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Old Town IPA - Tustin Brewing Company

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Old Town IPAOld Town IPA

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very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tustin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IceAce on 12-02-2004

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LA Beer Week, Cask Night @ Beachwood BBQ.

Pours dark golden and cloudy with a white one-finger sized head. The foam in this has large, soapy looking bubbles that has lots of retention yet somehow little or no lace.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, and lots of flora. Tastes very floral with lots of grapefruit and sticky sap. Light and fruity, which is a plus, but distractingly sticky element (too much cascade?) leaves an almost astringent finish. Medium to full body with a medium level of carbonation, feels good but again even five minutes after taking a sip leaves an odd sticky feeling on the mouth or palate. This is close to being a good IPA, but something is not quite there.

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I had to give this beer a re-review as I found it to be significantly better this last time around (and worthy of a significant purchase).

A: The pour is the same golden color with a touch of haze and a big white head. The lacing is sporadic, but still looks nice.

S: A really great tropical fruit aroma provides a bit of a sweet fruit character. Pineapple and mango come to mind as do sweet oranges. A touch of grapefruit and pine provide some balance.

T: There is a touch of malt here, but the moderate sweetness again comes from the fruity hops. Moderate bitterness on this one, it will appeal to more beer drinkers, but good grapefruit rind and pine notes.

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A: Light gold with two fingers of white sea foam. Retention is good and lacing forms sheets on the glass.

S: Perfumy orange flesh and some pith with grapefruit and tangerine. The citrus is bright and powerful, with a little bready malt. Floral notes are evident.

T: The beer opens with an upper moderate to lower high level of dry bitterness. The citrus is pronounced, reminiscent more of grapefruit and orange rind than flesh. Malt is feeble and crackery. As the beer warms, the flesh of the citrus becomes more apparent and a touch of sweetness comes out. There are floral notes, as well as a dash of alcohol.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: This is good stuff. Nothing groundbreaking, but a nice IPA.

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Aroma: The lack of proper head and the very low serving temperature doomed the nose...virtually no nose at all except for a few stray hops

Taste: Well, can a very good taste score overcome a lackluster serving effort? Nice crisp hop bite complimented by a very sweet malt mixture. The finish is complimented by the nice mix of hops

Mouthfeel: Overall acceptable mouthfeel all the way to the finish...at which point the brew runs out of legs and seems thin

Drinkability: An ok representation of the style...just nothing stands out enough to write home about

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On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a goldenrod/light amber with a solid white head, leaving spotty lace.

S: Striking tropical fruit, pineapple, lots of oranges, kiwi fruit, very nice. My kind of nose in an IPA.

T: Taste gets a lot more traditional pub IPA. Lots of grapefruit, typical crystal malt, bitter melon, some sweet citrus and lemon in the finish.

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Old Town IPA from Tustin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.