2012 CBC Symposium San Diego Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed for the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference.
The folks at Karl Strauss Brewing Company have teamed up with the San Diego Brewers Guild to brew a special Symposium Ale, as is traditional at Craft Brewers Conference. Not surprisingly, attendees can expect a big, flavorful hoppy beer, brewed in the spirit of San Diego.
The beer is named “San Diego Pale Ale,” with a healthy dose of understatement, as this double IPA weighs in at a hefty 10 percent ABV. Naturally, the beer couldn’t represent its hometown without significant quantities of hops—Columbus, Citra, Crystal and Columbia are all used to give the beer some classic West coast flavor.

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Travlr (27304) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle courtesy of FrumptyDumpty with Hair, thank you sir! Clear golden color, small white head. Aroma of fruity straw. Taste is very sweet and boozy. Not a favorite.

Papsoe (25055) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Storm. Pours a clear amber with a yellowish head. Interesting and very spicy hop aroma. Rich body, caramel and fruit but the malt profile is not all too dominant. Again a very spicy hoppiness building up in the finish. Gets quite boozy in the finish. But complex and interesting. 140612

djd07 (16643) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small frothy off white head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a spicy hop and light fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet hop and light toasty malt. Easy to drink a very good IIPA from Karl Strauss.

jcwattsrugger (12606) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
22oz bottle-pours yellow/gold with an offwhite head. Aroma is lemon/pine, 2nd sweet light malt. Taste is lemon/pine hops, 2nd sweet light malt. Smooth.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012

Name: Symposium Double IPA 2012 aka San Diego Pale Ale
Date: August 05, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: hazy gold, whispy off white head
Aroma: sweet liquid hops aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice hops, light bitterness, touch of pine, sweet finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

JorisPPattyn (10207) - BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2012
Medium, just off-white head, fed by lazily carbonated clear metallic orange-copper beer. Dry, very fruity-citrussy hop, dry hopbales; Ever so slightly cheesy & catty. Very bitter, but also fruity hopflavour, pineapple, grapefruit, bitter herbs. Quite slick, hopoily. Medium to rather well-bodied. Aftertaste harbours long graperfruity hopflavour. Worthy of the symposium, certainly not revolutionary.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
651mL thanks to OldSock. Clear orange with yellow bubbles. No head. Nose is sticky toffee, big caramel, dried papaya. Mild vanilla and alcohol. Taste is odd- sticky sugar, confectionary powder. Woah that is sweet. Palate is sticky. A little nutty and full. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
375ml bottle, shared by phaleslu at RBWG grand tasting 2014. Hazy amber orange red brown color. Thin ring of khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lightly soft, lighter carbonation. Awesome bigger sour taste, light sweet.. Not too sweet. Nice dark fruit, cherry, light wood, hint of chocolate. Excellent sour brown red ale.

SudsMcDuff (8566) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2012
golf clap! .. . pours a deep gold .. medium foam .. . nice amount of bitters .. sweet pine and resin .. . easy to drink, the abv is taken care of .. . . Pick a number, double it, add 10, divide it by 2, then minus it by the number you started with. --you got 5

BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Alesmith during CBC. Originally thought it was a new Alesmith Pale Ale, tasted it and new something wasn’t right about this "pale ale". Pours with a clear golden hued body with a fully lasting, retentive white head that leaves good lace. Aromas are of resin, citrusy, tangerine, light caramel, floral, quite dank. Very hop forward. Flavors are citrusy, fruit, really low bitterness with a lot of hop flavor. Dank, medium alcohol, floral and hoppy. Dry, medium bodied, fuller carbonation. Tasty.

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