JC Flyer IPA | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mjl21 on 04-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Brandonry
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Heretic Brewing shaker pint, JC Flyer is dark, burnt gold with a thin white skim leaving really nice, sticky lace.

Smell is also very good. Skunky. Resinous. Earthy wood. Lightly sweet.

Taste is great, my kind of IPA. Light malt, modest bitterness, and huge west coast hops. Loads of bubblegum, citrus, pine, wood. Yummy. Between this and Casey Jones, these guys are firmly on my radar.

Mouthfeel is oily, dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is high. This is awesome. Wow, how is it not better known. We have just too many good IPAs out here on the west coast...sigh, problems!

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Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of PerHops
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice cloudy copper orange. Looks like it could be a double IPA.

S- Not as profound as I would hope. Slight pine, citrus, grass. Not at all bad, but not memorable either.

T- Tropical fruits, orange peel, a little caramel and a perfectly clean bitter finish. Exceptional balance, everything I want from an IPA.

M- Perfect carbonation for the style.

I have had this beer on draft and in the bottle. I much prefer this one in the bottle. I am surprised to see the mediocre to poor reviews. It is strange, however, that they call this an english style IPA. I can't really see where they're getting that from as this is very much an excellent example of a west coast IPA. Also the bottle says this beer is 7.0, not 6.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this direct from the brewery—I love it when I can get brewery fresh IPAs!

This pours an orangey light amber color with some foaming. There’s a great hop aroma on this—I get some straw but mostly citrusy hops—orange dominates—with a light green pine-grassy note to round it out. The flavor has a up front and present bitterness and a light resiny chew with some citrusy and orange notes. Great finish—resiny and bitter and layered.

--- review from 7-29-2012

This pours a glowing golden color with tight light foam.

I enjoyed the pine and grapefruit notes on its aroma. Before each sip I caught myself inhaling deeply. Mmmmm!

This is one tasty brew, with a flavor full of grapefruit and some piney resin. There’s a sharp bitterness, perfectly appropriate, with a light chew rounding out the finish.

Very enjoyable. An assertive west coast IPA from an unsung brewery in the bay area. Can you dig it?

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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of duluoz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller Bar, SF.

Beautiful looking beer with a classic deep golden orangish glow. Quite a nose on this thing, lots of pine and woodsy notes, some citrus tinge to it, and a bit of cotton candy.

The flavor follows suit, nearly perfect but for a tad too much candied sweetness on the finish for my taste. Great balance of bright hoppy flavors, bitterness, and that trademark west coast dryness. Dank and resinous, maybe a little too slick and oily for me… but no major gripe there either.

I've had other beers from them that I liked, but this one really grabbed my attention. A fantastic beer, and another brilliant example of a west coast IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of cdean801
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of JohnBiale
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Springs on 7/19/09.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange body with vigorous carbonation and a slim off-white head that settled into a patchy film and thin ring of retention, leaving only sparse lace around the glass.

S - Pleasant aromatic hop aroma with fruity notes, a hint of spices and just a pinch of catbox. Simcoe hops give this IPA a very strong aroma. A slight waft of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Spicy and fruity hop character with leafy notes and quite a bit of floral attributes. Very complex hop profile due to the use of five different hop varietals. A sweet malt character offers a nice contrast to the assertive hop bitterness and suggests caramel and toffee notes that eventually morph into a grainy character in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth, mellow mouthfeel and slightly oily texture. Carbonation is fairly bright, but not overstated. Finishes with a dry, lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty darm good (and hoppy) IPA with a really pungent aroma. Nice use of a variety of hops in the mix. Glad I tried this one.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +5%

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

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

A: Golden color. Quite effervescent, like a champagne. Thin head with tiny bubbles and good lacing on the glass.
S: Standard ipa citrus, mostly grapefruit. Some orange sweetness, with watermelon notes.
T: Starts with bready sweetness. Ends fairly dry with a bit of floral bitterness.
M: Medium body, somewhat thinner than most ipa's, which is an advantage with me. Carbonation medium-high.
O: Not your average ipa. More subtle in flavor, not a bad thing. Not ground-breaking, but interesting and drinkable.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy amber with a half inch of tight beige foam. Smeary lacing and a mostly solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with cracked garlic, grapefruit, pine, doughy malt, and a minerally crispness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Resinous hops with a solid malt backbone start the palate. Heavy on the pine with grapefruit following through. Some chaulkiness adds an additional perception of bitterness, but the beer is pretty smooth overall.

Finishes with lingering hop resins, pine sap, and citrus pith.

Tasty one and tasting quite fresh. The chaulkiness and heavier dose (for a west coaster) of malt give it the English nod, but barely. Stacked up against other west coast IPA's this one falls a bit short though.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, review from written notes.

Light gold bleeds into saturated orange, lightly hazed. Racing streams of carbonation. Thin layer of white foam that leaves some spotty lace.

Well hopped and a little dank with generous C hops. Mostly bitter citrus rind, clean tasting with a hint of malt sweetness. Light bodied, citrus forward hop flavors, bitter grapefruit rind and other citrus fruit species. Finished dry with a residual dose of hop bitterness. A nice easygoing (non-aggressive) west coast IPA, a very drinkable pint (or two).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bistro ipa fest, then in a $3.77 bomber from Ledger's.

Yellowy type of beer, a little hazy, nice soapy head, thicker, like bath soap bubbles. Really good hop aroma, piney, soft, flowery.

Taste, pretty good, the pine aroma somewhat morphs to pink grapefruit, very light malt aspect, earthy hops, bitterness is just right, existant and not wimpy, but not overshadowing the hop profile itself. Enjoyed that there are still 6% ipas out there, everything always seems to try and be over the top in the wrong areas.

Instead of a caramel mouthfeel, this one leans toward lighter toffee or toast.

A real solid ipa, at a great price. Nothing groundbreaking, although a return to simple 6% ipa's with good dry simcoe hopping . . . maybe it is a little more novel than one would think.

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Photo of mikemikemike
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow appearance with haze bordering on wheat/hefe territory. Aroma hit the pine notes without simcoe abrasiveness.

Taste was good, pine and grapefruit, light pale malt body, not leaning heavy on crystal malt or caramel here. Probably the best priced bomber out there. You get some herbal/woody notes to it, but not so much that you think it was wood aged or anything, just the malt contribution that doesn't go caramel.

Solid 2nd tier west coast ipa.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and peach or apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice 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 a pretty good beer with a great fruity hop aroma and some tasty flavors that unfortunately don't match up.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with the liquid amber colored and capped by an inch or so of foam; modest lacing action

Smell: Toffee malt, some citrus and a hint of bubblegum

Taste: The toffee malt underpins the citrusy elements, with a touch of bubblegum sweetness developing; modestly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant drinker but not something that merits a quest

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JC Flyer IPA from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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