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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4417) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (4526) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jjgmd (2107) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
zgaier (1938) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Squat bottle from Capones. 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - 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 its a nice drink.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steelhead3686 (270) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Slightly malty and syrupy mouthfeel, something I was not expecting. For some reason I thought this was an IPA. Flavors of bread and banana are complimented by a hoppy finish. Im not in love with this beer, but I think it has earned a second try.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2789) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle. This beer pours a hazy amber with a decent sudsy head and very little aroma. A little dish soap and honey is about it. Flavor is interesting, but not at all what I was expecting. Its definitely spicy... kind of a zing to it that is almost like coriander or maybe even fennel. It holds a fair amount of sweetness and is a little bit sticky on the palate. Finish is spicy with a little residual sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7489) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-apricot color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was dry, minty, herbal, a bit earthy and had a piney presence. The flavor was tart and tangy mint, perfume, herbal hosp and faint citrus. Medium length tart and tangy min and perfume finish. Medium body. Ok.


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