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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Brewed with a half ton of caramelized malts, this bold red ale has caramel and toffee flavors, notes of dried raisins and currants, and a slightly sweet finish.
Color: 30 SRM
Bitterness: 17 IBU
Gravity: 15° Plato
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs and Bottles


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2009
On tap, Karl Strauss at the San Diego Airport. Dark copper pour, with ruby highlights. Light tan head, with fair amount of lace. Not much of a nose, but what there is of it is malty. Malty flavor, caramel, nice body, mild finish. Very refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
bottle at @HOB San Diego. poured reidsh with white creamy head. sweetr aroma. sweet malty flavor. not much hops. balenc e and easy drinking. the best thing the have at HOB (ubless you want a $8 rum/coke) so this will get you through the concert.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
copper color, aroma of caramel, roasted nuts, flavor of roasted nuts, roasted caramel, some dark fruits, bread, toast, not bad for the style

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap at brewery. Very watery taste, not impressed at all, was hoping from tap would be better than bottle. Not great

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (539) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle - pours ruby with a small off white head. Lots of burnt sugary malt on the nose. Sweetness up front then some hoppy bitterness. Creamy to thin mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresyourball (530) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear red with a minimal head. Nose is malt, caramel, hops. Taste follows and is quite simple. Amazing that a few years ago, I loved this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
A pleasing dark red color. Deceptive hoppy smell, with the taste being much more of a malty, somewhat caramelish taste. Very creamy.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Pours a very nice red color with diminishing off white head. Almost no aroma to speak of. This is a very mild brew. Light caramel malt, no hops and a bland finish. Lively carbonation and I find myself searching for the "beer flavor" in this one. Is this a light beer? Not a bad quencher at all, although I would like more flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (493) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
About time I rated this San Diego classic. From bottle into regular pint glass. Pours an attractive, dark red-brown. Head is thinnish and dies in a minute, although I’m not confident that this glass is "beer clean." Aroma is doppelbock--hopless sweet malt. Flavor is pretty well-rounded (within sweet overall). This beer feels great on the tongue; palate is perfectly balanced. I think I’ve had this beer fresher before, so this rating might be higher on another review.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sask89 (474) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Taster at La Jolla location. Pours a clear deep amber colour with a small tan head. Aroma is largely of caramel malts, with a slight hoppy backbone. Taste is sweet up front with a nice bold bitterness through the finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouth feel, and softer carbonation. Overall this was my favourite of the Karl Strauss brews I tried.


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