Ponderosa IPA
Prescott Brewing Company

Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,407
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3.65 | pDev: 12.6%
Prescott Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can:

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin head that becomes wispy. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is piney, biscuity.

The taste of pine and biscuit with some lemongrass all balance each other to give it more of a more hop-forward APA than an IPA. Still, the pine character and biscuit blend together to give it a pleasant character.

Nice, though nothing particularly special. On the border of scores for the overall, I'll go with the higher of the scores I had in mind.

Easy to drink.

Sell by 6/28/2018 stamped on bottom of can. Had on July 4, 2018 - reviewed from notes.

Jul 20, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber, with a finger of white head that sticks around, and leaves very mild lacing. Lots of bubbles rising. The aroma is slightly astringent, Citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit, orange), Bread crust, caramel, and a slight sweet honey. Same goes with the flavor, and everything is pretty balanced. The carbonation is a bit low, for me; medium light body and medium dry. Solid, but needs to have that nice full carbonation on the tongue that moves the flavor around.

Sep 26, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a very clear amber with a small head, quickly dissipating to a thin layer and ring. Some citrus in the nose. The mouth follows the nose, with citrus evident and malt following. Enjoyable!

Sep 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overcarbonated pour. Smelled like citrus and bittering hops.

Less citrus in the taste, still substantial bitterness. Nothing exceptional, the aroma was the best part. Usual stuff, a little caramel, c hops, tad bit of citrus, orange and grapefruit.

Jan 28, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a Stella glass. A best by date of 11/30/2015. No abv. on the can.

Look- Pours a clean deep amber with a minimal amount of white foam.

Smell- Caramel malt, wet cornflakes.

Taste- Caramel malt with a hint of pine in the finish.

Feel- Rather thin and flat.

Overall- Nothing exciting, just a pretty average IPA. Leans toward the malty side with little hop presence. Better than a Bud or Miller.....

Sep 26, 2015
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chicksdiggit from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured center from 12 oz can into a snifter. Foamed over immediately but this can traveled quite a distance to get to me. Golden yellow color with a thick head of egg shell white of mixed size bubbles. Thick sticky retention hangs around for a long time. Several streams of slowly rising carbonation spread across the entire glass.

S: Green hops up front with dry dank in the nose. Some sweet honey as it settles.

T: Malty body and sweet lime in the finish. Green hops in the finish but still

F: Zippy citrus on the tongue yet still creamy and goes down smooth. Dry but still easy to drink for me.

O: I had this way too long in the beer hoard but this held up pretty damn well, or got better with some age. I enjoy malt forward IPA's and the hops probably dropped out a bit.

Sep 15, 2015
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aval89 from California

3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From can. Best buy 08-02-15, reviewed on 7-6-15

A: light copper with about a finger head. Settles to a thin cap.leaves nice lacing.

S: leafy hop aroma with some citrus. A good dose of malt to even it out. Has an English pale ale like maltiness.

T: leafy hop taste with spearmint characteristics. More of that English pale ale malt flavor. Finish has a minimal hop bite.

MF: light-medium almost creamy.

O: well balanced for an IPA. Not your average west coast IPA.

Jul 07, 2015
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travolta from California

2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A very nice and clear golden color with a simple white head, very minimal retention and decent lacing.

Nose: Orange, pine, citrus, some resin and cream.

Taste: Crisp and coppery/metallic start. A little resinous and funky in the middle, wet hops and mild malt.

Notes: Just another good IPA. Nothing to write home about, but that is getting harder and harder nowadays.

Jan 02, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is light amber with a thick white head. The aroma offers a moderate amount of hops, citrus, pine. Resinous with a sturdy malt body. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Medium-light in bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, pretty good.

Jan 08, 2014
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A - Pours an amber copper color, 2 fingers of foamy white head, average retention with impressive lacing.

S - Fresh orange/grapefruit flesh, leafy green, perfumey, just a very fresh hop aroma, not much malt coming through.

T - All hops upfront, big grapefruit citrus, leafy green, spearmint, some floral, generic fruit esters akin to an English ale yeast. A sweet caramel malt base rides underneath boasting more presence than the nose describes. Bitterness builds to a dry a clean finish.

M - Lighter feel for an IPA but not in a bad way, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Hops seemed very fresh with assertive citrus and green aromas. Good amount of malt to hold the base down. Above average for the trillion of IPA's out there.

Aug 12, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden –orange hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a slight citrus background.

T: Bitter hoppy flavor with a citrus and pine middle finishing on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA – worthy of a try.

Jun 28, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber body; good clarity; well-proportioned, creamy tan head has moderate retention with good lacing.

Hop aroma is average strength and nicely fruity. Some sweet malt is evident too.
The flavor shows some faint malt but the hops really dominate. Rising bitterness and grapefruit flavor peak in a bitter finish that lingers on and on.

O: good choice for hop heads.

Jun 07, 2013
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395er from California

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can bought as a single on a recent road trip into a wine-style goblet.

Color is hazy amber.
Head is foamy, beer actually exploded from can. Lacing is minimal
Smell is a mix of malt and a fruitier hop. Not citrus, maybe mango.
Mouth feel is on the dry side
Taste is of malt, mango and a bit of pine. All in all on par with regional IPA's I've had. Not super interesting and a bit on the malty side. Probably wouldn't buy again on purpose, but if it was the regional offered against a flight of BMC and Fat Tire I'd be happy to drink it.

Apr 04, 2013
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can as part of my Arizona adventure, served in a shaker pint. Beer is amber and hazy with a tan head, large bubbles, low retention.

Aroma is piny and malty.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet with a mild bitterness on the end, pretty piny but still hops could be more forward. this is what people call a "balanced" IPA. Not a repeat for me.

Dec 31, 2012
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Nugganooch from California

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Total Wine – Goodyear AZ
12oz can to pint

A: Appearance is a hazed orange-ish gold color with some much lighter edges to it. Nice retention from a half finger of sea foam leaves a good matrix of splattered lace upon the glass.

S: Smell is pretty floral with some pine and spice notes and a sweet underlying pale malt aroma.

T: Flavors are dank and herbal with a peppery spice. There is a higher level of bitterness here that hits mid to back palate. Pretty juicy with some tangerine fruits coming into play. Some caramel roast malt makes an appearance towards the end. Sort of cracker like. Bit of tart in the end. Earthy spice is predominant throughout. Not a bad IPA at all.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat light and creamy with a nice resinous oily coating from the hops. Touch of drying in the finish.

D: This is one of the better AZ IPA’s I have come across. Nothing in your face but some good herbal and spice flavors going on with a nice malt presence.

Would grab again.

Mar 27, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - a nice aroma of tropical fruit and pine with a hint of bready malt.

T - toffee malt up front with sugary notes of pine and orange. Some more orange hops in the middle with moderate bitterness and a thick, but dry, bready malt character that balances the hops.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - a very nice ipa, lots of fruity character, especially in the aroma. Well balanced, though a touch more sweetness might help with balance.

Mar 24, 2012
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bertram from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into a pint glass...

Pours a rich golden color with a significant amount of white, foamy head, which once it's died down leaves a great deal of lacing.

The smell is a nice amount of hops to start that fade off quickly.

The taste has a nice hoppiness and a significant amount of tart fruit.

The mouthfeel is solid with a good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA - nothing great, but certainly not terrible.

Dec 30, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took the waitress/bartender awhile to get this one to settle down so that it wasn't just all foam. Then you're left with a beer that had a bunch of its carbonation escape already. Other than that, looked light orange. Smelled like orange and bitterness, some pine if you look for it.

Taste, mostly bitter, loses its delicate citrus edge it had in the aroma. Average sweetness. Need more hop mouthfeel, more carbonation (that sticks around in the liquid and just doesn't automatically convert to foam coming out the tap like a homebrewer that hasn't figured out where to dial it in).

Ultimately, a pretty average ipa, but representative of why Nevada and Arizona are so far behind CA/OR when it comes to ipas.

Had this at that Pagosa in Pheonix.

Dec 25, 2011
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arizcards from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late August for $1.79. Canned on 11152 (June 1st).

Beer poured an amber orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind. 4.5

Nose is a nice strong citrus hop that continues to perfume my Sam Adams glass even with half of it gone. 4.5

Taste is a decent malt backbone that is overtaken by the citrus, tangerine, and pine hops, but not in an overwhelming fashion. 4.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the finish is fairly clean. 3.5

Overall a solid IPA, would love to try it on-tap sometime soon! 4.0

Update - had a pint of this with lunch today at the brewpub.

A - Beer was served in a shaker pint, amber orange with a nice solid white head. 4.25

S - Nose was wonderful pungent citrus hops.

T - Gotta love an IPA served on tap. Citrus and pine hops dominate while the caramel malt base takes a back seat. 4.25

M - Mouthfeel was medium bodied and decently carbonated. 3.75

O - This is a very good IPA on tap, one i would love to have more often! 4.25

Nov 11, 2011
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justaholic from Arizona

4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smell was twangy not much hops smelled like a rye pa somewhat tasted somewhat ryeish to sorta sour easy light swet malt at first followed by a real tangy bitter as it warms flowery esters from the hops show through and are very good lik honey suckle and rose on the sides of the tongue with the bitterness more on the back very solid not to sweet and no taste of burnt sugary breads which i hate in aipa s we like it dry on the west coast cause the hops we get take up our flavor profile here and althugh this isnt the best blend of hops to my liking it is very good i like citrusy this is flowery but i would definately drink again though carbed well tiny bubbles not much lacing but definately a flowery hop head dream would like to see if its way better fresh on tap.

Aug 29, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew! After that Lanbei Pineapple Taste (which I may be tasting for the rest of the day), I had to get off of the Chinese kick for a little while. Back to the ArizonCANs, thanks to the most excellent and highly revered bennetj17 (kowtows at this point), who really hooked me up in a recent trade.

From the CAN: "Ponderosa India Pale Ale. A Multiple award-winning IPA at GABF and World Beer Cup. Light copper in color, with a magical blend of hop flavor and flowery aroma. Not just another over-the-top IPA, but loaded with the right combination of hops, backed up with the perfect blend of malt to give it depth, character and balance." I CANnot say much for their use of punctuation, but let us see how their beer stacks up.

A return from China means a return to the Crack & Glug! I got a foamy finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy coppery-amber. Was this unfiltered? Good on them if that was the case! Nose was very pine-y and their disclaimer be danged, this beer smelled like many other AIPAs that I have CANsumed. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but it tends to capture my attention when you make claims on your CANs. Mouthfeel was medium and I have to give them props - this was NOT an unbalanced, "over-the-top" AIPA. It managed a nice admixture of pine-y, minty hops and caramel maltiness on the tongue. The finish was literally breathtaking in its pine/mint flavor, however. The lacing it left behind was going to need a chisel to remove. To quote Chevy Chase in "Modern Problems" (1981) - "Ahahahaha ... I like it!"

Aug 14, 2011
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Medium hazy orange with a small off-white head.

S - Not much going on here. Citrusy and orange.

T - Similar to the taste, more malt sweetness.

D - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Light on flavor, but sweet.

Aug 05, 2011
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Allpe45 from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, with a marking of 11109 on the bottom

Pours dark copper/orange, clear and shiny, with a prominent white head, good retention and plenty of lace. Smells like a variety of rich citrus fruit still hanging from the tree. Hints of pine and floral hops follow the citrus aroma. The taste is a bit of a let down after the amazing smell. There is plenty of hop presence but it is not prevalent over the caramel malt and honey sweetness. The taste is still good but it doesn't live up to the smell. Light bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. This is a very approachable, perhaps overly balanced IPA.

Jun 07, 2011
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Phelps from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the can, poured into plastic tasting glass.

Perfectly clear caramel in color. A one-finger head of frothy khaki foam quickly recedes to a sticky top layer, leaving oodles of lace in sheets.

Very spicy hops in the nose, seemingly German in character. Caramel, bread, and a light almond nuttiness also make appearances.

The flavor: grass, some floral character and German spice again. On the malt side I get caramel and ritz crackers. Snappy flavor with a crisp finish.

Medium carbonation assaults the tongue as I move the hefty and smooth medium body. I like the peppery bubbles here — they’re invigorating, keeping me alert throughout the drink.

A clean, malty IPA with good balance. Not bad, Prescott. Not bad at all.

May 25, 2011
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KMDouds from California

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid IPA entry from a small town Brewing Company, or as my friend suggests;"a gateway IPA." The beautiful deep cooper color, a bit richer than most, is further complemented by a fragrance that suggests more than a hint of the Ponderosa Pine, for which I'm guessing this brew is named. Taste is better than average although certainly not as hoppy as the many Craft IPAs that have flooded the market in the past decade.

Mouthfeel is balanced, neither too carbinated or watery. This is a very drinkable IPA, but definitely not one that will challenge you hop-wise. Better on tap than in can (used to be bottled) but perhaps an IPA that drinks more like an excellent Pale Ale.

Since Prescott hasn't seen the last of me, I haven't seen the last of the Ponderosa IPA!

Apr 05, 2011
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