Casey Jones Imperial IPA | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Casey Jones Imperial IPACasey Jones Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
62.6%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 123 ratings
Casey Jones Imperial IPACasey Jones Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
California, United States
ironspringspub.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This double IPA has twice the hops and grains as its counterpart. Significant floral, citrus, and peppery notes on the nose, yet even with the enormous hop profile, the huge grain bill results in a very well balanced brew.

Added by flexabull on 05-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,594
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
123
Liked:
77
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
13.16%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that leans more towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that consistently left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is more complex than the smell, having flavors of orange and grapefruit citrus and spicy hops along with some hints of caramel and toffee malts and notes of piney hops, the latter of which lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid Double IPA. The only things that are a little detracting is that the mouthfeel lacks crispness and the alcohol starts to creep in towards the back end of the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub, but reviewing a bomber purchased from the Jug Shop in SF.

Dark saturated copper orange, visible streams of rising carbonation. Thin layer of foam at first, fading quickly to a thin ring around the edges. Bright clarity, drippy crown of lacing at the top rim of the glass that drips down.

Smells a bit floral, vegetal, catty, and medicinal... hoppy sure, but a little odd. "Better on tap" for sure.

Tastes malt forward, an initial flash of sweet caramel with some dry piney herbal notes, bitter aspirin, topsoil, raw hop bitterness. A little harsh, long lasting bitterness in the finish. Needs something to balance, the bitterness becomes a little one dimensional and builds on itself quickly over time. Medium bodied and sippable. Fans of piney bitter DIPA will enjoy this, but it was a bit lacking in terms of a west coast hop bomb.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Toronado.

Appearance: Clearish amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Intensely resiny hops, no real malt presence here, just hops. I'm all for intensely hoppy DIPAs but this one seems a bit one-dimensional.

Taste & mouthfeel: Resiny, slightly grassy hop flavors up-front quickly followed by a palate-annihilating bitterness. Malt is non-existent. In fact, after a few sips, you can't really taste anything other than the bittering hops, which are hilariously relentless. Hands down this is the most bitter DIPA I've ever tasted, well past the point of balance and really just undrinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this in a great trade with colonelforbin. Looks like an interesting beer, and makes me want to watch Ninja Turtles.

A: Pours a nice thick 2 finger head with many big bubbles that slowly fades. A pretty clear copper color reveals many rising bubbles.

N: Grassy earthy noble style hops barrage the nose. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus also accompany them on the hops side. A very slight crystal malt aroma beds by in the background. It adds a slight chewy hop aroma that gives the impression of chewy hops to come. It also has a very slight bready aroma and almost fruit juice.

T: Taste starts with more bitter hops. Teh bitterness hits quickly, giving the Imperial IPA a strong label. It comes with some pine and citrus, but a lot less of the fruit, grapefruit, and pineapple as the aroma had. Mostly just lots of bitter tastes. Some light crystal malt tries to come through. The acidity is pretty high as well. This feels like chewing on raw hops, with hop oils and extract flavors coming through as well. This tries to call itself well balanced, but I say well balanced my ass... it's all pure bitterness and hop extract, not even much for hop flavor. They had a nice aroma for it but the taste is nowhere to be found.

M: Decent body and carbonation, somewhat chewy, high acidity and almost a 3rd degree burn in bitterness.

F: Again pure raw bitterness, although once the swallow is gone it seems to drop by a factor of 10 million, but then starts to rise back again by another 7 million. I've had Lagunitas Hop Stupid plenty of times and calling this one balanced over that is like calling Casey Jone's cocaine addiction while driving his train safe. A very long bitterness just overpowers almost any other flavor that tries to come out, and takes scores of minutes to fade (I've been waiting to say scores in a review for a while now). It's something to try, but very hard to swallow. I would only recommend trying when you can split the bomber with 3-4 other people at least. I just have to say that this is a west coast style Imperial IPA taken too far.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark clear amber color with a white foam, not too abundant, poured in the Affligem chalice. A little lacing adds to the attractiveness. Filtered; no sediment. Lovely flowery aroma with some piney resins. Spritzy on the tongue with a medium malty body.

This is a darker, less sweet sort of DIPA. The taste of bark and herbs comes through the roasted malt. More grainy than most big IPAs. Some candied grapefruit peel, but not overly bitter. Hints of chestnuts and a whiff of fermenting pineapple. A little woody with some orange in the finish.

This gets better as it warms. An interesting mix of dark, yet flowery flavors. A surprisingly tasty brew that provides a lot of fruit and aromatics. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Barclay's on College in Oakland. Pours a beautiful dark amber with burnt orange highlights. Dense head with great retention. Aromas are lightly grainy and with citrusy hops. Surprisingly light smells. The taste is also surprisingly light for the style. Quite soft up front, not sweet, and the hops sneak up on you. The hops are bitter, earthy, and taste mostly of grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel as well is a little thin. I was a little disappointed in this- after having several of their other hoppy beers I thought this would be their best- it wasn't.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Exiled.

Pours orange-amber with a white head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with some pineapple and cat pea notes to it. Very pungent. The flavor is similar with a lot of bitterness. Lots of hop flavor but it is kind of muddled and I can't really pick out anything particular. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold crowned by a 2” light cream colored clingy foam collar that slowly recedes over 4 minutes to a thin film.
S: Spicy, malty nose.
T: Big malt, melon, assertive hop citrus rind bitterness, lingering bitter malt flavors. F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A big IPA with a nice balance of halt, hop and alcohol and a fulfilling bitterness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another imperial ipa hitting those auburn and amber color notes. 1/2" white head. Aroma was very nice, possibly Amarillo in here.

Taste was nice, malts were of a toastier nature rather than thick and sticky caramel. Hops were good, maybe Simcoe, C hops noticeable/perceived. Solid ibu range probably around 75. Grapefruit and onion makes me think maybe even Summit hops. Toffee, tea, herbal feels.

Bomber format sucks, but I don't think these guys do anything in 6 packs for some reason.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Toronado...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mary-jane up front, grapefruit, spicy herb, black pepper, & orange zest.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but very intense on the herbal end with cooked basil and black pepper flavors coming through just a bit too heavy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gummy, chewy, resinous, slightly grassy with sweet notes that quickly turn to bitterness.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little darker than expected, runs the gamut of amber to light brown almost. Great hop aroma. Was getting excited at this point.

Taste, on a non biased palate (I had a few before this one), cut right through. Good hopping, good bitterness. This is a bigger beer than the innocuous label would lead you to believe (you know, the ones that prominently brag on their ibus & abvs).

Mouthfeel, bitterness and high alpha (acidic?) hops seem to be about all that catches hold, and there is nothing wrong with that. Balance is for amber ales. Some grit to it. $5.99 at Ledger's in Berkeley was well worth it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 4/29/14 and purchased the very next day at City Beer Store for $6.99, wow that's fresh! Orange, slightly hazy with minute particulate, good lace and short head. Aroma of peach, alcohol, malts. Flavor is fruity hops, peach, alcohol, a little too astringent though. Overall a nice beer, super fresh but doesn't knock my socks off. Solid tho.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the toranado, casey jones is brownish orange with a white head leaving pretty heavy lace.

Smell is bready malt, pine and grapefruit.

Taste starts off heavy on the malt, sweet caramel. The hops come through with big citrus, orange marmelade. A little tropical. Modest bitterness. Smooth, the bruising ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier, chewy side. Slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. Very well made, balanced, and dangerously smooth. Too much caramel for me though.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pour is a hazy dark copper with a dark murky grey head and large bubbles. Nose is slightly burnt caramel and brown sugar, doughy underneath with pine and faint citrus in back. Taste is a touch more hoppy and citrusy. The malt is sugary and lightly sweet with a burnt grain. Body falls off in back, nicely carbonated but the sugar gives it a grainy feel.

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Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't usually use the terms "unbalanced" or "over-hopped," and those terms are not necessarily criticisms, but this beer is nearly a hop tea. I like hops and I certainly like this beer, but I'm not sure that I will be able to taste anything for a week. The beer pours a solid, darkened amber, and the head leaves good lacing. The aroma is very strong and excellent. The beer smells like a handful of crushed hops. There are floral, citric and pine notes. While adding this much hops made for a great aroma, they just overwhelm the taste. I like hops and like the flavor, but you can't quite taste everything without more malt. The beer is quite bitter, so the feel suffers somewhat but the oiliness of the hops is still enjoyable. Drinkability is good, but switching to anything but a DIPA would be impossible after a glass of this beer.

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Casey Jones Imperial IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 62.6% out of 100 with 123 ratings
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