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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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84
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flexabull on 05-13-2007)
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Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

elNopalero, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -20%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ficknish
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

ficknish, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

emerge077, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

avaldivia, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Seanibus, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of AimToCheat
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

AimToCheat, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Hatzilla
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Hatzilla, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of jampics2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

jampics2, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

kwjd, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

SolomonGrundy, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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

WOTO97, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

RustyDiamond, May 31, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 11, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from City Beer Store SFO packed in luggage back to Oregon, poured in Barley Brown's pint glass, 4/6/10.

One finger white head, medium dissipation, minimal lacing. Copper amber body a bit opaque, presumed unfiltered, not visible carbonation. The nose is caramel malt dominated up front, firm hop presence in the middle, more piney than citrusy. Taste is pretty bitter up front, piney, a little bit of sweetness in the middle, very bitter backend, IMO not very well balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, medium bodied and minimal effervescence. Fairly drinkable for high ABV. I thought this DIPA, while certainly a quality offering from an up and coming brewery, lacked balance of other West Coast DIPAs. Worth a try for hopheads.

jdense, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

kaseydad, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of d0ggnate
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

d0ggnate, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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

1759Girl, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of ibbjamin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

ibbjamin, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

ffejherb, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

jlindros, Jan 02, 2010
Casey Jones Imperial IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.