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 soze47
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Red Bones at the NW Fest on 11/09/10.

Appearance: Orange in color. Really average looking.

Aroma: Citrus and pine first, then a nice malty subtle sweetness.

Taste: Thick hops that lay down (grapefruit rind and floral qualities), but the maltiness allows more complex flavors to develop into more citrus fruit flesh and less bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and crisp on the finish. Very drinkable if you can take the IBUs.

Overall: I really liked the balance on this one between bitterness and hop flavors. The malt does a good job of transitioning the development of flavors.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Quite surprised at the color, light copper, lots of bubbles and no real head.

S - Lemonade and grapefruit.

T - Light hops, then bitter ending that stays on the tongue for only a little after. There is a little sweetness in there too. Curious, but nice.

M - Light, low carbonation, crisp.

D - A solid, good beer. The darker color threw me off. It comes off more as an IPA, but without getting kicked in the teeth by the hops.

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Photo of philbertk
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lompoc Brewing Company--Portland, OR--C-Note Imperial Pale Ale. 7.00% ABV. 100 IBU's. Mild lace white head. Slightly hazy dark amber gold color. Rich earthy hop front. Crusty earthy pine citrus caramel malt mild fruit body. Earthy bitter hop spice end. Hoppy and malty but unbalanced. (3.25 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/25/2010.

Lompoc Brewing C-NOTE Imperial Pale Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV. 100 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Rich floral citrus pine hop front. Rich dense lacy lasting half inch off white head. Fizzy clouded rich bright dark amber color. No sediment. Dry sweet thin textured crisp citrus grapefruit light caramel malt rich hop resin grassy crisp zesty body. Rich bitter hop spice clean dry end. Burpy hops. Rich floral mild malt big bittering intense NW IPA. Hoppy but could use more malt base. Sampled 3/4/2011, 3/6/2011 and 3/8/2011. Purchased for $4.50 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/3/2011.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Hazy dark orange brown color. One finger of creamy beige head with below average retention, but moderate amounts of lacing.

3.0 S: Solid, but not overly hoppy. Hops and malts seem to be there in equal proportions. Hops offer candied oranges, mango, and plenty of herbalness. Malts give a bit hit of caramel and some breadiness. Yeastiness in there too.

2.5 T: While the nose is pleasant, the taste is pretty boring. The strongest flavor is bitterness, which works to balance the small amount of maltiness present, but isn't ideal in a DIPA. I want more hop flavor. There is some citrus hop flavor in the form of orange, grapefruit, and lemon as well as some pine, but it is muted, especially given that this is fairly dry. Yeastiness is there again and gives the illusion of a thicker body.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation. Fairly creamy and very smooth.

3.0 D: Not the greatest, but not the worst either. Just an "average" DIPA. Worth drinking once.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep, red/amber with a 1-finger, white head that falls quickly to a cover.
The Smell is mostly pine with a lesser amount of citrus. As it warms, a bit of a malt presence appears.
The Taste is citrus and pine to start with a dose of bitterness in the middle and finishes with a bit of sweet malt. The alcohol is not evident.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin but it doesn't affect my enjoyment in any detrimental way. Seems to be coating my tongue allowing the taste to linger.
Drinkability: There's not much here to make me think of this as a IIPA though not a normal IPA either, more midway. It's easily an enjoyable hop heavy beer worth trying.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color liquid, below average head, yet the carbonation was ample. Lacking in the aroma department, just smelled of astringency and alcohol.

Taste was massively bitter, lacking any tangible dry hopping effect in the mouthfeel. Just super long hop boil I'm guessing with Cascades. Similar to Hopsickle, but w/o the heavy, darker malt and caramel feel to Hopsickle (and w/o as many hops). The mouthfeel does mellow out eventually and the beer becomes decently drinkable. I've had worse in style, I've had better.

If you like long bittering hop boils, this is probably the beer for you. If you're a bigger fan of dry hopping, this probably is not the beer for you.

These are not the droids you're looking for.

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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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours dark copper with a chill haze and a one inch head of tight biege. A partial skim coat revealed itself as well as some spotty lacing.

Aromatics are a balance of malt and hops, and the malt is borderline stale. Traces of carboard are apparent and the hops are a blend of pine bark and grapefruit. Not really very pungent for the style.

Medium bodied and quite tacky and sticky. Carbonation is a bit low and keeps the beer wrapped around the tongue for a while.

A bracing bitterness with a plentifull heft of pine resin and grapefruit starts the palate. Thickish malt steps forward and adds some sweetness and wet paper.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, chewy malt, and plenty of pungent resins.

A bit over the hill and the nose is lacking. The oxidized malt detracts and the hopping could use some complexity.

I remember this one being better at Redbones for the Northwest fest.

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Photo of shivtim
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint of this at NOL.
It's deep brown/red, with a very small soapy off white head.
Nose is hops, hops, hops. Hops overload.
Taste is 100% pine hops. Sticky, lingering. Kind of a hops mish-mash.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Needs some balance and malt.

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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 Patrick999
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The bottle looks to be in good condition, so I hope it's reasonably fresh, but I have no clue. Need some kind of freshness date for a beer like this. Nice foam, settles down to a thumbnail. Dark for an "imperial pale ale," gold bordering on red.

Pretty good hop aroma. Orange blossom, grapefruit, Pine-Sol, rosewater, a showcase of the "C" hops most likely.

Hmm. Reminds me of a slightly less strong Sierra Nevada Torpedo with a bit more malt character. Soapy hop bitterness isn't overwhelming, but it does build on the palate a bit. Mostly balanced, with hops given a slight edge, but the malts don't lay down their arms - caramel sneaks through every now and again.

Feel is slightly watery, not quite oily enough I'd say.

Decent. I can drink it, but ultimately it doesn't wow me.

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Photo of mudbug
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish with a small head that laces well, aroma is flowery hops, not overpowering, more like a nice IPA.
Taste is bitterness upfront then a slight malt sweetness kicks in, a dry sourness is in the aftertaste, bittering hops is the theme here, if that's your bag then this ones for you, just a little too one dimensional for my tastes, similar to hopstoopid without the juicy pine.
As a DIPA it's good but there are lofty heights in this style, perhaps should have been marketed as an "extra" IPA like Torpedo.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at New Old Lompoc.

Appearance - amber colored, pours with a nice foamy head, lacing hangs strong on the glass

smell - dank citrus and pine hops, some sweet malt

taste - pine and citrus hops dominate, malt backbone, bitter

mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation

drinkability - has great hop profile, bitter

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Tucquan
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in a 22 oz bomber in Portland, OR on 2010-02-02

A - Clear caramel with a 1/2" light tan head

S - Light apple and pine with a hint of citrus

T - Mild raisin, caramel, slightly sour with a medium-strong grapefruit bitterness. Alcohol is well-disguised and the malt-hop balance is well done. The flavor is good but not extraordinary.

M - Crisp

D - Could be a session beer.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: The pour is a deep caramel and toffee color with a finger and a half of creamy head sitting on top. The head retention is fair, as it sits there for a minute or two. Very little effervescence is present. After a few sips and a few swirls, there is a dash of lacing above the line of beer.

Smell: The nose definitely presents an IPA, but a 100 IBU IIPA? Not quite sure it's there. A lot of herbal notes like pine and grass and a little bit of citrus grapefruit show up, but I was expecting a bit more of a punch

Taste: The malt backbone upholds the wave of hops, but perhaps too well. There is a lot of toffee and caramel sweetness coming through on the palate, which is overpowering some of the hop flavors from really gushing out. More pine and grass and citrus grapefruit and a little orange peel come out throughout the tasting.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: This was a good beer, but I don't think I'd trade for (or crate if I had the option) it again.

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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 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 racer2k
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Urban Farmer restaurant in Portland, OR.

The "C" designation in the beer implies that the beer is brewed with 7 varieties of hops that begin with the letter C. These include: Cascade, Centennial, Challenger, Chinook, Cluster, Columbus and Crystal. An astounding 100 IBU's at 6.9% abv

A - Beer is a dark amber / deep copper that has plenty of carbonation and a small off white head that creates plenty of thin lacing around the glass throughout the beer.

S - Beer smells of pine, fresh hops with a caramel / toffee malt backbone to it. There is also a strong flavor of citrus including oranges and grapefruit.

T - Nice healthy dose of bitter hops but still balanced at the same time. The hop profile does not significantly over power the beer as there is a malt back end to this beer.

M - The beer has a medium carbonation to it but has a tangy mouth feel that is quite pleasant.

D - Very drinkable even considering the 6.9% abv. The beer should not be called a Pale Ale given that it is more like a Double IPA or Imperial IPA than a Pale Ale.

Overall this is a very good beer. I look forward to enjoying having some more again

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/24/09

Courtesy of PDXHops

A - Deep, rusty amber color with swaths of crimson highlights. Cloudy. Lightly toasted marshmallow-hued foam dissipates quickly leaving patchy bubble on top. Spotty lacing.

S - Distinct caramel aroma intertwined with citrus hop notes. It has a sweetness that is almost like a sugar cookie.

T - Akin to the nose with the only difference being a greater intensity to taste. Though the malts appear to be in abundance, there is a potent bitterness that slightly bests the sweeter aspects of the beer. Caramel & toasty malts are seated nicely with pine & citrus hops.

M - Just heavier than medium-bodied with appropriately restrained carbonation. Some resiny grit & lingering bitterness.

D - Very good; exceptional balance. If balance is your cup of tea, pour out the tea & fill up with this. Solid all around; I'd definitely give this another whirl.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland for $3.99. 22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 6.9% and 100 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a cloudy dark amber with some nice red highlights when held to the light. It has a one finger off white head that has some good retention. Leaves some nice lacing in between sips.

S-Get some nice fresh citrus, biscuit malt, grassy hops, and a little caramel.

T-Grapefruit citrus is the first flavor. The grassy hops are more apparent in the middle along with some biscuit malt and some sweetness. It ends with some nice bitter grapefruit.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, and has good carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking beer. It seemed liked Cascade hops dominated the flavor profile, but it was still pretty good.

I enjoyed this beer. I did not notice the 100 IBUs, but thought it was an easy drinking higher abv PA. Would like to try fresh on tap.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep amber with a bit of head and no lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, I'm not sure why they call this a pale ale... Very nice nose though.

Taste is super hoppy. Tons going on, very citrusy, floral, piney. It'll really kick your ass and palate real quick, but still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, Wackyfoot. No best by/bottled on date on label. Nice pop when opened and poured into my Moonlight nonic glass. Very nice hazed blood orange color with 3 fingers of thick manilla folder yellow. Milky way bubbles.
Aroma puzzled me and not very obvious...even as it warmed up a bit. Very subtle fruit that gets drowned out by soft leather & pretzel knots. Still smells good, though.
Dense hop flavor offering lots of bright citrus notes. Pink grapefruit and chewy as hell. Lemon acidity makes this a tad tart, but not overbearing. Somewhat creamy underneath the great hop flavor.
Spicy bitter in the middle with a slice of rye bread. Great complex body to round this out. Finishes bitter with a resiny grapefruit blast.
Spotty lacing in the glass, with a nice 1/4" head remaining throughout.

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Photo of gameface23
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with an off-white head. The head doesn't last very long, but it does leave some lacing.

S: Awesome hop aroma. You can really smell the American "C" hops in abundance. Pine and citrus notes are in the forefront.

T: Piney hops backed up with some caramel sweetness. It ends with a tiny bit of spice and some earthiness.

M: It's a little thin, but I kind of like it.

D: Improved because of the thin mouthfeel. This is a really good beer!

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C-Note Imperial Pale Ale from The New Old Lompoc
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