Ponderosa IPA - Prescott Brewing Company

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Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Prescott Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2004

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty penny amber bronze, lightly hazed and mounted with an enduring thin sheet of graying beige.
Blistering nose of caramel corn, orange peelings, grapefruit juice, wet spruce, and reefer.
Tromps into the mouth with a caramel-dipped shortbread maltiness. Simple and effective. Hops come, a-glowing and proud. Touches of mint are rendered by loud squeals of citrus shavings, pine pitch, bong resin, and juicy stems.
A medium build and low carbonation befits the lightly sticky hoppiness of this brew. Served at the promper temp, which seems a nobrainer, but does deserve props, as too many fuck up this crucial aspect.
It's an utterly templatic IPA done exactly right. Not over the top in any fashion, just a good ol'-- maybe great ol'-- sessionable American IPA.

It should be noted that the bombers I've had (purchased at Prescott BC) are definitely a notch below the tap version. Freshness seems especially key here.

Photo of aval89
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From can. Best buy 08-02-15, reviewed on 7-6-15

A: light copper with about a finger head. Settles to a thin cap.leaves nice lacing.

S: leafy hop aroma with some citrus. A good dose of malt to even it out. Has an English pale ale like maltiness.

T: leafy hop taste with spearmint characteristics. More of that English pale ale malt flavor. Finish has a minimal hop bite.

MF: light-medium almost creamy.

O: well balanced for an IPA. Not your average west coast IPA.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it splits from the tap a translucent amber color with a tall white head that is creamy in its texture and the residual lace a fine velum like sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is hop floral, crisp and fresh with a nice with malt sweetness at the back, start has a pleasant sweetness from the malt and the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a definite hop spicy bite with a middling acidity, crisp and slightly sweet aftertaste that lingers on the palate. A fine middle of the road IPA, that will please the hop heads in the audience.

Photo of justaholic
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of 395er
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a 4 oz sampler of this during my recent visit to the Prescott Brewing Company. This beer is a mainly clear, slightly hazy amber color. The white head was i/3 inch thick when served, quickly settling to a decent surface layer and a medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. It eventually settles to nothing after a few sips. Aromas of citrus hop, some malt and light caramel notes and not much else. Flavorwise the citrus hops dominate followed by some definite caramelized malt. Good balance of flavor here, but the hops are a bit stronger than the rest. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink.

Eric

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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!"

Photo of Floyd80108
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Descent. Not great but drinkable

Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of ckollias
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of flexabull
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle tasted the other day at a friends house. He brought a bunch of stuff home from his spring break in Arizona.

This is from notes...

Pours a bright dark amber color with a faint head.

Aromas are quite hoppy. A dominantly citrus nose, with mostly grapefruit, and some sugar notes.

Taste is kind of weak and bland. It's a bit of a let down after smelling this one. It's not bad, but it's pretty blah. There are some sweet creamy malt flavors, and a slight hint of grapefruit hops on the thin finish.

Mouthfeel is too thin. Feels weak and watery in the mouth.

Drinkability is ok. As mentioned early, I didn't think this was a really bad beer, certainly not a drain pour. It's easy to drink, but it's pretty uninteresting and bland. I'll pass...

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of sunsjammer
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Prescott Brewing on 6/11/15

Photo of Lucklys
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of travolta
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A very nice and clear golden color with a simple white head, very minimal retention and decent lacing.

Nose: Orange, pine, citrus, some resin and cream.

Taste: Crisp and coppery/metallic start. A little resinous and funky in the middle, wet hops and mild malt.

Notes: Just another good IPA. Nothing to write home about, but that is getting harder and harder nowadays.

Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Allpe45
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.