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Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Coulter IPACoulter IPA

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-15-2012 22:28:39 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 00:33:52 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-12-2014 00:35:55 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-12-2014 00:39:34 | More by Texasfan549
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largadeer

California

2.25/5  rDev -38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 06:44:23 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-28-2013 01:01:09 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-08-2014 05:49:21 | More by GClarkage
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Zorro

California

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:00:30 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-04-2012 06:29:04 | More by drewone
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-10-2014 03:12:58 | More by dmorgan310
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 07:07:19 | More by DefenCorps
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-30-2013 02:46:04 | More by Cynic-ale
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-26-2012 00:58:45 | More by bsuedekum
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popery

California

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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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Brenden

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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".

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:23:42 | More by rudzud
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.14/5  rDev -41%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:12:13 | More by Reagan1984
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mhaugo

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-02-2012 13:53:43 | More by mhaugo
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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
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