bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit and light dark malt aroma. Grapefruit and light summer fruit flavor with dark malt, caramel, and light cocoa. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Grapefruit and light summer fruit lingers with caramel, light earth, and light dried fruit.
BucannonXC5 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glass: Pint glass
From: Karl Strauss Brewery in La Jolla, Calif.
Purchased: May 31, 2013
Consumed: May 31, 2013
Misc.: Thought the board read 7.6 percent, but the one I’m rating is 6.2 percent. The website says it is their annual American Craft Beer Week beer.
Poured a dark red, caramel color with 1-2 fingers of khaki cream head when I got it. Lots of good layered foamy lacing, good retention all the way down.
Smelled a pleasant mix of caramel and toffee malts and bitter, spicy, rye hops, resin hops, citrus hops (grapefruit & grapefruit rind) and floral hops.
Tasted skunky resin hops, bitter spices, rye hops, floral hops and grapefruit rind. Not quite as good as the smell.
Medium body. Thin texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.
This beer started out well for me but took a bad turn when I tasted it. I probably wouldn’t have it again.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red color. Aroma is like spiced caramel. Taste is spicy rye, malty,chewy actually pretty good. I’d actually order another of these. I will say though that the hops don’t come through well but that rye and the malt are good.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany pour with a khaki head. Sweet caramel malt, toffee, rye, and sweet candied fruit. Light pine, some floral hops, orange peel, and toast. The flavor is quite sweet. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and fruit. Some rye notes, light pine bitterness, and floral hops. Hints of grass, mild herbal notes, and a bit of candy.
theisti (3588) - Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz tulip draft at the brewpub in Carlsbad, California. Pour is an unfiltered looking ruby brown, with a light tan head with some lace. Aroma is soft rye spice, along with light resinous hops. Subdued but clean nose. Taste is tannins, resins and spiced rye - nice soft integration between the Rye and the hops. Some floral comes out in the back as it warms. Nice, mild flavors. Palate is medium to light bodied, nice unfiltered mouth feel. Spicy finish. Nice use of Rye.
BMan1113VR (7912) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a lightly hazed deep amber-copper hued body with a mostly lasting off-white head. Aromas are fruity, citrusy and extremely estery. Malt profile exhibits bready, caramel, and light rye (spice, bread) notes. Flavors are very malty, some alcohol. Lightly spicy and bready. Honestly, not very IPA like (at least not at this point). Mostly all malt left, but not really too sticky nor too thin. Mild bitterness and a tinge of orange. Medium to lively bubbles, medium body. Lightly warming. Good, but its either faded (surprisingly elegantly for the style) or not very IPA-ish to start with.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler to go from KS Sorrento Mesa: Cherry-amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is light caramel and citrus. Flavor starts malty sweet with light citrus followed by some peppery spice and a building, lingering grapefruit bitter finish. Medium body is tangy with moderate carbonation.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ KS Sorrento Mesa. Pours a dark copper with a soapy film on top. Standard Karl Strauss diacetyl aroma is what usually turns me off of KS brews. Slightly spicy with some citrus notes. Thinly textured with minimal hopiness and an abrupt finish. I give this an extra point because it tastes much better alongside the delicious food KS serves.