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Karl Strauss To The 9s Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
The beer is an Imperial IPA brewed to celebrate 2009. Unlike most Imperial IPA’s that are very citrussy/piney from Pacific Northwest hops, To the 9’s uses a lot of noble hops for a more earthy, resinous, woodsy aroma and flavor. We used 9 different hop varieties so the beer is very complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some grape. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some grape, light catty. Medium-full body, some acidity, light resin -- alcohol impressively almost invisible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bomber from spry on BA - thanks, Aeimit! Deep orange pour, faintly cloudy, with a sticky one-finger head. Very spicy nose, almost like a wood-aged IPA like the GD 15th. Sharp and tangy tends to overwrite the bitterness and - such as it is - the flowery notes. Mouthfeel is moderately oily, carbonation is medium. A bit of heat in there, not as subdued as some SoCal DIPAs, but it certainly fits with the overall aggressiveness of the hops. Different notes emerge as you drink it - some chewy, some sweet like bubblegum - but the complexity didn’t seem to last long enough to me, and it tasted more like a very young ASA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear orange with a beige head. Nose is toffee, sweet herbs maybe marjoram and spruce with a slight chili burn. Quite an interesting floral blend. Almost syrupy with a tingle and an airy fnish. Taste is orange concentrate, strawberry, apple, honey and basil. Ending dry and piney. Curious stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is more malt-forward than hoppy – doesn’t bother me a bit. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Like the nose, the flavor is nicely bittered, but is a tad more sweet than bitter. Finishes up much the same. Thanks to growler for popping the top on this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, earth, and caramel. Flavor of citrus, grass, caramel malt, and florals with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 On tap@O’Brien"s: Golden amber color with a wisp of off-white foam. Aroma is fruity with caramel and a wiff of pine. Flavor starts tropical fruit sweet followed by citrus and a sharp, lingering, dry grapefruit bitter finish. Medium body is smooth with light to moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Comparing this side by side with Big Barrel. Strangely enough, I didn’t get as much hop aroma off this as BB and almost a "brewing" aroma like when you’re cooking wort. They’re both very similar in appearance though. Nice hop astringency and more floral than BB with a more pronounced malt body. I’m noticing the slight increase in alcohol content and that’s a good thing. Too bad this is a one-off, I’d like to get this year round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours with nice and hazy orange golden body. Small, off-white head. Aroma of earthy, woody hops, tons of caramel. Not citrusy at all. Some light fruit aroma. Taste is probably the most earthy and herbal hop profile I can imagine. It is definitely bitter, and hoppy, but not the hops I like or expect in a DIPA. Creamy to strong carbonation. Crisp and lightly alcoholic. I want to love it but I do not like the hop profile, which in the end is the essence of this very fresh DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar ($7.29). Pours a murky orange-amber with one finger of off-white foam. Aroma of more mellow hops mainly: grass, floral, and pine aromas stand out. Flavor also of mellow hops (resin, grassy, light citrus) and nicely balanced with a good malt backbone. Refreshing and not overly "sticky" like some other DIPA’s. Surprised that the ABV is this high as it does not feel that heavy of a beer. This -- along with its better cousin Big Barrel DIPA -- show that Karl can make some quality brews when they put their mind to it. (28, 247)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2010
On tap a while back; I believe it was at San Diego BC. Poured an amber color with a standard white head. Aroma was too mellow for me; fruit, earth and a touch of sweetness. Flavor was sweet, fruity and floral. For the style it was somewhat hit or miss. Wouldn’t have guessed such a high ABV. Still, one of their better offerings.

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