Princeton-by-the-Sea IPA | Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
28 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
California, United States
hmbbrewingco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GClarkage on 01-21-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
28
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
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3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost a full inch of head, light orange and auburn colors. A lot of bitterness, mild woody-pine notes in the aroma, very mild.

Taste was a bunch of caramel, and a small amount of hopping. Hope you like your ipa malty. And approaching "balance". I don't particularly.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nevermai
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BWBeerA
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery (which has a nice location with a very nice view of the water). orange color. Aroma was boring, not very much hop aroma, sort of grainy. The flavor was not nice, i distinctly thought of cooked broccoli and cauliflower. I asked the waitress if they get any comments about how much better Tunnel Vision is and she gave a very political answer about not discriminating against beers but that's exactly what I am going to do. This beer sucked.

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Soto
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Amerikon
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Beerney
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Hazed brass, sticky head

SMELL: Herbal, citric rind, earthy, woody, leafy, nutty yeast, Asian pear, spicy, fresh hay

TASTE: Smooth, citric peel, mint, hop bitterness, fresh grain, hemp seeds, toasted crackers, faint buttery yeast, walnuts, orange pith; dry, hoppy finish

One brewer’s Pale is another’s IPA, and this one lands on the opposite end of the spectrum from the highly hopped IPAs that beer geeks rally around. While this IPA might be flaunting a bit more malt than most, it certainly does not lack in hop flavor, which will at least keep your inner hophead content.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ngeunit1
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-red color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet lightly toasted caramel malts with some citrus hops and a touch of pine hops in the background.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some citrus grapefruit hops and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, some pine hops join in alongside some stronger bitterness. The finish is a mix of some lighter bitterness, grapefruit hops a touch of pine hop, and some sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels smooth with a lightly dry sweet finish.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mix of light copper and orange, minorly off white head, 3/4" up on it, mild piney aroma, seems like nugget hops contribute the straight bitterness.

Caramel/crystal/pale malts paired with a good but not massive amount of hopping. Solid stuff, but nothing killer either.

Really just standard fare for this neck of the woods, but above average compared to the world as a whole for style.

Easily worth it for $4 a pint or $8 a 6er if that were to ever happen. Straight up no frills ipa that delivers in every area an ipa should.

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Princeton-by-the-Sea IPA from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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