Ponderosa IPA - Prescott Brewing Company
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2.8/5 rDev -25.3%
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.
02-01-2011 05:32:04 | More by mmciz
2.83/5 rDev -24.5%
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...
04-29-2008 02:40:33 | More by flexabull
2.9/5 rDev -22.7%
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...
04-03-2011 05:03:31 | More by bennetj17
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
12-25-2011 20:14:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
04-04-2013 22:51:04 | More by 395er
3.18/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
12-06-2010 04:23:11 | More by drpimento
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
08-05-2011 02:51:32 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.36/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
12-31-2012 02:11:43 | More by drabmuh
3.45/5 rDev -8%
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.
12-30-2011 05:39:44 | More by bertram
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-25-2011 22:21:03 | More by Phelps
Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.