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IPA Island Pale Ale - Island Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 37
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Island Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rkhaze on 04-09-2004

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 37
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/27/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but not a very well done example of the style to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: BevMo! in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: N/A (someone else bought it)
Purchased: April 19, 2014
Consumed: April 28, 2014
Misc.: Born on tag on bottom of March 12, 2014; I originally rated this as a pale ale, but after reading the other reviews and checking their website, apparently this is an IPA

Poured a caramel, copper, mostly clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average-to-minimal retention on the top.

Smelled Cascade hops, pine, citrus hops, floral notes, caramel, faint buttery notes, lemon, rye and honey wheat.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Just a little more bitter and dry. Got honey malts, caramel, citrus notes, floral hops, Cascade hops and rye.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

Well this would have been a pretty good pale ale. I don’t see how it is an IPA, but I adjusted my ratings accordingly.

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Photo of vitALEity
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A- dark orange, almost brown. Not what a west coast ipa should look like. They are definitely going for a British style here.
S- toast, roasted malt, bitter. No citrus or pine
T- like it smells. Not really an IPA at all. More of a light and bitter porter.

O- almost a drain pour unless you convince yourself that its not an ipa, but some wired new beer style like a cross between a porter, an esb and a Belgian ale. Or something.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Island

Pours an orange/light amber color with a white head. Candied citrus peel, toasted bread, and some floral hop aromas. A very minimal pine note as well as some grass. The flavor is certainly sweet. Bread, toasted malt, and toffee are prominent. Candied orange peel, a little bit of peach, and some tropical fruit add to the sweetness. Minimal bitterness, a hint of grass, and that's about it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.93/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Color is a moderate orange color with almost no head and certainly not too much lacing at all. The nose is some really, rally light caramel with basically no hop presence at all. The flavor is really quite light with a bit of bread. Feel has no bitterness and only the tiniest bit of sweetness. No real reason to drink this. Nearly a drainpour.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Does Island Pale Ale mean that it's not a typical West Coast IPA but rather a porter, because that is what it seemed like. Big malty, very drinkable and smooth porter. Besides the duddy flat pour, this was a good beer, but maybe mis-labled? Still drank the whole thing and felt good after, no prob, but confused for those 5 seconds.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.34/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours verly clear, bright dark orange/amber with a full, firm and thick pure white head. A beautiful pour.

Nose is not at all like an IPA but much more like a light porter or a light stout. Creamed offee and malt tones in the nose-no IPA nose whatsoever, although pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and watery with little character.

Flavors are a strange mix of malt and bitter hops. Not at all integrated and not very appealing. Tastes like someone took a Belgian malt brew and simply dumped it in with a hoppy brew. No integration or appeal. Not real drinkable IMO.

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Photo of Floydster
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased for less than four dollars, poured into my Port Brewing nonic tonight, color is a light golden orange, nearly a two inch foamy white head, lots of lacing but retention is not strong at all, aroma consists of neutral and soft hops, toasted bread and biscuity malt, very light citrus, and dry cereal, taste starts off toasted bread and grains and stays that way in the middle, mild dry qualities with more bready malts in the finish, taste is rather boring and not very characteristic of an India pale ale at times, toasted and chewy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, taste does not linger except for some light chewiness, could drink a few of these, alcohol is hidden well, but it would get filling because it tastes like you are having multi grain bread at times, definitely not a west coast IPA, more toasted malt than hop presence in this one with barely any dryness in the flavor profile, might drink again, worth trying

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Photo of photomike
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachside Cafe in Goleta, CA.

Pours a perfect amber color. Looks like there should be some prehistoric insect floating around in there. Very clear, with ok lacing. Not bad at all.

The scent, however, is pretty bad. Almost nothing there. I do get some faintly hoppy, citrusy notes.

Taste is really carmelly with minimal pine hoppiness and a very bitter finish. Not super pleasant--lots of hop bitterness without a lot of good hop flavor. Some weirdly buttery diacetyl, but not a ton of it. Not too good.

Light to medium body with some nice light carbonation. Bitter finish is rather puckering.

Pretty drinkable, but the rest of the experience isn't pleasurable enough to want to drink a ton of it. I wasn't too happy that I got a 20oz pour when I only asked for a pint.

Oh well....not horrible, not very good. Worth a try if there's not a lot else on tap.

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Photo of bulletrain76
2.46/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Beachside Cafe in Goleta. Orange with a creamy head that leaves tight lacing. Light pine and herb aroma. The flavor started ok, with toasty malt and some modest bitterness. The hops were a bit flat, with pine and light grapefruit peel. After a few sips, there emerged a oily, buttery component that grew all the way through the glass. By the end, I could barely finish it. The flavor is pretty bland for an IPA to begin with, and the addition of what was surely a good dose of diacetyl mad this one that I would stay away from in the future.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.34/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this brown bomber during a recent visit to this nice little brewery in Carpenteria.

A: A clear burnt orange colored brew with small off-white head. There is some lacing and layer of head remains on top throughout the session.

S: Spruce, pine...Pacific Northwest hops. As it warms up there are some sweetish malts in there too.

T: This is a crisp one on the palate. Fairly balanced if a little scimpy on both the hops and even more so on the malts. Still, this is a tasty beer. Aftertaste is nice n' bitter...not overly, but enough for hopheads.

M: For being an IPA this is not terribly oily (something you can detect from the lack of lacing). It is simply too light for the style.

D: Despite being only 6.4% abv, which definitely ups the drinkability, the lightish mouthfeel and slightly above average taste does not make me wanna rush back for more.

No bones about it, this is an above average West Coast IPA, which is probably even tastier on tap.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, this beer isnt as bad as its made out to be. I have had some damn good IPAs and had much worse, then again, had much better.
220z bomber poured a nice deep honey color, good carboination with a decent white head, good lacing. Nose was of citrus and slight hop. Taste was mildly hoppy, floral, citrus, some orange peel and a major zing at the end that could e chalked up as a metallic twang perhaps. Unusual but it was not that bad. It was a better beer on tap, since the metallic bitter taste was not present.

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Photo of mentor
2.27/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Island Brewing for the opportunity. Entered into judging in category #39 (American IPA).

Pours, whoa, four finger yellow-tan head over a cloudy apricot orange liquid. Smells mild pine with oranges and just a lemony hint. A bit of DMS accompanies the very faint malt.

Tastes like it's developing into a soured red (that is, a Flanders Red). Piney and strong orange flavor from hops. Red fruity. Malt is sweet and sour with the lactic sour winning out. Woody dryness from hops and some apricot esters. Disappointing, as I was looking forward to a hoppy nightcap to send me to bed. Instead I got this mess. Peppery sting finish that's wiped clean by the overcarbonation. Aftertaste is drying from hops with a metallic zing.

Mouthfeel is difficult to tell because the carbonation is so strong.

Swirled to get rid of some of the gas. Orange is strong and woody hop character is nice. Fruity cherry sourness with oak and cardboard. Mouthfeel is nice dextrin thick with the carbonation much less.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clean bronze color with a quality oatmeal colored thick head.

S: Dirty pine, grapefruit rind and a hint of orange.

T: Begins with a taste sort of like old orange juice. Some dull pine flavors come next with a dirty bitterness following along. Boring malt is paired to aid as some form of back drop. Finishes lightly bitter and dirty with lingering red fruits.

M: Medium body, thin and hard against the palate.

D: Well this was a swing and a miss. Its not unbareable but simply lacks a lot of desirable qualities.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was intrigued to try this beer for several reasons, the first of which being a few lousy reviews on BA. Second, Santa Barbara is my Alma Mater and I have many fond memories of classes overlooking the beach, microbrew kegs paid for by the engineering department, and an abundance of salacious and pulchritudinous women. But I digress...

This beer in a word - Average. It's on the lighter side of American IPAs with medium-light maltiness and moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a little off as the carbonation is too low in my opinion. Hops are prevalent in the aroma, but don't smack you in the face I feel an American IPA should. The finish is OK, but would be better balanced by a little more malty sweetness. The color is a nice amber hue.

Not much more worth commenting on, but I felt an obligation to try a local SB brew and support the scene. Qutoe Connon MacLeod - "There can be only one... Alesmith IPA that is."

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Photo of Boilermaker88
1.62/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. Had a clear dark amber color, lots of tight, fine carbonation, and a massive off-white head that endured throughout and left behind nice lacing. Quite nice to look at.
Unfortunately, looks are only skin deep with this brew. The nose has an initial caramel and bready malt aroma. Then a light lemony scent and potent chemical smell just throw it all off. It ended up smelling like strong acid poured on metal.
Oh Lord, the taste! I don't dole out 1.0's very often but this brew has a severe problem. A modest malt flavor starts things off but then an extreme jaw-grinding sourness takes over. Welcome to the first lambic-IPA hybrid beer. The hoppy bitterness of an iPA is simply not there. Wow, this is just awful! The feel was light, highly acidic and dry..kinda like straight lambic.
Wow, I just can't subject my palate to any more abuse. I can only hope that something really bad happened between bottling and my plucking it off the shelf. If the brewers intended it this way, this will easily be the worst IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of mzwolinski
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A bit of crud around the outer rim of the bottle on this one. Worrisome. The rest of the beer looks good, though. Somewhat hazy rich amber with a fairly massive off-white head.

Carmel malt starts off dominating the aroma, but is eventually surpassed by a rather sharp herbal, lemony hop boquet.

And then.. oh crap! The first sip is just freaking awful. XLPerro is right -- waaay too much acidity in this one, and not in a yummy, hoppy, bitter kind of way. Things improve a little with subsequent sips, as the palate gets some advance warning of what's coming. But it's still far from good.

[edit]: Several weeks after posting this review, I received an email from Island Brewing Company expressing their regret at my less-than pleasant experience with their beer, and noting that they have had similar complaints from consumers who purchased their beer at the same location as I did (BevMo). They suspect that something went wrong either with the brewing of this batch or with transportation. I'm willing to wait until they get a new batch into BevMo, and will re-review the beer at that time.

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Photo of Zorro
3.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber colored brew.

Smell is faintly malty with a mild hop scent of tea and citrus.

Taste is sweet with balancing tannin like hop bitterness. Mild citrus flavors come through in the after taste. Tastes really more like a special bitter than an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable ale, not world class but respectable.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.46/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a small foamy off white head.
Left sparse lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, a little fruit and a spicy/citrusy hoppiness.
Flavor mimiced the smell almost exactly although the grainy sweet malt and spicy/citrusy hop presence became much more prominent in the taste. The bitterness lingered rather nicely.
Light body and mouthfeel but good carbonation. A light version of a west coast IPA that would be great on a hot summer day.

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IPA Island Pale Ale from Island Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.