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Tahoe Blue - Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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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.

(Beer added by: bunnyhustle on 01-03-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -8.3%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of emerge077
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.

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

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

NJpadreFan, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Offa
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.

Offa, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
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.

SpdKilz, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Hopmodium, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of RoryOMoore
3/5  rDev -8.3%

RoryOMoore, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

CHickman, Jul 13, 2009
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
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 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 cdkrenz
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.

cdkrenz, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of sansho
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

sansho, May 07, 2014
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 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 MonkeyBread
3/5  rDev -8.3%

MonkeyBread, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

billybob, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

jeffjeff1, Mar 13, 2011
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Tahoe Blue from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.