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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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 150
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This one poured a big thick head 3 finger high and the color had a red amber glow. The smell of pink grapefruit and fresh caramel. The taste was more of the flavors that I found in the nose with a extra kick of spicy hop that was quickly matched with a smooth malt backbone that never let up. This beers mouthfeel is over the top for a powerful hop driven ipa. The main point of this ale was the great balance, without being boring. I can see why this beer won so many medals from around the world!

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Photo of mbunje
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for busting this out.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, pure white head, tons of lace, settles to a thick layer. Smell is very hoppy, floral, citrus, caramel, pine, bread, very balanced. Taste is similar, perfect balance, pine, tons of floral, light fruits, some grapefruit citrus, orange, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, warming, very nice IPA, solidly done. Thanks guys!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a somewhat foggy rich amber hue with a huge fluffy two finger head that slowly dies down to a generous layer that lasts till the very end. Stickiness is great, holds on all over. Smell is a clean, fresh, grapefruit with sweet mandarin oranges. Sweet pine is noticable in the nose as well. Very powerful smell overall. Taste actually starts off with a sweet caramel malt blended with a dirty hop flavor. Midway through the huge pink grapefruit flavors emerge and last in the aftertaste. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Another west coast hop bomb that doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gorgeous toffee copper with a still nature to it. Head is quality too, creamy with a whipped butter hue.

S: Lemon peel, strawberry cream, gardenia and a very fine layer of pine in the distance.

T: Begins very earthy, almost dirty (but not enough to be unattractive). Very different from how it smells, the pine really jumps out at you while the fruity flavors play second fiddle. Under the pine, nips of sugary tangerine, raspberry and watermelon can be found. As it warms, balance is acquired between the sweet and bitter creating a nice flavor. Finishes with a low level earthy bitterness.

M: Medium body with a fairly full mouthfeel. Good.

D: Not an overly complex beer but nice flavor and quite drinkable.

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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 merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a murky orange amber body with a small offwhite head. Retention is fair and some spotty patch lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly pine and grapefruit but a wisp of caramel and orange ester sneak in.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation. Mild hops bite present.

Taste begins with bitter hops, grapefruit, pine, and some grassiness. Pleasant notes of caramel and orange add a nice balancing sweetness. Finishes with a fresh pinecone bitterness.

Very sessionable. I like the subtle sweetness which takes the edge off what would otherwise be a hop bomb.

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

Grapefruit and pine, with subtle dried apricots and tea. This one leans towards the British IPA side a bit; the malts have a gentle sweetness and subtle richness and the hops are partly bitter and partly fruity. This beer has alot going on; it's not an assertive ale and has great balance, all the while bringing the hops out to the front of the stage. Nice looking lace. It's very reminiscant of fresh cask ale. All the flavors are very round and come together nicely. This would be a good beer to cellar.

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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 DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange/amber colour with very light tan foam, a little deeper than eggshell. Decent retention and some lacing, a little lackluster for an IPA but still good. Strong hop aroma, but this seems to have a refined balance of american hops rather than just being aggressive. Plenty of floral and citrus (grapefruit) with mild pine. Solid bitterness with a mild caramel sweetness behind the plentiful hop flavour. Mostly citrus to start (orange/grapefruit) followed by pine and then a more floral finish. The whole hop combination lingers for quite some time. Medium body with a bit of heft, moderate carbonation with a bit of dryness. Creamy texture too. I really like the balance in this beer - it makes it highly drinkable and I'd be quite happy if this was a standard in my fridge. Thanks for the trade northyorksammy.

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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 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 grub
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light amber colour with about a half inch of fhick off-white head. doesn't take long for the head to drop, but it clings to the sides leaving plenty of lace. there's a bit of yeast/hops floating in the glass, but that could just be due to the pour.

aroma is very nice. not as "harsh" as some IPAs, but still dominated by hops. fresh and floral, with a bit of citrus and pine. the citrus isn't really grapefruit and is more orangey.

taste is nice. the hop bitterness is moderate, but good. it seems just right for the beer. the hop flavour is still mostly orange with just a hint of grapefruit. bit more pine comes through in the taste. the malt is nice. rich and bready.

the mouthfeel on it is farly big. there's a nice creamyness to it. it hides it's 7%ABV very well, with a great balance between the malt, hops and alcohol.

drinkability on this beer is great. even at 7% it's certainly something i'd love to kick back and enjoy on a warm day (or just about any other day for that matter).

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a nice light brown with a creamy white head. Quite attractive at first but the head falls flat quickly and there's no lacing from that point onwards...

The smell is typical of a "West Coast" IPA - lots of emphasis on the citrus rind notes as you'd hope. Some notes of pine and spicy herbs are present as well along with a hint of caramel and vanilla.

The flavor is also textbook West Coast with clear flavors of Cascade hops dominating. There's also a pretty robust malt component as well to lend some balance though it's a bit strong on the caramel and tends towards sweet a bit strongly. The hops, while front and center aren't overpowering or out of proportion.

The residual sugars in the beer do tend to make this medium bodied brew a little cloying with not quite enough bitterness to break through at the end of each sip. Carbonation is good and lightens up each sip but there is a bit of an oily residue on the palate.

All in all drinkable, tasty and certainly enjoyable - just not the best beer to represent the style. I wouldn't hesitate to order one again if it were on the menu.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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 SethB2
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orangish color with a huge head a very nice lacing. Smells hoppy, but a bit one diminsionsal. Tastes much the same as the smell. Piney with a bit of citris, and a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and doesn't have that normal IPA hoppy aftertaste. All in all, however, this is a drinkable beer that I'm glad to have sampled.

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

03/11/06- On tap (cask) at the Marin Brewing Company.

Presentation- Via cask into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Rich copper colored pour...slightly murky with a 1/4 inch creamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Very hoppy and fruity. Lemon rind, grapefruit and maybe oranges. Light backdrop of toasted malt.

Taste- Malt is a nice background to a sweet hop parade. Lots of grapefruit...mouth watering grapefruit. Some lemon as well. The roasted malt melds well.

Mouthfeel- It's cask, so your really can't go wrong here. Very lightly carbonated, not to bitter of a mouthfeel. Leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability- I'll have to try the regualr bottled version sometime. This is right up there with some of the most drinkable IPA's. Not to extreme, just a pleasure to drink. Kinda on the level of the regualr Russian River IPA, but a bit sweeter and hoppier.

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

Pours a hazy amber peach hue topped with a frothy settled spotty tan headcap.

Soft balanced aroma of pine wood and citrus hops.

First swigs: Big bold balanced flavors of grapefruit meets grain. Middles around a focused grapefruit slice and juicy orange. A quick aftertaste of peaches and

Feel is soft and restrained with a gentle fizz.

Last swigs: A sugary Tang IPA. Enjoyable but I picked this up while on the West Coast and I doubt I will get my hands on another anytime soon.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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 joecast
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Toddv29424
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very few IPA's are able to balance the hops with the malts and grains that also have to be apparent, but this most definitly is able to do the job. Smell is mostly hops, but the taste is able to incoporate the maltyness as well. It has a terrific floral hop taste that lingers for a while after this is swallowed. There is much more of a fruity taste than I am used to with hops, which is really refreshing. A pleasant find.

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Photo of jbmorch
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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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Marin India Pale Ale from Marin Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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