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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gary for quenching the thirst on this one.

The beer opens with a sturdy and strong, froathy pour. Fantastic head forms on the dark copper beer. Retainage is as good as can be asked. A mild dry-hopped haze gives some visual weight to the copper hue. A really good look.

Strong aromas of citrus and grapefruit hops stand well above the caramelized, cracker-like malts. However, nearly equally as strong is a plastic-phenolic character that hurts the nose. Moderate on the fruitiness and light on bready notes, the beer is otherwise clean at the scent.

Flavors obviously favor the hops, and with strong blends of citrus (grapefruit and orange zest), pine, and fresh cut grasses. Sometimes herbal and vegital in taste. The malts are well attenuated to deliver medium caramel and graham cracker taste but with low-lying sweetness. This really allows the hops to pungent hops to shine. All is good, except for that plastic taste that interferes with the complex hop flavors.

Well malted and fermented. The malts give a nice meloidin reaction that gives the indication of sweetnes without leaving any sugary films on the mouth. Hop resins deliver various sharp pangs of bitterness on the back of the tongue and sometimes with a metalic and bitey feel.

This beer reminds me of some good IPA's that I encounter during homebrew competitions. I'm not entirely sure I received a fresh bottle. I'll enjoy re-reviewing to compare notes another day.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt and light fruits. Flavor of caramel malt, some sweet fruits (tropical fruits, maybe a little banana), with a bittering finish. There is a slight vegetal quality to the malt. This is an ok IPA, not that hoppy really, definitely more malty. Still, a pleasant beer to drink.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a decent crème head. Nose is acidic citrus. Flavor is a biting pine acidity. A bit too salty I think. But it still works. Feel is a slightly fuller carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is an okay IPA. Too salty and acidic IMO. But it's still drinkable.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a two inch head and long lasting lace.
The aroma of hops,malts and citrus. Piney and clean.
The taste of grapefruit and citrus. Zesty and some sweet notes
Some mild malt hints were detectable.
The overall feel was mild bitterness with an easy to drink light body. Medium carbonation.

Notes: The sweet notes were very mild,but this was a quality IPA and worth a try. A well balanced,hoppy beer.

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Photo of everetends
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle sent to me in a charity packy from the great Lum. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice amber color that has a lot of shiny orange highlights to it that pour through it when held to light. Its pretty clear all together. Poured a little over a finger of white head. Had some decent lasting power and really sticks to the glass. Notched all the way down. Looks good.

S: Smell has a lot of nice piney notes coming out cleaning. Really piney. Got some nice citrus notes coming out as well. Some pineapple coming out too. Malt is light in the background. Not bad at all.

T: Taste mirrors the aroma. Pine, citrus and pineapple goodness. The finish is all pineapple. There is a nice malty sweetness in there as well. Peppery spice light in the middle too. Not bad.

M: Medium bodied. Slick and sticky going on in here. Carbonation is medium but still has a nice crispness to it. ABV is light and well hidden. Aftertaste is all pineapple and wonderful. Bitterness is light on the palate.

D: Pretty damned drinkable. Goes down easy and has a good amount going for it. Solid all around and pleasing, like a good hooker. Happy.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with 2+ fingers of long lasting frothy off-white head. Good retention and spotty lacing. Smells of caramel malt, citrus, spicy hops, and biscuit. Tastes of apricot and grapefruit up front, with a toasted grain and caramel backbone. Finishes with a dash of dry grass and spicy hops. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Nicely balanced and clean with a pleasant bitterness. A very enjoyable IPA, quite easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbles compose a big head with long staying power and great stickage, and cover a clear shinny copper penny, while the carbonation just keeps pumping up from the bottom.

The aroma begins with subtle pine and orange peal that lead the way to over-ripe pineapple.

An interesting balance of high bitterness and toasted malts gives way to a nice long finish.

This IPA is smooth with chipper carbonation and lots of residual sugar to make your lips stick together.

Wagner Valley gave this one an unimaginative name, but made it an easy palate cleansing buddy to enjoy with an early Summer evening, on the deck.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear copper body with a huge creamy cap that retains great and leaves rings and chunks of foam stuck to the glass. .

The smell of the drink is toasty malts with a fine grassy, herbal hoppiness.

The taste is crisply-sweet, bright and citrusy, with a refined, thin-bodied caramel backbone and a floral finish. Sweet notes of orange and a touch of tart lemon accompany a dry grassy bitterness that cleans up a bit of juiciness in the finish. More citrusy, toasty and grassy as the drink warms a bit.

Wagner Valley's is a really nice, crisp and refreshing AIPA. The drinkability is marvelous, and if I lived a-way up yonder in New Yawk, I'd buy this on a regular basis. Thanks to Lum for the extra!

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Photo of dmamiano
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, the beer looked good. Nice clear and clean yellow with good carbonation and head.
Smell seemed a bit stale, almost skunky and metallic. Some hoppiness came through, but wasnt as pleasant as most are.
Taste was week, almost what i call "hop water".
Not offensive or anything, just seemed diluted with no real character,
Drinkable, but not good.

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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 Jbino34
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this one as part of an "IPA" gift box from half time beverage. This is the first of the box. Let me first say that the package was fairly impressive with great variety.

Holy Carbonation! They have this one pumped up on heavy gas. It pours a golden brown...or bronze some might say with a lot of foamy head; kinda like tan clouds at this point without much settling. Very clear.

Smell is of citrus and pine. It is fruity but not at all in a belgian yeast fruity way. It reminds me of summer. The aroma is bright and fresh.

Taste/MF Exceptional! I am thoroughly impressed at this point. This beer is mellow and full of flavor. I expected a sharper finish but am enjoying the mellow end notes, which leave a bit of bitterness toward the back of the tongue. The citrus and pine come out more as you drink more... it is warming up some also.

Like most IPAs or APAs or any PAs, I would not recommend drinking more than a couple in a sitting. Hoppy beers shock the palate for me at least. I really enjoy them but after one, I cannot decipher the unique flavors of the all starts blending together as a bitter parade.

I definitely recommend this beer.

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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 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 armock
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops

T - Refreshing citrus hop taste

M - Theres quite a bit of carbonation in this beer

D - This is one of Wagners better beers and a good IPA in general this beer is definitely worth a try if you can find it

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper, orange color with a medium size off white head. Head retention was a bit weak, leaves a nice amount of lacing. Mild hoppy, aroma, nothing distinct.

First taste was disappointing, malty, bready and bitter. I was surprised to notice a follow-one flavor of what I normally expect in an IPA: citrus, spices and hops bitterness. Mouthfeel, after the first few sips was rich enough. A nice crisp IPA - not outstanding or memorable - but very drinkable.

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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 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 kenito799
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +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 mobud
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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 +2.6%
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 -4.5%
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 -12.7%
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 +5.3%
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 -6.6%
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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India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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