SoCo West Coast IPA | Bootlegger's Brewery

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SoCo West Coast IPASoCo West Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DoubleJ on 08-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 9
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Bootlegger's 5th Anniversary Celebration held at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and distinct weed aromas. Taste is much the same with dank herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with super dank hop forward aromas and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Womencantsail sent this one. Thanks, Andrew.

Golden-amber with two fingers of rocky foam.

Aroma: Awesome. Forward hop notes reminiscent of tropical citrus fruit (primarily pineapple) and spicy rye. Some floral and earthy scents appear as it warms.

Taste/mouthfeel: Equally great on the palate. Heavy on the earthy rye and tropical/citrus hop flavors. Flavors of pineapple and earthy, bready rye work together quite well. The mouthfeel is bone dry and light on the tongue, though bitterness is ample, fairly resiny. Some lingering tropical fruit flavors add a nice complexity to the finish. Great beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Handsome brew is clear amber with a fluffy white head in the Cristal Alken flute and plenty of lacing. Sensuous mouthfeel with loads of creamy carbonation.

Unusual herbal flavor, but not so dank as the typical leafy IPA. Slightly sweet with hints of apricot. Malty but not flabby. Bready with some hints of grapefruit in the finish. Quite a drinkable hoppy brew with rather modest bitterness. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market in San Diego.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is a light golden-orange color with a big white head and some light lacing.

S: A really great hop aroma with lots of orange and grapefruit rind. Grapefruit and lemon fruitiness and a bit of resinous pine. No malt whatsoever to speak of.

T: Quite bitter and super dry, just like a good IPA should be. Grapefruit flesh and peel as well as lemon, oranges, and tangerines. Straight forward and delicious.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation with a very dry and bitter finish.

D: Super easy to drink and pretty much what I look for in an IPA. I'd have no problem having this again and again.

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great balance of hops and malt. Nice beer

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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new IPA from Bootlegger's. (Presumably) named after the SoCo district near downtown Fullerton, this IPA features Citra and Cascade hops. From a pint at the source, on to the beer:

More of a paler orange color, the head on top has modest retention and leaves just a little lacing. The nose is promising; it isn't bitter, "sweeter" tropical fruits like tangerine and orange hit the nose with a little rye note.

Like Rustic Rye IPA and Knuckle Sandwich, SoCo doesn't hesitate to showcase the hops. It alos does a really great job at that. Tangerine dominates, slices of other assorted citrus, light pine. The malt base doesn't get in the way, while at the same time this is not like putting a handful of hops into your mouth. A little buzz in the mouth, easy in the mouth without much bitterness, alcohol is hidden...with the agreeable flavor this goes down relatively quick.

After my pint, I got a growler to go. Under my philosophy, that qualifies this beer as being "worth it".

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's, confirmed it is named after the famed Fullerton SoCo district,

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a moderate white head, good lace and retention.

S: Lots of sweet citrus/orange & tangerine, some pine. Peach heavy, peachy.

T: Direct full citrus flavour bombards the palate, tangerine and lemon are huge here. Powerful hop flavour.

M: Very crisp biting carbonation. Medium-bodied, slick.

D: A fantastic new IPA from Bootlegger's, a beer that can easily stand on its own in CA. Well worth a try, really one to seek out. Any hophead in Greater Los Angeles should make a trip to try this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- served in a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Lightly turbid orange coloring with a rapid-feverish rise of effervesce of macro-effervesce. Dirty white head, smallish size, with a rapid rate of depletion. Minimal lacing deposits.

S: Wet, juicy grapefruit, sugar coated, with wet fresh lemons. After a bit, some sweet caramel sneaks in balanced with wet pine and dry grains. Decent level of awareness.

T: Big fresh caramel and pine hopping upfront, sweet and hoppy mixture, buttery oak, toasty, with a wet beginning that transcends to a big, spicy dry warmth of pine and flowery grapefruit hops. Nice transistion, big hopping, sweet malting balance and overall generous hopping.

M: Tight and crisp mouthful, alcohol glow from the 7%, slippery texture with a light to medium body, Dry hopped finish, big spicing warmth of hops lingers on the tongue.

O: Very good standard, one i certianly wouldn't turn down again. Fairly aggressive hopping with a sweet caramel base for balance. Lingering spicy hop bite off the tongue for a well deserved finish. ABV of 7.0% feels right, spicy warmth, providing just the right amount of accent.

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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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SoCo West Coast IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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