tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle in San Diego. I have no idea why I bought this. I loathe sweet, caramelly beers, and thatís exactly what this is. Although the beer has the expected head retention, dark amber (red) color, and is crystal clear, I simply donít like it. Waaaay too much crystal malt for my tastes, not nearly offset enough by bittering hops. This beer is all about the malt base and nearly zero hops to offset the sweetness in flavor or aroma. Even for an "Irish Red" style, itís too sweet to the point of being cloying. Sorry Karl but even Killians is better.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
eh, it was free. two 6 packs. ill finish them but i wont make any effort to get any more
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Chili’s in Torrance, CA. Aroma has a hint of malt, not much hops in there. Amber red with a small tan beige head. Smooth malt flavor with a slight hint of chocolate in there. Caramely and a little sweet. Easy drinking and dry in the finish. Well made and no real flaws. Could be a little more assertive.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was the best beer out of their sampler (though the stout is good, itís not as much my style). The head had some lace, but not much. The beer smells and tastes sweet, and it sticky and warming. Hoppy notes donít start to show until the beer warms up.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty color, fair head. Fairly sweet for an ale. Not bad, not great. Enjoyable, but nothing super special
o_Merlin_o (130) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a beautiful red tinged golden brown. Zero head. And I truly mean zero. The top is crystal clear. Zero aroma. I can't smell a single thing. Tastes okay, but very watered down. No unpleasant off notes. Just plain and boring.
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Kroney (129) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish copper. Aroma is surprisingly bitter forward with the malt being the secondary and last thing you smell. Taste is a complete 180 -- all malt sweetness and very muted overall flavor. Decent session beer.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
SD trip, Karl Strauss LaJolla, sampler, had these while having a larger DIPA, flavors and ratings may be rough: Reddish brown; weak nose and even weaker flavor, really bland.
chargerfanjess (119) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal clear amber to red. Very little aroma. Very light flavor with a crisp burnt type of flavor/ Smooth finish. A fair beer
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great red color. Good malty/hoppy/carmel flavor. Iím very impressed. Leaves a good sensation on the palate. RE-RATE: After having a few of these, I have to say thereís a level of fruitiness that wears on me. Iím taking it down a bit.