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Mike Hess Gladius San Diego Pale Ale

Mike Hess Gladius San Diego Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
An homage to the birthplace of the high gravity IPA, our super imperial pale ale pours straw in color, with a white head. An amazing sensual assault from start to finish, with massive hop aroma, rich malt backbone and clean bittering to finish dry, keeping you warm on those cool San Diego evenings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1477) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 October 12th, 2013 - Now known as the Gladius, formerly known as the Amplus Acerbus Triple IPA, this thing, whatever you call it, is a massive hop bomb. When I think of San Diego style IPAs and the arms race to bundle more hops into brews, this is what I conjure up. The nose is piney, high and hoppy, with a little unopened orange, and that sticky, pine resinous feel that I often get in Double IPAs. But the flavor is calmer. Hops hits hard at the mid-taste, and increases the bitter pang on the aftertaste. The palate begins with a roiling boil, and ends with a deep, incredibly hoppy finish, smoothed out and bold. This beer is powerful enough to combat some brutally spicy jalapeño empanadas I enjoyed earlier, which is a real testament to the robust flavors in here. July 10th, 2013 - Hess is commanding an IPA heavy menu lately, and one of the temporary members of this IPA push is the Gladius. This is another San Deiego style pale with a off-white cap, and a biscuit colored glow, from which there’s a heavy perfume of orange and grapefruit. The flavor is equally bitter, and pushy on the palate, with orange peel, grapefruit and a slightly burnt breakfast biscuit breadiness mingling with a heavy alcohol dimension.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
On tap @ Stone. Orange pour with a white head. Nose is biscuit malt up front with lots of grapefruit, pine, and orange. Some grass, a light tropical note, and some slight herbal notes. Flavor is a bit heavy on the biscuit and sweet malt notes. Still, decent grapefruit and pine hop flavors. A bit of orange, some grass, and a light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Tap at Stone thanks to womencantsail. Pours a clear orange with medium white foam. Spotty lacing. Nose is dank hoppy, sticky melon, sort of malt gristy, a tad vegetal and sweaty. Strange. Taste is really nice- sharp hoppy bitterness, big grass and sugary melon. Solid IPA mouthfeel. Didn’t have a clue this was 11%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
On tap at Pressbox. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Nose is malt, citrus, floral, booze. Flavor is booze, floral, orange. Not sure what to make of this one; different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
Pours clear deep amber with a nice ceeamy head. Aroma is piny fruity citric passion fruit. Flavor similar to flavor nicely bitter malty and a bit acidy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Draft @the brewery. Pours an orange color with a white head. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy aroma. Fruity malty piney hoppy dry flavor. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
I can’t believe that the pale ale has higher alcohol than the IPA. The bitterness is kind of soft though. I wish it was a little less abv and more additions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Tasted like a monster DIPA to me. Tons of hops, but also thick and syrupy. Lots of pine and citrus. Back end gets to syrupy and boozy for me, kind of a rough finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft. Wow this is a really good beer. Name is a little misleading but once you understand what your drinking its phenomenal. One of my favorite 100+ ibu beers. Really high abv but you don?t taste the alcohol....which I like. Must be drank in moderation unless you?re looking to get really messed up quick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Clear dark gold pour with an off white head. Sweet malt, some bread, butterscotch, bitter hops, and some orange citrus. Fairly boozy. Decent for how strong it is, but I don’t think I would drink it again.

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