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IPA Island Pale Ale - Island Brewing Company

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 18.73%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rkhaze on 04-09-2004

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.33/5  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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tuckersmth
2.84/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GRG1313
2.34/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of GeorgeH
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Boilermaker88
1.62/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Photo of alwaysplayin
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Zorro
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of CAcker
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.93/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Photo of raulazzer
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of Jenlo_21
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev +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.

Photo of cgrunin
3.19/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mzwolinski
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of LambicKing
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheMarkE
4.25/5  rDev +42.1%

Photo of vitALEity
2.08/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of rkhaze
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Retsinis
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.31/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of quetzal013
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
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."

Photo of Floydster
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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IPA Island Pale Ale from Island Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.