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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2014
As soon as I opened this beer, as well as the hiss, there was an immediate surge of resinous hops in my nostrils. Crikey. The body of the beer is orange amber with a puffy white head and another blast of herbal hoppiness when I poke my nose anywhere near the beer. It is strongly reminiscent of green spruce cones and redwood resin. Just glorious. The immediate impressions of the taste is that it isnt as massive as its aroma. It is gently carbonated and then those herbs come through with a slightly sweet stonefruit body but then they return with chlorophyll-like bitterness. I am not in the least disappointed. Itís a good exemplar of its style while retaining its individuality. Itís more herbal than other APAs and delightfully so.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
Damn, forgot to enter this...12oz. bottle

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a retaining thin cap of head.

Aroma: A nice hoppy aroma featuring herbal and citrus notes.

Taste: Bitterness, citrus, and a bite of salty caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly juicy and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very solid APA that I think most would enjoy. It isnít as crisp as most California Pale Ales, but the malt backbone will make this much more approachable to folks who donít care for a Sierra Nevada type of APA.
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2010 Total Score: 3.5
12 oz. bottle

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a retaining thin cap of head.

Aroma: A nice hoppy aroma featuring herbal and citrus notes.

Taste: Bitterness, citrus, and a bite of salty caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly juicy and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very solid APA that I think most would enjoy. It isnít as crisp as most California Pale Ales, but the malt backbone will make this much more approachable to folks who donít care for a Sierra Nevada type of APA.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On draft at the SD airport. Poured a clear gold. Some hops on the nose, mostly piney, lightly roasted caramel malts. Tasted more of the same, not very hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
No love for Karl Strauss? I thought this was a very nice brew. Pours clear dark golden copper color with a fluffy white two finger head. Floral aroma, with some light citrus coming in in the big nose. Flavor is a nice sweet citrus and light bitter pine on the finish. There is a definite malty biscuit backbone on this one with some caramel sweetness. Slick mouthfeel with high carbonation and some bite lingering on the palate. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. Had on cask and on tap, both were really good. Aroma was killer, bright with hops. flavor was dry and drinkable and hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1501) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: floral hops, light citrus, malts in the background. Appearance: dark, clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: flowers and citrus fruits expand. Overall: nice APA, light and well-balanced. Pint at Karl Strauss Brewing, San Diego.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Old bottle, had to be, no way someone would sell this as a APA, flat lifeless beer malt bomb and paper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1472) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 12, 2012
Draft: Part of the July sampler. Nice, solid, clean, true to style, well crafted. Food Pairing: BBQ ribs.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1459) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2013
Spicy hop malt aroma. Clear rich amber colour with poor head and lacing. Pepper malt hop spice flavour. Flat palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
On-tap at the TapRoom. Pours slightly hazy amber with a thinnish white head, good lace. Smells light syrupy hoppy, slightly fruity sweet, earthy, slightly nutty, some malts. Tastes of some iced tea, nutty hops and some sweet cereal malts. Not that good but drinkable. Medium body, good carbonation.


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