harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours light copper smells hoppy tastes malty in the middle finishes too bitter A little watery maybe an apa thats too bitter
aaronbr (127) - Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, caramel maltiness on the nose. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color. A little bitterness comes through on this one, but this gives me more of an East-Coast IPA vibe. Too malty for my liking, maybe a bit nutty with some earthiness. Finish is harmless, but nothing special.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
SD trip, Karl Strauss LaJolla, sampler, had these while having a larger DIPA, flavors and ratings may be rough: Nice light citrus/piney hop nose from dry hoping but really boring flavor esp compared to the DIPA at its side.
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a light orange with some citrus aromas, more citrus in the flavour with a subtle malt back bone, not bad at all.
orange_3084 (118) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Golden amber colour with thin white head and some lacing. Fruity hops aroma of grapefruit, grass and pine forest on the nose, but is perhaps restrained by a strong malt presence. Thin to medium oily body. A little sweet caramel maltiness on the tongue with a touch of spice, followed by a pleasantly strong bitterness that makes for a nice finish. This is a good beer, but perhaps a bit too strong on malt to let the hops shine through.
StormCoat (110) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a medium-sized, foamy off-white head. Light lacing. I’m surprised that I like this as much as I do; I was expecting it to be a lot lighter and more forgettable than it is. The aroma is probably the most striking thing about this beer; it has a very fruity and sweet honey-lemon type of character. Flavors seem to follow suit at first, but soon develop into a bitter hoppiness that seems much more like a typical IPA. Also present is a healthy dose of malt flavor, and there’s a lingering, coffee-like aftertaste. This is a pretty good IPA overall; seems like Karl Strauss is beginning to offer more interesting beers lately (I really enjoyed their Big Barrel IPA as well).
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale and clear color. Very easy to drink, a little sweet with some bitter notes later on. Nothing remarkable but a decent easy to drink IPA.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is of sweet malt mixed with a little bit of citrus hops. More malt in the nose. The flavor is the same; mostly sweet malt with a tinge of hop bitterness on the finish. It’s possible this is not a fresh bottle, as there is no bottled on date. I like IPAs to have a little more hop character, but there is noting wrong with this beer. Very drinkable.
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly cloudy amber. Balanced nose, a little fizzy but good palate. Medium finish. Above average.
Kurtos (102) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an Earthy Red Colour.
Aroma is of Sweet Citrus.
Taste. Can taste some Piney bitterness with also notes of Citrus followed by a candy sweetness.
Overall. A good beer, certainly not one of the best, but still worth buying again.