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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

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 12
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 Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.
Darker amber coloured ale, small light tan head. That goes fast,but leaves nice lace.
Good hoppy aromas waft up,grassy lemony some malt too.
Taste is rather balanced with a great toffeeish malt and lemony hop after wards. Very nice.
Good mouthfeel and palate.
A moderatly drinkable strong pale ale/IPA.
Like to taste fresh though.

Reidrover, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Wasatch, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A year-and-a-half ago, in the midst of a beer-intensive trip to Portland, OR, I had C-Note on tap at one of New Old Lompoc's locations. It's either a testament to C-Note's quality or my own foggy recollection that, 20 months later, I remembered its flavor and sought out the bottled version to bring home from a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. And here it is before me. Will it be everything I remembered?

The rusted-blood color is deep and opaque, and the head is thin with a good bit of lace left in its wake. I definitely like its looks.

The smell is incredibly promising. Love this imperial IPA stuff, it's a fantastic style when done right, and my version of "right" means "balance." Give me tons of hops, but give me as much malt for balance and bigness. And this aroma is just as malty as it is hoppy. Grassy hops are worked into a caramel/toffee malt character, with an element that reminds me of those glassy/jewel-like Brach's hard candies: fruity, syrupy, sweet. Add a touch of alcohol and you have an absolutely wonderful nose.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't deliver quite as I remember when I had it on tap. The bottled version may not be doing it justice, or something in the recipe could have been tweaked between then and now...all I know is that this is merely "good," flavor-wise, when it comes to double IPAs. The hops are certainly not as bright as I remember. They're here, no doubt, but extremely grassy. I like it though, and I like that big toasted malt flavor that attempts to provide balance. Some mutated caramel comes in, as does some brown sugar. And why am I tasting salt? I haven't eaten for hours, so it can't be that. C-Note's flavor has much going for it, but it also has holes, or a lack of depth.

It would also help if it were creamier. This is a bit too tingly for the style, and the medium body just doesn't have the incredible roundness of better versions in the style category.

Somehow I knew this would never measure up to my memory of it. But I found it enjoyable enough, and as it warms it certainly opens up. The candy-like element in the nose comes in, not so much as sweetness but as a cherry/orange-like succulence. Modest ABV is also a pretty friendly aspect of C-Note. Any lover of the style should give it a shot, just don't expect brain-frying greatness.

Metalmonk, May 30, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this @beaumontmarket as I have yet to even try anything from new old Lompoc... and here I am a local! Go figure! Threw me off that an Imperial is only 6.9% Alc./Vol. in strength... oh well... I don't want a heavy beer right now..

- Almost an amber ale color... rather rich and dark copper color with mild head that goes quickly to a light swarm of lacing.

- Huge citrus and fruit nose.. but not 'extract-y' like a cheap knock-off... and a unique roasty caramel malt... something with the malt here... that I quite like!

- Smooth, balanced.. smooth citrus hops... real hops! No overboard extract here folks... move along... Great balance with a creamy caramel malt... they are really on to something here...

- Bit chewy.. due to the awesomeness of the malt profile... but overall a very good aftertaste and warm feel.

- Hugely drinkable, and I look forward to purchasing many more ounces of brewed beverage from New Old Lompoc brewing... seriously... why are they not just huge right now all over... is it their choice? What a great beer!

Docer, May 29, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of gibby
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of Olmatty, cheers.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a darker amber with no head, I could smell the hops right away. Has a nice mellow citrus quality to it, caramel, candy like. The taste is very good and well balanced. You get the bitterness up front followed by the smoothness of the malt. Really reminded me a lot of an amped up victory hop devil. Drinks and smells more like an ipa rather than an imperial pale ale as listed on the label. I really enjoyed this beer and put a bomber down no problem. Looking for another!! At 6.9% its an easy drinker. Price on the bottle is only $3.99 which seems like a steal for such a nice beer. Wish these low priced high quality bombers were available around here. Most seem to be $8-15 anymore. I would recommend this brew and hope to get it again, very tasty.

gibby, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of dukew456
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Lazy Magnolia glass

A- Slightly hazy, dark amber/brown. A nice 1.5 finger tan head forms and sticks around for a bit, the result of a harder pour. Pretty good looking beer.

S- Caramel malt dominates the nose, with a slight hop grassiness in the back. Grapefuit hoppiness also backs this one up.

T- Initially much sweeter than I expected, with a strong malt presence. However, the hop presence makes itself felt toward the finish, providing a resiny, piney flavor, and a nice bitter balance to the strong malt profile.

M/D- Medium carbonation and a low abv (for the style) keep this one pretty quaffable and tasty.

I like this local brewpub, and this is the first time I've had the bottled version of this beer. I think that I remember it being a tad bit better on tap, but what isn't?

dukew456, Mar 24, 2009
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 Spikester
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Spikester, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of olmatty
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance- Pours a creamy and long lasting beige head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing, beer is a slightly hazy amber

Smell- Great blast of hops and some sweet maltiness

Taste- Resinous hop bitterness hits early and stays as the other flavors play out, caramel malts stand up to huge hop presence, a bit of grapefruit rind, yet bitterness returns and hangs long after a swallow. Amazingly uncomplex hop character for so much hops presence. Maybe there's just too many different hops crowding the palate. Flavor is more balanced at room temp.

Mouthfeel- Moderate and smooth carbonation and very sticky resinous mouthfeel

Drinkability- A very big flavor and relatively low 6.9%. This beer might age well as hop intensity mellows.

olmatty, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Arbitrator, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

akorsak, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber.

Pretty significant mostly diminishing rocky head with good lacing over cloudy amberish body. A bit piney in the nose, and peppery on the tastebuds, but malt and hops find a surprising balance, especially for a 100 IBU brew. The finish is a bit bitter with moderate alcohol, but not so overpowering as to effect drinkability. A pretty good value at $3.99. Not an every night brew, but a good pairing for spicy foods. Worth seeking out.

jdense, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MSUBulldog25, thanks Brian.
Pours a dark amber in color with a nice two inches of head. Smell is piney hops and a good amount of a malty backbone. Taste is very balanced with both the hops and malts battling for equal time. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very big mouthfeel for a "pale ale". Big and very smooth. Decent beer.

FtownThrowDown, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

jwc215, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of bcm119
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber with a fine, thin head. Bright citrus hop aroma. Hops are dominant in front, mostly white grapefruit pith flavors. Nice clean bitterness lasts through the finish. Gentle, toffeeish malt shows mid palate, with a touch of sweetness and some fleeting cracker/biscuit flavors, reminiscent of Lagunitas beers. Mouthfeel is soft, medium body, with fine carbonation. Finishes with solid white grapefruit pith bitterness. A nice ipa, with a lean malt profile and plenty of drying bitterness that makes it quite quaffable for the abv.

bcm119, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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!!!!

bitterthebetter, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

msubulldog25, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

cswhitehorse, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

John_M, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at their 5th Quadrant brewpub, as well as at the BendBrewfest.

Good hoppy IPA. It gets its name from the type of hops:centennial, crystal, columbus, cluster, chinook, and cascade. Of course, just because it has all those types of hops, doesnt necessarily mean the flavors will compliment eachother.

Pours amber with reddish hues. A bit cloudy.

Smell is a bit of bread dough, piney hops, floral citrus.

Taste is great. A bit syrupy in texture, with lots of hoppy citrus and spice. Not in my top 5 IPA's, but this one is one of the best Portland offerings. All 6 hop varieties are not needed, and infact, I think the blend is a bit bland. Its more of a gimick in my opinion, but a fun idea, and im glad they gave it a try.

SurlyDuff, Sep 22, 2007
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 ccrida
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ccrida, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Portland' Red and Black Cafe. Pours an orange-amber hue, topped by a good finger of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lace on the glass. Aroma of floral hops and some lightly sweet malt. Palate is more floral hops, but not enough to be overwhelming. Notes of pine and citrus, as well as a low dose of sweet biscuit lying underneath. Body is rather creamy, a fair departure form the syrupy character of many stronger IPAs. Goes down very well, an excellent companion to a rainy afternoon in our fair city.

ElGordo, Apr 17, 2007
C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from New Old Lompoc Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.