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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
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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 RJLarse
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of C-Note IPA in an Oregon grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper/bronze color and is slightly hazy. Creamy off-white head hasn't got a lot of staying power.

Smell is a sweet caramel bread scent, with an acerbic note that is hard to describe. Caramel and pine maybe.

Taste is malty and sweet for the style. There is a decided caramel presence, with mild bitterness on the finish, and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. The beer is lightly carbonated.

A very drinkable beer, especially for the style. The bottle says "Imperial Pale Ale" which I think is a better description than Imperial IPA. In my mind it is not an IPA (India Pale Ales) at all.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark copper into my chalice. Good head dissipates to nearly nothing reflecting what's expected from a decent ABV beer. Nice remnants of the head floating around the edges.
Good powerful complex flavors of pine and citrus. No cloy or excessive bitterness radiates quality.
A very good West Coast IPA.
edit: updating 5/29/2011 better than I remembered. Upticked scores for appearance and smell making it a 4.5 across the board.
A very enjoyable beer this Memorial Weekend watching the Indy 500.

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Photo of beerman207
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Imperial IPA from the west coast imported through my suitcases to good old KY.

A: Pours a nice cloudy orange brown with a foamy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Nose is sweet caramel, hops, citrus,

T: Wow, big bitter but balanced nicely with the malt. The flavor here is right on point. Nice job on this one.

M: Sometimes an IPA is too drying to the palate - not the c-note - this one is amazingly refreshing and just a great all around brew

O: All summer long would be the motto for this brew if it was available around here. Sad it's only a west coast phenomenon.

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Photo of tikibeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with little head leaving a fine swirl of thin head on top and spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet with a mix of floral hops and maybe a citrus type hop and toffee malt.

Taste is surprisingly mellow. It is a well balanced beer that is smooth with a dry backend. A tasty floral hops on the tongue with hint of bitterness but not a lot.

Nice complex beer, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Ross for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to Seattle -- all I had to do was walk his dog for a few days and I got a bunch of beer... Doesn't get much easier than that. Review is from notes taken on 3/27/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour yields the standard orange/coppery color and it starts with a head that is just larger than 1/2 finger that is slightly off-white and creamy looking; head fades relatively quickly to a full, but uneven, skim; body is just a little hazy, but still shows pretty strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; only a few spots and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Wow, smell is great -- really smells like freshly sliced oranges from plenty of hoppiness and they come across as juicy and sweet; just a touch of a syrupy caramel sweet maltiness hiding out behind all of the citric fruity goodness; nose is wonderfully robust and the smell just seems to last and last.

Taste: Pretty solid -- the bitterness of the hops is there, but it's subdued a bit by the decent orange flavors, and the bitterness that is there is just a touch grassy; interestingly, there is a bit of an alcoholic flavor, which is odd since it's only clocking in at 6.9%; bit of a toasty/grainy maltiness provides enough balance.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in terms of weight, and the carbonation, while strong, is quite far from overpowering or sharp -- just provides the right amount of body; a relatively moist and thick stickiness is left all over the roof of the mouth and it allows the grassy bitter aftertaste to linger for quite a while; belly is left just a touch warm from slight acidity to it, but not at all uncomfortable or unpleasant -- pretty spot on.

Overall: This is really a great beer and I'm glad to have gotten to try it, especially considering I've never heard of it. A pleasant surprise, to be sure. Great smells, solid flavors and a wonderful mouthfeel, I can only imagine how awesome this beer would be fresh from the keg. If I ever come across anything else from this brewery, I will be more than happy to try it.

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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 TulipSnifter
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with good head.
Smell: Sweet, fruity hops, hops, and more hops
Taste: Delicious Centennial hops!!! Quite a bit of malts but sweet, fruity and just amazing.
Mouthfeel: Clean
Drinkability: This is a fantastic imperial ipa. Very easy to drink. I am honestly really enjoying this one. Recommended!

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Photo of soze47
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Red Bones at the NW Fest on 11/09/10.

Appearance: Orange in color. Really average looking.

Aroma: Citrus and pine first, then a nice malty subtle sweetness.

Taste: Thick hops that lay down (grapefruit rind and floral qualities), but the maltiness allows more complex flavors to develop into more citrus fruit flesh and less bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and crisp on the finish. Very drinkable if you can take the IBUs.

Overall: I really liked the balance on this one between bitterness and hop flavors. The malt does a good job of transitioning the development of flavors.

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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 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 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 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 meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep, red/amber with a 1-finger, white head that falls quickly to a cover.
The Smell is mostly pine with a lesser amount of citrus. As it warms, a bit of a malt presence appears.
The Taste is citrus and pine to start with a dose of bitterness in the middle and finishes with a bit of sweet malt. The alcohol is not evident.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin but it doesn't affect my enjoyment in any detrimental way. Seems to be coating my tongue allowing the taste to linger.
Drinkability: There's not much here to make me think of this as a IIPA though not a normal IPA either, more midway. It's easily an enjoyable hop heavy beer worth trying.

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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 cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at brewery.

A - deep, burnished copper hue, good head, very nice.

S - It's like a super IPA! Lot's of hops, a little dry-ish, a little green-ish; come citrus, toast, and pine

T - Great flavor, very elegant yet rich with a harmony between all of those C-hops.

M - Balanced yet could have used a touch more alcohol or body, tannins and acids are well in check.

D - Very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours dark copper with a chill haze and a one inch head of tight biege. A partial skim coat revealed itself as well as some spotty lacing.

Aromatics are a balance of malt and hops, and the malt is borderline stale. Traces of carboard are apparent and the hops are a blend of pine bark and grapefruit. Not really very pungent for the style.

Medium bodied and quite tacky and sticky. Carbonation is a bit low and keeps the beer wrapped around the tongue for a while.

A bracing bitterness with a plentifull heft of pine resin and grapefruit starts the palate. Thickish malt steps forward and adds some sweetness and wet paper.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, chewy malt, and plenty of pungent resins.

A bit over the hill and the nose is lacking. The oxidized malt detracts and the hopping could use some complexity.

I remember this one being better at Redbones for the Northwest fest.

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Photo of shivtim
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this at NOL.
It's deep brown/red, with a very small soapy off white head.
Nose is hops, hops, hops. Hops overload.
Taste is 100% pine hops. Sticky, lingering. Kind of a hops mish-mash.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Needs some balance and malt.

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Photo of chumba526
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a reddish color with about an inch and a half of white head.

Smells of citrus: grapefruit and oranges mostly. A nice toffee/ caramel flavor is also apparent in the smell.

The taste starts off with a caramel like malty taste that leads into a complex citrus, pine and pineapple like hoppy flavor. The bitterness that is expected does hit at the end and is quite powerful.

The carbonation seems to be about medium: the mouth feel is very smooth.

I find it to be very drinkable: it has a nice bitterness but because of the malts it doesn't line your mouth with an overbearing bitterness.

Overall an excellent ale that showcases citrusy, fruity, pine like and bitter characteristics of hops with a semi heavy malt body. Highly recommended.

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

Pours a dark reddish with a small head that laces well, aroma is flowery hops, not overpowering, more like a nice IPA.
Taste is bitterness upfront then a slight malt sweetness kicks in, a dry sourness is in the aftertaste, bittering hops is the theme here, if that's your bag then this ones for you, just a little too one dimensional for my tastes, similar to hopstoopid without the juicy pine.
As a DIPA it's good but there are lofty heights in this style, perhaps should have been marketed as an "extra" IPA like Torpedo.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at New Old Lompoc.

Appearance - amber colored, pours with a nice foamy head, lacing hangs strong on the glass

smell - dank citrus and pine hops, some sweet malt

taste - pine and citrus hops dominate, malt backbone, bitter

mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation

drinkability - has great hop profile, bitter

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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 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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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 PDXHops
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note- I've reviewed this beer bottled before, but I feel the tap version deserves it's own review, as I find it quite different. On-tap in a shaker pint at the 5th Quadrant location.

Pours amber with a dense finger and a half of off-white head that leaves many rings of sticky lacing in its wake.

Even blunted by the crappy utilitarian glassware, the nose is quite nice. Resiny pine, grapefruit, pineapple, sweet bready malts. There's an earthy element in there somewhere.

From the first sip, this is obviously quite superior to the bottled version (which itself is still plenty tasty). All 7 hop varieties seem to do their best to shine here. It starts off earthy and nutty. A fair amount of sweetness is joined by resiny pine and a healthy squeeze of grapefruity midswallow. Dries out to a lengthy, fairly puckering pine and earthy finish. Body's on the high side of medium, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: The bottled version is a great bargain- 4 bucks for a 100 IBU bomber- but I'd highly recommend getting it fresh at the source for those who may find themselves in Beervana.

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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from Lompoc Tavern
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.