Kurtos (95) - Sydney, - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an Amber colour, looks a little like a lager.
Aroma is quite faint, can’t really smell anything, though what i can smell is a bit of apricot and pine.
Taste. I can mainly taste apricot, with also some grapefruit, followed by a nice toffee and sweet bread malt backing.
Overall. A good beer, easy drinking, although a little bland for my liking, i would enjoy this as a session beer and it is something i would rate very highly as an entry level apa.
mydogjet (25) - - JUL 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber, citrus on he nose. Underwhelming taste and bitter palate. This beer is just "ok".
Muggus69 (1145) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12fl Oz BB 01/2015
Golden body, slight haze, holds a firm white head.
Good aroma with light caramel & grainy malts combining with spicy, wood hops with notes of stonefruit & citrus peel.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.
Offers plenty of resiny woody & citrusy hops on the body, bolstered by a solid dose of toasty cereally pale malt goodness. Finishes with a firm but clean bitterness, very refreshing.
Nice APA, plenty to like.
LiMuBai (167) - - JUL 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, citrus aroma with a copper color. Subtle hops flavors with a slight bitter finish.
Karol (601) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tapped at Karl Strauss at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Aroma was malty in the back and I sensed a lot of spices and some good hops. Golden to copper color. Taste was a quite good balance of malt and bitter hops with a malty and bitter finish. Refreshing. A tasty beer.
wvhoran (93) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with Dad. Pours golden orange with a foamy off-white head, a good looking APA. Some nice peach and orange, floral notes in the nose but a lot of caramel malt. Taste is medium sweet, nice peach and citrus, but again a lot of caramel malt. Quite an old bottle will try it again fresh to get the full potential.
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BlackHaddock (3509) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brew outlet on Columbia St, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Came a clear reddy amber/golden colour with a full head. Hops rule the brew here, citrus and floral in both the nose and taste. Uncomplicated and refreshing, suited the alcohol level: didn’t try to knock you over with hops and booze, just a pleasant brew.
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Yamaichi. Fresh yeasty nose with light grapefruit. Reddish copper color. Malty initial, light peaches, very smooth but slightly dirty hopping, final bitter notes do not linger very long. Medium body. Fairly typical APA. Well made. Would go well with some So Cal Mexican food.
rlgk (10112) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
orange_3084 (78) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ColaKid (51) - AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!