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Ponderosa IPA - Prescott Brewing Company

Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Prescott Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is light amber with a thick white head. The aroma offers a moderate amount of hops, citrus, pine. Resinous with a sturdy malt body. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Medium-light in bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 03:37:47 | More by Huhzubendah
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A - Pours an amber copper color, 2 fingers of foamy white head, average retention with impressive lacing.

S - Fresh orange/grapefruit flesh, leafy green, perfumey, just a very fresh hop aroma, not much malt coming through.

T - All hops upfront, big grapefruit citrus, leafy green, spearmint, some floral, generic fruit esters akin to an English ale yeast. A sweet caramel malt base rides underneath boasting more presence than the nose describes. Bitterness builds to a dry a clean finish.

M - Lighter feel for an IPA but not in a bad way, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Hops seemed very fresh with assertive citrus and green aromas. Good amount of malt to hold the base down. Above average for the trillion of IPA's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 21:24:57 | More by StaveHooks
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ckollias

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden –orange hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a slight citrus background.

T: Bitter hoppy flavor with a citrus and pine middle finishing on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA – worthy of a try.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 04:37:17 | More by ckollias
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber body; good clarity; well-proportioned, creamy tan head has moderate retention with good lacing.

Hop aroma is average strength and nicely fruity. Some sweet malt is evident too.
The flavor shows some faint malt but the hops really dominate. Rising bitterness and grapefruit flavor peak in a bitter finish that lingers on and on.

O: good choice for hop heads.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 02:14:20 | More by chinchill
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395er

California

3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can bought as a single on a recent road trip into a wine-style goblet.

Color is hazy amber.
Head is foamy, beer actually exploded from can. Lacing is minimal
Smell is a mix of malt and a fruitier hop. Not citrus, maybe mango.
Mouth feel is on the dry side
Taste is of malt, mango and a bit of pine. All in all on par with regional IPA's I've had. Not super interesting and a bit on the malty side. Probably wouldn't buy again on purpose, but if it was the regional offered against a flight of BMC and Fat Tire I'd be happy to drink it.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 22:51:04 | More by 395er
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can as part of my Arizona adventure, served in a shaker pint. Beer is amber and hazy with a tan head, large bubbles, low retention.

Aroma is piny and malty.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet with a mild bitterness on the end, pretty piny but still hops could be more forward. this is what people call a "balanced" IPA. Not a repeat for me.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 02:11:43 | More by drabmuh
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Nugganooch

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Total Wine – Goodyear AZ
12oz can to pint

A: Appearance is a hazed orange-ish gold color with some much lighter edges to it. Nice retention from a half finger of sea foam leaves a good matrix of splattered lace upon the glass.

S: Smell is pretty floral with some pine and spice notes and a sweet underlying pale malt aroma.

T: Flavors are dank and herbal with a peppery spice. There is a higher level of bitterness here that hits mid to back palate. Pretty juicy with some tangerine fruits coming into play. Some caramel roast malt makes an appearance towards the end. Sort of cracker like. Bit of tart in the end. Earthy spice is predominant throughout. Not a bad IPA at all.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat light and creamy with a nice resinous oily coating from the hops. Touch of drying in the finish.

D: This is one of the better AZ IPA’s I have come across. Nothing in your face but some good herbal and spice flavors going on with a nice malt presence.

Would grab again.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 22:26:52 | More by Nugganooch
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nickfl

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - a nice aroma of tropical fruit and pine with a hint of bready malt.

T - toffee malt up front with sugary notes of pine and orange. Some more orange hops in the middle with moderate bitterness and a thick, but dry, bready malt character that balances the hops.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - a very nice ipa, lots of fruity character, especially in the aroma. Well balanced, though a touch more sweetness might help with balance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 22:57:14 | More by nickfl
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bertram

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a pint glass...

Pours a rich golden color with a significant amount of white, foamy head, which once it's died down leaves a great deal of lacing.

The smell is a nice amount of hops to start that fade off quickly.

The taste has a nice hoppiness and a significant amount of tart fruit.

The mouthfeel is solid with a good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA - nothing great, but certainly not terrible.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 05:39:44 | More by bertram
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took the waitress/bartender awhile to get this one to settle down so that it wasn't just all foam. Then you're left with a beer that had a bunch of its carbonation escape already. Other than that, looked light orange. Smelled like orange and bitterness, some pine if you look for it.

Taste, mostly bitter, loses its delicate citrus edge it had in the aroma. Average sweetness. Need more hop mouthfeel, more carbonation (that sticks around in the liquid and just doesn't automatically convert to foam coming out the tap like a homebrewer that hasn't figured out where to dial it in).

Ultimately, a pretty average ipa, but representative of why Nevada and Arizona are so far behind CA/OR when it comes to ipas.

Had this at that Pagosa in Pheonix.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 20:14:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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arizcards

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late August for $1.79. Canned on 11152 (June 1st).

Beer poured an amber orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind. 4.5

Nose is a nice strong citrus hop that continues to perfume my Sam Adams glass even with half of it gone. 4.5

Taste is a decent malt backbone that is overtaken by the citrus, tangerine, and pine hops, but not in an overwhelming fashion. 4.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the finish is fairly clean. 3.5

Overall a solid IPA, would love to try it on-tap sometime soon! 4.0

Update - had a pint of this with lunch today at the brewpub.

A - Beer was served in a shaker pint, amber orange with a nice solid white head. 4.25

S - Nose was wonderful pungent citrus hops.

T - Gotta love an IPA served on tap. Citrus and pine hops dominate while the caramel malt base takes a back seat. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel was medium bodied and decently carbonated. 3.75

O - This is a very good IPA on tap, one i would love to have more often! 4.25

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 23:23:58 | More by arizcards
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justaholic

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smell was twangy not much hops smelled like a rye pa somewhat tasted somewhat ryeish to sorta sour easy light swet malt at first followed by a real tangy bitter as it warms flowery esters from the hops show through and are very good lik honey suckle and rose on the sides of the tongue with the bitterness more on the back very solid not to sweet and no taste of burnt sugary breads which i hate in aipa s we like it dry on the west coast cause the hops we get take up our flavor profile here and althugh this isnt the best blend of hops to my liking it is very good i like citrusy this is flowery but i would definately drink again though carbed well tiny bubbles not much lacing but definately a flowery hop head dream would like to see if its way better fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:34:36 | More by justaholic
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew! After that Lanbei Pineapple Taste (which I may be tasting for the rest of the day), I had to get off of the Chinese kick for a little while. Back to the ArizonCANs, thanks to the most excellent and highly revered bennetj17 (kowtows at this point), who really hooked me up in a recent trade.

From the CAN: "Ponderosa India Pale Ale. A Multiple award-winning IPA at GABF and World Beer Cup. Light copper in color, with a magical blend of hop flavor and flowery aroma. Not just another over-the-top IPA, but loaded with the right combination of hops, backed up with the perfect blend of malt to give it depth, character and balance." I CANnot say much for their use of punctuation, but let us see how their beer stacks up.

A return from China means a return to the Crack & Glug! I got a foamy finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy coppery-amber. Was this unfiltered? Good on them if that was the case! Nose was very pine-y and their disclaimer be danged, this beer smelled like many other AIPAs that I have CANsumed. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but it tends to capture my attention when you make claims on your CANs. Mouthfeel was medium and I have to give them props - this was NOT an unbalanced, "over-the-top" AIPA. It managed a nice admixture of pine-y, minty hops and caramel maltiness on the tongue. The finish was literally breathtaking in its pine/mint flavor, however. The lacing it left behind was going to need a chisel to remove. To quote Chevy Chase in "Modern Problems" (1981) - "Ahahahaha ... I like it!"

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 18:02:59 | More by woodychandler
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Medium hazy orange with a small off-white head.

S - Not much going on here. Citrusy and orange.

T - Similar to the taste, more malt sweetness.

D - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Light on flavor, but sweet.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 02:51:32 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Allpe45

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, with a marking of 11109 on the bottom

Pours dark copper/orange, clear and shiny, with a prominent white head, good retention and plenty of lace. Smells like a variety of rich citrus fruit still hanging from the tree. Hints of pine and floral hops follow the citrus aroma. The taste is a bit of a let down after the amazing smell. There is plenty of hop presence but it is not prevalent over the caramel malt and honey sweetness. The taste is still good but it doesn't live up to the smell. Light bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. This is a very approachable, perhaps overly balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 23:24:11 | More by Allpe45
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Phelps

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can, poured into plastic tasting glass.

Perfectly clear caramel in color. A one-finger head of frothy khaki foam quickly recedes to a sticky top layer, leaving oodles of lace in sheets.

Very spicy hops in the nose, seemingly German in character. Caramel, bread, and a light almond nuttiness also make appearances.

The flavor: grass, some floral character and German spice again. On the malt side I get caramel and ritz crackers. Snappy flavor with a crisp finish.

Medium carbonation assaults the tongue as I move the hefty and smooth medium body. I like the peppery bubbles here — they’re invigorating, keeping me alert throughout the drink.

A clean, malty IPA with good balance. Not bad, Prescott. Not bad at all.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 22:21:03 | More by Phelps
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KMDouds

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid IPA entry from a small town Brewing Company, or as my friend suggests;"a gateway IPA." The beautiful deep cooper color, a bit richer than most, is further complemented by a fragrance that suggests more than a hint of the Ponderosa Pine, for which I'm guessing this brew is named. Taste is better than average although certainly not as hoppy as the many Craft IPAs that have flooded the market in the past decade.

Mouthfeel is balanced, neither too carbinated or watery. This is a very drinkable IPA, but definitely not one that will challenge you hop-wise. Better on tap than in can (used to be bottled) but perhaps an IPA that drinks more like an excellent Pale Ale.

Since Prescott hasn't seen the last of me, I haven't seen the last of the Ponderosa IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 05:50:20 | More by KMDouds
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bennetj17

Arizona

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Twelve oz can, with a code of 11060 on the bottom, I assume that is the 60th day of 2011? If so this is only about a month old.

Somewhat dark in colour for an IPA, a rich copper bordering on amber. The head is decent, holds for a few minutes, and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is not impressive though, with sort of a watered down, sweet caramel character domintating. There is a floral hoppiness in the mix too, but it's not very clean, nor does it really stand out like a fresh IPA should.

The taste is a bit of an improvement. It's not great but at least there is a solid balance of malt and hop bitterness. The caramel malt is present here too, but luckily isn't cloyingly sweet like the smell suggests. I think the carbonation is a bit low, as it feels somewhat watery.

Overall the aroma and taste of this beer are lacking. It honestly reminds me of some of my homebrew, and I've only ever made 3 batches in my life - all underwhelming. I suppose this can work in a smaller city like Prescott, but I don't know how this beer can compete with other IPA's now that it has wider distribution. I am doing my best to buy local, but this has to improve before I buy it again...

Serving type: can

04-03-2011 05:03:31 | More by bennetj17
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mmciz

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Prescott Brewing is a small-town brewery in search of an identity. I've probably had 10 beers from them over the years and found some to be pretty darn good (spoiler alert: this one) and others to be gimmicky and awful, apparently intended to woo co-eds up for an evening on Whiskey Row. Their Strawberry Wheat is an abomination, for example. But, on the other hand, they're one of the few AZ breweries with the balls to try doing a Russian Imperial Stout.

This IPA might be the best thing in their line, though.

A: A little more yellow than some other IPAs with a nice creamy head out of the can.

S: Really, really good. Strong, flowery hop scent you don't need to lean in to smell. There's a little pine in there, too. I have a sixer of Hopslam in my fridge and I'd just as soon smell this.

T: Not as potent as the smell. The pine is there but the flowers are not. Not sharply bitter enough for an IPA in my opinion, though maybe my palate is just blown out from so many super-hoppy IPAs.

M: Too little carbonation in this can. A little oily on the tongue, with an unpleasant lingering bitterness back toward the tonsils.

D: Not nearly as drinkable as smell-able. Bored and reaching for something with a little more kick.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 05:32:04 | More by mmciz
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Lucklys

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prescott's Ponderosa IPA poured a golden amber color with bright ruby-orange highlights that formed just under the fluffy eggshell-white head. The liquid was mostly clear with a slight haziness in the middle - which I'm 90% positive isn't chill haze, as I let the beer warm a little before I poured it and I've read multiple reviews saying they saw the same thing from cans, bottles, and on-tap. The foam was a good 3-4 fingers thick and held with excellent retention, lazily melting into thick, creamy snow pile islands of small and medium bubbles while leaving sheets of sticky lacing along the glass walls.

The aroma was reminiscent of walking through an orange grove full of fruit bursting with nectar, where the grass was just being trimmed down the paths between the trees. It carried a strong perfume of juicy oranges and tart tangerines - compiled from both the fruit and the rind - with just a tiny bit of lemon peel fluttering amid the light grassy notes underneath. There were some pale caramel malts lingering around the edges, transforming some of the whiffs of citrus into candied fruits. And right before the end, mild pine needles - spruce perhaps - were crushed and scattered through the fruits and sweetness of the nose.

The first few sips presented a light/thin mouthfeel - though it wasn't watery by any means thanks to the sharp bitterness that snapped at my taste buds. It thickened to a more medium mouthfeel as it warmed and some of the simple flavors became more pronounced. Much of what was in the scent was also in the taste, offering a great amount of sweet orange and some grapefruity citrus hops that made the beer deliciously bitter. Some pine erupted in a giant wave near the end, washing up nicely after all the fruit, and left my tongue warm and tingling and my mouth clean and dry. The Ponderosa IPA was held together by light caramel and honey hints hidden in a malt backbone, but neither detracted from the very up-front IPA attitude. Initially the carbonation was prickly, and my only complaint is that over the course of a half hour, it went rather flat near the end. Fortunately, this one little issue did nothing to take away from the fact that this beer is really, really easy to drink. I really enjoyed all of the citric fruitiness without it being too sweet or orangey, and I'm really glad I was able to pick out the malts behind the ideal amount of bitter hops - they played well together and I look forward to picking up more from Prescott Brewing company.

Serving type: can

01-11-2011 19:31:33 | More by Lucklys
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was almost much better. But, I got a funky hop/malt thing that is just an odd combo and proly it's just me, but nonetheless. Pours with a medium sized, off white head that never totally goes away and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malt, hop, caramel, toffee and faintyly some sweet almost putrid notes. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor but that odd thing hangs tough to the end and I don't want any more.

Serving type: can

12-06-2010 04:23:11 | More by drpimento
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub tonight.

Ponderosa IPA pours the expected light orange color, but with surprisingly good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The beer smells pretty good as well, with some noticeable pine, a hint of citrus and white pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, and I'm impressed by the amount of hoppy bitterness this IPA delivers. The IPA is on the dry side, very much in the West Coast style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes well with clean, fairly crisp finish. Alcohol is well disguised and drinkability is pretty good.

A very solid and impressive effort from this brewpub. Much better then their porter IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 05:01:57 | More by johnmichaelsen
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decently big off white head atop a clear golden with red hints colored. a small to decent lacing stays through out drinking the 22 oz. bottle.

Decent hops aroma with hints of citrus and/or fresh grass come through, couldn't really tell but there were nice added scents in the hops aroma, but the the hints of yeast in a lot of micro beers.

The taste fallows through with mostly a dry fresh hops and then again adds the light citrus and light grassy tastes it.

A nice light dry after taste with hints of the hops lingers on.

This is a pretty dang good IPA, strong hops aroma and taste yet adds hints of more. If you're in Arizona and like IPA's run by and get yourself a few of these, you'll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:35:53 | More by LXIXME
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours luminous orange to gold with white head. Nose is a very appetizing orange candied fresh aroma. Almost pale ale like on the palate, or a lighter version of an IPA - good balance with malt, and not the usual APA assertive hop character. The loss of the big hop profile is made up for in the high drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 22:50:39 | More by yemenmocha
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden pour, topped by an enormous sparkling white head.

Aroma is sweet malts, and a bit of herbal hops. Somewhat muted.

Good bittering, juicy citrus flavor, and an underlying herbal/minty quality. Solid malt backbone, somewhat sweet, and provides a good balance. I had this on tap on a recent visit, and as some others have pointed out, it was superior. This is not bad though, and is one of the better examples of the style. Nothing fancy, yet a solid great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a semi dry finish. Very thirst quenching.

I would drink this a lot, if I lived anywhere near this place. I'm going to have to see if I can have my father or brother make a run, and send me some more. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:15:17 | More by dancinwillie
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Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.