Scott's Big IPL - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Served on-tap at the Costa Mesta Karl Strauss brewery/restaurant.
A - Golden, clear, with a fluffy head that didn't last very long.
S - Smells like biscuits and HOPS. Much maltier than I'd expected.
T - Hop forward with a malt backbone. For an 'IPL' I was hoping for more aggressive hopping, but it's still quite enjoyable.
M - Medium bodied, with a fairly high carbonation. Nothing extraordinary.
O - I had the 'original' homebrew version of this beer, and it was MUCH better - less malty and with more aggressive hop flavor and aroma. The Karl Strauss version, while inferior, is still probably the best beer they've ever made and I hope that they make a batch 2 - but closer to the original.
08-06-2011 00:54:22 | More by Cinderbike
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
San Diego, CA
Clear golden and amber with a thin white head that lasts and lasts, then leaves messy spiderweb sheets of lacing down the glass. Spectacular.
A well-balanced yet strong aroma consisting of bready malts, some earthiness, and some definite hop (pine) punch.
Well balanced between bready and somewhat sweet malt character and some biting, piney hops. A great balance. Great with food.
A big beer with incredible balance. Plenty of hops but enough malt to balance things out extraordinarly well.
07-21-2011 22:12:21 | More by ehammond1
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Had this on tap at the La Jolla
The India Pale Lager (IPL) is a clear, amber colored beer. With it's beautiful color tones, it's like pouring a sunset. The first impression in the nose is of a rose. Then the IPL opens up to a leathery aroma as it warms. While it's still cold, it hits your tastebuds with a solid bitterness -- the characteristic from which the IPL derives its name. As it warms, the flavor rounds out with a big mouthfeel and the distinct slickness of the malts. Also at this temperature, the hops step into the background. If it gets a chance to warm even more, the bitterness returns and makes a nice balanced lager -- the only lager that doesn't have to be drank cold. Overall, the IPL is a well-crafted lager and more interesting to drink than most of its cousins.
07-13-2011 22:56:19 | More by SuperWhip
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Had on tap multiple times at the Costa Mesa location as well as pro brewers night at the AHA Conference.
This beer was the pro version of their Pro-Am competition for
A: Nice golden orange color with a frothy white head. Lacing remains well through the glass
S: Good hop aroma, I would have excepted more with it being related to an IPA but this is a Karl Strauss beer. I'm picking up Simcoe
T: More East coast then West coast and tasted more Ale then a lager but overall I it had a very nice flavor that I enjoyed greatly
M: Solid monthfeel with good carbonation.
O: A good representation of a non existent style. On of the best Karl Strauss beers I've had in years
07-12-2011 15:46:40 | More by StarRaptor
2.98/5 rDev -25.5%
On tap at URGE. An India Pale Lager (according to Scott).
A: Amber with no head. I'm not sure if the lack of head is the fault of the brewer or bartender.
S: Bread and biscuity malt with faint floral characteristics. Orange is light and there's a touch of pine. Malt dominates.
T: This is very malty, and I was expecting little malt and a lot of hops. The malt tastes of bread and biscuit. There's a lower moderate bitterness with light pine and orange notes. The beer is lightly sweet and the finish is clean.
M: Moderate carbonation with medium body.
Overall: This is not an IPL. Think of it as a malty amber ale with a little more bitterness than usual. Pass on this. Sorry, Scott.
07-11-2011 18:12:57 | More by HopHead84
Scott's Big IPL from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.