India Pale Ale | La Conner Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
La Conner Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by garthwaite:
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4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle presented courtesy of RoyalT. Pours a seriously hazy deep goldish-orange with streaming carbonation & a solid white head. Big time hops in the aroma with a nice blend of grapefruit & flowers with some more mild toasty malt. Base of rich, sweet caramel malt overcome by aggressive bitterness. Consistent hop flavors delight the mouth with big citrus and some earth. Relatively full bodied and dry, this brew finishes with lasting bitterness & hints of apricot. This is definitely another Pacific NW hoppy delight. Many thanks, RoyalT.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, dirty orange in color with lots of hoppy little sediment floating around. The head was just right: about an inch and lacing.

Smell – The pine resin is very sharp here. This is definitely a raunchy PacNW India Pale Ale. Alas, there is a slightly noticeable malt base as well.

Taste – This is a hoppy-hitter (as opposed to “heavy-hitter”). The hops (I think Cascade or Columbus) are huge and very sharp. The malt base is sweet and caramelized if you can get to it.

Mouthfeel – Extremely smooth and creamy. This medium to full-bodied IPA goes down in large gulps and leaves a film on your teeth.

Drinkability – I could easily go through a six-pack in a session, but many may find this a bit too hoppy. The flavors aren’t particularly well-blended, either. I loved it, though.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent Pacific Northwest brew via trade with waldowin. Pours a chillhazed amber body with a one finger, offwhite head that is longlasting and leaves attractive patchy lace on the glass.

Aroma is PacNW hops, with C hops in abundance. Citrusy grapefruit and spruce resin dominate the nose, with caramel malt and a hint of honey in the background.

Mouthfeel is light medium, slightly oily, and a bit undercarbonated for style.

Taste is ruled by a well put together hops bitterness, with grapefruit and spruce pine prominent. Caramel malt backbone hovers underneath. Hops have a definite Pacific Northwest character, as should be expected. Very well constructed for the style. Finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness.

Very well executed for an American IPA. Nicely drinkable, and fits the style to a T. Many thanks to waldowin for his trading generosity.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful cloudy apricot in color. All sorts of floaties chunks in this one that stay permanently suspended in their respective locations. Great lacing of the glass. Aromas are like sniffing the pine tar on a baseball bat. A sticky, resinous, nose-puckering blast of pine cone assials the nostrils and beats them into submission. Excellent. Flavor was mostly dominated by the tongue-abusing hops but lurking quietly in the darkness is a very subtle sweet-caramel undertone. The finish? Ummm....freakin' bitter! A nice puckering effect with this one. And that is a good thing. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and the body is good. Not a beer to start the night with, as your palate will really feel this one. Still, a very tasty beer.

Notes: RoyalT scores again with me with this one. He is the cure for my hops fix!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The hop in the bottle is a unique idea but I wonder how much it contributes to the flavor. I didn't think that having a hop cone in my beer would bother me, but it did. The small pieces and bright yellow Lupulin glands were fine, but the bracteoles bothered me. Next time I'll pour it through a filter. I do feel it hurts the appearance with all of the particles in suspension - and I'm sure the hop has something to do with the head dying so quickly (of course that's a trade-off if it's really giving it that full hop character). Otherwise, the orange body with a ruby tint is very nice and it does leave a thin white collar. The nose is astonishing - fresh, full, bold floral and grassy hop aromas (Goldings!) combined with a decent fruitiness and a solid caramel maltiness. I like that they've avoided the common heavy use of Cascades, this is much more English in character. The flavor is just as bold with a lightly fruity, full bodied, sweet caramel malt supporting an astonishing level of hop flavor and balancing bitterness. The alcohol is very well cloaked in the flavor, but you do feel it half-way through the glass. More than just an excellent beer - it's a hop experience! I couldn't pull myself away. On the other hand, I think one is definitely the limit for this extravagant masterpiece.

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Photo of waldowin
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second go at Laconner's IPA. Had a long hot day at work, and decided some chicken/pesto pasta would hit the spot. Then deliberated for a while over what beer would work best with it, and settled on the Laconner, remembering it was a pretty crisp beer.

Appearance - Pours a nice rich gold, decent white head that leaves ringlets as it goes down the glass. Massive visible carbonation, that slows but stays until the end.

Smell - This bottle didn't have much of a smell to it. Maybe it's my nose. What I can smell smells vaguely of a hef with a lemon tossed in. Citrusy, wheaty, and a hint of pine.

Taste - The malt in this brew serves more to accent the hops, than the other way around. Just light and sweet enough to be noticed, and sets the stage for the wave of hops. Just the very first hit is a hint of malt, and then loads of crisp, citrus hops, with some wood-like hops, and a bit of a floral finish. Love this hop combination, inspires me to attempt to brew one like this.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation, a hint of astringent. Almost an effect of streaming bubbles, very pleasant to wash down. Good mouthfeel, but not very complex (which isn't a bad thing here).

Drinkability - With the lightness of the malt, and the sneaky way the hops ease their way onto your palate, this beer is supremely quaffable. I'd probably down a pint or two of this with some white meat or fish.

The first time I had this, it was essentially my introduction to the world of IPA's. Now I'm finding it's a solid beer, and will likely be added to my list of beers to always have on hand (along with Old Rasputin, and Black Butte Porter). The first non-pitch-black beer to earn such a place in my fridge.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. I poured pretty aggressively down the middle of the glass and barely saw a sheet of head. There's very faint specks of lacing.

Great smell. Wonderful leafy hop smell mixed with heavy malt. Well balanced though.

The taste is the same with more of a fruity hop taste. Hoppy dry finish. Smooth feel.

When I poured this beer, I thought it had gone bad but it was only that I had left it in the fridge for longer than I thought and it was simply too cold. Once this beer warmed up some, I found it was delicious. Thanks to BeerBeing (I believe) for this one.

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Photo of Laklimell
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of nsabo
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love IPAs, but more importantly, I love a good IPA, and as this style’s popularity continues to grow it seems that any brewery can easily pump out an average IPA. LaConner is no different. Theirs is a refreshing and tasty replication of the style, but it lacks personality. Nothing particularly stands out: bitter, grapefruit rind (not grapefruit), nothing floral, resiny, or fruity. Average all around.

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Photo of weeare138
2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy orange with a small white head and spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of buttery richness with mild orange.
Taste is of a buttery mess with some citrus trying to come through. Very muddled version of an IPA.
Mouthfeel is watery and thin.
Why the great dropoff from the bottleworks to this? What the heck went wrong?

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Photo of abrodsky
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RBorsato
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a low ivory head that leaves no lace. Huge citrusy grapefruit hop aroma. Huge citrusy hop flavor. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a large bitter finish.

A very good example of an American IPA which finishes just a tad too bitter for my taste.

ABV: 7.2% (per M.J.'s notes)

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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is up there with my opinion of the Stone IPA's. Wonderfully bitter, excellent body, fresh aroma hops, this beer has very few distractions. At 7+% abv with an enormous amount of IBU's, this is a big beer. I wish it was available on the East Coast!

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Photo of erickc
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried at the brewery in La Conner. Called NW IPA and ABV listed as 6.8.

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Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange in color with little head and spices in the nose. High bitterness smacks you in the face from the start and eventially yields to sweet malt flavors remniscent of caramel. An OK IPA... not one of LaConner's best IMO.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old-school american IPA.

The aroma & taste is mainly grapefruit juice, the bitterness is fairly modest by todays standards (not much more bitterness than their pale, but this doesn't have much residual malt sweetness to back it up). Blonde-yellow in colour, topped by a white head, some retention, great lacing.

Well-attenuated with a crisp, dry finish.

Like cascade hops?

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Photo of brakspear
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin whispy white head...does not linger long, cloudy orangish color - light will not penetrate with small hop particles floating around. Aroma is smack you in the face hop blast appropriate for a PNW IPA. Taking dry-hopping to its logical extreme with several whole hop cones in each bottle. Taste and mouthfeel heavy and full malt sweetness with nice scouring hop bitterness throughout. Taste would likely survive an ocean trip to India by sailing ship. Nice beer but not exceptional.

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Photo of packetknife
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has an odd cloud to it I didn't expect, foamy white head that faded quickly. Sharp bitter note on the nose but not disagreeable. Very hoppy but left a bit too much aftertaste. Smooth and feels heavier than it is.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.36/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chill hazed, peach color, pretty good head that laces somewhat with every pull. Average to below average on the inviting scale.

Pretty well balanced in the nose. I found myself trying to describe this odd smell in the background once you get past the hops and the only thing I can come up with is wet paper, cardboard. Tasted similar, although the hop presence is extremely bitter and tends to sting away and cover the rest of the brew. This must have been some mash to come up with this taste as it is bold and confident in its direction. Wow, This is honestly a tough taste to shake. Brutally dry and lingering caked on powdery finish.

rough. Not for me.

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Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GClarkage
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/21/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness dating on the bottle. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange colored pour. Very cloudy as well. Gleaming white inch plus head and excellent lacing.

Scent- Syurpy canned fruit scents with a darker malt base. Maybe canned peaches?

Taste- Damn, this is about the sweetest IPA I've had. Super sweet and sryupy hop juice with a bready malt backing. One of the thickest beers I've had...thicker than most quality double stouts.

Mouthfeel- Thick and heavy mouthfeel. Picture drinking the juice out of the can of peaches. Medium carbonation and a larger bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Taste fairly good, but it would be hard to chuck down another one of these. Too damn sweet. Thought I was getting the dry hopped version when I bought it, but I was sadly mistaken. Still a pretty good beer in a novel kind of way.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, medium head. A full-bodied IPA. Malty and very aggressively hopped. Some malt sweetness. Clean and smooth taste. Hops predominate in this beer, but there is enough malt balance to make it really interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy apricot color with a billowy head that provides sheets of lace as it descends

Smell: Pink grapefruit with a hint of pineapple

Taste: Bready, up front, with a blast of grapefruity bitterness that develops sweet pineapple undertones by mid-palate; after the swallow, the citrus dominates the finish but the sweetness still lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA, although I would prefer a bit more on grapefruit and a bit less bread and pineapple; still, a nice example of the NW style

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India Pale Ale from La Conner Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 46 ratings