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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This California Strong Ale was first brewed in 1986 and gained notoriety appearing in Newsweek Magazine. Brewed with a variety of hops from Tasmania, Australia, and Washington state, it has a smooth malt character with a hint of sweetness and a fruity aroma. A favorite at the Hayward Brewery… 8% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2010
From tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy orange with a minimal white head. Aroma is mild hops fruity. Bitter, dry hoppy and light roasted malt flavoured. Dry toffee like note from the malt. Bitter and mild fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy aroma with some hints of citrus. Sweetish malty and slightly bitter hoppy flavor. Has a sweetish malty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Hazy gold beer. Champagne dry but the hops are tepid and apologetic. Nothing special!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Dark orange pour with a white head. Nose is really bland. Some orange, bread, grass, and toast. A very vegetal aroma, some water, and a hint of spice. Tastes of bread, water, toast, and grass. Lightly vegetal, some solvent, and mild citrus peel. A light to moderate bitterness, grassy hops, and a touch of toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14080) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Poured into a Michelob Celebrate! tulip. :) Pours coppery gold with a slight white head. Aroma of malt and some rather unusual hops. Med body. Flavor is malty, but there are some floral, fruit and herb aspects to help with that. There’s a tree bark/twig aspect. It tries to be astringent, but not quite dry enough for that. This isn’t super today, but it’s nice to see the past brought back, and this would have been dynamite 30 years ago. I’m liking it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
On tap @ Buffalo Bills poured a clear light amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel and light fruit. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee and light fruitiness with a smooth clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2013
12oz bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, straw/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy/grapefruit, some straw. Somewhat dry finish, medium body. Not expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did -- really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy gold, subdued hoppiness. Rather pleasant balnce of hops and malts. Good balance. (June 2004).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Citrus, with some floral and grassiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle. Wood, orange, toffee malt, and orange peel aroma. Amber with small head. Moderately sweet orange caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal hay/orange peel flavor. Good body. Pretty sweet - nice.

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