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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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbelkin (5) - USA - MAR 27, 2007
This is the house beer at Buffalo Bills - always available and always consistently smooth and refreshing.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2518) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnokaBrewer (187) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2017
On tap. Golden copper color with a slight hoppy aroma. Sweet with a happy finish.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14891) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1197) - LA, California, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11218) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6472) - Coxs 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 havent been too impressed with over the years...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1188) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2016
12 oz bottle: Aroma haas got a nice pungent resin like hop note with a light grainy malt backing. Appearance is a ever so slightly amber golden with a thick white head that lingers. Taste is mildly bitter with an intermingling play between the hops and the malt. Palate is medium to low carbonation with a light hop aftertaste. Overall, Pretty darn good stuff. Cheers!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
r464 (2350) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2016
Deep and dark flavor of malt, raisin, caramel, cherry. Light hops with mild bitterness through the finish that thins out quite a bit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2804) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted, nutty and caramel, moderate herbs for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with toffee, brown sugar, paper, and faint sherry and spices in the background. Head is huge, rocky, off-white with excellent but slippery lacing and is fully lasting. Color is sparkling clear copper. Flavor starts moderately sweet and finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a soft to lively carbonation. A pretty good English Strong Ale from Buffalo Bills, a first for me.


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