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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 51
Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of natemort13
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of PerHops
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of mcc1654
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ficknish
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of avaldivia
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of AimToCheat
4.85/5  rDev +29%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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...

Photo of WOTO97
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Casey Jones Imperial IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
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