C-Note Imperial Pale Ale - New Old Lompoc Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Bomber brought home from Oregon from a recent trip. Served chilled into a goblet.
C-Note is a dark amber color with thick sticky white head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma is fresh and hoppy but not as big as I expected from the "imperial" labeling but now I see it's an imperial pale ale. Nice piney and citrus though.
Flavor is nicely bittered but balanced. The variety of hops used helps in giving it good depth of flavor. The malts are a little darker and more caramel than most IPAs but the sweetness again helps to balance the beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.
Other than the slightly misleading label, this is a very good IPA.
09-02-2012 01:24:26 | More by GilGarp
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-11-2012 19:52:31 | More by corby112
3.1/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
04-22-2012 04:15:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-07-2012 00:32:42 | More by Rutager
2.83/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
02-10-2012 00:42:07 | More by Livid
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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
01-02-2012 16:49:32 | More by barleywinefiend
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
12-30-2011 02:58:38 | More by flagmantho
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
11-28-2011 05:04:27 | More by Flightoficarus
C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from New Old Lompoc Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.