itfitz (10) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is possibly Karl Strauss’ BEST publicly-available offering. It’s a well-balanced San Diego-style IPA with perfect hoppiness combined with a mild alcohol feel and light refreshing malt tones which linger just long enough to make you thirsty for another sip. There are overlying subtleties of nuts, toast, roasty, resin, grass and herbs, This is a well-done IPA from a great German-style brewer.
jinroh (496) - ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly hazy amber (although it looked almost yellow when the beer was gushing out the bottle), head is nice, stays long and leaves beautiful lacings. Aroma has some grainy malts there but is definitely hoppy. Oil, pine and resins also there, something lager-like too. No idea what it is. Taste is nicely bitter, not too sharp but very full and also malt focused bitterness. Doesn’t have too many layers but is a good West Coast IPA, satisfying your thirst for hops.
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alluring aroma with golden colour. Is be an excellent example of the Southern California take on the hop forward American IPA.
BeerandBlues2 (10261) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in the hotel. Pours clear orange with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, fruity, and herbal hops with tropical fruity esters and pale malt. Flavor is heavy hops, moderate bitterness, tropical fruity esters, light sweet pale malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Marheb (2528) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forte arôme de cannabis, pamplemousse et résine de pin dans un liquide qui semble farouche. Corps bien aéré, longue amertume qui surf sur la resine et une franche sécheresse.
HoppingHop (15) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tantalising pine through to the dry bitterness. Good carbonation gives it a rich white head and cloudy body gives away a positive signal as an IPA. You would not like any munch to go with this beer, there is much flavour and aroma to savour in itself. Good crafty craft beer which I certainly like to share with good friends over a lengthy chat.
SoberDave (167) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pungent hoppy aroma gives one a feeling of fear and excitement. Flavor of hops, lime, grapefruit. Has the aftertaste of eating the gross white part of an orange. Not nice. My guess is it comes from a hop variety that I’m not loving. I give cred for what they tried to do, but it doesn’t do it for me
BOSSbrewer (2076) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at their place in San Diego. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is grapefruit and not much else. Flavor follows with good bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. Decent beer.
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Lunkie (1484) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Herbal hop spice malt flavour. Clear Amber colour fair head and lacing. Malt spicy herbal flavour. Fizzy palate.
Jimthechap (1822) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A similar colour to its Pintail brother: orange amber with a similarly puffy white head. Just a hint of haze and not a great deal of carbonation to be observed. The hopping is slightly more amber gum rather than the resinous herbal notes of the Pintail. There’s a few prickles of carbonation there and then stonefruit and gentle grapefruit come out. Bitterness starts of soft and ripe and then gathers pace becoming pronounced and definite. There’s yellow grapefruit and sweetish Meyer lemon coming in a lengthy finish. This masks its abv rather well, suggesting that this beer could be a real danger to me achieving anything else this afternoon.
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the San Diego downtown brewpub. It poured a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma was of sweet malts and some citrus. The taste was of sweet malts, hop bitterness and citrus. Nice.