Lil Chief | Sonoma Springs Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sonoma Springs Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by largadeer on 02-06-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by gleemonger:
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at the brewery into a 21st Ammendment chalice.
Cloudy amber - almost red - unfiltered.
This is a very unique IPA. Lacking the strong citrus taste and feel typical of West Coast IPAs it imparts a beautiful array of tastes ranging from flowery to spicy.
Very enjoyable and looks great in my chalice.
Once in a lifetime for me but if you get a chance, give them a shot. I really enjoyed supporting a small operation and meeting the real Lil Chief.

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Photo of blabaer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, unfiltered glowing amber body with a dense head that leaves scattered lacing. Really nice citrusy hop nose, pineapple and mandarin orange up front, little bit of rye bread-like spiciness and earthy flavors beneath. Tastes pretty damn good, too; pineapple, tangerine, little bit of guava toward the finish. Mildly malty, this has a substantial body but finishes dry, fairly crisp and sharply bitter. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold draft pour with white head; decent cap and better than average lace. Earthy hop aroma. Bitter earthy hop flavor with some caramel malt backbone. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A solid pale ale.

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Photo of rbeechan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giovacchini
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- a very foggy amber color. Nice thick creamy head

Smell- mild pine, citrus, and floral fragrances.

Taste- slight citrusy taste with a bready and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall- I really enjoy this beer. I like how small and intimate the brewery is and since I work so close I will be getting my growler filled often. Update: I got another growler of this today and I've had a variety of APA's since trying this for the first time. I have to say this is a solid pale and it reminds me of Lagunitas New Dogtown. This is a nice brew.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MIrvine
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calvin233
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lil Chief from Sonoma Springs Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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