Ponderosa IPA
Prescott Brewing Company

Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,329
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,045
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 12.6%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
116
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Prescott Brewing Company
 
Arizona, United States
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Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA
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Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty penny amber bronze, lightly hazed and mounted with an enduring thin sheet of graying beige.
Blistering nose of caramel corn, orange peelings, grapefruit juice, wet spruce, and reefer.
Tromps into the mouth with a caramel-dipped shortbread maltiness. Simple and effective. Hops come, a-glowing and proud. Touches of mint are rendered by loud squeals of citrus shavings, pine pitch, bong resin, and juicy stems.
A medium build and low carbonation befits the lightly sticky hoppiness of this brew. Served at the promper temp, which seems a nobrainer, but does deserve props, as too many fuck up this crucial aspect.
It's an utterly templatic IPA done exactly right. Not over the top in any fashion, just a good ol'-- maybe great ol'-- sessionable American IPA.

It should be noted that the bombers I've had (purchased at Prescott BC) are definitely a notch below the tap version. Freshness seems especially key here.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours luminous orange to gold with white head. Nose is a very appetizing orange candied fresh aroma. Almost pale ale like on the palate, or a lighter version of an IPA - good balance with malt, and not the usual APA assertive hop character. The loss of the big hop profile is made up for in the high drinkability.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it splits from the tap a translucent amber color with a tall white head that is creamy in its texture and the residual lace a fine velum like sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is hop floral, crisp and fresh with a nice with malt sweetness at the back, start has a pleasant sweetness from the malt and the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a definite hop spicy bite with a middling acidity, crisp and slightly sweet aftertaste that lingers on the palate. A fine middle of the road IPA, that will please the hop heads in the audience.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of arizcards
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

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub tonight.

Ponderosa IPA pours the expected light orange color, but with surprisingly good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The beer smells pretty good as well, with some noticeable pine, a hint of citrus and white pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, and I'm impressed by the amount of hoppy bitterness this IPA delivers. The IPA is on the dry side, very much in the West Coast style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes well with clean, fairly crisp finish. Alcohol is well disguised and drinkability is pretty good.

A very solid and impressive effort from this brewpub. Much better then their porter IMHO.

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Photo of travolta
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
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.

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5/5  rDev +37%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of woodychandler
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!"

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Photo of drpimento
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was almost much better. But, I got a funky hop/malt thing that is just an odd combo and proly it's just me, but nonetheless. Pours with a medium sized, off white head that never totally goes away and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malt, hop, caramel, toffee and faintyly some sweet almost putrid notes. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor but that odd thing hangs tough to the end and I don't want any more.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of dancinwillie
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden pour, topped by an enormous sparkling white head.

Aroma is sweet malts, and a bit of herbal hops. Somewhat muted.

Good bittering, juicy citrus flavor, and an underlying herbal/minty quality. Solid malt backbone, somewhat sweet, and provides a good balance. I had this on tap on a recent visit, and as some others have pointed out, it was superior. This is not bad though, and is one of the better examples of the style. Nothing fancy, yet a solid great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a semi dry finish. Very thirst quenching.

I would drink this a lot, if I lived anywhere near this place. I'm going to have to see if I can have my father or brother make a run, and send me some more. Cheers!

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Photo of bennetj17
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Twelve oz can, with a code of 11060 on the bottom, I assume that is the 60th day of 2011? If so this is only about a month old.

Somewhat dark in colour for an IPA, a rich copper bordering on amber. The head is decent, holds for a few minutes, and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is not impressive though, with sort of a watered down, sweet caramel character domintating. There is a floral hoppiness in the mix too, but it's not very clean, nor does it really stand out like a fresh IPA should.

The taste is a bit of an improvement. It's not great but at least there is a solid balance of malt and hop bitterness. The caramel malt is present here too, but luckily isn't cloyingly sweet like the smell suggests. I think the carbonation is a bit low, as it feels somewhat watery.

Overall the aroma and taste of this beer are lacking. It honestly reminds me of some of my homebrew, and I've only ever made 3 batches in my life - all underwhelming. I suppose this can work in a smaller city like Prescott, but I don't know how this beer can compete with other IPA's now that it has wider distribution. I am doing my best to buy local, but this has to improve before I buy it again...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jwc215
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a 4 oz sampler of this during my recent visit to the Prescott Brewing Company. This beer is a mainly clear, slightly hazy amber color. The white head was i/3 inch thick when served, quickly settling to a decent surface layer and a medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. It eventually settles to nothing after a few sips. Aromas of citrus hop, some malt and light caramel notes and not much else. Flavorwise the citrus hops dominate followed by some definite caramelized malt. Good balance of flavor here, but the hops are a bit stronger than the rest. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink.

Eric

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Photo of nickfl
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.

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Photo of flexabull
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle tasted the other day at a friends house. He brought a bunch of stuff home from his spring break in Arizona.

This is from notes...

Pours a bright dark amber color with a faint head.

Aromas are quite hoppy. A dominantly citrus nose, with mostly grapefruit, and some sugar notes.

Taste is kind of weak and bland. It's a bit of a let down after smelling this one. It's not bad, but it's pretty blah. There are some sweet creamy malt flavors, and a slight hint of grapefruit hops on the thin finish.

Mouthfeel is too thin. Feels weak and watery in the mouth.

Drinkability is ok. As mentioned early, I didn't think this was a really bad beer, certainly not a drain pour. It's easy to drink, but it's pretty uninteresting and bland. I'll pass...

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decently big off white head atop a clear golden with red hints colored. a small to decent lacing stays through out drinking the 22 oz. bottle.

Decent hops aroma with hints of citrus and/or fresh grass come through, couldn't really tell but there were nice added scents in the hops aroma, but the the hints of yeast in a lot of micro beers.

The taste fallows through with mostly a dry fresh hops and then again adds the light citrus and light grassy tastes it.

A nice light dry after taste with hints of the hops lingers on.

This is a pretty dang good IPA, strong hops aroma and taste yet adds hints of more. If you're in Arizona and like IPA's run by and get yourself a few of these, you'll be glad you did.

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Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 116 ratings