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IPA - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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beepill

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-06-2014 07:13:20 | More by beepill
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1424IpA

California

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

06-25-2014 22:56:03 | More by 1424IpA
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dpkpr

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-21-2014 19:11:28 | More by dpkpr
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -8.3%

02-18-2014 04:43:53 | More by Texasfan549
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Zach_Voth

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

10-26-2013 18:59:26 | More by Zach_Voth
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sloelco

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-18-2013 05:19:56 | More by sloelco
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

06-08-2013 06:01:39 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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InfernoBoss

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

04-28-2013 16:34:53 | More by InfernoBoss
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LoFiDave

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

04-13-2013 02:37:01 | More by LoFiDave
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Ilovebeer1549

California

3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-10-2013 05:51:36 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-28-2012 03:25:41 | More by t0rin0
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theempire

California

4.25/5  rDev +30%

07-16-2012 03:50:39 | More by theempire
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creez

California

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

06-28-2012 15:45:17 | More by creez
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tizride

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

05-05-2012 02:09:49 | More by tizride
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Philousa

California

3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Rose & Crown on 3/30/2012.

Poured a clear copper, a little pale for the style. Not much head, but it had to to with the pour more than anything else. Aroma hits with hops first, which are very tree bark-ish. It's weird to describe, don't judge me. Hops could also be described as resinous, fresh. Some biscuity malt lies beneath the hop aroma. Taste is very toasty, buiscuity malt to start, followed by very bitter hops. Somewhat floral, they aren't really going for 'in your face' bitterness. Nice to taste some hop complexity not in the aroma. That said, lingering hop bitterness is significant. balanced, drinkable, dry finish.

I'd like this again. Seems like a good stand by IPA. With all the IPAs I've had, you just have to not screw up and I'll like it. By that I think I mean use cascade hops a lot. I'd really like to try something that isn't going for the West Coast IPA style. If things keep going this way, the IPA market is going to be saturated with homogeneity. Not to put this one down, it's good, just a thought I had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 18:12:20 | More by Philousa
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javiernano

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

03-06-2012 08:02:55 | More by javiernano
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edgardelgado


5/5  rDev +52.9%

02-28-2012 19:42:21 | More by edgardelgado
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:03:11 | More by TheBrewo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7%

12-26-2011 12:28:12 | More by dbrauneis
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-10-2011 02:37:27 | More by jenray
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 16:49:36 | More by Billolick
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Gobzilla

California

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:04:53 | More by Gobzilla
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t420o

California

2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 17:14:16 | More by t420o
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womencantsail

California

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:43:52 | More by womencantsail
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 22:32:17 | More by Deuane
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IPA from Santa Cruz Ale Works
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.