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Coulter IPA - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Coulter IPACoulter IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

halfbarrelbrew, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

crewfan1952, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

pkalix, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JimmyFlatRock, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jakecattleco, Aug 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Lucnifter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Lucnifter, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

lsummers, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ebrifan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ebrifan, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Topher78
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Topher78, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of quetzal013
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

quetzal013, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Cadusk
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Cadusk, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Jmick28, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brycevolk, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of tzieser
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tzieser, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of nige4958
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
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.

nige4958, May 31, 2013
Photo of thampel09
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

thampel09, May 20, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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

Bouleboubier, May 09, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Brenden, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

DefenCorps, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cfh64, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

ocelot2500, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Roy1586, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of seagullbeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

seagullbeer, Mar 07, 2013
Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.