Ponderosa IPA | Prescott Brewing Company

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Ponderosa IPAPonderosa IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prescott Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
prescottbrewingcompany.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
106
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
4
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16
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 106
Photo of Lucklys
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prescott's Ponderosa IPA poured a golden amber color with bright ruby-orange highlights that formed just under the fluffy eggshell-white head. The liquid was mostly clear with a slight haziness in the middle - which I'm 90% positive isn't chill haze, as I let the beer warm a little before I poured it and I've read multiple reviews saying they saw the same thing from cans, bottles, and on-tap. The foam was a good 3-4 fingers thick and held with excellent retention, lazily melting into thick, creamy snow pile islands of small and medium bubbles while leaving sheets of sticky lacing along the glass walls.

The aroma was reminiscent of walking through an orange grove full of fruit bursting with nectar, where the grass was just being trimmed down the paths between the trees. It carried a strong perfume of juicy oranges and tart tangerines - compiled from both the fruit and the rind - with just a tiny bit of lemon peel fluttering amid the light grassy notes underneath. There were some pale caramel malts lingering around the edges, transforming some of the whiffs of citrus into candied fruits. And right before the end, mild pine needles - spruce perhaps - were crushed and scattered through the fruits and sweetness of the nose.

The first few sips presented a light/thin mouthfeel - though it wasn't watery by any means thanks to the sharp bitterness that snapped at my taste buds. It thickened to a more medium mouthfeel as it warmed and some of the simple flavors became more pronounced. Much of what was in the scent was also in the taste, offering a great amount of sweet orange and some grapefruity citrus hops that made the beer deliciously bitter. Some pine erupted in a giant wave near the end, washing up nicely after all the fruit, and left my tongue warm and tingling and my mouth clean and dry. The Ponderosa IPA was held together by light caramel and honey hints hidden in a malt backbone, but neither detracted from the very up-front IPA attitude. Initially the carbonation was prickly, and my only complaint is that over the course of a half hour, it went rather flat near the end. Fortunately, this one little issue did nothing to take away from the fact that this beer is really, really easy to drink. I really enjoyed all of the citric fruitiness without it being too sweet or orangey, and I'm really glad I was able to pick out the malts behind the ideal amount of bitter hops - they played well together and I look forward to picking up more from Prescott Brewing company.

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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 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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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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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Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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 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 neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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 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 cokes
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Ponderosa IPA from Prescott Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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