Thunder Canyon Good Vibrations IPA - Thunder Canyon Brewery
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Enjoyed in a shaker pint at OHSO.
Very murky burnt orange. A one-inch cap of snowy white froth sticks to the sides in thick walls.
In the nose: burnt sugar, grapefruit, a little dankness. Perhaps some sweet apricot and mango as well.
The flavor is similarly packed with grapefruit, grass, burnt sugar and booze. There are also touches of mango, caramel and biscuits.
Soft body is medium-light, with pretty high, pinching carbonation and a bit of fizz. Alcohol flashes in the throat and through the nostrils.
A decent IPA. Good balance, enticing fruitiness.
04-30-2012 01:45:39 | More by Phelps
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Sampled 1702, Tucson; November 2009
This arrives from the tap with a frothy, almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. The beer is an amber color that has a bit of haze to it. The aroma has sticky citrus hop notes, some lychee and some tangerine aromatics to it up front. The citrus actually has a caramelized edge to it, the nose is really quite fruity smelling (notes of tropical fruit too) and doesn't really have much in the way of noticeable malt character. It even gets a bit better as the beer warms up.
As the beer hits my palate for the first time it comes off as clean and bitter up front; it is really way too cold though, which really mutes the flavors. There is still a pungent hop flavor that comes through easily enough; herbaceous pine, pungent grapefruit and lychee are noticeable enough. There is an ample biting bitterness to this beer that combines in the finish with a crisp carbonic bite. Really there are lots of grapefruit like flavors here that mixes well with the supporting, pale-caramelized malt sugars.
When paired with my just arrived pizza, more flavors of caramel and citrus come out, but this also brings out a bit of alcoholic heat in the finish. This really is quite highly carbonated, which can be a bit distracting as the beer warms up; it does make for a perfect visual presentation though. Luckily some quick swirls of the glass gets rid of the excess carbonation. The beer is actually somewhat under-attenuated for my tastes, though I wouldn't say it was overly heavy either.
This beer really comes into its own as it warms up; it achieves a nice balance between the hop dominant character and the supporting malt character. Even the arom picks up more of a tropical fruit like character. The texture is creamy, in a good way, for an IPA and the high carbonation, I suppose, helps to balance this out. I bet this would be wonderful if served on cask. In the end this is quite enjoyable, and it definitely grew on me as worked my way through this beer.
05-05-2010 16:11:43 | More by Gueuzedude
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
Had this on cask, which I had never had a cask beer before. Was expecting the carbonation which wasn't there so my taste buds were just there to experience the wonderful flavor. Glad I had this one. An ipa that is not on cask may never be the same....
02-16-2014 23:39:56 | More by Jeffwildcat
Thunder Canyon Good Vibrations IPA from Thunder Canyon Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.