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
Photo of irishkyle21
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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 stegmakk
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy light copper with an off white head tht diminished but left decent lacing.
Aroma was oh so nice. Bread/pine/hay kinda mixture.
Taste was well balanced with a nice piney hop hit and a hint of sweet finish with a nice subtle bitter. Great mix of flavors.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin and not oily enough.
Drinkability...keep em commin...great beer...I am picking up more this weekend. It is a beer I can drink everyday...multiple times a day

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Photo of Shiredave
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer worth seeking out. This limited release , keg only New York Hop IPA is sure to be a hit and may see increased production if they.... have enough hops. New York state was the countries largest producer of hops in the 1800's untill a blight killed all the vines .
Wagner Valley IPA is the first beer in over 100 years to use only NY grown hops. The varieties are Kent Goldings, Cascade and Northern Brewer in the boil if I remeber the info sheet correctly. At 6 % alc / vol it is nicely potent but not over the top. Deep orange /gold color, a bit dark for style, slight protien haze on draft. Tight, off white head, dense, creamy and clingy. Amazing cascade aroma, lots of oranges and lavender, hints of honey and alcohol, perfect balance of medium to full bodied malt flavors, great woody / citrusy hop flavor and solid, pleasant, lip smacking bitter aftertaste. A Hopheads dream beer! A truly fine example of an IPA IMHO and now it seems is in regulal production due to high demand. Hop Heads unite! Save the IPA"S!

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Photo of muletrane
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice 2 fingers of creamy dense off white head. Lots of nice lacing all over my glass.

S: Nice floral hop nose with a touch of malt. Nice citrus notes as well.

T: A touch of malt and then the hops come in. Lots of Hop character in this IPA. Floral and citrusy. A Hop-Head delight! Hops up front and in the finish. Nice bitterness in the finish but not too dry.

M: Medium/Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness through out. Nice!

This is a great IPA for folks that love them floral and hoppy. One of my favorite IPA's from one of my favorite places to vacation.

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Photo of ejacques
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample bottle from my Hudson Valley beer crawl in September. Thank you Half Time!

Smell - To me, grass and floral notes stand out. One of the best smelling beers I have had, maybe not spot on for an IPA, but then again, I am not a huge IPA guy.

Taste - Well balanced flavor. Hop bitterness is dominant at first, but then quickly fades to show off the malty backbone to this brew. Hops do not overpower.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied brew. Very crisp and clean on the palate. Definitely leaves me wanting more.

Drinkablility - Easy drinker. Very easily could be my "session" IPA.

Appearance - light copper hue. Disappointing head could be affected by the glass I poured it in.

Overall - I think this is one of my favorite IPA's, but many may find it more like an APA. Please Wagner Valley, start distributing to MASS.

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Photo of goz
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep clear amber, with a good sized fluffy tan head that somewhat lasts, leaving good lacing. Aroma has caramel, toasted grain, and a good strong amount of floral, citric, and piney hops. Flavor starts a little sweet and bready, middle is a bit spicy, ends with a strong wallop of hops. Medium body. Thanks again to jah noth.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head above the clear copper brew. Head is frothy and strong, with superb lacing. Aroma is a nice clean piney citrus, with indication of some malt backbone to balance. Taste is smooth malts, with hops character moving in and cranking up the radio, but only to 6 or 7. nicely balanced for an AIPA, which I have to appreciate. This balance makes the mouthfeel and drinkability excellent as well. Good one!

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Photo of John
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What we have here is the complete package...sort of like a fine woman with it all goin' on. The color is similar to the sumptuously tanned skin of a Brazilian girl from Ipanema. The head is minimal at first, but is easily aroused by a bit of foreplay...a gentle swirl gets the job done. The aroma is perfume like hops that caress as they pass over the senses. Bright and floral initailly, they excercise their perogative and shift to soft and spicy. The flavor delivers every bit of what the aromas suggest. The hops excite the back of the throat followed by the momentary sweetness of the substantial malt. The mouthfeel is as smooth as full as nectar. Finish is bitter, but welcome and smooth. A fine brew. I picked up a growler to go. Bless those NY hops!

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Photo of sponberg
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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 +15.1%
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 Greenlabel
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been disappointed with a few of the Wagner Valley products lately but definitely not this one. Finally located a 6-pack of it at the famous Half Time Beverage location on a trip to NY. Citric, piney and hoppy would clearly be words used to describe the flavor profile of this product yet none of these flavors were overpowering. No unpleasant aftertaste despite the strong hop tones. Bottle was very fresh although not freshness dated. Lacked the excess carbonation that has caused me to be less than enthusiastic about a few other WV products. I hope this is a year round product as I'll definitely be looking for more next time I'm in NY state.

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Photo of nomad
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing true amber color with little carbonation inside of it. But, it had a head that was simultaneously thick and frothy, like a tight bubbly sponge, leaving an unbelievable stain of widespread tightly-patterned lattice, coming from a thick soupy lace. This is a looker.

Smelled of resinous, thick, and sweet pine smell with edges bit by small but strong and lightly salty grapefruit notes. Well-balanced by a strong biscuit scented malt background. Altogether, calm and soothing for an IPA, and could easily detect the fine crafting.

Taste was bitter with a strong earthy character, as well as biting, salty, and softly reminiscent of grapefruit. Yet, all of these hop-product flavors were never close to overbearing, instead gave all the great flavors of big hops without their oft-burdening effects. Had a fair amber malt underneath that helped create a more “rosy” flavored beer with some roasted qualities that continuously paired with the hop flavors on the palette. Hop resin flavor and dryness in the finish, though it receded cleanly despite some initial strength, aided by the strong moderate mouthfeel. Very much a thirst and hunger inducer.

Great new contemporary art label design. Should be considered for any list of great east coast IPAs from an emerging brewery, as it has the intense smells and flavors of a hyper-hopped American IPA but with more ease and softer drinkability. Notable for its use of Upstate NY-grown hops instead of hops from the Northwest, and for its different perspective on malt usage and effect.

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Photo of goschool
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came my way courtesy of kennyo. I suspect the bottle may have been agitated along the way.

Appearance: I'm having a ton of trouble pouring this. This first try was 99% white foam. I've got about three fingers of beer now with a sloooowly sinking giganto head. A few drops out of the bottle sends a foamy column shooting up through the ring of the glass. It's light, bright, and cloudy copper colored. Ridiculous head is better than no head and appearance isn't functionality, so I'll give it a four.

Smell: The nose has citrus and pine with a touch of sweet, biscuity malts.

Taste: This is a fairly simple flavor profile, but it's absolutely delicious. Bitter citrusy and piney hops lead the way in front of sweet biscuity malts followed by a crisp floral finish.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium-bodied and there's still plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is wonderful. It's full-flavored and hoppy, but still very drinkable... even if it takes nine millions years to get 12 ounces in a glass.

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Photo of Tartarus
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Much darker than most IPA's I've had recently. About a finger of head that stays for a minute or two and then leaves a nice little layer on top.

S: Hops and an interesting spicy malt scent.

T: Unlike a lot of IPA's where they smack you in the face with hops, I got the malt flavor first and then the hops are mixed in nicely. Still a healthy hop flavor, but it's a nice change of pace. When you let it sit for a minute you get a coffee/caramel taste. I feel like I need to suspend my ideas of what an IPA is while I drink this but in now way is that a bad thing.

M: Heavier mouthfeel reasonable amount of carbonation and keeps it's smoothness.

D: It's very tasty, but I don't know if I could drink another tonight.


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Photo of yesyouam
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wagner Valley IPA is a sparkling, crystal clear amber ale with a fluffy off-white head that has outstanding retention. It has a sharp grapefruit/pine aroma. It's medium bodied, foamy and very smooth. The finish is clean. It's simple and bitter with a very green, leafy bitterness. The malt balances it out well, to make it a very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label.
Clear, copper colored with a nice two finger frothy head that dissipates ever so slowly leaving behind some real nice lacing.
Aroma is predominantly hoppy with faint sweetness, hints of citrus, pine and some malts.
Taste is high on hops, a hop-heads delight this one.
Dang, this one is hops all the way, assault of hops on the taste buds. Bitter hoppy finish that lingers for quite some time.
Mouthfeel on this one is really good, chewy and oily hop character. Beautiful!!!
A must-try for every hop head.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper Orange with a sticky lace of off-white. The aromas are all citrus and floral hops, sticky, and wonderfully aromatic, this is a real hopheads delight. The taste is all sticky floral and citrusy hops up front with a slight biscuity maltiness in the middle and a slightly dry finish rounds out this brew nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite lovely, as is the drinkability of this one. A real hoppy sessionable IPA from the finger lakes region.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured this beer at the brewery on Aug. 24, kept on ice and stored in the fridge since.
Poured it heavy and it produced a nice head that mostly faded leaving a layer and excellent lacing. Beer has a light amber hue with soft carbonation. The moderate aroma of fresh malts and earthy floral hops blend interestingly to create that "old world" character. Flavor starts off malty bitter, continues that way into the finish with a long dry texture. Really neat combo. Must try.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a nice white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It is really pleasent smelling. There is a bold floral scent here. The taste is good. The flavor is good. There is a good balance between malts and hops. Again, there is a floral flavor that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with a nice mild amount of carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is one of their better beers.

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Photo of Reddogelite
4.12/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CBFanWish
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank god, I have found a Wagner beer that I dig quite a bit. Everything a good IPA should be. Dark amber colour with a think white head. The aroma is flowery and piney. The taste is somewhat flowery with a nice hop bite and a fair balance of malts. Very good. The finish has a nice hoppy bitterness to it. O could drink this all day every day this summer.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice light copper color with a fluffy off white head that leaves tons of lacing even on a wet glass. The mix of citrus and floral hops are nicely blended with the strong toasty malt flavor that comes through. Great balance. The taste is directly affected by the mouthfeel of bittereness, right off the bat. The bite of the hop flavors blend their way to a warm toasty middle and leave a beautiful malty finish. The bitterness is lingering and very delicate. The overall drinkability of this beer is superb. This is why I always stop there on my way up to Syracuse and grab a mixed case of their beers.

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Photo of charlesw
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 jameswaldo
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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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India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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