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Tahoe Blue - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.07%
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 JBogan
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky brown, with a large number of specks floating around in it. No head at all, and no lacing at all either. It reminded me of stagnant pond water. Not a good looking beer at all.

Smelled of a mixture of hops and grains. Nothing really stood out, but it was balanced.

Tasted again, like hops and grains, and again, nothing really stood out. I struggled to put a finger on any real identifying taste and couldn't. I did however, get a bit of that soapy taste which another reviewer mentioned.

Mouthfeel was very thin and flat. I prefer more body, especially in a beer of this style. It felt "dead" in the mouth.

I love to support the local brewers whenever possible, but I have to be honest here and say this is not a beer I'd consider purchasing again unless changes are made. Perhaps because they are a new brewery they are still working out the kinks and will improve. I'll give this beer another try somewhere in the future, if single bottles are available, and hopefully it will be better then.

JBogan, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 ILikeGoodCider
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 08.08.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber/orange w/ a creamy, off-white head.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma with notes of ripe fruit, orange, dark honey, and malt.

T & M: Medium carbonation w/ a medium mouthfeel. Overripe fruit, strong hop bitterness, and some honey sweetness. Sweet malt gets to the tongue and is quickly destroyed by the hops. Bitter finish.

D: I think this hit a bit too bitter for an APA.

ILikeGoodCider, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of kiya
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of sansho
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

sansho, May 07, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.79/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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 bunnyhustle
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second beer from the new guys in town. This one is good, but could use some work. Pours with virtually no head, very flat looking. I tried a more aggressive pours and even with that, not much. Slightly hazy, rich copper color. Smell was good, a nice balance of malt and hops. The hops did seem a little faint for a pale though. Taste was strong of sprucey hops and a nice mellow bitterness. A good malt backbone gives good balance. I was worried as I thought there was a bit of a soapy taste to it, which I've yet to experience in a beer. Mouthfeel was good but a little on the watery side. Overall a good beer. Pretty aggressive ABV for a pale, but a solid offering. I have a feeling on tap this would be much better (dont ask me why though).

bunnyhustle, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Murrhey
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Tumble, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of MonkeyBread
3/5  rDev -8.3%

MonkeyBread, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -8.3%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -8.3%

ejw127, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -8.3%

RoryOMoore, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -8.3%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 tbern007
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured hazy copper orange. Huge head. Over carbonated. The entire six pack foamed up out of the bottles upon opening and these sat untouched for several days before opening. Even upon pouring into a glass, you have to wait for the giant head to diminish enough. Lots of lacing throughout the drinking.
S - hoppy, light pine.
T - sweet at first followed by citrus, orange, pine, floral, hops. Quite hoppy.
M & D - dry finish, easily goes down once you wait out the foam. Every bottle was like this. Good hoppy pale ale for $7 per sixer.

tbern007, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of avwrite
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

It's all right. Has the taste of an IPA, but not quite there. Very foamy at the top, and nice, fragrant fruity smells. Amber in color, taste is good, but nothing to put it over the top.

avwrite, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of rhinos00
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a lighter amber. Semi-cloudy appearance. Produced two fingers width of white head. Left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Some citrus hops and honey based malts dominate the nose. Very one dimensional.

T- Much like the aroma. Mixture of sweet malts and a bit of citrus hops. Little disappointed in that the hops was a bit overshadowed by the malt flavors. The finish has a hefty amount of bitterness to it.

M- Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- While this is easy to consume, the taste becomes a bit bland and increasingly difficult to get motivated.

Overall, not that great of a beer. It's more like a filler beer when you don't want to crack open the good stuff.

rhinos00, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light copper color, with a thin white head. the head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a thin subtle hop aroma. Some mild malt makes an appearance. It also has a slight grainy aroma to it.

This beer tastes like it smells. Subtly hoppy, with a slight caramel malt flavor. It tastes slightly grainy. Not much else.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a slight grainy aftertaste. The carbonation is just right.

This beer might make a good session beer. It tastes very mellow, and the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: This was a decent beer. It could use a bit more flavor, but oh well.

OStrungT, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
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.

bsp77, Jun 30, 2009
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Tahoe Blue from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.