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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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 143
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -14.6%
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 -2.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +5.8%
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 +3.2%
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 -13%
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 -18.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -5.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +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 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 HappyHourHero
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle: This beer pours a crystal clear coppery amber color. It had a strong off-white head, that laces down the glass. The aroma is a nice hoppy grapefruit nose. The taste has a hint of sweetness in the background, with a strong grapefruit hop bite to the taste. A slight dryness to the finish. A very good beer!

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Photo of cbl2
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Crystal clear amber brown with a thin lacing of white head.

Sharp and biting with a spicy floral bouquet. Very intriguing, and just as an IPA should smell.


Hop bitterness at first followed by a touch of sweetness which blossoms into a citrus grapefruit tang, only to finish with a dry bitter hop taste. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber in color with a 1" head that quickly disappeared. Light lacing. Carbonation level seemed low. The aroma was of caramel and bitterness. The flavor followed suit as the bitterness and caramel tones seems to be slighty unbalanced on the lighter side with the malt level.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a short bitter finish. The brew was medium bodied. The drinkability level is good as the alcohol level seemed low for an IPA and the flavor was OK.

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Photo of kennyo
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good product from Wagner Valley. Pours with a nice head that only stays for about a minute. Nice dark copper copper, very clear beer. Nice sweet, hoppy aroma. The smell is great, not to overpowering. Very tasty, nice malt/hop balance. Very drinkable beer. "It's nice to see good in-state beer.

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

Thanks to Sponberg for this one! Cloudy deep tangerine, the head died down, but has kept my pint glass in lace the whole time. Smell is a bit muddied, definite grassy hops, but something slightly brassy as well. Mouthfeel is very nice. Malt greets you, then the hops meet your tastebuds. They aren't overly strong, but definitely have some tannic overtones. I am still getting a brassy note in the finish. Nice beer, but I'm puzzled by the brass that I am picking up.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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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India Pale Ale from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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