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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2002

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 150
Photo of purpletape
5/5  rDev +27.6%
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 NorCalYeti
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- hop citrus with a mild malt backbone, lots of hop bite at the front of the tongue

color- pinkish amber

clarity- clear

smell- grapefruit

body- medium weight, syrupy on the palate

appearance- good carbonation when poured with a white frothy head

overall impression- great nose and initial flavors upon pouring the beer and then the beer seemed to "drop-off" for me, becoming very non-eventful

notes- bottle says it's 6.8% abv, not 7.0% as shown on b.a. website

glassware: pint

serving temp.- 50.1 degrees

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Toronado in SF.

A: Ruddy, light amber body. Tight, medium head. Moderate retention, spotty lacing.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, orange. Lightly bitter. Some caramel malt.

T: More of the same. Very mellow hop character rides on top of a subtle malt base. Mostly grapefruit here.

M: Smooth, creamy. Mellow finish with not much of a bite.

D: A very nice cask IPA good amount of flavor with a nice feel on the palate.

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Photo of theopholis
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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 jeffjeff1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours golden amber with a whitish sudsy head. Aroma is piney hops, sweet citrus, English-like malts. Flavor is pale malts and floral hops with additional accents of pine sap and grapefruit. Medium bitterness, could use some more hops honestly. Still nice and drinkable.

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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 miramanmike
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper brownish cloudy color with litle to no head and no lacing.

S: Smells med to high hoppiness and almost biscuity. Its good.

T: Nice and hoppy with a strong malt backbone.

M: Good and carbonatated good beer.

D: I like it, but I don't think I'll buy again.

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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 originalsin
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A good friend of mine from Tiburon has been telling me stories of visiting Marin for a while now.. It was only naturally that, seeing this on sale in Whole Foods, I picked up a bottle. Didn't really know what to expect initially from Marin Brewco but was certainly pleasantly surprised.
It poured a pale amber color with a nice white head that really took its time to settle. Just from the pour the distinct smell of citrusy fresh hops wafted up to my nose. The taste was pretty similar--I've been drinking a lot of bigger beers lately and this is certainly a very reserved, drinkable brew. Could certainly session this beer and have a great night with it at that.

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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 mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 100floods
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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 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 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 magictrokini
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's I've had. Pours a hazy dark orange with a big tan head. Aroma of pine, pink grapefruit, and citrus. Sweet malts come first, but are followed by the resin and citrus hops. Very nice. It seems that Marin has far better luck when it comes to hoppy beers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Toronado. Hazy pale amber in color with just half an inch of head, this cask has probably been on for a couple of days at this point. The aroma is full of citrusy goodness, grapefruit and orange predominantly, and there's just a hint of malt shining through. The taste isn't far off from the aroma; very hop-forward, citrusy, dry on the malt side. Cask conditioning has mellowed the mouthfeel quite a bit, taken away the bite, though it hasn't lost any flavor. Pretty quaffable stuff actually, I had no trouble finishing my pint and wouldn't hesitate to try it again on cask.

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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 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 dontworrybeh0ppy
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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 deepsouth
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours beautifully into an oversized wine glass. the color is a golden amber with a HUGE head. reminiscent of the head of a racer 5, except this one sticks around longer and leaves a big scoop of cream colored citrusy ice cream on the top of the beer. almost perfect, 4.8. (the lacing is off the chart, 4.9)

it's hard to smell through the thick as ice cream dense head, but i definitely get pine and grapefruit. i'm picking up some malty sweetness, so i'm expecting a well balanced west coast ipa.

the taste is of grapefruit, lemon zest, pine sap and a nice malty finish. it's also a bit spicy and bold. i'd love to try their dipa. this is really like a 4.2.

the mouthfeel is slick and silky. very polished yet vibrant.

what can i say, i'm impressed with this beer. i wish i had more. someone hit me up for a trade!!!

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Photo of mattffrost
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bevmo in Fremont, California.

A: Beer is a copper light orange with a white head that did not last to long. Not heavly carbonated.

S: Citrus, malt, hops, very fruity smell

T: Very fruity and light at the begining with a slight spiceness with bitterness for the finish. I like it.

M: Very easy on the mouth. Light and fruity but a little bitter at the same time. Nice

D: Very, Very Drinkable easy can't taste the alcohol to much. A couple of pints is perfect.

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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 bitterthebetter
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden orange with dark hues and a creamy white head

aromas of grapefruit, biscuity malt, and solid pine

flavors of upfront hops with pine dominating and slight lemony citrus notes. slight malt on the background

very smooth and crisp and the finish just doesnt go away. slowly coats the entire mouth

a very nice and full bodied IPA. finish lasts much longer than the initial sip lets on and it continue to surprise sip after glorious sip

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unfortunately completely headless but the color is a nice rust/brown

s: strong citrus hops with caramel malts;

t: first is sweeter citrus malts followed by a rise up of caramel warmth and ending with a strong hoppy kick; pretty hoppy while still maintaining some caramel warmth

m: smooth and substantive but not too heavy

d: a good more fruity IPA

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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
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