Atticus - Strand Brewing Co.

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Strand Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: vacax on 12-05-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a medium citrus zest hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it quite easy to drink.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a deep amber (almost copper) with a finger of khaki head.

S: Nice citrus hops on the nose, mostly grapefruit, with a bit of orange and tangerine. There is some pine and bready malt, which gives it a mild sweetness. A lightly herbal hop note, too.

T: The hop character is heavy on the pine with some floral, mild grass, and a decent citrus flavor. There is perhaps a bit of toasted malts and bread and a fairly perfumey hop flavor. Mild bitterness, but somewhat sweet for an IPA.

M: The body is medium, as is the carbonation.

O: I was looking forward to this one, and while it was good, it didn't really blow me away.

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Orangey amber, on the darker side. Average foam in the big Duvel tulip with nice lacing along the glass. Some piney aromas. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Thinner than a lot of IPAs.

Some fruity flavors and a malty base start this out pleasantly. This is a pretty bitter beer. Intense acidity to go with the orange and lemon and grapefruit flavors.

The carbonation really does last well and provides a mellow sudsiness. The aftertaste is always that hop attack. Hop fiends, this is your beer. Too much of a good thing for me, but this seems well made and clean. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with white minimalist label and standard unbranded black pressure cap acquired at a local beer store for $5.99 and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. "Small Batch ~ Unfiltered." 7.2% ABV according to the label on my bottle.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger light khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent caramel-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit more colorful than most beers in the style; I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Caramel malts. Juicy floral hops. Light grapefruit. Toasted malt. A light to mild strength aroma. There's not much going on compared to other local beers in the style, but I'm optimistic. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: Toasty caramel forms the body, true to the label's description. Bready. Generic floral hop character is all I really get hopwise. Some bitter grapefruit - light by west coast IPA conventions. It's not all that well balanced at all. Decently built, but boring. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There's not a whole lot of flavour here. Meh. Simple and unambitious. The noticeable bitterness really destroys the balance.

Mf: Nicely smooth. Wet. Unrefreshing. Lightly creamy. Good thickness. Decent body. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile only in a general sense.

Dr: Why brew this? A simple IPA with no ambition or boldness. This won't satisfy fans of the style, nor will it attract new ones. It's quite boring and I see no need to buy it again. Not recommended. Drinkable but forgettable. Disappointing. If the other two Strand beers I picked up are as mediocre as this, I won't be in any hurry to buy their other offerings.

C-

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, presumably named after the famed lawyer from To Kill a Mockingbird,

A: Pours a medium amber to burnt orange with a solid white head, leaving good lace.

S: Fairly pungent with lots of citrus, hints of grass, malt and herbs.

T: Dominated by the grapefruit, lemon zest and pine hop characters. Malt is mild at best despite what you would think from the colour. A fairly "by the books" CA IPA, but it tastes good and is made well to style.

M: Crisp, clean, attacking carbonation but not over the top.

D: Solid IPA, very CA, nowhere near the beauty of 24th St., but hey you can't hit a home run every time.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

...and on to the beer:

It's hard to call this one "pale". With its dark red color, it's more like an India Red, hein? The head on top is patchy, retains well, and laces well around the glass. The nose isn't super hoppy, but it is respectable. There's pineapple, toffee, and some mango coming through.

This is more of a bittersweet IPA, but don't be confusinng that as "balanced". Resin is there, there's pine as well, and subtle tropical fruits and a good sized malt base makeup the character to this IPA....sorry, IRA. With the big malt bill, the beer seems to take on a body that is nearly full.

It's a good beer in general, however not the intense hop experience I was hoping to receive. In fact, its 24th Street stablemate is much hoppier than this.

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber colored beer with a tan colored heads. Really dark, I'm just going to call this one red.

Smell is malt and strong hops, distinctly a grapefruit scented beer. Strong tea wood and grapefruit sums up the scent.

Starts out sweet and savory with a mild bitter bite. Strong tea and woody flavored it gets more bitter as you drink it. Sort of basic in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall Basic IPA.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a 500ml bottle a slightly hazy light copper with nearly 1-finger off-white head and leaves spotty lace.

N: Grapefruit, caramel malt with some floral notes.

T: Malty and slightly woody with some pine.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finishes sticky, sweet and malty.

O: Fairly standard malt forward offering, but was looking for something more hoppy.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber and copper color, almost no head sticks around or leaves any lace within 1 minute of the pour. Pretty hoppy, no other detectable aromas out of the nose.

More and more hops, definitely unbalanced unabashed in the west coast stylee for yall. Plenty bitter, but it at least backs it up with a good stinging hop mouthfeel leaning citrus wise. Slight alcohol remains in the mouthfeel, not a detraction, not complimentary either. Almost nothing to speak of in the malt department, pale, crystal possibly, but its all speculation since 99% of what you taste is biting bitterness and heady hoppiness.

Pretty good stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1629th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
16oz

@Caseys Pub, Los Angeles, CA

App- I was expecting a tulip glass for this but instead got a standard pint glass and this had only about an 1/8" of bubbles that was white in color and filled to the brim. Didnt really notice the lace or cling. Solid orangey/amber color and top color heavy.

Smell- This had some good aromatics behind it. A nice balance of the hops and malts without being to overly boozy. Solid caramel and tropical fruits with some solid pine/resin aromas coming up as it warmed.

Taste- The overall impression of this beer is they were shooting for a blending of styles. Maybe an IPA/Amber combo. Very malty with tinges of fruit and caramel to balance out the pine and resin flavors. A little unbalanced but still drinkable. Not the best DIPA from CA. But at an Irish pub, nice to see a local option.

Mouth- A full bodied medium beer with a solid medium creamy carbonation. The hops are full and a tad bitter with some fruit remaining and a large amount of malts to bring some cracker/bread to it.

Drink- It was good, wasnt great. A solid local option, but with other Nor.Cal and So. Cal options to choose from, this one could get lost a bit.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Kincaid's Redondo Beach 1/8/12.

A: Served a perfect hazy peach color. A suprisingly thin but creamy off-white layer of foam on top that left barely a trace of lace behind. Carbonation was perfectly lazy.

S: Off whiff of bleach or cleanser (which I'm sure was due to the bar and no fault of the beer) that hung around for the entire glass. What also stuck around for the duration was hops. Huge amounts of hops. Pine, grapefruit, and tangerine rind with nice balance from toasted malt.

T: Exactly as above except that the bleach/cleanser of the smell is in the taste just breifly in the beginning.

M: Bracingly hoppy. Oily mouthfeel in the beginning that turns prickly and dry by the finish. Impressive.

O: An excellent West Coast IPA. Would try this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gatornation
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @matchbox
A-pours a dark copper color slight haze with a 2 finger khaki head and slight lacing
S- fryity hops with some earthy and wood smells slight pine
T-some dank hops mixed between citrus and pine with some wood tastes slight mustiness in the malts
M-dank and a touch oily with medium carbonation some bitterness in the finish
O-not bad a heavier non crisp IPA here

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Atticus from Strand Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.