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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

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Added by freed on 08-19-2003

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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a deep some what murky burnt orange with a large fluffy slight off white head that settles nicely into a creamy mass leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Honestly more malt driven aromas than the big hops I expected,caramel malt stands out along with some brown sugar,the hops provide a leafy herbalness in the back end.A big sweet caramel base dominates from the start along with slight alcohol and drunkin peaches,some leafy hop rounds this out.100 IBU's really?I mean its a pretty good beer but again another DIPA thats much to big in the sweet flavor department.

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%

Thin and a little harsh. I still think this is an imperial PALE ALE, and not an IPA. Dark amber, plenty of spritz, and just a wisp of head.

Some faint malt. Tastes the way straw smells. Flat and one-dimensional. Not all that bitter, but the aftertaste is definitely bitter. A little of the biscuit taste, but more herbal tea.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.
3.0 3.25 2.75 3.25 3.0

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, deep, dark amber body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Fragrant nose of caramel-coated and candied oranges, lemon, and mangoes with a garnish of shimmering, oily grapefruit peel.

Taste: Sweet caramel and crystal maltiness setup a sturdy base for the bright hop character. Citric, moderately bitter hop flavors of fruit and resinous pine. Finishes bittersweet, though only the raw hop bitterness remains for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Touch of toothsome stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, that was pretty good. A pleasant, hoppy lil' gem from Lompoc.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing firelight orange with a brick red influence that adds warmth and character. The whipped creamy crown maxed out at two fingers and is midway between pale gold and pastel orange in color. Gobs of glass decoration solidify what was already a pretty solid appearance score.

The nose doesn't quite make it over the hump. Any beer that calls itself Imperial Pale Ale, uses 7 of the best American hops in existence, and claims to 'push 100 IBUs' needs to be more explosively hoppy than this. I get a whiff of brown sugary caramel malt and two whiffs of grapefruit peel.

C-Note Imperial Pale Ale is a poor man's Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. It has the same pale-caramel malt backbone, only it isn't as sturdy as it could be in this beer. The biggest reason for flavor similarity is hop similarity. C-Note uses a combination of Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. Celebration uses Centennial, Cascade and Chinook.

Positives include a firm smack of hoppiness and decent hop flavor. Negatives include a relative shortage of malt and a smidgen too much unmasked alcohol. The malt tastes more toasted-earthy-nutty than English toffee-like. Still, this is pretty good beer as long as one doesn't compare it to the greats.

The body/mouthfeel is midway between IPA and DIPA, leaning more toward the former. It's polished glassy smooth (not easy with this many alpha acids) and has an ideal amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel's quality wasn't appreciated until it was focused on. That's called 'sneaky good'.

Since C-Note IPA doesn't quite reach 100 IBUs, the name isn't an accurate one. Oh well, XCVII IBU Ale probably wouldn't have sold very well. Despite its derivative flavor, this is a good drinker if you have that hop monkey on your back. I'll be interested to see what New Old Lompoc can do with a few other styles.

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Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a slight hazy burnt orange to off sort of brown color. Slim finger’s white foamy head starts and dissipates at a nice pace. Messy lace occurs as the head dissipates. The smell starts off with a sly citrus hoppiness. Subtle pine notes glide into a sweet malt base. Somewhat dry, with a sticky hoppiness coming in. The flavor takes in all of the previously mentioned flavors sliding together sweetly. Bitterness shows a sly "oomph" slyly and riding on into the finish (kinda sticky). On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Fair sessionability to it. Sly carbonation. Overall, very nicely done AIPA, I could see myself coming back to this.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured fro a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white surface coat of head. Aromas of roasted caramel, tangy sweet mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, and resiny, floral hops. Smells like a sweet, tangy explosion. Flavors of tangy sweet tropical fruits initially, with a blending of mango and pineapple most apparent. Roasted undertone, with a hoppy blend of pepper and oregano cleaning things up a bit. Malty, with a robust blast from every aspect on the palate. No pulled punches in this brew. I would love to see what this beer would be like fresh-hopped. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and smooth, with a slick, smooth, clean finish. The palate becomes very balanced with rich sweetness and light, citrus tart at the end of the brew. Great beer, very easy to drink.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, nice citrus notes, very slight pines. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus, and slight pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery. I would not call this an Double/Imperial IPA.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass. I had this right after the LSD and this was my favorite of the two. I mean, sure, I found the initial hop flavor lacking for my taste. (Maybe a little more dry-hopping would be nice.) But there's still a big, earthy kick of citrus hops that sticks with you. All in all, a tasty beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like it.

Smell: floral, spicy and funky aroma. It almost smells like there's a touch of rye in here, but that could just be spicy hops. Not bad, but not entirely to my taste.

Taste: rich malty aroma with a bracing and slightly abrasive bitterness at the end. Hops themselves are floral and a little resiney. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty beer, but something about the abrasiveness of the hops make it less than highly drinkable. I like it well enough, but probably would not seek it out again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mixture of those amber and copper colors, hits the 1/3" white head amass. Lots of alcohol and bitterness in the nose, not so much hops, malt or other stuff.

Taste was 100 ibu level simplistic one trick pony bitterness. Tons of c hop bitterness. Long boil. Crystal malt. Alcohol tastes more pronounced than it should. A double less than 7%? I guess maybe because of the high degree of bitterness?

Bomber format sucks price wise. This stuff is overly simplistic, would not bang again.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Chuck's 85th Street Market in Seattle, WA.

Pours a dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with lots of floral, grassy pine countered by sweet malt. Floral but the hop character is a bit one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit stronger than I prefer. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit counter the resinous pine presence.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that dominate the flavor, lingering over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Very earthy and bitter with lots of sticky pine needle and grass overpowering the palate. As it warms, a prominent sweet malt character comes forward with hints of toffee, caramel and bread. There's also a bit of alcohol heat/sweetness toward the finish. Decently balanced but not very interesting. Not a bad beer but I probably wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rarely add a second review of the same beer ith the only difference being serving style, but I found enough variation to justify it here.

Served in a fluted goblet. Poured a medium honey/amber color with a half inch of off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a bit on the malty side but had a nice zing of hops. The bber was malty-sweet, but had a noticeable hop presence throughout and a citrus hop finish.

The body was very good, full, smooth and even. Drinkability was very good, especially if you like your Pales hoppy.

Overall, a very nice beer that borders on being an IPA. Worth trying when you see it.

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