Coulter IPA | Cismontane Brewing Company

Coulter IPACoulter IPA
BA SCORE
43.8%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 176 ratings
Coulter IPACoulter IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States
cismontanebrewing.blogspot.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,179
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
176
Liked:
77
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
12.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with lace sheets. Oddly little aroma in my Samuel Adams engineered glass. Medium mouth feel, a little numbing. Reasonable IBU of 65, and good drink ability. Piney hops, herbal mint character.More of an amber ale. Bottle courtesy Ron Brandt.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of 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 but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of largadeer
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

New brewery to the bay area. Grabbed a bottle on a whim. No freshness date, but it hasn't been on shelves more than 2 weeks.

Appearance: Medium-to-dark amber with a slight haze. Pours with a dense two finger head that retains nicely, leaving rings of lacing as it settles. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Sweet orange flesh, rye bread, a hint of pine. Moderate malt sweetness - has a bit of a candied orange quality to it. Nothing jumps out much - pretty underwhelming. As it warms, it begins to smell more like mediocre homebrew.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pine, orange flesh, and oxidation. Earthy rye, a little spiciness from the hops. The finish has a surprising amount of cardboard-like oxidation to it - not old bottle oxidation, more like something went wrong during brewing or packaging. Bitterness is reigned-in in a pleasant way, and the malt bill is nice too - I like the touch of rye and subtle sweetness.

Overall: If this didn't have pervasive off-flavors it would be a decent beer. As it stands, I can't recommend this and probably won't finish the bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Modest bit of foam on the slightly hazy dark amber brew. A very pleasant hoppy mouthful with a sharp edge. It tastes like citrus, but more like orange peel than grapefruit. Warm malty flavor that shades into the piney hops. Fruity aroma and long nose of pineapple and resin. The usual endless bitter aftertaste.

Label says 65 IBU and that it is brewed with "a bit of rye for head retention." It also links the beer name to the Coulter pine, which has enormous cones, for what that's worth. Moderate bitterness, though, in the mouth. Quite drinkable as big hoppy beers go.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cismontane

A: The beer pours a slightly clouded orange-yellow-amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with quite a bit of fruit to the nose. Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Really like that combination of descriptors, but the bread and malt fills in the back end, unfortunately.

T: Grapefruit up front with quite a bit of lemon and orange peel. There's some mild breadiness and caramel, but a pretty sharp alcohol and perfume character that is fairly off-putting to me.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This one started off nice enough but it pretty quickly became too harsh for my liking.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rab53
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA by Cismontane is unnamed at the moment. On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Rusty copper colored thanks to the dregs of the keg. The head on tap had good retention, and it left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Not an explosive IPA in flavor like certain ones from San Diego, though certainly enjoyable. There are tasting notes of pine and grapefruit from the hops, and a little touch of malt. Mouthfeel is on the spot. Properly carbonated (unlike its pale ale sibling), good medium body feel.

The hops in here aren't huge like in other IPA's, so age will be a bigger problem with this IPA. But consumed at the source, age shouldn't be a problem. A solid brew by this new brewery.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at Liquor Emporium in Lompoc, first beer I have had from this brewer.

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Smell is herbal and mild with a mostly pine aroma. Mildly spicy scent with not much going on in the malt department.

Starts out mild and bitter with an earthy taste and a slight trace of onion. Tastes a bit savory, summit hop was used, I can tell you that. Nothing all that special about this beer, it is OK.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall and average IPA. This one is closer to a pale ale than an IPA, interesting recipe in the era of IPAs that are closer Double IPA in many cases.

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Photo of rudzud
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy coppery orange hue with a one finger of white head that is somehow both fizzy and creamy. No real lacing and left a soapy mess of retention.

S - Unsure of the freshness here, probably not super fresh just as the main aroma here is light caramel and sweet malts. Getting super faint hops, mostly pine. No real citrus or tropics like someone else mentioned.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with just a bit more hops coming out. Almost bubblegum and faint older tropics. Still, mostly just sweet malts here. Unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is good for an IPA, nice bright carbonation here.

O - Overall, this is a fairly mediocre beer here. Perhaps fresh it would be something but as it stands this is yah...a few steps above "average".

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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 DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 43.8% out of 100 with 176 ratings
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