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IPA Island Pale Ale - Island Brewing Company

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Island Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rkhaze on 04-09-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

AleHunter805, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

BucannonXC5, Apr 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

CAcker, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Jenlo_21, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

GeorgeH, Jul 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

alwaysplayin, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +43.1%

TheMarkE, Feb 21, 2013
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2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

vitALEity, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

BeerBeast, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1%

LambicKing, Oct 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

TicoCali, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32.7%

raulazzer, Mar 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1%

quetzal013, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1%

mettkea, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev +1%

Retsinis, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
1.88/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

chickencoop, Apr 21, 2010
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2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

GRG1313, Dec 12, 2009
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2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Floydster, Sep 08, 2009
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2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

photomike, Jun 29, 2009
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2.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

bulletrain76, Nov 09, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

johnnieoz, Jun 02, 2008
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IPA Island Pale Ale from Island Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.