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Casey Jones Imperial IPA - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Casey Jones Imperial IPACasey Jones Imperial IPA

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flexabull on 05-13-2007

This double IPA has twice the hops and grains as its counterpart. Significant floral, citrus, and peppery notes on the nose, yet even with the enormous hop profile, the huge grain bill results in a very well balanced brew.
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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 112
Reviews by WOTO97:
Photo of WOTO97
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep burned orange with a nice settling 1/2 in. fluffy head and thin sticky lacing

S: big hop bite presence, especially as it warms; pine sap and lemon citrus really come through here

T: standard issue pine and bitter citrus, primarily dry grapefruit unlike the nose, undeniable bite; really not too remarkable in comparison to the numerous other examples out there

M: slight creaminess on the finish, thin up front with thick finish

D: bomber is just about right here, solid example of style but nothing exceptional here

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Exiled.

Pours orange-amber with a white head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with some pineapple and cat pea notes to it. Very pungent. The flavor is similar with a lot of bitterness. Lots of hop flavor but it is kind of muddled and I can't really pick out anything particular. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of ironlung
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ toranado yesterday. All I can say is that this is my new favorite i2pa! Read other reviews and can't believe heads are complaning about "too much hops"?!?! Weak sticks...anyway....

A: Super hazy burnt orange. No head. No lacing.

S: Hop bomb. No malt will ye find here.

T: I know a beer exists entitled hop juice, however; I think this one should lay clam to that title. This beer just whacks you in the face with hop goodness! The hippies at Iron Springs must not have heard about any shortage or rise in price.

M: Sticky and Bitter. Friggin' great IMO.

D: I got a growler today since their only 10min from my spot up north. I'll make a dent in it tonight, but this beer gets you trashed pretty handily! The hippies at the brewery are soo cool. This is my new favriote brewery.Bye Marin Brew Co.(except when the white knuckle's on deck), Bye Moylan's(your hopsickle's been outdone). Prices,beer,food,people they're all spot-on!

p.s. old hippies rule!!!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold crowned by a 2” light cream colored clingy foam collar that slowly recedes over 4 minutes to a thin film.
S: Spicy, malty nose.
T: Big malt, melon, assertive hop citrus rind bitterness, lingering bitter malt flavors. F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A big IPA with a nice balance of halt, hop and alcohol and a fulfilling bitterness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little darker than expected, runs the gamut of amber to light brown almost. Great hop aroma. Was getting excited at this point.

Taste, on a non biased palate (I had a few before this one), cut right through. Good hopping, good bitterness. This is a bigger beer than the innocuous label would lead you to believe (you know, the ones that prominently brag on their ibus & abvs).

Mouthfeel, bitterness and high alpha (acidic?) hops seem to be about all that catches hold, and there is nothing wrong with that. Balance is for amber ales. Some grit to it. $5.99 at Ledger's in Berkeley was well worth it.

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Photo of GlassHound
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Belgeko
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of VE777
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of BSW
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Beericjb
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a clear orange, nice head and great retention
S: love the smell here. Get a sweet, bready malt. Not much hops here, but I don't mind.
T: first I get the piney/earthy hops, followed by a nice, kind of sweet, bready malt. Can' really tell that its 9%.
M: the mouthfeel is just decent. Light to moderate carbonation
O: definitely a good beer. Really tasty.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bouncepass
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with a friend. Got from mjl21...aka Mike. Thanks for everything like usual of course!

A- Poured a deep dark amber color. Tons of haze in this beer. Good 1 1/2 inch off white head. Left good amounts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Huge piney smell. Uhm...I mean huge huge pine hop smell. Citrus hops come out a little as well. No malt backbone whatever to speak of. This makes my mouth water with the hop presence.

T- Well a slight citrus hop front followed by a massive bitter hop explosion that takes up the rest of the beer. Pretty much a one trick pony with this beer. I like bitter DIPA's so this is amazing to me.

M- This is a medium heavy beer. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation was perfect with the beer smoothly walks over your palate leaving a huge bitter hoppy resin coating the tounge.

D- This was a good beer that if I could I would have again and again. Mike hooked me up with yet another beer that I can't get enought of. I will look at getting this in a trade again for sure.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub, but reviewing a bomber purchased from the Jug Shop in SF.

Dark saturated copper orange, visible streams of rising carbonation. Thin layer of foam at first, fading quickly to a thin ring around the edges. Bright clarity, drippy crown of lacing at the top rim of the glass that drips down.

Smells a bit floral, vegetal, catty, and medicinal... hoppy sure, but a little odd. "Better on tap" for sure.

Tastes malt forward, an initial flash of sweet caramel with some dry piney herbal notes, bitter aspirin, topsoil, raw hop bitterness. A little harsh, long lasting bitterness in the finish. Needs something to balance, the bitterness becomes a little one dimensional and builds on itself quickly over time. Medium bodied and sippable. Fans of piney bitter DIPA will enjoy this, but it was a bit lacking in terms of a west coast hop bomb.

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Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Toronado.

Appearance: Clearish amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Intensely resiny hops, no real malt presence here, just hops. I'm all for intensely hoppy DIPAs but this one seems a bit one-dimensional.

Taste & mouthfeel: Resiny, slightly grassy hop flavors up-front quickly followed by a palate-annihilating bitterness. Malt is non-existent. In fact, after a few sips, you can't really taste anything other than the bittering hops, which are hilariously relentless. Hands down this is the most bitter DIPA I've ever tasted, well past the point of balance and really just undrinkable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 4/5/13

Appearance: Hazy caramel color - dark amber, with a lot of orange and yellow when held up to the light - nicely sized, off-white head - keeps a nice cap, leaves some nice splotches of lacing

Smell: Fruity, hoppy, herbal, and grassy - an interesting number of things going on here - orange and grapefruit rinds, somewhat oily, with some pith - herbal, leafy, and grassy - caramel, lightly syrupy malts - hoppy and malty, but I don't think I would necessarily call this balanced

Taste: Bitter and intense, somewhat unexpectedly - oily, wet, sticky citrus - resinous, wet pine - very bitter - big malts as well - caramel, with bready and crackery flavors - leafy, grassy, and herbal - lightly earthy, with some strange (but not bad) spiciness

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, somewhat harsh bitter aftertaste - harshness builds over time

Overall: Is this a TMNT reference?

I thought this would be the least intense DIPA that I acquired from San Francisco. I was wrong. This is legitimately intense. Very oily, wet, and hoppy, with some sweet, big malts. Best consumed in a hockey mask, I guess.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that consistently left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is more complex than the smell, having flavors of orange and grapefruit citrus and spicy hops along with some hints of caramel and toffee malts and notes of piney hops, the latter of which lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid Double IPA. The only things that are a little detracting is that the mouthfeel lacks crispness and the alcohol starts to creep in towards the back end of the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of getbehindthemule
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Casey Jones Imperial IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.