Karl Strauss To The 9s Imperial IPA

 
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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The beer is an Imperial IPA brewed to celebrate 2009. Unlike most Imperial IPA’s that are very citrussy/piney from Pacific Northwest hops, To the 9’s uses a lot of noble hops for a more earthy, resinous, woodsy aroma and flavor. We used 9 different hop varieties so the beer is very complex.

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4.4
J_man (1023) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Comparing this side by side with Big Barrel. Strangely enough, I didn’t get as much hop aroma off this as BB and almost a "brewing" aroma like when you’re cooking wort. They’re both very similar in appearance though. Nice hop astringency and more floral than BB with a more pronounced malt body. I’m noticing the slight increase in alcohol content and that’s a good thing. Too bad this is a one-off, I’d like to get this year round.

4.2
wetherel (1894) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On tap at the Strong Ale Fest 2009 (and also saw it on tap at the Carlsbad location). Great over the top hop aroma and flavor, with a controlled amount of bitterness. IIlusion of sweetness, maybe some melanoiding malts. Very easy to drink. One of my favorite Karl Strauss beers.

4.2
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."

4.1
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Tap @ Karl Strauss in Down Town San Diego. Pours a deep mostly clear copper color with a very thin white ring. Nose is bursting with pine and floral citrus hops, a good amount of caramel in the background as well. Flavor starts very piny then gives way to some semi sweet caramel, finishing very bitter. Best beer I’ve ever had from Karl......

4.1
Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
10 nOv 2011, bottle. Honey grassy hop nose. Med/thin body and slightly fizzy. Really nice. Alcohol makes this a really nice Rich ipa that isn’t extreme but absolutely delicious.



4
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle from Wholefoods. Clear golden orange with a fizzy white head. NIce sweet citrus and grapefruit aroma and taste with a nice smooth pineapple finish. Very good, nicely balanced.

4
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Poured from bomber a clear and bright orangey hue that formed into a rather craggy head of foam. Lacing evident and the aroma was of pine resins, hoppage, field grass and malted grains. The flavour was full bodied, both creamy and sticky. Both hops and malts dominate as the cool, yet soft, carbonation swirls everything together. The beer is big, and begs to be consumed, alcohol dangerously hidden. Well made and tasty!

4
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Pours a orange amber witha off white head with deccent lacing. aroma is of pineapple, pine, carmel malt, and some earthyness. flavor is nice and hoppy with alot of graperfruit, pine, pineapple, carmel malt, and earth roasted malts. has a medium full body. finnish is bitter and dry with alchol somewhat noticeable. overall, a very tasty and unique DIPA.

4
bhensonb (15841) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours a beautiful orange copper with a three finger beige head. Nice resin aroma. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is earthy, caramel and rather floral/resin. Lots of flavor. Bitter right on through the end. Quite nice; rather polished. Gets a little grapefruit after awhile.

4
hapjydeuce (1004) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours brilliant golden color, medium head development. Lots of spotty lacing. Good carbonation that lofts up some really satisfying hop aromas! Very floral and fresh. Spicy, peppery hop aroma that is well-balanced with pale malts. Some orange peel and butterscotch underneath the crisp citrus tones from the hop variety. Finishes with noticeable alcohol content and a lasting hop bitterness. Very nice!


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