Soundwave West Coast IPA - Siren Craft Brew

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Soundwave West Coast IPA
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Reviews: 9
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Siren Craft Brew visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 11-07-2013

Sound Wave carries her drinker to the West Coast, to the golden shores of California where craft ale is nectar. She is the driest of Siren's ales with a bitterness that bites, but she is balanced with full flavor. Her resinous finish will pull you off balance.
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.6/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The blurb on the label implies that this is brewed in the style of a West Coast IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of grapefruit, faint peel, citrus, white fruits, mild pine, grass/hay, earthy yeast and weak caramel malt. Decidedly hoppy but quite dry and yeasty.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, subtle pine, white grape, faint tropical fruit, grass/hay, earthy yeast, mild caramel malt and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with good carbonation and decent body. Hop oils tantalise the palate. Highly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, sour citrus, bitter aromatic hops and dry, earthy yeast.

A reasonable stab at a West Coast IPA, but somewhat unbalanced. Looks OK, with a nice hoppy aroma that is tinged with yeast. The flavour is slightly less favourable; plenty of fruity hops but a lack of malt and an excess of yeastiness. Decent body. Overall, this brew has the hops but the appropriate malt character is missing. Worth sampling, though there are better examples of the style out there. (1,520 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of innominat
3.39/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.03/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of azkkr
4.09/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev n/a

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Les Trois 8, Paris, December 2014:

Cloudy, darker amber color that produced a very nice, light, frothy, white head. Citrus hops, but not too overdone. All good taste, not too hoppy, but pine and citrus hops noted. Had a lighter feel to it, seemed much more like an English IPA. The beer had a nice dry finish. Overall, a solid beer, which is probably much better on cask. (387 characters)

Photo of Rwalford74
3.97/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev n/a

Certainly a very dry element to this, nice balance hop level, I must investigate further. (89 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev n/a

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Davidfm74
4.51/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of WGO
4.64/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect white head, body is almost pineapple juice like. Yellow to orange and really rather hazy maybe almost cloudy.
Had this one a bit warmer than I would normally have an IPA, never really wait for a beer to warm up that much. Really great flavours in this, there is some peach, pineapple, maybe mango and a definite grapefruit pithy biterness. There was almost a slightly sour zing to it.
Carbonation is spot on just enough to give the beer plenty of layers, but never take over.
This is great stuff from a brewery that is fast becoming my favourite in the UK. (564 characters)

Photo of Kenee
4.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip glass

Good frothy head. Excellent lacing. Colour is a very cloudy, orange. Little light escaping!

Very strong, very light citrus. Lots if hops. Massive.

Wow. Really good beer. Big grapefruit, citrus bitter astringent hit. Very hoppy, very bitter. Very nice! (276 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.88/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle

A unfortunately just a bottle at a beer and food fest

S - slight citrus but very piney

T - very piney hop bakenced with malt

M - dry, good carbonation

All in all an excellent brew! I've wanted to try for ages and it lived up to it's expectation! (259 characters)

Photo of Stigh
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev n/a

Half pint at the Euston Tap.

A: Very pale amber, cloudy, could have passed for English style apple
juice, kept a bit of film on the top, lots of lacing clung to the side of the glass.

S: Lots of mango, pronounced citrus fruits.

T: Lemon, lime, grapefruit mixed with a good dose of molasses.

M: Crisp, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O: Wasn’t quite a double or imperial IPA but a balanced, interesting beer. (415 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of steverx8
3.89/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.42/5  rDev n/a
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky dull bronze with with froth that trails a bit but fades fast, plus some kind of dirt on the inside of the neck.
Mango and lemon zest on the nose with some honey crunch biscuit underneath.
Dark honey and some apricot, then sour orange and lemon sorbet hops.
Dried orange rind finish and tingly linger.
Fizzy, slight cling, a bit watery.

So it's getting now to where we've got brewers who can whack in the hops, but not much else. This is brightly, fruitily, New Worldly hopped - and also muddy, thin, and too fizzy. Not to mention the mysterious silt that is forcing me to drainpour this.

Not a good foot forward with this brewery. (642 characters)

Photo of Schmoog
3.16/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Soundwave West Coast IPA from Siren Craft Brew
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