ben4321 (4665) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: On tap at the SD Airport, 1/9/10
Aroma: Peach, grapefruit, caramel, and pine notes
Appearance: Caramel color with lots of lace on the glass
Flavor: Hop bitterness up-front, caramel malt backing
Palate: This beer is crisp and nice, pretty dry
A pretty nice IPA, not a standout, but a more then adequate example of the style, and a really nice beer to kill some time while waiting for my plane to take off.
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a caramel-amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, citrus and fruit. Very nw-hoppy in the nose. Flavor was surprisingly balanced and good. Earthy and fruity balanced by a solid caramel malt backbone. Nice lingering finish. A surprise.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A light IPA. Fresh cut barnyard hay. Could grow on you. More like a slightly bitter red ale. Nothing like what I consider an IPA. Has an appealing grainy flavor.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with medium foamy head. Mild aroma of woodsy and piney hops. Watery to slightly fluffy feel from carbonation. Just a bit of btie on the tip of the tongue. More flavor from the roast than the hops. Woodsy, grassy, slightly resiny hop. Finishes pretty clean, the finishing bitterness remains more on the tip and top of the tongue instead of the back. A decent pale, but falls short of expectations for an IPA.
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[On-tap] Pours decent amber color with a small lingering off-white head. Taste isn’t too bad. Nice fruitiness up front—grapefruit and tangerine with a little alcohol, some faint carraway, and then dominant malt that carries through to the end. Too malt driven for my liking, but not bad.
Aroma is pretty good, although really not much that is really interesting worth noting about it. Just citrusy hops with some grassiness mixed in, a touch of peach and some malt. Pretty good mouthfeel, very smooth, dry finish that is a little short. Overall the mouthfeel is the strength of this beer, but it actually is pretty decent, and very drinkable. If the hop character was jacked up in the taste, and increased a bit in the nose as well, it would be a very solid beer.
DuffMan (7836) - 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 (6013) - 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...