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East Bay IPA - Charleston Brewing Company

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East Bay IPAEast Bay IPA

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35 Ratings

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 jimbotrost:
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 14:31:50 | More by jimbotrost
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1.25/5  rDev -63%

10-27-2012 15:36:00 | More by sendbeer
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-26-2012 01:15:46 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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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.)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:20:40 | More by superdedooperboy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 18:20:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this little IPA while just outside of Charleston.

Poured well, and has good amounts of head

The smell of hops meets a citrus smell

This ipa is smooth, there are hints of grapefruit along with a good hop bitterness, and a crisp over all mouthfeel

this is a very drinkable IPA, one i have enjoyed a couple of times since, but alas I am unable to find this good little IPA in the Piedmont Triad of NC

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 08:00:52 | More by ncbeermonger
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 18:52:49 | More by Ragingbull
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 18:03:18 | More by akorsak
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 21:16:04 | More by avalon07
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 19:09:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 22:40:34 | More by WesWes
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2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looked like a slight haze with a copper color. Depending on the light, I did see some orange. Ended up with half inch of head that was gone very quickly.

S - First thing on the menu is a sweet malt. Nut aroma follows with hops coming last. Not what I expected from an IPA.

T - Malt flavor comes through pretty strong and that sweetness is almost blanced with a hop bitterness. Key word being almost. Once it warms up a little the hops start to make themselves known a little more. Anyone expecting a hop bite should probably get something else.

M - The beer is mildly thick because of the sweet flavor profile. Carbonation is on target which helps but does not pull the brew into the IPA flavor that I was expecting.

D - The brew was acceptable as in India Pale Ale. That is about all I can say about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 03:35:32 | More by csmiley
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1.88/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz longneck twist. No date, label has a braying horse with a wreath of hops.

Appearance: Bright orange color with just a bit of haze, average head, quickly fades to thin, but leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Hop bitterness with a bit of malt in there too, some cooked vegetable as well.

Taste: Somethings not right here - the cooked vegetable flavor dominates, with some bready malt hiding in the background, and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Overall impression: Bad - I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle, or if its just a bad beer - but this was barely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 00:49:49 | More by rowew
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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blurry nectarine beneath a creamy cap of golden beige. The foam has lost only one finger of its original three in the several minutes since the pour. The fact that abstract patterned lace covers more of the glass than not makes the appearance score an easy call.

The nose is somewhat IPA-like, but is too weak for the style. I smell something darker than pale malt (probably a hint of caramel), along with fruity hops that might hail from America, the U.K. or both. I had no luck trying to find out the hop bill.

East Bay IPA is equally muted on the palate. It doesn't taste bad, it just needs to be a lot more assertive. A mild-moderate toasted breadiness tells me that the caramel malt guess was an accurate one. The hops are still fruity (orange and apricot) with a bitterness quotient that is somewhere between an APA and the stated style.

There's no burst of flavor that all good IPAs deliver. Again, the word 'muted' comes to mind. Warming opens things up enough for the next highest score to be granted, but don't expect to have your hop itch scratched with much force. Sessionability is on the high side since palate fatigue shouldn't be an issue.

The body/mouthfeel is mid-range for the style (perhaps a fraction lighter) with an understated amount of carbonation that keeps things nice and smooth... while making sure that excitement is kept to a minimum.

As far as I'm concerned, East Bay IPA is the best of the three Charleston Brewing Company offerings. Having said that, it shouldn't be too hard to find a better IPA in the Carolinas. I know because I've had a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 15:35:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:24:37 | More by brentk56
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 17:46:29 | More by
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 01:47:17 | More by wcudwight
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3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, many thanks to brent56 for the sample, in a nice trade.

Good lookin’ clear amber, frothy white head. Oily sheets of thin lace grace the Schlafly sample glass. Subtle cut of floral hops meet the nose and the tastebuds. A woody presence is also slyly noted. Crisp and dry, this makes for a nice summer deck brew. Really enjoyed this one, would have many more if possible.

Best before 9/10/07. And the horse on the label looks like he’s been in the rag weed!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 20:09:46 | More by Vancer
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New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 12:03:33 | More by barleywinebrewer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 04:30:50 | More by Atlas1
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 19:00:37 | More by eballard
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3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this courtesy of Oldirtysurfer.

Poured an amber/gold onto my Unibroue tulip.

Smells of lemon, hops, slight honey and light malt.

The taste is a lot less hoppy than I thought it would be, I declare this a session IPA. It isnt bad at all, there are no glaring flaws, but it just isnt a powerhouse. I recommend a 6er for a picnic, camping, etc.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 06:31:24 | More by murrayswine
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North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 20:30:58 | More by ByTor2112
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 02:17:53 | More by MeLikeBeer
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 01:52:42 | More by mrmojoe
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East Bay IPA from Charleston Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.