bitterness drying out the tongue a bit.

Medium to full body with a thick syrupy feel to it. Pretty uncomfortable to drink with the big mouthfeel to this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPA's to date. I don't know what it is but I love it. Pours a dark orange with little bits of sediment floating around. A large amount of lacing and decent retention.

Smells of piney/citric and floral hoppiness and a yeasty spice.

Tastes of bitter earthy/floral hops but also citrus. Has a great lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of Drew88
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CountryRock2001
1/5  rDev -73.2%

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India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
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