Soundwave West Coast IPA | Siren Craft Brew

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Soundwave West Coast IPASoundwave West Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Siren Craft Brew
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by CwrwAmByth on 11-07-2013

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of innominat
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NilocRellim
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 stephenlee
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of azkkr
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of wllrss
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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!


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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rwalford74
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hdtrice
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of rbloomberg3
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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 speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Soundwave West Coast IPA from Siren Craft Brew
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