Marin India Pale Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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Marin India Pale AleMarin India Pale Ale

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Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 150
Photo of TheLiterati
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy amber-orange colored ale, with an initially frothy but quickly dissipating head. Deeply hopped aroma with citrus and floral undertones.

However the mouthfeel was strange. It felt like I had a sweater on my tongue or something like that. I wouldnÂ’t say it was cloying, but it left more of an unpleasant coating of some kind.

The taste was off as well. While the presence of hops practically leaped out of the bottle in terms of aroma, it seemed to disappear from the taste, leaving me quite disappointed overall.

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Photo of caresville
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

received this last month in a BIF from i dont even remember anymore, but i know he/she hooked me up!! thanks for this beer i would never have the opportunity to try.

a- a cloudy/hazy dark orange to light brown with lots of carbonation, a nice fluffy white head and leaves great lacing.

s- fruity and hoppy but hints of a sweet kind of maltiness and lots of sugar.

t&m- just didnt do it for me, not a regular IPA for sure. starts drinking like any IPA with great hops and some citrusy fruits but comes up way sweet and malty in the finish. very bitter on the swallow showing its malt backbone and all hops and fruits disappear. not sure of the age on this one though.

d- im not a fan of most bitter beer and this is no different, very unique and i can see why people would really enjoy this but when im drinking an IPA i dont like to try something out that i would feel is a hybrid of a few different styles.

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Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The head was lumpy and the color of parchment paper. A healthy amount of lacing remained. The body was dark golden and lightly hazy.

Smell was earthy and piney. Moist Roman Meal bread. Herbal notes were evident as it warmed some.

Taste was buttery. This one was relatively balanced, but tipped toward the malty side. More hops flavors appeared in the aftertaste than up front. I had hoped for a more bitter profile.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was presented to me with a finger of off-white head with low retention. Nose was lightly piney-hoppy. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a grainy hoppiness, like it had been overly dry-hopped and not all of the resulting solids had filtered out. Hey, it happens, and I am not dunning them (too strongly) for it. Caveat emptor! Finish was pleasantly dry and hoppy. Better than average, but not worth seeking out, IMHO.

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Photo of azdback
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Pretty dark, or burnt orange. A bit cloudy. Quite a bit of carbonation bubbles but not too many. Head is two fingers and close to bright white, very frothy and luscious. Lace is sticking around moderately.

Smell is bready, caramel malt sweetness. Deeper citrus smell, maybe of a blood orange. Something not so bright and puckery.

The taste is nothing like the smell. It still has the bready or Belgium yeast taste. There isn't much going on here. With a ton of searching I was able to find a bit of the mellow citrus I detected in the nose. On second thought maybe it tasted exactly like the nose. Not impressed.

The mouth is what it should be for the style. Well carbonated, light side of chewy. Full to the end.

This is the second Marin beer I have reviewed and neither has tickled me much. I am on the search for the White Knuckle and hope it is not the let down this and the San Quinten Stout were.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark orange with a big thick white head.

Pleasant lemon/orange, bitter tangerine nose with hints of ripe pineapple. Nice nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with nice full body.

Is this really an IPA? Flavors start with a front palate of sweet malt that lingers to a lemon mouse. Nice and pleasant but a bit too sweet and not really like a typical IPA. Lots of malt flavors and sweet orange/tangerine flavors for an IPA. Little bitter character whatsoever. Only bitter comes in the finish. Finish is also malty with a light sweet grapefruit finish.

Pleasant if not a little too sweet. Not typical in my experience of an IPA.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a small, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and spicy hops.

Tastes of some spicy hops with not much of a malt base. Hops give off grapefruit and some tea leaves come through with a bit of spiciness. Malt is very light and doesn't offer much sweetness or depth. I would call this kind of a hop tea.

Mouthfeel is light with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA that would benefit from some malt additions.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden brown. Analogous to Racer 5. Solid lacing. Yummy.

S: Great light fruity hoppy aroma. Smell is better than the taste.

T: A nice, IPA from a few years ago. Not an aggressive piney, grapefruit IPA. Just an IPA and nothing else. I appreciate there is no sugary aftertaste. I'd love to get to know this brew on a Wed or TH night.

M: I found this bomber FLAT. Some astringent flavors at the back end.

O: I'd definitely try this again as a draft. Not as a bomber.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have a good feeling about this beer. It was relatively inexpensive ($3.29 for a bomber) and loaded with awards on its label. Let's do it. On to the beer:

Glowing, pale orange in color with a froathy white head on top. A bit of chill haze in the body. Your classic American IPA in appearance....and in aroma. The hops are quite juicy, interwined with hints of licorice. The aroma's intensity quickly fades. Mildly hoppy in taste, maltiness is on the light side. Some resin, some herbs, hop leaf...tastes like the color green. It becomes more flavorful as it warms, resulting in a positive notch in the score. Lighter than its listed 6.8% ABV

There is a good amount of hops in this one, though I think the malt bill needs to be beefed up to make this beer really shine. That being said, this is still a satisfactory beer, particularly as it warms up from the fridge.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, Medium head. Aroma us floral hops and citrus. A medium bodied IPA. Lightly hoppy. Grapefruity flavor. Stylistically more like an English IPA than a really hoppy West Coast IPA. Mild hops and malts. Juicy and very drinkable. No noticeable alcohol bite at 7%. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of callmescraps
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard good things, thought I'd try.

Appearance - A real nice deep copper with a couple of inches of foamy, off-white head. Great lacing all the way down. Looks nice.

Smell - A little mild. Some nice citrus hops, but balanced by the malt. A little candy sugar, plenty of bread.

Taste - Nice hops up front. Some citrus, and a little grass? That's followed by a real strong bready-yeastiness. Very mellow. Would like some more hops to make it bang. Can really taste the cascades.

Mouthfeel - Pretty nice. A little creamy. No syrup. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Perfectly fine. The bread is nice and mellow, but it's not terribly exciting.

This is a fine IPA, but nothing great. I'd have it again but wouldn't really seek it out.

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Photo of Floydster
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's for just under $4, drank yesterday and reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass

A-Clear golden orange color, 3/4 inch creamy white head, looked like it was out of a tap, decent retention, no lacing
S-Pine, resin, lemon juice, grapefruit hoppiness, faint bready malt, and grassy accents
T-Very citrusy at first, pine in the finish, nicely balanced, lacked umph though, not much a bitterness, lighter like a standard pale ale, needed some more harshness
M-Hoppy, citrusy, and dry mouthfeel, thin to medium body, lots of carbonation, taste does not last long
D-Smooth, light on the stomach, refreshing, mid range ABV, goes down easy, alcohol is hidden

Have not been overly impressed with any of Marin's hoppy beers, White Knuckle is better than this though, good beer for its price, other than that makes it just another California IPA, worth trying though

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Photo of Overlord
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange amber. Surprisingly minimal white foam head ... maybe an inch, and it quickly settles down to a thin white film.

Aroma is shockingly floral and herbal. Almost no citrus in the smell ... what the? This is from the brewing company that produces White Knuckle? Not saying it's bad, just surprising.

The taste is, again, light on the grapefruit/pine/citrus. There's a surprisingly amount of sweet malt, and a bit of offsetting ... it's sort of grapefrut, but more mild. There's also an earthy aftertaste I don't particularly care for.

Lively, well-carbonated. I won't be revisiting, though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a sample of this at the brewpub today, was tasty and so, I grabbed a bottle. Into my Moonlight pint glass

A: Crystal clear amber with a gorgeous beige head. Excellent retention and gorgeous lacework

S: Massive grapefruit bitterness up front with some pine. Resiny. No real malt aroma. Hops seem fresh, grassy and mildly herbal-like spicy.

T: Opens up with a good bit of bitterness, pine and grapefruit. Not as hoppy as on tap, there's some sweetness as well, sugary in nature. Hop bitterness is moderate, there isn't an awful lot of flavor either. Dry on the finish with a mild bitterness

M: A little watery in body, underwhelming bitterness. Decent carbonation, though

D: Quaffable but not particularly enjoyable

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, intensely herbal hops, alcohol, and a weird cleaning product aroma. Taste is of toasted malt, earthy/dank/herbal hops, and alcohol. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. Oddly enough, there is something in this beer that is slightly numbing to my palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a a pretty good beer with a weird smell but its pretty tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of bmwats
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark golden hue. poured about a 2 finger, cascading, foamy, white head which persists throughout. sporadic dry lacing.

s: steely an hoppy.

t: really piny with a slight sweet tinge.

m: light and refreshing quality. a bit of a steely aftertaste, dry finish. seemed a little washed out, but it was the very tail-end of a cask...

d: more of a sipping brew.

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Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint at the Marin pub in Larkspur.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky grain dominates, but comes across as fairly mild. Caramel and delicate floral and piney hops are also present.

T: Begins off-dry, immediately malty with bold toasted pale malt. Restrained hop aromatics emerge after a few beats, displaying floral and citrus flavors. Flavors fade in the middle as acidity rises with a whiff of carbon dioxide. Finish is drying, balanced, and barely bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth with a mineral edge, and moderate carbonation.

D: A mildly-flavored IPA that drinks easily, this beer shares a similar hops intensity to its sibling, Mt. Tam, but strides ahead with a bigger malt bill. While stylistically it does not come across as a West-Coast IPA, this beer is food-friendly--providing a fine accompaniment to salmon fish and chips at the pub. Having had this beer from the bottle and the tap on many other occasions, the passive presence of the hops here was surprising, though not a deal-breaker.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a slightly hazy amber with almost no head despite a fairly vigorous pour.

The smell, however, is really nice. A noseful of citrusy, piney hops with a noticeable spiciness.

The taste doesn't live up to the wonderful hop nose. The taste is a little flat, and the hops lose much of their citrus and pine here while retaining a slight spiciness on the finish and a more muddied earthiness in the fore and mid palate.

The mouthfeel is just okay- the carbonation seems a little off. On the one hand there is a quick burst of very tight carbonation that seems a little in your face, and on the other, that carbonation fades away to almost nothing too quickly and leaves the beer feeling as if it lacks body.

I really want to like this beer more, but the strange quirks in its profile brings the enjoyment level down for me.

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Photo of freed
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz of this. Beer pours with a rich copper body, light white head and simpe lacing. Slightest haze to the mostly clear body.

Aroma is mild and of old world hops. Suggestive fruit and malt smells but nothing insistant.

Taste is similarly polite and gentle and quite congenial compared to most American IPAs. The nice malt is ballanced with the hop's floral contribution.

This beer drinks really nicely, but is so gentle that it would seem more like a mild session bitter rather than a 7% ABV IPA. Slow down boy.

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Photo of emanon
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff was pretty good. It was not super special but very solid. It represented the style very well. Nice clear crisp appearance. Floral Pines with a slight soil smell, tasted very nice fairly well balanced very enjoyable. Bitter but it was smooth. Medium bodied, maybe on the lighter side. Drinkability was moderate I could have a couple for sure.

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Photo of jackorain
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark orange brown, nearly barleywine in color, quite cloudy. Tan head fell quickly to 1/4 inch of big bubbles nestled among a tight creamy head.
S-Big piney hops, bready malts and honey toast. Citrus and green hops finish.

T-Not as much hops as in the nose. Not a lot of bitterness, pinre and green are there. Some malt balance out the minimal hops. Balanced but mild flavor.

M-lighter body, a little thin, nice carbonation

D-Good I could have this bomber and more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber. Orange with some head. Hoppy though not grapefruit aroma. On very bitter side, certainly well hopped. Canadian malt is hometown stuff but I felt this was missing the balance I have had in other IPAs. Nicely drinkable with food which offsets acidic aftertaste.

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Photo of t420o
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured semi aggressive produces a off white head that rests atop a golden-orange beer that is ever so slightly hazy. Head is a little fizzy and leaves after a couple sips with decent lacing.

S- Sweet pink grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, melon, pine, very fresh hop smell, and some sweet malt smell as well. Very good smelling.

T- Taste upfront is of slightly bitter hops with a strong malt presence. Too malty even though its still good, it is not balanced well at all for a IPA. The hops are overpowered and do not make a real presence in the taste as they do in the smell. Some slight citrus and bitterness fight through the malt, but they do not last on the palate for very long at all before the malt wipes the taste away. A good beer, but for an IPA it just doesn't do it for me. Not a hint of alcohol which is nice at 7% abv

M- Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, and nice and viscous. Smooth on the way down

O- This is an IPA? Why so much malt? I like this beer, but when I go out and buy an IPA, I expect hops. Their are sooo many IPA's I'd rather have than this one. Its a good beer. Easy drinking and flavorful, but not a good representation of a IPA, especially one from the west coast.

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Photo of ironlung
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light golden hue with 1/2" head. Nice lacing.

S: Musty hops. Arnie(brewmaster) told me they're cascade.

T: Well balanced for a 7.3% ipa.Kinda fruity on the front and then the hops come on the back end.

M: Crisp refreshing beer. No stickyness. just very easy drinking.

D: Drinks as easy as any good pale ale, but that 7.3% ABV is very well hidden so watch-out!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy copper color. Head is nice. It leaves lacing and is relatively frothy but has some body to it.

S-Getting that standard citrus/dough combo. Citrus and green bitter grass and pine. Malt provides balance. Definitely hop-forward but the hop flavors do allow the malt to shine through at some moments.

T-Still finding balance. Bakery malt and citrus hops with more pine and grass than the nose led me to initially believe. Herbal hops too.

M-Fuller bodied in terms of the style. Booze hidden well. Bitter and dry. A mild resinous quality. Chewy to some extent.

O/D-Again, another reason for me to believe that the East Coast has some serious hoppy brews that can easily compete with many of these West Coasters. Good price though. I have had this exact beer before I swear; maybe a different label from a different brewery but this take on the IPA is everywhere.

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