IPA - Santa Cruz Ale Works

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 35
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
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 GJ40
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of mjryan
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold with a spritzy, tight bubbled head. Good retention, with minimal lacing. Aroma is citus hops with no malt detectable. Flavour is imediatly bitter followed by citrus zest then flowing back into a strong bitterness. This beer is bone dry, with a very nuetral malt character. Leans way, way towards the hops. The body is quite thin. I wish this beer had just a touch of malt sweetness to fill out the body and cut some of the hop bitterness. However I enjoyed this beer and would have it again if given the opportunity.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of rxdrewthejew
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Photo of BrewMonkey
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Night
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty gold color with a nice rocky white head. Lots of sticky lace and great retention. Aroma is very floral and juicy, but a bit too faint. Reminiscent of a fresh hop ale. Piney hops strike the tongue first, but quickly wash into a toasty maltiness, which in turn fades back into a dry, bitter finish. Some soapiness comes into play with warmth. Carbonation is pretty perfect, body is a bit thin, drinkability is high.

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IPA from Santa Cruz Ale Works
76 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.