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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 kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of fortheunheard
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of FluffyMcTingle
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Livid
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark reddish copper with a thin white head. Smells earthy and grassy with citrusy hop aromas. The taste is heavy on bread flavors before being overpowered by hop bitterness, almost to the point of tasting astringent. It opens as a pale ale, but finishes with an IIPA kick. It's a little light on carbonation, which emphasizes the pungent finish. There's a hint of soap at the very end of the finish - it's not my glassware as it tastes that way coming straight from the bottle. I've had this on draft and it was better balanced and missing the off-flavors, so I have to assume something went awry with this particular batch or on the bottling line.

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Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a orange copperish color with good carbonation with a nice white cap

S: Fresh hops, fruit and flowers. Really simple and straightforward

T: Good. An Imeperial Pale not IPA which really could influence rating. As a Imperial Pale the taste is good. Grains, a bit of bread and caramel, tad bits of fruit and some floral notes. Lighter booze.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, a bit slick and resiny

D: Good

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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 rab53
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bubbly, murky copper, with a nice two-finger off-white head, with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of doughy caramel malts, tea, apple, and hints of orange. Not the strong, piney scent I've come to expect from "imperial" pales/IPA's, but pleasant nonetheless. Who says a change of pace is bad?

T - Taste is of a rich, bready caramel malt background, balanced with leafy floral, herbal tea like hops, hints of pear, and hints of citrus. For being 100 IBU's, it's quite tame. It drinks more like a nice, balanced pale, but w/more to it.

M - Beer is medium bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick feel overall. Smooth, and drinkability is on par w/the ABV.

O - Overall, it's not the hop bomb the bottle might indicate, but a nice, above average pale ale. Pretty tasty, and a good buy.

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Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of paulmcm
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant orange colour with a fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Bright orange and mandarin aroma with some bitter grapefruit rind. Nicely crafted hop bill but with just a bit too much sweetness here for me.

Smooth, rich caramelised malts with a hefty dose of bitterness and some good citrus hops. A little too malty.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is a decent beer with some good hop character. It’s just a pity about the maltiness.

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Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

A: Pours a nice orange ale with under a single finger of creamy foam which falls to a sheet of the same. Nice rope lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Pine, resin, citrus, black olive (?), some nice sweetness as well.
T: Sweeter than I anticipated. Bitter with some nice resin style hops and some citrus flavors. Above avg, but not by much.
M: Medium bodied with decent carb and a semi dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer at all, but not something I would spend much time seeking out.

From notes verbatim on 10/27/10
A: Semi-murky copper ale with low/no head.
S: Pine, oranges, grapefruits. Floral tones in here as well.
T: Lower bitterness than I had anticipated. Tons of hops, tons of flavors. Yum! Resiny at the end.
M: Lower carbonation and higher body then I expected.
D: Great beer at the price point ($4).

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are a bit faint, some resin, a bit skunky, floral, and with some mild citrus.

Taste is sweet up front, some hard candies, tartness,
and some citrus, mostly oranges. Finish is pretty bitter, with some earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, plenty of body, and fairly smooth.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. I think it's wrongly categorized here, the label says "Imperial Pale Ale", and the ABV is under 7%, so that's why I think this is more of an IPA, whatever it is, it's a good hoppy brew.

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Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Hawthorne Hophouse on 9/1/11

Appearance: Pours a radiant and clear medium caramel color with honey folds. Off white crown is bubbly, shows decent retention and some lace.

Smell: Caramel malt along with a moderate amount of piney hops.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch chewy, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and balanced but the mouthfeel needs more carbonation. I can see restricting the carbonation to let the hops sing but there is no song to be heard so...

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours an amber orange with a bubbly, off white head.

The aroma is of resinous pine, and some grapefruit backing.

The taste has more pine mixed with grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light carbonation.

A pretty standard Imperial IPA. Nothing too memorable, but a solid, good tasting beer and at a reasonable price too.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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 NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 beerman207
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Imperial IPA from the west coast imported through my suitcases to good old KY.

A: Pours a nice cloudy orange brown with a foamy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Nose is sweet caramel, hops, citrus,

T: Wow, big bitter but balanced nicely with the malt. The flavor here is right on point. Nice job on this one.

M: Sometimes an IPA is too drying to the palate - not the c-note - this one is amazingly refreshing and just a great all around brew

O: All summer long would be the motto for this brew if it was available around here. Sad it's only a west coast phenomenon.

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Photo of tikibeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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 bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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