Ponderosa IPA | Prescott Brewing Company

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Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA
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Brewed by:
Prescott Brewing Company
Arizona, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
105
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
21.53%
 
 
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4
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 105
Photo of travolta
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
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 flexabull
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of bennetj17
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
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 mmciz
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Prescott Brewing is a small-town brewery in search of an identity. I've probably had 10 beers from them over the years and found some to be pretty darn good (spoiler alert: this one) and others to be gimmicky and awful, apparently intended to woo co-eds up for an evening on Whiskey Row. Their Strawberry Wheat is an abomination, for example. But, on the other hand, they're one of the few AZ breweries with the balls to try doing a Russian Imperial Stout.

This IPA might be the best thing in their line, though.

A: A little more yellow than some other IPAs with a nice creamy head out of the can.

S: Really, really good. Strong, flowery hop scent you don't need to lean in to smell. There's a little pine in there, too. I have a sixer of Hopslam in my fridge and I'd just as soon smell this.

T: Not as potent as the smell. The pine is there but the flowers are not. Not sharply bitter enough for an IPA in my opinion, though maybe my palate is just blown out from so many super-hoppy IPAs.

M: Too little carbonation in this can. A little oily on the tongue, with an unpleasant lingering bitterness back toward the tonsils.

D: Not nearly as drinkable as smell-able. Bored and reaching for something with a little more kick.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of 395er
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of aval89
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of Prager62
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.....

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Photo of bertram
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of KMDouds
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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 chicksdiggit
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Allpe45
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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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83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.
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