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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2010

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Reviews:
52
Ratings:
174
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
23.81%
 
 
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2
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 174
Photo of largadeer
2.29/5  rDev -35.9%
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 Reagan1984
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A non BA buddy from the west coast sent this along in a recent box.

Aggressive (overly) head builds in the glass. Impressive retention on the head as it is almost like a whipped cream. Deep orange/amber in color.

Aroma has a hint of medicinal notes and smells like an early homebrew of mine. (that’s not a good thing) Some plastic.

Sadly the flavor follows the aroma here and seems to have some off flavors. Medicinal, black pepper and a strong bitter hop finish. Nothing particularly fresh about the hop flavors

Pin point carbonation and a bit prickly on the tongue.

Quite frankly, in the year 2013 this beer should not be on the market. Not even close.

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Photo of rudzud
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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 popery
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and amber brown. I tried to be gentle with the bottle, but the lees kicked up very easily. Subdued aroma. There's an odd yeasty note with some nice caramel malt and a floral/tropical hoppiness in the background. I'd prefer to see the hop aroma amped up. Some mineral flavor. Conversely, I quite like the taste. It's gentle and very pleasant. Nice honey-ish caramel malt flavor. Lots of hop flavor with more pine than the aroma. Still some not so great mineral flavor and that odd yeast note. Bitterness is a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is creamy. A little harsh on the finish. It's a pretty good beer. Nice to see a California brewer go for a more balanced IPA, but it's just not my preference, and the beer could use more aroma, regardless.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Starts off with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops and some more resiny bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good hop and malt balance as well.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured an intense dark-amber with a golden hue, topped by big gloppy bubbles. It had a slight piney hop aroma with a light orange note around the edges.

The flavor has an upfront bitterness and a pronounced malt backbone. There’s a lot of pine and resin and it finishes dry, almost like a barleywine in its sweetness. More bittering hops than aromatic or flavor. Decent but nothing spectacular in my opinion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Stone Bistro
05-10-12

*Served in a Tulip

A: Pours a completely hazed over deep caramel amber color. Good finger thick of near white foam atop. Decent retention that leaves some tracked lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of slightly sweetened bready pale malts with some light citrus and pine notes. A dash of caramel.

T: Flavor has a bit more of that sweet caramel malt pronounced with a decent and moderate amount of bitterness there. I get a nice mixture of hoppy evergreens, tangerine/orange peel, and some light florals. Substantial malt breadiness throughout. Light alcohol kick in the end. Not a bad IPA by any means.

M: Feel starts off creamy with a medium sized body and nice drying in the finish that leaves a residual oily hop linger across the palate.

D: Decent drinkability on this one. A touch heavier on the caramel sweetness than I prefer in my IPA's but still has a solid hop dosing to counter. Would have preferred they scale back the Crystal malts here. Better options out there but nice to have tried.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-golden color, medium head with minimal lacing.
S: A bit of funky soap and vinegar actually. Alcohol comes through too.
T: Dry hoppy flavors with some pine notes.
M: Medium carbonation and body. Dry finish.
O: A pretty solid IPA - maybe a little too heavy on the pine and not enough fruitiness.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1194th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Shared with GuruDel

App- A medium colored orange with some good looking yellow highlights. Sits a bit still in the glass with a soft 1/2 finger of off white head. Minimal cling.

Smell- A large citrus and floral note on this one. Very orange and hop forward. Nice balance with some layered aromatic malts and a little bitter on the nose.

Taste- A well done west coast IPA. Big hops on this with some great citrus. Not overly in your face and was even a small bit earthy which combined with the citrus created a nice depth of flavor.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a nice light medium carbonation. A little bubbly and left a good citrus flavor behind.

Drink- This is a good little IPA. Big ABV is well hidden and its got a great balance to it. Would like another bottle at some point.

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Photo of kevanb
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour shows off a wonderful honey colored beer with orange and brown hints coming through the light that yields a ample single finger of bone colored head atop the glass that has great retention and superb lacing. The nose is very pleasant, mild citrus greats you but quickly gives way to a stronger and earthier mix of aromas. Sappy resinous pine is very prevalent as are some grassy notes that play well with the strong malt presence, the rye is definitely a player here and melds nicely with the earthier notes. The flavors are very complimentary to the nose, very mild hop bitterness, lots of pine and sappy flavors, some faint citrus brightens the flavor a bit, but the malt really takes over at the end. Strong caramel malt flavors blend well with the deeper, earthier hop flavors and the rye definitely adds a nice prickly element with some nice soft grain at the finish. The body is nice and full and with the remnants of the head, almost creamy.

Verdict: Solid IPA from Cismontane. The flavors are balanced, but definitely on the maltier side, which isn’t unwelcome at all. While it’s not an overpowering IPA like many from this region, it remains extremely drinkable and pleasant from start to finish.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark translucent amber with a slightly off white creamy head that i attribute to the rye they mention is in the ipa.

the smell is that of a west coast ipa, hops, grass, lemon smells lighter than it looks

taste doesnt follow the nose i expected more hops, very smooth though, i definitely pick up the rye, it sits pretty heavy on the sides of the tongue.

overall a decent beer, i think it would make a great go to beer if nothing else was available, or if it came in six packs it would be a great sixer to grab for a get together. i will drink it again

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Photo of jcomp21
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful amber deep golden look. Very clear and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great white head, very tight foam.

S - this beer smells amazing. Alot of grapefruit and mangos. A small bit of pine. Very nice and juicy

T- On the front this beer was juicy and citrus flavored, unfortunately it left a lingering bitter finish. Just kind of spicy and bitter, too much for me for an IPA.

M- Mouthfeel was decent, i felt a bit watery

Overall I give this beer a 3.5, better than average

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Photo of ehammond1
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Blind Lady Ale House
San Diego, CA

Murky orange and nearly brown, at least in this lighting, with a moderately sized, tight off-white head that leaves lines of lacing down the glass.

Bready and sweet aroma, with some grapefruit and pine as well, along with a bit of alcohol presence.

The flavor is a combination of grapefruit and relatively high bitterness, along with lots of bread and sweet malt backbone. There's also a pretty strong alcohol sharpness that isn't at all welcoming. Overall, only average.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Too malty, bready, and sweet for my liking, though I still think it was probably the best beer on tap that night, save for Racer 5.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean amber color with a very thick and sticky head.

The smell is very light and minerally with a touch of pine.

The flavor is dominated by aggressively juniper and piney hop flavors, very clean, a nice bit of biscuity and bready malt starts to shine through as it warms. Still very bitter.

The mouthfeel is a bit oily and resiny, leaving a nice thick coating with a bit of dryness.

A bit of an unusual IPA in this day and age of massive dry hopping, but very drinkable and nice.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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 BrewtifulMind
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rock & Brews, El Segundo

Pours a nice copper amber color with an inch of foamy off-white head. Good retention and lacing down the glass. Has a nice sweet scent on the nose, I'm detecting pineapple. Bitter hops up front, with a sweet malt finish with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty decent representation of this style. I would have this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of timluke
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of the Coulter IPA for SuperBowl. Was generous to share some of it with friends, drank most myself.

Poured it to a couple of whiskey tumblers. The beer had a solid body, with a distinctive aroma that doesn't overwhelm or linger.

Alcohol balance was nice, too - you could tell it was there, but it wasn't dwarfing the hops or malty tastes.

Much enjoyed. Looking forward to the next growler.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery in the company of womencantsail, t0rin0, and fbm115. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a deep yellow orange with a minimal slight off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and citrus hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. It had a very nice flavor and aroma going on here. However, the hop intensity in the aroma does not prepare you at all for the intensity of hops in the flavor. This one is a must try if you are in the area without doubt. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 beagle75
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coulter IPA; Poured from the growler into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Piney hops, cotton candy, brandy, and toast qualities are all detected in the smell--unusual, in a good way.

T: Begins off-dry, fruity and acidic, with hop aromatics providing some citrus and earthy complexity. Bready malt fills the palate in the middle, with drier vinous fruit also emerging. The finish is bracingly bitter, retaining the earthy qualities detected earlier.

M: Medium viscosity, very sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: This unusual IPA showcases some boldly English qualities usually unheard of in Southern California. While it mostly lacks the clean, citrusy flavor profile characteristic of a west coast IPA, it features instead more subtle charms. It makes a fine companion to rich food, but it is hardly sessionable.

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Photo of Enish266
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Encinitas Ale House.

Called their "Coulter IPA" (I believe this is the same beer).

Beautiful white head with nice retention and lacing. Amber-golden in color with a faint tangerine nose.

First taste is not your typical West Coast IPA. Mild bitterness with a creamy, malty backbone. Light citrus notes and a medium-dry finish. Very balanced and quite drinkable. Could have been a little more hop-forward but overall well done.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful 1/2" off white head atop a clear, orange tea-colored brew. Head lasts as a good map all the way down the pint.
Aromas are lightly orange and tangerine hops with a hint of roasted malt.
First in the mouth is a creamy mouthfeel full of soft tangerine and grapefruit hops. Nice and mildly balanced with the roasted malt. Nothing overpowering. Nothing sticky or too sweet. Really a nice balance to the taste.
Aftertaste is a nice drying from the hops without any astringent bitterness.
Not a 'West Coast IPA'....more true to form with a wonderful balance.
Love it.

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Coulter IPA from Cismontane Brewing Company
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