Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
Blind Lady Ale House
San Diego, CA
Murky orange and nearly brown, at least in this lighting, with a moderately sized, tight off-white head that leaves lines of lacing down the glass.
Bready and sweet aroma, with some grapefruit and pine as well, along with a bit of alcohol presence.
The flavor is a combination of grapefruit and relatively high bitterness, along with lots of bread and sweet malt backbone. There's also a pretty strong alcohol sharpness that isn't at all welcoming. Overall, only average.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation.
Too malty, bready, and sweet for my liking, though I still think it was probably the best beer on tap that night, save for Racer 5.
02-05-2012 17:36:59 | More by ehammond1
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Picked up a bottle at that bottle shop in San Clemente El Camino Real that doesn't put prices on their bottles of beer.
Poured out an amazingly beautiful orange glow. So many great ipas are this color, the head was a sturdy 1" with pretty good retention and decent lacing.
Aroma was not nearly as impressive. Has a soapy bitterness going for it, far from juicy hop vibe going on here. Its pretty underwhelming in the aroma department, falls squarely into the average category, but is actually less than average if you were to consider its aroma solely within the province of SoCal ipa if it were a style.
Taste, mostly all bitterness, minimal malt flavors, minimal hop flavors actually too, its just got this bitterness that dominates the entire flavor profile. At this point, I started to wonder if this was called Coulter IPA because of the Ann Coulter connection. . . hey its California, she's not real popular there, and I could see it rationalized like this: This beer is intentionally one dimensional, very bitter, without much substance, but it looks pretty from a far, but upon closer inspection, isn't so great.
Anyways, I found out by reading the back of the label that it is named after a tree in the area, so that's the end of that. Mouthfeel was bitter, as you get acclimated to the bitterness, you can actually start pulling taste and mouthfeel of the rye in it (I think) which would explain how it had better head retention.
Overall, it became a decent ipa, but not something I would pay almost $6 for a bottle for again.
03-07-2013 23:42:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5 rDev +5.2%
A lovely-looking bright amber-copper in color, this IPA develops a neat, compact white head that sits strong on top for a good while. It leaves mostly patchy lacing well down to nearly the bottom of the glass.
There's a good balance of both sweet and bitter in the tropical and citrus fruits, showing some skin and rind as well as flesh. Pine also comes through to sit alongside the rest, and the balance boasted in the bottle is certainly present in the breads and caramel elements from malts. There's a touch of earthiness from something of a floral character. Bitterness, while not particularly high for an IPA, does linger well into the finish at the back of the throat. "Balance" doesn't mean bad for an IPA. Everything needs to be kept in check, and this beer does a good job of that.
Fairly fluffy in the mouth, this beer rides off an early and constant crispness into a nice smoothness supported by a medium body.
04-24-2013 16:40:51 | More by Brenden
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
Beautiful 1/2" off white head atop a clear, orange tea-colored brew. Head lasts as a good map all the way down the pint.
Aromas are lightly orange and tangerine hops with a hint of roasted malt.
First in the mouth is a creamy mouthfeel full of soft tangerine and grapefruit hops. Nice and mildly balanced with the roasted malt. Nothing overpowering. Nothing sticky or too sweet. Really a nice balance to the taste.
Aftertaste is a nice drying from the hops without any astringent bitterness.
Not a 'West Coast IPA'....more true to form with a wonderful balance.
07-31-2010 21:35:20 | More by IntriqKen
2.1/5 rDev -42.5%
Well, in the world of IPA's, this one just doesn't pack enough punch or consistency for that matter. Beer pours a very cloudy, swamp waterish amber. Mild aroma of candied fruits, hop resin, with some pleasant floral aromas. Flavor is heavily one-sided towards
malt with some bitterness just breaking through. This beer is just way too malt heavy.
05-31-2013 00:24:47 | More by nige4958
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours yellow with lace sheets. Oddly little aroma in my Samuel Adams engineered glass. Medium mouth feel, a little numbing. Reasonable IBU of 65, and good drink ability. Piney hops, herbal mint character.More of an amber ale. Bottle courtesy Ron Brandt.
12-19-2012 13:59:16 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured a nice clean amber color with a very thick and sticky head.
The smell is very light and minerally with a touch of pine.
The flavor is dominated by aggressively juniper and piney hop flavors, very clean, a nice bit of biscuity and bready malt starts to shine through as it warms. Still very bitter.
The mouthfeel is a bit oily and resiny, leaving a nice thick coating with a bit of dryness.
A bit of an unusual IPA in this day and age of massive dry hopping, but very drinkable and nice.
01-15-2012 01:35:22 | More by bashiba
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Had at the brewery in the company of womencantsail, t0rin0, and fbm115. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a deep yellow orange with a minimal slight off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and citrus hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. It had a very nice flavor and aroma going on here. However, the hop intensity in the aroma does not prepare you at all for the intensity of hops in the flavor. This one is a must try if you are in the area without doubt. I really enjoyed this one.
01-11-2011 16:34:39 | More by thagr81us
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
Pours a slightly hazy, sunburst orange with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.
Smells of faint citrus hops.
Tastes of a good wave of hops upfront with a decent malt backbone. Hops lead off with a little bit of citrus and some floral notes. Moderately bitter. Malts come in faintly on the backend with a little caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall this was just okay and doesn't really stand out to me.
03-27-2013 03:08:36 | More by ocelot2500
Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.