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Tahoe Blue - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.37%


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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JBogan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 17:01:18 | More by JBogan
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:54:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ILikeGoodCider

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 03:33:22 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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kiya

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:41:17 | More by kiya
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:33:16 | More by mactrail
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:19:18 | More by bunnyhustle
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Murrhey

Montana

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 05:57:55 | More by Murrhey
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 06:55:12 | More by facundoCNB
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rhinos00

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 02:49:52 | More by rhinos00
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tbern007

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:29:14 | More by tbern007
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 13:55:55 | More by WoodBrew
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OStrungT

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 19:52:25 | More by OStrungT
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RJLarse

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:40:14 | More by RJLarse
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:57:15 | More by russpowell
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bsp77

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:27:56 | More by bsp77
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Offa

California

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 05:06:27 | More by Offa
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:36:10 | More by scoobybrew
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kflorence

California

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:07:23 | More by kflorence
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 00:01:16 | More by WJVII
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 21:31:52 | More by NJpadreFan
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 18:27:17 | More by SpdKilz
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emerge077

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:35:32 | More by emerge077
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jeffjeff1

California

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:41:37 | More by jeffjeff1
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:03:08 | More by cdkrenz
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:14:04 | More by mooseisloose
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Tahoe Blue from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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