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Isotope PU240 - Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

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Isotope PU240Isotope PU240

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 02-06-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -46.5%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better smell than taste in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.8%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

largadeer, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Total overload of hops. Besides the Summit and Galena hops, label claims it is dry hopped with Simcoe, Columbus, and Nugget. Nice looking with the amber, orange, and golden glow. Not so much for head or lacing, but it's enough carbonation to improve drinkability. A little malty sweetness, but not enough to balance the IBUs.

Has some nice flavors for a while but it boils down to the grapefruit pith and nothing else. However, it there are some good hops in here, so it would be totally appropriate to flavor some anemic Amber Ale or better yet, a couple quarts of Colt 45.

01/30/2013 update: The call this PU240 Imperial Ale now and list the ABV at 8.0%. Not as totally bitter as I remember, and very rich with flavors and lots of malt.

mactrail, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, since GreenKrusty101 pulled a real dick move and drank my Hop in the Dark (that I brought to share), I returned the favor and did the same to his PU240 bottle.

Appearance was the same great vibrant orange appearance with lots of clarity and great head, lacing retention. Aroma seemed off compared to the draft version, the Summit hops seemed a little muted.

Taste, again, what happened to the Summits? This is still a very good beer even if it is not on tap. But on tap, the Summits really had that nice fresh metallic feel to them (as opposed to the nasty kind, or all the onion taste many of you get from them). Still very hoppy, seemed to rely on the other strains though to get that out. The bottle still holds up its end in terms of massive hops and bitterness. Just a little more mainstream I guess.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, orange-copper coloring with a thin, big bubbled, lacy, off-white head. Aromas are very balanced, with a tropical fruit backbone supporting spicy hops characteristics, subtle resinous notes, evergreen, caramel, and moss. Smells tasty, with a heavy malt profile. Flavors are pepper spice and resinous forward, with a dank and sap-like overtone. Tropical fruit notes again in the backbone, with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, as well as a solid ribbon of caramel. There is definitely a strong hand of malt in this to provide balance. The citrus notes of the hops character has a solid tart feel, as well as some of the acidic and sweet trends. This is a fun, tasty brew. The body is robust and smooth, almost heavy in mouth. Slightly acidic and citrus aftertaste, with some of the dank and grassy hops characteristics, as well. The finish is slick, smooth, and slightly drying, with a hint of that tartness, as well. Big beer. Tasty beer.

GarthDanielson, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of popery
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft, The Bistro, DIPA Festival. Well, I hate to be a wet blanket, but I didn't much like this one. There was a very odd off note, almost a playdough or rubber taste. Otherwise, it seemed like a decent DIPA. Fairly good and hoppy nose with a lasting bitter aftertaste. I hope that I didn't get a pour from a dirty pitcher or something, but everything seemed alright. I'll make sure to retry this beer if I get the chance.

popery, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

AgentMunky, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled (?): 09AUG12 – dunno if the date is botled on or best by….

Pours cloudy amber with a solid sheet of light apricot foam. Gobs of lace. Smells of tangerines, orange, grapefruit, biscuit malts, some bits of crystal malts. Flavor is sweet with a rounded bitterness and flavors of sweet toast and good amounts of fruity hops. Overall a little more malty than I’d prefer. A little full bodied if you ask me, subdued carb and a semi dry finish. Drinkable, wouldn’t seet out, for me it’s a little too hi ABV to want to sacrifice my face to it.

harrymel, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

flexabull, Dec 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

stereosforgeeks, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of markgugs
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip glass (pre-SuperBowl readiness!)

A: This is a beautiful beer. A crystal-clear tawny color with a giant, foamy head that leaves soaped-up lacing throughout. Great head retention.

S: Enticing smells, far more on the classic side of things, with a great, slightly sweet biscuit scent standing out the most.

T/M: Love that this is dry-hopped with Simcoe & Columbus. A true west coast DIPA in flavor profile, think an up-front smattering of dry grapefruit, and then a massive blast of pine needles, and bludgeoning bitterness. Just balanced enough with lightly toasted bready malts, but make no mistake about it, this is a hop bomb. Perfect mouthfeel, absolutely quaffable.

O: At 100 IBUs, this is an old-school monster of a DIPA, and worthy of your modern-day tastebuds' consideration. The current BA rating (84) is ridiculous. Just wait until more people taste this. Wonderful beer!

markgugs, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap with a half finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma of lemon, grapefruit and mandarin. Wonderful.
The taste had a bold grapefruit bitterness with a mellow malt background.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
A wonderful DIPA that you cannot go wrong with.

Fatehunter, May 05, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is golden tan in color with thick foam that rapidly dissipates. I get a pleasing grapefruit nuance on the aroma with some orange marmalade hints. The bitterness hits upfront with a piney finish & feel, along with notes of grapefruit zest and a hint of the (relatively low) ABV. While it’s nothing to get excited about it’s certainly not deserving of some of the lower scores here. Though I wouldn’t pick this one over any number of stellar bay area DIPAs in a less crowded market it would stand out more. Overall a solid beer which i enjoyed.

elNopalero, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

JRod1969, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3/5  rDev -19.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 18, 2014
Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

GJ40, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant copper orange with a thick 2 finger head, great retention, and a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Hop forward, citrus with tropical notes and a hint of pine.

Taste - A stupid amount of hop character, but very little malt backbone to fall behind. Greatly unbalanced. Lots of orange and grapefruit oil essence, and it lingers well into the aftertaste. The term 'hop bomb' has never felt more appropriate.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Despite the promising appearance, the carbonation is a tad low.

Overall - I like to take a nibble of grapefruit skin from time to time; I don't enjoy drinking it for 20 straight minutes. This one's got potential, but the lack of balance is it's downfall. It's like I can feel the acids eating away at my tongue, with no sweetness to soften the attack. What this beer fails to do, is what Lagunitas accomplished with Hop Stoopid; an insane amount of IBU's with the malt to back it up. This has a backbone, but it's no better than a 90 year old's - very little support.

TheSixthRing, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

dertyd, May 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 26, 2014
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Isotope PU240 from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.