Hop Head Monster: C-Note Imperial Pale Ale

So I was at a corner store picking up some dom beer to sip on during some ball games. As I was scanning the pint micro brew bottles at the top of the fridge I see some of my favs and some I cant stand. Then I see an IPA I haven’t seen before when I see a beer with a 100 IBU listed on both sides of its label at the top. That caught my eye and I bought the son of a gun really quick. When I got home and tried it I wasn’t disappointed. It was bold and filled with a strong & fruity taste once it entered my mouth. The Lompoc Brewing company’s, based in Portland OR, website lists 7 different hops for this beer: Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. Hence the name of this monster IPA “C-Note.” Although this beer isn’t one I’d call one of my favorites, this strong and bitter IPA is one every hop head has to try. Cheers.

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Had this not too long ago and all I remember was it was damn bitter. I’ll stick to the Lompoc Strong Draft. Thanks

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