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IPA - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Santa Cruz Ale Works visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: illidurit on 02-28-2008

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 63
Photo of barleywinefiend
1.93/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up this bomber from SLO BEVMO
Poured a deep yellow with a nice off white head. Nose was rather astringent and aciditic with malt and ops very subtle. A little bit of citrus and floral notes. The taste followed the nose, it was astringent and bitter. The taste and mouthfeel had a metallic flavor. Would nto ever drink again. (331 characters)

Photo of t420o
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of philbertk
2.36/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Santa Cruz Ale Works--I.P.A. India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 65 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Fizzy lacy big white mild lace head. Clear thin bright pretty light gold color. Sediment dusting hazes orange. CO2 enhanced aromatic mild floral hop front. Thin fizzy dry sweet light caramel pine citrus hop resin crisp tangy body. Aged citrus hop spice crisp end. Sampled 6/13/2010. 2 @ $2.95 Each. Bad Bottling. (410 characters)

Photo of rxdrewthejew
2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at BevMo for the first time, and at 3 bucks figured it was worth a try.

A: Very light for an IPA...looks more like a pale ale really. Light yellow with a big fluffy white head.

S: Strong floral hops and not much else.

T: Big hoppy flavor throughout, just bitter though, no real character to the flavor. Really no malt base to support it...just hops from start to finish.

MF: A bit watery to me. Good carbonation bite, and the hops are bitter and drying. Decent warming though the alcohol isn't too big.

D: This tastes like a hopped up SNPA. Not enough going on with the flavor for my liking. Can't say I would recommend it. (637 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Orange with a big, sticky head. Fresh piney and grapefruity hops in the aroma. Nice malt base in the flavor, with good juicy citric hops, but pretty tame for an IPA, especially compared to their pale ale. I think that one might even have a more bitter flavor, but this is a drinkable and flavorful IPA regardless. Crisp, medium body. Rerate: 22oz bottle and draught. After a couple more times having this since the initial case that I had from the brewery last year, I have to say that it certainly hasn't gotten any better, and tastes like all bittering hops and husky malt. Aroma hops are just not cutting it for an IPA, and the IBUs could stand to be reduced by a good amount to balance this out. (712 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance> Cloudy yellow, medium liveliness. Big white head which dissipates slowly. Looks about right for an American IPA.

Smell> Deliciously hoppy... we're on to a good thing here.

Taste> A little too bitter. Then hang is a dirty resin hang, not a crisp one. Not balanced at all. My notes have the word "biley" but that could be just a bad read of my poor handwriting.

Mouf> Nothing special, yet not bad.

Drinkability> Yeah. Not so much. (459 characters)

Photo of GJ40
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 22oz bottle at Bev Mo while in the SF area and took it home with me.

A - Very light golden color with some haze. Small white head.

S - Spicy and lemony. Not at all what I expected. It smelled more like a wheat beer.

T - The taste followed the smell closely. I really thought I was drinking a wheat beer. I even checked the label a few times to make sure I hadn't misread it. After my initial disappointment, I did come to find some enjoyment in this beer. It had a citrusy hop bitterness but it was missing any notable hop aroma or flavor.

M - A bit thin but the carbonation was good.

D - It wasn't terrible but I didn't see much IPA in it. I doubt I would try this one again. (692 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
2.92/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of xhcadamx
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for including this in a recent trade.

The head was quite aggressive here. Took me close to 5 minutes to pour a glass. The head is like whipped egg whites. Cloudy light amber color. Some clumps of lacing

Aroma is of toasted malt with a whiff of yeast.

Flavor is much like the aroma. It has that distinctive "homebrew" flavor with some phenolic notes. Lots of yeast and the biscuity malt flavor. A touch of grapefruit but not the standard west coast IPA punch.

Smooth mouth feel with an almost creamy feel. Very slight carbonation.

The yeast taking a main roll in the flavor knocked down the drinkability for me. I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this, but it won't hit a highlight reel of my favorite IPA's (741 characters)

Photo of BrewMonkey
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden with some orange haze. Inch or so of pure white head recedes fairly quickly leaving decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is very juicy and pleasant, with some citrus and melon highlights.

Whatever malt backbone there is gives way almost immediately to a barrage of hop bitterness finishing extremely dry. Really seems over the top making the beer out of balance. Even after a few sips, the bitterness really destroys your pallate. Mouthfeel is also a bit on the thin side. (490 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights with a thin head but left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had some nice citrusy aroma upfront on the nose with hoppy and candi sugar character. it have good malty sweetness though more than anything.

T the malty sweetness was more apparent on the taste with hoppy, candi sugar, and citrusy notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a with s fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty mild hoppy, citrusy, slight bitter finish.

D: drank really good but was not as hoppy as other west coast IPA's and was let down on the bitterness factor. Overall it was just an average brew. (664 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of popery
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is quite close to getting a full point higher across the spectrum of taste, feel and drinkability but for one flaw. The hops smell great but lack flavor to a degree. They're there and they're bitter but they do not have the wonderful perfume of the nose. On the nose, the hops are floral and delicately citric. This comes through a bit in the flavor, but there is too much bland bitterness for a higher score. It's almost astringent in feel. I certainly wouldn't mind trying it fresh on tap at a local bar, but as is, it is has a subpar flavor in a supremely competitive category. The beer also does not catch the eye. It's a clear lackluster yellow gold with good lacing and a nice head. Something just doesn't work for me about the color. I'm completely nitpicking but I keep looking at it and mentally comparing it to really good ipas. My girlfriend is having a Pliny now. I'm staying away from that marvelous smell and flavor, so as not to taint my tasting but it just looks much, much better somehow. At any rate, I think that Santa Cruz probably has some talented brewers. They just need to tweak this recipe a touch and bring out more richness from the hops. They can feel free to drive up from Santa Cruz to prove me wrong with a fresh keg.
(Sidenote: My girlfriend's post-Pliny notes were paint and menthol. Sorry, I just enjoy her blunt, creative descriptions.) (1,381 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Night
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours mildly hazy light copper. Large, thick, bubbly head; light gold in color. Dies down and leaves a near-full ring of bubbly lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy - floral hops backed by clean caramel malts. Mouthfeel is juicy with extremely light carbonation. Flavor is syrupy sweet floral hops and caramel / cake malts followed by toasted buttery-bread malts. A touch of apple. Mildly bitter pine hops and cool suds round out the finish. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and dry with a bit of lingering warmth. (514 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  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 (268 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber shared with FooFaa, Slatetank, tenderbranson69 and brewslut on 8/15/09.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange body with about a finger's worth of creamy off-white head that settled into a thin ring of retention and deposited some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Citrusy hop presence suggesting orange rind, as well as some subtle peppery spice. Malt is sweet and caramel-based.

T - Citrusy hops with a hint of spice and lots of caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness opens up a bit in the backend with a lemon/orange rind character that is a bit metallic.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation on the palate. Pretty metallic bitter finish with a lingering hop bite on the tongue.

D - Average IPA with a decent hop character, but ultimately a little muddled and unbalanced overall. (819 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.46/5  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. (734 characters)

Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into to balloon burgundy glasses to share with my wife. There was quite a lot of yeast in the bottle of this one, so much so that I needed to leave about 3/8 inch in the bottle to avoid pouring into my glass.

Poured a very cloudy orange. The white head hung around quite a while and fell to a nice lace and tall collar.

Aroma is light with just a touch of orange and sweet caramel.

Grapefruit and pine hops, brash bitterness. The middle brings grapefruit juice. Late middle introduces a bit of sweetness to the picture. The finish is grapefruit rind and pithy bitterness.

The body is a little lighter than expected, even a little watery at times. The carbonation is zingy with a very small bubble and mouth tingle.

I could have a few of these I suppose. Tt is a bit one dimenstional, mostly grapefruit. (841 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to ffejherb for sharing this IPA, enjoyed alongside FooFaa, brewslut, tenderbranson69. Poured chilled into a pint.

A - A bright copper appearance w/ frothy creamy head from vigorous pour. The bead is of average size and the clarity is good

S - A mild citrus note w/ hints of fruity esters. The nose is mild w/ a light toasted malt scent

M - Crisp and medium bodied w/ a gentle acidity and mild astringency level w/ a dry resinous finish

T - A fleshy orange taste w/ rind notes thrown in.. The flavor has an interesting cinnamon accent in the spicy and bitter layers. There is gentle lemony grapefruit taste w/ elements of ginger in the finish

D - A quaffable Ipa, no more no less, very satisfying without blowing my mind. I consider this worth a try for a standard west coast IPA. (793 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Santa Cruz Ale Works IPA is a clear, golden ale with a small, off white head. It has an aroma of pine resin. It's light bodied and crisp with a slightly gritty finish. It's a resiny flavor that's well balanced. The aftertaste is long and resiny. It's a simple and tasty beer. (275 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold, with a two-inch head of dense white.
Retention is decent with a persistant coating on the surface and a few smears of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with grassy hops and light malt. A bit of grapefruit pulls through, and some orange pith.

Medium bodied, super crisp and dry. Minerally and chaulky.

A blast of drying bitterness starts the pallet, and grapefruit zest follows. Bone-dry, and gypsum-laden. Very light malt with a straw-like woody dryness.

Finishes with lingering bitterness, puckering grapefruit, and a chaulky dryness that won't quit.

This one needs more hops in the middle and finish, not just bitterness. A bit more malt would help also.

Big ups go out to olibeer22 for the bonus beer! (722 characters)

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IPA from Santa Cruz Ale Works
77 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.