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 tizride
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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 coldriver
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a medium clear amber, decent head and lacing. Piney grapefruit and tangerine aromas with caramel malt. Tending a little towards an east coast maltier style, although piney, citrus and berry hops come through loud and clear. Rather wet and thin mouthfeel. A solid IPA from this Bay Area brewery.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA bordering on DIPA. I let it warm some out of the fridge and it poured with an amazingly slow to settle, foamy, super frothy, fluffy, Iight, off-white head and loads of clingy lace. Color is a slightly hazy apricot. Aroma is bread dough, hop, yeast, malt, resin. Flavor is similar to nose with some up front sweetness, followed by bitter, cracker, fruit, resin and slight tang. Body is good and carbonation somewhat soft. Finish is like flavor with resin lasting longest and no alcohol. Good brew.

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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 kflorence
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, almost opaque amber brown in color with a great frothy off-white head. Tons of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels were spot on. Looks to have good body and substance with a bit of oil. A very nice appearance for an American IPA, if not a tad on the dark side.

S: A ton of bitter, citrus and grapefruit hops make their presence known, but there is a definite roasted malt backbone. Some pine resin, fruit and a hint of alcohol are also present.

T: Much more balanced on the palate than the nose led me to believe, the taste is an entanglement of grapefruity citrus and sweet, toasty, caramelized malts. Though I think the hops are slightly more prominent, as they should be for the style, this has to be one of the few American IPA's I've had that manages to balance the hops and malts all the way through, from start to finish. This might disappoint hop enthusiasts, but I find it quite enjoyable. Finishes smooth and bittersweet.

M: This is medium bodied with perfect carbonation and a good amount of chewiness and substance. With a bit of oil, it seems to coat the tongue on each swallow. To me, this is the embodiment of what an IPA should strive for: enough presence to let you know it's there while remaining smooth and drinkable and easy on the stomach.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this American IPA. From the pour to the palate, I enjoyed the flavor and body this beer had to offer. Perhaps not an overly complex or breakthrough batch, it seemed to strike a chord for me in both quality and balance. Though I think most will find this to be weak as an example of a West coast American IPA, I quite liked the hop/malt balance. As an introduction to the Marin Brewing Company, I look forward to trying out more of their selection. Cheers!

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Scot for providing this in my care package from San Diego. Love trying these west coast gems. Although my first comment here is that this reminded me more of an east coast IPA. More malt/caramel focused. More pine focused vs. many of the Citrus west coast bombs (that I love)

Off white head grows, stays and sits atop a brown/amber beer with some reddish tints. THick rings of lacing remain. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is more pine focused as mentioned above. A decent amount of malt and caramel here along with some grassiness.

Much more fruit and caramel than the west coast staples. Pine resin, some pepper and the grass notes continue. Even for a 7%, there was some abv detected.

Fairly bold body. Almost sticky.

A decent little IPA. I liked their White Knuckle Double a lot more for whatever that’s worth. Still very happy to have tried this.

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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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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring. Color is an amber bronze.

Aroma: A ton of citrus fruit. Pineapple and grapefruit. Earthy and grassy hops.

Taste: A ton of fruit flavors and citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple. Floral and earthy hops. Very fresh.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and fresh. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, another surprise. Nice ipa. Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Good stuff.

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4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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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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 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 BevMoAndrew
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Marin IPA pours a golden honey color in the glass with a two finger thick white froth(big bubbles). The lacing of the beer is nice as well as the retention of the froth. Obviously, the beer is very hoppy on the nose with aromas of pine resin, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, jasmine, caramel, & biscuit. On the palate, the beer has a smooth dryness (as opposed to a sharp bitterness) that allows the hop flavors to linger. The best part of this beer, for me, is that the beer is evenly balanced. The IPA is well built, which makes it extremely easy to drink. Solid IPA. Recommended.

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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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