VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at San Diego Airport - Dark amber in color with a small white head that did not linger. Aroma was a mix of hops and malt, although not strong in either. Flavor was of medium hops and some carmely malt; again not strong. Drinkable, but not a really great effort.
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Applebee’s. Caramel color, aroma and a little in the flavor. Mildly hoppy with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Not my favorite Karl Strauss beer.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the San Diego airport while waiting for the plane. Sort of a sad way to send off a great brewing town. I think I’ve found San Diego’s answer to Chicago’s Goose Island Honker. Medium orange amber, slight head. Little aroma. Watery, vegetal taste. Talk about a step down from the previous beers. In the end, slight cookie flavor, bit bitter, and vegetal. So-so beyond belief.
Tmoney99 (12757) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Dark amber color with white medium head. Complex flavor with tones sweet hop. Solid finish. Another good San Diego find.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 This amber colored brew has a slightly sweet taste. It’s not a ’big’ beer, but is good in its own right. I thought it was a better than average session beer.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is a deep orange color with light lacing of the head. Slightly malty with caramel notes. The body had hints of hoppiness, but they faded quickly. More bitterness shows as the beer warms just slightly.
Krawtschenko (4) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Draft at Old Columbia brewery. A very nice amber lager. Nice copper color, medium head retention. Caramel malty taste balanced with a hoppy finish. Not my favorite KS beer but a good beer to take to parties where the normal beer offered is MGD. Nice way to introduce people to micro brews.
hopdog (10498) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Poured a dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet and malty. Toffee and caramel. A little one dimensional for my tastes.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty. Not really feeling the "touch of spice from the hops". Good beer to throw down the hatch all damn night. Yaaaayyy!
ghawener (1549) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Light copper colour. Sweet aroma of berries, caramel. Taste is sweet and fruity, nice bittersweet and full of character.