C-Son's Greetings | The New Old Lompoc

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Brewed by:
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by RedDiamond on 12-11-2004

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Hoptometrist:
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 ckornmannn
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Kevlee722
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Spikester
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Mahlik
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 mendonjoebeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Vancoubeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 BarrytheBear
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
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 Salemjeff
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of almostjay
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sprucetip
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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 TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Quafftastic
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beercounter1
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of boralyl
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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 bitterthebetter
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 chumba526
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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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