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Tahoe Blue - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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.

(Beer added by: bunnyhustle on 01-03-2009)
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Photo of BierStein711
4.48/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Photo of Mayhewbc
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy tea color one finger head nice patchs of lace. aromas of dark caramel hint of chocolate and citrus. sweet tasting, fruity, caramel, finishing with citrus and strong hop present. lingering bitter after taste. medium body and carbonation. strong fravors and a good hop bite.

Photo of nycwinter
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOTMC like many others here.
A: Dark orange opaque. Thin light orange-white head that left a thin ring only around the pint glass.

S: Mostly pine or spruce and some flower fragrance. Can't deny the cirtusy hops.

T: Like the smell with a quick bite of bitterness. Good aftertaste of breads and citrus.

M: Almost perfect medium body, and good carbonation level.

D: If it were a little more complex it would be perfect for the style. A decent representative of the style overall.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah...1st Canadian to review this brew!

A- Pours a decently hazy amber color with a nice three inch head, that isn't all that dense, yet isn't fizzy....it settles to a soapy layer over the beer. Lots of fine looking columned bubbles rise to the top as well. There is a decent amount of lacing clinging onto the glass...lots of wispy peaks to be exact. Decent looking to start out with!

S- There is a sweetness that blends in well with some citrus like tartness, to dominate that aromas. The sweetness is almost cotton candy like while the tartness comprises grapefruit, tangerine and lemon zest. Fresh hop bitterness is present in the finish as well.

T- Wow, totally different than the smell lets on. Aggressive hop bitterness. After the initial palate shock of leafy cones, there are underlying notes of malt sweetness, and the aforementioned citrus rinds/flesh, and with a natural tasting sweetness.

M- Good carbonation and medium bodied, leave this soft yet crisp and clean feeling. Well balanced between the bitter and sweet characteristics, the flavors all stand out well.

O- Easy enough to drink, but it doesn't get any more complex as it warms. I still think that it is well balanced and is a good hybrid between an IPA and APA...the Nevada Pale Ale!

Photo of BeerBobWFM
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a sneak preview of this from the brewers....great guys...
I liked this one it was a good solid apa with a nice hop bite. I agree with BH on the first review it could use some work- 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 (which I like) for the style....this is a good a start fron the guys at Joseph James

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours amber in color with 1/4 inch creamy head; smells of hops, floral hops, citrus and fruit. Has a tart hop and malt taste mixed with caramel and citrus; an earthy middle (almost like wheat germ) with medium carbonation.

A spicy bitter finish makes for an overall decent pale ale. I enjoyed this beer (all 3 that came in the mail) as it went down smooth, and I would seek it out again.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Still working on the BOTMC stockpile. On cracking the top there is a very sweet malty smell almost like a tripel. Pours to an opaque yellowish orange with a creamy but thin head. Taste is, woah, there are the hops, but not real standout. This is not real balnced and more malty up front but the hops do come around. A very different taste for this ale, almost a sweet butterscotch start with a subdued gritty hoppiness, followed by a hoppier finish. Mouthfeel seems to lack a little bit of carbonation but too little is better than too much. Quite unique and tasty. Apparantly brewed with lots of early hops but not much near the finish. I grade it for its complex uniqueness.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick amber-copper color resembling the color of thin maple syrup. The head has a nice froth to it at a height of a half inch. Excellent lacing too!

S - Subtle hops with a slight accent of cherry.

T - Nice English hop and brown sugar flavors to start. The finish has a citrus and plum taste. The middle is a robust hop flavor that makes this worth the sampling.

M - The texture is relatively smooth for a pale ale. It has a watery texture not common to a pale ale but I don't think it hinders the beer.

~ I like the flavor and I would suggest it to a friend. However, I'm not sure I could drink more than two in a sitting.

Photo of searsclone
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this the other day at Casino Fandango in Carson City. I was drinking with my wife's uncle and it was dollar drinks at the bar.

Appearance- coppery color, pretty good head

Smell- some hops, malt

Taste- hops mainly

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. Other than this one it was only domestics that were a dollar. So it was a great deal. I would like to have it again. I will look for it next time I'm in Carson City.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Chritter
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Joseph James- Tahoe Blue

A- Deep caramel orange brown with a thick frothy head. Solid big ringed lacing.
S- Very grainy with a touch of sugary caramel malt.
T- Thick raisiny caramel malt with sugary pine hops.
M- Very grainy thick malt, very sweet, and a good dry hop finish.

Overall- improves as it warms up. A bit on the sweet side.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BOTM Club (Just started)
Appearance - Pours a medium amber color. Held up to the light it looks quite nice - a bit hazy. I'm not sure if the reviewer below me received a different beer than me, because with a vigorous pour I obtained just over two fingers width of cream colored head. Stuck around for a while then produced decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Nothing overpowering of the nose. Definitely can smell the hops and the citrus - a hint of caramel/honey.

Taste - Sweet tasting at first followed up by the hop/citrus kick. There is a lasting bitter aftertaste but nothing that is horrible - an overall dry finish.

Mouthfeel - There is medium body and a nice amount of carbonation - I feel it fits this drink.

Drinkability - Goes down quickly and is not that bad. Compared to the other offering from Joseph James, I preferred this one much more.

Photo of WJVII
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOM June 2009
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a light amber color semi-transparent, almost no head even with an aggressive pour. The aroma is light, some floral hops, mildly roasted malt, and some citrus. The taste is heavy in the malts upfront, but the finish is full of hop goodness! The finish makes this brew. Mild carbonation, medium body, no heavy at all. If you like a bitter kick this has it, but lacks balance and has no sweetness to speak of.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A - hazy, probably from the bottle conditioning, golden color with a thick head and good retention

S - biscuity malt with a touch of hops and some slight oxidation, not a strong on the hops as expected for style

T - malty at first, but strong hop flavor and finishes with a crisp hop bitterness also

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent APA. Perhaps not the most remarkable, but it's an acceptable enough version.

Photo of kflorence
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my old man for this one.

A: Upon opening the bottle, I was greeted with a volcano of frothy foam that left me running for the sink (to be fair, I was warned to pour it gently beforehand, but I didn't expect it to jettison out of the bottle). After the foam subsided a bit, this was one good-looking brew. Ample amount of frothy, white foam (obviously) and a lovely hazy, golden apple color. Carbonation is obviously a bit on the crazily high side.

S: Very interesting aroma for a pale ale. Citrus hops are there along with a very subtle sweet malt backbone, but what surprised me was a fair amount of spice. I can't pinpoint it, but maybe coriander?

T: Bitter up front; this brew is powerfully hopped. Mostly grapefruit and lemon citrus, but also a bit of pine resin. There is a definite malt presence that chases away the hops for a bit, and then there is that spice again. The beer finishes dry and bitter with an astringent, hoppy aftertaste.

M: This is a light bodied brew that is without a doubt overly carbonated, but after all the foam subsides the carbonation levels weren't too bad, maybe it was bottled badly? I found the overall substance of the brew to be a bit on the thin side, not much chewiness to speak of, probably due to all of the carbonation coming out on the opening of the bottle.

O: Overall, this was a tasty and very good-looking beer with an ample amount of hops, but also a bit of balance (though this is a hoppy beast at heart). Once they get their bottling down, I will happily bump my average up a bit, assuming it brings with it a bit more substance. Not too shabby from a brewery I have never heard of. Cheers!

Photo of Offa
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in the June shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into new Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Very hazy dark orange (almost brown) with thin head and slight lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet grainy malt with nice citrus and maybe pine hops. Smells hoppier than most APAs.

Taste: Sweet fruity and grainy malts countered by pretty high hop bitterness (mostly an orange citrus profile). The hops are quite impressive, but the malts, much less so.

Feel: Medium body and relatively high carbonation. Despite the too sweet backbone, it finishes dry.

Drinkability: Fuller taste than many APAs, but the strange malt profile makes it slightly less drinkable. Still quite nice, and a different take on the style.

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Tahoe Blue from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.