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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Santa Cruz Ale Works I.P.A. Another excellent example of how brewers out West can manipulate hops. Originally designed by the British, this style was made with more hops and alcohol in order to survive the long travelling ships from Great Britain to India, at the time a new English Colony. This lightly colored ale is very aggressively hopped from start to finish. From the first sip the hop bitterness and aroma are overwhelming then rounds off nicely with a citrusy finish. Including dry-hopping we use over 30 lbs. per batch É lbs. per bbl) Approx 6.5% Alc.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours clear brass with thick, pillowy white foam. Sweet whole wheat bread aromas accompanied by citrus and pears; refreshing. Medium piney flavors accompanied by a light toffee, finishes with a nice bitterness. Medium body with high carbonation. Itís closer to an English IPA but still has some West Coast characteristics. My only complaint is the carbonation is a little high, it creates a weird foam ball that doesnít marry with a crisp IPA.


3.2
VinegarStroke (421) - Napa, California, USA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle: straw, hardly any head or lace. Clean, pale malt, hoppy. No great lift. Bitter. No real depth. Nothing wrong just average.

3
Bacterial (2986) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Clear amber pour with a white head. Nose is pine with ambit of citrus. Taste is yuck. Metallic, grapefruit pith. Big bitterness.

3.7
kaser (6221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Orange pour from draft at Santa Cruz Boardwalk. White head. Tangerine and apricot flavors, tropical and hoppy. Good stuff.

3
bergstaden (2937) - RÝros, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2016
Golden with a white head - Malt and hops in the aroma with citrus and fruits - Malt body with ahop profile that has some citrus notes to it The hops goes into the fin ish with a dry note - This was nice

3
Bule (2137) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2015
On tap at Your Place. Pours a yellow amber color with a bit of head. Some hop bitterness at the end. A hint of citrus.

1.5
Joesl8 (3) - - JUN 19, 2015 does not count
Just tried this beer and it looked and smelt great but the flavor was horrid! I described this to friends as tasting like the pith of a bitter grapefruit, the white part, soaked in dish washing liquid with a splash of pine-sol. It was very expensive to boot, $7 for a .22 oz. My favorite IPA to date are Sclupin and Tap It, I was hoping this would be good because the aroma is there but I had to pour half it down the drain, and I never do that...ever!!

3.2
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2014
At The Big Sur Taphouse. Big Sur. Good aroma sweet.Citrus, honey, minor yeast. Little coriander. Golden orange color. Ok head and lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body creamy mouthfeel. Bitter Finish. Itís ok. Not a big west coast thing. Big bitter in flavor in finish though. Little more malt than some. Solid. Not a wow, But nice.

3.3
chacobella (52) - Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2013
When in.....drink the local ipa. Christmas California trip I picked up a 3.99 bottle at Whole Foods, surprised by bitter hops and Belgian yeast flavors. Not your typical west coast ipa.

3.2
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber in santa cruz from the grocery store, decent ipa, nothing crazy here, good.

3.2
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
bottle shared at tasting - Nose is really nice florals and pine cones. Something is odd with the yeast though - too many phenols from a basic ale yeast. Some mint and floral notes kicking around at the end. Finish is a bit buttery.


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