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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale - Lompoc Tavern

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C-Note Imperial Pale AleC-Note Imperial Pale Ale

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lompoc Tavern visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: freed on 08-19-2003

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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 179
Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
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

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Photo of Livid
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%

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

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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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of loren01
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The C hops really shine on this beer earthy and pine characteristics but pretty malty with the bitterness kicking in at the end not sure how old this beer is but overall pretty good

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Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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).

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Photo of Patrick999
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The C-Note is actually their Imperial or Double IPA. It pours a orange color with a solid 2 finger foam head. It leaves some wicked lacing.

The aroma is subdued hop aromatics. The taste is high on the IBU which is around 100. It is quite dominating in that effect. The bitterness does stay in the mouth for quite a while but I felt it was pretty one dimensional. Overall it was a good effort but could use some more complexity.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The New Old Lompoc was rather dingy last night, so I can't be sure that this was slightly darker than I would expect for an IPA. It was a tad cloudy and had a rather weak grapefruit nose.

It definitely claimed to have 6.9% abv rather than 7.9%.

The taste was not as citrusy as I had anticipated. It had a grapefruit tang, but was rather more acrid than many of the hoppy brews I've had lately. Most hopheads would probably enjoy this, although the alcohol was too apparent for my taste.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass, courtesy of end 0))).

A: Murky, dark amber body with reddish / coppery tinge when held to the light. Slow carbonation up the glass. A finger of head that recedes into a collar around the drink, with light filming on the top. Some lacing down the glass.

S: A dual hop component: primarily pine / resin with a secondary grapefruit character. Malts are found in caramel and toffee varieties. A nice hint of cinnamon, too. Some alcohol nose when the beer is at its warmest, toward the end of the drink.

T: This is supposed to be brewed with 7 varieties of hops that begin with "C" -- hence the name -- and I find myself expecting a remarkably bitter taste. Not so. The hops find themselves alternating with a sweet, but not syrupy, caramel and toffee base. And the hop profile itself is quite complex: initially pines and earthiness, but giving way to grapefruit and lemon. The finish is mainly pine bitterness. Very impressed!

M: Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Results in a decently sticky finish.

D: I have just the one, and I was informed this was a close, but poor, substitute for getting it fresh on tap. You can be sure I'll try the real thing if/when I ever get to Portland.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lompoc Brewing Company--Portland, OR--C-Note Imperial Pale Ale. 7.00% ABV. 100 IBU's. Mild lace white head. Slightly hazy dark amber gold color. Rich earthy hop front. Crusty earthy pine citrus caramel malt mild fruit body. Earthy bitter hop spice end. Hoppy and malty but unbalanced. (3.25 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/25/2010.

Lompoc Brewing C-NOTE Imperial Pale Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV. 100 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Rich floral citrus pine hop front. Rich dense lacy lasting half inch off white head. Fizzy clouded rich bright dark amber color. No sediment. Dry sweet thin textured crisp citrus grapefruit light caramel malt rich hop resin grassy crisp zesty body. Rich bitter hop spice clean dry end. Burpy hops. Rich floral mild malt big bittering intense NW IPA. Hoppy but could use more malt base. Sampled 3/4/2011, 3/6/2011 and 3/8/2011. Purchased for $4.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/3/2011.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in a 22 oz bomber in Portland, OR on 2010-02-02

A - Clear caramel with a 1/2" light tan head

S - Light apple and pine with a hint of citrus

T - Mild raisin, caramel, slightly sour with a medium-strong grapefruit bitterness. Alcohol is well-disguised and the malt-hop balance is well done. The flavor is good but not extraordinary.

M - Crisp

D - Could be a session beer.

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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from Lompoc Tavern
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