fkoolen (1212) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2016 Bottle @ cafe Frape, Maastricht. Cloudy light golden, white foamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Light citrus, spruce, resin, grassy hop profile, grainy and sweet malty base, medium dry and bitter finish. Firm body, low-medium carbonation. gyllenbock (9160) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle from Thirsty Craft Beer Shop in Singapore. Hazy orange with a large white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, some caramel and passion fruit. Similar taste. Also some biscuits and light malt. The body was medium and the finish quite bitter.
androman (2322) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2016
12fl oz bottle at home from FirmaBier. Nose is fruity malty, light citric. Body is opalescent orange, head is big, white, rocky, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, honey, apple, biscuits, peach, waffle. Medium sweet, light bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is long lasting hoppy medium to heavy bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Easy, quite refreshing, rich flavor, interesting, nice one. reidyboy (14) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2017
Resinous hops and citrus flavours combined very effectively to create a proper West Coast Pale Ale (in my opinion) Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
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!
LtDan (1806) - 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.
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. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2010
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. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap at Karl Strauss Carlsbad. Yellow amber color. Medium-low hop bitterness and aroma. Very easy to drink. Apricot hop flavor. Very good. Pyobon (1399) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2010
Draught. Clear copper with slight white head. Subtle but nice floral hop aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Flavour starts with caramel smoothly moving to a decent bitter finish. Nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle (room temperature)… Space Coast Craft Beer Festival 2011 … Murky, caramel-colored ale with very little head to speak of. The nose offers pistachio, caramel and toffee accompanied by floral, grapefruit and pine notes. Full-bodied and mildly creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet - definitely lacking West Coast bitterness, but the hop flavor is definitely there. Finishes bittersweet (more sweet than bitter).