Sound Wave
Siren Craft Brew

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,340
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,766
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
84
From:
Siren Craft Brew
 
England, United Kingdom
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Sound Wave carries her drinker to the West Coast, to the golden shores of California where craft ale is nectar. She is the driest of Siren's ales with a bitterness that bites, but she is balanced with full flavor. Her resinous finish will pull you off balance.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 84
Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a thick head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of stone fruit, a bit of green resin, some mango juice and fresh oranges.
Flavor with predominant notes of peaches, some onion, green spicy resin, oranges, grapefruit, wheat, pine, tea bags and mango. Dry and bitter aftertaste
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very good American IPA with hops battling for bitterness and flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i liked this one a lot, and even though i didnt get to drink as much beer from these guys as i wanted to while i was in england, it was fun to find a few out there in the wild. this one is one of the more popular beers it seems, and easily the most american of the hoppy beers i had over there. its classically west coast, oily and bitter and dank, with a really fresh hop profile and quite a bit of hop bitterness to it. a little deeper than golden in color and not fully clear yet still fairly bright, with a short white head. it smells like it could have come from the west coast, honey and pine notes, some bitter citrus, and a basic two row barley grain profile. its also unique in the context of england that it has no english yeast character at all, something flavorless and efficient and quick, more modern than many of the ipa types we had. there is cool fruitiness in the flavor, orange and grapefruit before it goes bitter, and there is some light honey sweetness running through it keeping it balanced. fairly full bodied for its lower abv, drinks a little filling to me, but thats after a bunch of beer, so it could be a cumulative effect. i like what these guys are doing, and its always the crazy flavored beers that make their way to the states, so nice to have something a little more standard from them, the quality is excellent.

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Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet citrusy taste with a piney bitterness.

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Photo of The_Beergery
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from its 330 ml bottle, its appearance is an almost clear golden yellow hue topped off with thick white froth. Aroma is hoppy in nature, prominently grapefruit and an assotment of citrus fruit, and some lighter pine and floral notes. Tastes what you;d expect a West Coast IPA to be, sweet grapefruit fading quickly into fruity and piney bitterness, and a long lingering finish. Just right level of carbonation and buzz and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter from our friend from across the pond
who purchased this is England----Thanks Keith!
This hop forward ipa pours a lightly cloudy amber tinged yellow with an excellent
head of white foam that settles to a thick big bubbled ring and thin layer with very nice
sudsy lacing. Nose of yellow grapefruit laden hops and pine tinged hops tossed into mild
wheat notes with subtle sweet honey malts. Flavors hit the right note for the style with wheat
and grain notes awash in grapefruit heavy hops and a touch of orange zest mingling with
mild sweet honey malt that fade to the overpowering hops with a pine tinged bitterness on the
finish. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation, and a bitter pine finish.

Overall, a solid representation of the style from across the pond!

Cheers

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Photo of janubio
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden colour, two fingers head wiht a a good irregular lace. Lots of floaties. ARoma of tropical fruits, citrics, spices, peaches. Medium body, silky palate, good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Taste of citrics, caramel, tropical fruits, peaches.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pours hazy dark golden with fluffy, white head. Aroma has citrus fruits like ripe oranges and red grapefruit along some grassy hops. Taste starts with juicy citrus fruits and continues with some bitter, grassy, piney hops. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a really good IPA. Juicy at first with a bitter, resiny finish, really enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-low carbonation visible
-particle floaties visible
S:
-zesty,orange,peach,tangerines,faint sourness
T:
-grapefruit,orange zest,bready
-medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A nice attempt at an old school american PA,though not particularly complex

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Photo of mothman
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at leyton technical. It really wasn't a real west coast IPA. It was a tad too malty for my liking. For an English IPA, it was more hoppy, however.

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Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 330-ml. bottle into tall water glass, London. Not to engage that debate, but Soundwave (or "Sound Wave" on the same bottle) plausibly claims to be a West Coast-style IPA. Perhaps not the first beer of choice for an American visiting London, but certainly satisfying for a Londoner thinking of California and Oregon.

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Photo of Spike
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle conditioned.

L: Cloudy, yellow/orange colour. Clumps of sediment are present despite a careful pour. Lots of carbonation visible. Thick, foamy, off-white head has staying power.

S: Nose is surprisingly biscuity and malty alongside the resin and juicy, tropical fruit aromas.

T: Classic AIPA flavours of pine and citrus. Lip-smacking orange zest is present. Finish is bitter, dry & resinous.

F: Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin despite sharp bitterness and high carbonation.

O: One of my favourite English interpretations of a new world IPA. Strong, hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy vibrant orange, almost like a weisse bier. Pine and citrus aromas are dominate, but and crisp. Oily bitterness (resin?) right away in the taste, with a nice citrus-hoppy flavour through. Very crisp and refreshing. Not much to it, but would make a great sunny-day-pint.

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Photo of WGO
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect white head, body is almost pineapple juice like. Yellow to orange and really rather hazy maybe almost cloudy.
Had this one a bit warmer than I would normally have an IPA, never really wait for a beer to warm up that much. Really great flavours in this, there is some peach, pineapple, maybe mango and a definite grapefruit pithy biterness. There was almost a slightly sour zing to it.
Carbonation is spot on just enough to give the beer plenty of layers, but never take over.
This is great stuff from a brewery that is fast becoming my favourite in the UK.

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Photo of hopley
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's description is spot-on. The bitterness for me is a little too powerful, but the piney, resinous finish balances it with a semi-dank mouthfeel. Overall - a pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Les Trois 8, Paris, December 2014:

Cloudy, darker amber color that produced a very nice, light, frothy, white head. Citrus hops, but not too overdone. All good taste, not too hoppy, but pine and citrus hops noted. Had a lighter feel to it, seemed much more like an English IPA. The beer had a nice dry finish. Overall, a solid beer, which is probably much better on cask.

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Photo of vinicole
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Hazy orange. Dense head.
Tangerine, pine resin and sponge cake.
Softens upon tasting to a subdued version of the aroma. Low astringency.
Low carbonation. Medium body.
Enjoyed second time around. Initial score - 3.43

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Half pint at the Euston Tap.

A: Very pale amber, cloudy, could have passed for English style apple
juice, kept a bit of film on the top, lots of lacing clung to the side of the glass.

S: Lots of mango, pronounced citrus fruits.

T: Lemon, lime, grapefruit mixed with a good dose of molasses.

M: Crisp, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O: Wasn’t quite a double or imperial IPA but a balanced, interesting beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with decent enough white head
Certainly a very dry element to this, nice balance hop level, I must investigate further.

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Photo of ADZA
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dirty blonde hue with a frothy three finger head and similar lacing,the smell is very subtle for an IPA and it's light stonefruit,lychees and perfumey hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of paw paw,lychees,pale sweet malts that try to balance things out and finished with perfumey floral hop dry bitterness and overall yeah it's better than it looks but not something I'd seek out again cheers.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle

A unfortunately just a bottle at a beer and food fest

S - slight citrus but very piney

T - very piney hop bakenced with malt

M - dry, good carbonation

All in all an excellent brew! I've wanted to try for ages and it lived up to it's expectation!

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Photo of Kenee
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip glass

Good frothy head. Excellent lacing. Colour is a very cloudy, orange. Little light escaping!

Very strong, very light citrus. Lots if hops. Massive.

Wow. Really good beer. Big grapefruit, citrus bitter astringent hit. Very hoppy, very bitter. Very nice!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The blurb on the label implies that this is brewed in the style of a West Coast IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of grapefruit, faint peel, citrus, white fruits, mild pine, grass/hay, earthy yeast and weak caramel malt. Decidedly hoppy but quite dry and yeasty.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, subtle pine, white grape, faint tropical fruit, grass/hay, earthy yeast, mild caramel malt and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with good carbonation and decent body. Hop oils tantalise the palate. Highly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of pine resin, sour citrus, bitter aromatic hops and dry, earthy yeast.

A reasonable stab at a West Coast IPA, but somewhat unbalanced. Looks OK, with a nice hoppy aroma that is tinged with yeast. The flavour is slightly less favourable; plenty of fruity hops but a lack of malt and an excess of yeastiness. Decent body. Overall, this brew has the hops but the appropriate malt character is missing. Worth sampling, though there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky dull bronze with with froth that trails a bit but fades fast, plus some kind of dirt on the inside of the neck.
Mango and lemon zest on the nose with some honey crunch biscuit underneath.
Dark honey and some apricot, then sour orange and lemon sorbet hops.
Dried orange rind finish and tingly linger.
Fizzy, slight cling, a bit watery.

So it's getting now to where we've got brewers who can whack in the hops, but not much else. This is brightly, fruitily, New Worldly hopped - and also muddy, thin, and too fizzy. Not to mention the mysterious silt that is forcing me to drainpour this.

Not a good foot forward with this brewery.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 84 ratings