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IPA - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 02-28-2008)
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Reviews by Dukeofearl:
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber from La Bodega in Riverside, CA.; late June 2008.

Pours a fairly light yellow golden with traces of orange, quite light for the style. Huge head, quite rocky is fed by steady streams of carbonation. It settles to reasonable perportion in 3-5 minutes. A top-up to the Imperial pint glass brings the head right back.

Aroma is slightly sweet malts, fruity hops, almost a bubble gum sensation dancing with orange flavored candy. Not bad, not exciting.

Flavor. Hmm- much sharper and tart than the aroma would lead me to believe. Pepper? Grapefruit/lemon, and definite pine notes. The aroma/flavor mix kind of surprised me- why aren't they more similar?

Thin mouthfeel, but fairly refreshing. But overall, not diggin' it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle with out any freshness indication.

Pours lightly hazed lighter almond amber. Loose and puffy off white head, leaving some fine bits of lace and low sheeting.

Mild grapefruit infused hoppy nose.

Decent hop crunch, with fresh tasting cascades, and tasty grapefruit notes shining through. Dry and biting in a hoppy good way. Worthy IPA.Suprised by the low numbers for this one, maybe I got a freshie bottle, close to the source...either way I enjoyed this one as a better then respectable example of a west coast IPA

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much better than the hefe. Pours clear amber with a medium white head and good lacing. Clean, fresh grassy aroma with pink grapefruit and pine. Nice balance of caramel malt and the grapefruit, lemon, and orange flavor hops without being sweet and sticky. There is some soap and earthy/grass hop tastes from time to time, but overall and nice IPA.

Photo of InfernoBoss
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Santa Cruz Ale Works I.P.A. pours a clear golden body beneath a more than decent enough sized head of bright white froth that holds well, eventually settling to a solid, creamy surface covering. It leaves some very nice lace about the glass, including some very creamy rings and it goes.

The aroma expresses a snap of crisp hoppy citrus (pineapple) and pine, along with some yeasty fruitness and a small amount of maltiness. Some unwanted phenolics are present as well, and they carry over in the flavor.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently effervescent.

The flavor offers a dollop of sweetish and grainy malt at the outset, but that's quickly trampled over by a serious bitterness. Grassy and piney hops are present, but they seem muddled yet still sharp and acidic. The grapefruit remains, but it's not quite bright and fruity. It is a little orange-like. Above all, it's bitter. It seems as if there's just not enough sweetish malt to buoy it. Or, perhaps, it's just over bittered. Regardless, it's not balanced. Some fermentation defects are present as well, but at low levels.

Photo of edgardelgado
5/5  rDev +53.8%

Photo of beepill
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LoFiDave
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of javiernano
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 1424IpA
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of xhcadamx
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear yellow/orange with a soft white head. Head settled but stayed afloat. Little lacing.

S - Lots of hops. Grapefruit is up front and pretty much dominates.

T - The smell had me thinking that this was going to be a tasty IPA. This is not the case. This is extemely bitter and lacks balance.

M - Bottle conditioned so a very smooth mouthfeel. Thin bodied.

D - Probably not again.

Photo of Reidrover
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber from Roth's Vista Market Salem OR. Clear slighly burnt golden coloured ale, as a huge rocky off white head. Aroma is mainlly of grapefruit like hopping,sweet and slightly spicy. Taste is a bit of a let down, its mainlly sweet a sort of artificial sweetner type sweet, there are hops but they are buried for an instant under the sweetness,the hops do emerge near the end. Watery palate..but the aftertaste is OK. Overall dissapointing IPA, coulda been way better.

Photo of t420o
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- The beer pours a golden-orange color with a large white head that lasts and leaves little lacing

S- Bitter hops, sweet cereal, citrus, sweet malt. Not too much going on in the smell, hopefully the taste is better

T- Nope, taste is no better than the smell. This is a very underwhelming IPA. Taste is just bitterness with slight pine and cereal grains taste. There are hints of citrus and burnt sugar

M- way too overcarbonated and light. Poor mouthfeel.

O- This is not a very good IPA. It's drinkable but for a style that I love, this was a complete miss. This is the first beer I have had from Santa Cruz Ale Works, and I will say that it may be my last. It may be alright on a very hot day, but thats about it.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thanks!).

Poured a medum golden color with a large sized whtie head. Aromas of floral hops, some citus, and a little spicy. Tastes of citrus, the same floralness, and a little bready.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/10/09

Photo of dpkpr
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From old notes.

A: The beer pours orange in color with a huge white head on it, far too much, in fact.

S: Smells alright at first. Some good citrus notes up front, but other than that, the nose is pretty "meh". Fairly malty with lots of bready malts and some toasted notes as well.

T: The flavor is similarly bready and mild to moderate in terms of the sweetness. Some citrus notes of grapefruit and oranges, and a decent amount of bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Unfortunately, this beer is just decent at best. Not really what you look for in a west coast IPA.

Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New arrival at a local liquor store, thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a bright yellow / gold color with lots of bubbles, and a thick white head.

Smells nice, good hop notes. Pine, resin, and some hard candies.

Taste is a little dry, with very hop forward flavors. Resiny, thick, oily, pine like, with a little bit of citrus. There is a little malt creamy sweetness, and a decent bitter mineral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad, feels pretty thick and full at first, but the finish thins out a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a solid IPA, a little bit pedestrian, but it is definitely drinkable and worth trying. It didn't wow me, but I wasn't upset that I bought this one either.

Photo of Marco_Gtz
2.6/5  rDev -20%

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with nanoslug. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pale translucent orange color...plenty hazy and yeasty. A very thick whipped creamy off white head with good staying power...never seems to die and leaves tons of sticky, sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - Thick with hops...rich and citrusy - tons of lemons and grapefruit in the nose, a touch of mint andorange. Some sugary sweetness with a fair amount of bread dough - very yeasty overall...a bit spicy.

T - Follows the aroma quite closely. Sharply bitter. Good citrus notes - mainly grapefruit and oranges. Very yeasty, spicy, a bit of cloves and mintyness. Some breadiness in the malt. A touch of sweetness in there too.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is medium to high. Lots of sticky, resiny hops coat the mouth.

D - Very yeasty and full flavored with good fruitiness and nicely bitter. Alcohol level isn't noticeable. Never heard of this beer but glad to have a chance to try this one.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a reddish, honey-colored brew with a massive four finger head. This is fluffy, cream-colored, and shows monstrous retention. The liquid has an opaque cloudiness, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears normal. As we sniff, we immediately notice a rich and earthy hop-quality, with both piney and floral notes. Additionally there is a warm rich spicy quality to the nose, almost of cloves, but not quite. Alcohol is noted, but is not overpowering, and we get a nice faint hint of toastiness to the malt bill. As we sip, the earthiness of the hops is apparent right up front. These present with both a dirty herbal vibe, and a crisp pine flavoring. Here, too, we begin to see a bit of the toasty malt profile, which brings us to the middle of the sip with a nice warmth. This warmth is further exacerbated by clovey phenols and warming, peppery alcohol. The end of the taste brings us back to some of the earthy qualities from the beginning of the taste. More herbal hops enter, bringing a dryness to the palate, and a nice muskiness to the finish. The aftertaste breathes with even more hops, but here they appear citric, and more warming peppery alcohol. The beer has a medium body, and carbonation, with nice slurp from the foamy head. It is particularly drying, which helps to bring out all the earthy and herbal qualities this beer possesses. The abv is appropriate and the beer is greatly refreshing and easily drinkable.

Overall, our favorite thing about this brew is how the earthy qualities of the hops combine with the warmth of the clove and alcohol. As the beer tasting went on, and with warmth, the hop profile seemed to shift from a dirty, earthy, floral, piney quality, to one of a softer and sweet citric air. This made for an extraordinarily refreshing brew and, when combined with the creamy feel, made this a unique IPA with some great, balanced flavors to back it all up.

Photo of Deuane
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy burnt orange copper with a large, rocky, off white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left copious amount of sticky lace.

S-Light spicy orange with toasted biscuit notes and a touch of fresh bread. Rather ho hum for a west coast IPA.

T-Quite similar to the aroma profile with a decent smack of spicy citrus up front with a supporting underlying base of toasted biscuit malt.

M-Medium bodied and rather sharp with a crisp carbonation level and good lingering spicy hop bite.

D-This stuff is solid and certainly better than average stuff but in the HIGHLY competitive market of California IPA's this one would be an afterthought. Sure, I would drink another if offered but I couldn't be bothered to seek it out again.

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IPA from Santa Cruz Ale Works
76 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.