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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
86
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: mjl21 on 04-16-2009

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 17
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with the liquid amber colored and capped by an inch or so of foam; modest lacing action

Smell: Toffee malt, some citrus and a hint of bubblegum

Taste: The toffee malt underpins the citrusy elements, with a touch of bubblegum sweetness developing; modestly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant drinker but not something that merits a quest

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of largadeer
1.64/5  rDev -57.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Heretic Brewing shaker pint, JC Flyer is dark, burnt gold with a thin white skim leaving really nice, sticky lace.

Smell is also very good. Skunky. Resinous. Earthy wood. Lightly sweet.

Taste is great, my kind of IPA. Light malt, modest bitterness, and huge west coast hops. Loads of bubblegum, citrus, pine, wood. Yummy. Between this and Casey Jones, these guys are firmly on my radar.

Mouthfeel is oily, dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is high. This is awesome. Wow, how is it not better known. We have just too many good IPAs out here on the west coast...sigh, problems!

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Springs on 7/19/09.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange body with vigorous carbonation and a slim off-white head that settled into a patchy film and thin ring of retention, leaving only sparse lace around the glass.

S - Pleasant aromatic hop aroma with fruity notes, a hint of spices and just a pinch of catbox. Simcoe hops give this IPA a very strong aroma. A slight waft of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Spicy and fruity hop character with leafy notes and quite a bit of floral attributes. Very complex hop profile due to the use of five different hop varietals. A sweet malt character offers a nice contrast to the assertive hop bitterness and suggests caramel and toffee notes that eventually morph into a grainy character in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth, mellow mouthfeel and slightly oily texture. Carbonation is fairly bright, but not overstated. Finishes with a dry, lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty darm good (and hoppy) IPA with a really pungent aroma. Nice use of a variety of hops in the mix. Glad I tried this one.

Photo of jenray
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this direct from the brewery—I love it when I can get brewery fresh IPAs!

This pours an orangey light amber color with some foaming. There’s a great hop aroma on this—I get some straw but mostly citrusy hops—orange dominates—with a light green pine-grassy note to round it out. The flavor has a up front and present bitterness and a light resiny chew with some citrusy and orange notes. Great finish—resiny and bitter and layered.

--- review from 7-29-2012

This pours a glowing golden color with tight light foam.

I enjoyed the pine and grapefruit notes on its aroma. Before each sip I caught myself inhaling deeply. Mmmmm!

This is one tasty brew, with a flavor full of grapefruit and some piney resin. There’s a sharp bitterness, perfectly appropriate, with a light chew rounding out the finish.

Very enjoyable. An assertive west coast IPA from an unsung brewery in the bay area. Can you dig it?

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy amber with a half inch of tight beige foam. Smeary lacing and a mostly solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with cracked garlic, grapefruit, pine, doughy malt, and a minerally crispness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Resinous hops with a solid malt backbone start the palate. Heavy on the pine with grapefruit following through. Some chaulkiness adds an additional perception of bitterness, but the beer is pretty smooth overall.

Finishes with lingering hop resins, pine sap, and citrus pith.

Tasty one and tasting quite fresh. The chaulkiness and heavier dose (for a west coaster) of malt give it the English nod, but barely. Stacked up against other west coast IPA's this one falls a bit short though.

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of avaldivia
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of ambruns1979
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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JC Flyer IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.