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Torrey Pines IPA - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Torrey Pines IPATorrey Pines IPA

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 20.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by TXHops:
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4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer (and the previous reviews of it) support why I stopped trusting reviews on BA. This is an absolutely fantasitc IPA. Beautiful lace, fantastic biscuity malt aroma with massive hop bouquet and a solid dose of both in the mouth prove the deftness of the brewer. This beer is somehow masssive and subtle/balanced at the same time.

I suspect this beer fell victim to the disease that plagues BA--there's not enough. SoCal BA's have now grown accustomed to 7.9% IPA's and 11% DIPA's with 110-140 IBUs that simply waste hops on unextractable resins. This is a really REALLY good beer and the 4th IPA I've tasted in 2 days. This is also the best IPA I've tasted in 2 days--the presentation and showcase of the hops is brilliant without sacrificing a malt base that could make an English old ale jealous. A wonderful beer. Shame on BA (again...)

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 03:32:27 | More by TXHops
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick head that leaves a sticking lacing as it settles. Slightly hazy body with visible sediment. Bronze in color.
S) Not a very strong aroma. Subtle vanilla notes. Hints of pine.
T) Aggressive hops that are complimented by the malt base. The hops stay strong until the end and into the finish. Caramel. Spruce.
M) Creamy. Medium Body. Bold tannins in the finish
O) A solid IPA. I'd drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 00:55:55 | More by u2carew
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from South Bay Drugs in San Diego, CA

A - Poured a light copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Good bit of malt sweetness with citrus hops

T - Lots of citrus hops upfront with light malt sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer it has a good balanced flavor that was easy to drink worth getting to try if you see it around

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:18:34 | More by armock
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar wearing a modest cap that tops the amber colored liquid and leaves a reasonable amount of lace behind

Smell: Modest aromatics here with just hints of pith and pine

Taste: What the beer lacks on the nose it more than makes up for on the tongue - after a touch of pale malt, loads of pithy/piney hop flavors provide a nice jolt for the hophead with just a hint of caramel sweetness arriving after mid-palate; the finish is bitter and consistent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing remarkable, just a decent example of a west coast IPA

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 01:12:42 | More by brentk56
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer foamed right out of the bottle as soon as I popped it. As such, I was not surprised when the head shot right up and filled 90% of the glass. This one took quite a while to pour, but when all was said and done, the beer was hazy to the point of being opaque, and is a bright orange-brown coloring. The beer does leave a great lacing on the glass while you drink it. Aromas are a pretty even keel of hops and citrus notes, both sweet and slightly sour. The beer is overly bitter on initial taste, with the sweetness from the citrus flavors coming in underneath to help balance. Very smooth, and the citrus seems to be a blend of grapefruit and tangerine type flavors. Peppery notes towards the end of the tasting and on the finish. Slightly musty and sour aftertaste, with some hoppy characteristics lingering through, as well. Finish is a little long for the flavors it is carrying. This one didn't have a bottled on date, so I'm wondering how fresh it really was. I'd be interested to try this on-tap at some point.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:58:27 | More by GarthDanielson
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2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Fairly clear orange color with a very white head. Head looks a bit soapy and is not lasting.

S: Biscuity malts upfront with some citrusy hops underneath. A strange toffee, burnt sugar thing going on here. Seems very out of place. Not a whole lot going on here. Hops are fruity but have an earthy musk to them as well.

T: Lots of citrus with hops that finish very bitter, not very pleasant. Has a very bitter, resinous quality. A little sweetness that is followed by aggressive, mouth-attacking bitterness. Not even a good bitter hop, just bitter. Has a minty flavor as well.

M: I certainly like my hops, but this is something beyond that. Somehow reached a level that the bitterness isn't even recognized as coming from hops anymore. Leaves you feeling like you just licked the pith of an orange.

D: This is very close to a drain pour for me. Not sure how an IPA could get this out of hand, but this one is just bizarre. Settle down Left Coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 06:58:55 | More by kiddynamite920
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3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I choose my slightly-modified Fin Du Monde glass for this ale. Rather a pretty pale golden colored ale topped with a healthy off-white head. The beer has good clarity and the head is fluffy with decent retention and a good bit of lacing.

The smell is quite pleasing, with big warm malts and toffee notes. There is a bit of citrus to indicate the hops but malts take center-stage in the nose.

Taste is sweet and tangy with the toffee notes in the finish but not so much up front. There is a nice tang and the balance is good. The flavor is much more IPA than the smell would indicate with the hops in the front and finish of the beer.

The body occupies the middle ground with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability is good with the enticing sweetness in the nose and the balance and dryness in the taste, also the price is more reasonable than many other bombers (I neglected to mention this beer came in a 22oz bottle). I would recommend this beer to anybody who doesn't know what 'malt' tastes like in an IPA.


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:31:17 | More by meeekyh
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly golden amber. Mild head and lacing.

S: Mild hops, fruity, not much citrus, nice sweetness.

T&M: Flavor is better than the aroma and appearance would have you believe. It's nicely bittered but not a super-fresh hoppy character. Good malt backbone with caramel and amber toasted malt. After a few sips, the flavor mellows and it seems to be lacking intensity.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall a good IPA but not spectacular. Decent but unfortunately, this one, while good, just doesn't cut it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 22:14:21 | More by cdizinno
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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a goblet, Torrey Pines has a amber color with good clarity and thin white head. The lace is very nice.

Aroma is hoppy like a good Pac NW IPA. Fruity, not much citrus, nice sweetness.

Flavor is a bit less special than the aroma and appearance would have you believe. It's nicely bittered but not a super-fresh hoppy character. Good malt backbone with caramel and amber toasted malt. After a few sips, the flavor mellows and it seems to be lacking intensity.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style - medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall a good IPA but not spectacular. I think of homebrew competitions and consider what categories are most difficult to win. The market is flush with IPAs and so many of them are fantastic that it takes something pretty special to stand out in the crowd. Unfortunately, this one, while good, just doesn't cut it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:22:33 | More by GilGarp
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4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy strawberry blonde with a fluffy dense off-white head with long last, leaving thick foamy lace.

Smell is sweet malt and citrusy hops, honey.

Taste is pretty fruity, citrusy hops, a light bready malt backbone, moderately light bitterness, lingering blast of hops on the aftertaste. Classic big ass cali IPA.

Mouthfeel is dry, resinous, sticky, medium bodied. The creaminess of carbonation from the appearance carries through to the mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability is good if you're a fan of this style, which I am. Not for amateurs, a solid west coast IPA. I'd love to try this on fresh draft, considering my bomber was from the warm shelving of an LA Bevmo...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:29:54 | More by ccrida
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this, I love the Hop Juice, but in the end, I was a bit dissapointed. Big hop notes, which are great, but it was almost a off-tasting dry finish that didn't do it for me. It was well made, big mouthfeel, strong full bodied beer, but almost unbalanced in my lowly opinion. Love these guys and tell everybody I know about the Hop Juice, but this was not my jam.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 07:44:10 | More by chickencoop
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3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served at Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA is a paler color, a golden straw color that retains a transparent body, nothing hiding in this one. A half a finger of head lingered for a few sips.

S: The nose is more malty than hoppy, with caramel and pale malts driving a mildly chewy body. A clean line of hoppiness is present but it doesn't stand out.

T: Unlike the nose, the taste reveals a little more in the way of hops. The citrusy bite has a touch of pine and delivers a nice punch. Overall though, I was expecting a little more from the hops. A decent pint, but not one that I'd want in my fridge on a regular basis.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by pale malts with hops popping up in fits and spurts.

D: This is IPA-lite, packing enough of a hop presence to keep me interested but not enough to come back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 18:41:51 | More by akorsak
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden with a ragged white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Smells of some light hoppiness.

Tastes of some light hop flavor upfront followed by pale malts. Not really an IPA overall, not assertive in the hops and the pale malts would lead me to think Pale Ale. The hops have herbal taste that I do not expect from these west coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel is alright, thinner than I want, but still has some body to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:50:05 | More by ocelot2500
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was not at all impressed with the Hop Juice DIPA from these guys. But I still have to drink this, not very excited after the double though.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger foamy white head. Noticeable sediment floating in this one. Strange, because I didn't see any in the DIPA.

S - Smells like sourdough bread to be honest. Slightly hoppy and malty, smells a bit of citrus hops. Dull for the most part.

T - Pretty dull for an IPA. Slightly hoppy, touch of bitterness. Grapefruit tasting hops and a sweet malt biscuity backbone, but overall tastes pretty tame and watered down. Would make a good pale ale but just not as hoppy and flavorful as I was expecting. Tastes slightly of mango or pineapple but mostly of sourdough bread, and certainly isn't a good representation of the style. Not sure what they were going for here.

M - Medium bodied and a bit flat. Could use more carbonation in my opinion.

D - Pretty sessionable but if you found this at a bar you would likely move onto something else in a hurry.

Overall, about as dull and uninspiring as I figured it was going to be. I am not going to be purchasing any more of this breweries beers. What a letdown for a west coast brewery with pretty decent bottle designs and styles to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:20:31 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange but with a fantastic firm and thick white head and thick beautiful lacing.

Nose is perfumed fresh white bread, assertive and very inviting-one just can't wait to grab a bite of this beer.

Mouthfeel is full and rich with a light creamy character, nice medium carbonation and a quality feel to it.

Flavors are good and follow the nose with a nice "yeasty" character and taste really nicely integrated with a "hit" of sweet lemon bitter hops, yeast and malt undertones.

A nice finish to medium bitter lemon/grapefruit.

This is a very consumer friendly IPA for those that like an IPA but don't like the huge bitter of a hop head type beer. Nice effort all around and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 16:03:51 | More by GRG1313
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear golden yellow color with a nice sized white head that left lots of sticky lacing all over the glass.
Aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit rind with a bit of earthiness as well.
Hops are what the taste is all about, citrusy sweet and pretty darn good.
Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.
Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 23:48:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber from Superstar Bev in Huntington on L.I., N.Y.state. No freshness/bottling date info. Pours cloudy darker apricot, minor head evan after a hard pour,and next to no lace, sort of dull in the glass, with no bubbles rising. Typical hop nose, but on the dull side here. Some moderate hops on the tongue and in the mouth, but on the tame side. This one is a disappointment. Sort of soapy and a tad astringent. San Diego turns out loads of more pungent and flavorful IPAs then this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:37:27 | More by Billolick
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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up this bomber on a Thanksgiving trip down to Orange County. Not something we see up here in the Bay Area so I was happy to get my hands on it.

A - Poured into my Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Definitely looks like an American IPA should. A great medium-light shade of gold. Clarity is excellent. The foam is rather airy with a variety of bubble sizes. It's an off-white color. Formed a large 2-3 finger size and is slowly receding down and leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Tropical fruit hops - pineapple/mango being the more prominent. There's some sweet malt going on in the background. I'm also detecting a slight doughy aroma. Seems out of place for an IPA.

T - Hop flavor is moderately intense and includes a mango component most prominently. The overall taste is a tad confusing since I'm gathering this dough-like flavor that appeared in the aroma. It certainly seems out of place for this style of beer. Bitterness is moderately intense, appropriate for the style. The dry finish leaves a lingering bitterness with that malty flavor I refer to.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. I'm picking up on a very slight astringency but otherwise this is smooth and appropriate.

D - The label proclaims the beer to be a two time silver medalist at the GABF. Perhaps competition has stiffened or their recipe has changed. In either or neither case, I'm not all that impressed. The odd doughy malt flavor just doesn't jive with what I expect in an American IPA. The hop complexity is somewhat lacking, too. I don't know that I'll make it through this bomber.

EDIT: After checking some other reviews I see someone commenting on the "butterscotch" flavor. Perhaps that what I'm calling "dough". Even so, the beer has other positive characteristics and doesn't deserve to be completely slammed.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 04:53:24 | More by BrewerB
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3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Light gold from the bottle, and sits golden apricot in the glass. 1 fingered white head is airy & fluffy. Good retention, but didn't leave much lacing in its wake.

A: Light malts, citrusy & floral hops, with some caramel.

T: Toasted pale malts act like a springboard for the hops, which are grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Caramel also present in the leafy, sweet start. Becomes more resinous and bitter as it progresses in the mouth. Dry finish, but leaves hop resins on the tongue as well. Flavors are decent, but kind of forgettable.

M & D: Medium-full bodied and a bit creamy. Rich, slightly sticky, and smooth. Drinkability is good due to the relatively low ABV, but flavors don't beg you to drink more by any means.

Notes: This is a decent West Coast IPA done in a English sort of way, but nothing special. Forgettable flavor profile, kind of a run-of-the-mill beer in such a hotly contested category full of heavyweights. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 09:51:11 | More by sweetbrew82
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is super fruity, with lots of grapefruit and apricots. Flavor is quite bitter with fruity notes in the finish. Slight alcohol notes and acetone. Quite wearing...not very enjoyable.
7/4/5/2/12 (3.0/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:50:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into the Sam Adams Boston Lager special glass (forgot the name, lol)

A: A light orange color with a ton of carbonation. The head is also very large and defined.

S: Hops and English malts

T: Wasn't expecting much, but it definitely was good, might I say very good. The balance between the hops and the english malt was enjoyable. It was very well put together. It tasted like a western version of an englsih IPA. good stuff.

M: Carbonated, but smooth!

D: Easy and more easy as it is enjoyed. Plus the 6.8 abv makes it an easy good time without getting out of hand.

Overall: Better than what people said here. Like I said, I wasn't expecting much, especially after reading the reviews below. But man, it was definitely a good beer, one in which I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a different style of IPA -- or a hybrid style, you decide. God bless.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 02:25:36 | More by Jedimaster1
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Torrey Pines IPA from Left Coast Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.