Pioneer American India Pale Ale | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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Pioneer American India Pale AlePioneer American India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 05-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by dancaplette:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pungent, Juicy, Bitter, Smooth

With yet another IPA in the tallboy format to enter the arena, I’m thankful that Pioneer Beer Company came out swinging. This beer nearly dominates my palate with a mammoth onslaught of hop bitterness and flavor. And this one goes above and beyond the rest—it doesn’t just simply appease my hop addiction with a quick fix. Without a doubt this American IPA stands out. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.75 | Overall 4.00

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #106 (NOV 2015)

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the local Enrico’s Pizza & Pub in Sturbridge, MA, this IPA is a clear golden amber color with a fair white cover and similar lacing. The aroma offers a light biscuit with fair grapefruit hop. Gentle but a positive idea. The flavor offers a solid but easy drinking citrus hop with a peppery wheat bread complement. It’s simple, tasty, and medium-light bodied with very tiny bubbles but generally provides a prickly, active carbonation. It offers a lively, pleasant feel and could easily be a summer session brew. Hops are not huge but they linger nicely on the palate with leafy grain and citrus and make this a clear IPA brew for any hop lover. My first Pioneer brew and a happy experience, better than I expected.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/14/16. This is the first batch after they changed the recipe to make the beer more NEIPA-like. It's supposedly hazy now and brewed to taste more like Trailblazer. Let's find out!

L - yep, that's haze! Dark, brooding orange. Almost murky brown.

S - actually very appealing. Orange rind and spurts of peach. Spicy grapefruit peel and notes of guava and melon.

T - warming waves of peach and mango up front. That initial flavor is juicy and soft. Pineapple and creamsicle, then the bitterness hits. Pine swoops in for the kill and beats back the smoothie. Honeydew rind and a tangy acidic resin linger in the mouth. Bready with just a little bit of burning.

F - soft but carbonated. The volume of my sip increases slightly upon gentle swishing.

O - unfortunately I never got around to trying this beer before the change, but judging by the grapevine, I think it's a good thing? I can tell there once was a straight-forward IPA here, that has been kissed by the NEIPA stick. It doesn't appear entirely balanced and is fighting between the juice and piney citrus. Still, it's enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery.

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, oatmeal head leaves ample froth and lacing.

Some piney hops detected by the sniffer.

Pleasingly bitter, with more resinous hops coating the palate. Nice stuff. Easy to enjoy this better then average IPA from the good folks at Pioneer (Gotta love a brewery that has a nice disc golf course on the property!)

Moderatly flavorful with hops/bitterness in control. Malt element is present but balance was not the main focus for this one.

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Photo of Rejis
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, mostly clear with a slight haze, bubbly carbonation and thin off-white head. The aroma is a very pleasant floral, citrus, and light sweet malt.

Taste is different than the aroma. It's very sharply bitter and piney. I like that you can taste the malts but they just stay nicely in the background. There's a tiny bit of citrus that comes through later as the beer warms a bit. The piney hops really shine here.

Mouth feel is medium bodied drink with a bubbly carbonation that adds a nice crispness to it.

Overall, a nice piney bitter IPA that is also easy to drink.

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Photo of Shane234
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Uconnelmo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. It is not dated but I think it was quite old. Sampled on July 3, 2015.

Murky and milky amber-yellow pour.

The aroma is weak but I pick up pine, floral, and spice characters.

Medium, soft body.

The taste is past its "best by" date I'm sure. But it had a barley malt character and some lingering hop bitterness at the end. I bet this would have been great 6 months ago.

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Photo of Tbone2131
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Praz
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwaks
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a rating i left for anew beer as this one does not exactly fit the beer i had from abv
Hard word is to be rewarded, Pinoeer Brewerys ipa deserve it in droves. Look no further than your backyard ct for an awesome well-balanced and hop forward ipa with a smooth malt base to match. Pioneer's ipa is as smooth and drinkable as you would want any ipa to be with just the right bitterness with a good dose for floral, piney ahd citrusy hop flavor to match. Sure it's a little cloudy or hazy and that doesnt one bit impact the incredibly pleasant flavor. I can't say enough good things about this beer brewed right in central ct, better than almost any other ct brewed ipa i've tried save firefly hallow cone flakes. it's amazing, it's in a black 16oz can with a yellow sub and a red ribbon logo. I went into this one with low expectations and was more than plesantly surprised, i will be seeking out sixers of this one. Remember! drink fresh, drink local. Piorneer Beer company IPA is the de facto standard for CT ipas. Drink one and have a zen moment, I wish you the best and peace everyone!!

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Photo of Sak3
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Seems to be a similar hue of orange to an orange juice.
Smell: A fruity smell with a kick of citrus to it.
Taste: Mostly peaches and pineapple, a very unusually enjoyable assortment of fruits.
Feeling: A little kick to my mouth from the very strong amount of carbonation here. Was it pleasant? It was a fair experience.
Overall: I am not that big of a fan of a beer that's sole strength is to act as if it is an orange drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of PJKSR02
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The information about this brew is incorrect, or maybe the recipe changed. The ABV is listed as 6.5% on my can dated 11-15-14. The can is exactly as pictured.

Pretty nice brew here. The taste reminds me a lot of Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing, or a little of Hop Stoopid or Finestkind. Nice that it's local to Connecticut, and less expensive, and fresher, than the above-mentioned West Coast IPAs.

Give it a try, and be prepared for the hops!

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffmck09
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pisano
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of mkyer
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhavs
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edouble0015
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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