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Marin India Pale Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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Marin India Pale AleMarin India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of purpletape
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AMAZING. Well balanced. smells super good. citrus pines, mother earth, whatever you nerds call it. tastes awesome, kind of like unicorns. can drink pints of this all day. i am currently saving money to convert the garage fridge to a keggerator featuring marin ipa and green flassh imperial only! tastes like a good ipa damn it! buy it enjoy it, and repeat!

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Photo of 3PuttPar
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Another great testament to Marin's ability to balance a variety of hops. Felt more like an imperial but with some extra caramel notes to balance it. Think racer 5 or Green Flash. Super delicious, but only for real IPA fans.

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Photo of StevieW
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first tasting of cask conditioned ale. Boy did it live up to the hype. Medium brown color, nice foamy head. I expected it to be thinner. It lasted a long time. The taste was perfectly hoppy, but pleasantly sweet and creamy. I could really taste the differance, noticibly fresher if that makes sense. Really easy to drink, and one of my all time favorites. I am really enjoying my run through the IPA's this summer. Highly recommended and worth the trip.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, Huge westcoast IPAs that's what I'm talking about it, in the words of the Larry the Cable Guy they "ger 'er done". Appearance: Amazing color it glows a copper orange hue with an off white tinted orange cream tone with resiliency what nice evenly dispersed lacing this beer is the shit. Aroma: Let's see where do we start Pine Cone scented hops a great floral quality about 'em this beer sings to my soul with each sniff this is what I talk about when I refer to an IPAs aroma. Taste: Wow succulent hop profile I wish I had acces to the Marin and Moylan brews I am an westcoaster in an eastcoasters body, after living in SoCal and being introduced to flavorful beer that is where my beer soul is connected to I love the ocean I spent my days at the likes of Dana Point, Laguna Nigel, Topanga, and Newport. I have to make my way back there for the only way I am going to be happy is to do my thing in the seventy degree weather for the rest of my life. Thank heavens for beer tasting this creamy, earthy, and pinecone like at the same time a wonderful mix not as big as some west coast IPAs but it's textbook in the categories I admire most. Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as some are or try to be, but fulfills my jonesing for a hoppy beer any day this is what I love you can't go wrong here this is so good. Drinkability: Refreshingly robust and wonderful this beer goes down as my favorite all around IPA ever, I like the bigger ones as in Imperial and Double styles but this is so drinkable so good.

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Photo of dontworrybeh0ppy
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served up in a glass mug, this guy I dragged cross-country from a lousy business trip. Waited for a special moment to open this one up, so it's Friday, 5:30 PM, and I just finished a project at work, and Belgian beer fest is tomorrow. So, I'd say a good time to celebrate.

Pours cloudy, finishes cloudy, nice clouds of life strewn across the sides of the glass. Head settles, smells amazing, hoppier than it tastes, for sure, which I love in a beer.

You expect hops, but you get honey. Once you taste, the aroma adjusts and tickles that senses of the nose. Goes down SMOOTH, very drinkable, want to keep on sipping to keep the flavor coming. A bit floral, and just very aromatic. Nothing extreme, but just right and well-balanced.


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Photo of joecast
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

looks slightly hazy copper in the glass. little carbonation, and only a thin covering for a head. interestingly, the last pour from the bomber was able to form a decent 1/2 inch head with no effort. upped app to 4.0

very full citrus aroma. some pungent pine when swirled around a bit. so sweet and strong it makes the mouth pucker.

damn thats balanced. it just slides down past the tongue without a hitch. the tanginess of the hops is set at a level of seriously high drinkability. this one will have you gulping before you can catch yourself.
the taste is definitely weighted towards the hops, but there isnt so much there that it could ever get tiresome.

sensational drinkability. this is as easy to drink, or better than many apa's. the 7%abv is nowhere to be found while enjoying, though it may find you later.
my only gripe is the bitterness seems a bit lost in it all. up it a few ibu and this could be a real winner (not that i dont already think it is with all the medals listed on the label). of course, that could be just the thing to throw everything else out of whack.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty color with some nice bright orange highlights. Has a very nice layer of off white bubbles, nice carbonation and some moderate carbonation.

Bold, complex aroma of pine, citrus, and floral hops , very nice and appetizing, A sweet underlining scent of toffee and chocolate.

Very good tasting IPA, sweet taste of caramel malt, and a very nice hoppiness. The hop bitterness is as good as it smells floral, citric, and a dry pine bitterness that rounds off the finish.

Very nice IPA balanced, drinkable as hell and beautifully hoppy, a real treat of a beer!


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Photo of 100floods
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has always been a favorite. It's high time I share my enthusiasm for this brew.

Poured in a 1/2 pint glass. The brew reveals a gold hue with barely any white head to be seen. Not a whole lot to smell, but there's a slight hop fragrance that you can get if you stick your nose around long enough. The taste? So smooth and refreshing, this is what beer is suppose to taste like, at least a damn good IPA should. At first there's a clean hop attack, not too strong (which is what you might expect from a west coast brew) with a smooth, slightly sweet malty finish. This beer is simple, yet so perfect. It's not trying to shove its weight around with an abundance of hops or malt, no bib brew attributes necessary. It's a reminder that you don't have to 'go big' for great flavor. Great for any occasion: after work, with a meal, the list can go on. If there's always one thing I like Marin Brewing for is their simple yet outstanding brews. This might be the Bay Area's finest IPA.

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Photo of HopAttack3
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this one in the store for along time, and passed it by for more famous, more talked about beers, but I have to admit, one try and I am a big fan of this IPA.

It pours a bit darker than American IPAs that I am used to (to date, I have used Stone IPA as my standard). Lots of beautiful off-white frothy head, with a ton of lace sitting on the side of the glass.

The aroma and flavor as about as good as they get (for the ones I've tried so far). Slightly sharp, but in a pleasant herbal, pine forest & grassy way- my first thought when smelling this was that it was like a field of very aromatic graases and flowers. Not the oily, sharp, bitter hops of some beers.

Tried this one with a Thai chicken noodle dish (with spicy peanut sauce) and it went really well.

What else can I say? I really like it!

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Photo of MilkManX
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Soccken
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Kanine
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of theopholis
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Body is a clear, deep copper that continually effervesces. The head is a 2 inch, foamy, off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell -Good, spicy, piney, citrusy hops. Very well blended in the smell. Good malt. also, a hint of a smokiness. It's not to style, but it smells great.

Taste - Very nice blend of hops and malt sweetness. Hints of citrus, and a mild grassyness. Amazingly mellow for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel - Unusually creamy for an IPA. Good body. Carbonation is a tad low.

Drinkability -This is a great American IPA, and a good sterter beer for non-hopheads to try hoppy beers.

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Photo of jbmorch
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The gentleman from Greensboro seemed to be reviewing a different beer. The gentleman from Korea was right-on.

This is a wonderful session beer for a hop-head. It has a great hoppy aroma, but only after you have taken a sip. The nose is weak, but that is inconsequential. After the first sip, you think that it is a very hoppy beer, but after further analysis the maltiness shines through. Still, malty beers tend to cling to the palate, but this one is clean all the way down. Maybe it's just the drought version that I tried - the bottle version might be different.

I'm surprised at the reports that this is made with Cascade hops; perhaps the Cascade were not boiled longer.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent IPA.

Appearance- amber color, transparent, good head retention, good lacing

Smell- piney hops

Taste- malt, hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA. I will definitely be drinking it again.

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Photo of mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub. Poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 2/26/09. ABV comes in at 6.4%.

A-Amber. 1/2 finger head that dissolves to a nice foamy white ring. Nice lacing is left.

S-Smells identical to the White Knuckle. Nose is hit by the sweet smell of fresh hops, predominantly citrus. Has that great West Coast Simcoey smell.

T-Tastes like it smells. Tons of citrus comes through. Sweet malt hits on the back of the palate. A nice level of bitterness is left.

M-Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is a little strong.

D-Very balanced and I had no problem ordering a second round.

I have been drinking the IPA from BrewCo since 1994 and had stopped a few years back because it was quite plain compared to Lagunitas, Racer 5, and Russian River's offerings. This recipe has obviously been changed by Arne for the better. It has such a similair hop profile to the White Knuckle, but is not nearly as full bodied and sweet. Arne has created a great beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why I waited so long to try this.
Pours a clear golden orange with a solid two finger off white head that melts very slowly to nice, sticky lace.

Aromas are all about hops...fresh pine oils more than citrus.

Taste begins with sweet amber candied malt as in a DIPA but thins quickly to the citrus peel hops and bits of pine again.
Note: On re-review, I looked at some of the other reviewers and have to note that blitheringidiot's comments about this being a "Tang flavored IPA" are right one. I love the taste, but it really is sort of a Tang kind of citrus hops...a lot sweeter and a little synthetic compared to most West Coast IPA's.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth from the carbonation and aftertaste is clean and fresh with a remembrance of the malt and a lingering of the hops.

Good, solid West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed a couple of pints of this nice IPA whilst dining outside at the Brewpub with Alewife and the girls on 20JUN....

Comes out medium to deep copper colored, with little carbonation evident within the clear liquid. Head is creamy, light tan, lasts well and sticks up a storm on the side of the glass. It has a pleasant, strong citrussy nose, with a bit of light malty sweetness evident. Body checks in at medium-plus, and this IPA is quite smooth on the tongue. A winner, so far....

Flavor shows some toasty, almost crystal-like malt action at the outset, followed soon by a strong grapefruit rush, with some resiny, coating action on the palate. It sticks in the mouth and lasts oh-so-well. One heck of a thirst quencher, even at the 6.8% abv listed on their bier menu.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of BrewMaster
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice reddish copper color with a fluffy tan head. It'sa pretty beer.

Smell: Big floral hop nose with hints of grass, granola, and citrus.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness to open it up with hints of citrus, rose, jasmine, vanilla. Along with being floral the hop flavor is also very earthy with a muddy bark flavor and a sweet, malty ending. There is light fruitiness present that leaves a lingering sweetness. The ending is hoppy and oily with more complex flavors. Burnt black pepper, peat, smoke, sand. The hop flavor lingers into a nice bitter aftertaste. Very well done.

Mouthfeel; Clean, light to medium bodied and very smooth. Hoppy and bitter but not hard to swallow.

Drinkability: Excellent American IPA to style. Very drinkable and I forsee having another one of these in the near future.

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Photo of mbunje
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Served refrigerator cold.

Copper-Orange color with an off white head. Medium-heavy lacing that sticks to the glass nicely.

Smell is quite good. Very Piney Hop smell with a background of toasted malts.

A crisp citrus taste at the front of the tongue, becomes rich and bready, and finishes dry with a bit of alcohol burn (6.8 ABV). This is borderline DIPA in my opinion

Feels crisp with a good amount of carbonation and very smooth. slight hop oil gives it a bit substance.

Very drinkable at 6.8% tastes and feels lighter than it is. A very nice "IPA" by Marin. I'm tasting the Moylan's IPA in a bit so look for that. Moylan's is the sister brewery of Marin.

IPA lovers this is a good one.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, clear orange-amber color, with a nice half inch of rocky white head. Huge hoppy aromas, pine, citrus, grapefruit. Tastes exactly like it smells, with the intense hoppiness balanced by some sweet malt. Alcohol is not at all evident, making this a delicious, dangerously drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
Pours with an easily summoned, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The head sits atop a brilliantly clear, cranberry tinged, copper color beer (I think my hotel light brings out the cranberry notes in a beer). A nice, sweet, citrus character wafts to my nose as soon as I pour this beer; notes of tea, berries of course lots of sweet citrus are quite noticeable even before I try and sample the aroma. Ah yes, as expected the aroma is quite pungently hoppy; notes of grapefruit, candied orange peel, sugar glazed green onions, and some herbaceous menthol notes are all quite noticeable. Though the dominant aromatics are fruit leaning, there is some nice, dank, green hoppiness here as well; luckily it plays a supporting role, so just adds to the aromatic complexity here.

A bright, sweet, caramelized malt character greats my tongue up front, but this is quickly joined by, and ultimately plays second fiddle to the hop flavors. Fruity hop notes of apricot, lychee, ruby-red grapefruit, candied orange peel, and orange flower extract are all found here. There are lots of sharper hop notes here as well; a mix of green, herbal hop character, notes of menthol, some definite pine and even a hint of raw, green, onion like flavors are here as well. A nice bitterness finishes this beer off with a nice bite. The bitterness never becomes harsh or astringent and in fact integrates quite well with the overall hop character; it is in fact not just noticeable in the finish, but plays a role here from start to finish of each sip.

What a nice brew, a paragon of IPA-hood in many respects; it captures the drinkability of the style and is definitely hoppy enough for even this oft-times hophead. It has been years since I regularly had access to Marin BC's brews and I certainly miss having them. They make a solid line up of brews that I need to continue to track down and retry.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Judged at the 2003 Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival. (Blind Taste)

Coppery orange pour with a white head with big bubbly foam.

Aroma is classic American "C" hops with just a touch of cattiness to the hops.

Initial flavor is a honey like malt character which quickly disappears under a bright sparkling grapefruit and orange peel flavor.

Finish has a touch of supporting malt to take an edge off of the lingering large bitter.

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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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