JC Flyer IPA - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Had this on tap at the Bistro ipa fest, then in a $3.77 bomber from Ledger's.
Yellowy type of beer, a little hazy, nice soapy head, thicker, like bath soap bubbles. Really good hop aroma, piney, soft, flowery.
Taste, pretty good, the pine aroma somewhat morphs to pink grapefruit, very light malt aspect, earthy hops, bitterness is just right, existant and not wimpy, but not overshadowing the hop profile itself. Enjoyed that there are still 6% ipas out there, everything always seems to try and be over the top in the wrong areas.
Instead of a caramel mouthfeel, this one leans toward lighter toffee or toast.
A real solid ipa, at a great price. Nothing groundbreaking, although a return to simple 6% ipa's with good dry simcoe hopping . . . maybe it is a little more novel than one would think.
08-23-2011 22:08:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5 rDev +5%
On tap at the brewery, review from written notes.
Light gold bleeds into saturated orange, lightly hazed. Racing streams of carbonation. Thin layer of white foam that leaves some spotty lace.
Well hopped and a little dank with generous C hops. Mostly bitter citrus rind, clean tasting with a hint of malt sweetness. Light bodied, citrus forward hop flavors, bitter grapefruit rind and other citrus fruit species. Finished dry with a residual dose of hop bitterness. A nice easygoing (non-aggressive) west coast IPA, a very drinkable pint (or two).
10-12-2011 23:10:57 | More by emerge077
1.6/5 rDev -57.8%
On tap at Toronado. Not a big fan of this brewery, but I figured this was worth a try for $3. It's clear in the glass, golden and bright, with a small white head that retains fairly well. The aroma is muted and a bit buttery, lacking in hop character but moderately malty and sweet. I also get a bit of soap and grass. It's surprisingly bland on the tongue, though plentifully bitter. Caramel malt, astringent herbal hops, light diacetyl and grapefruit make up the entirety of this beer's flavor and mouthfeel. I wasn't expecting anything great, but this pretty much sucks. The finish becomes unbearably astringent after half a pint. Blah.
04-05-2010 00:54:53 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Golden color. Quite effervescent, like a champagne. Thin head with tiny bubbles and good lacing on the glass.
S: Standard ipa citrus, mostly grapefruit. Some orange sweetness, with watermelon notes.
T: Starts with bready sweetness. Ends fairly dry with a bit of floral bitterness.
M: Medium body, somewhat thinner than most ipa's, which is an advantage with me. Carbonation medium-high.
O: Not your average ipa. More subtle in flavor, not a bad thing. Not ground-breaking, but interesting and drinkable.
06-09-2011 20:00:51 | More by jibbyvonjibb
4.53/5 rDev +19.5%
A- Very nice cloudy copper orange. Looks like it could be a double IPA.
S- Not as profound as I would hope. Slight pine, citrus, grass. Not at all bad, but not memorable either.
T- Tropical fruits, orange peel, a little caramel and a perfectly clean bitter finish. Exceptional balance, everything I want from an IPA.
M- Perfect carbonation for the style.
I have had this beer on draft and in the bottle. I much prefer this one in the bottle. I am surprised to see the mediocre to poor reviews. It is strange, however, that they call this an english style IPA. I can't really see where they're getting that from as this is very much an excellent example of a west coast IPA. Also the bottle says this beer is 7.0, not 6.
08-28-2011 02:32:33 | More by PerHops
4.31/5 rDev +13.7%
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, SF.
Beautiful looking beer with a classic deep golden orangish glow. Quite a nose on this thing, lots of pine and woodsy notes, some citrus tinge to it, and a bit of cotton candy.
The flavor follows suit, nearly perfect but for a tad too much candied sweetness on the finish for my taste. Great balance of bright hoppy flavors, bitterness, and that trademark west coast dryness. Dank and resinous, maybe a little too slick and oily for me… but no major gripe there either.
I've had other beers from them that I liked, but this one really grabbed my attention. A fantastic beer, and another brilliant example of a west coast IPA.
08-28-2013 11:16:03 | More by duluoz
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
Tasted at Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a snifter.
A: Hazy light orange color. Decent size head.
S: Orange and citrus scent. A good amount of malt and sweetness coming through on the nose.
T: A good amount of a hop piny flavor. Sweet butterscotch malt flavors are strong after the initial hop taste.
M: Medium thick and rather smooth. Rather syrupy for not being an Imperial IPA.
O: Okay IPA. One I would order on occasion but not often.
07-30-2011 05:10:44 | More by avaldivia
3.79/5 rDev 0%
Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and peach or apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness 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 with a great fruity hop aroma and some tasty flavors that unfortunately don't match up.
03-29-2014 02:54:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
Pours out a slightly hazy orange with about an inch of head. The head leaves spots of lace all over the glass.
Smell starts with butterscotch and citrus with a hint of fresh cut grass.
The taste starts with plain white bread with a touch of citrus. This is followed by the fresh cut grass taste which makes up the long lasting aftertaste. It seems to be missing the sweetness (or balanced malts) that are hinted at in the smell. Though mown lawn is a great IPA hop character, it's a bit overpowering here.
All in all, a nice effort that could use just a bit of tweaking.
07-28-2011 23:30:59 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
American IPAs are often said to have orange fruit-like features of citrus and acidity; the fact that this one is so orange it could have born on a tree is just coincidence. Despite its lack of clarity, the beer shines with incandescence. Its relatively bare surface need not be concerning; the foamy washer that circles it polka-dots the glass with glinting circles.
The aroma has an orange juice-like sugary/acidic character and a bit of garden-variety hop pungency to chase it. At this point it seems like searching for any maltiness would be a lost cause - there's just too much pithy, citrusy flavour that it's buried (if it is in fact in there). The bitterness acts like a precautionary 'beware of hop' sign on the front door.
The flavour is as distinctive as it is not; it has a bitter pine-y resins and a candied citrus flavour that you'd associate with a characterful American-brewed IPA but it also falls short where mouthfeel is concerned, tasting a little diluted and failing to make much of a lasting impression. Some of that, mind you, has to do with the fact that it's actually balanced.
Crunchy malts (like stale pieces of toast) are on equal terms with the pungent, almost vegetal hops. Bitterness is drying and slightly astringent, like steamed greens, but isn't overwhelming and any less of it in this malty 6% frame would be insufficient. Granted, it doesn't have the same gratification as other similar character offerings, but that doesn't make it bad.
JC Flyer is named after a Bay Area county-rocker I've never heard of and it's a beer that probably most people will never hear of either. But that doesn't mean it isn't good. By the same token, it's nothing anybody outside the Bay Area should necessarily know either. The somewhat harsh, final verdict of JC Flyer is that it's a standard IPA, a take-it-or-leave-it offering that is completely average in every aspect.
07-30-2011 04:36:21 | More by biegaman
JC Flyer IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.