Isotope PU240 | Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

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Isotope PU240Isotope PU240

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Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 02-06-2010

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Rogue Ales Public House, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy light tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dank pine are present in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dank pine along with hints of orange and grapefruit citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness. Underlying hints of malts are also perceptible along with some bits of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very pleasant on nitro—this lends an interesting mouthfeel.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Total overload of hops. Besides the Summit and Galena hops, label claims it is dry hopped with Simcoe, Columbus, and Nugget. Nice looking with the amber, orange, and golden glow. Not so much for head or lacing, but it's enough carbonation to improve drinkability. A little malty sweetness, but not enough to balance the IBUs.

Has some nice flavors for a while but it boils down to the grapefruit pith and nothing else. However, it there are some good hops in here, so it would be totally appropriate to flavor some anemic Amber Ale or better yet, a couple quarts of Colt 45.

01/30/2013 update: The call this PU240 Imperial Ale now and list the ABV at 8.0%. Not as totally bitter as I remember, and very rich with flavors and lots of malt.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, orange-copper coloring with a thin, big bubbled, lacy, off-white head. Aromas are very balanced, with a tropical fruit backbone supporting spicy hops characteristics, subtle resinous notes, evergreen, caramel, and moss. Smells tasty, with a heavy malt profile. Flavors are pepper spice and resinous forward, with a dank and sap-like overtone. Tropical fruit notes again in the backbone, with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, as well as a solid ribbon of caramel. There is definitely a strong hand of malt in this to provide balance. The citrus notes of the hops character has a solid tart feel, as well as some of the acidic and sweet trends. This is a fun, tasty brew. The body is robust and smooth, almost heavy in mouth. Slightly acidic and citrus aftertaste, with some of the dank and grassy hops characteristics, as well. The finish is slick, smooth, and slightly drying, with a hint of that tartness, as well. Big beer. Tasty beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Impressive orange appearance, professional degree of clarity to it. formed 3/4" white head, good retention. Solid appearance here. Aroma can be pretty inconsistent. Draft always has been better than bottle. When its good, its all that danky hops, centennial seems big. The Summit hop has fallen out of favor I think, I don't really pick it up in this one anymore. For shame.

Taste also had me wondering the same question. They took a unique beer and ramped it down. Now this is more like any other big dipa with a lot of caramel and c hops. Still very bitter. I dunno, I'll order it on tap again, but wouldn't bang a bottle of this, inconvenient 22oz format, excessively priced because of that.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of markgugs
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip glass (pre-SuperBowl readiness!)

A: This is a beautiful beer. A crystal-clear tawny color with a giant, foamy head that leaves soaped-up lacing throughout. Great head retention.

S: Enticing smells, far more on the classic side of things, with a great, slightly sweet biscuit scent standing out the most.

T/M: Love that this is dry-hopped with Simcoe & Columbus. A true west coast DIPA in flavor profile, think an up-front smattering of dry grapefruit, and then a massive blast of pine needles, and bludgeoning bitterness. Just balanced enough with lightly toasted bready malts, but make no mistake about it, this is a hop bomb. Perfect mouthfeel, absolutely quaffable.

O: At 100 IBUs, this is an old-school monster of a DIPA, and worthy of your modern-day tastebuds' consideration. The current BA rating (84) is ridiculous. Just wait until more people taste this. Wonderful beer!

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, since GreenKrusty101 pulled a real dick move and drank my Hop in the Dark (that I brought to share), I returned the favor and did the same to his PU240 bottle.

Appearance was the same great vibrant orange appearance with lots of clarity and great head, lacing retention. Aroma seemed off compared to the draft version, the Summit hops seemed a little muted.

Taste, again, what happened to the Summits? This is still a very good beer even if it is not on tap. But on tap, the Summits really had that nice fresh metallic feel to them (as opposed to the nasty kind, or all the onion taste many of you get from them). Still very hoppy, seemed to rely on the other strains though to get that out. The bottle still holds up its end in terms of massive hops and bitterness. Just a little more mainstream I guess.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft, The Bistro, DIPA Festival. Well, I hate to be a wet blanket, but I didn't much like this one. There was a very odd off note, almost a playdough or rubber taste. Otherwise, it seemed like a decent DIPA. Fairly good and hoppy nose with a lasting bitter aftertaste. I hope that I didn't get a pour from a dirty pitcher or something, but everything seemed alright. I'll make sure to retry this beer if I get the chance.

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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap with a half finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma of lemon, grapefruit and mandarin. Wonderful.
The taste had a bold grapefruit bitterness with a mellow malt background.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
A wonderful DIPA that you cannot go wrong with.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Isotope PU240 from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
3.7 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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