SDalkoholic (2017) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap into a growler from downtown location: Poured a golden honey color with a tiny formation of foamy head which did leave behind a trace of lace. From the nose, there are is an assortment of hops giving a combination of citrus and sticky green hop. The flavor comes across well with a perfect balance between malt and hop while the hops tend to dominate a little more. Minor hints of lime citrus and ginger, however, this isnít a double IPA I would mention as a top contender of the category but meets the standard requirement I have.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge passionfruit nose - I thought this must be galaxy hopped, not Nelson. Fairly straight forward DIPA body and texture wise, toffee, caramel and a bit helping of citrus and passionfruit. Very tropical. Unique and fun.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Sauvin tropical flavors and aromas are big and center. Yes grape and vine aromas too. Backed up solidly by a more standard west coast hop profile - citrus and pine, this is a solid brew. A bit too sweet but otherwise very good.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to turboedtwo for this bottle.
Itís a gorgeous pour with a deep clear amber body with a steady stream of bubbles feeding a rocky off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is a combination of citrus fruits, pine and white grapes. There is some sweet malty aromas and a hint of earthy spices as well.
The taste has an even spicier character up front with some pine resin and the distinctive Nelson Sauvin chardonnay-type thing going on. The finish is sticky with pine resin hops.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation.
I donít have much experience with this brewery but I really enjoy this one. Itís a great DIPA with a distinctive spicy character that makes it fairly unique.
StefanSD (1932) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Super fresh bottle, got it as they were off-loading the truck at the liquor store.. Pours a translucent copper color with a big off white head that slowly fades and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The aroma is light with mixed fruits, bubble gum and a bit of perfumy soap. The taste is vibrant with crisp hops, citrus, hazelnuts, white pepper and some caramel. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of hops and some sweetness lingering. Overall: This is an outstanding DIPA, I canít believe its a Karl Strauss. Compares favorably to Alpine Nelson.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at OíBriens. Clear amber color with a small, creamy off-white head. Unexpectedly mild aroma, grainy malts with lightly floral and citrus hop notes. Flavor is hop dominant, more grainy malts with pine, citrus peel and a bitter earthy character that is somewhat unpleasant, leading to an astringent finish. medium to full body and tingly carbonation.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Who knew that Karl Strauss would have a 9% IIPA. On tap a Hamiltons,and I see it starting to pop up elsewhere. Dark yellow color. Initial nice hoppy aroma, but then fades to a cooked corn vegetable or something. I can taste the corn/vegetable too. Not unpleasant, but not tasty or drinkable either. Possibly the worst IPA Iíve had. 5,2,6,3,11:2.7
Tried again at the brewery. 8,3,8,4,16:3.9
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber with a retaining white 1/4 inch head.
Aroma: Grapefruit,pineapple and pine.
Taste: Bitter, citrusy and herbal hop flavor backed by sweet caramel like malts. Has a sage like after taste that I enjoy.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Not thick or syrupy though.
Overall: Another Rookie of the Year Candidate.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up this bottle while in San Diego. Pours copper with a white head. Nice strong hoppy aroma with lots of citrus. The 9% ABV is well hidden without being overly sweet. Great citrus flavor. Nice work.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - thanks riverside; pours a vibrant hazy orange with thick white head fading quickly; grassy hop aromas with some lemons, spicy hops, a little fruit; sticky, dry finish; lovely grassy notes with eathy malts; get some creamy caramel too; smooth, bitter, well rounded and damn tasty