Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 156
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 156
Photo of nige4958
2.12/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (347 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A non BA buddy from the west coast sent this along in a recent box.

Aggressive (overly) head builds in the glass. Impressive retention on the head as it is almost like a whipped cream. Deep orange/amber in color.

Aroma has a hint of medicinal notes and smells like an early homebrew of mine. (that’s not a good thing) Some plastic.

Sadly the flavor follows the aroma here and seems to have some off flavors. Medicinal, black pepper and a strong bitter hop finish. Nothing particularly fresh about the hop flavors

Pin point carbonation and a bit prickly on the tongue.

Quite frankly, in the year 2013 this beer should not be on the market. Not even close. (662 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

New brewery to the bay area. Grabbed a bottle on a whim. No freshness date, but it hasn't been on shelves more than 2 weeks.

Appearance: Medium-to-dark amber with a slight haze. Pours with a dense two finger head that retains nicely, leaving rings of lacing as it settles. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Sweet orange flesh, rye bread, a hint of pine. Moderate malt sweetness - has a bit of a candied orange quality to it. Nothing jumps out much - pretty underwhelming. As it warms, it begins to smell more like mediocre homebrew.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine, orange flesh, and oxidation. Earthy rye, a little spiciness from the hops. The finish has a surprising amount of cardboard-like oxidation to it - not old bottle oxidation, more like something went wrong during brewing or packaging. Bitterness is reigned-in in a pleasant way, and the malt bill is nice too - I like the touch of rye and subtle sweetness.

Overall: If this didn't have pervasive off-flavors it would be a decent beer. As it stands, I can't recommend this and probably won't finish the bottle. (1,060 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

a: appearance is a juicy golden amber color with some nice yellow notes. it pours a hugeeeeeeeeeeee solid white head. i'm seeing some head in the bottle as well after the pour - this might be over carbonated?

s: somewhat hard to smell through the head, but some juicy mango, pineapple, sweet grapefruit. some nice earthy tea-leaf hops. a nice toffee malt background in here as well. just the slightest note of syrup

t: taste is somewhat hard to pick through. this bottle is definitely over carbonated. the only thing i'm picking up here is some small fruity notes, a bland bitterness, and a hint of medicine

m: overcarbonated

o: tastes like one of my over carbonated home-brews. (689 characters)

Photo of Faction1913
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

FACTION 1913: BEER OF THE WEEK

Welcome to our new feature, Beer of the Week. Every week we will put down that yellow gold that everyone calls "fizzy piss" and experience some of the finer things in life. We will also be osting our reviews to BeerAdvocate so join us over there for a good time.

This weeks brew is straight out of sunny suburban South Orange County's Cismontane Brewing. Coulter is a Rye IPA, which according to the internet means malted rye was substituted for some of the barley malt and the rest is hop forward like a standard American IPA.

My pint glasses were all dirty so I drank it out of a tiki mug because it was easier than doing dishes right now, but in order to make sure i did a thorough review I poured some of the bottle into a clear Mickey Mouse souvenir cup so I can see the color and head and shit. It poured a nice looking clear orangish-amber color and had pretty dense head.

First sip was intense. The rye really came through for me, which is good because who doesn't like pastrami on rye... but then the rest of it really started to develop. I started to notice citrus flavors like grapefruit and a decent amount of pine too. The malty flavor were nice and just kinda hung around in the background until they got a little more noticeable on the finish.

It felt smooth and a little thicker than I expected (that's what she said) and I didn't get a lot of sediment so t seemed really clean.

I smelled it, and felt like a complete douchebag while doing so. It smells like it taste, which is pretty good.

I think on a 1 to 5 scale I'd probably give this a 3. When the 7-11 has 100 beer options now this one doesn't seem to exciting. (1,681 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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. (481 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at Liquor Emporium in Lompoc, first beer I have had from this brewer.

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Smell is herbal and mild with a mostly pine aroma. Mildly spicy scent with not much going on in the malt department.

Starts out mild and bitter with an earthy taste and a slight trace of onion. Tastes a bit savory, summit hop was used, I can tell you that. Nothing all that special about this beer, it is OK.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall and average IPA. This one is closer to a pale ale than an IPA, interesting recipe in the era of IPAs that are closer Double IPA in many cases. (636 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured an intense dark-amber with a golden hue, topped by big gloppy bubbles. It had a slight piney hop aroma with a light orange note around the edges.

The flavor has an upfront bitterness and a pronounced malt backbone. There’s a lot of pine and resin and it finishes dry, almost like a barleywine in its sweetness. More bittering hops than aromatic or flavor. Decent but nothing spectacular in my opinion. (416 characters)

Photo of SShelly
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at eagle rock brewery.

Pours a moderate gold with nice large head, good retention with some lacing, crystal clear.

Aroma is moderatly hoppy with a slight malt background, very subtle and a little underwhelming.

Flavor is ok but a little bit of a mess, not to bitter, with malt in the mix, not very well defined flavors and in need of refinement.

I hope to be able to revist this beer in the future after the brewery has been around for a while, but for the moment probably wont be going back for a second. (518 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery orange hue with a one finger of white head that is somehow both fizzy and creamy. No real lacing and left a soapy mess of retention.

S - Unsure of the freshness here, probably not super fresh just as the main aroma here is light caramel and sweet malts. Getting super faint hops, mostly pine. No real citrus or tropics like someone else mentioned.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with just a bit more hops coming out. Almost bubblegum and faint older tropics. Still, mostly just sweet malts here. Unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is good for an IPA, nice bright carbonation here.

O - Overall, this is a fairly mediocre beer here. Perhaps fresh it would be something but as it stands this is yah...a few steps above "average". (824 characters)

Photo of Caseywa
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found it at local Bevmo and noticed it was from a brewery in Southern California so I figured to give it at try, especially for the good price.

The appearance was more foggy than expected, was actually somewhat surprised. Very good carbonation and great head retention.

Smell was of high citrus and decent hop aromas. Sweet, smells of grapefruit and pine took over the aromas. Taste was a good IPA that definitely had a light California feel to it. Mouthfeel was light yet became malty near the end. Extremely smooth going down with perfectly balanced carbonation.

Overall it's a good IPA for the price. It has a good taste but could use more hop and earthy tones to it, citrus was fairly overwhelming. (706 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cismontane

A: The beer pours a slightly clouded orange-yellow-amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with quite a bit of fruit to the nose. Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Really like that combination of descriptors, but the bread and malt fills in the back end, unfortunately.

T: Grapefruit up front with quite a bit of lemon and orange peel. There's some mild breadiness and caramel, but a pretty sharp alcohol and perfume character that is fairly off-putting to me.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This one started off nice enough but it pretty quickly became too harsh for my liking. (670 characters)

Photo of JoshuaMason
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Translucent, Gold-Copper; Huge, Foamy Head; Vigorous Carbonation; Great Lace
Smell: Lemon Rind; Sweet Orange; Tangerine; Floral Hops
Taste: Tangerine; Lime; Lemon Rind; Bisquit Malts; Rye Spice
Mouth-feel: BIG carbonation, almost Champagne; Medium Body; Dry Finish
Overall: Good Rye IPA;
Comments: I would like more hop bitterness and rye spice to match the heavy fruitiness. Seems stylistically confused… is it an IPA or a Rye-IPA? (462 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

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. (689 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label warns me that thi IPA is well-balanced and on the fringe for the west coast style with subtle hopping. Oh dear.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks great. The nose lives up to the label. Pine, grapefruit (Cascades?) aroma hops with minimal bitterness, a moderately chalky character (Cascades?), a mildly bready rye character and a moderate sweetness. The palate has a blend of mild caramel sweetness, a rye spice, a mild hop bitterness that's got a little bit of pine and some grapefruit, and some hop flavor as well. Moderately sweet on the finish with a smooth, waxy character (from the rye?), this beer is medium in body, moderately carbonated and pleasant on the finish. Despite being in a style I don't care for, this is a reasonably well done IPA which I am quite liking more than I thought I would. (886 characters)

Photo of DrFayhee
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-golden color, medium head with minimal lacing.
S: A bit of funky soap and vinegar actually. Alcohol comes through too.
T: Dry hoppy flavors with some pine notes.
M: Medium carbonation and body. Dry finish.
O: A pretty solid IPA - maybe a little too heavy on the pine and not enough fruitiness. (306 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  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. (253 characters)

Photo of Enish266
3.53/5  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. (438 characters)

Photo of jcomp21
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful amber deep golden look. Very clear and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great white head, very tight foam.

S - this beer smells amazing. Alot of grapefruit and mangos. A small bit of pine. Very nice and juicy

T- On the front this beer was juicy and citrus flavored, unfortunately it left a lingering bitter finish. Just kind of spicy and bitter, too much for me for an IPA.

M- Mouthfeel was decent, i felt a bit watery

Overall I give this beer a 3.5, better than average (498 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  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. (1,543 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of popery
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (1,076 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (533 characters)

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