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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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Reviews: 95
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
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

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Beer added by: freed on 08-19-2003

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 178
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing firelight orange with a brick red influence that adds warmth and character. The whipped creamy crown maxed out at two fingers and is midway between pale gold and pastel orange in color. Gobs of glass decoration solidify what was already a pretty solid appearance score.

The nose doesn't quite make it over the hump. Any beer that calls itself Imperial Pale Ale, uses 7 of the best American hops in existence, and claims to 'push 100 IBUs' needs to be more explosively hoppy than this. I get a whiff of brown sugary caramel malt and two whiffs of grapefruit peel.

C-Note Imperial Pale Ale is a poor man's Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. It has the same pale-caramel malt backbone, only it isn't as sturdy as it could be in this beer. The biggest reason for flavor similarity is hop similarity. C-Note uses a combination of Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. Celebration uses Centennial, Cascade and Chinook.

Positives include a firm smack of hoppiness and decent hop flavor. Negatives include a relative shortage of malt and a smidgen too much unmasked alcohol. The malt tastes more toasted-earthy-nutty than English toffee-like. Still, this is pretty good beer as long as one doesn't compare it to the greats.

The body/mouthfeel is midway between IPA and DIPA, leaning more toward the former. It's polished glassy smooth (not easy with this many alpha acids) and has an ideal amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel's quality wasn't appreciated until it was focused on. That's called 'sneaky good'.

Since C-Note IPA doesn't quite reach 100 IBUs, the name isn't an accurate one. Oh well, XCVII IBU Ale probably wouldn't have sold very well. Despite its derivative flavor, this is a good drinker if you have that hop monkey on your back. I'll be interested to see what New Old Lompoc can do with a few other styles.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, deep, dark amber body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Fragrant nose of caramel-coated and candied oranges, lemon, and mangoes with a garnish of shimmering, oily grapefruit peel.

Taste: Sweet caramel and crystal maltiness setup a sturdy base for the bright hop character. Citric, moderately bitter hop flavors of fruit and resinous pine. Finishes bittersweet, though only the raw hop bitterness remains for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Touch of toothsome stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, that was pretty good. A pleasant, hoppy lil' gem from Lompoc.

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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 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!

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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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured fro a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white surface coat of head. Aromas of roasted caramel, tangy sweet mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, and resiny, floral hops. Smells like a sweet, tangy explosion. Flavors of tangy sweet tropical fruits initially, with a blending of mango and pineapple most apparent. Roasted undertone, with a hoppy blend of pepper and oregano cleaning things up a bit. Malty, with a robust blast from every aspect on the palate. No pulled punches in this brew. I would love to see what this beer would be like fresh-hopped. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and smooth, with a slick, smooth, clean finish. The palate becomes very balanced with rich sweetness and light, citrus tart at the end of the brew. Great beer, very easy to drink.

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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 John_M
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brass (Horsebrass pub) in Portland.

The beer pours a darkish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, predictiably, there is a huge hop nose of citrus and pine. The beer smells like a hopheads dream and comes across as a serious DIPA. On the palate there is more then your normal underlying sweet malt in this West Coast IPA, but with a huge amount of hoppy bitterness to counter it. This is really much more like an East Coast DIPA then a West Coast IPA/DIPA. The huge hops are present all the way through, giving the beer a long, bitter, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel in this beer is decent, but the alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I'd like, especially considering it's only a 6.9% abv. beer. The beer actually seems a bit heavy and tiring to drink, and frankly I'm surprised the abv. is only 6.9. Hmmmm...

All in all, still a very good IPA from New Old Lompoc.

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

A: Poured a orange copperish color with good carbonation with a nice white cap

S: Fresh hops, fruit and flowers. Really simple and straightforward

T: Good. An Imeperial Pale not IPA which really could influence rating. As a Imperial Pale the taste is good. Grains, a bit of bread and caramel, tad bits of fruit and some floral notes. Lighter booze.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, a bit slick and resiny

D: Good

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, nice citrus notes, very slight pines. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus, and slight pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery. I would not call this an Double/Imperial IPA.

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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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: floral, spicy and funky aroma. It almost smells like there's a touch of rye in here, but that could just be spicy hops. Not bad, but not entirely to my taste.

Taste: rich malty aroma with a bracing and slightly abrasive bitterness at the end. Hops themselves are floral and a little resiney. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty beer, but something about the abrasiveness of the hops make it less than highly drinkable. I like it well enough, but probably would not seek it out again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rarely add a second review of the same beer ith the only difference being serving style, but I found enough variation to justify it here.

Served in a fluted goblet. Poured a medium honey/amber color with a half inch of off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a bit on the malty side but had a nice zing of hops. The bber was malty-sweet, but had a noticeable hop presence throughout and a citrus hop finish.

The body was very good, full, smooth and even. Drinkability was very good, especially if you like your Pales hoppy.

Overall, a very nice beer that borders on being an IPA. Worth trying when you see it.

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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 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 dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant orange colour with a fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Bright orange and mandarin aroma with some bitter grapefruit rind. Nicely crafted hop bill but with just a bit too much sweetness here for me.

Smooth, rich caramelised malts with a hefty dose of bitterness and some good citrus hops. A little too malty.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is a decent beer with some good hop character. It’s just a pity about the maltiness.

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

Poured on draft in a shaker pint, the c-note is a hazy dull bronze with a thin, firm, eggshell head that leaves lots of thick, foamy lace.

The nose is moderate, sweet bread dough malt, floral hops and brown sugar. Not as pungent as I expected with the 7 variety hop bill.

The taste is also malty, gingerbread, with piny, spicy hops and a firm bitter backbone, smoother then I expected, hoppy but not overwhelming. Also, not very sweet, in contrast to the nose.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, particularly in light of the ABV, with low carbonation and lots of hop oils.

While this is not the most in your face big IPA, its very tasty and smooth, and easy drinking.

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

2 liter growler courtesy of GIF 2 and JTFest. Thanks, my man! This stuff is a crystal clear dark ruby red colour with a nice off-white head that bubbles up, stays for a bit, and than dies. Actually this brew is not very carbonated. The smell is of super bitter hops, with some sweet malts WAY in the background somewhere. The hop complexities in the aroma are very amazing, as layer after layer of hop flavor comes out to play. The taste is super hoppy up front with some spices, citrus notes, slight malt, and a very green super bitter hoppy finish. I've had some bitter IPA's in my day, but man, this stuff is absolutely nuts! The mouthfeel is smooth, but a little watery/undercarbonated for my tastes. However, if this beer was very carbonated it may not work well at all. The drinkaiblity despite this beers flaws, massive hoppiness, and SUPER bitterness remained very good. This was probably the most difficult double IPA that I have sampled since becoming a BA. I would definately like to try this again!

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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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, Portland

Deep amber with film of white.
Candied orange and resin nose.
Peach and toffee backbone with firm lemon, herbal, resin, and spruce hop notes.
Flowery comeback and gently bitter linger.
Medium, round, silky.

Two cuts above. Super smooth, incredibly balanced, both IBUs and aroma are there but with a measured touch.
Is it really a DIPA? Is it 100 IBUs? Do I care? Lovely beer.

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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 canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery in their beautiful courtyard with a taster set
of all their beers. This beer took my head off with the huge hops
and great balance. In your face and more potent than anything in
B.C. I loved this beer for its ability to numb and tantalize the tastebuds at the same time. I tasted over 60 beers in 4days
in my Oregon trip and this beer stood out as one of the best.

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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from Lompoc Tavern
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