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.
It’s 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 don’t have much experience with this brewery but I really enjoy this one. It’s a great DIPA with a distinctive spicy character that makes it fairly unique.
ryanfolty (1943) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 23, 2014 - via bottle at Karl Strauss Universal. Cloudy orangish yellow with large head that lasted and lacing. Aroma was piney and citrus hops. Taste was malty and fruity with a dry mildly bitter finish. Palate was medium to full and slight carbonation.
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 O’Briens. 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.
Jimthechap (1842) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is among the sexiest beers I have had. It has the hallmarks of the archetypal Imperial IPA from the land that conceived this crazy, sexy beer. It looks good, as if it is a member of a Mormon family of singers with perfect teeth: perfect clarity, a lovely orange amber colour with a persistent head and good lace. Aromas of oranges, pink grapefruit, gooseberry and lime peel, testament to its New Zealand hops, grown less than twenty minutes away from where I am consuming it. The flavour is golden, spritzy and has grapefruit-like bitterness in spadefuls. It covers its abv very well to the extent that I could happily demolish another bottle if I had one handy. Gorgeous.
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 I’ve had. 5,2,6,3,11:2.7
Tried again at the brewery. 8,3,8,4,16:3.9
patricks110 (1834) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty solid double IPA. The pour is amber orange with a finger and a half of yellowish head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits and heavy hops. Banana, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, grass. The middle is sweet and fruity with a complementing maltiness. The finish is bitter and prolonged with a nice hop bite. Not a hop bomb, but very appetizing.
LtDan (1796) - 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.
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from brewery. Pours a nice orange with white head. Not really digging the nose--citrus and malts, lacking what I have tasted elsewhere recently, including in other KS beers. Solid, but stale seeming, though it was a fresh bottle.
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.
AdiBeer (1672) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: citrus, floral hops, tropical fruits, Appearance: hazy gold, medium , creamy, white head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: hoppy bitters intensify, tropical fruits again, light bitters coming up, slightly dry finish. Overall: very nice IIPA, great aroma and palate. Pint at Karl Strauss Brewing, San Diego.