RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This California Strong Ale was first brewed in 1986 and gained notoriety appearing in Newsweek Magazine. Brewed with a variety of hops from Tasmania, Australia, and Washington state, it has a smooth malt character with a hint of sweetness and a fruity aroma. A favorite at the Hayward Brewery 8% ABV.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkSachon (958) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours just fine with a proper head. A rather weak body delivers little taste. The alcohol at a supposedly higher level failed to stimulate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2013
small head medium strong carbonation misty brown ochre pour aromas citrus pine woody caramel honey the flavours stone fruit pear citrus caramel nut pine medium strength bitter good sweetness the finish fine brown all the good tastes are there fruit malt bitter sweet a crisp hearty ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2205) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a murky copper color with a dense cream head than lingers. Caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins, and figs form the aroma. Flavor is lacking behind the bigger aroma. Has a bit of cherry and dates, but its predominantly dry, with a touch of tea-like flavor at the dry, bitter finish. Body is moderate, with moderate to low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3688) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Clear gold with a large white head that left quickly. Nose is floral hops light pine, and caramel. Flavor was lightly bitter with white pepperiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Poured up on tap at Buffalo Bills with clear copper body and gold edges supporting up an off white head and leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a little spicy with hops as well as some floral hops too. The taste is similar with a mix of spicy to floral hoppiness followed by a modest amount of vague hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Aroma: Mildly malty aroma - not much there at all. Appearance: Hazy light amber, moderate white head. Flavor: Bananas, a little caramel with just a little hop bitterness. Palate: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall: Enjoyable, definitely not remarkable would probably be a basic go-to beer if it were served from a beer engine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13434) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2013
12oz bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, straw/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy/grapefruit, some straw. Somewhat dry finish, medium body. Not expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did -- really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4241) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2013
26 June 2013, bottle. Orange and a bit hazy. Nose is mild alcohol, sweet malt, orange juice, bitter grassy hops. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Sugary malt, maybe hits of brown sugar, some grapefruit, orange juice, some bitter grapefruit finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (4344) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Medium orange-amber body, thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Mostly caramel malts with some bitterness from the hops, but lacking much of a flavor contribution but some resin. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, weak finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jjgmd (2040) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a dark muddy orange pour with no head. Nose is caramel and malt. Taste is strong yeast and bitter and is not big in the flavor department. Finish is bitter with a lingering strong metallic yeasty finish. Quaff Score 6 / 10

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