Amnesia IPA
Indian Wells Brewing Company

Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA
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Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,798
Ranked #30,098
2.55 | pDev: 27.84%
Apr 15, 2022
Aug 07, 2008
Amnesia IPAAmnesia IPA
Notes: Named for the beer that was shipped to Her Majesty’s Royal Army in India. This beer was brewed with large amounts of hops, which acted as a natural preservative in transit from the British Isles to India giving it the distinctive bitter taste. Modern Microbreweries now attempt to make IPAs as bitter as possible. Not us. We make the classic India Pale Ale, with an International bitterness rating of around 62. The taste is not overwhelmed with bitterness, but it allows you to enjoy the brilliant subtlety of the complex hops, aromas and flavors of four different hops used to finish our IPA. Oh yeah, we also hand-craft it at 7.2% alcohol by volume.
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

2.39/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Pours copper amber clear with nice frothy foamy cap that quickly fades. Notes of metallic hops and pine. Sharp piney ipa with bitter hoppy after taste. Not for the non-ipa or craft snobs. An okay at best micro from Indian Wells with a 7.2% ABV punch (which is not written on the bottle). Not good, could not finish - first time I have EVER dumped most of my beer down the drain.
Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 2.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Comes in a mixture of yellow and orange with about a 2/3" head. Aroma didn't drop hops, instead dropped an almost fusel amount of alcohol.

The taste had bitterness and an exceptional amount of alcohol sting, burn and bite. Its even acidic. Four different kinds of hops? They're lost in this alcohol bomb. The carbonation on these varies wildly, I've had them soft, I've had them soda like.
Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 2.4 by CJNAPS from California

Jan 01, 2016
Rated: 2.84 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2015
Rated: 2.5 by ruzzal from Texas

Jun 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

1.87/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75
Appearance: Moderately hazy amber body, with a modest, fine-beaded white head, which soon collapses to a dusting of white foam. Modest agitation, say by gently tipping the glass, produces a surge of foam at the glass walls. The lacing is fine, and glass-coating.

Aroma: Dark bread notes and malt dominate the aroma, the hop presence is only slightly notable, and has an herbal quality. In all, the aroma seems quite understated for the style.

Taste: The taste begins with dark, bready malts, as the aroma would suggest. As the taste progresses, there is a moderate herbal hop presence, with a level of restraint that I would expect to find in a pale ale. Later in the taste, there are some citric hops. Finishes with a mild herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Soft, but a bit thin, with very mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An lackluster example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Apr 28, 2015
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Reviewed by DblDiamond from Arizona

1.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Just no. This did NOT taste like an ipa at all. Off aroma followed by an almost non existent hop profile. It basically tastes like a mediocre homebrew.
Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 3 by Schwegler from Nevada

Mar 14, 2015
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Rated by JordanAlster

3.76/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dope ass IPA, and gets you buzzin for sure!
Jan 20, 2015
Rated: 2.25 by valkyre65 from Texas

Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 2.8 by kneostyl

Dec 04, 2014
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Reviewed by cyberjason from California

1.25/5  rDev -51%
I actually stopped at this brewery on my way home from Mammoth. When you walk in you get more of a factory operation feeling than a beer loving microbrewery feeling. They seem to have more than half of their store dedicated to soda. They did have tastings and their flagship beer aged in oak barrels seemed like a waste of oak barrels. Getting to the beer...I'm not going to say it's the worst beer I've had but it's not far from it. I would not purchase this beer again unless it was around the price of Natty ice. It has a clean taste yet lacks the signature taste you get from certain IPA's. The carbonation is weird too...almost as if they gave it extra carbonation or something from their soda machines. For $7.99+ for a six pack your money will be better spend on something like Sierra Nevada.
Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by zestar from California

Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by thkrb99 from California

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by 111213forlife from California

Oct 18, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by CorgiDad from Mississippi

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by Steven1024 from California

Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 3.4 by Jahgrizzly from California

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 3.13 by glmccuskey

Aug 11, 2014
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Reviewed by ds18425 from Texas

1.94/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Creamy taste like no other IPA Ive tasted. Has no resemblance of an IPA in taste, feel and smell. Not much going on here and rather boring. I still cant believe its an IPA. Think i will skip trying this brew company for now but wish them the best of luck. :-)
Jul 23, 2014
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Reviewed by jbuckhead from California

1.56/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Isn't an IPA supposed to have some bitter quality from the hops? What I tasted was more sour than anything (perhaps they should just call it a sour beer). Also, not sure why there were proteins floating around in the beer. Shouldn't a professional brewery know how to get that out of the beer? This is he second of four styles I bought from these guys today, and so far they both sucked.
Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Petersfavoritebrews from California

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by DoctorQ9 from Oregon

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 3 by TX-Badger from Texas

Jun 08, 2014
Rated: 3 by ACB from California

May 29, 2014
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Reviewed by adept1 from Singapore

1.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
I've been reading and consulting BA for a long time, but this is the beer that made me register. It's the worst craft beer I've ever had. In addition to the sub par taste and aroma, the carbonation on it was out of control. First I sipped from the bottle and the gases kind of exploded in my mouth! Then I decided to pour into a glass to let it mellow out for a while. Despite my slow and careful pour, the foam overflowed and I was left with a head that took up most of the glass. I put it in the fridge to try again later - took one more sip and poured the rest down the sink. I live in Singapore now where American craft beer is super expensive (about $7 USD for a 12oz bottle), so I'm glad this was a gift and not something I bought myself.
May 17, 2014
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Reviewed by Santosizer from California

1.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
Mother of gawd, I didn't even look at the reviews before I reviewed this brew. But fack, this is just downright awful. this tastes like rotten fruit, and I even received a fresh bottle. This is just very bland, no citrus from "6" hops, just blah. I'm sorry, if you crafted this, I commend you, but please try this different. There's nothing from the hops other than bitter, the only thing noticeable is the bitter and the malt. The only good thing I can say from this is I'm feeling light headed. Can't believe I spent $7 on a bottle of this. Do yourself a favor if you're a beer nerd, you probably know the store owner, ask him for an exchange.
May 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

May 03, 2014
Rated: 3 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 29, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Booner818 from California

Nov 17, 2013
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Reviewed by SteadySippin from Arizona

3.2/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Poured straight from bottle to a chilled glass.

Appearance - To me it looks like your typical IPA, dark amber color with a touch of light brown. After pouring there wasn't much head, about a fingers worth. Quickly dissipates to a thin and hardly noticeable head. Noticeable lacing around the glass.

Smell - For some reason, I immediately thought of pizza dough when I took a sniff of this beer. Some caramel hints but not much hop presence that I can smell.

Taste - After reading some of the reviews on this one, I really didn't think this beer was going to taste good. I have to disagree here. The first thing I notice as I take a drink is the piney hop flavor that really presents itself without being too bitter. The hops tie in nicely to the malt and caramel flavors in this beer, but I will say that for an IPA it isn't as bitter as I would like. It does taste good, but it doesn't scream IPA.

Mouth - Feels light bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down decently smooth but the carbonation lightly tickles the back of the throat. It is a little watery.

Overall - It seems that this is either a love it or hate it beer. I have to say that it isn't amazing but it is quite drinkable. My main gripe with it is that it really doesn't seem like a true IPA. The hops just aren't there like they should be. The other flavors that come through kind of make up for this, though. If you're expecting a true, bitter IPA then you will be disappointed. I wouldn't pick up a six pack but I may be tempted to pick up a single bottle later on down the road.
Nov 06, 2013
Rated: 2 by ste5venla from California

Oct 31, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by TxMdScotty298 from Maryland

Oct 11, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by laceratekane from Texas

Sep 28, 2013
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.58/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has a malty, piney aroma. Actually not bad. The taste is where it goes south. Malty taste, but the bitter hop is taste a little more like something went bad. Almost like wet leaves. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. There is some caramel at the end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. I don't think the beer is as bad as some reviews have said. I had this beer a couple years ago and did give it a much lower rating, but I am presently surprised compared to the last time.
Sep 27, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Jame515 from Texas

Sep 25, 2013
Rated: 3 by Mosmo from Texas

Aug 14, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by aquazr1 from California

Aug 11, 2013
Amnesia IPA from Indian Wells Brewing Company
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 109 ratings