India Pale Ale | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Shiredave on 10-20-2002

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 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 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 mobud
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Beautiful copper color. Slightly cloudy with a 1" head and active carbonation.

S- A wet grass smell from the hops and not much.

T- Hoppy, but slightly metallic taste.

M- Full body with an even balance between the ale and the carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not great. I have had this beer before at the brewery and this beer is not as good as I remember. I would like to visit there again and also get another sample to see if it was me or if that is the nature of the beer.

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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 brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white head that persists extremely well and leaves sheets of lacing down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Strong malty caramel aroma with a woody resinous hop character; slight butterscotch aroma (Ringwood yeast, I wonder?)

Taste: Starts out with a stong malty caramel flavor that is joined by an earthy bitterness almost from the beginning; mid-palate and into the finish, the bitter flavors build and dominate into a very earthy, but somewhat rough finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very unique flavors in this IPA; big malt profile almost like an APA but the combination of English (EKG) and American (Cascade) hops creates a tension of earthy and fruity flavors that ultimately doesn't work well for me; worth a try, however

Thanks, tempest, for the opportunity

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Photo of psinderson
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice looking clear copper color with a thick slightly off-white head. Great head retention.

Smell: Citrus hops hit hard. Very faint detection of caramel notes. This is a tad darker than most IPA's so I would expect some roasty aromas.

Taste: Of course, citrus hops up front, but there is also a bit of sweetness that fades quickly, but stays in the background. There is a strong bitter hop aftertaste that is just a little too sticky for me.

Mouthfeel: Good body, a little oily.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability for an IPA, except for the extreme hop aftertaste.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger pillowy off white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell was strong upfront peppery and citrus hop. That's all I could decipher.

The taste featured a serious upfront hop. There were successive waves of resiny and peppery hop. A nice grain bill and a mild orange sweetness were detected at the finish.

The mouthfeel was sharp and clean.

Overall a high powered IPA. A hop lovers delight.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a somewhat cloudy shade of amber. Nice amount of head.

Has a nice understated hop aroma, with something else. Can't quite tell what it is, but maybe honey? It's got a heavier flavor than most IPAs and a richness I can't put my finger on.

Pleasant enough balance of malts and hops. The hops are there, but definitely not dominant. I would prefer a little more hoppage, but I could probably drink more consecutively without it.

It's thick and a little creamy. Heavier than usual, but leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

It's a good beer, but not one I would buy a case of. Worth checking out in a mixed six-pack (which is how I got it).

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Very faintly hazy amber with a nice sized thick, frothy tan head. A tiny bit of visible carbonation as well. A touch of lacing clings to the side.

S - Impressive pine aroma backbone with a touch of caramel malt and faint orange rind underneath. It is a decent delivery of typical IPA smells.

T - The foretaste is mild caramel malt and a touch of pine hop flavor that immediate switches to an extremely potent bitterness with a little bit of grassy and lingering pine flavor.

M - Medium viscosity, carbonation is a nice level, it would be refreshing too if the bitterness didn't make it seem otherwise.

D - It could be worse. The bitterness kills any hope of drinkability. Still, it is a good beer. Bitter lovers will be pleased.

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Photo of becktone
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's appearance is pretty good. The color is clear copper/cherry wood/orangish in color. The head cascades at first when poured, not quite as good as a guinness nitro, but still pretty good. The head starts off at two fingers in width and receeds leaving lacing along the sides. It receedes to the point to where it becomes just a film over the top of the beer. All in all it looks pretty good. The only quaff I have with it is the fact that the carbonation is very active. I mean its really really busy in there, about the same amount as a Sprite would have. It looks as if this one might be over carbonated.

As I opened this beer I splashed some onto my pants. The first thing I noticed about the way this beer smelled was the sweet malt backbone it had. Sure the hops were there but the sweet malt aroma was upstaging the hop aroma. Very unusual for an IPA, espicially an American IPA. Hop aroma-floral-is there but is in the background of the aroma.

I've had better IPAs, but this one isn't too bad. Unlike the aroma, the hops are forefront in the taste of this brew. This beer's hop character is made up, in my opinion of mostly floral tasting hops. Not much citrus character in there. Bittering hops make themselves easliy detectable. There's not much in the way of malt flavor to balance the hops out. I expected a little bit of malt flavor as the aroma suggests, but not much there.

On the palate the beer is medium bodied, nothing special really. It is not overcarbonated as I expected it to be from the appearance of the carbonation. All in all it is an average IPA. There's nothing that would make me buy this again and nothing that would make me not want to buy this again. Its just middle of the road. If you really want a good IPA go with Stone IPA,Celebration ale, or Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of Phatz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Wagner Valley beer I've had. I was pleased enough that I'm interested in finding some more of their beers. This is one that I thought was mostly simple but would be great for a party where you are session drinking or maybe a suitable trasition beer. It is assertive in it hops but mild enough and well balanced enough to be completely approachable.

Appearance: Pours a coppery orange color with a smidge of haze.

Smell: Mild floral citrus nose.

Taste: A solid citrus hop character is balanced by a sweet caramel malt flavor. Simple, straightforward, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body IPA.

Drinkability: This beer does not send off fireworks but it sure goes down easily.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of greggdogg
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint at the brewery after a sample flight.

A - Average. Transparent copper. Plenty of lacing, quarter-inch head. Not much to write home about here.

S - I love cascade hops. Hop aroma punches through and hits you in the face. Repeatedly.

T - Nice and bitter. Crisp, sharp. Piney, citrusy hops are overwhelming.

M - A little overcarbonated yet still refreshing. Hops are almost tannic on the tongue, but welcome.

D - I could certainly drink a couple of these - Just don't try to taste anything after with all of the hops.

Overall, a very good beer. At $9/six pack or $1.50/bottle, I can certainly find better beers for the price. I'd definitely order it again if I make it back to Lodi, but I'm not going to go looking for it.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with off-white head, that fell to a thin ring. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is hoppy with a nice malty background. Taste provides a large toasted malt taste along with a good bit of hops. The malts and hops are well balanced gining a superb brew. Finish with nice hop bitterness, with againg also mixed with malt. An excellent, great tasting beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a pretty ale but the quality is in the taste.
My IPA arrived and was pretty much bald, no cling, no lace or ring.
The colour was a deep amber and murky, carbonation was very light and the body medium/full.
Aroma is woodsy,pine and citrus.
The taste is of the citrus hops front to end and not over powering, very smooth and crisp.
A nice product.

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Photo of Naes
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA has a copper brown color (darker than most IPA’s) with a large off white head.
Aroma is faint, but includes a bit of citrus and hops.
The flavor starts out with a bit of malty sweetness, then the hops and citrus come in strongly.
Mouth feel is medium in body, with mild carbonation.

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Photo of klewis
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Following an afternoon of wine tasting in the finger lakes with my girlfriend and family, we concluded the day at Wagner. We did not go for the wine, as I was informed by experienced members of my party that the wine there was NOT to be drunk under any circumstances, but rather we decided that we would sample some of their brews. Unfortunately, all the tastings were concluded by the time that we arrived, but I still bought a mixed sixer anyway...

A: Copper colored with a big frothy head.

S: Aromas of yeast, pine, and maybe I'm just imagining it because it came from a winery, but remarkably like white wine.

T: Kinda boring. A bit of hops flavor and lots of bitterness in the finish. Also tastes like it may be slightly oxidized. For an IPA, this beer is very mediocre in this category.

M: Good carbonation and medium body. Sticks nicely to the mouth.

D: This one's not horrible, but it's not worth the $8.99/sixer when there are so many other great IPA's out there.

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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 weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for the trade!
Appears a medium amber color with a small 1/2" head that dissipates within a few seconds. A small amount of carbonation and lacing graces the glass as it goes down. Smells of a sweet caramel malt and a wood like, slightly resonous hop smell.
Tastes slightly bitter up front, hitting the middle of the toungue and leaves a slight linger of bitter hops in the back of the mouth and roof. Mouthfeel is okay with some mild carbonation & bitterness. Slightly watery texture that leaves a pleasant malt and hop aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty nice. Another IPA with lager like characteristics. Not too shabby.

It's ok, dog.

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

from a 12 oz longneck
Visually quite attractive,but not really what I expect from an IPA. Its a slighly murky, light brown colour with orangy tinges..small off white head,leaves nice lacing.
It has the usual IPA aromas,though a little subdiued also a slight honeyish scent.
Unusual taste, very sweet then a nice hop bitterness...though this seems to balance rather weell for an American IPa, remeinds me a bit of some of the British IPA/Golden ales.
Pretty darn nice on the tongue..smooth..long lasting after taste.
Quite a nice IPA, rather different than the usual PNW IPA, but If i had to compare it would be akin to Bridgeport IPA.
Thanks again to Jah Noth for this beer.

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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 francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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 HappyHourHero
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very small pale cream colored head lasted about 10 seconds before it faded to a ring. Juicy, candied hop aroma A bit of hops mixed with some lightly sweet pale malt flavor up front, not as strong as I expected from the aroma. Bitterness kicks in midway and holds strong through the finish. Mouthfeel is watery, dissapointing. Smelled great, but I was dissapointed by everything else.

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India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 59.7% out of 100 with 144 ratings
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