RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   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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mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Poured up on tap at Buffalo Bill’s 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.

DavidWoodruff (631) - 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.

argo0 (14127) - 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!

Blairgus (4615) - 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

callmemickey (4561) - 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.

jjgmd (2289) - 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

zgaier (1968) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a dark orange with an off white head an aroma of caramel and malt. Tate is of caramel, malt, bittering hops, and light yeast with a bitter finish. Pretty average ale

DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Squat bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid pumpkin colored with 1-finger frothy off-white head. Nose is floral and hoppy, with some perfumy spice. Tastes hoppy, a bit funky, spicy, peppery, with some pretty heavy malt notes.

Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Orange caramel brown with just a thin white head. Aroma smells like spiced cider, and taste is not far off, with spicy cinnamon notes and relatively high degree of estery sweetness. Nothing about this seems "hoppy" to me, but it’s a nice drink.

steelhead3686 (269) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Pours a cloudy copper/amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is a sweet malt of honey with a hint of citrus. There is a light sweetness and bitter. The body is light with a thin/creamy texture and the finish is somewhat bitter. Nothing really special about this beer at all.

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