Brew Review: Cismontane Brewing Co. Coulter IPA

by Kelli H. on January 8, 2013

Beer: Cismontane Brewing Company Coulter IPA
Date: 1-4-13
Location: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Type: IPA
Alcohol: 7.2%
IBU’s: 65

Aroma: Sweet citrus hops

Appearance: Hazy medium amber

Body & Texture: Citrus tasting up front with a bit of an alcohol bite. Lots of carbonation with great head retention.

Aftertaste: Surprisingly very very bitter

Overall Impression:
I love their label. It definitely grabs your attention. The label felt like smooth soft plastic, and the picture on the front looks like the epitome of California. Upon first sip I was a little turned off because it tasted quite different than a regular IPA. After reading the back that it’s brewed with rye, I thought it was more acceptable. I was surprised how hoppy this beer is. I’ve drank IPA’s with 100 IBU’s and Coulture IPA is 65, but tastes much higher. After sipping it a little longer I started to appreciate it more and would drink it again. The alcohol up front taste began to dissipate which I was happy about. I don’t think I’d buy it for myself, but if I saw another bottle of Cismontane Brewing in the store, I’d definitely give them another shot.

On a sidenote: 
Please take a look at my kitchen from last Saturday…It looks disgusting!

But please learn a lesson from me and David:

 Last Saturday David and I worked on a new healthy menu for his new 12 week diet he’s doing. In order to not feel pressured by the beer we had sitting in the fridge (4 six-packs worth!), David decided to take the beer out and store it in our beer cellar (hall closet). He also had two growlers in the fridge with a dormant yeast starter for his home brewing. We took the growlers out of the fridge, and I started twisting the top off the first one to pour it down the drain. Immediately it started hissing at me, as if it were a carbonated beverage. So, being cautious, I moved it to the sink, thinking if any poured out it would just run down the side of the growler. Unfortunately, the cap blew off the growler and exploded all over our kitchen. That’s just one angle of the mess, but it also went on our stove, microwave, kitchen table, dishwasher, refrigerator, cook books, not to mention all over both of us. We were shocked to say the least. We were also cracking up and couldn’t believe the explosion we just witnessed. It took us over an hour to clean it all up, and our blinds are garbage. What a lesson! Please learn from us! Don’t leave a yeast starter in the refrigerator for 8 months. I really don’t even know what else to say about it…

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Maren January 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Ohh my gosh! The kitchen does look gross. I’m surprised that beer was so bitter. After reading about the flavors I wasn’t expecting that.


Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Sounds like an interesting IPA! I kind of feel like a lot of IPA’s take a few sips to really appreciate it and get used to the taste.

And OMG your kitchen! Definitely lesson learned on that one πŸ™


sonia the mexigarian January 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

The label does look the epitome of CA. I was wondering if I recognized any part of that image πŸ™‚ I really like the poppy and hop(?) image. Never had this beer but I do like my IPAs so I’ll keep an eye out for it.

I can’t imagine the shock and hilarity of the growler exploding. Wow. How long does one usually keep a yeast starter in the fridge?


Made in Sonoma January 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

Yup, a poppy & a hop!

I have no idea how long you’re supposed to keep a yeast starter in the fridge. I doubt we’ll even do it again, since David made them and then never used them. lol. We both thought that if you put it in the fridge they wouldn’t become dormant.


David Wells January 10, 2013 at 4:42 am

This yeast we saved was harvested from a previous batch a beer, and was going to be used to make a starter on future batches. In this case there’s no general rule of thumb as to how long it can be saved, but typically people will say 1 year is the most you should go. If it was an actual starter already (activated with stuff for the yeast to eat), most people wouldn’t leave it in the fridge for more than 2-4 weeks. πŸ™‚


Janine Ryan January 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Oh man! Your poor kitchen! I like the “Rye-PA” from Harpoon, so I’m thinking this one would be tasty… thanks for linking up!


Made in Sonoma January 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I need to try some Harpoon beers! I just don’t think I’ve seen them here.


Giselle January 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Oh my what a mess! Love your blog! Just stumbled upon it and noticed that your close by (I’m in the Sacramento area). I am actually heading to Sonoma this weekend for a Fitness mom wine retreat through Fit Approach and Fitnessmomwinecountry. I love the area and can’t wait to enjoy some good wine!


Made in Sonoma January 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

So glad you found it! πŸ™‚ Have fun in Sonoma!


Stacie @ Snaps and Bits January 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Oh what a terrible mess – that does not look like fun to clean up πŸ™


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