skmikeg (1671) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Pour a nice copper color with a tan head. taste is malty with a okay bitter hop finish. does finish clean. however, this does seem to be a little water downed. while it is much better then Stargazer, it lacks the charcter and body of a great IPA.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is nice...full of fresh green hop notes and light notes of orange. The flavor is citrusy (predominantly orange) with sweet notes, a little underlying hops and a note of alcohol. Kinda reminds me of a screwdriver. medium bodied, smooth and a bit dry.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the tap poured amber with a fair amount of head. Hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub in Universal Studios LA. Pours a clear golden body with a finger-width, creamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Sweet piney grapefruit aroma with a touch of sweeter caramels. Taste is similar with a lingering pine. Not too aggressive, but a nice, lighter earth and balancing caramels. Palate is light to medium bodied with a touch of carbonation. Overall, a nice session IPA. Enough taste to satisfy and better than anticipated.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, six pack from BevMo. Pours a clear, rich copper color with a small whitish head that diminishes rapidly. Aroma of toasty malts, herbs and sweet bread, hints of clover and citrus. Flavor also of toasty malts, a bit of caramel, biter herby hops, lemon grass, citrus peel, a bit of clay and a slightly peppery, astringent finish. Medium body, lightly oily and a gentle tingle on the tongue. Overall a much better, hoppier IPA than their standard.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 6 pack from Marine Mart at MCAS Miramar: Clear copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel with a little citrus. Flavor starts with a light caramel sweetness followed by some grapefruit and a light, dry orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium body is crisp and refreshing with lively carbonation. .
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Clear deep golden with a white head. Fine peachy aroma hops in the nose. Medium body, some caramel and fruit, perhaps an edge of wood. Dry and bitter finish. 070709
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...
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.
brokensail (15444) - Dublin, 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.