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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
My favorite microbrewery ale of all time. Only consummed at the Pub. In large quantities. Ever batch varied, usually from excellent to better........

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
This beer was fantastic. I ordered by name and didnt know what to expect, but the rich malty ale with subtle hops to balance the sweetness really hit the spot.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbelkin (5) - USA - MAR 27, 2007 does not count
This is the house beer at Buffalo Bills - always available and always consistently smooth and refreshing.

4
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13581) - 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!

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4341) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14486) - 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. Theres a tree bark/twig aspect. It tries to be astringent, but not quite dry enough for that. This isnt super today, but its nice to see the past brought back, and this would have been dynamite 30 years ago. Im liking it.

3.7
   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.


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