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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale - New Old Lompoc Brewery

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C-Note Imperial Pale AleC-Note Imperial Pale Ale

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Old Lompoc Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 94
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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 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 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.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of chumba526
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a reddish color with about an inch and a half of white head.

Smells of citrus: grapefruit and oranges mostly. A nice toffee/ caramel flavor is also apparent in the smell.

The taste starts off with a caramel like malty taste that leads into a complex citrus, pine and pineapple like hoppy flavor. The bitterness that is expected does hit at the end and is quite powerful.

The carbonation seems to be about medium: the mouth feel is very smooth.

I find it to be very drinkable: it has a nice bitterness but because of the malts it doesn't line your mouth with an overbearing bitterness.

Overall an excellent ale that showcases citrusy, fruity, pine like and bitter characteristics of hops with a semi heavy malt body. Highly recommended.

Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint during the Champions League Soccer Finals at the New Old Lompoc location for around four dollars, reviewed from notes, color is a light amber with some more orange highlights, 1 ½ inch creamy off white head that lasts a few minutes, above average retention and lacing for the style, aroma consists of lots of citrus, floral accents, piney hoppiness, earthy scents, caramel, herbs, and resin, taste is very similar to the smell, starts off piney and ends that way, some caramel malt in the middle, bitterness is nice even once it warms, nice balance and one of the best Oregon IPAs I have had, dry, crisp, and smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, strong carbonation, taste lasts a long time, could drink several of these, great drinkability, cannot taste any alcohol, hope to buy bottles of this stuff soon, recommended

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to skourtis for this one!

Pours a beautiful dark amber with almost ruby-ish hues. A thin tan/off-white head leaves nice lacing.

The smell is of pine/resin with some grapefruit/citrus.

The taste is very hoppy - piney, spicy, resiny, citric (grapefruity), yet with a toffee/caramel maltiness adding to the character. This is an Imperial Pale more than an Imperial IPA, as noted on the bottle, as the malt stays in balanced. A souped up pale ale done well!

It has a full-side of medium, firm body.

Alcohol shows perhaps a bit more than the 6.9% and it has quite a strength to it. Yet, still a "drinkable" brew. Very enjoyable with both hops and malt playing in well - as an Imperial pale should!

Photo of brickhouse1
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A personal favorite for th past few months. Great deep bronze color and a fresh well balanced taste. It has a fuity nose to me that matches its crisp medium bodied crisp taste which is real dank reseny. Another one is the c sons greatings. A x mas double c note that is friggen awsome. Lompoc is putting out some great beers and we love to support the locals

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich golden brown with creamy white head

smells like a freshly hopped wort, pungent, piney, slightly citrus. and nice and floral

crisp, piney, fresh, super crisp, ive had less hoppy ipas, lemony as well, and quite floral notes

fresh, citrusy, piney, semi dry finish, medium weight with a nice long, finish, the hops just keep lingering

hoppy, fresh, fruity, bold and yet balanced, this is what a NW pale ale is, a quintessential creation that makes me proud to support breweries like this. and did I mention it was 3.99, i'll be buying a case just to have on hand and enjoy whenever. just as good in the bottle as on tap!!!!

Photo of TulipSnifter
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with good head.
Smell: Sweet, fruity hops, hops, and more hops
Taste: Delicious Centennial hops!!! Quite a bit of malts but sweet, fruity and just amazing.
Mouthfeel: Clean
Drinkability: This is a fantastic imperial ipa. Very easy to drink. I am honestly really enjoying this one. Recommended!

Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Ross for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to Seattle -- all I had to do was walk his dog for a few days and I got a bunch of beer... Doesn't get much easier than that. Review is from notes taken on 3/27/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour yields the standard orange/coppery color and it starts with a head that is just larger than 1/2 finger that is slightly off-white and creamy looking; head fades relatively quickly to a full, but uneven, skim; body is just a little hazy, but still shows pretty strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; only a few spots and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Wow, smell is great -- really smells like freshly sliced oranges from plenty of hoppiness and they come across as juicy and sweet; just a touch of a syrupy caramel sweet maltiness hiding out behind all of the citric fruity goodness; nose is wonderfully robust and the smell just seems to last and last.

Taste: Pretty solid -- the bitterness of the hops is there, but it's subdued a bit by the decent orange flavors, and the bitterness that is there is just a touch grassy; interestingly, there is a bit of an alcoholic flavor, which is odd since it's only clocking in at 6.9%; bit of a toasty/grainy maltiness provides enough balance.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in terms of weight, and the carbonation, while strong, is quite far from overpowering or sharp -- just provides the right amount of body; a relatively moist and thick stickiness is left all over the roof of the mouth and it allows the grassy bitter aftertaste to linger for quite a while; belly is left just a touch warm from slight acidity to it, but not at all uncomfortable or unpleasant -- pretty spot on.

Overall: This is really a great beer and I'm glad to have gotten to try it, especially considering I've never heard of it. A pleasant surprise, to be sure. Great smells, solid flavors and a wonderful mouthfeel, I can only imagine how awesome this beer would be fresh from the keg. If I ever come across anything else from this brewery, I will be more than happy to try it.

Photo of RJLarse
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at NOL 5th Quadrant, a pint during HH for $3.25. MLB All-Star Game on the tube, top of the 2nd.

Brewed with seven "C" hops (Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger).
100 IBU, 6.9% abv.

A: Deep copper/amber, clearly shows plenty of steady carbonation. Served with little head, but leaves outstanding bands of sticky ivory lace.

S: Despite a heavy dose of hops this has a subtly sweet, toffee-like malt and smells of fresh oranges.

T: Yeah, it's got an amped-up bitterness, bit this still has a remarkable malt balance. Blended hops come out a little muddled, with spice, citrus, pine and pith all co-mingled. But so what? It really does work. It's difficult to decide which, if any, varietal 'wins'; they all dance about and reveal themselves at different times.

M: Medium feel that thickens with each sip. A little pucker and a whole lotta mouth-watering.

D: A big IPA that probably should be re-classified as an Imperial, it's very drinkable despite the gravity. Has sweetness, spiciness, bitterness, and tartness all blended so well. This has to one of my favorite local beers of any style, one I don't visit as frequently as it deserves. Seek out the C-Note when in Portland, you'll be glad you did.

Photo of madtappers
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it took a while for me to review this beer as it has grown on me, the more and more I try it.

C-Note is packed full of hops and you can both smell and taste all 5 of the hops as you drink this awesome IPA.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick white head, great aroma of hops to the nose.

A must for any hop head...wouldn't try it if you fear the taste of hops!

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.

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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from New Old Lompoc Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.