Indianola IPA | Silver City Brewing Co.

37 Ratings

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Kevlee722:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is just gorgeous! The liquid is a beautiful bright and thick, deep orange in color. The head rose mightily and showed great retention.

Smell – This bouquet is rather subtle and consists of some light citrus, a bit of pine, some sort of herbal character, and a light caramelly malt balance.

Taste – The hop profile is nice and even at the taste and mirrors the smells from the nose. The malt is a bit grainy but quite smooth, almost like a good lager.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is very balanced with some sharp dryness at the finish. I’d call it medium-bodied in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is part hardcore Silver City brew and part hoppy session ale. Nicely done!

Update – Got a fresh 2006 bomber and it’s just as I remember it. The ale from beginning to end is awesome, balanced in a PacNWy way (meaning not very balanced – haha), and has an amazing appearance. The head comes up so easy but doesn’t explode and the yellowed foam screams for the drinker to dive right in.

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Photo of NWer
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Indianola Pale Ale - not Indianola IPA as stated. But I nitpick.
Pours a beautiful foggy amber with nice head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice layer of foam typical of IPA's. Lace is spotty to non-existent.
Aroma - Malt sweetness - nothing special.
Taste is well balanced and a little sweet. Hops present just enough to make their presence known. I note a little lemon flavor. Very nice.
Overall? A very easy drinker. Polished off the bomber before I realized it. Could easily have another.
I think I will.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and some grass from the hops. The flavor is similar, with some toffee and grain notes, and a hint of grass from the hops. I get a little bit of citrus in the flavor, but not too much. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Silver City Brewery almost temped me with a strong Scottish ale, but it was just too sweet for my taste at that moment. I'm partial to IPAs, so I went with the usual when I'm trying out a new brewpub.

It came out in an imperial 20oz pint, good to see. Clear, toasty golden color is attractive. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing wrong with that. Decent head dissipated kind of average, leaving a thin layer of bubbles and a little lacing.

Smell was weak. A little bit of bitter citrus, a little alcohol and sweetness but not much. Might have been because this beer was served quite cold. If I had been more patient and let it warm up a bit, it might have yielded more aromas, but I was searching and not finding.

Taste came through a bit more. Mild malts, a little biscuit and sweetness. Bitter, citrus hops remind me of lemon peel. This beer was pretty high on the bitterness scale, but not with much complexity or balance.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium-low level of carbonation, smooth, medium body, not too watery, not too syrupy.

Not my favorite IPA, but still drinkable for me. Maybe I was off for the night, or the batch wasn't their best. I'll probably give it a second chance if I'm the neighborhood again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a light hazy gold with a small white head, and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, pine cones, and sticky pine sap with a blast of sugary biscuits.
Taste is of the same aromas with some biscuity malt and caramel standing out.
Mouthfeel is mildly sweet, slightly sour, with a mediocre balance.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of meathookjones
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a fairly clear orange with about an inch of fluffy white head. Some scattered lace as the head dies. Citric hoppiness with a light bitter. A fairly large amount of malty sweetness was present in the nose. Sweet caramel malty backbone with a grapefruity and piney hoppiness. Really nice amount of bitterness drowns out most of the sweetness I was expecting in the taste from what I detected in the aroma. Fairly well balanced while keeping it hoppy. Solid mouthfeel as well. Good drinkability here. I could easy turn this into a few beer session even with the relatively higher ABV. A little bit more hops in the nose would really make this great. Thanks goes to skyhand for this tasty treat.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!).

Poured a medium and lightly hazy orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Some very small floaters. Aromas dominated by pine cones with some citrus. Tastes of pine, citrus, tangerines, light caramel and ended in a grapefruity bitterness. This one gave me some nice pine burps.


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Photo of bosco7
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and with plenty of head. The color is a golden orange.

Smell is pleasant but atypical of an IPA. It has alot a baked apple aroma with a lot of caramel. Some lemon and potpourri too.

Lots of sweetness upfront with some tangy lemon flavors. Diacetyl is well pronounced for this American IPA. None of the apple that was in the nose can be tasted. Hops are more floral than anything else. Very nice. Bitterness is assertive but balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well balanced. Highly drinkable. I must say that their Whoop Ass IPA has a far more exciting flavor profile but this guy has balance written all over it. Another quality beer from Silver City Brewing Co. Recommended.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

drove up to vancouver, wa to pick up some more of the silver city fat woody, but it was sold out. i liked it, so i decided to take the rest of their lineup home with me. here is the first one i cracked.

murky and orange. crispy aerated foam. nose is a tad too bready, but assuredly punctuated by sweetened grapefruit and an earthy must. sips easy with low carbonation. medium bodied, which at ~7 seems pretty thick with a lack of bubbles.. and boozy too. perfectly bitter and not too sweet, but there's something filling up the flavor profile here. it's a faint roastiness and subtle caramel which dominates. in a pac nw ipa? should be more hops. although, with warmth, the urge to flex malt muscle eases up and we see some of the footier, cheesier hops emerge in the finish. these prove to be a nice foil to the initial assessment of the brew. it's a shame that an ipa needs so much warmth to be enjoyed, but it does.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of czechsaaz
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice grassy and citrus hop aroma. Nice malt behind it. The combination of malt and citrus makes it smell a little like orange marmelade. Sweet, but not too sweet.

Orange amber colred and cloudy with a very thin head.

Very pleasant malt flavor, mostly 2-row with some honey character and a touch of lighter crystal. High hop bitterness counters it and follows through to the aftertaste. Not a lot of hop flavor though in between. Aftertastes is resiny hop oil and pretty bitter. Pretty nicely balanced, but it's missing the hop flavor I like (maybe an old bottle? No date.)

Body is medium with fairly big carbontation.

Pretty well made beer. I find it pretty middle of the road for an IPA, good but not great.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beertaster13
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indianola pours a dark, golden orange with gorgeous blonde highlights. The head is fabulous, fluffy cream pillows. (The best head I have ever seen on an IPA pour) The smell is of grapefruit and blueberry syrup. The light caramel and the soft melon yeast go well. The taste is an orchestra of citrus hops and malty sugars, syrupy tastes are light and quenching, the balance of malts, hops and barley/yeast are fabulous. Hints of spices bring up the rear. Medium bodied and creamy, this beer is a contender.

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Photo of loren01
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light copper color, good sized frothy white head, excellent lacing down the glass
S: Good biscut malt scent, pineapple, citrusy.
T: Thought there would be more malty flavors here, mostly just citusy hop taste. Too much bitterness for me.
M: Medium bodied, beer finishes dry\
D: Good smelling beer, could use more malt balance, too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of philbertk
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Silver City Brewing Company--Silver City Indianola Pale Ale--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.90% ABV--75 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Thin lacy white head. No sediment. Clear bright rich pretty gold color. Rich floral Columbus Cascade citrus hop front. Crisp tangy dry sweet grapefruit pine puckery hop infused body. Rich bitter crisp hot hop spice clean mild citrus end. Hoppy! Sampled 11/21/2008. $5.49 Each.

Silver City Brewing Company--Indianola Pale Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV. 75 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Lacy light orange off white lasting half inch head rejuvenated by fizz clouded bright rich amber orange collored body. Light sediment. Malty mellow floral mild hop ester front. Malty mildy grassy sweeth smooth rich caramel mild fruit malty doughy IPA body. Mildly bitter hot hop spice clean mild citrus end. Malty rich IPA. Nice but not exceptional. Sampled 4/7/2011. Purchased for $3.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 4/4/2011.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dog & Pony, served in a shaker, Silver City's IPA (the bar tenders weren't sure which but this one has all the reviews) is a clear dark gold with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is spicy, piny hops, with an apricot aroma that reminds me of English ale esters.

Taste is very hoppy, pretty firm bitterness but aggressive all around, particularly on the lingering finish. Mostly the pine style, some breadiness too. Nice PNW IPA for sure.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but nice creamy carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, just another super tasty local IPA, goes down like butter.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- nice frothy white head that sticks around for a while. Hazy orange body that looks exactly like this fall day

S- slight hopsbut I am afraid it's mostly malt... looking not fresh
No bottle date either

T-little bit of hop bitterness but not much else really there. Decent beer though

M-mesoum body and smooth

O- solid beer. Thank god the nose didn't really translate

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Photo of RJLarse
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint of Indianola IPA at the brewery.

Pours a deep burnt gold color and is hazy. A creamy white head tops the beer, and is thick and sticky.

Smell is a bit faint, and is an aroma of pine.

Taste is a caramel malt backbone, with significant bitterness. Not a lot of sour citrus flavor in this one. Instead it has an earthy peat flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and crisp.

Good drinkability especially for an ABV as high as 6.9%

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Photo of erikm25
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp and golden tinted hue. Head is minimal and off white. Despite the thin layer of head retained there was still a decent amount of lacing that grabbed to the glass leaveing spotted clusters of bubbles till the end. This sits in the glass a very fresh and lively looking. Orange and apple juice tinted.

S: Floral, citrus, and pungent hops aromas. Orange peels and lemons mixed with freshly fallen pine needles. Some hints of melons and grapefruit. Not overly sugary but still a sweet coupling to round things out with Columbus and Cascade hops.

T: Very well balanced with pronounced hops and a caramel malt spine. Hops are very present in each taste but so is a grassy and brown sugar roundness. Hints of buttery grapefruit and lemon tang. The finish is both spicy and bitter with some grain and biscuit qualities. ABV is pretty decent on this and only makes an apperance as this warms.

M: Medium mouth feel with a solid spiced, dry, crisp, and bitter finish.

D: This is a solid local offering which could easily be downed throughout the night. Definitely a good twist on the standard IPA as something about this one seemed unique to me. Fresh, lively, and easily drinkable. Highly recommended as a local offering and for anyone coming out to visit the fine state of Washington.

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Photo of lwillitz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the "six shooter sampler" at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery. This was one of the six. For whatever reason (small servings, straight glasses, environment, etc.) detecting the smells of these beers was difficult. Also, the heads had receded by the time the waitress brought the glasses to the table, decreasing my enjoyment of the appearance. With all of this in mind . . .

A - mostly clear dark yellow; lots of carbonation bubbles

S - hops, glorious hops! (the cascade stand out in particular)

T - light malt flavor hides behind a tasty blend of floral hops; hint of citrus; dry, hoppy finish

M - medium body; high carbonation

O – nice IPA!

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Indianola IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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