C-Son's Greetings
The New Old Lompoc

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,686
Ranked #13,909
3.98 | pDev: 16.58%
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Skrumpy
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark, reddish amber in color. Hazy, with a tan head. Streak lacing. The aroma is fruit, spice and bread malt. The flavor is pine, citrus and some caramel malt. There are some herbal and spice qualities as well as hints of fruit. I would say the beer is fairly well balanced. It is malty for an IPA. A little bite from the hops and some alcohol vapor hits your nostrils in the finish. Decent, but not my favorite holiday brew.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a glass: deep amber color, mostly transparent. Lacy head of foam; the right amount of carbonation for this style. Hops on the nose. Taste wise, there must be spruce tips in here. Otherwise a ton of hops and a malty backbone. Perfect for an imperial IPA in my opinion, and extra special in that there are the spruce tips in addition to everything to everything going on with an imperial IPA. Love it!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber courtesy of Daune...thanks bud!

Amber colored with a short lived head and minor splotching

Smell is very subdued and extremely doughy...cinnamon bread and spice

Taste is all over the board and really discombobulated. Holiday spicing, tons of gingerbread like malt, weird cloying sweetness in the middle that rides through to the end that leaves a slightly rotten fruit taste. Hops are around but buried and not really all that pleasant.

This really isn't all that good.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought at Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $5.49 Cold and snowy evening hope this helps! Slightly hazed amber coloured beer in the glass, with a nice looking large creamy/thick eggshell white head. Very prominent aromas, deep rich chocolate fudge maltiness balanced by huge spruce and resinous hop.Impressive. Taste is similar to the nose very luxuriant and ends with a nice long lasting dark chocolate style bitterness. Good mouth feel..lowish carbonation and smooth. I really liked this one. I like the maltier IIPAs so this suited me.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a reddish color with an off-white frothy head that left chunky lace.

S- Sweet caramel, cherry, and pine notes.

T- Lots of sweet caramel, some pine, and cherry. Finished with a very mild bitterness, very malt forward and sweet.

M- Prickly carbonation, dry finish, some warming.

O- Definitely the most malt forward DIPA I have ever had with lots of sweetness and not too much hop character.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.28.12

A - Pours a very dark orange, almost brown with a thin light tan head that lingers.

S - Dark, earthy hops, grassy, dark citrus peel.

T - Sweet citrus and biscutty, then some bitter grass, then a nice candy-like finish.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body.

O - Solid heavy IPA with a nice strong hop presence.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice copper color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: A little bit bit of caramel and biscuit with a nose that reminds me of fruit cake

T: A note of sweet fruit, mainly a jolly ranger/fruit cake taste with bread and caramel. The fruits really shine. Reminds me of a creamy jelly roll type fruitiness.

M: Medium body, tasty and well carbobated

O: Goos

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Photo of djbreezy
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bailey's Taproom

appearance - amber with white foamy head

smell - floral and pine hops

taste - floral and pine hops, citrus notes, hop forward but backed by sufficiently sweet malts for a heavy flavor profile

mouthfeel - full body, well carbonated

overall - has a very tasty hop profile that kept me wanting sip after sip, very good

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Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an inch of off-white head with good retention. The lace that clings to the sides of the glass as the head falls is abundant. The beer is clear with a copper hue.

S - The nose is a wonderful mix of sweet caramel and hoppiness. I get a mix of pine, grapefruit, and citrus.

M - Medium in body with ample carbonation. There is lots of slick hop resin present, while still maintaining a somewhat creamy feel.

T - The beer begins with some light toffee and caramel malt flavors. It's quick overrun by an army of hops. Grapefruit stands out the most with citrus complements. The pine from the nose is also present, but just subtle notes. It finishes with a big hops bitterness along with some caramel flavors that struggle and fail to cut all of the bitterness.

This is a hoppy monster for sure, that will annihilate your palette. The malts do a good job of balancing the hops, while still letting them shine.

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Photo of Mahlik
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 offering. 22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass

A - Pours a dark amber with a one-finger white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving behind some okay lacing.

S - Lots of citrusy and piney hops. Grapefruit, tropical fruit and resiny qualities are all present here. A very pleasant burst of hops on the nose. Sweet caramel malts help balance out the aroma.

T - Citrusy hops pop out first. Namely grapefruit. Piney hops and some sweet malts round out the flavor profile. A slightly stinging bitterness lasts into the aftertaste and beyond.

M - Medium bodied with moderate but lively carbonation. A bit sticky but finishes clean. Very easy beer to drink. I don't really pick up any of the alcohol.

O - A very tasty (and hoppy) treat. Love the hop profile on this beer. I wish this beer was not just a seasonal brew. This might be my favorite beer from Lompoc.

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Photo of chumba526
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears dark amber with a small white head.

It smells like a mix of multiple citrus flavors: I get a nice lemon, orange, grapefruit smell. There is also a nice herbal grassy hop flavor. There is a nice caramel toffee smell that balances out the citrus herbal hop smell.

It tastes initially very citrusy mostly grapefruit and orange this is complemented by a nice caramel toffee flavor. A nice grassy herbal almost minty hoppy taste is also present. I get a bit of also get a bit of a spicy hop presence as well. Though there is a heavy malt presence the hops are the real star of the ale. The ale ends with a nice strong potent hoppy bitterness. A bit of a bitter citrus flavor lingers on the palate for a while.

The carbonation is moderate. The carbonation is about perfect for the style it adds a nice creamy texture to the ale.

The drinkability is quite nice for the style. It is a thick heavy ale but it goes down quite easy. Though all I can drink is one 22 ounce bottle.

Overall a great beer that is a seasonal to look forward to.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, on tap. in dim light, it appeared dark amber or nearly mahogany. It was pretty clear, and not especially active. Thin white head fades before long, but still this beer is innately attractive.

The smell was surprising and disappointing. Mostly sour and boozy at first. Maybe a little hop notes poke through? And this is an IPA? not much else. pleasant, but not complex or diverse.

Bret or Bret like tartness is mild but undeniable. Sweet maltyness and moderate bitterness come into play in similar, balanced proportions to the tartness. Boozy, too. ...Fruity hop flavor emerges late... Unique, interesting and inviting.

assertive carbonation, modest warming, full body, and high viscosity. Bitterness is not intense, but lingers.

Rich full bodied sipper. Tasty and complex, but best shared.

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Photo of jdense
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom 7.1 and 7.2 (and probably 7.3:).2010, Christmas in July. Thanks Geof for stashing this keg!

One finger light tan head, very slow dissipation with significant lacing. Cloudy reddish amber body. Nose is pretty malty, caramel balanced by spicy noble pine hop notes. This is no entry level IPA, big in every way, huge resiny middle with caramel malts, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium full, a bit sticky.

Much of the character of the bottled version already reviewed, but I thought the malt backbone was more prominent in this 'aged' tap version. Spicy hops still the boss, and to be honest I could drink this all night long. IMHO this is the best beer Lompoc brews,and one of the PNW best DIPAs, I wish they did this year around. Can't wait for the winter holidays! This is a really good beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark persimmon with bronze-like undertones and bright tangerine highlights. Even though foam oozed out of the bottle prior to the pour, the beer doesn't appear to be excessively bubbled. The sandalwood colored cap looks mighty good and is sticky to boot. Plenty of attractive lace is the result.

The nose features caramel malt, citrusy hops and pine sap. This beer is a slightly bigger version of C-Note Imperial Pale Ale. Increasing the ABV by 1.1% hardly seems worth it (unless other changes were made) and is a lazy way to come up with a holiday release.

Just as in the smaller beer, this offering's claim to fame is that it uses 7 different hops, all starting with the letter 'C'. For the record: Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial and Challenger. It also has close to 100 IBUs and it tastes and feels like most of them are still present.

There's too much toasted-caramel maltiness for my liking, which has the effect of blunting too much of the hop flavor. I compared C-Note to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and the same applies to this offering. Unfortunately, the extra alcohol is doing it no favors. It's still a trifle hot.

Each mouthful delivers well-toasted bread, steely caramel, citrus peel, pine boughs and a shot of lower shelf brandy. All in all, this NOLB seasonal release isn't the American DIPA of my dreams, but it isn't completely without merit either. Slightly better than average sounds about right.

The mouthfeel is more polished stainless steel than velvet cushion. Unmasked alcohol and abundant alpha acids will do that. The carbonation is a little more lively than I usually like, though it's fine the way it is.

New Old Lompoc Brewery should keep the name and change the recipe for Christmas 2010. C-Note Imperial Pale Ale isn't a good enough beer use as a starting point. My suggestion: go back to the drawing board and use a little imagination this time.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with my main drinking mate BeerFMAndy.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy rusty orange brown. The beige head reaches about one finger before fading leaving a decent lace ring.

The aroma is malty with hints of grapefruit and oranges. Certainly not DIPA stuff but worthy.

The flavor is much of the same. Heavy malt with a syrupy grapefruit and pine overtone. Not bad just not a hop bomb by any stretch.

Medium to full body. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall a decent drinkable beer. Not on my list of beers to seek out but not bad.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark amber golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malty balance/note, nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is sweet, very nice hop note, malty, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, very nicely done for only 8% ABV. Very drinkable, another very nice brew from Lompoc, highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.0% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this bottle!

A - Pours an almost clear mahogany-red color with a two-finger tan head with decent retention and some loose, clumpy lace.

S - Lots of amber malt and caramel with a rye bread and oatmeal cookie aroma almost over-takes the rich hop aroma of light grapefruit, mild pine, and some woody, earthy notes.

T - Heavily malted Double IPA that's got a lot of toasted bread barley with caramel hints and amber qualities with an overarching hop flavor of American hops that don't give off any particular seasonal implications. Pine, grapefruit, and some very mild spice.

M - Dry like crazy with an almost roasty mild bitterness and a medium body with some sweetness underneath too.

D - Not very drinkable for a Double IPA. It's too disjointed it seems. Nothing impressive going on but its not terrible.

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Photo of madtappers
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

one word WOW!!!

C'son's Greetings has to my new favorite winter seasonal, and if this is truly double c-note....they sure did a good job of masking the hops.

This is a big beer with a great balance for the amount of hops used. Pours a cloudy amber with a great odor of fresh hops.

Got to say the taste is amazing, after on sip, your mouth says more please!!!

Check it out before it is gone I hear Lompoc did a limited bottling run on this seasonal.

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Photo of Spikester
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark deep amber with a good one plus finger of white dense head. You could easily make a three inch head if the pour is more forceful. The lacing is about as full as it gets. Aroma is caramel and piney.
Taste is rich resinous hops with an immediate backfill of caramel malt. The hop character is superb and the malts are full but simple. Unlike many winter warmers it doesn't have that cloying molasses character. Mouthfeel is full without being too thick. Carbonation is just enough. Drinkability is perhaps too good. At 8% abv you better watch out. At no time could I taste the alcohol. The finish is piney resinous hops with enough malt to tame the bitterness somewhat. While not an authority on this style by any means, I have tasted the standard beers from most of the Northwestern craft brewers and have to say this is the best by a wide margin. This winter warmer treads very close to DIPA territory. I can't wait to try this on tap. The bottle version was so good!

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a ruby amber brown with crisp fluffy white head, slightly hazy but very faint

a solid hop bomb, pine upfront, followed by grapefruit, pineapple, spicy hops, caramel, slight breadiness

solid pine upfront, followed by grapefruit, slight lemon, earthy hops, slight spicy hops on the finish, all balanced with a smooth malt body of faint toast and a dash of caramel

big hops upfront with a smooth and solid malt body. spicy tangy resiny hops on the finish with no trace of the alcohol. crisp, refreshing, slightly warming, and super smooth

an awesome beer that goes down super smooth. a solid hop body is balanced by a smooth malt body, and the hop layers really mingle and intertwine with each other. the dry, resiny finish lingers long after the sip and the caramel is very subtle. a killer beer for the price, i know i'll be getting another bottle, or two

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Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled for the first time in 2009, this is a good-looking seasonal offering from Lompoc. Body is a deep reddish color with amber highlights, topped by a half-inch or so of creamy, off-white head. Aroma of rich, sweet, bready malt, with notes of dark cherry and a touch of oak.
Palate is sweet, bready malt up front, with a good dose of fruity hops emerging towards the back of the mouth. The flavors brighten up a bit on the swallow, shifting from the initial old ale-style notes to a flavor profile that is much closer to that of an imperial pale - lighter malt and sharper, piny hops. A lingering piny bitterness sticks around after the swallow.
Body is fairly thick and a little sticky, but finishes cleanly. The strength and full body make this more ideal for a slower pace of drinking. Savor it and enjoy the complexity. While not one of my favorite winter ales this season, this is definitely a unique, well-built beer. Give it a shot.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The most recent seasonal beer menu at New Old Lompoc describes C-Son’s Greetings as “The original recipe of C-Note: hoppier, maltier, and bigger.” C-Note is one of several IPAs Lompoc regularly brews, famed for its composite of six hop varieties that all begin with the letter “C”. I’ve never had the opportunity to directly compare these brethren ales. All I can tell you is, this beer absolutely kicks ass.

This is a beer of such compelling artistry and perfection, you get one of those teary-eyed moments, sitting in the neon bathed booth by the window, sipping deliberately, repeatedly, muttering to yourself, “I can’t believe how good this is. I can’t frikkin’ believe how good this is.” Well, it is. It’s that good. It’s as good as beer gets.

I often feel little need to describe a beer this well made. It’s really pointless. But it’s worth noting that the hop profile has a flawless measure of both bounty and beauty. The hops are strong, clean, and full of resounding bitterness, yet also possessed of tremendous agility and grace. They are profoundly floral, with a succinct delicacy that keeps them approachable and relaxed, never searing or overbearing. It’s positively divine. The malts keep a solid balance in play while at 8.0% ABV, the presence of alcohol is undetectable – not the taste of it anyway.

C-Son’s Greetings is ruddy brown with a soft feather bed of compressed suds showing durable retention. And I’ve never seen so much lace. Not only is it a solid mass, but it trails from the rim of the glass to the absolute bottom of the pint without slippage or fatigue. A masterful work of art.

This beer must become a regular feature at New Old Lompoc. I insist. It’s entirely unacceptable to have this only offered for a month or two in the winter. The brewer / management must be made aware that the public can’t be denied this beer during the off-season. It’s gotta be done.

Seriously, this is the best thing going on 23rd Ave.

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C-Son's Greetings from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 39 ratings