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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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87
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

chicagoanbeerone, Dec 14, 2012
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.

Livid, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Hazy dark orange brown color. One finger of creamy beige head with below average retention, but moderate amounts of lacing.

3.0 S: Solid, but not overly hoppy. Hops and malts seem to be there in equal proportions. Hops offer candied oranges, mango, and plenty of herbalness. Malts give a bit hit of caramel and some breadiness. Yeastiness in there too.

2.5 T: While the nose is pleasant, the taste is pretty boring. The strongest flavor is bitterness, which works to balance the small amount of maltiness present, but isn't ideal in a DIPA. I want more hop flavor. There is some citrus hop flavor in the form of orange, grapefruit, and lemon as well as some pine, but it is muted, especially given that this is fairly dry. Yeastiness is there again and gives the illusion of a thicker body.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation. Fairly creamy and very smooth.

3.0 D: Not the greatest, but not the worst either. Just an "average" DIPA. Worth drinking once.

DavoleBomb, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
2.95/5  rDev -24%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -24%

Thin and a little harsh. I still think this is an imperial PALE ALE, and not an IPA. Dark amber, plenty of spritz, and just a wisp of head.

Some faint malt. Tastes the way straw smells. Flat and one-dimensional. Not all that bitter, but the aftertaste is definitely bitter. A little of the biscuit taste, but more herbal tea.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.
3.0 3.25 2.75 3.25 3.0

mactrail, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of sukwonee
3/5  rDev -22.7%

sukwonee, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of kbrown
3/5  rDev -22.7%

kbrown, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
3/5  rDev -22.7%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of brihenry
3/5  rDev -22.7%

brihenry, Sep 14, 2013
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Alaskanmama
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%

Alaskanmama, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BESTIALEX
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

BESTIALEX, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Knapp85, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

millerbuffoon, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

fredmugs, Feb 04, 2013
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.

Brad007, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Thrasher, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of loren01
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Had on tap at New Old Lompoc. Poured an amber/reddish color with good lacing and slight frothy white head.
S: Smell is very hoppy, grapefruit nose as well
T: Taste is real hoppy, almost too much for me, much too bitter. Not very well balanced. Hoppiness and thats about it.
M: Mild carbonation, smooth drinking.
D: Not bad, just much too bitter for me.

loren01, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The New Old Lompac, menu lists 6.9% abv. Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, & Challenger hops.

Aroma: Obviously hoppy. Given the pub atmosphere, I wasn’t able to get anything else.

Appearance: Very hazy reddish amber glass with a thin cover that gave a little lace.

Flavor: Juicy and bitter hops (duh). Enough sweet base to keep it from imploding, but left a long acid burn going for a few days.

Mouthfeel: Oily, puckering, medium body.

Overall Impression: Almost a gag beer, like Cave Creek, but not as nasty. “Let’s throw every C hop on the planet at it!” Well, sounds like fun, but the execution just seems a bit amateurish.

HardTarget, Aug 23, 2007
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).

harrymel, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orangey brown, quite hazy, thin layer of tan foam that slowly compacts to a light veneer of suds

Aroma: thick malt syrup, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit rind

Flavor: robust malt backbone that is sternly put in check by a firm hop bitterness and grassy hop flavor; hints of lemon peel and burnt sugar; finishes dryish with a long-lingering citrus peel bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, slick, slight astringency

GreenCard, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The bottle looks to be in good condition, so I hope it's reasonably fresh, but I have no clue. Need some kind of freshness date for a beer like this. Nice foam, settles down to a thumbnail. Dark for an "imperial pale ale," gold bordering on red.

Pretty good hop aroma. Orange blossom, grapefruit, Pine-Sol, rosewater, a showcase of the "C" hops most likely.

Hmm. Reminds me of a slightly less strong Sierra Nevada Torpedo with a bit more malt character. Soapy hop bitterness isn't overwhelming, but it does build on the palate a bit. Mostly balanced, with hops given a slight edge, but the malts don't lay down their arms - caramel sneaks through every now and again.

Feel is slightly watery, not quite oily enough I'd say.

Decent. I can drink it, but ultimately it doesn't wow me.

Patrick999, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

markcp, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from New Old Lompoc Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.