Heartland Brewery Indy 500 Pale Ale | Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Union Square
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MuddyFeet on 06-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by PopeJonPaul:
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whoa this was unusually creamy for a pale ale...oh, it's a nitro tap. Ok. But wait, that looked like a normal tap. Uh... nitro "style," not nitro tap. What? Either way it had the texture of a Caffreys.

Pale orange amber, smells kind of fruity, extreme lacing and creamy head but kind of sweet and lower in the IBU department than I expected (and wanted, since I ordered it). Somewhat caramelly, fruity, with a little hoppiness in the finish, pretty good but no different from a good above-average pale, except for that strange creaminess which gives it a bit more drinkability. Not bad, but I'll stick to the Farmer Jon's, the Red Rooster and the Hefe.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Pale Ale came out of the tap muddy orange with a nice, pitting head with lots of foamy lacing.

Smell – The floral and piney notes from the dry-hopping were apparent along with a nice, sweet sugary malt backbone.

Taste – The Hop Express takes over at the taste. The pine and floral notes from the nose show up large on the tongue. All this without a hint of citrusy hop flavor. Interesting.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied with a fluffy mouthfeel that felt terrific.

Drinkability – This is a big, full-flavored effort at a West Coast-style Pale Ale. Good job!

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a pint at the Empire State Bldg location. Poured ornagy amber, hazy, with a big fluffy and creamy off white head. Left well developed lacing. Subtle hoppy nose. Nice soft mouthfeel, this is a creamy well hopped brew. Smooth, well crafted and tasty. Respectable hop crunch, floral and grainy up front and all along the finish. Worth a try if you find yerself at one of the growing number of Heartland lacations in NYC.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived w/ a nice white head....lasted thru half it's consumption.
Not overwhelming w/ hops. Clean, fruity aroma.
A real smooth texture w/ definite drikability...not overpowering in any one area...I would make a session of it if I had the time.
Served just a chill above cask, with a taste expected of most W. Coast IPA's. A good choice if you find your way into Heartland.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Empire State Building...
Definitely a good IPA... Solid across the board... Copper hue, dense, thick head...
Hops jump out at the nose...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel... thick-tasting, easily downable IPA... Slight lemon-aftertaste, with sharp, pungent citrus...
Medium-bodied moutheel...
Easily drinkable...

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Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart rather quickly. Some spotty lacing develops and carbonation bubbles are few and far between.

Smell: light citrus tones are the lone aroma component as no hop bitterness is detectable.

Taste: mild caramel, grapefruit, green grapes, and a soft bitterness was a bit disappointing for an APA.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Very brief aftertaste as the mild bitterness and grapfruit softly sits on the tongue for a second or two. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this dull and mellow APA is easy to quaff but the tastebuds will be disappointed.

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Photo of Stimack
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to give the Indy 500 a try, kind of wish I didn't. It was nitro poured which seemed to bring down this brew immensly. The color of the brew was a cloudy amber with a nice sized head from the nitro pour which did leave a lot of lace down the side of the glass. The aroma seemed a bit muted but did pick up some citrus like scents but nothing overly impressive. The taste was fair, smooth texture but again it seemed muted as it was somewhat tough to pick up the up. What I did get was a citrus like taste with some hoppiness but over all it seemed to miss the boat for me. I will not get this one again.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer menu said it was served "'nitro' style" but it was poured from the tap. That kind of confused me. The head on the beer was very fine, it took quite a while for it to go away and it was a cloudy amber in color. The flavor was quite hoppy, but not bitter at all. Really quite sweet and creamy. There were also hints of fruit--citrus at first with a melon finish. I think more than two of these would numb the palate because it is so rich.

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Photo of pikemark
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange color on tap at 34th and 5th.

Very thick foamy head that stuck around with good lacing all the way down.

The taste wasnt as strong upfront as I like my Pale ales but good nonetheless, very subtle. It was quiet upfront with a strong dry aftertaste. Had a little of the oily quality to it.

All and all a good hop flavor but a bit thin for what I like.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled this at the empire state building location

nice full flavor and ballance the hops dont overpower the malt. this one is a bit light in color (more yellow), but packes a big punch. this beer is purfict for any day, if you get a chance to try this one do it, you wont be disapointed

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Heartland Brewery Indy 500 Pale Ale from Heartland Brewery Union Square
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 11 ratings