Coulter IPA | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Coulter IPACoulter IPA

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish orange low head. Smell is sweet caramel malt and orange. Taste is sweet, citrus with a nice bitterness. Overall a decent IPA but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Amber/orange with a thick white head that fades quickly
S: faint citrus
T: bitter, well balanced, faint citrus and pine
F: good mouthfeel, bitter finish
O: OK, over priced, won't re-visit

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hey this looks real good, orange, almost 1" of head on it, held down the fort in terms of lace and retention thereof. Then it falls off in the aroma department. Soap. Fuck. Cmon man.

All bitter with no substance. Heavy bitterness, grating. Overall, it became a decently average ipa, but not something I would pay almost $6 for a bottle for again. Average beer can't be put in more expensive formats and expect me to come back.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving some specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—grapefruit and tangerine zest seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of piney hops. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of grapefruit and tangerines with some hints of piney hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is nice and citrusy, but has a different type of citrusy flavor that seem less juicy and more like zest.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick film with moderate lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, citrus hops, orange and grapefruit, a hint of rye spiciness. Flavor starts with mild caramel malt, resinous grapefruit rind hops, light lemon and orange, and a slight rye tartness. Finishes with rather intense grapefruit rind bitterness that has a resinous feel, but little pine flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite hop forward, with the grapefruit and rye flavors building on the bitterness of the hop component. The malt is substantial enough to support the hops, but has little character of its own. Good lingering, somewhat intense hop finish, but with subdued hop herbal flavors. I enjoyed the whole bottle, but felt this was in the middle of the pack for rye ales. Good but not great.

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Photo of Brewitt
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours clean deep golden color with solid cream colored head that persists. Good lacing
S: Piney, earthy, citrus notes and sweet malts. Light fruit and light winey aromas.
T: Hop forward with earthy piney notes and good bitterness on finish that lingers. Bready malt aromas balance hop bitterness fading as palate clears to lingering bitterness. Some fruity esters. Fruity malts a bit too bold.
M: Medium creamy mouthfeel with fine carbonating clearing the palate to a malty bitter finish.
O: A very nice IPA with a solid malt and hop backbone.

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Photo of therackman
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. Nice citrus, grapefruit hop character nicely balanced with malt and a hint of rye. I really like this and am shocked by the low reviews.

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Photo of hopsputin
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

a: appearance is a juicy golden amber color with some nice yellow notes. it pours a hugeeeeeeeeeeee solid white head. i'm seeing some head in the bottle as well after the pour - this might be over carbonated?

s: somewhat hard to smell through the head, but some juicy mango, pineapple, sweet grapefruit. some nice earthy tea-leaf hops. a nice toffee malt background in here as well. just the slightest note of syrup

t: taste is somewhat hard to pick through. this bottle is definitely over carbonated. the only thing i'm picking up here is some small fruity notes, a bland bitterness, and a hint of medicine

m: overcarbonated

o: tastes like one of my over carbonated home-brews.

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Photo of retry4z
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at room temperature into an elongated tulip. Bottle is exactly 1 pint capacity, which I never seen before.

Very murky amber-yellow color, with a big resilient head.

Aroma is very malty - of fruit, maple syrup, raspberries, and herbs.

Big malt character, including honey with a hint of bee pollen reminiscent of Baltika #9 Extra, maple, some rye (bottle says "brewed with a hint of rye," but there is a lot of sediment chunks), and a mild bitterness throughout.

Full bodied with a moderate carbonation, and slick on the tongue.

Overall, a unique take on the west-coast IPA with an unendurable dose of maltiness, and stale hop flavor. Would even go as far as to classify it as a rye amber ale. If the pollen taste was turned down a notch I would give it another try.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot colored ale with a massive, and I mean massive, white foamy head. Good lacing and solid staying power.

Getting good rye whiffs along with peach and dankness.

Real spiciness on the taste. They weren’t kidding calling this a Rye IPA. Rye dominates the flavor but there is enough bitterness to let you know this is till an IPA. “Only” 65 IBU’s but the rye definitely makes me feel this is hoppier than that. Tangerine, lemon and rind make a nice appearance as well.

Overall I thought this was a great rye beer. I’ve had rye beers where the rye seemed to be an afterthought. Not here. If you wanna experience what rye bread would taste like in liquid form….look no further. It was a little palate wrecking, but I enjoyed the session very much.

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Had this on tap at the OC Fair Brew HeeHaw, enjoyed it, and then saw it at Sprouts Farmers Market for under $5. 22oz into a pint glass - Pours a golden amber color - shallow head and thin lacing which quickly dissipates - I get a big honey smell on the nose - taste is the same with a little floral aspect and some solid citrus notes - medium body with a decent sticky coating that lingers with each sip - I'm not blown away but am enjoying it more and more as the bottle goes on - If you're in the OC and want to check out a new local brew give this one a go - can't go wrong for the price

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Photo of Caseywa
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found it at local Bevmo and noticed it was from a brewery in Southern California so I figured to give it at try, especially for the good price.

The appearance was more foggy than expected, was actually somewhat surprised. Very good carbonation and great head retention.

Smell was of high citrus and decent hop aromas. Sweet, smells of grapefruit and pine took over the aromas. Taste was a good IPA that definitely had a light California feel to it. Mouthfeel was light yet became malty near the end. Extremely smooth going down with perfectly balanced carbonation.

Overall it's a good IPA for the price. It has a good taste but could use more hop and earthy tones to it, citrus was fairly overwhelming.

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Photo of Faction1913
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Welcome to our new feature, Beer of the Week. Every week we will put down that yellow gold that everyone calls "fizzy piss" and experience some of the finer things in life. We will also be osting our reviews to BeerAdvocate so join us over there for a good time.

This weeks brew is straight out of sunny suburban South Orange County's Cismontane Brewing. Coulter is a Rye IPA, which according to the internet means malted rye was substituted for some of the barley malt and the rest is hop forward like a standard American IPA.

My pint glasses were all dirty so I drank it out of a tiki mug because it was easier than doing dishes right now, but in order to make sure i did a thorough review I poured some of the bottle into a clear Mickey Mouse souvenir cup so I can see the color and head and shit. It poured a nice looking clear orangish-amber color and had pretty dense head.

First sip was intense. The rye really came through for me, which is good because who doesn't like pastrami on rye... but then the rest of it really started to develop. I started to notice citrus flavors like grapefruit and a decent amount of pine too. The malty flavor were nice and just kinda hung around in the background until they got a little more noticeable on the finish.

It felt smooth and a little thicker than I expected (that's what she said) and I didn't get a lot of sediment so t seemed really clean.

I smelled it, and felt like a complete douchebag while doing so. It smells like it taste, which is pretty good.

I think on a 1 to 5 scale I'd probably give this a 3. When the 7-11 has 100 beer options now this one doesn't seem to exciting.

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Photo of JoshuaMason
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Translucent, Gold-Copper; Huge, Foamy Head; Vigorous Carbonation; Great Lace
Smell: Lemon Rind; Sweet Orange; Tangerine; Floral Hops
Taste: Tangerine; Lime; Lemon Rind; Bisquit Malts; Rye Spice
Mouth-feel: BIG carbonation, almost Champagne; Medium Body; Dry Finish
Overall: Good Rye IPA;
Comments: I would like more hop bitterness and rye spice to match the heavy fruitiness. Seems stylistically confused… is it an IPA or a Rye-IPA?

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Photo of JMM0414
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I am surprised at the reviews... I thought this was a pretty good IPA but they need to change the category and add on the label(RYE IPA). After that I think people will review this beer differently. Nice citrus,piney (Dank). More body then the Westcoast IPA's, very delicious. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Grugular
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at a local liquor store in Mission Viejo, CA. Served in a stemless wine glass from Urge Gastropub in San Diego.

Wow, pretty looking beer with a bright orange hue and a nice fluffy head that leaves excellent lacing.

Smell is almost cider like. Apple and champagne like fragrances dominate the bouquet.

Taste is very sweet for this style, lots of caramel and apple shines through a very spice heavy base from the rye. Hops are there in the finish, but it takes a while after gulping it down to realize their existence. Not complex in itself, but more so in the sense that this is titled an IPA. Not much citrus which is prevalent in beers this style.

Mouthfeel is where this one is truly appreciated as the carbonation lends to the spice of the rye very nicely. Resinous leftover feel is parted from the bubbles that break away the oil slick feeling most IPA'S leave behind.

Overall, this is a great beer, but don't expect a hop bomb effect that dominates the west coast IPA market. Not that I'm talking crap on that style as it's probably my favorite, but it's nice to have a brewer break away from the stereotype that all west coast brewers are bitter obsessed.

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Photo of lsummers
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber orange with a nice slightly cream colored two dinger head.

Smells balanced and fresh. Crisp and clean lemon, orange and slight pine. Slight rye bread notes.

Taste is what really hits the mark. Balanced yet bitter. Orange, Lemon, grapefruit with some pine at fist. Then the awesome caramel, Bready, slightly spices rye notes come in. Buttery and biscuity. Aftertaste follows through with these flavors and adds a slight touch of burnt brown sugar. This ipa distinguishes itself from the pack for sure.

Mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. Has a creaminess that suits the favors nicely. Leaves me wanting another sip. Overall, this is one any fan of rye ipa's should try. Looks great, smells great, tastes amazing, and leaves some great lacing to boot.

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Photo of nige4958
2.12/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, in the world of IPA's, this one just doesn't pack enough punch or consistency for that matter. Beer pours a very cloudy, swamp waterish amber. Mild aroma of candied fruits, hop resin, with some pleasant floral aromas. Flavor is heavily one-sided towards
malt with some bitterness just breaking through. This beer is just way too malt heavy.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(had a bottle of this at City Beer Store, mid April - out of the umpteen tons of IPAs and other hop-forward beers they stock there, the gentleman behind the counter suggested this as one that stood out - perhaps he was right)

A: light, bright orange and cloudy as hell (hop and yeast sediment, I presume) - this could easily account for the messy, cottony head and its poor retention, forget the lace.... looks more like some sort of unfiltered fruit nectar

S: weak overall nose - wet cookie, bread-roll crust (rye?), grapefruit and orange, yeast dregs in modicum - nothing off-putting, just messy altogether

T: real juicy, grapefruit pulp and orange.... some malt pokes through, noticeably rye.... I suppose I'm getting pine sap, too (could be the label playing with my mind).... floral-flavored bitterness in the finish.... the alcohol is hidden real well - it's in that "magic" range of 6.5-7.5%

M: nearly thick but also somehow a tad watery, pulpy-nectar-juicy (sediment in effect)

O: this comes across like homebrew - "rustic"? - notable, but I wouldn't recommend it

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely-looking bright amber-copper in color, this IPA develops a neat, compact white head that sits strong on top for a good while. It leaves mostly patchy lacing well down to nearly the bottom of the glass.
There's a good balance of both sweet and bitter in the tropical and citrus fruits, showing some skin and rind as well as flesh. Pine also comes through to sit alongside the rest, and the balance boasted in the bottle is certainly present in the breads and caramel elements from malts. There's a touch of earthiness from something of a floral character. Bitterness, while not particularly high for an IPA, does linger well into the finish at the back of the throat. "Balance" doesn't mean bad for an IPA. Everything needs to be kept in check, and this beer does a good job of that.
Fairly fluffy in the mouth, this beer rides off an early and constant crispness into a nice smoothness supported by a medium body.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label warns me that thi IPA is well-balanced and on the fringe for the west coast style with subtle hopping. Oh dear.

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks great. The nose lives up to the label. Pine, grapefruit (Cascades?) aroma hops with minimal bitterness, a moderately chalky character (Cascades?), a mildly bready rye character and a moderate sweetness. The palate has a blend of mild caramel sweetness, a rye spice, a mild hop bitterness that's got a little bit of pine and some grapefruit, and some hop flavor as well. Moderately sweet on the finish with a smooth, waxy character (from the rye?), this beer is medium in body, moderately carbonated and pleasant on the finish. Despite being in a style I don't care for, this is a reasonably well done IPA which I am quite liking more than I thought I would.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, sunburst orange with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of faint citrus hops.

Tastes of a good wave of hops upfront with a decent malt backbone. Hops lead off with a little bit of citrus and some floral notes. Moderately bitter. Malts come in faintly on the backend with a little caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall this was just okay and doesn't really stand out to me.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at that bottle shop in San Clemente El Camino Real that doesn't put prices on their bottles of beer.

Poured out an amazingly beautiful orange glow. So many great ipas are this color, the head was a sturdy 1" with pretty good retention and decent lacing.

Aroma was not nearly as impressive. Has a soapy bitterness going for it, far from juicy hop vibe going on here. Its pretty underwhelming in the aroma department, falls squarely into the average category, but is actually less than average if you were to consider its aroma solely within the province of SoCal ipa if it were a style.

Taste, mostly all bitterness, minimal malt flavors, minimal hop flavors actually too, its just got this bitterness that dominates the entire flavor profile. At this point, I started to wonder if this was called Coulter IPA because of the Ann Coulter connection. . . hey its California, she's not real popular there, and I could see it rationalized like this: This beer is intentionally one dimensional, very bitter, without much substance, but it looks pretty from a far, but upon closer inspection, isn't so great.

Anyways, I found out by reading the back of the label that it is named after a tree in the area, so that's the end of that. Mouthfeel was bitter, as you get acclimated to the bitterness, you can actually start pulling taste and mouthfeel of the rye in it (I think) which would explain how it had better head retention.

Overall, it became a decent ipa, but not something I would pay almost $6 for a bottle for again.

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Photo of seagullbeer
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

had it out of a bottle at a park. i think the fridge at the store was wonky cause my friends and my beers were all a bit flat...

tasted pretty good. solid crisp clean ipa. not too much going on but had a great piney flavor. had lots of sides of bitter not to malty. a solid ipa. sort of what i would expect from ipas always nice to have a brew thats clean and bitter without to much sweetness.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice, clear orange. The head and lace are very nice, about two inches of nice.

Great orange presence up front on the smell. Caramel and rye follow with hints of floral and pine hops.

Tons of orange and rye up front. Caramel smooths it out a bit. Grass and floral hops follow. Nice, unique taste. Goes down smooth with a medium body, a tad heavy on carbonation.

Great IPA. Interested in trying more from the brewery!

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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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