BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright orange hue with a modest layer of frothy white head and super sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is amazing hop aromas, fresh pine and grass with grapefruit and sweet citrus tones. Flavor follows with high hop bitterness and piney-grassy-citrus hop flavors apparent from the onset, bready sweet malts provide appropriate balance, hints of tea leaves in the bitter drying finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A great DIPA from a traditionally underwhelming brewery, I hope this is a sign of good things to come from another SD brewery, big hops and drinkability even at 9%, kudos for using NZ hops here....
Nik925 (725) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge battle between grapefruit flavors (mostly) and reallly, reallllly off flavors. Hop abuse. This coming from the hop capital of the world (?) SoCal. Just funky, off, odd, hops. Rather hard to drink. Karl knows how to make great beer, but it looks like overusing hops alludes him.
Thisis12ptfont (708) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma contains citrus, vanilla, malts, caramel. Appearance is a dark gold with a cream colored foam top. Taste is incredibly creamy, big vanilla taste with nice hops and malts accompanying. There is a big caramel finish with a light bitterness. Overall, this is an interesting one. I like how thick and creamy it is with a light hop taste. Could use a little more balanced flavoring but besides that, it’s an enjoyable cold one. I’d give this a B rating.
brianprentiss (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Karl Strauss, very fruity and citrusy, smells like pine. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation,
BucannonXC5 (663) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was honey orange. About a finger width of head. Dusty white lacing on the top with some bubbles in the middle. Sporadic film on the sides, but not as much as I thought there would be.
Smelled huge hops right in the beginning. Citrus hops as expected with grapefruit seeming to be the leader. Also tangerine in there, too.
Tasted a bit stronger on the alcohol side than I expected. Tons of citrus hops. Seemed to be more tangerine than grapefruit, but it was tough to tell. Bitter on the tongue after.
Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.
I had high hopes for this beer, but it didn’t quite live up to my billing. I’d probably try it again though.
Getbetter (652) - Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brought this with a under $7 limit and after a pliny the elder.Aroma is good,the hoppy taste is satisfactory but could be more ,not as crisp.Karl Strauss is a Tumor on San Diego brewery community yet this beer prevails as a savior for the damage.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into pint glass. I recognize the aroma of the Nelson hops, but this is more pungent on the nose than other Nelson hopped beers I’ve had. Its really cloudy (where Alpine Nelson is perfectly clear) with a mandarin orange color. Malty taste and chewy texture. It is a decent beer but wont hold up to other exceptional Double IPA’s.
J_man (618) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice pale amber/copper color with an off-white head. The aroma reminds you that hops are related to another wonderful plant called cannabis sativa. Seriously, I’m getting some definite stankiness off this. Nice, big piney, grassy, herbaceous hop bitterness with a really well balanced malt body.
beerbastard (603) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 22oz. Bottle. Golden amber, with nice big fluffy head, which hangs on to the sides. Malty nose mixed with fruity hops. Big flavors of sweet malts with fruits like mango and pineapple. Hop flavors along with well balanced bitterness. Some burn in the finish. Usually I don’t like my Imp IPAs too malty, but there is almost enough hop to counter this.
DocJitsu (584) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a shade darker than a classic golden color. The liquid is crystal clear. An eggshell colored, fat, clumpy head forms quickly. Butterscotch, lemon esters, and somewhat earthy bouquet. Mouthfeel is full, cottony, slick, and maybe a bit oily. Some mild butterscotch (not diacetyl) and some sweeter citrus esters in the flavor. The alcohol appears by itself after the finish, which tends to taint the experience a bit.