tsoneill (7) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite beer from Karl Strauss. Great amber color. Crisp IPA with a fast rising hoppy flavor. Finishes with a pure hoppy aroma and taste. Body is lighter than some IPA’s which makes it an easy to drink but high quality IPA. Has become one of my favorite beers to keep in the fridge.
norsk (13) - USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sap colored, good head & lacing. Fruity scent and slight musty/fruity taste. Great packaging and good looking as a gift beer to bring to a party.
ksumek (6) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yummy and full flavored, yet light enough to refresh. This reminds me off many days at a beach bar, relaxing with a great beer after a nice day in the sun. The citrus and pine are light and refreshing, it just screams San Diego!
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a pretty lookin’ copper color with a fluffy white head and sticky sheets of lacing.
S: Quite a bready nose for a San Diego brewed IPA. The hop character is piney and floral without much of the citrus that we’re all so fond of.
T: Like the nose would indicate, this does not seem to be an overly hoppy IPA. The piney bitterness is the primary contribution, but like the nose, bready malts really dominate here.
M: The body is medium with a somewhat mild level of carbonation for an IPA, maybe even a bit "flat".
D: Certainly not one of the better San Diego IPAs, but for an average brewpub, it’s not too shabby.
Juancho (239) - Clearwater Beach, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very subdued aroma. No citrus, no pine, no flowers. Good looking copper/amber color. High carbonation almost bordering on belgian like brett effervescence. However everyithing is unremarkable. Not a session beer that I would pick up again....
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper head that produces more of a film rather than lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma is faint with orange peel and malt...kind of like candied citrus. Flavor is more sweet than bright...and is a bit muddled. Nothing crisp...nothing really stands out. Too much caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Average.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was a clearer orange with a medium head. Nose was pleasant and florally hoppy. The taste was smooth and hoppy but not overwhelmingly bitter. A nice daily drinking IPA. Glad I was in LA and happend to try it.
Pyobon (855) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Clear copper with slight white head. Subtle but nice floral hop aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Flavour starts with caramel smoothly moving to a decent bitter finish. Nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA.
mnurda (1077) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Dinseyland. Little to no head. Not carbonated eneough for my liking but tasted OK on a hot day. Could have been hoppier.
imaragingbull (558) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 Initial rating: 30th Mar, 2010. On tap at the Karl Strauss Restaurant/Bar at Universal City. Served in a typical tumbler glass this beer presents orange with a less than average head. Aroma is floral and citric; quite pleasant. Carbonation is less than expected, however this allows the yeast profile to shine through too much in my opinion. There is an acceptable amount of bitterness to this beer, however the yeast aftertaste present does not leave a satisfying finish. Would try this beer again in the bottle instead, but not in a hurry.
Re-Rate 5th Oct. 2012. Bottle from dans. bb June 2013. Decent off white head and resilient lace. Floral, citrus and pine aromas with a touch of grain. Medium-high carbonation, medium body - lightly chewy malts with a generous bitterness on the finish. Just like the tap example, the lingering yeasty veg remains amongst of touch of toast and toffee. A bit better in the bottle.