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India Pale Ale - Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 62
Avg: 2.65
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-24-2006

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 62
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.94/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright peachy hazy flaxen hued pour topped with a frothy coating that becomes a settled ivory thin collar. Some drippy lace left in the glass.

Nose is a tangled apricot and leafy celery that really could benefit from a bolder hop focus. A meld of honey and sugary candy.

First swigs: Mix of light apricot and candy sweet lolipop malt. A simple yet tasty flavor developing. Just a mix of light vanilla and peach ice cream. Kind of a peaches and cream ale. A tiny tad bit of caramel creeps in.

Feel is soft and gntly carbonated. Medium bodied. Clean finish with a linger of hazy Jell-O.

Last swigs: It's organic...don't panic. Worthwhile IPA. Their Belgian Pale rocked 'da house, yo! Cheap IPA bomber clockin' in at 7.5% ABV. Keep up the good work Santa Cruz.

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Photo of goschool
2.22/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head that slowly melted to a ring of very sticky lacing.
Aroma is a weak hop scent with something like bready yeast but not quite. Sort of powdery...Goldorak described it as 'starchy'...that is probably the best description.
Taste hits suddenly with citrus hop bitterness and very little offsetting sweet malt. Hops linger in the mouth but can't be identified. Either numerous hops were mixed together in the hopping or some sort of hop extract was used. The hops are nice but lack that 'fresh, green, piney' attribute I like to see in a good IPA.
Aftertaste is pleasant...
...but nothing in this brew to remember. Neither good nor bad.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.59/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.71/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pounder glass it forms a rather loose and untidy head that fades to a ring leaving behind sporadic slide lacing. Golden body and a bit of a haze.

Comes accross almost like an English IPA in that its hops are the drying variety and aren't dominating like its American counterparts. Nothing wrong with that at all if its done with some precision. Faint orange peels creep into the scene and mix with some rather lackluster malts that are doughy and really an afterthought.

Notes: Well I'm done with the Santa Cruz lineup for the time being. Three offerings and they were all limp.

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Photo of bcm119
2.39/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of freed
2.09/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.03/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.59/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

04/18/06- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no bottling info listed. Poured into my Sebastopol Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Medium golden pour. 3/4 inch semi-foamy head, leaves better than average lacing. Pour is a bit cloudy. Pretty sure it's bottle conditioned.

Smell- Off fruity hop scent. Notice high toasted malt, but a strange, maybe rancid fruity scent.

Taste- Do I not like this because it's organic, or because it's just plain not good? Hops a muted, mild fruit flavoring, maybe a touch of lemon. High roated malt flavor followed by a largely stale wet cardboard taste.

Mouthfeel- I like the carbonation level, but the taste kinda ruins the experience.

Drinkability- I did manage to finish the bottle, so I guess it's not that horrid. But, I would never try this one again. Just didn't care for it.

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Photo of marc77
2.34/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Standard brown glass 22 ounce Bomber. Neck label has a Whale spouting water through its blowhole with the words ‘Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’ encircling it with the words ‘Hand Crafted’ and ‘Dry Hopped’ either side. The Main label lists the brew as ‘India Pale Ale’. Certified Organic and Listed at 7.5% ABV on the label. No discernable freshness date.

Main label blurb states “From the cliffs of Seabright beach, wind your way up San Lorenzo River to where the sun filters down through the redwood branches on the Santa Cruz Mountains. Call up your sense of adventure and appreciation for the lusty flavors of organic hops and try our India Pale Ale.”

Appearance: Hazed orangutan golden body. White creamy head has flecks of light tans interspersed between the bubbles lending a dirty white feel to the crown cap.

Nose: Earthy tones, organic hops certainly smell better in this offering than the previous two Santa Cruz offerings. Dough laden middle with a freshly proved finish that has some liquid orange and toasted biscuits in the ending.

Taste: Soft bitterness, citric rinds and orange zest punctuate the entrance. Bitterness never rises above normal, tanks mainly in part to the toasted biscuit malts that run, neigh, ruin this one. The hops are nice but never get chance to display their wares, the jealous toasted biscuit malts ride rough shod through the middle and finish, utterly destroying any IPA character which one would expect. Sadly the cloying biscuit finish is not even good, detracting and ruinous, it leaves one with the feeling, “what if !?”, the organic hops would be left to do their thing. Way too much dry biscuit and cloying malts. Spices tangle with the “biscuit bovver boyz” in the warming brew, but the hops fade too quickly for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Average body with a dry, powdery biscuit texture that reminded me of the time I ate three wholemeal Ryvitas without a drink. Parching dryness with an annoying cloying wholemeal drudgery.

Drinkability: I managed the whole Bomber; it would unfair and remiss to say that I did not. But it was a close call. Boredom sneaks in, like waiting for the Dryer at the Laundry to complete its cycle I almost wanted to pop the door open and put myself out of my monotonous misery.

Overall: All three of the Santa Cruz brews that I have sampled to date have exhibited the same characteristics. Nice looks, reasonable nose, grainy tastes and ultimately very boring and rather forgetful. This one is no different.

Music: “In A Little While” – U2

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India Pale Ale from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
67 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.