South Bay IPA | Red Car Brewery and Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Red Car Brewery and Restaurant
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.04%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Rumrunner on 12-21-2003

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikefernandez
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TrojanRB
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vma
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobzilla
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evan35
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very haz. Taste has no depth. High ABV

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of monitorpop
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red Car Brewery in Torrance, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor 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 and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TaySuth
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, light amber color. Thick creamy head. Good lacing.

Smell: English hops are nice but more subtle than the west coast IPAs that I am used to. Nice sweet aroma from the malt.

Taste: Nice tart bitterness and citrus flavor from the hops. Stronger than I expected from the smell. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a nice medium body.

Overall: A nice beer but not something that I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
2.07/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Beyond hazy. Appearance is very muddy; an opaque yellow/orange.

Smell: Dull citrus.

Taste: Muddled hops. No layers to speak of. No malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.

Overall: A dull IPA that's not even fun to look at. If an IPA is hazy, I'd at least hop for a punch of dry-hopped aromatics - but there's nothing there. The best word I can think of here is 'muddy'. At least they make a killer French dip sandwich.

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Photo of lazy8
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub in a 20oz schooner glass.
A: Orange/amber color with a light head and plentiful carbonation
S: Citrus, malt and hops
T: Both the hops and malt are most prevalent with a note of citrus/orange
M: Pronounced hop bite, but not as strong as many IPAs
O: A classic IPA at a good local brewpub

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 8th 2011 (from notes)

A - swampy, golden/amber/copper, one finger off white head and some crazy lacing

S - alcohol, flowers, bananas, citrus, pine needles, toasted/sweet malt, wheat, yeasty, pungent and a bit sour

T - alcohol, sour, yeast, wheat, sweet malt, toasted, grass, orange, lime, tropical fruits and flowers, soap and something I can't put my finger on

M - sticky, medium acidity, long finish. Big hops and bigger malt

D - drinks like any awesome ipa...awesome! Wish this was bottled and distributed. But, love that I can get a growled whenever I want

Final thought - if you have not had this and you like hops and or malts, you need to try this

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered, orange-amber color with considerable haze. Head is off white with good lacing.

Aroma is nice, but not anything out of the ordinary. There is a basic fruitiness, as well as citrusy hops and toasty malts. The flavor is balanced, with moderate hops and a nice, full fruitiness. The toasty malt character is back, adding some malt depth. It could use some more bitterness and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, while retaining good malt character and depth. I could have used some more hops for my first IPA on the West Coast, but I liked this enough and would have more (no way the ABV is 9%.)

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Photo of catalanja
1.69/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

IPA? You got to be kidding me. It smelled and tasted like a red ale. No hoppiness whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I asked the waitress if she had made a mistake and served me the red ale. Ordered their sampler of brews and they all tasted the same: sour and very below average. The only difference between the beers was their porter. Same sour flavor with a bit of smokiness.

Never again.

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Photo of markhobbs1
4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite fresh IPA's that exist today. I have enjoyed it on tap more times than I can count and out of a growler numerous times as well.

The appearance is classic unfiltered! What more need be said. Nice quarter inch foam on top that dissipates in a few minutes.

The smell is terrific. Yes it does have citrus overtones and a sweet hoppy aroma. It's almost perfect!

Taste is PERFECT! Smooth, rich and hoppy with a brilliant back end finish that lingers perfectly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel = perfect and balanced

Drinkability is outstanding. It actually goes down to easily and one must pace themselves or have someone else drive you home. It is a good problem to experience.

This owner of this fine establishment is also the brewmaster and he has perfected this IPA in my opinion. Bravo! Get to this jewel of a brewery soon. You will not regret it.

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Photo of dbONE
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass that was way to cold. Now for the good stuff.
While watch the yeast pop out of the open fermenter I let this one lose some of the chill it had when it was placed in front of me. A unfiltered deep golden body with a nice white foamy head that had good retention.
The aroma was strong of fresh hops, not to much but enough to be stronger than the malt profile.
At first taste the malt was sweet and caramel like with some toast, then the hop flavor came in... and did they ever. Tons of flavor. Done in the vain of an English style IPA this is one of the most balanced ones I have had. The bitterness is mild but the flavor. Most people expect all bitterness from IPA's and forget about the best part of the hop, the flavor. This one has it!
This flavorful IPA stands by itself on the west coast. Get some.

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Photo of Floydster
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64 ounce growler brought back from the pub and split with a few friends, cost was fourteen bucks without the glass, poured into my Port imperial pint glass, color is a darker golden orange with highlights at times, 3/4 inch soapy white head that stays around for a minute or so, some lacing, even later on after a swirl, aroma was awesome with a whole lot of hoppiness, pine mostly and it was great, a little bit of lemon, floral too at times when it warmed, some earthiness, faint toasted malts, and mild sweetness, starts off with a slightly sweet citrusy hop taste, light sweet malt in the middle, slightly bitter in the finish but lacks depth, was expecting big things after enjoying the aroma for a few minutes by itself, pretty sweet like a DIPA at times, could have used more dry hopping, not as balanced as you would hope, changes a lot as it warms, dry slightly sweet, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, light to medium carbonation, taste lingers for a few minutes, could drink a few glasses but alcohol is not hidden completely, sweetness would get to me after a while, want a more balanced beer with hops offsetting some of the malt profile, might drink again if I go back here, worth trying if you find yourself here

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the restaurant. It's a burnt-orange color and very hazy. I love me some unfiltered beers! Smallish head with moderate retention and some soapy lacing.

Smells citrusy and slightly piney. Clean malt aroma in the background.

Taste showcases a nice bouquet of hop flavors - citrusy, piney, and earthy with a touch of resin. Clean malt plays a supporting role in the middle before hop bitterness takes over and lingers until the end. Finish is slightly woody.

Medium bodied and well carbonated with a dry finish.

This is a really enjoyable IPA. Not over the top, but it still has enough hop flavor and aroma to give you your fix. The alcohol is masked very well. I didn't know it was 9% ABV until I was almost finished with my pint.

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Photo of Brewsmith
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from the brewery. Aroma is hoppy, traditional American citrusy aroma. Appearance is a cloudy orange. Yes, it is unfiltered! A small tan head that fades. A clean, hoppy beer, hop flavor up front, but balanced with the malt. Very drinkable. I've had most of the growler right now... Overall, not too assertive for an IPA, but very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft, consumed at brewery on 01/07/08.

Brassy-hued pour with nice frothy head that lasted a while.

Aroma is hoppy resin/grapefruit.

Grapefruit hop flavor hits first, then some carbonation astringency. A sweet malt flavor slides in near the end and some lingering bitterness finishes things up.

Well done and fairly well balanced.

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Photo of kleffman
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery out of a pint glass. Actually 9% ABV (above is wrong as of writing this).

A: Probably the cloudiest IPA I will ever see. They claim unfiltered and that's no joke. I think they purposely cloud it up. Looks like a hefe basically. Interesting change of pace.

S: Smell is quite nice, citrousy, lemon for sure, and pretty floral. Like a fresh bouquet of flowers.

T: Not your usual 9% IPA. It's pretty much an underhopped double, or...a high gravity single. 65 IBU lends to a nice bitterness that isn't harsh and the hop flavor is very fresh and nice. For so much alcohol I actually thought it was hidden quite well in this batch. Definitely a clean fermentation. Tastes of fruits and caramel plus loads of nice hops are present.

M: Nice carbonation level, and a medium bodied beer that goes down pretty easy, but with a lot of flavor. More of a sipper though.

D: It's drinkable for what it is. I couldn't have more than a couple though. Highly enjoyable before dinner beer. Went great with some thai spring roll appetizers.

The best beer at this brewery (at the time) by far.

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South Bay IPA from Red Car Brewery and Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 32 ratings