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India Pale Ale - Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
66
poor

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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)
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow, the lively and bubbly carbonation helped maintain a sturdy head on it.

Smell: Yeah it's hoppy, but a strange kind of hop, one that seems starchy, like when you boil potatoes and leave the lid on, and it boils over and burns on your stove. I've detected this before in some other Beer, who knows what causes this but I doubt it's intentionnal.

Taste: Mid carbonation on the tongue, it's got a decent if non-descript hop bite, but there's nothing on the malt side to give it any character or complexity. Not that IPAs need to be real mind-benders, so this one only gets barely a passing grade, but for a west coast IPA it's well below average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2006 01:13:25 | More by Goldorak
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freed

Oregon

2.08/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Worst pour at the Organic brewers fest. Poured a hazy golden with a somewhat pallid bit of foam.

Hop aroma was stale and complimented (if you can call it that) by a musty malt aroma.

The taste continues on this trend - the malt tastes like it was resting in the silo for a while too long and maybe got a little damp. Musty again best describes the malt flavor and the beer finishes with a peppery flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2006 00:32:18 | More by freed
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chumba526

Oregon

2.3/5  rDev -13.9%
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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goschool

California

2.2/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this from the BevMo in Thousand Oaks, CA. I saw a few styles from this mysterious brewery (mysterious to me at least) and I picked the IPA to check out, because sub-par breweries will accidentally churn out decent IPA's from time to time.

Appearance: The pour is a slightly hazy gold with a long lasting white head.

Smell: The nose is hoppy, but there's a strange aroma that I can't detect. I don't think this is something that anyone would want in their beer.

Taste: The strange aroma has a taste and it's in the flavor profile, but I still can't put my thumb on it. It's like sour cascade or fuggle hops, maybe lemon. The malts don't play much of a roll in this beer unless they are actually the origin of the off-flavor. The finish is spicy, but the off-flavor sticks around to mess up any ground the beer might have made in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel has good carbonation, but I can't get past the off-flavor.

Drinkability: Nothing about the flavor makes me want to finish the rest of the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 07:27:52 | More by goschool
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rkuhnel

California

2.2/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy gold with a reddish center. A big fat head, but oddly not much lacing. Nose is of caramel malts and light floral hops. Mouthfeel is a bit acrid, and the flavor is a unpleasant bitter. OK. so how do you combine sourness and bitterness in the same finish. This one managed it, and it is kind of hard to go for the next sip. I usually love IPA's but this one came up short for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 02:31:13 | More by rkuhnel
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Abe_Froman

Texas

2.75/5  rDev +3%

05-20-2014 04:25:38 | More by Abe_Froman
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sloejams

California

2.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In the thumbs-up / thumbs-down world that we like to live in - I have to go with down. I struggled with it, but this is just isn't good enough.

It starts well enough - looks like an IPA. The smells has not enough hops to warrant it though. Lots of malts and not very balanced. The malt character has a sweetness that is pleasant. It's not the worst beer - it's just doesn't scream "West Coast IPA" to me.

In California, with some many delicious IPAs to choose from - I'd skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 00:18:10 | More by sloejams
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baybassboy

California

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-14-2013 06:14:15 | More by baybassboy
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +12.4%

03-05-2014 22:25:13 | More by berkshire413
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Rumrunner

California

3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle. Imperial pint glass.

My bottle poured a glazed golden color. Plenty of floaties about the glass. No problem there. I have never been one to scoff at floaties. The lacing is weak but the overall color is nice. A quality looking beverage.

Sadly the scents are weak. I sniff out some grain and earth. Not much else. I was hoping for some hops in the scents but they are far in the back for this IPA.

The flavors exude some hops but not much. The IPA is mainly focused on the grain type flavors. Very dry bread comes to mind. There is some citrus but the drying effect of the bread quality on the palate really detreacts from any bitterness the IPA has to offer. Sad because there are some quality flavors in the beer, they are just in the background instead of in the forefront where they should be. In my opinion this IPA needs the background flavors at the forefront and the grain and malt flavors in support. If this was the case, this would be a top notch IPA. Give this one a kick in the pants Mr. brewer.

A very easy drinker. No problems there. I would have to say a few tweaks in the brewing process and it could be one solid IPA. Until then it is a beer to have when the rest of the lot is absolute swill.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 08:48:27 | More by Rumrunner
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bvermilion

California

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-04-2013 02:50:05 | More by bvermilion
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bcm119

California

2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is one of those beers that catches your eye in the store with its elegant label, but tastes like bad home brew. Muddled aroma of wet grain and old hops. The nose is sweet with a not-so-fresh malt syrup flavor, followed by a disconnected hop bitterness. Hops are robust but their flavors are flat and one dimensional. A definate miss, especially considering the $4/ 22 oz price.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 18:17:46 | More by bcm119
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kchannel9

California

4/5  rDev +49.8%

12-23-2011 11:52:25 | More by kchannel9
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aanth

California

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-16-2012 09:01:46 | More by aanth
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falc0n2600

California

4.25/5  rDev +59.2%

06-13-2014 00:07:05 | More by falc0n2600
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TheLiterati

California

2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There are a ton of AIPA's out there on the market. That said, if you are a brewer and decide to throw your AIPA hat in the ring, wouldn't you brew something memorable?

I'm sad to say that's just not the case here.

Poured amber in color with a minimal cream-colored head. Smell seemed to lack the citrusy aroma usually associated with an IPA, which was more than a bit off-putting.

Still, in the name of good beer hunting, I pressed on.

I'm not really sure what to say about the taste...I sipped, swirled and swallowed, and waited for the slightest bit of a spicy bite, but it never came.

Mouthfeel walked a thin line between smooth and flat.

Drinkable? Yes. Would I have another, or recommend it to an IPA newbie?

No.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 05:07:37 | More by TheLiterati
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mbunje

California

2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured to a pint glass.

Appearance is good. Dark gold, mild cloudiness. Bone white head was small but left medium lacing.

Smell. Not much. malty. vanilla. My son (6) says it smells like pizza (we are eating pizza) So nothing overpowering about it. He has told me some IPAs smell like oranges.

Taste. first impression it tastes like latex paint. Don't freak out, this is an IPA and should have an identity. But generally, I don't like it. Tooo piney. Not enough citrus. NO malt balance (even though it smelled malty???)

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good for 7.5%ABV but it tastes so bad I won't have another.

Overall: I would take about 20 IPAs over this one. It says "organic" but what beer isn't? That's the best thing about beer. Its fermented earth and it gets you happy. Is there an inorganic process to brewing beer? If so, mail me.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 03:15:27 | More by mbunje
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b-one

California

2.75/5  rDev +3%

05-11-2013 03:38:02 | More by b-one
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mattffrost

California

2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a cloudy amber with a tint of orange. Head is off white.

Smell I get what almost smells like a strong apple. Some citrus smell.

Taste. I wanted to really like this beer since its close by and organic but I has really disappointed in the taste. Beer makes my mouth pucker in a bad way. I don't think the beer finishes bitter but rather sour. I dont get the fruitess I was expecting at all. Very unclean taste that is burnt.

Mouthful Really makes my mouth quiver not good.

Drinkablity. Not very drinkable to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:53:56 | More by mattffrost
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FACEMEAT

California

2.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light amber with a two fingers of white head that left nice lacing.

S: Smells of hops and unripened peaches.

T: There's something just not right about this brew. It's got an unpleasant metallic sourness that overwhelms any good character it might be possessing. Blech.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.

D: With such a foul taste, I couldn't stomach more than half a pint before pouring the remainder down the sink. Avoid at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 00:41:20 | More by FACEMEAT
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berebrando

California

1.83/5  rDev -31.5%
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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BobbyDigitali

California

3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

06-13-2014 20:34:13 | More by BobbyDigitali
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FallinDeck

California

2.35/5  rDev -12%
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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duluoz

California

3.58/5  rDev +34.1%
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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CruznBrewin

California

3/5  rDev +12.4%

06-06-2012 22:24:18 | More by CruznBrewin
India Pale Ale from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
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