DuffMan (7561) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tao in the Karl Strauss taproom in LAX terminal 2. Bright orange amber, piney resinous aroma and flavour, grapefruit. Lightly toasty malt, dry, very bitter finish. Really nice.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear mid golden yellow.
Nose is faint with earthy hops.
Taste is watery with moderate pine hops, mild bitterness, and alcohol heat. Meh.
SDbrewgirl (2) - USA - NOV 12, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 Poured clear, dark gold in color. Great aroma--tons of pine, citrus. Flavor was clean, bright, very hoppy. FInished dry with lingering bitterness. Solid IPA.
Sledutah (5662) - Utah, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours slightly cloudy, medium copper with a creamy white head. I light lace in the glass that dissipated quickly. Aroma is bitter citrus and piney. Taste is what you would expect from the aroma. It finishes with a bitter malt flavor that leaves an antiseptic taste on my tongue.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark copper with a finger or so of white, fluffy foam. Aroma is faintly of grapefruit and pine, just as the description promises, along with some brown sugar, or something of the sort. Initial flavor is extra bitter, with the palate mellowing quickly to bring in some cinnamon flavor to balance out the malt, hops, and overriding pine. The grapefruit appears ot have taken a hiatus... Wait, no, it’s still there, but the body loses overall integration after the mid-palate, and so the subtleties get lost in the disintegration of the body, fading into a somewhat watery, though not displeasing, finish. This is a quality beer, for one produced in such quantity. About what you’d expect from Karl...
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to the tick loving bhensonb. poured a nice amberish gold with a soapy white head and some lace. aroma had a strong malt backbone and maybe a bit of cereal or biscuit and the smallest hint of pine. flavor was grass, alcohol (like cheap vodka), pine and some caramel. medium body with medium carbonation. thanks bill for yet another step to 1000.
marcus (7230) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This amber ale poured with a decent off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a substantial caramel malt flavor that is a bit harsh, and some pine and citrus caused by the hopping. This is a drinkable beer, but not especially satisfying.
bhensonb (12044) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours rather copper with a decent white head. Aroma is strongly grapefruit/citrus. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is grapefruit/citrus. Malt - noticeable when the hop diminishes. It’s quite bitter, and some floral hop shows up in the finish. Which is quite bitter. I’d say this is a seriously underrated IPA.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
( Draught ) Pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of orange, caramel, and mango. Flavor of hops (orange, pine, herbal) and caramel malt with a dry, bitter finish.
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 25, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: From a sample pack at Bev and More. Tower 10 is a good into into IPA’s, light not too intimidating. But if you have experienced more intense IPAs this will leave you flat.