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Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company

Coulter IPACoulter IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%


Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2010)
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JMM0414

California

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I am surprised at the reviews... I thought this was a pretty good IPA but they need to change the category and add on the label(RYE IPA). After that I think people will review this beer differently. Nice citrus,piney (Dank). More body then the Westcoast IPA's, very delicious. I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 20:04:38 | More by JMM0414
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IntriqKen

California

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 21:35:20 | More by IntriqKen
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timluke

California

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of the Coulter IPA for SuperBowl. Was generous to share some of it with friends, drank most myself.

Poured it to a couple of whiskey tumblers. The beer had a solid body, with a distinctive aroma that doesn't overwhelm or linger.

Alcohol balance was nice, too - you could tell it was there, but it wasn't dwarfing the hops or malty tastes.

Much enjoyed. Looking forward to the next growler.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2011 04:43:44 | More by timluke
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lsummers

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber orange with a nice slightly cream colored two dinger head.

Smells balanced and fresh. Crisp and clean lemon, orange and slight pine. Slight rye bread notes.

Taste is what really hits the mark. Balanced yet bitter. Orange, Lemon, grapefruit with some pine at fist. Then the awesome caramel, Bready, slightly spices rye notes come in. Buttery and biscuity. Aftertaste follows through with these flavors and adds a slight touch of burnt brown sugar. This ipa distinguishes itself from the pack for sure.

Mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. Has a creaminess that suits the favors nicely. Leaves me wanting another sip. Overall, this is one any fan of rye ipa's should try. Looks great, smells great, tastes amazing, and leaves some great lacing to boot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 00:28:26 | More by lsummers
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Grugular

California

4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at a local liquor store in Mission Viejo, CA. Served in a stemless wine glass from Urge Gastropub in San Diego.

Wow, pretty looking beer with a bright orange hue and a nice fluffy head that leaves excellent lacing.

Smell is almost cider like. Apple and champagne like fragrances dominate the bouquet.

Taste is very sweet for this style, lots of caramel and apple shines through a very spice heavy base from the rye. Hops are there in the finish, but it takes a while after gulping it down to realize their existence. Not complex in itself, but more so in the sense that this is titled an IPA. Not much citrus which is prevalent in beers this style.

Mouthfeel is where this one is truly appreciated as the carbonation lends to the spice of the rye very nicely. Resinous leftover feel is parted from the bubbles that break away the oil slick feeling most IPA'S leave behind.

Overall, this is a great beer, but don't expect a hop bomb effect that dominates the west coast IPA market. Not that I'm talking crap on that style as it's probably my favorite, but it's nice to have a brewer break away from the stereotype that all west coast brewers are bitter obsessed.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:30:43 | More by Grugular
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Starts off with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and some more resiny bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good hop and malt balance as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:48:42 | More by ngeunit1
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice, clear orange. The head and lace are very nice, about two inches of nice.

Great orange presence up front on the smell. Caramel and rye follow with hints of floral and pine hops.

Tons of orange and rye up front. Caramel smooths it out a bit. Grass and floral hops follow. Nice, unique taste. Goes down smooth with a medium body, a tad heavy on carbonation.

Great IPA. Interested in trying more from the brewery!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:13:05 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1194th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Shared with GuruDel

App- A medium colored orange with some good looking yellow highlights. Sits a bit still in the glass with a soft 1/2 finger of off white head. Minimal cling.

Smell- A large citrus and floral note on this one. Very orange and hop forward. Nice balance with some layered aromatic malts and a little bitter on the nose.

Taste- A well done west coast IPA. Big hops on this with some great citrus. Not overly in your face and was even a small bit earthy which combined with the citrus created a nice depth of flavor.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a nice light medium carbonation. A little bubbly and left a good citrus flavor behind.

Drink- This is a good little IPA. Big ABV is well hidden and its got a great balance to it. Would like another bottle at some point.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 16:11:53 | More by FosterJM
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 16:34:39 | More by thagr81us
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soughtbygod

California

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark translucent amber with a slightly off white creamy head that i attribute to the rye they mention is in the ipa.

the smell is that of a west coast ipa, hops, grass, lemon smells lighter than it looks

taste doesnt follow the nose i expected more hops, very smooth though, i definitely pick up the rye, it sits pretty heavy on the sides of the tongue.

overall a decent beer, i think it would make a great go to beer if nothing else was available, or if it came in six packs it would be a great sixer to grab for a get together. i will drink it again

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:06:45 | More by soughtbygod
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Brenden

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 16:40:51 | More by Brenden
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bashiba

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:35:22 | More by bashiba
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beagle75

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coulter IPA; Poured from the growler into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Piney hops, cotton candy, brandy, and toast qualities are all detected in the smell--unusual, in a good way.

T: Begins off-dry, fruity and acidic, with hop aromatics providing some citrus and earthy complexity. Bready malt fills the palate in the middle, with drier vinous fruit also emerging. The finish is bracingly bitter, retaining the earthy qualities detected earlier.

M: Medium viscosity, very sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: This unusual IPA showcases some boldly English qualities usually unheard of in Southern California. While it mostly lacks the clean, citrusy flavor profile characteristic of a west coast IPA, it features instead more subtle charms. It makes a fine companion to rich food, but it is hardly sessionable.

Serving type: growler

10-05-2010 05:49:35 | More by beagle75
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seagullbeer

California

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

had it out of a bottle at a park. i think the fridge at the store was wonky cause my friends and my beers were all a bit flat...

tasted pretty good. solid crisp clean ipa. not too much going on but had a great piney flavor. had lots of sides of bitter not to malty. a solid ipa. sort of what i would expect from ipas always nice to have a brew thats clean and bitter without to much sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:08:17 | More by seagullbeer
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mactrail

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest bit of foam on the slightly hazy dark amber brew. A very pleasant hoppy mouthful with a sharp edge. It tastes like citrus, but more like orange peel than grapefruit. Warm malty flavor that shades into the piney hops. Fruity aroma and long nose of pineapple and resin. The usual endless bitter aftertaste.

Label says 65 IBU and that it is brewed with "a bit of rye for head retention." It also links the beer name to the Coulter pine, which has enormous cones, for what that's worth. Moderate bitterness, though, in the mouth. Quite drinkable as big hoppy beers go.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:12:35 | More by mactrail
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BrewtifulMind

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rock & Brews, El Segundo

Pours a nice copper amber color with an inch of foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing down the glass. Has a nice sweet scent on the nose, I'm detecting pineapple. Bitter hops up front, with a sweet malt finish with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty decent representation of this style. I would have this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 20:20:46 | More by BrewtifulMind
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Nugganooch

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Stone Bistro
05-10-12

*Served in a Tulip

A: Pours a completely hazed over deep caramel amber color. Good finger thick of near white foam atop. Decent retention that leaves some tracked lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of slightly sweetened bready pale malts with some light citrus and pine notes. A dash of caramel.

T: Flavor has a bit more of that sweet caramel malt pronounced with a decent and moderate amount of bitterness there. I get a nice mixture of hoppy evergreens, tangerine/orange peel, and some light florals. Substantial malt breadiness throughout. Light alcohol kick in the end. Not a bad IPA by any means.

M: Feel starts off creamy with a medium sized body and nice drying in the finish that leaves a residual oily hop linger across the palate.

D: Decent drinkability on this one. A touch heavier on the caramel sweetness than I prefer in my IPA's but still has a solid hop dosing to counter. Would have preferred they scale back the Crystal malts here. Better options out there but nice to have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 17:03:24 | More by Nugganooch
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(had a bottle of this at City Beer Store, mid April - out of the umpteen tons of IPAs and other hop-forward beers they stock there, the gentleman behind the counter suggested this as one that stood out - perhaps he was right)

A: light, bright orange and cloudy as hell (hop and yeast sediment, I presume) - this could easily account for the messy, cottony head and its poor retention, forget the lace.... looks more like some sort of unfiltered fruit nectar

S: weak overall nose - wet cookie, bread-roll crust (rye?), grapefruit and orange, yeast dregs in modicum - nothing off-putting, just messy altogether

T: real juicy, grapefruit pulp and orange.... some malt pokes through, noticeably rye.... I suppose I'm getting pine sap, too (could be the label playing with my mind).... floral-flavored bitterness in the finish.... the alcohol is hidden real well - it's in that "magic" range of 6.5-7.5%

M: nearly thick but also somehow a tad watery, pulpy-nectar-juicy (sediment in effect)

O: this comes across like homebrew - "rustic"? - notable, but I wouldn't recommend it

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 17:41:39 | More by Bouleboubier
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 05:24:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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popery

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and amber brown. I tried to be gentle with the bottle, but the lees kicked up very easily. Subdued aroma. There's an odd yeasty note with some nice caramel malt and a floral/tropical hoppiness in the background. I'd prefer to see the hop aroma amped up. Some mineral flavor. Conversely, I quite like the taste. It's gentle and very pleasant. Nice honey-ish caramel malt flavor. Lots of hop flavor with more pine than the aroma. Still some not so great mineral flavor and that odd yeast note. Bitterness is a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is creamy. A little harsh on the finish. It's a pretty good beer. Nice to see a California brewer go for a more balanced IPA, but it's just not my preference, and the beer could use more aroma, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 05:05:41 | More by popery
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kevanb

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour shows off a wonderful honey colored beer with orange and brown hints coming through the light that yields a ample single finger of bone colored head atop the glass that has great retention and superb lacing. The nose is very pleasant, mild citrus greats you but quickly gives way to a stronger and earthier mix of aromas. Sappy resinous pine is very prevalent as are some grassy notes that play well with the strong malt presence, the rye is definitely a player here and melds nicely with the earthier notes. The flavors are very complimentary to the nose, very mild hop bitterness, lots of pine and sappy flavors, some faint citrus brightens the flavor a bit, but the malt really takes over at the end. Strong caramel malt flavors blend well with the deeper, earthier hop flavors and the rye definitely adds a nice prickly element with some nice soft grain at the finish. The body is nice and full and with the remnants of the head, almost creamy.

Verdict: Solid IPA from Cismontane. The flavors are balanced, but definitely on the maltier side, which isn’t unwelcome at all. While it’s not an overpowering IPA like many from this region, it remains extremely drinkable and pleasant from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 05:17:01 | More by kevanb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 23:42:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA by Cismontane is unnamed at the moment. On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Rusty copper colored thanks to the dregs of the keg. The head on tap had good retention, and it left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Not an explosive IPA in flavor like certain ones from San Diego, though certainly enjoyable. There are tasting notes of pine and grapefruit from the hops, and a little touch of malt. Mouthfeel is on the spot. Properly carbonated (unlike its pale ale sibling), good medium body feel.

The hops in here aren't huge like in other IPA's, so age will be a bigger problem with this IPA. But consumed at the source, age shouldn't be a problem. A solid brew by this new brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 04:05:54 | More by DoubleJ
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Enish266

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Encinitas Ale House.

Called their "Coulter IPA" (I believe this is the same beer).

Beautiful white head with nice retention and lacing. Amber-golden in color with a faint tangerine nose.

First taste is not your typical West Coast IPA. Mild bitterness with a creamy, malty backbone. Light citrus notes and a medium-dry finish. Very balanced and quite drinkable. Could have been a little more hop-forward but overall well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 07:27:02 | More by Enish266
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 13:59:16 | More by Sammy
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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
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