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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
On tap at Tap Room in Pacific Beach. Clear dark gold, aroma is strong alcohol and citrus. Flavor is over the top sweet with too much malt base and not the right hop blend. No crisp IIPA finish; just cloying rum cake flavors with no balance. No thank you.

wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012. Pours clear orange with an average white head that slowly recedes to uneven, average lace. The nose is caramel malt forward with a nice hit of resin, tropical fruit, and citrus hops. The flavor is much sweeter than I’d prefer with all of the nice hops taking a back seat, but adding nice bitterness. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long bitter and tropical fruit hops finish.

BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bomber as an extra in a trade. Thanks! No bottle date but I assume this is on the old side. Oh well a tick is a tick. Pours murky orange with a small off white head on top. Aroma leads me to believe this is a huge malt bomb, some orange rind, caramel, needy malts, toffee, dank citrus sweetness in there. Flavor is light orange peel and toffee, medium bitter, not too aggressive. Overall relatively pleasant. Dank and resinous mouthfeel, lighter mouthfeel than expected given the big malt aroma. Pretty decent APA, if a bit old. Plenty of flavors to go around.

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.

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
22oz bottle. This lost something after the few months it sat in the fridge before I was able to open it. Muted and a little musty maybe, it seems like it would of been pretty tasty fresh. (2672)

LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Ap. pours a bright coppee with a decent film of white for head.

Aro. Sweet caramel like malt, peach, mango frapefruit.

Taste. Hop bitterness, caramel like sweetness, dried tropical fruit, powdered sugar. Finishes piny.

Mouth. Sticky modest carb.

Overall: Tasty fruity double IPA baby!

djd07 (16289) - 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.

kp (10880) - 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

SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....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

beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Tap. Pours a nice golden orange color with a white head. Aroma is quite hoppy with lots of pineapple and tropical fruits, some orange, tangerine and grapefruit. The flavor is just dominated with fruity pineapple and some tropical fruit notes, the orange and tangerine and some peach. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a really tasty San Diego style hoppy brew!

Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Sweet, caramel, black pepper, red. peppers easy drinking with a plethora of intriguing spices

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