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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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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chicagoanbeerone

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
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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Livid

Oregon

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
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
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 23:50:47 | More by DavoleBomb
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 00:33:04 | More by RoyalT
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sukwonee

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-24-2013 07:45:09 | More by sukwonee
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kbrown

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.9%

08-31-2013 02:18:11 | More by kbrown
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.9%

05-08-2013 03:05:06 | More by leftoverburrito
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brihenry

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-14-2013 04:39:41 | More by brihenry
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-05-2013 23:15:51 | More by Knapp85
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-05-2013 23:14:47 | More by millerbuffoon
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

02-04-2013 17:26:01 | More by fredmugs
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Brad007

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2004 00:13:36 | More by Thrasher
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loren01

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2006 05:54:08 | More by loren01
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HardTarget

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2007 04:15:26 | More by HardTarget
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harrymel

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 17:45:42 | More by GreenCard
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Patrick999

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 21:42:06 | More by Patrick999
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switzer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-18-2012 00:23:23 | More by switzer
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markcp

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-11-2013 16:54:20 | More by markcp
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-27-2012 01:50:21 | More by kylemckinnis
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-03-2013 03:19:42 | More by chippo33
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-19-2013 16:42:25 | More by jbeervt
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ricecracker420

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2014 03:38:06 | More by ricecracker420
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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from New Old Lompoc Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.