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Beer Available At Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Costa Mesa (arranged by most recent)
Karl Strauss Tower 20 Double IPA - Tangerine , Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary Belgian Dark Strong Ale , Karl Strauss Wreck Alley - Mexican Mocha , Karl Strauss Amber - Bird Rock Coffee , Karl Strauss Milk Stout , Karl Strauss Autumn Ale , Karl Strauss Tangerine Dream , Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout 96, Karl Strauss Five Wee Heavy Bells 82, Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale 97, Karl Strauss Vanilla Toast Porter , Karl Strauss NZ Pacifica Session IPA , Karl Strauss Four Scowling Owls 80, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 98, Karl Strauss Donít Go Into The Light Blonde
t0rin0 (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 23, 2014| Updated October 24, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited September 18, 2014.
First stop of a tour around Costa Mesa and Huntington with chinoskillzian. This is in an expensive OC mall. Despite my disdain for malls and mall parking lots the restaurant is kind of nice, like most Karl Strauss locations. Very open and with a bar in the middle. We happened to be there during the tapping of their Oktoberfest cask. Actually, we had to wait a while because while the sandwich board outside said 4pm they werenít actually tapping it until 530 or so. I passed the time sipping on their mosaic wheat beer, which was pretty good a few months earlier when it came out but now is pretty old. Meh. Anyway, they went through the ceremony of pounding the faucet into the side of the cask and everyone cheered. It was fun. What I liked about that cask was that they had it sitting in ice to keep it from getting to room temperature. It was the coldest cask Iíve ever had though, so maybe not quite correct but better than the alternative. The beer was pretty good actually.
Didnít try the food and the prices were good during happy hour ($4 per beer). Worthy stop at least once. My only real complaint is that the service was pretty slow. We were at one of the bar tables for what itís worth.
brokensail (1055) Orange County, California | April 14, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of a small location on the outskirts of South Coast plaza. About 9-10 beers available on a regular basis, with a cask every Thursday. Service is alright, beers are alright, and food is pretty good.
BlackHaddock (429) , England | July 10, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Modern, slick place; central horseshoe bar with ten taps at both ends, brewing equipment to your left as you walk in. Only sell their own brewed (and other Strauss beers) beers with eight regular and a couple of changing ones. Happy hour food was good and the beers I had weíre fine. I however think my Bomber of Four Scowling Owls was a bit expensive at fourteen dollars, should have stayed with the four dollar pints during the happy hour. Service friendly and efficient with minimum fuss. Some TV screens dotted about but otherwise a fairly quiet and laid back sort of joint.
nbutler11 (316) Rota, Spain | May 13, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Solid food with adequate service. Great location near the South Coast Plaza shopping center, but what it really comes down to are the growlers. Thereís no feeling like walking out of this place with a giant growler full of Karlís beer.
hopdog (257) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | December 12, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
The only reason I stopped by here is it was 1.5 miles from my hotel and at a mall, we needed to stop by and pick up something before hitting the airport tomorrow. Typical chain look and feel. 10 beers on tap 3 of 4 of which were the same seasonals that were on tap at La Jolla. Food was decent as was the service. The food was good to. I enjoyed the Pork Chops.
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | November 27, 2007| Updated August 14, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I love this place. I love going, I love drinking, I love eating, I love taking home growlers. Sure they only pour Karl, but this is the one place with dedicated taps whose beer is good enough to be dedicated. In my humble opinion.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 12, 2004
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Karl Strauss is a San Diego based chain of brewpubs. Their restaurants are family-friendly and have a nice atmosphere. Their regular rotation of beers is average, however they occasionally surprise you w/ a good seasonal.
bu11zeye (113) Frisco (Dallas), Texas | June 28, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Karl Strauss has a comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, descent food, and an average selection of beers.
auderale (68) Minot, North Dakota | May 14, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
The service here was awesome. We didnít get anything to eat, but the food looked good. This was a good find when we accidentally stumbled upon it. We got the sampler, and even though there were some left off, our server brought us all the taps for free. Beer was ok, not great, but good.
deaconmike (68) Roswell, Georgia | August 28, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Brew pub location in Orange County. First time here - had a good experience. Beer was pretty solid - had the DIPA and the Imperial Stout. Food was overall very good and service was friendly and prompt.
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