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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Fresh hops with some fruit in the nose. Deep amber color. Well balanced. Quite drinkable. Like the other Karl Strauss beers, I had this one on a fresh tap in its San Diego home.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoot07 (4) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
Honestly I struggle to see how this beer is rated as low as it is on here (to commercial for the hipsters?), this has become one of my go-to pale ales. Compared to other APA’s available in Australia in a comparable price range I reckon it’s hard to beat. The current batch I’m rating pours a golden, slightly amber colour with what I believe to be the perfect carbonation level for an APA, fluffy pillowy head dissipating slowly and leaving a goo bit of lacing, when poured at the right temp. The nose is brilliant; the dry hoped Amarillo really shines through when fresh. The taste is great, All the stone fruit, citrus and pine you would expect from this hop combo (Cascade, Newport and Amarillo) and I don’t get any metallic or off flavours at all. I’ve had this beer less fresh than this batch and got a bit of oxidation and the hops had faded a bit but was still a great beer. Overall a very clean drinking, true to style, hop forward APA. I think a lot of the local Aussie so-called craft breweries could learn from this one. Also the fact that it comes in a six-pack instead of four pack is a big bonus for me and still cheaper than the local equivalents? I have a real problem with the recent Aussie trend of selling craft beer in four packs, 18 - 22 buck for a four pack? Moo, Feral, Balmain, Murray’s.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColaKid (33) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2014
I have to agree with zoot07 on this one, this is a better pale ale than what the scores and ratings suggest. The hops and malt balance is spot on as it treads that fine line between a subtle pale ale and IPA really well. This is one of the best pale ales around and great price for Aussie standards, robust , tasty and wonderful dry hopping. Well done Karl Strauss!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Draught at Karl Strauss, Carlsbad. Clear deep golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy pine flavor, grassy, biscuits, grapes, citrus, floral, some toffee. Hoppy pine flavor, grassy, floral, citrus, pine apples, mango, grapes, some peach. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jehoesefat (231) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Piney hoppy aroma. Pours clear copper with a foamy white head. Bitter flavor mellows out to a smooth finish.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
renffisch (723) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Actually fairly pleasant, draft at the local, San Diego. Surprisingly light and drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinhol (195) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2014
12 oz bottle (america go metric) dark amber in colour hoppy resin aroma taste is the same very drinkable pale ale

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2352) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle in San Diego. Light, refreshing and a bit tame. Touch of caramel malt and decent body. Grassy herbal hops for flavor. Seems like this is made a little more for a wider audience as opposed to an earth shattering ipa experience. Drinkable but so many other options in SD.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2103) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pretty good beer overall, really. And I was surprised to get it on the other side of the planet, for me that is. Poured at a good temperature, with a thick, off-white foamy,semi-pemanent head, and lots of lace. Color is a clear, medium, honey amber. Aroma is at first honey caramel, then pine and citrus. Flavor’s like nose, fresh, tasty, (apparently it traveled well) and not too heavy in any area. Body/carbonation are excellent! Finish is like flavor and is super drinkable. I like it the more I drink it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobboLovesBeer (4) - - FEB 2, 2014 does not count
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. A rich amber toffee colour with a small head that very quickly dissipates leaving some lacing. On the nose it has tropical fruit aromas and some piney resin hops, a very pleasant smelling apa. Taste is not as bitter as expected with nice malt and pleasant mouthfeel. Overall very sessionable and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orange_3084 (73) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2014
Faultless APA. Pours deep amber with good clarity and medium, slightly off-white head. Great lacing. Upfront pine and caramel aromas, with interesting fruit notes coming through. Grapefruit is present, but also are some sweet tropical fruits. Body is medium-thin. While not particularly memorable, the taste is balanced and quite refreshing. An appropriate malt backing supports a medium bitterness that provides a biting finish, but not as exhaustive as an IPA.


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