India Pale Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in England around 1800, for export to the British population of India, IPA was generously hopped as a preservative for the long sea voyage from Britain. Combining both English and Northwest brewing techniques, Bitter Root Brewing's IPA is light in color, high in hops, with a balanced malt flavor.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-2005

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from one of the many groceries in Kalispell who wouldn't let me buy single bottles from six-packs - you know who you are...

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of foamy, chunky off-white head, which dissipates slowly, leaving a thick patchwork of webbed lace around the glass. It smells of mild biscuit grain, light piney hops, a bit woody, and some funky floral hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, and bitter, but even, piney hops, the woodiness taking the edge off quite nicely. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and it finishes on a pleasant crisp drying note.

A very interesting IPA - seemingly big bitter hops up front, which are deftly diminished towards the finish, insomuch as you forget the expected palate assault, and just exult in the easy-drinking joy that is this beer. Would be grand with food - too bad the pizza is at least an hour out.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RenzoD
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The very last beer of an assorted 6 pack I brought home from Montana. Vacation is officially over : (

Darker amber color, huge head that dissipates rather quickly but white froth remains on the surface of beer throughout. Aroma is citra, citra and more citra. Not a complex aroma at all but it will make your mouth water. Very easy, not-overly sweet taste, subtle finish of bitterness (maybe a LITTLE less than I would prefer). Goes down very smooth and easy. All in all a good IPA! Would be great to drink watching a baseball game or hanging out at the ocean, in the mountains or wherever on a warm Spring/Summer day.

I'll look for it again next time I am in Big Sky country! Thanks, Bitter Root.

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Photo of xmahns
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good clean example of a well balanced IPA. Too many IPAs tend to be over the top and maybe lots of folks like that, but I like clean well balanced examples of any style and this on is a darned good one. Excellent job by Bitter Root here. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at Brewforia.... $6 seemed a tad high, but oh well, I want to support them and hope we continue to see their bottles and hopefully kegs.

Pours with a 2 finger white head.... sticky sheets of lacing despite a less than stellar retention... the brew is very clear orange.

For an American IPA, I have to be a tad harsh... there just isn't enough punctuated CC hops to really drive it home... subtle citrus.. but the big player is toasty maltiness... a bit bready... like someone was a big heavy handed with some victory malt.

Flavor suffers from the same lack of big hoppiness.. there is a descent bitterness up front, but the hops really only translate as citrusy toward the finish.. mid palate malts play first fiddle.

Body and carbonation seem about right.

I honestly can't complain too much... if there is going to be a more malty IPA, I prefer a touch of toast... good drinkability.. glad we have this locally.


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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of biking4beer
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought in Bozeman.

Crystal clear copper to amber color. Whispy head with a few bubbles.

Smells fruity sweet. Sligth floral aroma with a touch of pine.

Crisp taste where the floral aroma comes though. Slight pine and grapefruit.

Nicely crisp beer. Good level of carbonation. Very enjoyable drinking beer. I would call it more of an American Pale Ale as opposed to an IPA. This beer was not what I expected, but after I got over that, it was surprisingly enjoyable.

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Photo of fizzician
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into pint glass, hazy caramel color with nice head and lacing. Light hoppy and grassy aroma with similar taste profile. Good, if not particularly memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mastodonj
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a diconic....

Starts with a huge creamy-looking head of lighter-than-normal
for an IPA color

What sets this apart from an average IPA is the juniper-y
aroma along with a barley malt substance.
Doesn't have that floral hoppiness that I usually enjoy but
that's not what they are going for here.

Solid, strong bitterness along with that barley flavor with a
creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish.

I would definitely keep my eye out for this one. That juniper
touch makes it worth checking out.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with kyzr (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some caramel, and light citrus. Tastes of caramel, tea leaves, and some floralness. More sweet than bitter (but it is described as in the English Style).

Notes from 2/17/08

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Photo of Johnhaley1989
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ChimRichels
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a hazy brilliant deep bronze with a good finger of cream colored head that holds on strong. Quite a sight for sore eyes

S - Smells very tropical, pineapple/mango with hints of biscuity malt. Nothing too strong in the aroma.

T - Tastes a lot like an english IPA. Malt provides a little too much balance, bringing flavors of fresh bread and toasted grains into the mix with the fruity hops. Bitterness seems to come from equal parts hops and charred malt.

M - very smooth and viscous, coats the tongue and mouth quite well.

O - A really good beer, but not the best IPA I've ever had. I would consider drinking again, but not if I was in the mood for a hop-bomb IPA.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/21/05- Purchased at the brewery in Hamilton, MT

Presentation- 22 oz bomber poured into my 24 oz glass mug. No dating on the bottle.

Appearance- Huge white billowy head. Very chunky. Decent lacing and a nice deep golden color.

Smell- More malt than hops. From what hops I smelled, pine and a sweet grapefruit.

Taste- Again more malt than expected. The hops are there, but like the other reviewer said, there needs to be more. This tastes like more of a pale ale rather than IPA. The hops are a bit bitter and sweeter than average.

Mouthfeel- Typical IPA carbonation. Maybe a tad watery.

Drinkability- A good offering that quenched my thirst, but needs to be more in your face with the hops.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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India Pale Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 48 ratings