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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (5170) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
From a bottle. Tastes like mild floral hops. Slightly malty and slightly sweet. Fruity aroma like apricots, plums, and hops. Smooth, medium body, and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5486) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours light, hazy amber with average, frothy white head. Aroma is oranges, cloves, herbs, biscuit and cereal malts, grassy and citrus hops, and light toast. Flavor is balanced dry, bready malts and grassy hops with supporting mixed herbs and citrus esters; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2013
A strong orange-fruit aroma that I loved. Nice. A good hop flavor up front and in the finish. The orange notes work well. A good beer for the girls too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 27, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. Not sure why this would be under the category of English strong ale. It taste pretty much like a regular IPA. Nice hoppy presence with a solid malt backing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3581) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours burnt orange color with off white head. Bread dough aroma with some caramel and alcohol. Sweet caramel and bread dough flavors with some grassy hops and slight bitterness. Slight alcohol burn. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
Light hazy amber with a thin, fine head that fades quickly. Bready aromas accompanied by light caramel and a sublte noble hop spice; surprising Belgian-esque phenols. Full bodied with caramel and light anise, low noble hop flavor with medium finishing bitterness. A seriously underrated beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Dark orange pour with a white head. Nose is really bland. Some orange, bread, grass, and toast. A very vegetal aroma, some water, and a hint of spice. Tastes of bread, water, toast, and grass. Lightly vegetal, some solvent, and mild citrus peel. A light to moderate bitterness, grassy hops, and a touch of toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light spice aroma with light grapefruit. Pine and grapefruit flavor with light spice. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingerswith malt and light spice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
prettyham (27) - California, USA - APR 21, 2011
Great appeance and nice head. I jsut dont like the choice of hops. Seems a little harsh to me and for the price not worth it.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5