doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Pours deep copper/amber with a smallish white head and some lace. Smells subdued, deep and sweet. Fruity with a sweet, mellow, hop presence. Tastes sweet and fruity with some spices. Allspice maybe and lots of ripe citrus and stone fruit hop character. Ok. Citrus lingers. Medium, slightly syrupy body with good carbonation. AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber color/ white head. Nice pine sap, tropical fruit, spicy hop aromas with caramel. Smooth medium body. Awesome bittersweet, floral, pine, tropical fruit hop flavors with candi sugar, caramel. great ipa CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2010
22oz bottle: Pours a transparent copper amber with a stringy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of juicy resiny grapefuity hops with some caramel candy notes and toffee sweetness. Body starts with decent fullness and sweet sticky caramel maltiness with some floral grapefruity hop flavor and bitterness before a drier crisp bittersweet finish with a touch of peppery alcoholic warmth. A fairly well-balanced and enjoyable double IPA, but could use a less sugary malty base. jjh19 (63) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Appearance: Beautiful amber leaning towards a touch of golden in color. The head was bright and full. I liked that it stuck around for a while too.
Smell: I get a lot of the citrus in the nose.
Taste: To The 9’s is labeled as an Imperial IPA. Because of this I was thinking I might be hit over the head with hops. Instead I get a real solid balance. I got some pine upfront but then there’s a unique underlying sweetness to the taste. That balance is one of my favorite things about To The 9’s.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice medium body to it. Not thin, but definitely not heavy. Thus, I’m going with "medium."
Drinkability: Oh yeah. Very drinkable. Each sip is interesting with the way the flavors work through from the hops to the malts. Sign me up for "To The 10’s." ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2010
22oz bomber FRESH from south bay. pours a cloudy, orange-gold with a full, bubbly off-white head and drippy lace. aroma is very nice and definitely unique in the land of west coast DIPAs with earthy, woody hops backed by citrus notes of pink grapefruit and orange pulp, floral esters, and doughy yeast, rye malts, and floral esters. flavor is delicious as well with the woody, earthy hops continuing from the aroma with notes of sweet vanilla, spicy herbal/pine notes, pepper, and hints of juicy orange and grapefruit on the finish. palate is medium bodied, bitter, and slightly spicy on the tongue with a solid, bitter, citrus finish. overall, a definitely unique brew that truly shows off it’s 9 hop varietals.
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Quite earthy and tons of wood...the noble hops definitely a stand out and give it a very unique flavor that I’m not accustomed to in an IPA. Some citrus and pine notes but the almost peppery/grassiness in this one overshadows. Glad I had a chance to try it but not a favorite. Nice to see Karl Strauss trying new things, though. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Not one of my favorite IPA’s. Not much of an imperial either. Aroma is piney. Pours a nice orange color. Initial blast of hops but the taste is muddled. Then the alcohol kicks in for a bit. Both fade quickly and all that’s left is a little bitterness. jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Draft at the Neighborhood in SD. Pours orange with bubbly, thin head. Aroma of grassy hops. Flavor has nice hop bite with good balance of malt. Medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking. Decent. ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Location: On tap at Neighborhood in San Diego, 1/6/10
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Aroma: Nose of earthy hops, resin, pine, some citrus
Appearance: Clear, light golden color, no lace
Flavor: Flavor is mostly a smooth hop bitterness
Palate: Smooth, medium body, hides the alcohol well
A very nice DIPA. I enjoyed this beer, it was quite nice on tap. My favorite of the 4 Karl Strauss beers I tasted on this trip to San Diego.
22. pours a crystal clear dark orange with gold edges. loose off white ring of foam. big tangy orange, grapefruit, and pink grapefruit nose. creamy medium body, soft carb. caramel, toast, and all the fruits on the mid palate. long resiny finish.