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Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Coulter IPACoulter IPA

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 166
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2010

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Photo of JMM0414
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of timluke
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

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Photo of Grugular
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
4/5  rDev +12%

Had this on tap at the OC Fair Brew HeeHaw, enjoyed it, and then saw it at Sprouts Farmers Market for under $5. 22oz into a pint glass - Pours a golden amber color - shallow head and thin lacing which quickly dissipates - I get a big honey smell on the nose - taste is the same with a little floral aspect and some solid citrus notes - medium body with a decent sticky coating that lingers with each sip - I'm not blown away but am enjoying it more and more as the bottle goes on - If you're in the OC and want to check out a new local brew give this one a go - can't go wrong for the price

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Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours an apricot colored ale with a massive, and I mean massive, white foamy head. Good lacing and solid staying power.

Getting good rye whiffs along with peach and dankness.

Real spiciness on the taste. They weren’t kidding calling this a Rye IPA. Rye dominates the flavor but there is enough bitterness to let you know this is till an IPA. “Only” 65 IBU’s but the rye definitely makes me feel this is hoppier than that. Tangerine, lemon and rind make a nice appearance as well.

Overall I thought this was a great rye beer. I’ve had rye beers where the rye seemed to be an afterthought. Not here. If you wanna experience what rye bread would taste like in liquid form….look no further. It was a little palate wrecking, but I enjoyed the session very much.

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Photo of therackman
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. Nice citrus, grapefruit hop character nicely balanced with malt and a hint of rye. I really like this and am shocked by the low reviews.

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick film with moderate lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, a hint of rye spiciness. Flavor starts with mild caramel malt, resinous grapefruit rind hops, light lemon and orange, and a slight rye tartness. Finishes with rather intense grapefruit rind bitterness that has a resinous feel, but little pine flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite hop forward, with the grapefruit and rye flavors building on the bitterness of the hop component. The malt is substantial enough to support the hops, but has little character of its own. Good lingering, somewhat intense hop finish, but with subdued hop herbal flavors. I enjoyed the whole bottle, but felt this was in the middle of the pack for rye ales. Good but not great.

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Photo of beagle75
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of retry4z
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at room temperature into an elongated tulip. Bottle is exactly 1 pint capacity, which I never seen before.

Very murky amber-yellow color, with a big resilient head.

Aroma is very malty - of fruit, maple syrup, raspberries, and herbs.

Big malt character, including honey with a hint of bee pollen reminiscent of Baltika #9 Extra, maple, some rye (bottle says "brewed with a hint of rye," but there is a lot of sediment chunks), and a mild bitterness throughout.

Full bodied with a moderate carbonation, and slick on the tongue.

Overall, a unique take on the west-coast IPA with an unendurable dose of maltiness, and stale hop flavor. Would even go as far as to classify it as a rye amber ale. If the pollen taste was turned down a notch I would give it another try.

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Photo of Brewitt
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours clean deep golden color with solid cream colored head that persists. Good lacing
S: Piney, earthy, citrus notes and sweet malts. Light fruit and light winey aromas.
T: Hop forward with earthy piney notes and good bitterness on finish that lingers. Bready malt aromas balance hop bitterness fading as palate clears to lingering bitterness. Some fruity esters. Fruity malts a bit too bold.
M: Medium creamy mouthfeel with fine carbonating clearing the palate to a malty bitter finish.
O: A very nice IPA with a solid malt and hop backbone.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Stone Bistro

*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.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving some specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—grapefruit and tangerine zest seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of piney hops. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of grapefruit and tangerines with some hints of piney hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is nice and citrusy, but has a different type of citrusy flavor that seem less juicy and more like zest.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of seagullbeer
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.