llcooldave (1148) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good copper red color. Very fragrant toasty malt nose with some Italian herbs mixed in. Big creamy sweet malt flavor with some decent hops bitterness in the after taste. This is a nice brew. I’m impressed...
norsk (13) - USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber rose--nice looking, small to medium tan head, rich tasting, almost musty "thick;" reminiscent of Christmas ale (julebrygg). Would be great with some grilled food, cozy next to a firepit--definitely for ale beer lovers! [Like the packaging too!]
Jado (604) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don’t mind an Irish style red ale, and this is a pretty good example of the style. It pours a deep russet red with a fairly tight beige head. Carbonation is lively which lifts the beer. Caramel and malt drive the taste, with a light, flowery overlay of hops. There’s a light flavour of wheat at the back end. Overall, a very acceptable red / amber ale.
Kurtos (112) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a Bronze-Red colour.
Aroma’s of mainly caramel and sultana’s.
Taste. Definitely can taste the Caramel as others have stated, but also notice Black liquorice flavours along with a slight currant flavour, almost no hop flavours but it does finish with a slight bitterness.
Palate. This is quite thick and a little syrupy in the mouth.
Overall. This is a beer that delivers a nice sweetness, yet isn’t too sweet and has no off flavours.
This beer would be very good with sticky date pudding and other desserts.
Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. Amber with small head. Very nice red ale. Smooth with quite a bit of flavor. One of the best reds I’ve had.
supersournhops (21) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent caramel, a little lean. good session red. easy to come by a good go to beer. never had a complaint with this one.
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear redish amber with a large diminishing amber head. Aromas of fruitiness, carmel, toffee and some light citrus motes. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sweet malt, apple, toffee and just a hint of lemon with acrisp lingeringlightly bittersweet finish. One of the more enjoyable ambers I’ve sampled.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Blarney Stone in Clairmont. A very nice amber ale that is packed full of hoppy and malty goodness. Really blows a lot of amber brews out of the water. Appearance is a nice dark red and flavor is smooth and hoppy. A quality brew.
riversideAK (5726) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Aroma is sweet toffee and some dried fruit. Appearance is a darker red than what most would consider an amber ale. Flavor is toffee, fruit, some vanilla. It is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink, but this stuff gives me a wicked hangover for some reason. Good for an amber. More flavor than most.