Torrey Pines IPA - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 20%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2008

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by cdizinno:
Photo of cdizinno
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of ironlung
1.36/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First let me say I WANT MY MONEY BACK! Whew... now thats out lets get on with it:

A: Nice audible bubbling. Very hazy.

S: Burnt Molassas or cookies or something sweet. PURE MALT!!!

T: My buddy and I diden't like this one at all! we only took 3 sips so we could ligamently review this butterscotch bastard.

M: Heavy nasty butterscotch. Don't know if I got a bad bottle, liquor wherehouse(Huntington Beach) usually has the freshest so I doubt it.

D: Not for me! I've had better for cheaper (not that I'd dirnk this one if it's free) I'll pass por vida!

Photo of GilGarp
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Left Coast's Torrey Pines IPA pours a mildly hazy, deep golden body that slips across the edge and lands in the "orange" category somewhere around 8 SRM. The bright white head drops rather steadily, and the lacing is limited to swaths of streaks and splashes.

The nose is surprisingly malty given its IPA status, and it's quite yeasty (bottle conditioned?), but there are some hops present as well. The malt is very grainy, and lightly caramelish. The hops are floral, grassy, a bit spicy and piney, and ever so slightly citrusy. I was expecting something more American, and it even says "American-style" on the label, but I found it to be more English in that its maltiness is quite obvious, and it's certainly not citrusy, or even fruity (think Simcoe or Amarillo). Perhaps this beer has changed, however, due to the current hop shortage, and they're just using what they can get until this year's crop is out.

In the mouth it's initially a touch zesty on the tongue, and then it starts to foam up and become soft and cottony as it warms. The medium body 'opens up' and then it slides away.

The flavor is very much as the nose suggests, but with a very solid bitterness backing it, and more piney hops present. There's a bit less malt flavor, and more hops, but it's still just grassy/piney/spicy with only a hint of citrusy American hops found, and way too much yeast. Maybe I just got a bottle that had a bit too much yeast to it. And it is piney (Chinook, Centennial), and maybe that's enough... it is named "Torrey Pines" after all! The alcohol is fairly well kept in check; and it's pretty well balanced. It finishes bone dry with some lingering, mildly resinous and grassy/piney hoppiness.

Overall, I find it a decent enough IPA, but certainly not spectacular. How it won twice at the GABF is a mystery to me, but then again, I am pretty certain that there's a hop availability issue at work here. I'd enjoy two of these, but then I'd want to move along to something different.

Photo of cjgator3
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is on the faint side for an IPA and pretty unimpressive. Most IPAs you can smell the hop aroma in the glass from a few feet away. This one definitely leaves you searching for things to pinpoint in the aroma.

T- The taste is better than the aroma, but it still leaves a lot to be desired out of a West-coast IPA. There is some malt but not a lot, with some piney hops in the finish. Not horrible, but the flavors just seem to clash with each other and the alcohol comes out way too much for a brew with such little strength.

M- Okay mouthfeel, nothing special though. Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- The alcohol really comes through in the taste. 6.9%? This one drinks like it is a lot closer to 10%./

Overall, I am not impressed with this IPA. Along with Hop Juice, Torrey Pines is the second IPA that I have had from Left Coast and have not been particularly impressed with either offering. Save your money, there are many better IPAs out there.

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
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.

Photo of u2carew
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.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tomdecapolis for this...
Appears a semi-transparent light orange with a small, white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary pine, citrus, orange peel, mineraly, earthy, clay-like, caramel & biscuit notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with that earthy flavor coming through from the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, syrupy, sugary, and piney.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 9/6/08 Left Coast brewing Torrey Pines IPA or whatever you want to call it. from a 22 oz. Bomber 6.9% abv.

-2 Finger head after vigorous pour, lacing resides well on the glass
-Typical deep amber color due to hops...
-Great flavor, full mouth feel
-Great example of a west coast IPA
-Alcohol is hidden and this is a quaffer fo sho!!!
-Great looking beer, decent nose, good flavor.
-I would drink often

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gee, I almost feel guilty rating this beer. Most of the previous rating make me think that what I drank and what they drank are not the same beer. I had this on tap at Quotations, Media, PA.

A-Orange-tinted yellow with a nice, fluffy medium white head. Head held on strong and reduced to leave nice lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt with a nice piney, spicy and tangerine hop kick.

T-Solid hop bitterness with strong notes of pine followed by tangerine, spice and grassy notes. backing it, and more piney hops present. Good balance with the biscuity malt base providing enough sweetness to keep the hops in check.

M-Medium bodied, chewy with nice lingering hop bitterness.

D-I am glad I drank this BEFORE I ever read the negative bottle reviews. I found this brew on tap to be a nice, hoppy, not over the top American IPA. Certainly worthy of another pint or two next time I have the opportunity.

Photo of Jedimaster1
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.

Photo of TXHops
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...)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.59/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Looks nice enough, just not like an IPA, more like a hefeweizen. Very cloudy and golden with a tight head that fades to a thin cap. The nose is...interesting. Somewhat unpleasant, like unripe bananas. Not exactly vegetal, just herbal and green- and unripe. The taste starts with the same unpleasant greenness and there are quite a few earthy hops. Quite bitter, but with a taste that seems a bit like spoiled hops- not old, cheesy hops, but like hops that have gotten wet and then a bit slimy. Once I get this idea in my head I find it really hard to drink any more. Yuck. Mouthfeel is firm and a bit spicy with the hops, but the drinkability is awful.

Photo of armock
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of ccrida
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...

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $4.39.

Beer poured a golden orange with two finger white head that is long lasting a leaving a lacing behind. Nose is of floral hops and a decent amount of malts. Taste is surprisingly malty, caramel and toffee notes predominate. Finish is piney and resiny but not in an overpowering fashion. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is good as the abv is well hidden. This is an interesting beer as it is a bit of a hybrid between the Red, English, and America IPA styles. It is definitely worth a try but do not expect the typical West Coast IPA style. I have not had an Oggi's Torrey Pines in awhile so i definitely will have to compare the two!

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of kiddynamite920
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Torrey Pines IPA from Left Coast Brewing Company
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