C-Note Imperial Pale Ale | The New Old Lompoc

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C-Note Imperial Pale AleC-Note Imperial Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jeffery
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought 2 cases @ the brewery in 2010 drunk them slowly and they were fantastic and then i open one today 5-29-13 and it totally kick ass, no loss of carbonation just mellow. I am a brewer and I thought was excellent. the hops were perfect with a really good mouth feel. nice color,bouquet, and maltiness. damn fine beer!!!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer seems to have a popular profile in the Portland market. After being given several recommendations I gave this one a go. A nicely done DIPA! Balances the heavy west coast hop profile with a sweet malt backend. Little herbal and flowery note in there. Smooth mouthfeel with a pleasant citrus coating.

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Photo of Spikester
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a cream color two finger head and copious lacings. Aroma is one of the strongest and most pleasant (for a hop lover) beers I have ever encountered. Lots of resinous hops.
Taste is complex hop flavors including pine, resins, medium citrus, earthy, and some leather. The malts are quite pleasant and support the overall bitterness very well. The bitterness builds slowly but never becomes unpleasant. Grapefruit lingers on the tongue. Drinkability is exceptional and compares well with another 100IBU favorite whose initials are PTE. I can't wait to try this on tap in Portland.

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Photo of freed
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise. Was having problems deciding which beer, and I hadn't tried anything from Lompoc yet. Didn't say what kind of beer it was. One smell, I knew.

Imperial pint, rich golden color. Moderate head that thinned slightly. Gigantic fresh thatched grass and citrus aroma, almost startling. Citrus bite on first drink, slight, somewhat masked malt, and big hop body mixing citrus, spice, and alfalfa with a green bitter finish. No subtleties. Still nicely balanced though, with sweetness and bitternes serving well. Not an easy beer, certainly not something you could have too many of.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark copper into my chalice. Good head dissipates to nearly nothing reflecting what's expected from a decent ABV beer. Nice remnants of the head floating around the edges.
Good powerful complex flavors of pine and citrus. No cloy or excessive bitterness radiates quality.
A very good West Coast IPA.
edit: updating 5/29/2011 better than I remembered. Upticked scores for appearance and smell making it a 4.5 across the board.
A very enjoyable beer this Memorial Weekend watching the Indy 500.

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Photo of chumba526
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a reddish color with about an inch and a half of white head.

Smells of citrus: grapefruit and oranges mostly. A nice toffee/ caramel flavor is also apparent in the smell.

The taste starts off with a caramel like malty taste that leads into a complex citrus, pine and pineapple like hoppy flavor. The bitterness that is expected does hit at the end and is quite powerful.

The carbonation seems to be about medium: the mouth feel is very smooth.

I find it to be very drinkable: it has a nice bitterness but because of the malts it doesn't line your mouth with an overbearing bitterness.

Overall an excellent ale that showcases citrusy, fruity, pine like and bitter characteristics of hops with a semi heavy malt body. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint during the Champions League Soccer Finals at the New Old Lompoc location for around four dollars, reviewed from notes, color is a light amber with some more orange highlights, 1 ½ inch creamy off white head that lasts a few minutes, above average retention and lacing for the style, aroma consists of lots of citrus, floral accents, piney hoppiness, earthy scents, caramel, herbs, and resin, taste is very similar to the smell, starts off piney and ends that way, some caramel malt in the middle, bitterness is nice even once it warms, nice balance and one of the best Oregon IPAs I have had, dry, crisp, and smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, strong carbonation, taste lasts a long time, could drink several of these, great drinkability, cannot taste any alcohol, hope to buy bottles of this stuff soon, recommended

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Photo of tikibeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with little head leaving a fine swirl of thin head on top and spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet with a mix of floral hops and maybe a citrus type hop and toffee malt.

Taste is surprisingly mellow. It is a well balanced beer that is smooth with a dry backend. A tasty floral hops on the tongue with hint of bitterness but not a lot.

Nice complex beer, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to skourtis for this one!

Pours a beautiful dark amber with almost ruby-ish hues. A thin tan/off-white head leaves nice lacing.

The smell is of pine/resin with some grapefruit/citrus.

The taste is very hoppy - piney, spicy, resiny, citric (grapefruity), yet with a toffee/caramel maltiness adding to the character. This is an Imperial Pale more than an Imperial IPA, as noted on the bottle, as the malt stays in balanced. A souped up pale ale done well!

It has a full-side of medium, firm body.

Alcohol shows perhaps a bit more than the 6.9% and it has quite a strength to it. Yet, still a "drinkable" brew. Very enjoyable with both hops and malt playing in well - as an Imperial pale should!

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Photo of brickhouse1
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A personal favorite for th past few months. Great deep bronze color and a fresh well balanced taste. It has a fuity nose to me that matches its crisp medium bodied crisp taste which is real dank reseny. Another one is the c sons greatings. A x mas double c note that is friggen awsome. Lompoc is putting out some great beers and we love to support the locals

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich golden brown with creamy white head

smells like a freshly hopped wort, pungent, piney, slightly citrus. and nice and floral

crisp, piney, fresh, super crisp, ive had less hoppy ipas, lemony as well, and quite floral notes

fresh, citrusy, piney, semi dry finish, medium weight with a nice long, finish, the hops just keep lingering

hoppy, fresh, fruity, bold and yet balanced, this is what a NW pale ale is, a quintessential creation that makes me proud to support breweries like this. and did I mention it was 3.99, i'll be buying a case just to have on hand and enjoy whenever. just as good in the bottle as on tap!!!!

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with good head.
Smell: Sweet, fruity hops, hops, and more hops
Taste: Delicious Centennial hops!!! Quite a bit of malts but sweet, fruity and just amazing.
Mouthfeel: Clean
Drinkability: This is a fantastic imperial ipa. Very easy to drink. I am honestly really enjoying this one. Recommended!

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Ross for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to Seattle -- all I had to do was walk his dog for a few days and I got a bunch of beer... Doesn't get much easier than that. Review is from notes taken on 3/27/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour yields the standard orange/coppery color and it starts with a head that is just larger than 1/2 finger that is slightly off-white and creamy looking; head fades relatively quickly to a full, but uneven, skim; body is just a little hazy, but still shows pretty strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; only a few spots and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Wow, smell is great -- really smells like freshly sliced oranges from plenty of hoppiness and they come across as juicy and sweet; just a touch of a syrupy caramel sweet maltiness hiding out behind all of the citric fruity goodness; nose is wonderfully robust and the smell just seems to last and last.

Taste: Pretty solid -- the bitterness of the hops is there, but it's subdued a bit by the decent orange flavors, and the bitterness that is there is just a touch grassy; interestingly, there is a bit of an alcoholic flavor, which is odd since it's only clocking in at 6.9%; bit of a toasty/grainy maltiness provides enough balance.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in terms of weight, and the carbonation, while strong, is quite far from overpowering or sharp -- just provides the right amount of body; a relatively moist and thick stickiness is left all over the roof of the mouth and it allows the grassy bitter aftertaste to linger for quite a while; belly is left just a touch warm from slight acidity to it, but not at all uncomfortable or unpleasant -- pretty spot on.

Overall: This is really a great beer and I'm glad to have gotten to try it, especially considering I've never heard of it. A pleasant surprise, to be sure. Great smells, solid flavors and a wonderful mouthfeel, I can only imagine how awesome this beer would be fresh from the keg. If I ever come across anything else from this brewery, I will be more than happy to try it.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of C-Note IPA in an Oregon grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper/bronze color and is slightly hazy. Creamy off-white head hasn't got a lot of staying power.

Smell is a sweet caramel bread scent, with an acerbic note that is hard to describe. Caramel and pine maybe.

Taste is malty and sweet for the style. There is a decided caramel presence, with mild bitterness on the finish, and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. The beer is lightly carbonated.

A very drinkable beer, especially for the style. The bottle says "Imperial Pale Ale" which I think is a better description than Imperial IPA. In my mind it is not an IPA (India Pale Ales) at all.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at NOL 5th Quadrant, a pint during HH for $3.25. MLB All-Star Game on the tube, top of the 2nd.

Brewed with seven "C" hops (Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger).
100 IBU, 6.9% abv.

A: Deep copper/amber, clearly shows plenty of steady carbonation. Served with little head, but leaves outstanding bands of sticky ivory lace.

S: Despite a heavy dose of hops this has a subtly sweet, toffee-like malt and smells of fresh oranges.

T: Yeah, it's got an amped-up bitterness, bit this still has a remarkable malt balance. Blended hops come out a little muddled, with spice, citrus, pine and pith all co-mingled. But so what? It really does work. It's difficult to decide which, if any, varietal 'wins'; they all dance about and reveal themselves at different times.

M: Medium feel that thickens with each sip. A little pucker and a whole lotta mouth-watering.

D: A big IPA that probably should be re-classified as an Imperial, it's very drinkable despite the gravity. Has sweetness, spiciness, bitterness, and tartness all blended so well. This has to one of my favorite local beers of any style, one I don't visit as frequently as it deserves. Seek out the C-Note when in Portland, you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of madtappers
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it took a while for me to review this beer as it has grown on me, the more and more I try it.

C-Note is packed full of hops and you can both smell and taste all 5 of the hops as you drink this awesome IPA.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick white head, great aroma of hops to the nose.

A must for any hop head...wouldn't try it if you fear the taste of hops!

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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper. creamy light beige head. oily cap. Great sticky sheets of lace.

Big resinous grapefruit and citrus. Spicy floral and pine. some toastiness and caramel.

Grapefruit and resin. Spicy floral and citrus. Pine. Light sweet caramel biscuit backing. Big resin bitterness.

Sticky, drying medium body with mellow carbonation. Hop bite astringency.

Very drinkable and tasty hop forward brew. Love the C's. Get some my fellow hopheads.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brass (Horsebrass pub) in Portland.

The beer pours a darkish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, predictiably, there is a huge hop nose of citrus and pine. The beer smells like a hopheads dream and comes across as a serious DIPA. On the palate there is more then your normal underlying sweet malt in this West Coast IPA, but with a huge amount of hoppy bitterness to counter it. This is really much more like an East Coast DIPA then a West Coast IPA/DIPA. The huge hops are present all the way through, giving the beer a long, bitter, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel in this beer is decent, but the alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I'd like, especially considering it's only a 6.9% abv. beer. The beer actually seems a bit heavy and tiring to drink, and frankly I'm surprised the abv. is only 6.9. Hmmmm...

All in all, still a very good IPA from New Old Lompoc.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note- I've reviewed this beer bottled before, but I feel the tap version deserves it's own review, as I find it quite different. On-tap in a shaker pint at the 5th Quadrant location.

Pours amber with a dense finger and a half of off-white head that leaves many rings of sticky lacing in its wake.

Even blunted by the crappy utilitarian glassware, the nose is quite nice. Resiny pine, grapefruit, pineapple, sweet bready malts. There's an earthy element in there somewhere.

From the first sip, this is obviously quite superior to the bottled version (which itself is still plenty tasty). All 7 hop varieties seem to do their best to shine here. It starts off earthy and nutty. A fair amount of sweetness is joined by resiny pine and a healthy squeeze of grapefruity midswallow. Dries out to a lengthy, fairly puckering pine and earthy finish. Body's on the high side of medium, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: The bottled version is a great bargain- 4 bucks for a 100 IBU bomber- but I'd highly recommend getting it fresh at the source for those who may find themselves in Beervana.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, Portland

Deep amber with film of white.
Candied orange and resin nose.
Peach and toffee backbone with firm lemon, herbal, resin, and spruce hop notes.
Flowery comeback and gently bitter linger.
Medium, round, silky.

Two cuts above. Super smooth, incredibly balanced, both IBUs and aroma are there but with a measured touch.
Is it really a DIPA? Is it 100 IBUs? Do I care? Lovely beer.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at brewery.

A - deep, burnished copper hue, good head, very nice.

S - It's like a super IPA! Lot's of hops, a little dry-ish, a little green-ish; come citrus, toast, and pine

T - Great flavor, very elegant yet rich with a harmony between all of those C-hops.

M - Balanced yet could have used a touch more alcohol or body, tannins and acids are well in check.

D - Very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of SBXLII
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 C-hops in all: Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, Challenger, at 100 IBU.
This billing alone is mouth-watering. The aroma lends grapefruit mostly, citrus on the palate, smooth creamy finish. Lacing was very persistent, and a bomber wasn't nearly as much as I would've liked. A real treasure overall.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery in their beautiful courtyard with a taster set
of all their beers. This beer took my head off with the huge hops
and great balance. In your face and more potent than anything in
B.C. I loved this beer for its ability to numb and tantalize the tastebuds at the same time. I tasted over 60 beers in 4days
in my Oregon trip and this beer stood out as one of the best.

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Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this @beaumontmarket as I have yet to even try anything from new old Lompoc... and here I am a local! Go figure! Threw me off that an Imperial is only 6.9% Alc./Vol. in strength... oh well... I don't want a heavy beer right now..

- Almost an amber ale color... rather rich and dark copper color with mild head that goes quickly to a light swarm of lacing.

- Huge citrus and fruit nose.. but not 'extract-y' like a cheap knock-off... and a unique roasty caramel malt... something with the malt here... that I quite like!

- Smooth, balanced.. smooth citrus hops... real hops! No overboard extract here folks... move along... Great balance with a creamy caramel malt... they are really on to something here...

- Bit chewy.. due to the awesomeness of the malt profile... but overall a very good aftertaste and warm feel.

- Hugely drinkable, and I look forward to purchasing many more ounces of brewed beverage from New Old Lompoc brewing... seriously... why are they not just huge right now all over... is it their choice? What a great beer!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at New Old Lompoc. After hearing all the hype on this one, I finally get to try it.

A - Pours copper with a 1 fngered off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

S/T - Honey, caramel, citrus, light toffee, and bittering hops balance this beer.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. Where is the alcohol?

D - Great. A very sessionable beer and worthy of some hype.

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