Condor Pale Ale
The New Old Lompoc

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American Pale Ale (APA)
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3.75 | pDev: 7.2%
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 9
Photo of cbarrett4
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from tap at brewery.

Though it looks unimpressive and tastes average, it is a pretty good beer for a hot day (though we don't have many here in Portland!)

A - lacks head and fizz, decent pale copper hue.

S - Some malts and caramel, a hint of citrus

T - Pretty straightforward American Pale Ale, mostly malts with a hint of hops

M - balanced and not too aggressive

D - Immensely quaffable!

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Photo of jdense
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hedge House, 3.30.10., listed on blackboard as 5.2% ABV.

One finger white head small bubbles, slow dissipation with good trail of lacing down side of glass. Gold/light orange body, nice stream of carbonation rising from bottom of glass, good layer of head on top of body. The nose is floral, grassy hops, with bready malts, light in the nose. Taste is malt forward, caramel sweetness, balanced with bready malts, and muted Ahtanum hops in the finish, moderately bitter (20 IBUs). Mouthfeel is crisp with a pretty dry finish. I can see this as a good lawnmower beer/summer quaffer. Nothing remarkable, but a nice solid APA.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at New Old Lompoc

A - Poured copper-gold, 2 fingers of white head, which doesn't dissipate. Leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Strong notes of caramel and citrus, which are held throughout the smell and taste.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, creamy, and smooth.

D - Another great beer from Lompoc. This is very sessionable.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this ontap at the 5th Quadrant.
Enjoyed it on their back deck during a lovely rain/cloud free June evening.

A copper brown, slight cold haze.

Aroma is some crisp hops, earthy and high alpha, not too much big juicy pacNW hop action going on.

One of the more balanced beers, offering a good bitter bite and a malt-forward flavor profile. The hops are really there just for balance, not running the show.

A solid and good drinker, but honestly, there's much more thats impressive at Lompoc that deserves my attention.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the 5th Quadrant. Pretty copper brew with a fluffy creamy head. Kind of malty, immensely quaff-able (particularly when it's at least 70 degrees out on a sunny spring day).

Great beer, a little bit sweet a little bit bitter. Another good beer that's available withing walking distance of my house...Bang!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New Old Lompoc named Condor Pale Ale in honor of the Oregon Zoo’s Condor Recovery Program. Last year the project successfully hatched the first California condor ever born in captivity in Oregon. The condor is the largest bird native to North America and boasts an astonishing 10-foot wingspan. By the early 1980’s however, the population of this majestic creature had declined to just 22 individual birds. Today there are ten times that number and this initial success is worthy of celebrating with a beer.

Condor Pale is a sensible, well-hopped brew that is immediately companionable and refreshing. The hop flavor is earthy and emergent with a modest background of bittering and enough malt backbone to keep the taste on an even keel. Condor is clear glowing amber with a pancake head and sultry lace. Its gentle contours make for super easy drinking. As for the smell, I might imagine that all those hops in the flavor contribute something to the aroma. But it’s all but impossible to smell anything at the New Old Lompoc other than cigarette smoke.

This is a smooth session beer that’s eager to please. Meanwhile, let us hope that the California condor shares some genetic material with the phoenix.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is named after a condor recently born in captivity at the Oregon Zoo, and I gather once the baby condor is named, the beer's name will change as well. Condor Pale Ale pours a golden brownish amber, a bit darker than most pales but not as dark as Lompoc's OSB. The aroma is very clean, not very strong, and slightly salty. The malts are full with caramel flavor, smooth and very tasty. The hop level is quite low and the beer is not at all bitter. Apparently Ahtanum hops were used, which I've never heard of before. I'd say more hops could be used, as neither the flavor, nor aroma or aftertaste have much hoppiness. The beer poured with almost no head, and was somewhat flat, although it was very smooth and drinkable.

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Condor Pale Ale from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 9 ratings