Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle, from Henry’s. $6.50 a six pack. This is a new release, apparently taking the place of Stargazer. Looks nice, smells nice, but the flavor is rather dull. It’s hoppy, but it lacks the brightness and fruitiness I crave in an IPA. For whatever reason, Karl Strauss bottled beer has never impressed me like their draft beers. My guess is that this is really good on tap. As it is now, it’s just OK. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bland IPA.Bready and dry, sweet at first taste. Ends on a clean note. Amber with white head. Not the greatest IPA, and seems more like a APA. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Appearance: Pours a copper red with a dense, sudsy 1/2 inch white head. The body is rather clear, and has a modest level of visable carbonation. The beer leaves webby lacy rings all the way down the pint glass. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
Aroma: Grapefruit rind, pine (pine needles and pine sap), a small, almost hidden level of bready malt, and sugary sweetness. Comes across very perfumy and floral, rather than citrusy.
Taste: A nice mouthful of bitter and citrusy hops in the beginning, and a finish of bready and caramel layer of malt. The bitter hops linger on my tongue well past the sip.
Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy.
Overall: A solid, full flavored, balanced IPA, showcasing some of the great qualities of a West Coast IPA, without going extreme. This beer has lots of body, lots of hops, and the right amount of malt. This is the best Karl Strauss beer in their lineup.
12oz bottle via sample from the brewer. Pours a clear light copper color with a 2 finger thick off white head that left great lacing. Nice nose of citrus, pine and some caramel malts. Flavor was initially a bit malty, then the hop bitterness comes through and rounds out a nicely crafted IPA, blows the old Star Gazer out of the water!