I.P.A. | E.J. Phair Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
E.J. Phair Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by ngandhi:
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2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strippingly clean yeast and soapy hops. No midpalate. Hops overtake the malt (which, at least from the color, looks promising) and then gives nothing outside of a calm spiciness in flavor. Decidedly mild and British -- certainly not faulted for that alone -- but overall character less. Some residual sweetness on the finish makes this interesting, but with no emerging flavors this beer fails to ever take a chance. It is satisfied with the general title of beer.

The overall bitterness is adequate, the cask-like appearance is near-perfect, and the focus is clearly hops over malt which is everything an IPA need be. But in this modern world of craft beer, any honest brewer has the obligation to make her beer original and, if not original, at least interesting. This is fine for a neighborhood brewhouse, but has no business being released commercially.

Relax, relax.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Troyone
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, pours a blond hazy caramel color with some substance and a three inch head.
Smell is not significant with an aroma of sweet malt and hops.
Taste is hoppy with hints of pine.
Mouthfeel is smooth with an even carbonation throughout.
Drinkability is good, watch out for the seven percent.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

3/4 of an inch of bubbly (non frothy) slightly off white head that disappears quickly. Lightly carbonated. Light copper yellow transparent hue. Minimal lacing.

At first smell, I thought this one had gone bad, but then I quickly tasted and realized that this is how it is supposed to smell. Very grassy, leafy, green and earthy smelling hops matched with an almost buttery biscuit-esque malt aroma. Hints of straw and corn as well. Doesn't smell like an APA or IPA at all.

The taste of this one is actually not that bad (especially considering the unpleasant smell). Despite this, I am not sure how this one fits into the IPA style. Grassy hops and sweet malts.

A watery yet murky finish that has the taste of low quality hops. Lighter body. Lightly carbonated.

Goes down like water, but the below average quality makes it tough to want to keep going.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a difference a fresh beer makes. I bought this sample from the brewer himself. A deep amber with a thick foamy head that left solid rings of lace. Nice subtle hop aroma, taste was tilted more towards the English style. Smooth and malty with good but not over the top hops. A damm good alternative to some of the fine west coast ultra hoppy IPA"s. Very drinkable and I enjoyed it much more this time around. Check out this small breweries drinkable beers.

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Photo of ReDave
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was not what i expected. Slightly orangeish golden color. Not especially hoppy. It was "rated" well, both here, and at bevmo, where i bought it. It was an "adequate" IPA, just not great. In fact if this was called an English IPA I'd feel much better about this beer

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Photo of stephendr
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of gold , with a decent off white head - nose of floral hops, slight grapefruit, and malt – taste of mild hops (floral), slight chocolate malt, and citrus- body is medium, smooth , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of hops, some vegetation

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a rather fancy looking cream, dark blue and gold label. A dark blue shield with a gold colored bird of some kind in the middle. Has the words ‘India Pale Ale’ in gold lettering also above the shield. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: The body has a really attractive color. A deep-fried golden color with a dark orange hue when back-lit. Some slow streamers, not many, but it is exceptionally clear. Sadly it poured with minimal carbonation and only a smallish broken collar off-white head remained as I finished the 12ounces into my Pint Glass.

Nose: Restrained, even as I returned to mark the nose half the way through the beer when it warmed, it was still reticent to reveal anything more than toasty malts and yeast mixed with a light floral hop character when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Much better than the nose would lead me to believe. The low carbonation levels don’t bother me too much – especially now that I have tasted the beer. Gorgeous malts in the beginning, soft and fruity they are a good scene setter for the middling hops. The hops are not biting, nor are they crisp, but almost stale in their character, not a bad thing – just different. The finish is bitter, low key but nevertheless, the bitterness does linger in the middle of the tongue for quite some time after the swallow. A nice IPA, I like the balance of malts in this offering.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, which again surprised me, given the low conditioning in this bottled offering. A “soft” IPA, it sits in the mouth easily. Doesn’t feel like a 7% beer though

Drinkability: Not too much to distract me from drinking this at all. It looked and felt like I was drinking a ‘flat-ish’ Cask beer at times. Pretty easy to down, but the lack of conditioning would be a draw back for me personally after several of these.

Overall: A ‘Phair’ attempt and a nice IPA. Maybe a bigger nose and a tad more conditioning would help though.

Thanks to EyeChartBrew for this one. Cheers Mate!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/28/04- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 12 oz nice looking bottle with no ex. date. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Never have I seen a beer this color before. It looks identical to a pour of ocean spray cranberry-white peach juice. Created no head whatsoever and very minimal lacing.

Smell- A bit on the sour side. Some sweet and fruity hops linger.

Taste- LongBeachBum called this one to a T. This tastes like it's either falt or like something you would get on cask. It literally has no carbonation. If you picture yourself drinking it on cask, it probably would seem a bit better. It has the hops and the fruity flavors, but just like my last review; nothing striking about this one.

Mouthfeel- Thin and watery...see above.

Drinkability- Not to keen on this one. Have had much better ones than this. I need a bit of carbonation in my bottled IPA's.

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Photo of Paige
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney and fruity. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney and very pronounced. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. There is a fairly strong alcohol bite at the finish, which is kind of surprising as the beer is only 7% ABV. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of Nbdreher
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bennetj17
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to fartingdog for this California IPA. Clear, with a deep copper appearance, the head is a nice 1/2 inch of fluff that creates minor lacing throughout. The nose is clean with light hops and candy sweet caramel malt, unfortunately it's awfully faint. The taste, with toasty malt flavors and resiny hops, also is not very exciting. The bitterness isn't present enough for an IPA and it comes off a bit too sweet in the finish. The carbonation is low, and makes it seem watery for a moderately thick beer. I thought this brew looked good from the start, but just went downhill from there...

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Photo of pjwilson
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this six pack, I noticed the quail caps which i have been using to bottle my own beer. So I sort of wanted to get this. One of the beers has a Gold Metal carboard ribbion, best English Ipa for 2003 at the GABF. And I like the pretty classy packaging. Ya so this all adds up to one impusle buy.
Appearance: very clear looking beer. it's a light orange color, looks nice. Suprisingly light, since the brewery claims that 6 malts were used.
smell: mostly malts, hops no where to be found.
taste: the malt bill is alot, I checked the website, to confirm the 6 malts. Ya, way too much character. The beer is nice and mellow and it grew on me. this is a pretty good beer, but don't expect a california stlye ipa, the hops and malt are equal ground here.
mouthfeel: very watery, but it sort of works here
drinkability: well damn drinkable considering it's flaws. I look forward to posting another reivew when I have this fresh on tap in Concord.

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I.P.A. from E.J. Phair Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 13 ratings