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Ponderosa IPA - Prescott Brewing Company

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Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Prescott Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2004

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of travolta
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
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 flexabull
2.87/5  rDev -22%
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 bennetj17
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
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...

Photo of mmciz
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Floyd80108
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Descent. Not great but drinkable

Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of M1A2
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of alysmith4
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of josh2515
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth mild start and middle with hoppy slightly bitter finish

Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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 395er
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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 mdlb44
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drpimento
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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 jwswigs
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of halo3one
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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 drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Nhoelzen
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Rocketman2013
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of chefbigjon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.