Califa IPA, an American-style IPA by Cervezas Califa

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Califa IPA is an American-style IPA brewed by Cervezas Califa, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a bottle.


The ale pours a cloudy burnt orange and is topped by an inch-thick cap of frothy off-white foam that shows modest retention. Ample effervescence is visible in the glass.


Its aroma has a pleasant scent of grassy and floral hops.

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The palate begins with a soft taste bready malt that shifts to a hoppy bite of herbal hops, a light lemon citrus, and then mellows with a flash of caramel.


Its feel has a smooth draw with a body that’s just under medium and carbonation that’s a shade over moderate. Finishes slightly dry and astringent.


The Califa IPA has a lovely hop flavor that’s balanced nice malt backbone. Its feel is a wee thin and its carbonation is a little sharp. But these misgivings are slight and this is otherwise a fine representation of an American IPA. Back in the States, this brew may not garner much attention. But in this part of the world, the Califa IPA is a welcome beer to happen upon.

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