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Casey Jones Imperial IPA - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 7
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

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Beer added by: flexabull on 05-13-2007

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 109
Photo of AimToCheat
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, this is one of the best ipa's I have ever had. It is great from the tap, and great from the bombers that you can pick up at local whole foods. If you are a fan of big ipas, without the weight and syrupy feel (as hatzilla perfectly said below) and love hoppy dankness, then I suggest you give this a try. (321 characters)

Photo of harvester
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Iron springs last weekend but this review is from one of the bombers I brought back home with me.

A- Pours nice and smooth with a dark amber tint to it, very thick and hazey a creamy white head that stuck around for most of the beer and laceing from "hip to heel" Very nice

S- Lets just say one word HOPS

T- First and formost I get hops, I do get a little citrus backing to but not much. The hops come marching on through this is a true hop bomb

M- Thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation leaves your mouth with a nice bitter hop bite GREAT FINISH

D- If your at home two bombers of this is a great way to cap off your night Now if your chilling at Iron springs you could get in to trouble with this one it goes down way to easy when your sitting there enjoying the great vibe of this place. I love this brew / brewery thanks for putting this one out Michael/Iron Springs (915 characters)

Photo of ficknish
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/dark caramel. Small foamy bubbles.

S - Floral. Strong spiciness. Citrus.

T - Strong bitterness. Spicy. Apparent alcohol taste but not overpowering. Good sweet backbone.

M - Dry bitterness. Full body. Heavy.

O - The strong floral beer went great with my meaty greasy Ruben sandwich. Will definitely be drinking again. (330 characters)

Photo of ironlung
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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!!! (971 characters)

Photo of WeedWolf
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice Imperial from a very decent brewery. This beer tastes as good as it looks. Great floral/citrus hoppiness. Not sweet just bitter, in a good way, with nice dry finish. Tasted like it could have been fresher but was still quite good. Have not been disappointed, so far, by anything from this brewery. (311 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

* On tap at the one-and-only Toronado

Appearance: A very deep gold, threatening to go copper. Nice, fluffy pure white head with great renention.

Smell: One of the hoppiest beers I've ever sampled. The first pass is like the back of a VW bus at a Phish concert, massive blast of resinous skunk weed. That's followed by huge grapefruit, orange rind, oregano and white pepper. It'll knock you on your ass.

Taste: Complex mix of herbal and fruit hop flavors. Spicy and sweet, with a huge citrus note. Peppery and bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick and full, oily with fairly subdued carbonation. Goes down without a fight. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Too much to session, but I was very impressed by this offering. Even at the zillion-choice Toronado, I've gone back to this brew time and time again. One of the better IPAs I've had. (847 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don’t think that Iron Springs gets enough recognition. Part of it is because so much of their offering s are only on draught at the brewery, and what they bottle doesn’t get very far. Take Casey Jones—it’s fantastic for a DIPA, and that’s coming from a region that knows DIPAs. This pours a ruddy golden color. There’s a great hoppy profile sitting atop it. Piney and floral. Tasty—some piney and floral hops, chewy too. Big but balanced with a malt backbone that mellows things out without needing to be a star player. It hides its strength. Citrusy, grapefruit notes meet up with some piney resin to create all-around goodness. (645 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #700! On tap at Toronado SF. Poured into a pint glass. Orange-goldenrod color with a creamy ecru head that lasts for a while. Aroma is hugely hoppy, with tons of resinous unripe grapefruit drupelets and no malt to speak of. Flavor is similar, very dry and resinous with pine and citrus zest coating the tongue. Insanely herbal and bitter, easily the bitterest beer I've ever had. Pure hop juice. Zero malt. Finish is very dry and lingers for a while. Medium body and good drinkability if you're a hop addict. Epic beer. (526 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually use the terms "unbalanced" or "over-hopped," and those terms are not necessarily criticisms, but this beer is nearly a hop tea. I like hops and I certainly like this beer, but I'm not sure that I will be able to taste anything for a week. The beer pours a solid, darkened amber, and the head leaves good lacing. The aroma is very strong and excellent. The beer smells like a handful of crushed hops. There are floral, citric and pine notes. While adding this much hops made for a great aroma, they just overwhelm the taste. I like hops and like the flavor, but you can't quite taste everything without more malt. The beer is quite bitter, so the feel suffers somewhat but the oiliness of the hops is still enjoyable. Drinkability is good, but switching to anything but a DIPA would be impossible after a glass of this beer. (839 characters)

Photo of Hatzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass at the 540 club.

A: Cloudy amber with a 1/2 inch head leaving nice lacing.

S: Earthy grapefruit hops with honey and malts.

T: A nice caramel - citrus grapefruit hop attack followed with more earthy hops in the aftertaste. Very tasty, I'm pleasantly surprised with this DIPA.

M: A smooth, well carbonated DIPA without the syrupy nature of some beers for the style.

O: A great DIPA which is bitter, but not too bitter, and strong but without any alcohol taste or scent. (497 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark gold color with a large fluffy head. Looks great!

Aromas are of caramel, and some bitter mineral notes from the hops.

Taste has an undertone of caramel and creamy malts. There is a tangy and tart citrus hop finish, it is slightly bitter as well. The hops are not overwhelming, but they are there, and are done well. This beer is nicely balanced, a bit more subtle than others in the style. However, it is certainly not lacking in flavors, and is quite interesting.

Nice full mouthfeel, with a good carbonation level.

Drinkability is good. A nice beer, this is an easy to drink DIPA, that has some very nice flavors.

Also sampled this on tap at the brewery a few days ago... a bit better on tap. (733 characters)

Photo of Beericjb
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewpub on 05.27.10, 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Blood orange/amber in color and quite opaque. 2 fingers of fluffy white head- nice to admire. Striking aroma of pink grapefruit, peach, granny smith apple and white pepper. Fragrant pink grapefruit up front with a subtle smack of pine. Light sourdough bready malt, but the hops truly shine here. Chalky hop mouthfeel, tart orange rind yet creamy with some tropical hop flavor coming through. Piney bitterness in the back, pronounced and long lasting. Great lacing in the glass with a white ring staying on throughout. A noticeable twinge of 9% in the middle to back...a true palate coater. Very enjoyable and glad I stopped into the pub. (716 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the toranado, casey jones is brownish orange with a white head leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is bready malt, pine and grapefruit.

Taste starts off heavy on the malt, sweet caramel. The hops come through with big citrus, orange marmelade. A little tropical. Modest bitterness. Smooth, the bruising ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier, chewy side. Slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. Very well made, balanced, and dangerously smooth. Too much caramel for me though. (497 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 9.3%.

A-Pours an extremely cloudy amber with a nice 1.5 finger head that stays. Crazy amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

S-Citrus and pine. Hugely hop forward. You know what is about to come.

T-Massively hop forward. A minor sweetness on the tongue and then the bitterness hits the back. Maybe the most bitter DIPA I have come across.

M-Thick, creamy, with boatloads of bitterness.

D-Can admire it for being so hop forward, but as much as it pains me to say, it needs a little more malt for balance.

A DIPA that really is for the true hop-head. As mentioned, a little more malt would go a long way. (671 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a medium head, leading to lightish lacing. The aroma is creamy and thick, like hop-flavored ice cream, with a little menthol burn behind it. The flavor is a little maltier, almost a little smoke, like a burned caramel - not unpleasant, but surprising given the aroma. The hops are very thick, earthy and citrusy, with some pine thrown in for good measure, and a creamy, almost sweet finish - fruity, perhaps, with pineapple and other tropical fruit. The finish is slow and bitter, like a lemon rind, with a boozy, brandy-like burn on the end that hints at the power of the beer. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick with just a hint of a prickle on the end. (680 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a five year relationship with this beer, but haven't revisited it in awhile. This pours a golden copper with beautiful lacing and a thin white head. Absolutely perfect looking imperial ipa. The nose lacks the citrus punch I remember and is more piny and carmel laden than I remember. There is a little grapefruit on the nose, but less than expected. The tastes follows the nose at first, but develops complexity and well lacking the fruit forward style of a west coast IPA it is actually fantastic. Superb balance that includes a mild dose of citrus, some pine, light caramel, some spices and a long moderately bitter finish. Carbonation is right on point and makes this one far too easy to toss back. Alcohol is not very evident. Worth revisiting a few times a year. (776 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Toronado...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mary-jane up front, grapefruit, spicy herb, black pepper, & orange zest.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but very intense on the herbal end with cooked basil and black pepper flavors coming through just a bit too heavy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gummy, chewy, resinous, slightly grassy with sweet notes that quickly turn to bitterness. (497 characters)

Photo of juhl31
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-theres a burnt caramel look without any head. some nice floaties though!

-some floral hops in there with a little bit of fruit...maybe some orange

-subtle hops at first, then it really explodes and sits in your mouth. all you can get from it really, but it is a nice burst

-really smooth without much carb...may have sat too long

-really drinkable for a DIPA with a solid burp (381 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark clear amber color with a white foam, not too abundant, poured in the Affligem chalice. A little lacing adds to the attractiveness. Filtered; no sediment. Lovely flowery aroma with some piney resins. Spritzy on the tongue with a medium malty body.

This is a darker, less sweet sort of DIPA. The taste of bark and herbs comes through the roasted malt. More grainy than most big IPAs. Some candied grapefruit peel, but not overly bitter. Hints of chestnuts and a whiff of fermenting pineapple. A little woody with some orange in the finish.

This gets better as it warms. An interesting mix of dark, yet flowery flavors. A surprisingly tasty brew that provides a lot of fruit and aromatics. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. (760 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance>Dark golden. Murky, lively, no lacing, not much head to speak of.

Smell> wet hops. very nice.

Taste> Nice double. Two punches of hops and nice complexity. A soft, yet still resiny hang.

Mouf> Almost gritty, dirty. thick

Drinkability> I can get past the mouthfeel. It smells great and is refreshing while it is cold (344 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours cloudy amber with a quarter inch head of white. A partial skim coat with some dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics feature a subdued amount of hops. Sugar-dusted pine and grapefruit with a hint of tropical fruit.

Medium bodied with a slick, tacky mouhtfeel. A bit flat and limp.

Sweet malt, candied grapefruit, orange segments, and pine sap lead off the palate. A solid but smooth bitterness steps forward with grapefruit rind following through.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, grapefruit, and sweet malt.

Tasty enough but the nose is seriously lacking for a IIPA and the low carbonation doesn't help. It's also a bit malt-heavy and the hops are pretty standard fare on the palate. (722 characters)

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Casey Jones Imperial IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.