Magnolia Proving Ground IPA
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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%

A bold IPA in the modern, West Coast style, but with plenty of malt character from our robust Maris Otter. Generous quantities of Columbus and Cascade hops give this bitter beer resinous, piney, and citrus-like flavors while a bit of Czech Saaz hops adds a touch of spice.

Malts: floor-malted Maris Otter, caramalt, wheat; flaked barley, malted rye
Hops: Columbus; Cascade; Saaz, dry-hopped with Cascade
Food Pairings: assertive, spicy foods, grilled salmon & shrimp, pizza.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (5189) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Tap. Pours quite hazy orange Amber, medium creamy off white head, super creamy head with thick lacing. Aroma is very piney, some grapefruit, light caramel. Flavor follows, fairly bitter, light plus sweet. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely old school, but not bad for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TylerGreenDC (628) - - JUL 2, 2015
Draft. Copper color. Very faint aroma of tangerine. Flavors are of tangerine and maybe a bit of honey stomped on by toasted sourdough bread. A little better than a competent IPA, but a bit muddy too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2015
Draught at the Magnolia/Smokestack, San Francisco, CA.
Clear deep golden colour. Sweet hoppy aroma. Balanced. Strong sweet fruity hops and malt in the flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Seannpc (94) - - APR 12, 2015
Not much aroma. Burnt orange color with medium cloudiness. Smooth start and finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kespecial (166) - - DEC 2, 2014
I’m very fond of Magnolia, and this is a fine brew, but it is not the style that they excel at (British style ales, especially cask or real ale). As a west coast style IPA it lacks the citrus notes I expect. It’s properly very hoppy, but lacks any sweetness to prevent drying out the palate. Pours a light orange, thin head and weak lacing. Resin and banana (?) on the nose. Taste is very strong, bitter hops, a little spicy. Finish is the weak point--exhausts as opposed to refreshes with it;’s dryness. Good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1743) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Draft sample at Hopgeist 2014 pour light gold. Nose pineapple and mango. Taste a little harsh on the bitter up front then resin and some dank. Longer bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7454) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Draft at Hopgeist 2014. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bready malts, herbal and earthy hops, a splash of citrus, moderate bitterness, decent dry ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Taster on tap at Hopgeist 2014. Hazy orange color. Ring of off-white head, leaving good ridges of lace. Musty metallic malt, some pine and grapefruit citrus hop. Moderate bitter, light sweet, kind of dry. Medium plus body, light slick texture. Lighter kind of crisp carbonation. Pretty assertive, tasty IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (1824) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2014
This beer had a nice hoppy nose with a sweet body, just a touch of spice. The alcohol was masked very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Cask days 2014. Good aroma and hop balance. Citrus high ibu. Good balance and drinkability.

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