IPA | Santa Cruz Ale Works

BA SCORE
78
okay
65 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
IPAIPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Ale Works
California, United States
santacruzaleworks.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by illidurit on 02-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of edgardelgado
5/5  rDev +53.8%

Photo of Shwa15
4.33/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Local brew, friends with the brewers

36 characters

Photo of theempire
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of miramanmike
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper strawish color 1/4 inch fading head good lacing.
S: Big hoppy smell not too floral.
T: great taste, way hoppy like I like it. not too malty. perfect
M: Good carbonation light and refreshing
D: With an alc. content of 6.5% and the wonderful taste and smell I can drink the heck out of this stuff.
Somebody got it right!

 334 characters

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with nanoslug. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pale translucent orange color...plenty hazy and yeasty. A very thick whipped creamy off white head with good staying power...never seems to die and leaves tons of sticky, sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - Thick with hops...rich and citrusy - tons of lemons and grapefruit in the nose, a touch of mint andorange. Some sugary sweetness with a fair amount of bread dough - very yeasty overall...a bit spicy.

T - Follows the aroma quite closely. Sharply bitter. Good citrus notes - mainly grapefruit and oranges. Very yeasty, spicy, a bit of cloves and mintyness. Some breadiness in the malt. A touch of sweetness in there too.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is medium to high. Lots of sticky, resiny hops coat the mouth.

D - Very yeasty and full flavored with good fruitiness and nicely bitter. Alcohol level isn't noticeable. Never heard of this beer but glad to have a chance to try this one.

 1,044 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle with out any freshness indication.

Pours lightly hazed lighter almond amber. Loose and puffy off white head, leaving some fine bits of lace and low sheeting.

Mild grapefruit infused hoppy nose.

Decent hop crunch, with fresh tasting cascades, and tasty grapefruit notes shining through. Dry and biting in a hoppy good way. Worthy IPA.Suprised by the low numbers for this one, maybe I got a freshie bottle, close to the source...either way I enjoyed this one as a better then respectable example of a west coast IPA

 539 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a reddish, honey-colored brew with a massive four finger head. This is fluffy, cream-colored, and shows monstrous retention. The liquid has an opaque cloudiness, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears normal. As we sniff, we immediately notice a rich and earthy hop-quality, with both piney and floral notes. Additionally there is a warm rich spicy quality to the nose, almost of cloves, but not quite. Alcohol is noted, but is not overpowering, and we get a nice faint hint of toastiness to the malt bill. As we sip, the earthiness of the hops is apparent right up front. These present with both a dirty herbal vibe, and a crisp pine flavoring. Here, too, we begin to see a bit of the toasty malt profile, which brings us to the middle of the sip with a nice warmth. This warmth is further exacerbated by clovey phenols and warming, peppery alcohol. The end of the taste brings us back to some of the earthy qualities from the beginning of the taste. More herbal hops enter, bringing a dryness to the palate, and a nice muskiness to the finish. The aftertaste breathes with even more hops, but here they appear citric, and more warming peppery alcohol. The beer has a medium body, and carbonation, with nice slurp from the foamy head. It is particularly drying, which helps to bring out all the earthy and herbal qualities this beer possesses. The abv is appropriate and the beer is greatly refreshing and easily drinkable.

Overall, our favorite thing about this brew is how the earthy qualities of the hops combine with the warmth of the clove and alcohol. As the beer tasting went on, and with warmth, the hop profile seemed to shift from a dirty, earthy, floral, piney quality, to one of a softer and sweet citric air. This made for an extraordinarily refreshing brew and, when combined with the creamy feel, made this a unique IPA with some great, balanced flavors to back it all up.

 1,920 characters

Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Philousa
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Rose & Crown on 3/30/2012.

Poured a clear copper, a little pale for the style. Not much head, but it had to to with the pour more than anything else. Aroma hits with hops first, which are very tree bark-ish. It's weird to describe, don't judge me. Hops could also be described as resinous, fresh. Some biscuity malt lies beneath the hop aroma. Taste is very toasty, buiscuity malt to start, followed by very bitter hops. Somewhat floral, they aren't really going for 'in your face' bitterness. Nice to taste some hop complexity not in the aroma. That said, lingering hop bitterness is significant. balanced, drinkable, dry finish.

I'd like this again. Seems like a good stand by IPA. With all the IPAs I've had, you just have to not screw up and I'll like it. By that I think I mean use cascade hops a lot. I'd really like to try something that isn't going for the West Coast IPA style. If things keep going this way, the IPA market is going to be saturated with homogeneity. Not to put this one down, it's good, just a thought I had.

 1,054 characters

Photo of mjryan
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold with a spritzy, tight bubbled head. Good retention, with minimal lacing. Aroma is citus hops with no malt detectable. Flavour is imediatly bitter followed by citrus zest then flowing back into a strong bitterness. This beer is bone dry, with a very nuetral malt character. Leans way, way towards the hops. The body is quite thin. I wish this beer had just a touch of malt sweetness to fill out the body and cut some of the hop bitterness. However I enjoyed this beer and would have it again if given the opportunity.

 539 characters

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New arrival at a local liquor store, thought I'd give it a try.

Pours a bright yellow / gold color with lots of bubbles, and a thick white head.

Smells nice, good hop notes. Pine, resin, and some hard candies.

Taste is a little dry, with very hop forward flavors. Resiny, thick, oily, pine like, with a little bit of citrus. There is a little malt creamy sweetness, and a decent bitter mineral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad, feels pretty thick and full at first, but the finish thins out a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a solid IPA, a little bit pedestrian, but it is definitely drinkable and worth trying. It didn't wow me, but I wasn't upset that I bought this one either.

 691 characters

Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty gold color with a nice rocky white head. Lots of sticky lace and great retention. Aroma is very floral and juicy, but a bit too faint. Reminiscent of a fresh hop ale. Piney hops strike the tongue first, but quickly wash into a toasty maltiness, which in turn fades back into a dry, bitter finish. Some soapiness comes into play with warmth. Carbonation is pretty perfect, body is a bit thin, drinkability is high.

 427 characters

Photo of brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold, with a two-inch head of dense white.
Retention is decent with a persistant coating on the surface and a few smears of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with grassy hops and light malt. A bit of grapefruit pulls through, and some orange pith.

Medium bodied, super crisp and dry. Minerally and chaulky.

A blast of drying bitterness starts the pallet, and grapefruit zest follows. Bone-dry, and gypsum-laden. Very light malt with a straw-like woody dryness.

Finishes with lingering bitterness, puckering grapefruit, and a chaulky dryness that won't quit.

This one needs more hops in the middle and finish, not just bitterness. A bit more malt would help also.

Big ups go out to olibeer22 for the bonus beer!

 722 characters

Photo of yesyouam
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Santa Cruz Ale Works IPA is a clear, golden ale with a small, off white head. It has an aroma of pine resin. It's light bodied and crisp with a slightly gritty finish. It's a resiny flavor that's well balanced. The aftertaste is long and resiny. It's a simple and tasty beer.

 275 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to ffejherb for sharing this IPA, enjoyed alongside FooFaa, brewslut, tenderbranson69. Poured chilled into a pint.

A - A bright copper appearance w/ frothy creamy head from vigorous pour. The bead is of average size and the clarity is good

S - A mild citrus note w/ hints of fruity esters. The nose is mild w/ a light toasted malt scent

M - Crisp and medium bodied w/ a gentle acidity and mild astringency level w/ a dry resinous finish

T - A fleshy orange taste w/ rind notes thrown in.. The flavor has an interesting cinnamon accent in the spicy and bitter layers. There is gentle lemony grapefruit taste w/ elements of ginger in the finish

D - A quaffable Ipa, no more no less, very satisfying without blowing my mind. I consider this worth a try for a standard west coast IPA.

 793 characters

Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dpkpr
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into to balloon burgundy glasses to share with my wife. There was quite a lot of yeast in the bottle of this one, so much so that I needed to leave about 3/8 inch in the bottle to avoid pouring into my glass.

Poured a very cloudy orange. The white head hung around quite a while and fell to a nice lace and tall collar.

Aroma is light with just a touch of orange and sweet caramel.

Grapefruit and pine hops, brash bitterness. The middle brings grapefruit juice. Late middle introduces a bit of sweetness to the picture. The finish is grapefruit rind and pithy bitterness.

The body is a little lighter than expected, even a little watery at times. The carbonation is zingy with a very small bubble and mouth tingle.

I could have a few of these I suppose. Tt is a bit one dimenstional, mostly grapefruit.

 841 characters

Photo of mdlb44
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoppy91
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Deuane
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy burnt orange copper with a large, rocky, off white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left copious amount of sticky lace.

S-Light spicy orange with toasted biscuit notes and a touch of fresh bread. Rather ho hum for a west coast IPA.

T-Quite similar to the aroma profile with a decent smack of spicy citrus up front with a supporting underlying base of toasted biscuit malt.

M-Medium bodied and rather sharp with a crisp carbonation level and good lingering spicy hop bite.

D-This stuff is solid and certainly better than average stuff but in the HIGHLY competitive market of California IPA's this one would be an afterthought. Sure, I would drink another if offered but I couldn't be bothered to seek it out again.

 734 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
IPA from Santa Cruz Ale Works
3.25 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More