Electric Tower IPA | Santa Clara Valley Brewing

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Electric Tower IPAElectric Tower IPA

Brewed by:
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KevT on 06-09-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 106
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour. Can't find a date on this bottle, which could be its downfall. Malty aroma with tiny hints of citrus. Bitter and unremarkable taste that could have been better balanced with more malt presence. Perhaps it's better fresh, assuming this one isn't. Bottling date please. Decent mouthfeel, but mixed with unwelcome bitterness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to HopHeadJim for sharing this one.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight earth and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are quite earthy all around.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very impressive head that leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Underpinned by caramel, the aroma is filled with an earthy/grassy bitterness

Taste: Earthy bitterness co-mingles with herbal caramel tones on the front end and the bitterness builds through the middle and the finish; hints of stone fruit in the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While the label describes the beer as an "intensely West Coast style IPA" this doesn't taste anything like that to me as I was thinking more English, like an ESB; I am not picking up any of the floral citrus tones that others seem to have found here; not bad just not what I expected

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark, hay colored with excellent head retention, without much lacing though.
S: smells like it tastes. Yumm!
T: fresh fresh fresh hop piney flavor. This brew may have a one track mind but thats ok with me.
M: a tad oily but do able. hides the alcohol well.
O: i like the fact that it's from San Jose. Fresh brew at a semi decent price makes my wallet happy. Ill be def looking out for theit other offerings.

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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can locate; presumed fresh.

A: Pours a clear red with a big frothy tan head. Head fades very slowly with great retention. Pretty thin but widespread lacework everywhere.

S: Mild aroma. Some grapefruit and a little pine. A little bit of caramel. Very subtle.

T: Decent bitter grapefruit up front with a touch of resinous pine to back it up. Mild caramel malt sweetens it up in the middle. Small wave of bitterness in the finish highlights the hops a little better with a primarily citrusy hit.

M: Medium bodied, fairly dry on the back end. Bit of graininess mixing with the resinous hop mouthfeel between sips.

O: Pretty straight forward and standard IPA. Balanced flavor; not a hop bomb. Enjoyable but nothing over the top.

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Photo of mentor
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger dirt-tan yellowed head over a brilliant copper liquid. Smells pine, lemon, pith, grapefruit, tangerine zest, baby aspirin. Tastes well done. Hops shine on a well-balanced malt sweet with enough fruity esters to add character, but not distract. Hop flavor is pine, oranges, pink grapefruit, waxy resinous, grassy edge. Malt sweet is somehow creamy, yet the beer is medium-light in the mouth. Medium-aggressive carbonation could be a bit less (so swirl the glass to dissipate the gas). Decent lacing on the inside of the glass and drying aftertaste of hop waxy bitter.

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Photo of bayareahustla
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

incredible nose on this sumbitch,

Lets just call it Pliny's bitter brother. Its all pliny with a bitter edge.

Mouth is creamy and full of flavor.

tastes like a pliny clone gone wild. tons of hops punch you in the face like mike tyson bit homeboys ear off, that type of punch.

tons of hops, so floral, so hopplicious. this shit is hot!!!!

Myk3 gOrdon OUT

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the more attractive IPAs I've enjoyed. Beautiful clear amber with the orange cast plus an inch of dense foam and lots of lacing in the glass. A lighter body than some in the category. Fruity aroma entices you for a big gulp.

This gets rather bitter as you sip, of course, but it's a nice hop flavor. Piney with a touch of mango. Mild malt flavor. Spicy and on the sharp side. The aromatic hops really show off the variety of flavors. Really an interesting and drinkable IPA that stands out among the many contenders.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Ale Arsenal.

Clear gold. Pellucid. Heavy lace, light head. The scent is hoppy, bitter, and lightly fruity. Very pleasant. The taste is strangely complex. Citra fruit, cascade-magnum bitterness, cascade body, centennial accents. Loads of hops. Crisp, biscuity malts on the mouthfeel. Fresh (1-2 weeks) and crisp. Recommended. Drinkable and savory. Good IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Mostly clear deep gold with a nice finger of soapy off white head, medium on the lacing.
S - Lots of pine and citrus, very classic west coast aroma, a litte skunky and dank, caramel and bread malt
T - Mild pine and grassy bitterness up front, dank floral comes in with some lightly sweet malt, some bread, and citrus zest.
M - Finishes rather dry and rather bitter.
O - Overall a good west coast IPA, done right by the standard.

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Photo of mc4z
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This beer pours a light orange clear body and has nice lacing. The smell is fruity - grapefruit and mango. The taste is mostly pine and doesn't quite deliver on the smell. The finish is clean without a lot of lingering bitterness. Overall I think this is a solid west coast IPA and a sign of good things from Santa Clara Valley.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip.

pours a dark golden color with a big 2 inch head. smell is very fruity and hoppy...impressive nose. taste starts out fruity but quickly turns hoppy and ends with a very bitter finish. ooh, nice! medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a very impressive IPA! recommended.

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Photo of hoping4hopps
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is actually one of my favorites from Santa Clara Valley Brewing. It was the beer that popped my cherry at scvb. Like most of the beers I have had from here it has a firm malt presence that is not unpleasant. Hints of caramel are aligned just right for the murder scene of hops that is used to brew it. An all time favorite I suggest to anyone that is looking for a good brew from San Jose.

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Photo of KevT
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Original Gravity in San Jose and again at the Better Beer Garden during the SubZero festival. At Original Gravity it was $6 for a 16 oz pint. As the beer was set on the coaster, the first thing I noticed is the beautiful copper color, thin wispy head, and large CO2 bubbles racing up the sides of the glass. The nose is a little reserved, although there is a hint of danky hops. Upon the first sip, the palate is flooded with wonderful hop flavor, almost a little unexpected because the nose did not hint at all this hop flavor. Pleasant bitterness to balance the hop flavor with enough of a malt backbone to provide structure. This could easily be a 4.75 or 5.0 beer if it was dry hopped, but it is still worth trying if you find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Topher78
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew poured a light amber color, with 2 fingers of a bright white head that left excellent lacing. The aroma is pungent and consists of pine, mango, pineapple and citrus. The flavor follows the nose with only the slightest trace of a malt backbone. The beer is well carbonated and has a light-medium mouthfeel that finishes bone dry.

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Electric Tower IPA from Santa Clara Valley Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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