Desert Pale Ale
Indian Wells Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,824
Ranked #45,174
2.55 | pDev: 40.78%
Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 11
Photo of jbuckhead
2.64/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Visited he Indian Wells Brewery today on my way back from a ably Scout fishing trip, so I couldn't sample anything while there. Too bad for me because I bought a mixed case of the two I've tried so far this place is shaping up to be a disappointment. Expected this to be a pale ale since that's what it's called, but the color was closer to amber. Taste was like one of my first extract brews I made at home, little depth, not quite fully fermented. Not something I would try again (that is after I finish the other five bottles from the six pack).

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Photo of womencantsail
1.51/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Indian Wells mix pack provided by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden-orange with a thin white head.

S: Sugary and candy like citrus peel. There's a lot of metal going on here/ There's quite a bit of rotten fruits and toffee, too. Maybe a touch of butter. A little bit of floral character, too.

T: Tastes like chewing on a metal trash can. There's some green tomato flavor and a bit of salt. Stale hops and bread maybe a bit of bitterness.

M: The body is light and watery with a moderate carbonation.

D: Like almost all Indian Wells beers, this is not worth drinking.

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Photo of largadeer
1.91/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle generously shared by alfrantzell.

Pale and golden in color with decent clarity and a thin white head. This isn't a bad looking pale ale, though head retention is poor.

The smell, on the other hand, is quite bad. Intensely buttery with a smattering of caramel, this is entirely too reminiscent of butter toffee. There's not much in the way of hops, but I do get notes of buttered bread and honey.

Buttery and slick on the palate while simultaneously grainy and vegetal, with a slight and certainly odd astringent finish that could be mistaken for hop bitterness, but ultimately reminds me more of tannic grain husk. The diacetyl is rather intense, making for a godawful and nearly undrinkable pale ale.

Indian Wells never disappoints. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite craft breweries.

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Photo of nickd717
1.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

C+, really? Above average for the style? Wow, people are lenient.

12oz bottle, big thanks to alfrantzell on BA for sharing this.

Decent appearance - clear copper with a small white head and average retention.

Aroma is fairly faint with sweet malt and orange notes. Some butteriness.

Flavor is gut-wrenching. There is a harsh orange/mimosa note reminiscent of their nasty Orange Blossom. Butter, soap, vegetables, and sweet malt back it up.

Harsh astringent palate with medium-light body.

Chalk up another clunker for Indian Wells. Drizzain to da pizzour. The crazy thing is that this is actually one of the better beers I've had from them.

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Photo of JBogan
2.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a like copper with a very small head. Almost no lacing is left on the glass.

Smells of cascade hops and caramel.

Taste is also mostly hop forward, with a bit of pine balanced by a hint of citrus and sweet malt. Actually it sounds better in words than it tasted.

Mouthfeel was smooth but flat.

Not one of the better pale ales out there. Not a beer I'd be interested in having again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, fruit sweetness, and a soft floral bitterness.

Taste: a slightly bready profile. Caramel, ripe red fruits, orange slices, and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: this pale ale is a bit above average but not as refreshing as I like as the bitterness is a bit to mild.

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Photo of cbrown1
3.82/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer through a beer of the month club and after emailing the company I was complelled to write a review on here because this beer is better than previously stated. This is an easy drinking well balanced brew. There is a front end hop flavor to it with a slight honey flavor followed up by the malty back end. This APA doesn't overpower you like some IPA's or Double Pale Ales. You could definitely drink a few of these without feeling like you are chewing on a hop plant. I like what they did with this brew.

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Photo of gpogo
2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear amber with small off-white head that dissipates into a ring. Left no lacing.

A- slightly bitter malt aroma

T- It's mostly malty, followed by a bit of bittering. There isn't much of a hop flavor. I wonder if this bottle is old and the hop flavor has mellowed(though I bought the bottle straight from the brewery).

M- Medium body and moderate-low carbonation.

D- Interesting take on an APA, though generally APAs are a bit more hop flavored to the point where the malt is less noticeable. Try it if you get a chance, but I plan on sticking with other APAs.

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Desert Pale Ale from Indian Wells Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 11 ratings