shakespeare33 (205) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2010
compliments of JW32hoops.. loved the stargazer so lets see how this stacks up.. pours a very deep copper almost a honeykissed bleeding brick coloration.. quickly dissipating head.. the aroma is fairly nonexistent but I do sense a light floral hoppiness... initial hit to the palate is different than Id expect out of an ipa.. cherry and caramel.. subtle hops that disappear quickly... did the folks at karl strauss slip an amber into this ipa label..color, carbination, content all very reminissant of an amber with the maltiness holding court rather than the hops.. Im torn... In terms of IPA’s this is a weak sister but overalll I like the taste. Very similar to the stargazer, eerily similar.... you know what... Ill have another one though..... not bad karl strauss, you macro bully of socal micro supremacy.. you actually backed into a helluva amber ale, too bad youre calling it an IPA... shame on you.... User29624 (1687) - - FEB 15, 2010
Pours copper with a white head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops. Nice balance, but not an overpowering IPA. Decent flavor, nice body. JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a deep cherry amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma is sticky sweet fruitiness which continues throughout this indulgent caramel hop flavor. This IPA seems conflicted to me, like it can’t make up ti’s mind between being a sweet and hoppy IPA or a full fledged dessert beer. It’s a jack of all trades, but a master of none. R.I.P. Stargazer. DennisD (12) - USA - FEB 9, 2010
This beer was delicious!
Aroma: Deliciously hoppy, grapefruit undertones
Appearance: Golden, good head
Taste: Hoppy, citrus
Overall: Nice beer. Drinkable, all around great beer. ben4321 (6951) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Location: On tap at the SD Airport, 1/9/10
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Aroma: Peach, grapefruit, caramel, and pine notes
Appearance: Caramel color with lots of lace on the glass
Flavor: Hop bitterness up-front, caramel malt backing
Palate: This beer is crisp and nice, pretty dry
A pretty nice IPA, not a standout, but a more then adequate example of the style, and a really nice beer to kill some time while waiting for my plane to take off.
Bottle; poured a caramel-amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, citrus and fruit. Very nw-hoppy in the nose. Flavor was surprisingly balanced and good. Earthy and fruity balanced by a solid caramel malt backbone. Nice lingering finish. A surprise. mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
A light IPA. Fresh cut barnyard hay. Could grow on you. More like a slightly bitter red ale. Nothing like what I consider an IPA. Has an appealing grainy flavor. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Clear amber with medium foamy head. Mild aroma of woodsy and piney hops. Watery to slightly fluffy feel from carbonation. Just a bit of btie on the tip of the tongue. More flavor from the roast than the hops. Woodsy, grassy, slightly resiny hop. Finishes pretty clean, the finishing bitterness remains more on the tip and top of the tongue instead of the back. A decent pale, but falls short of expectations for an IPA. DuffMan (10983) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
On tao in the Karl Strauss taproom in LAX terminal 2. Bright orange amber, piney resinous aroma and flavour, grapefruit. Lightly toasty malt, dry, very bitter finish. Really nice. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Pours a clear mid golden yellow.
Nose is faint with earthy hops.
Taste is watery with moderate pine hops, mild bitterness, and alcohol heat. Meh.