India Pale Ale - Climax Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: Pre-packed 64oz. growler
Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King; $8.25 at Artisan
Presentation: Beer mug at ~45º
Appearance: An amber-brown semi-cloudy body that was at most the slightest shade lighter than the ESB. Generated a medium to large-gauge bone-colored head of moderate longevity. Head dissolved into a thin, lacey film.
Smell: A very strongly hopped aroma that verged on the medicinal. Adjectives like green, herbaceous, leafy, and grassy came to mind. Any malt sweetness or toasty notes were either not detectable or overwhelmed by the hops. Definitely a more assertive aroma than the ESB, but made me think this beer would be wildly out of balance.
Taste: This time my nose wasnt far off. Tremendous hops up front, with some spiciness and very muted malt. Some pepper and tannic hints at the back of my throat. Less citrusy and resinous than some other IPAs Ive tried recently. Having tried this soon after Climaxs ESB, the bitterness seemed a bit harsh and unrefined. Perhaps some age would smooth this out nicely. Finishes with a sharp, astringent bite.
Mouthfeel: Again, Climax does this nicely, achieving a smooth, fine carbonation that lasted through the glass and over two days in the growler. Light- to medium-bodied.
Drinkability: A good session IPA that provided welcome relief to an afternoon in the 90s. I would not expect this to have a high ABV.
Another good offering from Climax. Although I did not like this as much as the ESB, I would not hesitate to buy it again. However, competing in a segment that includes Hop Devil, 60 Minute IPA, Stone, Hop Pocket, etc., it has tough shoes to fill. Like the 60 Minute IPA, I think this lacks a bit of refinement and balance; but doesnt shortchange on flavor. I might also have liked it a bit more if I hadnt so recently tried the Ithaca Flower Power IPA, which suited me better. I look forward to more offerings from Climax.
Bottom Line: I was proud to be drinking this on July 4th! Another Climax brew worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2003 22:18:07 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
O: This beer is unusual and deep, although the tasting notes are somewhat unrefined. This is especially noticeable next to a cleaner, standard American IPA. This beer pushes style definitions, although it could use some refinement. I'd buy it again, and would love to try it fresh as opposed to slightly old. Are we sure this isn't a Belgian IPA?
A: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian goblet glass - the beer pours a murky brown not typical of your average IPA, with only the slightest hint of red or orange in the hue. Large effervescent bubbles are apparent in the haze, and there is a thin, turbid head of foam that clings to the glass well, but does not rise high or linger long. A noticeable and surprising amount of yeast particulate can be found in the beer, which reveals itself after the bubbles fade.
S: the smells are unimpressively typical of your average IPA - neither good nor bad. No distinct fruit aromas are apparent, but there is a moderate hop character intermingled with the strong malt, biscuit aromas. The smell of this beer has a surprisingly deep caramel character, which seems to explain the deeper color of the beer, suggesting more roasted malt than a typical IPA.
T: this beer tastes like the cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and an American IPA, with a surprisingly pleasant spice character (this beer is pretty spicy!). It is also very complex, with clashing fruity notes vying for attention. Is this an American IPA? It's a lot closer to a Belgian IPA, made with very tropically flavored hops. Good hop character balances well with the sweet, caramel body of the beer.
M: great level of carbonation on this atypical IPA. The medium body on this brew compliments the caramel backbone nicely
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 20:40:24 | More by tkdchampxi
2.94/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ
A: Pours a hazy copper in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation (mostly large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass) and some light amber highlights. The beer has a quarter to half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of bready malts with some hints of caramel sweetness along with some light aromas of citrus/orange zest hops.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light notes of caramel sweetness. That is followed by some light flavors of citrus/orange zest hops that impart a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: Doesn't really seem like an IPA as it is so much more malty than other examples of the style. The smooth body makes this one pretty easy to drink but I don't think I would get it again as the hops are barely present in this one.
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2013 02:09:34 | More by dbrauneis
India Pale Ale from Climax Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.