East Bay IPA - Charleston Brewing Company

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East Bay IPAEast Bay IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Charleston Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JISurfer on 07-21-2005)
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Reviews by MrHolland:
Photo of MrHolland
4.58/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright burnt orange color into my pint glass, with a thick white head that leaves lacing on the side.

Smell - Smell is just good ol' fresh smelling hops. mmm

Taste - Wow this is a pretty damn good IPA.. very subtle tones up front with a bitter hop after taste which is very plesent and balanced.

The mouthfeel is on point with this brew very smooth and feels great on the palate.

This is my favorite IPA I have had to date. Could drink these all night long with no problem at all. I am going to deff. get more of these!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

The American IPA is one of the most played beer styles in the US. Veteran beer drinkers look at this style as almost a benchmark now. At last year's Great American Beer Fest there were 94 entries just for American IPAs. Let's see where this one lands on our palates.

Hazed, orangey hue; ample foaming after the pour with some stickage afterwards. Rough hop aroma of sunburned grass, musty herb, citric rind and sweet flowers. Solvent-like fusel alcohol behind the hops. Very smooth, almost creamy, with a solid medium body. Slight stale tobacco flavor from a difficult hop character. Bitterness stands strong, with lingering citric and sweet flower flavors. A tad fruity in the middle. Thin pale malt wavers as the hops push it around. A hint of musty yeast and a mild solvent alcohol draw to a bitter finish.

Balance is not really a quality here, nor is structure. Tastes like a timid malt base with a heavy amount of hops thrown at it--and not very cleanly thrown either. With so many other IPAs out there, we'll have to pass on this one.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice two-finger thick head that had a nice two-tone off-white and cream color. A little floral hop aroma. Intense hop bitterness, almost astringent hits the palate and stays strong to the finish. A good froth did not reveal any malty sweetness. Very strong IPA with the hops dominating, duh!. I would have liked a little more malt flavor to shine through. I was brewing beer when I poured this and let it sit about another 15minutes. Surprisingly, it mellowed just a touch and I was to detect some sweeter malt characteristics. Would have liked a little more floral or citrus but in no way does this American IPA lack anyhting. A stiff IPA. Cheers!

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled across this little number quite unexpectedly as I did a recon stroll down the beer aisle while I was on a mission to pick up other supplies at the BiLo in Charleston.

Flavor was good although a little on the sweet side and perhaps they were running low on hops at the brewery as it was a little low on hop flavor. The hops became more prevalent at the finish and it seems to be saying, “hello, am I really an IPA or did you just like the horse on the label?” Very little aroma but from what I could find it was citrusy and pleasant. Color was golden orange with an average head.

I would try this again if I was in the area but would not go out of my way to get it, drop a six in my lap and I would gladly say thank you.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of ncvbc.

A: The IPA is a pale amber color, a lighter hue of both brown and yellow. A 2 finger head nearly overflowed the glass. The end result is thick patches of lace over the top quarter of the glass.

S: The aroma is citrusy, strong on the grapefruit with a good amount of caramel malts to balance things out.

T: The front of the beer is full of grapefruit flavor, piquant and lively. As quickly as it appears, it is gone, hiding behind caramel malts. Zesty hops manage to peek out from time to time and leave a nice finish on the palate.

M: Hops-malts-hops. Repeat as needed.

D: The ale is accessible with a decent hop profile. I'd be happy to drink a few over the course of a day.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of well balanced caramel malt notes with some dry hops. Taste is also a well balance mix between some caramel malt with some nice bitter hops which tends to be more dry then citrusy. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. This one was definitely better then expected.

Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber with some golden hues when the light shines through it. 1/2" sticky white head recedes to quick for me to appreciate it. RIm of sticky lace around the edges of the glass and a lacy island in the beer.
When I first poured the beer it had the classic IPA citrus hop aromas. But as the beer warmed, the aroma faded somewhat.
Mmmmm, yummy, I love IPAs. Well balanced with lots of hoppy goodness. True to style. Good not great IPA.
Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated with not too much or too little.
If in SC this a beer you should search for. Solid IPA.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost orange in color with a very pleasant and "telltale" hoppy nose. The hops are mostly aromatic however as the flavor is a bit weak. A drinkable beer but not spectacular. I graded it a C on my scale. I had a hard time finding a good selection of local microbrews while I was visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina so I was pleased to have found it and tried it however.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden straw color, modest white head that quickly dissipates
S - Strong citric hops with a piny undertone. Mild light grainy malt undertones.
T - Similar to the aroma but with a stronger tilt towards a hop bite.
M - light to medium bodied, mildly carbonated slightly rough due to hops
D - a bit unbalanced between hops and malt for me. It was a hoppy beer to be sure but not quite my idea of a 6 pack purchase. Glad to have tried it though.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber hue with just a light bubbling of patchy white foam that shows good retention and leaves a bit of splotchy lace on the glass.

Herbal, grassy, vaguely citrussy aromas appear in the nose. Other than that, not much going on. Rather basic.

Body is medium, with a rather tingly carbonated character. Tastes almost entirely of mildly bitter citrus hop flavors, with just a tad of sweet malt backbone and a tinge of fruitiness. Finishes bitter and dry.

Overall, a decent and drinkable IPA. While nothing mindblowing, the citrus hop flavors are rather unique amongst the typical offerings, and so the brew earns points for that, and the finish calls out for another.

(Prior to this I had gotten a bad bottle, forcing me to postpone my review. I knew something was up when I poured the beer and it immediately produced a humongous head more massive than that of a hefeweizen or similar beer. The smell had drawn me in, with nice fruit esters, but upon touching the tongue it was as if I had poured household chemicals into my glass and proceeded to drink them. Horrid solvent flavors. Props to Wine World in North Augusta, SC for giving me a free, and this time good, bottle to sample in return.)

Photo of Atlas1
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this IPA, which I'd never actually heard of before, at my local beer store. A pleasant surprise to say the least.

Pours a slightly opaque copper/orange color with a thick, frothy two-finger head. Nice lace retention along the sides of the glass. Very floral bouquet, but I also get some funky old shoe aroma here too. Musty malt scents and a hint of fresh cut grass. Not bad. The taste is pleasant as well. Nice citrus up front, followed by some muted fruit flavors, with a smooth transition to malt and an easy finish. I could have several of these at a sitting; it makes a great session beer. Sturdy mouthfeel.

Like I said, I was unfamiliar with this beer and brewing company before trying it, but it was a great discovery. I could easily find myself grabbing a sixer of this over the weekend just to keep around the house. It's not a brew that will knock you off your feet or anything, but it's definitely a quality product that deserves some praise.

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and slightly hazy texture. Not much head, but some good lacing.

Had a sweet smell. Citrus, sweets, malt were apparent.

Had a solidly hoppy taste with tinges of fruit and malt.

Had a good, solid amount of carbonation and a slightly syrupy finish for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a fair amount of complexity.

Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet crystal and bisquit malt scent with very little hop aroma. It seems more like a pale ale aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor with a dry, bitter finish. There is a slightly sweet crystal malt taste with a bit of bisquit malt in there as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker, although I'm not sure it's really done to style. It seems a bit too sweet for an IPA.

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Hazy, light amber in color. Medium, light tan head, rocky. Good lacing.

Aroma was grassy and biscuity. Fruit & floral elements. Very sweet smell - caramel. A bit of grapefruit.

Bitter more than sweet, but nice balance. Grapefruit, but mild. Some oranges as well. Caramel, but quite mild.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry. A bit of graininess in texture.

Quite good. I would love to try this fresh or on tap.

Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/08/05- Received via trade with AlexJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best before section with no dating....I hate that! Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Deep golden approacing an orange color. 1/2 inch head and average lacing.

Smell- Sweet and fruity hops. Big scent emmits from the bottle. Very fragrant hops.

Taste- Super sweet and powdered sugar flavored hops. A nice burnt malt flavor in the background to even the hop taste out. Maybe a touch of grapefruit. Not really any pine flavor here. Just sweet and sugary.

Mouhtfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- I'd probably snag a six pack of this every now and then if it was available. Not really a session IPA for me because of it's over the top hop sweetness. But still a good IPA when craving one.

Photo of jimbotrost
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually contract brewed in Frederick Maryland. Purchased 12 oz bottle at Southern Market in Myrtle Beach, no dating on bottle. The pour was hazy, slight orange tinge to a copper hue. Smallish off white head capped off a nicely carbonated beverage. Nose starts with a blast of big sweet maltiness but is well backed up by a hoppy balance. Very dry chalky and hoppy flavor and body. Finish continues along the same lines. Very nice.

Photo of bjohnson
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lets see if I can remember about this one. Had it in a bottle while I was down in Charleston visiting a friend. This IPA was a little on the sweet side and had a hoppy bite, but it grew on me the more I drank--also kind of fruity. Didn't check the color because I had it in the bottle instead of in the glass--i know, i know--had no glasses unfortunately.

Photo of sendbeer
1.25/5  rDev -63%

Photo of MeLikeBeer
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

timtheenchanta provided this brew;

Pours a watered down golden amber in the glass.
Very little aroma, light malt and hop scents, not enough for me to believe this was an IPA...
No bitter flavor here, very little in the way of hops. Finishes with an aftertaste of grain...maybe some more fruit flavors as it warms.
Overall a rather bland IPA offering.

Photo of gbarron
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 16 oz. pint at the Flying Saucer, Columbia, SC.

A - golden copper, perfectly clear. Big, billowy, puffy white head - two fingers thick. Stays around the entire way, leaves very nice lacing.

S - nice smell of fresh, citrusy hops. Cascades? Definitely NW US hop variety. Citrusy, orangey, grapefruity hops dominate the nose, but a nice little toasty, malty aroma in there.

T - a very well balanced IPA. Hops win out here, as they should - strong flavor of citrusy hops hits the tip of the tongue. Forceful bitterness, but not overwhelming. Nice balance with toasty, caramelly, biscuity malt. Residual malt sweetness. Very clean beer, little yeast fruitiness present. Probably the Chico yeast.

M - thin to medium thin. Carbonation is moderate to high. Nice hop dryness. Bitterness makes you pucker up just a bit.

D - very, very tasty brew. Nice example of what a good local brewer can do in any state in the nation if they just focus on making a clean IPA. Doesn't go overboard with the hops, well balanced. Basically a hopped up Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Good example of American IPA.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of thaichile
2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a light amber with a very minimal head. Pleasant floral nose, which later moved into skunky as the beer warmed. Very bitter with some malt and fruit. and caramel. Finish/aftertaste was dry/bitter. The end was the worst part of the beer. Not the best IPA. Thanks derrickt007 for the bottle.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a good head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Pronounced malty aroma with a decent amount of piney citrus elements

Taste: Caramel malt flavors dominate the front end; after the swallow there is a nice piney bitterness followed by some pithy citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very decent mainstream IPA from the Palmetto state

Photo of eballard
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden brown and had a light lacing on the edges. It has a nice sent of hops and a little bit of a sweet citrus smell. The taste is unique. It has the usual hops spice to it at fist but quickly hits the sides of your mouth with dry grain taste. The beer is creamy and smooth and doesn’t have a lot of bit to it. This isn’t the best balanced beer in my option but it does have a smooth quality that makes for an easy drink I can’t say this is my favorite IPA but it is drinkable.

Photo of mrmojoe
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Color is clear, slightly orangish copper. Pours a full copper-tinged head which dissipates in about 3-4 minutes to a very thin layer, remaining till the end and lacing all the way.

Smell - Floral hops with a hint of citrus, and some sweet malt.

Taste - Fresh floral hops, a little citrus and a hint of spice, followed by a caramelly sweet malt which becomes more prominent as the ale warms. A robust, bitter finish in the back of the mouth reminds you that the hops are clearly in charge here, though just a hint of sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel - medium smooth, with good carbonation.

Drinkability - For me, a bit too hoppy for a session beer, but that is not a negative, just a reflection of personal taste. This flavorful ale is complex enough and balanced enough to be savored, and I could enjoy a couple of these most any time.

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East Bay IPA from Charleston Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.