C-Son's Greetings | The New Old Lompoc

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C-Son's GreetingsC-Son's Greetings

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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: 38 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of BarrytheBear
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Kevlee722
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Salemjeff
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Beercounter1
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -11.4%
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 Skrumpy
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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 ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 sprucetip
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 CoryR
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 shelby415
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jubnat
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kinopio
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of almostjay
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +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 Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of chumba526
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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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