Ponderosa IPA - Prescott Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
09-18-2009 23:35:53 | More by LXIXME
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
10-12-2005 06:03:10 | More by cokes
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
01-11-2011 19:31:33 | More by Lucklys
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
09-02-2008 23:28:53 | More by neenerzig
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
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!"
08-14-2011 18:02:59 | More by woodychandler
4.2/5 rDev +12%
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
11-11-2011 23:23:58 | More by arizcards
4.2/5 rDev +12%
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.
03-28-2009 22:50:39 | More by yemenmocha
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-29-2011 22:34:36 | More by justaholic
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-29-2004 16:53:15 | More by Gusler
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
11-26-2009 05:01:57 | More by John_M
Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.