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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Intense hop flavor from six different American hop varieties, backed up by a malty base


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
@ bar in O-Side Ps &Qs or somethin like that. Very clear orange with foamy head. Very piney citrus and slight pepper nose. Flavour slightly nutty, very malty but not sweet, and crisp hop finish. Much like a double IPA?? But I guess an American (Northwest) Strong GREAT brew.(Didnít think it was quite 9.2 until I finished a quart...eys its 9.2)


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4652) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy deep amber, large beige head, dissipates fairly slowly, pretty good lacing. Aroma is dusty, hoppy, floral, pine, perfume. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, some dark sugars, strong pine, perfumy almost. Medium body, some astringence and lingering bitterness. Hmmm.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Deep red with a white head. Full of malty goodness balanced with intense hops. A very competing beer but it works. Full bodied. Sweet hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle from Bonita: When I saw this beer and read American strong ale there was going to be no ifs, ands, or buts about buying it. One of my favorite styles. Poured a dark burnt orange hue that was hazy and difficult to see through the liquid because of how much sediments has been stirred up. Created a thick large foam head which eventually retreated. As for the carbonation bubbles, a violent abruption of bubbles rise to the top and appeared as though it was a home brewed beer. Nose is bold with chewy malts and hops and reminds me so much of an arrogant bastard ale or the smell of a hoppy barleywine style. Aroma has traces of wood, earth, grained wheat, oats, and a pinch of hops. Upon my first sip, an initial taste of tart and bitter flavors come across as if this was an expired beer although it shows it was bottled exactly 2 months ago. I donít get what is going on with this beer because something is very off. The beer taste extremely bitter yet has an upfront sweetness that is confusing on my tongue as I am making sour faces during each sip. Definitely one of those beers to take sips cautiously because of the high alcohol content, but in my case it tends to be mainly because the flavor is off for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 23, 2015
It seems that there are a lot of "shill" reviews for this beer, so I intentionally rated it a little lower to help balance the scale. For a beer to be rated so much above 4 over and over is suspicious and not reliable. Ruby red/orange pour with a nice, thick, white head that retains and leaves slight lacing. Aroma of caramel, grain, earthy, fruity, slight vegetable. Really nice overall, but not a world class beer as the ratings would indicate. A bit too bitter, but what do you expect from an American Strong? Too one dimensional, not enough focus on the yeast and malt flavors.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lupinlove (14) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Aroma: complex amber malts and earthy hops. Appearance: dark red and clear and thick head great lacing Taste: malts and more rich malts with some raisin and earthy hop finish Palate: thick clean malts with alcohol in back bone. Overall: malty and well balance hops background.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2015
Smell of malts and caramel. Taste biscuit with overlay of complex and different mild malts. Absolutely no roast just caramel and some molasses notes. Rounds up with a hop bitterness, mostly earthy and pepper spice hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (975) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
First off, I am waaay skeptical about those 10 previous ratings for this beer. Especially considering how tight the data are and the fact that not one of those users has even close to over 100 ratings. But I digress... 22oz bomber was my weapon of choice. The pour is a light copper color and a faint haze through the center. Frothy white lacing settles to a fine 2mm layer of sticky foam. The aroma is mostly fruity esters of peach, mash syrup, hops and buttery diacetyl. Flavor is strong alcohol and sweetness up front with a solid bitterness following. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors. Finishes very strong and warm, not leaving much wiggle room to taste any other deeper flavors. I also get a bit of maple syrup and vegetable somewhere in there. Overall itís an ass-kicker and a slow sipper, but still fairly enjoyable.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
At the Draft in Oceanside. Big huge beer red garnet color, tan head and great lacing on glass. Mostly malt aroma minimal hops. Flavor is fairly dry for malty beer when hops do peak through. Biscuit toffee flavor with some roast. Alcohol hidden as was told it was bigger than nine percent. Excellent.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
22oz bomber. Malt aroma huge even out of bottle poured garnet amber clear. Hop presence popped trough on pour of earthy hops. Flavor rich but nit sweet. Excellent malt balance of toffee, and biscuit. World class.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtticusReasor3 (11) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Tasting round at brewer, fantastic rich aromas malts cocoa, bittersweet chocolate taste and balance of hops and malts are perfect, slightly sweet in a good way. And surprisingly enough a good clean drier finish than initial taste up front. Great 9.2%


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