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Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company

Coulter IPACoulter IPA

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82
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117 Ratings
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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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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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jcomp21

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:43:43 | More by jcomp21
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ehammond1


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 17:36:59 | More by ehammond1
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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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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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Zorro

California

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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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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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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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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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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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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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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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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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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SShelly

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 02:58:23 | More by SShelly
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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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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
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