Double Coulter IPA "Dos Cone Es" | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beagle75 on 06-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 38
Photo of OldGriz
4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pleasantly surprised. This is much more like a barleywine than an IIPA. In fact, according to the bottle it says a rye barleywine ale. Very sweet and amazing tasty.

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Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a cloudy amber with minimal head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

S- Some caramel, pineapple, pine notes. It has a very sweet smell.

T- Taste follows the nose to a tee. It is sweet with caramel pineapple and pine. Not much bitterness for a IIPA.

M- It is a bit dry with little carbonation.

O- Very good beer especially if you like your IIPA's on the sweet side.

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Photo of popery
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours a nice warm red-tinged amber color. Cloudy, lots of sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. Medium light khaki head. Creamy. Good retention and lacing. Lots of hops and rye in the aroma. Hops are a mix of pine resin, grapefruit and pineapple with a little bit of blackberry and wildflower. Big caramel note. Lots of spicy, doughy rye flavor. Taste is fairly sweet. Lots of caramel and rye. Big piney hops. Good dose of bitterness but not overbearing. Some booze. It's a bit much but for a 11.5% DIPA/ASA, I'm not going to criticize too much. Finish is floral, bitter and sweet with caramel. Lingering pine flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit low on carbonation. Good beer, but it still suffers from the common flaws of big (>10% abv) hoppy beers.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper - amber with solid head retention and ample lacing. A little cloudy, appearance is similar to solidified resin, which forshadows the taste.
Nose resembles wood resins with a little pineapple, with some hop dankness mixed in.
The taste is amazing - intense dank resins and pineapple, with a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Very lively mouthfeel with some nice acidity from the alcohol.
I had this beer first at an IPA fest at Far Bar and it stood out above the others. That my local Whole Foods has it on tap is pure heaven. An obvious comparison would be to Pliny the Younger considering it's weight class: Younger has more citrus hop character, is smoother and more drinkable. Dos Cones (it's plural) has a more intense, resiny character with a more tropical hop profile. Both are hard to stop drinking. From looking at other reviews, Dos Cones seems to show much better on tap.

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Leon for sharing. 750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of creamy off-white head. Decent retention with patchy lace sticking to the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma includes notes of orange marmalade coupled with oak. Some fruity alcohol and rind character from hops. A pretty nice mix of aromatics in an unusual way that comes out pretty good and balanced.

The flavor is bitter and pulpy with hop character that is herbal and catty. Some dry oak minorly tannin filled coupled with a fresh zesty bitterness. A pretty warming alcohol impact is noticeable at first and grows in intensity as the experience continues.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall it wasnt bad. There are a couple ipas that follow this ubique blend of oak aging an surprisingly turn out well. I didnt pick up much on any vanilla or caramel extraction from the aging but the raw woodiness present worked with the hops. Interesting.

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Photo of Pelican5
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle in a tulip. 2012

Big thanks to SirWilliam for sharing!

A : Rusty reddish orange, cloudy, finger of tan head, thick spotted lacing

S : Caramel, thick golden raisons, toffe, herbal hops, earthy pine sap, some cherry and dried apricot, sweet oak and vanilla

T : Caramel, butterscotch, bitter hop finish, dry and sweet, smokey peach, pine resin, warming booze and dry finish

M : lighter side of medium, sticky, resinous, nice carbonation.

O : Very complex ipa/barleywine. Thick and woody, Starts with smokey caramel & pitted fruit. Ends with bitter drying hops. Interesting beer a little rough around the edges.

Cheers ~

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very much like a barleywine.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy copper with a 3/4 inch head.

Smells boozy and dank. Very minimal hop aroma.

First taste is like a bitter fruit with a warm alcohol heat on the back. It claims 130 IBUs, but I'm not seeing it. It also claims 11%, that I can see and more.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It is very smooth with a body that borders on heavy, but not too thick.

Overall, I couldn't get through a whole 750, actually only got through about 9 oz...that was plenty. Glad I tried it, but will not be seeking it out.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very dark amber with dark golden edges and a thin off-white cap. Eventually, the beer leaves small dots of lace down the glass, but it doesn't have much stick overall and looks a bit oily.

The aroma is pungent and dank; this smells very much like dried, sticky marijuana. It's leafy and herbal, strong, skunky (in a good way), and piney.

The flavor follows similarly, with dank, leafy, herbal flavors pushing everything else out of the way. There's also an aggressive, strong, hot alcohol presence as well, though it's not quite as distracting or problematic, as in a beer like Mikkeller's I Beat yoU.

Medium bodied with low carbonation and a biting alcohol presence.

Decent and interesting. If a marijuana DIPA sounds good, drink up!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Tustin

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

S: Not terribly fragrant for a double IPA. There is a bit of citrus to it and a lot of sweetness. Some tropical fruits and some brown sugar and table sugar. A slight floral note to it.

T: There is a distinct, sugared frut note. It's almost like fruity pebbles. Some light pineapple and mango to it. Somewhat bitter and a bit of booze to it. A light grassiness and even more booze, especially as it warms up.

M: The body is almost syrupy with a medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of this one. Not a very good double IPA.

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Photo of roodie
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Naja's in Redondo Beach. On tap poured into a pint glass

A: pours a dark honey brown with 2 fingers of white head and lots of lacing. Minimal head retention

S: bready with a hint of hops. Pine. Malts predominate

T: like the nose, malt forward, slightly sweet with a mild hop backbone. Bitter on the end but no real bite

M: bready flavor lingers on my tongue, not that pleasant

O: a good offering but I was expecting more hoppiness. Not my favorite DIPA, Many other brews are superior including Double Rainbow

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Photo of snpub540
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Bottle Room in Whittier.

It had a nice hazy light copper hue with some amber highlights. It was topped by a one finger high khaki head. Its a creamy sticky head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Nose is a very nice mix of pine, grapefruit, and some mango and other tropical fruits.

Taste was nicely sweet upfront with caramel notes followed by a smooth citrusy and floral hop bitterness. Pine and grass make up the hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel was super creamy and it did a really nice job of coating my palate. All in all this was a very good beer that I ordered because it was something new on the menu.

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Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft service into a half-pint glass at Cismontane in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A: Hazy, light amber color with over one finger of turmeric-tinted foam head. Light, inconsistent lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lush hops dominate early, lots of pine and mixed citrus, fading in intensity somewhat after a few minutes but never vanishing entirely. Other aromas become detectable as hops fade, revealing fairly bright stone fruit, metal, and a transient whiff of wet dog. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very sweet, with abundant aromatic hops that match the initial smell and a robust but refined malt backbone that reminds of lightly toasted marshmallow. Acidity is moderate, breaking up the heavier flavors somewhat to keep them from becoming totally oppressive. Juicy, over-ripe canteloupe surges in the middle, contributing the single most intense and focused component of the entire sensory profile, other than the sweetness. Bitterness rises to a fairly intense level by the finish, but is more influential in the duration, rather than intensity, of its bitter pall. Although a drying trend starts late, it never gains much traction; the dominant sweetness serves a useful purpose, though, masking almost all trace of alcohol.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, syrupy and resinous on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Undaunted by the trials of brewing their last DIPA, Cismontane really aimed for the stars with this doubling of their popular Coulter IPA recipe. It is decadent, even sinful, in its overly sweet flavor profile, providing a really potent contrast to the amped up hop profile. As a DIPA it is a mixed bag, noteworthy in its extreme-ness but ultimately the sweetness is just too overdone, unless you are an incurable sweet-tooth.

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Double Coulter IPA "Dos Cone Es" from Cismontane Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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