The City IPA
Calicraft Brewing Co.

The City IPAThe City IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,379
Ranked #40,180
3.59 | pDev: 12.26%
Calicraft Brewing Co.
California, United States
The City IPAThe City IPA
Notes: We love The City! From San Francisco to New York or from LA to Chicago, The City is where it's at. This beer is a tribute to our city, San Francisco, and to all the great IPAs that came before us. Brewed in classic NorCal style, balanced and dry, dank and citrusy, bitter and juicy, this IPA captures the best of this classic West Coast beer. It's The City IPA for The City by The Bay.
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Photo of Johnners
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from a local supermarket. It looks very much like a lager, if it weren't for the hoppy aroma. That aroma is subtle, hops and citrus, doesn't blow you away. The taste is mediocre, not bad but not great, just beery. Mouthfeel is light, the finish is nice, though, doesn't stick around too long. Overall this looked promising, but ended up being rather disappointing. If you like IPAs but want something a bit lighter than some of the in-your-face offerings, this might be for you.

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Photo of CC49
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I expect great IPA’s from west coast breweries, this is disappointing. Not terrible, not good, just meh. Don’t waste your $$$ on this beer, it’s easily forgettable.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This pours a nice auburn color with decent foam. Lightly subdued aroma, mostly citrus and pine underneath a "wet paper grocery sack" smell. There's more where that came from with each sip.

Bottle says I still have two plus months before the best Buy date. No idea if it's old beer or just all around terrible. Pass and then some.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the San Francisco airport at the Union Street gastropub
Pours a light gold Amber with a thin white head but lots of lasting sticky lacing.
A nice bitter Cali IPA underrated.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber with no date marking. Pours a pale orange color with a finger of white head. Strong pine and citrus smell. Medium feel. Bright citrus taste and bitter hop finish. Solid West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Beermebrah21
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've gotten this one a few times, 22oz bottle into a tulip.
Look: Beautiful clear orange, yellow in the right light. Hearty appearance.

Smell: Citrus and pine, as they said. Not as complex as I would like, but I don't have the best nose.

Taste: I really like what they said about trying this beer instead of ordering a cocktail. The bitters really add a complexity to the grapefruit/piney body, and the hops are certainly not hiding. Drinks like an IPA, almost tastes like a cocktail. Very pleasant summarizing aftertaste. Well done.

Feel: It pours a thick bubbly head, about 2" which dissipates quickly and leaves a rather smooth feeling beer. Give it a small swish and the carbonation really becomes apparent. Great sipper, but nothing you can't finish right before you rush off to the next happenin' night club.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. A nice golden color. Unfortunately, the beer claims it used blackberry root and orange peel and neither is prominent in the nose or mouth. Overall it is a fine beer, but it doesn't live up to its own description.

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Photo of sunilmallya
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Must admit its quite a bold name for a beer. Smells like a typical IPA, but not doesn't taste as bold as it smells. I did a blind taste and pondered over what the hot rooty finish was. Not in a million years would I have guessed it was blackberry root. Overall well balanced and a decent beer that I would drink on a nice warm day. The finish is what I like most about this beer, cant really go wrong with a nice rooty and zesty finish

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Photo of JackDempsy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a small brewery in a sea of breweries, but to be called The City when you are in the valley is trying too hard. Calicraft and Ale Industries own the market in this area and you make a pretty darn good beer. I had this with some very spicy Thai food and it was a very good pairing. I will do it again.

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Photo of Sparqx
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasted at 45-65 degrees
Appearance: Golden and slightly cloudy, dense head about 1 inch high for a 12 oz pour.
Smell: Musty grass, faint citrus, damp bark
Taste: When colder, unremarkable and bland with some citrus, with hops on the finish. Nuanced flavors of malt, earth, very subtle citrus emerge when warmer. The front label bittered with blackberry root seems to have added to the earthy flavors, and the orange peel was obviously intended to add bitterness, much as marmalade is bitter. But the hops still drive the bitter aftertaste. So the question is, does it enhance the resultant taste? Personally for me, no. I think the beer tastes better quite warm, but am still don't care much for the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Unremarkable, but has more substance when warmer.
Overall: Seems bland to me, with too much earthy flavors instead of the malt I was expecting, and the bitterness at the end shows hops as intended, but the flavor profile is less than what I hoped for.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Yeah I wanted a lot more from this beer. I mean, blackberry root and orange bitters? I expected more than subtle earthiness and over the top bitterness. Orange isn't there at all, and the blackberry root only exacerbates the bitter. I'd guess simcoe hops with all their resinous intensity. Gets real heavy though despite a nice flavor. Warms poorly and there is more grain body than is needed. I hoped for more given the unique ingredients, but it's poorly put together in that way. Meh overall

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Photo of gourmet_beer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Red/Copper
Clarity: Cloudy
No head
Aroma/Taste: Fruity, Earthy, Pine, BItter, Orange Peel
Mouthfeel: Sharp, Fizzy

Overall: Its a solid IPA. Nothing crazy unique or special but an overall good representation of an IPA.

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Photo of shleepy
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle (22oz) into Duvel tulip glass.

Golden color, medium head.

Piny but also caramel-malty smell. Not altogether pleasant.

Taste is much the same, unfortunately. Maybe I just didn't get a fresh bottle, but I'm not enjoying the malt profile. Finish is bitter and not very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good - the right level of acidity and carbonation for an IPA.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark iced tea color with a finger or two of very greasy looking dense off-white head that slowly faded to collar.
S: Notes of citrus and hop resin mixed with muddled notes or orange syrup, and caramel malts.
T: Greasy and resinous flavors of orange oil, caramel, bread crust, and pine sap. The finish has a clean bitterness, and the aftertaste is earthy and muddled tasting. A bit soapy overall.
M: Greasy hop oil mouthfeel, fuller than expected body, chewy carbonation. Bitterness is clean enough and lingers long after the swallow.
O: Muddled and earthy, this one had a strange taste to it. I've been impressed with most of their other beers, but this one wasn't great.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.

Pours a very clear bright golden colour, with a big, frothy head of pure white that sustains pretty well over time. Lacing forms in messy streaks. Carbonation is actually surprisingly low, but it does form strands of bubbles when tilted. Looks good overall.

Nose is great, and very fresh. Big citrus pungency with the brightness of freshly snapped vegetation. Lemon and basil come through, along with a slight seltzer underpinning. Pepper also makes itself felt, mingling with the lemon in a zesty combination. It's really great stuff.

Taste is fairly clean, but the malt is a little bit sluggish, pulling down the hop character somewhat. This is still crisp and fresh, with more zesty lemon and a little medicinal bitterness on the back. But the flavour is certainly harmed somewhat by the sweetness, which comes out of nowhere (there was very little on the nose). It just makes it feel more bloated than it would be otherwise—but overall, it's still pretty good.

Feel is good. Smooth and sleek, with a crispness from the hops.

Overall, I really like it. This is a crisp, well-made IPA with a great aroma, and an overall flavour which really shows off the hops nicely. It's anchored a little bit to much to its malt on the palate, but otherwise, it's really well-crafted, and very tasty indeed. My bottle didn't have a brew date on it, but given how local it is I guess it's fairly fresh—and that's certainly the best way to have it.

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The City IPA from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 65 ratings