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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale - New Old Lompoc Brewery

C-Note Imperial Pale AleC-Note Imperial Pale Ale

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%

Brewed by:
New Old Lompoc Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 08-19-2003)
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Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, Portland

Deep amber with film of white.
Candied orange and resin nose.
Peach and toffee backbone with firm lemon, herbal, resin, and spruce hop notes.
Flowery comeback and gently bitter linger.
Medium, round, silky.

Two cuts above. Super smooth, incredibly balanced, both IBUs and aroma are there but with a measured touch.
Is it really a DIPA? Is it 100 IBUs? Do I care? Lovely beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 23:19:35 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured fro a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white surface coat of head. Aromas of roasted caramel, tangy sweet mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, and resiny, floral hops. Smells like a sweet, tangy explosion. Flavors of tangy sweet tropical fruits initially, with a blending of mango and pineapple most apparent. Roasted undertone, with a hoppy blend of pepper and oregano cleaning things up a bit. Malty, with a robust blast from every aspect on the palate. No pulled punches in this brew. I would love to see what this beer would be like fresh-hopped. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and smooth, with a slick, smooth, clean finish. The palate becomes very balanced with rich sweetness and light, citrus tart at the end of the brew. Great beer, very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:05:10 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DenverLogan


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend sent this 22oz from SoCal.
Poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Small brown head ... some lace.
Aroma of citrus hops and herbal spice.
Flavors of citrusy hops, white pepper, burnt malts, funky tropical fruit rind, grapefruit rind. Flavorful and bold in the hops but many flavors that are not as inviting, such as astringency and funky water flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:15:45 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of jeffery


4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought 2 cases @ the brewery in 2010 drunk them slowly and they were fantastic and then i open one today 5-29-13 and it totally kick ass, no loss of carbonation just mellow. I am a brewer and I thought was excellent. the hops were perfect with a really good mouth feel. nice color,bouquet, and maltiness. damn fine beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:52:31 | More by jeffery


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper. creamy light beige head. oily cap. Great sticky sheets of lace.

Big resinous grapefruit and citrus. Spicy floral and pine. some toastiness and caramel.

Grapefruit and resin. Spicy floral and citrus. Pine. Light sweet caramel biscuit backing. Big resin bitterness.

Sticky, drying medium body with mellow carbonation. Hop bite astringency.

Very drinkable and tasty hop forward brew. Love the C's. Get some my fellow hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:10:54 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of Brad007


3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild amber with a one-finger head into my glass. Average color for the style. I always like the brighter ones.

A lot of pine hop essence upfront in the nose. Not much to go by otherwise. The ABV is the first sign that this may not actually be an Imperial IPA.

The taste reflects the aroma. There is more of a focus on pine than citrus with the hop selection.

Bitterness with biscuity bread make up the mouthfeel. Wow. The alcohol is still quite strong, despite the lack of ABV.

Hopheads should definitely check this out.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 05:17:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of SBXLII

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 C-hops in all: Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, Challenger, at 100 IBU.
This billing alone is mouth-watering. The aroma lends grapefruit mostly, citrus on the palate, smooth creamy finish. Lacing was very persistent, and a bomber wasn't nearly as much as I would've liked. A real treasure overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:57:14 | More by SBXLII
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is very rich in smell, nice good beer needs more imperail tatse, tatse like a regular ipa. it has a nice complextion. a nice bitterness to it hoppy with no alchol tatse but still needs more imperail overall worth a try but needs more impoerail traits to it was a bit dissapointed

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 20:40:57 | More by chicagoanbeerone
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Pours out a lovely finger width white head with a dark copper body with high clarity underneath. Thick sheets of lacing that look very nice. Appealing.

S- Pine and citrusy hops. Some peaches and pineapple make for a fruity, floral IPA. Very pleasant. Some dark bodied malts make themselves heard as well, but not loudly.

T- Strong malty backbone with piney and smooth bitter hops. Complex, not overwhelming and actually quite drinkable for a DIPA.

M- Creamy, very wet and smooth. Nice feel.

O- Very drinkable DIPA, tasty, nice smell, great feel. Really quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:31:47 | More by Murrhey
Photo of GilGarp


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber brought home from Oregon from a recent trip. Served chilled into a goblet.

C-Note is a dark amber color with thick sticky white head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy but not as big as I expected from the "imperial" labeling but now I see it's an imperial pale ale. Nice piney and citrus though.

Flavor is nicely bittered but balanced. The variety of hops used helps in giving it good depth of flavor. The malts are a little darker and more caramel than most IPAs but the sweetness again helps to balance the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Other than the slightly misleading label, this is a very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:24:26 | More by GilGarp
Photo of corby112


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Chuck's 85th Street Market in Seattle, WA.

Pours a dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of floral, grassy pine countered by sweet malt. Floral but the hop character is a bit one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit stronger than I prefer. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit counter the resinous pine presence.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that dominate the flavor, lingering over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Very earthy and bitter with lots of sticky pine needle and grass overpowering the palate. As it warms, a prominent sweet malt character comes forward with hints of toffee, caramel and bread. There's also a bit of alcohol heat/sweetness toward the finish. Decently balanced but not very interesting. Not a bad beer but I probably wouldn't order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 19:52:31 | More by corby112
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, the new label caught my eye.

A - Pours a very dark orange with a thin tan head. Good retention and some nice lacing.

S - Carmel and pine.

T - Mild toast and slight pine.

D - Solid carbonation and an average body.

O - Underwhelmed here. not much of a hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:15:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep honey amber with a little haze and a nice finger+ of thick and gooey lookin' off white head.

Smell. Malty caramel and nice piney hops.

Taste. Caramel malt again and nice bitter citrus rinds and a little pine sap. Nice ballance.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nicely ballanced beer. Not as big as some imperials, but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:32:42 | More by Rutager
Photo of Livid


2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark reddish copper with a thin white head. Smells earthy and grassy with citrusy hop aromas. The taste is heavy on bread flavors before being overpowered by hop bitterness, almost to the point of tasting astringent. It opens as a pale ale, but finishes with an IIPA kick. It's a little light on carbonation, which emphasizes the pungent finish. There's a hint of soap at the very end of the finish - it's not my glassware as it tastes that way coming straight from the bottle. I've had this on draft and it was better balanced and missing the off-flavors, so I have to assume something went awry with this particular batch or on the bottling line.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:42:07 | More by Livid
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a orange copperish color with good carbonation with a nice white cap

S: Fresh hops, fruit and flowers. Really simple and straightforward

T: Good. An Imeperial Pale not IPA which really could influence rating. As a Imperial Pale the taste is good. Grains, a bit of bread and caramel, tad bits of fruit and some floral notes. Lighter booze.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, a bit slick and resiny

D: Good

Serving type: growler

01-02-2012 16:49:32 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of flagmantho


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: floral, spicy and funky aroma. It almost smells like there's a touch of rye in here, but that could just be spicy hops. Not bad, but not entirely to my taste.

Taste: rich malty aroma with a bracing and slightly abrasive bitterness at the end. Hops themselves are floral and a little resiney. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty beer, but something about the abrasiveness of the hops make it less than highly drinkable. I like it well enough, but probably would not seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:58:38 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bubbly, murky copper, with a nice two-finger off-white head, with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of doughy caramel malts, tea, apple, and hints of orange. Not the strong, piney scent I've come to expect from "imperial" pales/IPA's, but pleasant nonetheless. Who says a change of pace is bad?

T - Taste is of a rich, bready caramel malt background, balanced with leafy floral, herbal tea like hops, hints of pear, and hints of citrus. For being 100 IBU's, it's quite tame. It drinks more like a nice, balanced pale, but w/more to it.

M - Beer is medium bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick feel overall. Smooth, and drinkability is on par w/the ABV.

O - Overall, it's not the hop bomb the bottle might indicate, but a nice, above average pale ale. Pretty tasty, and a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 05:04:27 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of dgilks


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant orange colour with a fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Bright orange and mandarin aroma with some bitter grapefruit rind. Nicely crafted hop bill but with just a bit too much sweetness here for me.

Smooth, rich caramelised malts with a hefty dose of bitterness and some good citrus hops. A little too malty.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is a decent beer with some good hop character. It’s just a pity about the maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 23:26:52 | More by dgilks
Photo of harrymel


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

A: Pours a nice orange ale with under a single finger of creamy foam which falls to a sheet of the same. Nice rope lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Pine, resin, citrus, black olive (?), some nice sweetness as well.
T: Sweeter than I anticipated. Bitter with some nice resin style hops and some citrus flavors. Above avg, but not by much.
M: Medium bodied with decent carb and a semi dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer at all, but not something I would spend much time seeking out.

From notes verbatim on 10/27/10
A: Semi-murky copper ale with low/no head.
S: Pine, oranges, grapefruits. Floral tones in here as well.
T: Lower bitterness than I had anticipated. Tons of hops, tons of flavors. Yum! Resiny at the end.
M: Lower carbonation and higher body then I expected.
D: Great beer at the price point ($4).

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 09:11:41 | More by harrymel
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are a bit faint, some resin, a bit skunky, floral, and with some mild citrus.

Taste is sweet up front, some hard candies, tartness,
and some citrus, mostly oranges. Finish is pretty bitter, with some earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, plenty of body, and fairly smooth.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. I think it's wrongly categorized here, the label says "Imperial Pale Ale", and the ABV is under 7%, so that's why I think this is more of an IPA, whatever it is, it's a good hoppy brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:46:39 | More by flexabull
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Hawthorne Hophouse on 9/1/11

Appearance: Pours a radiant and clear medium caramel color with honey folds. Off white crown is bubbly, shows decent retention and some lace.

Smell: Caramel malt along with a moderate amount of piney hops.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and balanced but the mouthfeel needs more carbonation. I can see restricting the carbonation to let the hops sing but there is no song to be heard so...

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 02:13:47 | More by koopa
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours an amber orange with a bubbly, off white head.

The aroma is of resinous pine, and some grapefruit backing.

The taste has more pine mixed with grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light carbonation.

A pretty standard Imperial IPA. Nothing too memorable, but a solid, good tasting beer and at a reasonable price too.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:36:02 | More by vkv822
Photo of RJLarse


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of C-Note IPA in an Oregon grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper/bronze color and is slightly hazy. Creamy off-white head hasn't got a lot of staying power.

Smell is a sweet caramel bread scent, with an acerbic note that is hard to describe. Caramel and pine maybe.

Taste is malty and sweet for the style. There is a decided caramel presence, with mild bitterness on the finish, and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. The beer is lightly carbonated.

A very drinkable beer, especially for the style. The bottle says "Imperial Pale Ale" which I think is a better description than Imperial IPA. In my mind it is not an IPA (India Pale Ales) at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:39:58 | More by RJLarse
Photo of NWer


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark copper into my chalice. Good head dissipates to nearly nothing reflecting what's expected from a decent ABV beer. Nice remnants of the head floating around the edges.
Good powerful complex flavors of pine and citrus. No cloy or excessive bitterness radiates quality.
A very good West Coast IPA.
edit: updating 5/29/2011 better than I remembered. Upticked scores for appearance and smell making it a 4.5 across the board.
A very enjoyable beer this Memorial Weekend watching the Indy 500.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 19:35:41 | More by NWer
Photo of beerman207


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Imperial IPA from the west coast imported through my suitcases to good old KY.

A: Pours a nice cloudy orange brown with a foamy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Nose is sweet caramel, hops, citrus,

T: Wow, big bitter but balanced nicely with the malt. The flavor here is right on point. Nice job on this one.

M: Sometimes an IPA is too drying to the palate - not the c-note - this one is amazingly refreshing and just a great all around brew

O: All summer long would be the motto for this brew if it was available around here. Sad it's only a west coast phenomenon.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:04:33 | More by beerman207
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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from New Old Lompoc Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.