Holy Jim Falls - Cismontane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Knapp85 on 02-07-2013

Amarillo Hops are the featured hops.
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is an extremely pale white gold color. A thin, bubbly, perfectly white head caps it at about 3/4 fingers at its highest. Retention is pretty good, and it sticks around for a bit. Some lacing mingles around the walls of the glass.
This beer smells a bit like White Rajah to me, hoppier on the nose than the flavor; there are some great aromatic hops here. Pale malt balances it out. Maybe it's just how fresh it is, as I don't see much talk about the aroma. Of course it's not as powerful as WR, but it's very nice overall.
The flavor is interesting given the nose. It's definitely a pale ale, and not a bad one. But stronger than the raw pine and citrus hops are softer notes of pale fruit flesh and a strongly vinous note. Still, it's nicely hopped for a pale ale, and has a good depth and balance.
Good carbonation in a solid body that's stronger than the look would imply give this a sturdy crispness and keep it smooth consistently through.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raul's homeboy was dead set on buying this swill for some reason - he was feelin' tha local brew, I guess.

Ok... Smells like the cow pastures out in the Inland Empire and taste like the state of Iowa if it was bottled. Nothing against Iowa, my peeps, but Raul ain't into the grass game unless it's the "grass game," ya feel me?

Raul does not agree.

Photo of Gryphon69
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bready, crisp, clean, not noticing any of these grass or pine flavors. Defiantly picking up lemony / grapefruit characteristics.

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I know it's the quest for flavorful, lower-alcohol beers, but this one is shockingly perfumey and bitter. Really pale golden color in the tall glass. Not much of a head and the bubbles are noticeably coarser than most beers.

That resiny taste obliterates any hint of malt. The bitterness starts almost immediately. Label claims 45 IBU, which for once I believe. Aroma is all hops with a touch of cat pee, if I'm not mistaken. I struggle to find anything else to describe about this beer, but I'm hoping it will stay carbonated long enough for me to open something less hoppy to mix it with. The actual hop oils and aromas are both bold and interesting.

I have had some good beer from Cismontane but this is not one to remember. At least I don't remember finishing the bottle.

Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I am blown away by how beautiful the head is on this beer. The head is perfect! Color is an opaque straw. Retention and lacing are awesome.

Nose: Clean and crisp with citrus, especially lemon.

Taste: Crispy with a bitter aftertaste. It is sour throughout. Biscuits, banana, and sour lemon.

Notes: One of the most beautiful beers I've ever looked at. The taste left much to be desired, but nose and appearance were superb.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and some vegetal onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with mainly vegetal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a hop presence that isn't all that balanced in my opinion.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm assuming this is the new and improved version of their pale ale. Comes in a one pint bottle, which is a good breakway from the common 22 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Looks a paler golden color in the glass, and there isn;t much of a head formed from the pour. Initially an inch thick before it drops to paper thin lace. The nose is delightful and very attractive; soft yet vibrant fruits hit the nose, primarily canteloupe, honeydue, orange slices, and pineapple. If anything, it smells like a New Zealand pale ale than an American one.

Something got lost in the translation. The succulent fruits take on some bitter melon flavor and a bitter pine note. There isn't much perceived malt to taste, which partially explains why the taste is rather bitter. Initially it has a saopy water accent, though that clears away. The body is very light and the carbonation is very soft with a tickle of itself.

It isn't the most amazing pale ale that I've tasted. That said, I should grant Cismontane some respect just for going down a completely different path, as the character is not typical American.

Photo of lsummers
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a fantastic orange with a half finger head. Looks sticky, and leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells of fresh citrus with a touch of fresh cut grass. Very fresh smelling. Taste first hits you with subtle malty citrus then transitions to where the hops really come in at the end. The piney citrus hits the back end and sticks on your tongue. It's not overly bitter but I would say definitely more of a hop profile than what I was expecting from a pale ale. Overall, its a nicely done pale ale, and different than others. Definitely worth a try, and it's a rebuy for me.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with about an inch of head. Mild lace sticks to the glass.

Pale malts and floral hops dominate the smell. Some citrus and grass are also noticable in the background. Nice, light and inviting.

The first thing I taste is country white bread. This is quickly followed by some nice light lemon and fresh cut grass. It has a nice, quick, bitter floral finish. Light and crisp in the mouth. Not too heavy on the carbonation.

I've been pretty impressed with the Cismontane lineup so far. For 4.5% this had a good ammount of flavor. A great beer for a hot day.

Photo of Holland
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jibboom54 for sending as an extra!

A: pale yellow, clear, thin but steady head

S: a very small amount of citrus-like hops, but this is mostly pale malt

T: good bitterness against the malt flavor, with some earthy tones and a small amount of fruitiness

M: thin and refreshing feeling, but could improve drastically with more carbonation

O: decent offering, but doesn't quite hold up to some of the crazy APAs out there. If this were given to me years ago, it would hold its own and maybe be a bit too much flavor. Innovation has killed this small XPA for me.

Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hezy yellow color with a thin white head on top. The lacing was decent and the retention was also pretty good. The smell of the beer was a little off in my opinion. Wasn't really sure why it smelled bad to me. There were some subtle citrus notes in there but not enough to covered the funkiness of it. The taste of the beer is hoppy, and has a light malt balance in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was thin, carbonation was kinda high but still drinkable. Overall it's not terrible but I wouldn't need to have it again.

Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was really good. I wasn't expecting it to be, but it was. mine said 4.7% and was on draught at BT's BBQ in Huntington Beach. easy to drink, decent flavor. i'm surprised at the 'lower' ratings because this one is pretty goo. it doesn't pack the huge pine and grapefruit, but it is an easy-drinking brew that can be settled into.

Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly hazed straw yellow color, one finger of soapy white head, moderate lacing.
S - Extremely dank smelling, the most dank aroma of any pale I've ever had. Very floral and lots of pine, some underlying cracker and citrus zests, very pleasant.
T - The dankness of this beer cannot be understated, its potent, but not at all overwhelming, lots of floral and pine hop flavors, nice crackery base malt, grassy and fresh.
M - Super clean and crisp feel to this, light and refreshing.
O - Out of control, the dankness is shockingly great in this beer, I'm floored by the fresh clean flavor and feel it has to it. I could drink this all day every day.

Holy Jim Falls from Cismontane Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.