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RATINGS: 68   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCrowsNest (90) - 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.


2.9
Vivek78 (12) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2017
Caramel and hoppy flavor. Crisp start but flat finish. Overall, a forgettable tasting experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
robertjm (897) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 15, 2017
(draft at brewer) - Gosmy head collapsed fairly quickly. Somewhat cloudy ruddy red body. Only so slight aroma of hops. Nicely muted hoppy flavor. Must be the Ringwood. No resin to it. Thickish mouth feel. A bit of warming to the face and palate after drinking. Could drink this a lot if it were in bottles.

3.3
bytemesis (9345) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 30, 2017
Tap. Pours clear orange Amber, small off white head, great lacing. Aroma is malty, Bready, caramel, candi sugar. Flavors is medium sweet, light plus bitter, a bit of a metallic finish medium body.

3.7
Fatehunter (2624) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2017
Pours a finger and half of head on a clear darker straw body.
Aroma is mostly tropical fruits, mango, pineapple and a little pine.
Taste tends sweet, bread and fruit. Nice.
Texture is softer.
Really enjoyable.

3.6
AnokaBrewer (223) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2017
On tap. Golden copper color with a slight hoppy aroma. Sweet with a happy finish.

3
Airlifter (134) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Pours a golden amber color with a pale white head that dissipates quickly. Not much aroma. Flavor is very bright--lots of citrus, almost lemony. Moderately hoppy, but not overpowering. Nice, but not great. A little too sharp to drink a lot of at once.

3.8
bhensonb (15858) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Poured into a Michelob Celebrate! tulip. :) Pours coppery gold with a slight white head. Aroma of malt and some rather unusual hops. Med body. Flavor is malty, but there are some floral, fruit and herb aspects to help with that. There’s a tree bark/twig aspect. It tries to be astringent, but not quite dry enough for that. This isn’t super today, but it’s nice to see the past brought back, and this would have been dynamite 30 years ago. I’m liking it.

3.7
DenverLogan (1274) - North Bend, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2016
From a bottle into a Sierra Nevada stem glass. Pours orange amber with head and lace. Aroma of pale malts, orange zest. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, grains, tangerine zest, powder sugar, candy sugar, slight molassas. Overall rich, unique, flavorful, nice!

3.6
shrubber85 (11670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle. Wood, orange, toffee malt, and orange peel aroma. Amber with small head. Moderately sweet orange caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal hay/orange peel flavor. Good body. Pretty sweet - nice.

3.6
Patrickctenchi (6750) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle:
Hazy amber with a tall, yellow-white head.
Honey, grain malt, leafy hop aroma.
Taste is mild and sweet...caramel malt, grain, a little bit of tea and fruit.
Actually, pretty good....a nice surprise from a brewery I haven’t been too impressed with over the years...


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