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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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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 Deuane
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, this is a momentous brew, it has been chosen to be my 1,000th review. The reason I picked this one was to prove that I don't only review "good" beers! Thanks to ffejherb for hauling this one back from Cali. Also shared with FooFaa and Sierrags.

A-Deep, dark copper color with a significant amount of haze. A medium off white head reduces to a thin ring and left spotty lacing.

S-A boatload of sweet caramel malt with a healthy backing of spicy, peppery hops.

T-WTF! From the initial sip I am not impressed. This has got to be one of the maltiest and bitter/astringent brews I have ever had. The first touch on the palate isn't too bad...but then comes the swallow....UGH...horrible.

M-Medium-heavy and a syrupy mess. Not good at all! LONG lasting, but unpleasant, hop bitterness.

D-I did not dig this brew at all! Between the 4 of us sharing this bomber, and all of us LOVE hoppy brews, we ALL drain poured our portions. I am not sure if this beer is supposed to be like this or not. Did we get an old bottle? Was this one simply bad? Or,is this really supposed to be this massively unbalanced? I would like to try it fresh on tap some day to find out. (1,164 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz. bomber brought back from a summer trip to Cali. Shared on 7/28/09 with BAs Deuane, FooFaa and SierraGS.

A - Poured a hazy deep orange/copper-colored body with a limited head that receded to a thin ring and spotty lace.

S - Rich and syrupy aroma with heaps of caramel malt and toffee candy notes. Hops seem to be buried underneath a pile of malt. There is also a slight cookie dough malt character as well as some floral hop notes in the background.

T - Thick and rich, and way too sweet and malty for a DIPA, with an inordinant amount of burnt caramel and sugary malt. Hop profile is really cluttered and muddy, with perhaps a scant burnt earthy hop character and that's about it.

M - Thick and syrupy, yet very smooth and slick with soft carbonation. Finishes with a lingering burnt astringent bitterness on the palate.

D - I like this beer about as much as the song after which it is named. Of course, that's not saying a lot, because I hate the Grateful Dead! Disappointing to say the least. (1,007 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pour is a hazy dark copper with a dark murky grey head and large bubbles. Nose is slightly burnt caramel and brown sugar, doughy underneath with pine and faint citrus in back. Taste is a touch more hoppy and citrusy. The malt is sugary and lightly sweet with a burnt grain. Body falls off in back, nicely carbonated but the sugar gives it a grainy feel. (353 characters)

Photo of xhcadamx
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Iron Springs Fairfax, CA

A- Hazy orange with fluffy white head really nice lacing.

S- Hops and a lot of them!

T- This is where the beer begins its downward spiral for me. This beer is extremely bitter - it has a medicinal aspirin taste to it. This becomes somewhat subdued as it warms.

M - Good amount of carbonation isn't very thick for an I2PA

D - If it wasn't for the aspirin taste this would be great considering the mouthfeel. (446 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at The Village Market on California and 8th in the Richmond district of San Francisco. I love that little shop!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Body is hazy/cloudy and deep amber, and turns pale orange when held to light. A white, foamy head formed on top following the pour but immediately dissipated to a hair-thin crown. Very light carbonation can be seen inside. Mild lacing.

Smell: Toasted bread crust, caramel, and resinous hops. Alcohol peaks through when I dig deeper, but big grapefruit and honeydew play much larger roles. Nice amount of sweetness. More complexity would be nice.

Taste: Very similar to smell, but with added bitterness. Toasted bread crust greets the palate, sweet pine resin follows, then lemon, grapefruit, and bitter, earthy hops. That earthy bitterness is pungent too, and lingers deep into the aftertaste. Still, there's nothing really noteworthy about this imperial IPA. Really, really, bitter and that's about it.

Mouthfeel: Malty, a touch heavy, warm, and dry. Bitterness clings to the palate. Feels kind of muddled/messy. Still not bad. Carbonation is soft and well-suited for the style.

Drinkability: While I didn't mind the strong bitterness at first, it just got in the way after awhile. It totally dominated the palate, blotting out all of the other flavors. If you're a hop fanatic, this one might be okay; otherwise, don't expect much. (1,407 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this in a great trade with colonelforbin. Looks like an interesting beer, and makes me want to watch Ninja Turtles.

A: Pours a nice thick 2 finger head with many big bubbles that slowly fades. A pretty clear copper color reveals many rising bubbles.

N: Grassy earthy noble style hops barrage the nose. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus also accompany them on the hops side. A very slight crystal malt aroma beds by in the background. It adds a slight chewy hop aroma that gives the impression of chewy hops to come. It also has a very slight bready aroma and almost fruit juice.

T: Taste starts with more bitter hops. Teh bitterness hits quickly, giving the Imperial IPA a strong label. It comes with some pine and citrus, but a lot less of the fruit, grapefruit, and pineapple as the aroma had. Mostly just lots of bitter tastes. Some light crystal malt tries to come through. The acidity is pretty high as well. This feels like chewing on raw hops, with hop oils and extract flavors coming through as well. This tries to call itself well balanced, but I say well balanced my ass... it's all pure bitterness and hop extract, not even much for hop flavor. They had a nice aroma for it but the taste is nowhere to be found.

M: Decent body and carbonation, somewhat chewy, high acidity and almost a 3rd degree burn in bitterness.

F: Again pure raw bitterness, although once the swallow is gone it seems to drop by a factor of 10 million, but then starts to rise back again by another 7 million. I've had Lagunitas Hop Stupid plenty of times and calling this one balanced over that is like calling Casey Jone's cocaine addiction while driving his train safe. A very long bitterness just overpowers almost any other flavor that tries to come out, and takes scores of minutes to fade (I've been waiting to say scores in a review for a while now). It's something to try, but very hard to swallow. I would only recommend trying when you can split the bomber with 3-4 other people at least. I just have to say that this is a west coast style Imperial IPA taken too far. (2,078 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cask, dry hopped with cascade on the hand pump at Toronado.

A: Hazy orange-amber body. Moderate off-white cap. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Muddled grapefruit and orange struggles to make an impression over the musty malt background.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor was the same as the nose. Muddled, bitter hops with the grapefruit, orange, and light floral notes being lost in the malt.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Good finish.

D: The taste just doesn't work for me. (492 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for procuring the bottle in San Francisco.

Appearance:Slightly hazed copper with some.burnt orange hues. Head is white and loose. Drops to a small loose, bubbly cap with a small.collar. Some splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit for days. Pithy, juicy flesh. Bright citrus with some.nice elements of tangerine. A small backing pine bitterness. Malts offer a nice supporting backbone. Deeply breast with caramel malt sweetness. Nicely balanced. Pear. Mealy and floral. So much grapefruit.

Taste: Cooked caramel malt sweetness layered over a ton of grapefruit at the start. Pithy with a floral edge. Bready. Pine needle bitterness. Sweet flowers. Some mealy pear, tangerine flesh and zest, and of course, grapefruit. Oily. Warming amps up the sweetness and the breast aspect. Almost like challah at times. Vaguely minty with an aspirin bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick and oily. Medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. Some lingering bitterness. Juicy and wet.

Overall: Not quite cool enough to hang with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Balanced but a bit off overall. Hop profile feels a bit mismatched and unpolished. Decent malt presence, but a bit too sweet and wet in the long run. (1,262 characters)

Photo of Alpha309
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a good beer. Coloring is a bright orange with a nearly perfect white head that has nice visible bubbles. Smell is slightly piney but not very aromatic for the style. Taste is also piney, with a bit too much malt on the end. It is a little bit on the syrupy side in the mouth and feels like it sticks on the way down. (328 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Gary at Blackwell's - Thanks! He said this was bottled the day before the box went out and actually saw them bottling out on the sidewalk! That would put this DIPA at 1 and 1/2 weeks of age.

The appearance of the beer has no signs of "trouble ahead". It's a copper color, just a bit darker than I would expect from a West Coast IPA. But the beer is as clear as one of Dupree's diamonds and the unbroken chain of active carbonation bubbles is immaculate. The head retention is a bit on the light side, but there is some spotty lace left behind. A good start to the show!

The smell of this beer is great! It really jumps out of the glass with citrus and some pine. There's a touch of sweet caramel malt underneath that comes through as well. Just like when Mickey Hart takes the microphone, there's not a ton of depth, but the expression is good and I'm up and grooving to this jam!

Let's start with the good: this beer isn't unpleasant. However, it's more of a 1991 show than a 1977, if you catch my drift. The biggest flaw of the taste is that there's a bit too much booze coming through and way too much bitterness. Some sweet malt and citrus hops start things off, then a huge pine and grapefruit bitterness comes through. As big as the bitterness is, you would think it could mask all the alcohol. But it can't.

The beer is a bit on the syrupy side and the lingering bitterness is really bordering on astringent. Fresh Casey Jones drinks OK, but I don't see how someone could slam this down. You won't need to "watch your speed".

And you know that notion just crossed my mind! I'll skip this in the future, but I'm always happy to have a beer with a Dead reference in the name. (1,702 characters)

Photo of avaldivia
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a snifter.

A: Nice hazy golden color with a good head. Left good lacing.

S: Pine Citrus. Pretty typical smell for an Imperial IPA.

T: Good piny taste. Bit of citrus with a nice malt backbone, so it is not all bitterness.

M: On the thick side. A bit syrupy. Good carbonation.

O: Decent. A good enough Imperial, but when I have easy access to so many around here, it is not one I would actively seek out. (475 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anxious to try this I have passed by it many times and the dog on the label looks like a distant cousin of my dog. +1 for that.

Snifter pour and I am met with a bronze/amber colored ale with a one finger beige head with major lacing and staying power. The aroma consists of a lot of malt with some underlining tangerine and orange whiffs. Major malt in the taste with a biscuit aftertaste. If you're looking for a "malt bomb" this may be it. There is also a bitter grapefruit taste after the swallow. Two things going on at once. This bomber states it's 9%, but it is extremely easy to drink if you like the rather "different" Imperial IPA feel. I was looking for more of a grapefruit zing but this took me down the malty highway.

Overall I must say I love the label and give props to the local Bay Area Iron Springs crew. Not the greatest Imperial IPA out there, but well worth giving it a shot. (898 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Figured i'd give them a try since they be local and all...

Pours a giant A-bomb mushroom white head. Orange carmely look to it...

Mostly big hops with a malt smell lingering in there.

Piney hop taste with some underlieing sweetness, very bitter.

As someone else wrote "I reviewed this beer to show I don't only review just good beers" (338 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this as an extra in a box sent by somabeer. It's always fun to try something new, that you have never heard of.

Smooth and simple pour to a pint glass. At once my glass is topped with an off-white, thin head layer. Not visibly heavy on carbonation. Rich orange/amber, almost mud/clay colored when held to light.

The nose is of the usual hop aromas, along the lines of sublte citrus and faint cantaloupe. However, I don't find the hops to be as pungent as I have become acustomed to my IPAs being.

Taste is of strong malt presence with a well-balanced and interwoven hop flavor. A slight chalkiness lingers on my palate after a few sips.

Without having read the bottle, I wouldn't know from taste or smell this brewery is in California, just based on this lackluster IIPA. I don't know how fresh, or not fresh, the bottle is, so it is unfair for me to say that I don't like this beer, but I don't like it enough to rave about it. I do like it enough to try it again later. Having said that, it is still a decent IIPA and I was happy to have had the chance to try it. (1,077 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ City Beer Store

A - Pours a cloudy, dark orange, with an orange-white head, and dissipates fast.

S - Flowers and pine, with a light malt of backing.

T - Pine, citrus, grass, light malts, and just a plethora of earthy hops.

M - Very dry mouthfeel with a lot of earthy resin.

D - On the plus side, there is no taste of alcohol. However, the alcohol may be masked by the pungevity of the earthy hops. Really too much bittering hops in this recipe. (458 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that leans more towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum in my opinion. (609 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta love everything Christian K does over here!!! I know I do. Sweet and to the point on this one: It's an Imperial IPA. Can't get much fresher than this bottle, bought at the brewery where they hand bottle them, so yeah...Beautiful cloudyt amber color, creamy one finger head and lots of sticky lacing. Smell has lots, and lots, of hops. Some pineapple, some grapefruit..Very fresh aromas too...Great hoppy flavor, super-tasty bitter-in-a-good-way finish and pushing 9-10% ABV. Delicious but not unique for the style, just good freaking beer... (547 characters)

Photo of natemort13
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure, I bought this beer because the dog on the label looks like my dog.

Pours a very hazy burnt orange with an off white head that dissipates and leaves a nice cap. Nice caramel malts.

Aroma. Piney hops with some sweet citrus hanging around underneath. Lemon zest, some grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose then adds some mint and oily hops. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium. Somewhat carbonated. Doesn't really stand up to the hoppiness.

Decent dipa. Glad I tried it, makes me curious about other iron springs brews. (534 characters)

Photo of WOTO97
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (528 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle on the patio of my hotel in Laguna, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pours a bright orange colour with small white head and minimal lacing. Smells pretty hoppy, mostly citrus hops. Quite a lot of caramel malt sweetness, more similar to an East Coast double IPA actually. Good carbonation level. (308 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $6.99 for a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review. This is the third bomber of this I've had; I keep going back for more.

White head that is tightly knit and about an inch in height. Glowing ruby-orange in color. A very thin layer of retention and nice lacing.

Certainly on the balanced side for its style yet is still quite interesting and stimulating to me which is contrary to my normal taste. Hops are dank and floral, almost to the point of being perfumy. Strong malt backing. Unique and enjoyable.

Taste is even more balanced. Right down the middle in fact.

Mouth is thick and creamy with a medium-long finish of dank hops. Nice carbonation. Good drinkability.

A good DIPA from this newer/smaller brewer that I'd recommend to try. To me, I'd put it right up there with 90 Minute in the class of balanced DIPAs. (876 characters)

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