C-Note Imperial Pale Ale - Lompoc Tavern

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C-Note Imperial Pale AleC-Note Imperial Pale Ale

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: freed on 08-19-2003

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Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise. Was having problems deciding which beer, and I hadn't tried anything from Lompoc yet. Didn't say what kind of beer it was. One smell, I knew.

Imperial pint, rich golden color. Moderate head that thinned slightly. Gigantic fresh thatched grass and citrus aroma, almost startling. Citrus bite on first drink, slight, somewhat masked malt, and big hop body mixing citrus, spice, and alfalfa with a green bitter finish. No subtleties. Still nicely balanced though, with sweetness and bitternes serving well. Not an easy beer, certainly not something you could have too many of.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a deep some what murky burnt orange with a large fluffy slight off white head that settles nicely into a creamy mass leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Honestly more malt driven aromas than the big hops I expected,caramel malt stands out along with some brown sugar,the hops provide a leafy herbalness in the back end.A big sweet caramel base dominates from the start along with slight alcohol and drunkin peaches,some leafy hop rounds this out.100 IBU's really?I mean its a pretty good beer but again another DIPA thats much to big in the sweet flavor department.

Photo of RoyalT
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This IPA is a bright shiny brown in color with the promise of a strong, hardy malt base. The head is a beautiful off-white and will last the night if you let it.

Smell - The big sharp pine and light herbs blows the doors down. The malt is scarce though.

Taste - The utter lack of anything resembling a malt base took away from the wonderful piney hop profile.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied, which is way too light for this ale. Without the malt base it became unpleasantly bitter. Even if you enjoy bitter beer, which I do, you won't like this.

Drinkability - I love the hops, but hop water without an ounce of balancing malt is just pointless.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep amber with a bit of head and no lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, I'm not sure why they call this a pale ale... Very nice nose though.

Taste is super hoppy. Tons going on, very citrusy, floral, piney. It'll really kick your ass and palate real quick, but still fairly drinkable.

Photo of Thrasher
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six hops, all beginning with the letter C, were used in the making of this beer: Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, and maybe Cluster and Columbia? Chelan? Crystal? I forget. Anyway, one of these hops does not agree with me. Not sure which. I've had it in other beers and I just don't like it. I suspect it is Centennial but I'm not certain. Anyway, my personal preferences aside, the beer poured with a good head and lace, much better than the other Lompoc beers I tried, with a very hoppy aroma (of course). The malts are huge, to back up the gratuitous hops, and are firm and woody. Hops are quite herbal and bitter, and linger on the tongue, perhaps a bit too long for me. The bitterness is somewhat obtrusive. The mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is ok, but that long lingering finish from the mystery hop just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color liquid, below average head, yet the carbonation was ample. Lacking in the aroma department, just smelled of astringency and alcohol.

Taste was massively bitter, lacking any tangible dry hopping effect in the mouthfeel. Just super long hop boil I'm guessing with Cascades. Similar to Hopsickle, but w/o the heavy, darker malt and caramel feel to Hopsickle (and w/o as many hops). The mouthfeel does mellow out eventually and the beer becomes decently drinkable. I've had worse in style, I've had better.

If you like long bittering hop boils, this is probably the beer for you. If you're a bigger fan of dry hopping, this probably is not the beer for you.

These are not the droids you're looking for.

Photo of racer2k
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Urban Farmer restaurant in Portland, OR.

The "C" designation in the beer implies that the beer is brewed with 7 varieties of hops that begin with the letter C. These include: Cascade, Centennial, Challenger, Chinook, Cluster, Columbus and Crystal. An astounding 100 IBU's at 6.9% abv

A - Beer is a dark amber / deep copper that has plenty of carbonation and a small off white head that creates plenty of thin lacing around the glass throughout the beer.

S - Beer smells of pine, fresh hops with a caramel / toffee malt backbone to it. There is also a strong flavor of citrus including oranges and grapefruit.

T - Nice healthy dose of bitter hops but still balanced at the same time. The hop profile does not significantly over power the beer as there is a malt back end to this beer.

M - The beer has a medium carbonation to it but has a tangy mouth feel that is quite pleasant.

D - Very drinkable even considering the 6.9% abv. The beer should not be called a Pale Ale given that it is more like a Double IPA or Imperial IPA than a Pale Ale.

Overall this is a very good beer. I look forward to enjoying having some more again

Photo of mudbug
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish with a small head that laces well, aroma is flowery hops, not overpowering, more like a nice IPA.
Taste is bitterness upfront then a slight malt sweetness kicks in, a dry sourness is in the aftertaste, bittering hops is the theme here, if that's your bag then this ones for you, just a little too one dimensional for my tastes, similar to hopstoopid without the juicy pine.
As a DIPA it's good but there are lofty heights in this style, perhaps should have been marketed as an "extra" IPA like Torpedo.

Photo of GilGarp
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A year-and-a-half ago, in the midst of a beer-intensive trip to Portland, OR, I had C-Note on tap at one of New Old Lompoc's locations. It's either a testament to C-Note's quality or my own foggy recollection that, 20 months later, I remembered its flavor and sought out the bottled version to bring home from a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. And here it is before me. Will it be everything I remembered?

The rusted-blood color is deep and opaque, and the head is thin with a good bit of lace left in its wake. I definitely like its looks.

The smell is incredibly promising. Love this imperial IPA stuff, it's a fantastic style when done right, and my version of "right" means "balance." Give me tons of hops, but give me as much malt for balance and bigness. And this aroma is just as malty as it is hoppy. Grassy hops are worked into a caramel/toffee malt character, with an element that reminds me of those glassy/jewel-like Brach's hard candies: fruity, syrupy, sweet. Add a touch of alcohol and you have an absolutely wonderful nose.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't deliver quite as I remember when I had it on tap. The bottled version may not be doing it justice, or something in the recipe could have been tweaked between then and now...all I know is that this is merely "good," flavor-wise, when it comes to double IPAs. The hops are certainly not as bright as I remember. They're here, no doubt, but extremely grassy. I like it though, and I like that big toasted malt flavor that attempts to provide balance. Some mutated caramel comes in, as does some brown sugar. And why am I tasting salt? I haven't eaten for hours, so it can't be that. C-Note's flavor has much going for it, but it also has holes, or a lack of depth.

It would also help if it were creamier. This is a bit too tingly for the style, and the medium body just doesn't have the incredible roundness of better versions in the style category.

Somehow I knew this would never measure up to my memory of it. But I found it enjoyable enough, and as it warms it certainly opens up. The candy-like element in the nose comes in, not so much as sweetness but as a cherry/orange-like succulence. Modest ABV is also a pretty friendly aspect of C-Note. Any lover of the style should give it a shot, just don't expect brain-frying greatness.

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Portland' Red and Black Cafe. Pours an orange-amber hue, topped by a good finger of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lace on the glass. Aroma of floral hops and some lightly sweet malt. Palate is more floral hops, but not enough to be overwhelming. Notes of pine and citrus, as well as a low dose of sweet biscuit lying underneath. Body is rather creamy, a fair departure form the syrupy character of many stronger IPAs. Goes down very well, an excellent companion to a rainy afternoon in our fair city.

Photo of jeffery
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
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!!!

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass. I had this right after the LSD and this was my favorite of the two. I mean, sure, I found the initial hop flavor lacking for my taste. (Maybe a little more dry-hopping would be nice.) But there's still a big, earthy kick of citrus hops that sticks with you. All in all, a tasty beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Quite surprised at the color, light copper, lots of bubbles and no real head.

S - Lemonade and grapefruit.

T - Light hops, then bitter ending that stays on the tongue for only a little after. There is a little sweetness in there too. Curious, but nice.

M - Light, low carbonation, crisp.

D - A solid, good beer. The darker color threw me off. It comes off more as an IPA, but without getting kicked in the teeth by the hops.

Photo of SBXLII
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: The pour is a deep caramel and toffee color with a finger and a half of creamy head sitting on top. The head retention is fair, as it sits there for a minute or two. Very little effervescence is present. After a few sips and a few swirls, there is a dash of lacing above the line of beer.

Smell: The nose definitely presents an IPA, but a 100 IBU IIPA? Not quite sure it's there. A lot of herbal notes like pine and grass and a little bit of citrus grapefruit show up, but I was expecting a bit more of a punch

Taste: The malt backbone upholds the wave of hops, but perhaps too well. There is a lot of toffee and caramel sweetness coming through on the palate, which is overpowering some of the hop flavors from really gushing out. More pine and grass and citrus grapefruit and a little orange peel come out throughout the tasting.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: This was a good beer, but I don't think I'd trade for (or crate if I had the option) it again.

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle picked up from Liquid Solutions.

A: The DIPA is a a darker amber color, a fuller brown color with red hues. Despite the darker color, the ale is interrupted by neither sediment nor haze. A finger and a half of white foam has left a trail of lace.

S: The nose is loaded with caramel malts, more than I expected from a double IPA. That sweetness is amplified by piney hops, resiny with a floral finish.

T: The first sip reveals more hops than the nose let on. That increased bitterness adds much needed punch. Pine notes are amplified by grapefruit and citrus flavors. The floral notes in the nose are translated into the grapefruit and pepper flavors present here. The caramel malts subside a bit and, as a result, allow more hops to emerge. The bitterness is impressive in light of the relatively low alcohol. A very mild DIPA.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly bitter, especially at the end. A touch of heat mid-sip really kicks things up.

D: A decent DIPA, nothing fancy or over-the-top. I'd be content with another bomber or two.

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this @beaumontmarket as I have yet to even try anything from new old Lompoc... and here I am a local! Go figure! Threw me off that an Imperial is only 6.9% Alc./Vol. in strength... oh well... I don't want a heavy beer right now..

- Almost an amber ale color... rather rich and dark copper color with mild head that goes quickly to a light swarm of lacing.

- Huge citrus and fruit nose.. but not 'extract-y' like a cheap knock-off... and a unique roasty caramel malt... something with the malt here... that I quite like!

- Smooth, balanced.. smooth citrus hops... real hops! No overboard extract here folks... move along... Great balance with a creamy caramel malt... they are really on to something here...

- Bit chewy.. due to the awesomeness of the malt profile... but overall a very good aftertaste and warm feel.

- Hugely drinkable, and I look forward to purchasing many more ounces of brewed beverage from New Old Lompoc brewing... seriously... why are they not just huge right now all over... is it their choice? What a great beer!

Photo of Spikester
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a cream color two finger head and copious lacings. Aroma is one of the strongest and most pleasant (for a hop lover) beers I have ever encountered. Lots of resinous hops.
Taste is complex hop flavors including pine, resins, medium citrus, earthy, and some leather. The malts are quite pleasant and support the overall bitterness very well. The bitterness builds slowly but never becomes unpleasant. Grapefruit lingers on the tongue. Drinkability is exceptional and compares well with another 100IBU favorite whose initials are PTE. I can't wait to try this on tap in Portland.

Photo of bcm119
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber with a fine, thin head. Bright citrus hop aroma. Hops are dominant in front, mostly white grapefruit pith flavors. Nice clean bitterness lasts through the finish. Gentle, toffeeish malt shows mid palate, with a touch of sweetness and some fleeting cracker/biscuit flavors, reminiscent of Lagunitas beers. Mouthfeel is soft, medium body, with fine carbonation. Finishes with solid white grapefruit pith bitterness. A nice ipa, with a lean malt profile and plenty of drying bitterness that makes it quite quaffable for the abv.

Photo of dukew456
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Lazy Magnolia glass

A- Slightly hazy, dark amber/brown. A nice 1.5 finger tan head forms and sticks around for a bit, the result of a harder pour. Pretty good looking beer.

S- Caramel malt dominates the nose, with a slight hop grassiness in the back. Grapefuit hoppiness also backs this one up.

T- Initially much sweeter than I expected, with a strong malt presence. However, the hop presence makes itself felt toward the finish, providing a resiny, piney flavor, and a nice bitter balance to the strong malt profile.

M/D- Medium carbonation and a low abv (for the style) keep this one pretty quaffable and tasty.

I like this local brewpub, and this is the first time I've had the bottled version of this beer. I think that I remember it being a tad bit better on tap, but what isn't?

Photo of tikibeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with little head leaving a fine swirl of thin head on top and spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet with a mix of floral hops and maybe a citrus type hop and toffee malt.

Taste is surprisingly mellow. It is a well balanced beer that is smooth with a dry backend. A tasty floral hops on the tongue with hint of bitterness but not a lot.

Nice complex beer, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from Lompoc Tavern
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.