bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Karl’s joint. Poured with a very nice golden orangy hue with a killer citrus/hoppy nose. Very interesting combination of hops that really smoothes out the high abv, which is barely noticable. Has a great long lasting finish and was quite a nice IIPA.
LiMuBai (205) - - JUL 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pine resin aroma and a dark golden color . Wonderful hop flavor with a nice finish. Wonderful beer.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium hazy orange with thick pillowing head yet only a thin lace. Smell of maple, caramel, malt and spice. Taste of watermelon, honey, pine and hay. This beer met expectations.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ks sv. Pours ruby amber with nice off colored white head. Nice smooth hop aroma with some earthy dank grassy notes but not too much. Good smooth body which hides the alcohol nicely. Keep brewing more agressive beers please. Rip Karl.
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from natedogg on BA. Thanks. Pours slightly hazy bright orange with a nice lasting off white head that leaves some lacing. Grapefruit and sharp pine on the nose. Grapefruit, spicy pine, and some caramel malts with a little bit of alcohol in the finish. Nice and dry with plenty of carbonation. This one was a real surprise. Quite delicious.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
SD trip, Karl Strauss LaJolla: Another DIPA and a real good one. Nice hazy orange/amber color. Strong hop nose and flavor as expected; citrus and floral hops then a smooth finish. Very good and much smoother than the Idiot (Coronado).
spittle8 (124) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Strong, hoppy aroma. A little bit citrus, a little bit piney. Strong malt flavor, not a coffee malt like a stout or a porter, though. Very flavorful, biting beer, bitter but drinkable, substantial but refreshing; neither light nor heavy. Smooth, slightly creamy finish. This is one of the more universally appreciable double IPA’s I’ve experienced, a VERY good beer with enough character to woo the non-IPA diehard.
StormCoat (118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Spirits of St. Germain in La Jolla, California. Pours a clear, warm amber color with a small, off-white head. It has a really nice aroma that is full of citrus notes (most notably orange), with hints of alcohol peeking through. There’s a subtle, light bitterness in the taste which complements the big, caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied; coats the inside of your mouth, and leads to a fairly long, resinous finish and aftertaste that have lots of herbal and fruit (apple?) notes. Overall, it’s a really interesting and tasty beer. Definitely the best Karl Strauss beer I’ve had yet; I don’t typically find their beers to be particularly great, so this is a welcome addition to the lineup.
digrod (112) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled in 12/14. Pours orangy gold with medium white head. Aromas of cedar and caramel. Flavors are similar plus some grapefruit and melon??? Was expecting more especially since it is not even 2 months old. OK
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New, on tap at the brewery in La Jolla. A fantastic double IPA that puts the others on tap to shame. Light color but busting with flavor. Plenty of hops and a citric taste that lingers forever. A delight.