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India Pale Ale - Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
65
poor

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 20.77%


Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-24-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by marc77:
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marc77

California

2.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lightly chill hazed dark auric hue. Ample, frothy, dogged porcelain white head yeilds dense lace. Light toffee, mint, and marzipan upfront in aroma with a grassy, lemony hop undertone. Metallic hints surface as the beer warms. Not enticing aromawise. Incipient in flavor is a rough, quinine like hop bitterness. Midpalate is a muddled melange of wet hay, bread crust and notes of lemon infused caramel syrup. Fairly full bodied, albeit with a chalky, seemingly gritty mouthfeel. Notions of toasted almond (perhaps from oxidation) arise late. Finishes minerally, dry and tannic. A most unimpressive IPA. Unbalanced, harsh and with several "off" flavors. Finishing the bomber was difficult. It seemed to be an attempt at an original British IPA, but fell well short of its goal. Skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 16:04:47 | More by marc77
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California

2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-16-2012 09:01:46 | More by aanth
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charlzm

California

2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed June 30th, 2012 at the brewery.

Beer is a relatively light yellow. Slightly cloudy with a fine crown of white foam around the top.

No aroma.

No real malt flavor... or much of any kind of flavor, actually. Some orange rind bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, slightly parching. Medium bodied.

Nothing much to see here. Move along.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 21:52:20 | More by charlzm
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California

3/5  rDev +15.4%

06-06-2012 22:24:18 | More by CruznBrewin
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the SCMB taproom today.

The beer pours an orange amber color, with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with something of a light brown sugar, dry citrus, and light sweet malt aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with something of a grainy, cereal flavor, light malt and dry citrus finish. The beer is well balanced with a decent amount of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes well with no trace of alcohol.

This is a decent IPA, one that reminds me very much of the IPA made by the McMenamin brothers up on Oregon. It's nothing mindblowing, but for what it is, this is a solid, easy to appreciate IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 01:30:16 | More by johnmichaelsen
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California

4/5  rDev +53.8%

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California

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mactrail

California

2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This has a sourish hint to the earthy flavors. At the same time there is a decent touch of sweetness. Starts out nice enough but it is overwhelmed by the strange composted taste which makes me think of decaying bitter vegetables. It also gives a dose of plasticky decaf coffee. It's enough to give bitterness a bad name. Odor is actually kind of nice-- fruity and perfumey. Quite attractive head and golden amber color. Otherwise virtually undrinkable and too strongly flavored to mix with anything.

It's funny that this makes me think of the Eel River and Bison "organic" beers which are so dirty and unpleasant. Maybe they just can't get decent organic hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 04:31:11 | More by mactrail
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brewski101

California

2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one as part of a taster - which was probably why the pour was not done very well.
The appearence was as expected for an IPA. It tasted a bit thin - not really what you'd expect for an IPA. If it had not been labeled as such, it could have passed for a pale. Mouthfeel was also a bit "thin" but I suspect that was due to a taster pour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 20:39:14 | More by brewski101
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chumba526

Oregon

2.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears sold orange in color with a large off white head.

It smells of sweet citrus (mostly oranges) I get a strong overpowering caramel flavor. There is a bit of an earthy hop smell.

It tastes pretty sweet. There is a sweet caramel flavor and a sweet orange like flavor. I get a noticeable bitter flavor. This is pretty boring, sweet and one dimensional. It is a bad example of an IPA but it does not taste that bad.

There is a low carbonation to the beer.

This is an ok beer I guess but it is not very smooth and is not a good example of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:13:56 | More by chumba526
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duluoz

California

3.58/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice golden orange color. Nice lacing and some retention.

S - Smells of bitter hops, some peach, and a little sour.

T - Tastes like it smells, with the addition of an earthy, dirty, wooden quality. You could almost guess it was barrel aged. Doesn't taste much like most IPA's, which I'm guessing is reflected in the poor reviews. But otherwise I actually like it. Loses some of its appeal as it warms up though.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel -- not too light nor too thick, and nice carbonation.

Perhaps not a great example of the style, especially among so many great West Coast IPA's... but still a nice beer that I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 02:10:39 | More by duluoz
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berebrando

California

1.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

got this IPA from hi times in costa mesa. twenty two ounces to myself. I've had some impressive IPA's and this one is far from impressive. color is good... looks like an IPA, orange, yellow, no head to speak of. smell is hoppy but nothing special. taste is hops and a strange dirty earthy flavor - far from good. taste was very unimpressive... mouthfeel was spoiled by the smell and taste. all in all, not good.

I have had a few other santa cruz mtn beers, gingwe, the hef and pale ale - I'd recommend any of those over this one...

happy holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 04:35:15 | More by berebrando
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GRG1313

California

3.45/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lively clear and bright dark orange with a nice but fast fading white head.

Nose is a light citrus/orange soda nose-nice but simple and soda pop sweet to the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium body and with no real distinguishing characteristic.

Flavors are one dimensional but not bad. Flavors are of grapefruit and grapefruit skin with hints of pine resin in the finish.

This is a very acceptable India Pale Ale, especially in the finish which is bold with grapefruit skin and resin. Good but nothing distinguishable, although very drinkable and I think most people that like somewhat of a hoppy IPA would like this. This is not Sculpin or Pliny but it's good.

I went back to see some reviews after I treid this. My opinion, better than most of the prior reviews give credit. Just my opinion. Worth at least a try if you like IPAs.

(I went back and actually read the prior reviews. I'm thinking that this is a new batch that I've tasted or other people may have simply jumped on the "bad" bandwagon. The batch that I've tried and reviewed is simply not a bad beer...period. My opinion.)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:36:40 | More by GRG1313
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FallinDeck

California

2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a golden wheat body with a small white head that left very little lacing throughout the beer. It's a good thing the smell is very light, because it smells of rotting fruit with a hint of pine behind that. The mouthfeel leaves something to be desired (like BEER); it has good carbonation but no real taste. This beer finishes ok with that pine taste coming through. I think a root beer soda represents beer better than this india pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 16:23:52 | More by FallinDeck
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber body, with thin sticky white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Gummy sugar-covered orange candies (or something of that nature), caramel malt, juicy mandarin oranges, and possibly (POSSIBLY!) some piney hops. Lots and lots of sugar in the aroma.

Taste: Lots of the same sweetness mentioned above, but with a notable hop bitterness in the finish. Also some toasted bread and added tang that I had trouble finding in the smell. Definitely odd tasting. Imagine eating those sugar-covered orange wedge candies, but having them finish tart and bitter. I'm struggling to give this one a quality description...

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is higher than average; produces a little bit of an unpleasant sting. Pretty damn sugary (and sticky) as well. Pretty thin body.

Drinkability: All in all, this is not a terrible beer. Funny tasting? Yes. Poor representation of the style? I'd say so. Hard to drink? Not really. If I could pick out a "girly" IPA, this would be it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 03:06:16 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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India Pale Ale from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
65 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.