Solis Occasus - West Coaster IPA | Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Solis Occasus - West Coaster IPASolis Occasus - West Coaster IPA

Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NickMunford on 10-10-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, pineapple juice, and dirty berry aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, tropical fruit, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a lot of different fruit forward hop qualities that make this one tasty.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is Batch 35, though it could be Batch 34

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a frothy white head; nice retention and clumps of lace

Smell: Very pithy, with tropical fruit and pineapple tones as well

Taste: Clean malt with lemon pith and tropical fruit tones building; bitterness builds with an aspirin quality in the finish; pineapple in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice clean west coast IPA

Thanks, fthegiants, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good amount of lacing. Aroma of citrus notes with light bitter notes is pleasant enough. Taste is dominated by citrus hops notes with some bitter notes discernable with some light grainy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed but doesn’t really stands out from the pack of IPA out there.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can with the batch all smudged on the bottom. This just showed up in Denver so I would hope they sent something relatively fresh but the flavor tells me this may be a couple months old. Bright yellow color, decent lace andshort head. Aroma is mild lemon and citrus. Flavor rotates between this weird stale malt and a mild orange and lemon flavor. Overall I am pretty sure this is a couple months old based on the flavor.

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Photo of rawfish
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the new Mike Hess tall boy cans, this one with gray trim and the Hess crest flanked by two grizzly bears. Quite bad ass. Batch 27 with Cascade and Centennial hops. A slightly hazy gold body with a two finger high white head. Average retention, maybe a tick below with thin discorded lacing all over the glass.

Not exactly stock west coast style but close. Bready malt is very bright and airy, sweetness is from honey somewhat raw and doughy. Citrus and pine with a backing of floral herbs and wood. Alcohol rises along with the hop aromas, packs a punch.

Bready malt with some honey biscuit sweetness. Loud orange citrus with a light pine that lingers through a clean finish and medium-high bitterness. Quite simple (likely since it's the first batch to be distributed) yet well crafted.

Hess beers tend to have a smoother carbonation profile and a medium body that makes them feel somewhat hefty. This one bucks the trend a bit with moderate carbonation and is easy to put down and have room for more. Decent drying with just a bit of honey malt residue.

A satisfying quaff, a bit too safe if you've been around the IPA block a few times but it makes me excited to know that this beer is ever evolving as a fun and innovative project. Solid IPA, satisfying the hop craving for tonight.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemon jellybean coloured body with nice with foamy head that sticks
Nice candied peel aroma
The flavour is lemon honey cream and and really nice bitter sweet finish
Mouthfeel is great easy drinking but in no way flimsy

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 10/21/16. Had on-tap@ Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a pint, this brew is hazy and copper in color with a thin, off-white layer of suds stretching across the surface. Not much for lacing outside a random spot or two.

Smell - Mild lemon peel with a hint of bread and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Mild lemony character with plenty of toasted white bread following shortly. Lesser spice. A hint of caramel. A bit of fruitiness. The finish hints mildly at lemon dish soap, which I can't get jiggy with.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with slightly bitey carbonation. Sits heavy in the finish, especially for the style.

Overall - Yeah, I'm not feeling this beer. It's not terrible, but there's nothing here that would drive me to want to drink it again. The way this beer finishes has a lot to do with that.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured can into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours crystal clear orange with a three finger off-white head that is creamy and dissipates with nice lacing.

S-Aroma is light grass, citrus, and passion fruit. Very nice.

T-Flavor is full and firm with unwavering hoppy goodness. I get sweet juicy passion fruit and orange wedges that are surrounded by resiny pine and bitter grapefruit hops.

M-Medium body, creamy front and grainy at the end. Very nice carbonation.

O-My first time having Hess, reminds me of OTWOA! If this is a example of their work, I will buy more.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 0276 into a nonic pint. Pours a golden yellow with 1+ finger of white head that left substantial lacing. Nose HEAVY citrus. Taste matches the nose with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation good, and the finish quite dry and astringent. Solid, but I prefer the Grapefruit Solis.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color. a two to three finger white head with pretty good retention and a streaky lacing left on the side. partly hazy but some clarity.

Smell: strong sweet malts come out first. hops come on fairly strong with citrus and some hop resin.

Taste: opens up with crystal malt sweetness. hops come through with citrus and earthy tones. somewhat grassiness to it. ends with more sweetness with notes of lemon bread and some grains.

Mouthfeel: sticky and somewhat grassy. some sweetness to and a lingering grasst sweetness.

Overall: not sure the ages on this one but it doesn't say so I'll post anyways. way to much malt presence and sweetness, and a strange hop taste. too much grassiness comes through.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden with some lacing in the glass
S - smells bold and hoppy
T - sharp with more hop hit on the backside without being all hop
M - great lingering hoppy taste and not to heavy on the tongue
O - Love the can and the unique label, its a beer worth locating

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Photo of travolta
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright and clear gold with a rocky and large white head with nice retention and very good lacing.

Nose: Pine and some floral notes. Green and a little malt finish it out.

Taste: Smooth and calm malt up front which is pushed aside by metallic & aspirin. Carbonation and crisp and the lingering mouthfeel is a little sudsy and dry. Some alcohol heat comes through at the end.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the can a cloudy gold with two fingers of white foam. The nose is floral, pine and some malt. The pine is more predominant in the taste than the floral notes, and there's a decent bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium mouth. Nice little IPA.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried it really fresh (straight from the brewer).

Appearance: Very cloudy straw with a fat white head that left plenty of lace.

Smell: Strong floral and piney hops.

Taste: Bitterness is pronounced right up front, balanced well by a dry malt backbone. Alcohol is imperceptible, just some residual hop flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: By the book strong West Coast IPA (I probably would not be able to tell it apart from many others). Very good when fresh.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can batch 27 poured to pint tumbler

Appearance is crystal clear golden, 1 finger of light tan head that lays down to a film, Some small amount of lacing.

Aroma is orange and orange blossom with some sweet malt nose.

Flavor is hop forward, bitter. Orange peel, grapefruit, pine, caramel. Hibiscus-like floral note as it warms. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel is medium thick on body, not a lot of snap from the carbonation

Overall: damn decent hop bomb, rotating recipe IPA's always interest me, and Solis is no exception. Although I'm probably a little more intrigued by hopping in some of the past batches.. Be nice if they had something other that a QR code to identify the batch... some of us Luddites aren't packing around mini-computers

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Photo of kpoole25
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 7/16/2015 (possibly batch 41? Hess web site may not be up to date). Cloudy orange, head is off white with some orange tint. Tropical and citrus in the nose. Taste is all late addition hops, leaning again towards tropical and citrus. Carbonation is low, as it seems the bitterness. Fairly easy to drink despite being 7.5%, I know this is all about the hops but I would have liked more malt character.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Despite being fooled into thinking the dude from Social Distortion brewed this, it had great carbonation and a very citrus forward taste. Well worth checking out and sampling.

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Photo of beveragebattle
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Round 1-Value
Mike Hess @ $9.49 per 4pk-16 oz. cans @ 7.5% ABV (.15 cents per oz.)

Round 2-Aroma
Mike Hess: Light pine, heavy florals and bright citrus aromas

Round 3-Flavor
Mike Hess: Dry hops and citrus notes

Round 4-Finish
Mike Hess: 1:15-1:30 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
Mike Hess: The hess 16 oz. can displays the Hess “H” on the company logo’s shield with two golden lions flanking it on the front. The back of the can contains the level of malt/hops and light/dark color measurable in 1 to 5 point units. The best thing about this packaging is the “open mike” feature of the can. The pop-top is a “360 degree end, [which] pulls off for flavor and convenience, no glass needed.” The back of the can also provides tasting notes and a QR code to find specific batch information.

Mike Hess Brewing Co. has delivered a stellar IPA at a fantastic price with awesome packaging, flavors, and aromas.

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Photo of MathChef
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Better than Sculpin. If you want a better beer than this off a store shelf, then get the Grapefruit Solis. The only better regular IPA I've had has been at a local brewery that doesn't bottle their beer.

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Solis Occasus - West Coaster IPA from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
3.83 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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