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JC Flyer IPA - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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JC Flyer IPAJC Flyer IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 04-16-2009)
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Photo of largadeer
1.6/5  rDev -58%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

largadeer, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of welleshadow
3/5  rDev -21.3%

welleshadow, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

PA-Michigander, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of f_raud
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

f_raud, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Rick778, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SocalKicks, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

terence, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of jxb345
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jxb345, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 6%.

A-Cloudy golden amber. Has a 1/2 finger white head when delivered that sticks around.

S-Floral and some citrusy hops are found in the nose. This one is finished with whole leaf Simcoe and it is definitely noticeable.

T-Reminds me a lot of a lighter version of their Case Jones DIPA. Lots of grapefruit throughout this one. It is malty but by no means sweet. As it warms the floral hops come out a lot more.

M-Falls on the larger spectrum of medium bodied. Nice carbonation results in a smooth beer.

D-This guy is a really easy drinking IPA. It is not heavy. The grapefruit bitterness would probably result in palate fatigue after two.

I always like to see when a brewery offers a new IPA and I thought overall they did a good job with this one. Since this one is offered as a smoother option to their regular IPA, I will have to go back and revisit that beer.

mjl21, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of avaldivia
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

avaldivia, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biegaman, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and hoppy, perhaps a little thin on the finish, but an easy-drinker for hopheads.

Pours a slightly hazing orange with a fluffy head that falls away fast. The aroma is piny and sharp, with a resiny bite. The flavor is zippy and hoppy, with pine and citrus, reminiscent of the bite of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. There is a razor-sharp gasoline-like bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel, however, is a disappointment, watery and insubstantial.

Seanibus, Sep 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

tomb_ride, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

XicanoBeerRun, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

allstar255, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Binger72, Oct 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Ilovebeer1549, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ygtbsm94, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

doho95fu, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ambruns1979, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

illidurit, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

od_sf, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/21/14.

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 23, 2011
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JC Flyer IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.