daknole (9614) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at La Jolla. Clear yellow pour. Malty aroma, light fruit, honey, wheat bread. Flavor is crisp and clean with an earthy hops to go with the nice caramelly malts. Not bad at all.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a light orange color with a fluffy white head on it.
S: This is very sweet on the nose with a sugar character and a bit of bread. The hops are appropriate for a pilsner, floral and a bit of spice.
T: The flavor is incredibly short lived, absolutely unlike any other beer that Iíve come across. Sweet and bready with a hint of coconut and then...nothing.
M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.
D: Not a bad tasting beer, but the shortness of the flavor baffled me. Iím not sure what caused that, but it at least made this beer more interesting.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden body and a large white head. Aromas of bitter, spicy, herbal noble hops. Very pungent hoppiness. Light sweetness, and breadiness. Some fruit coming from the hops as well (I guess, it isnít the lager yeast). Taste is bready, nutty, herbal, grassy, spicy, sticky noble hops. Very abrupt and clean finish. Finishes [thankfully] nice and dry, with a lingering delicate malt profile. Well crafted, but I donít absolutely love it. Not bad though. Lively bubbles.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and mineral aroma. Malt and light caramel flavor with mineral and light grass. Medium bodied. Malt and light caramel lingers with light grain, light mineral, and light grass.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a tiny off white head. Aroma had quite a few grassy hops, pale malt and hints of caramel. Flavour had loads of grassy hops, pale malts, caramel and a solid bitternes towards the end. Dry and clean. Lovely take on the style.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Iím normally not a Pils guy, but I like to try new stuff. Iíve tried a few different Imperial Pilsner styles, and this one is very good! The stuff coming out of Karl Strauss lately has been very good. The nose is light, the color is dark yellow to orange, and the taste is great. Huge flavors of herbal goodness with some earthy and yet hoppy bite. I like it and will buy it again.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a clear amber tinted yellow gold. The head is large, beige and fluffy.
Aroma: Crisp mixture of biscuity malt and euro hops. Nothing like a cheap beer, but more like a fresh, hoppy pilsner.
Taste: Biscuits with honey, big spicy hops. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly creamy and moderately carbonated.
Overall: Fresh, this beer is beautifully balanced, slightly sweet, and the driest hoppiest imperial pils Iíve had to date. What a great beer.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a nice frothy 2 finger thick white head, some sheeted lacing was left on the glass. Light flesh fruits in the nose followed by some lightly roasted malts with a kind of lemon grass like finish. Damn tasty and very drinkable.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler to go from the Sorrento Mesa location: Rich golden color with a medium, fading white head .Aroma is fruity (peach) and slightly grassy. Flavor starts starts lightly fruity sweet followed by some grassy hops and a long, lightly dry finish with hints of orange peel. Medium body is spicy with lively carbonation. Nice.
hoptrip619 (10) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at Small Bar on Fatherís Day. Poured a deep golden color into a nonic pint glass. Upfront there are some grassy saaz hops, lots of toasted malt, and decent amount of the crisp slightly sulfury lager yeast character. Not as dry as I would have hoped for but definitely crisp and refreshing. Worth a shot, especially as the weather heats up.