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 dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of enginero
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Ratman197
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Half Time poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy ambe head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, orange zest and light grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest and light earthiness with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head consisting of big bubbles that slowly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The hops really stand out in the flavor of this beer, contributing piney flavors and a moderately strong amount of bitterness. Hints of caramel malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is packed with hops but could use more malt for balance and make it easier to drink.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 axeman9182
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Wagner Valley India Pale Ale pours a completely see through amber. There's only about a finger of bone colored head, and it fades somewhat quickly. Lacing is nonexistent. The nose is impressively pungent, and varied. There's a classic grapefruity citrus note from the Cascade hops used, as well as a light, almost flowery herbal quality present as well. There's also an unpleasant dankness that I've come to associate with Simcoe hops, and it's really the only down part of he aroma. You may be noticing a lack of any mention of malty/sweet aromas, and that's because there are none, and that carries over into the flavor. There's really no backbone to the beer, it just jumps right in to a solid bite of bitterness, and a back end of hop flavors that mirror those found in the nose. The body passes being bone dry, and lands itself in "watery" territory. Carbonation is very good though, the bubbles help the hoppy flavors pop, while not overwhelming the barely there body. Wagner Valley IPA's got a very good aroma, and if the malt bill was shored up a bit the rest of the beer could follow suit.

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Photo of muletrane
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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 Tartarus
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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 CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 yesyouam
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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 outdoorbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Franz4
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a penny copper color with an off-white head, about a finger's worth.

S- smells sweet with a slight pine hint to it, very fresh

T- the hops come through in the taste, with some additional lemon flavor... lemon pine-sol comes to mind, although it's not that bad.

M- initial carbonation fades quickly, hoppy finish that stays with you for a while.

D- seems to me the biggest drawback to this beer is it's lack of balance, average at best, there are plenty of better IPAs out there.

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

grabbed a sixer at Wegman's. A fingerlake brew to get close to closing out summer

A- pours a copper carbonated body with a super white head of foam. There is literally big time lacing swooped all over the sides

S- a pretty strong scent of grapefruit and some sweet fruit. There is a prevelant malt profile that is present as well.

T- a surprising dominance of bitterness with grapefruit and pine flavor. It's just a real bitter brew

M- medium bodied and creamy

D- Wagner Valley IPA makes a very bitter and dry brew. The emphasis on grapefruit and bitter themes make it different in the IPA sense. Not bad at all

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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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