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Ponderosa IPA - Prescott Brewing Company

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Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Prescott Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2004)
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

chinchill, Jun 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Auraan, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

cokes, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of dancinwillie
3.7/5  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!

dancinwillie, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +34%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

BrahptimusPrime, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TheSamKuehn, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Gusler, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Rocketman2013
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Rocketman2013, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of justaholic
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

justaholic, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of 395er
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

395er, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of apf
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

apf, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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

neenerzig, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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!"

woodychandler, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nugganooch, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

allenson21, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ckollias
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

ckollias, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

cdwil, Dec 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

jwswigs, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of flexabull
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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...

flexabull, Apr 29, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Vigilante, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +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.

John_M, Nov 26, 2009
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Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.