SoCo West Coast IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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SoCo West Coast IPASoCo West Coast IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 08-29-2010

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 9
Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- served in a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Lightly turbid orange coloring with a rapid-feverish rise of effervesce of macro-effervesce. Dirty white head, smallish size, with a rapid rate of depletion. Minimal lacing deposits.

S: Wet, juicy grapefruit, sugar coated, with wet fresh lemons. After a bit, some sweet caramel sneaks in balanced with wet pine and dry grains. Decent level of awareness.

T: Big fresh caramel and pine hopping upfront, sweet and hoppy mixture, buttery oak, toasty, with a wet beginning that transcends to a big, spicy dry warmth of pine and flowery grapefruit hops. Nice transistion, big hopping, sweet malting balance and overall generous hopping.

M: Tight and crisp mouthful, alcohol glow from the 7%, slippery texture with a light to medium body, Dry hopped finish, big spicing warmth of hops lingers on the tongue.

O: Very good standard, one i certianly wouldn't turn down again. Fairly aggressive hopping with a sweet caramel base for balance. Lingering spicy hop bite off the tongue for a well deserved finish. ABV of 7.0% feels right, spicy warmth, providing just the right amount of accent.

Photo of dvmin98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great balance of hops and malt. Nice beer

Photo of jdaddy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Was really expecting this to be a sleeper and actually win me over more than Knuckle Sandwich. On draft at the brewery it was clear that Knuckle Sandwich was king. Bottle to bottle comparison Knuckle killed SoCo. Given that all formats I had were super fresh, this just did not seem like a great representation of a "West Coast Style IPA".

Photo of Nugganooch
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle split into a couple of taster glasses
Notes taken on 09/19/2014

A: Caramel amber body with good clarity showing off some tiny streaming bubbles within. Smallish paper white froth gives a modest amount of retention. Lightly etched tracks of lace run down the glass in a broken fashion.

S: The aroma is rather weak and really not all that hoppy. Promotes more of the malt character which is made up mostly of nutty toasted caramels and bread. I get some grassy hops and floral honey underneath. In the end it comes together like honey graham cracker. Somewhat disappointing for me.

T: Bread and caramel malt sweetness assert in the flavor as well and the entire experience is not that great in my opinion. I get only some grassy hops there with a bit of herbal spice mixed in. This does have a nice hop bitterness to it with a dry crisp finish and the alcohol well masked but it does little to save face. Too much Crystal malt for my liking. This is more about the caramel malt and toasted bread. Not sure where they were really going with this one.

M: The body is moderate to light with a nice frothy texture from the carbonation. Decent amount of hop bitterness across the palate that leads into a dry crisp finish. Slightly resinous but fairly clean overall.

D: Not a very good representation of the West Coast style in my opinion. Way too heavy on the sweeter Crystal malts. More malt caramel and bread here than hops. Not that good and not to repeat.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Bootlegger's 5th Anniversary Celebration held at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and distinct weed aromas. Taste is much the same with dank herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with super dank hop forward aromas and flavors.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Womencantsail sent this one. Thanks, Andrew.

Golden-amber with two fingers of rocky foam.

Aroma: Awesome. Forward hop notes reminiscent of tropical citrus fruit (primarily pineapple) and spicy rye. Some floral and earthy scents appear as it warms.

Taste/mouthfeel: Equally great on the palate. Heavy on the earthy rye and tropical/citrus hop flavors. Flavors of pineapple and earthy, bready rye work together quite well. The mouthfeel is bone dry and light on the tongue, though bitterness is ample, fairly resiny. Some lingering tropical fruit flavors add a nice complexity to the finish. Great beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is a light golden-orange color with a big white head and some light lacing.

S: A really great hop aroma with lots of orange and grapefruit rind. Grapefruit and lemon fruitiness and a bit of resinous pine. No malt whatsoever to speak of.

T: Quite bitter and super dry, just like a good IPA should be. Grapefruit flesh and peel as well as lemon, oranges, and tangerines. Straight forward and delicious.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation with a very dry and bitter finish.

D: Super easy to drink and pretty much what I look for in an IPA. I'd have no problem having this again and again.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's, confirmed it is named after the famed Fullerton SoCo district,

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a moderate white head, good lace and retention.

S: Lots of sweet citrus/orange & tangerine, some pine. Peach heavy, peachy.

T: Direct full citrus flavour bombards the palate, tangerine and lemon are huge here. Powerful hop flavour.

M: Very crisp biting carbonation. Medium-bodied, slick.

D: A fantastic new IPA from Bootlegger's, a beer that can easily stand on its own in CA. Well worth a try, really one to seek out. Any hophead in Greater Los Angeles should make a trip to try this beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new IPA from Bootlegger's. (Presumably) named after the SoCo district near downtown Fullerton, this IPA features Citra and Cascade hops. From a pint at the source, on to the beer:

More of a paler orange color, the head on top has modest retention and leaves just a little lacing. The nose is promising; it isn't bitter, "sweeter" tropical fruits like tangerine and orange hit the nose with a little rye note.

Like Rustic Rye IPA and Knuckle Sandwich, SoCo doesn't hesitate to showcase the hops. It alos does a really great job at that. Tangerine dominates, slices of other assorted citrus, light pine. The malt base doesn't get in the way, while at the same time this is not like putting a handful of hops into your mouth. A little buzz in the mouth, easy in the mouth without much bitterness, alcohol is hidden...with the agreeable flavor this goes down relatively quick.

After my pint, I got a growler to go. Under my philosophy, that qualifies this beer as being "worth it".

SoCo West Coast IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.