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Tahoe Blue - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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BA SCORE
77
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc. visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pale ale brewed with the finest 2 row pale malt and aggressively hopped with Cascade and Galena. This brew has light sweetness and has essences of grapefruit and other citrus. This medium bodied beer is 6.0% ABV, 55 IBU's, and is best enjoyed at 50°F-60°F.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

MonkeyBread, Jul 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

sansho, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Hopmodium, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.79/5  rDev -14.7%

Hazy medium amber color in the New Belgium snifter with a nice head and swirls of lacing. Then I notice the swarms of floaties-- ack! Aroma is woodsy, leaf mold, and cereal. Watery body with some malty texture.

This is not really terrible in flavor, but it's an odd murky flavor. The beer is rather bitter, but with a dank taste that is more wintergreen than hops. Grainy taste with carrot notes and a bitter vegetable tang. Rather sweet and bready with a fruity off-flavor. It has that peculiar sweet and bitter sensation that is not so pleasant.

From the 22 oz bottle. This stuff wasn't meant to be aged, and I must have bought it last year somewhere in Denver.

mactrail, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
3.01/5  rDev -8%

pours a nice amber color pour with an initial finger of head which diminished completely. the aroma is mostly of caramel malt, plums, raisins. the flavor is mainly caramel malt as well, with a light bitterness on the back of the palate. mostly malty sweetness and caramel in this beer.. nothing too special, but perfect for malt lovers!
medium body with a low amount of carbonation.. very easy to drink.

overall, this is not an impressive beer - there's honestly nothing that stands out from this one. as far as a pale ale it lacks the hoppy bite i look forward to. as far as a beer on its own, this is pretty damn tasty - loaded with sweetness from the malt.

the abv on BA says this is 6%, the abv on the 22oz bomber i have says 7%. not sure which one is right.

facundoCNB, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev +7%

ptarmigan98, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +30%

Mayhewbc, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of searsclone
3.63/5  rDev +11%

bottle into a pint glass

crazy amount of off white head that overtakes the glass. I could only fit about 1/2 the bottle into the glass. clear copper color with a bunch of carbonation.

smell is faint, grassy hops

taste is bitter hops with a touch of tequila flavors and a bit of smoke at the end

mouthfeel is thin and slightly off balance

overall, not bad, but it doesn't make me crave another one

searsclone, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%

I believe this was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger width creamy white head. Soapy and wispy with a copper body underneath. Some clarity.

S- Caramel malt body, citrusy hops, caramel, brown sugar, deeper bodied malts.

T- Bitter, metallic hops, lighter malt body, bitter and malty. Not great.

M- Light, creamy and dry finish.

O- Decent beer, tastes bitter and strong.

Murrhey, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
4.48/5  rDev +37%

Bottle poured into weizen

No freshness date.

Two finger off white head

Dark brown beer

S: Hops, apricots and grapefruit

T: Hops!!!! Grapefruit, booze, herbs, and a sublime bitter finish

M: Just right!

Overall, I'm seeking this one out again!!

BierStein711, May 06, 2012
Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -8.3%

ejw127, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

This is a pretty good pale ale but has insufficient character and sweetness to support the relatively strong, sharp bitterness.

It looks beautiful, being copper with a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin but solid foamy top and some lace.

Aroma is pretty good, fairly standard west coast APA, but solid, with strong caramelised candied orange and barley with some grapefruit and pine as well as old rusty pipes.

Taste is similar, with some bitter orange, grapefruit and vaguely peppery sharpness up front and some vaguely raisiny sweetness then joining, followed by light toastiness, but with some vaguely pine-flavoured bark bitterness throughout as well. It is somewhat juicy and has some good flavour, but it is somewhat too spicy-sharply bitter throughout and the character is too light and inadequately sweet to carry that bitterness.

Offa, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

My neighbor found a mixed pack down state and let me sample a Tahoe Blue. This was a solid apa with a nice hop bite. Was a bit bitter, strong grapefruit tones...perhaps some better balance with the malt. The mouthfeel to me was a little thinner than I expected for a APA but it did have nice flavor good maltyness and a somewhat agressive hoppiness for the style....this is a good beer and worth a try.

WoodBrew, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Random new arrival in downstate Illinois. Possible julian code printed on the bottom of the bottle: "290 A-1 1122". First NV beer.

Bright reddish orange with plankton-like particles floating in suspension. Thin layer of white foam that fades down to an unbroken skim after a few sips, leaving behind some irregular lace.

Grassy, floral nose, dried herbs, fruity yeast esters. Lightly bitter resiny herbal flavors mingle with bready caramel malt in the middle. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Herbal pine character seems to dominate. Nice enough, if not a fairly typical APA.

emerge077, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Tumble, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

RoryOMoore, Feb 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -19%

Bought in a 12oz bottle at the Village Market in Incline Village thinking we should try a local brew...

Pours a dark red-gold color with a nice thick head that lasts through the end of the brew. Lacing is intense, almost sticky looking.

The first hit is the scent of unripe pears and dried grass, a bit different for a basic American pale ale. As the temperature comes up the grassiness becomes more prevalent.
The first sip hits you with a finish that's hard to ignore, something off, like a beer that's been heat destroyed or not properly transported. I want to think it was all part of the brewer's plan but as you continue all you sense the overbearing off finish. The wet chestnut flavors work well in the front, especially once warmed up.
The mouthfeel is the only winner, super rounded with a great carb level that asks you to take another sip.
Not impressive, but not terrible, for this price ($9.99 / 6-pack) i expected more.

kiya, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Me thinks this is my first beer from Nevada, so here goes...

Pours nothing but head (cream colored) not a good sign, amber color hiding underneath. Murks up as the bottle is emptied, good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, some caramel

T" Bready notes mix with grassy & lemony hops, no obvious hints of infection up front. Astringent & woody hops dominate as this warms, some apricot, grapefruit bitterness as well once warm. Finishes a little stronger than it started, grapefruit really comes om strong, along with a touch of biscuit malt to balance this out

Medium bodied, firm carbonation & alright balance

This got better as it warmed, an alright APA. No freshness dating on the bottle, would try again if assured of freshness

russpowell, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%

Golden colo, slight haze to it, not the most impressive pale I've laid eyes on. Almost nothing in the aroma department. Just like a macro beer, but at least it doesn't have corn going on for it.

Taste, mild, non offensive, dare I say bland. No discernable hop character. No real caramel quotient, prolly hits it up w/ chrystal or whatnot. Smooth mouthfeel, but seriously, what's the deal with the hops? Isn't even sweet or chewy. Its total filler beer, but the problem is, who wants to pay $10 a 6er for filler beer?

Extremely simplistic beer. Would not recommend to someone who really likes beer that is bold.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

I bought 2 bottels of Tahoe Blue while vacationing in Nevada. $1.50 each.

Pours a massive foamy head, even on the most gingerly poured pint. The massive head is very resilient, and take a while to break down. The beer is a hazy gold color.

Smell is a sweet floral and citrus aroma, with some of the acrebic smell of the foam mixed in.

Taste is a bitter sweet bread flavor up front, with a grapefruit flavor on the finish, and a wet bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied and chewy for the style.

Overall a good cross between and American IPA and a pale ale. The foaming is a real issue. I like a heady brew, but I don't like to fight it. Unless I am doing something wrong this would be a regular in my beer fridge.

RJLarse, Jul 25, 2011
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Tahoe Blue from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.