California Love | Smog City Brewing

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States
smogcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first official collaboration beer. Porter of Smog City and Zambo of 21st Amendment, San Francisco, got together to create Califronia Love, an Imperial Red brewed with pinot noir grapes, citrus peel and aged on medium toast oak spirals. Designed to bring the best of NorCal and SoCal together; California Love features wine grapes from wine country and citrus peel from SoCal. Together they blend beautifully into our newest release, California Love.

Added by wethorseblanket on 01-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,919
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
54
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of antonyliu
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass…

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Look
Poured a red wine hue with a ton of activity between the carbonation and head, which was a thick 3 fingers of puffy froth. One of the best “looking” beers I’ve poured, very inviting. Truly looks alive.

Smell
Nose is chocolate, roasty, hoppy aroma

Taste
I’m getting molasses, spices, oak and wood aromas, toasty, and a lingering bitter, malty, and tart dry finish

Mouthfeel
crisply carbonated with a medium, smooth body

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Overall
This is a quality beer of depth and character. However, I’ve discovered American Imperial Red Ale is not my favorite style. I prefer either a purer hop profile or, a purer malt profile—but not both together. My bottle was only 1 month old so very fresh. Purchased for $2.99 in Southern California.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting Notes:
Pours a rust crimson color, opaque, ivory white head
Malt, caramel, booze nose
Slightly metallic but lots of malt / caramel.. bitter.. only very slight citrus , not much oak
Smooth, light carb

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Photo of deg
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017-02-25
Entered from notes. 500ml bottle. Couldn't find a date.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big head. Smell is roasty malts and toffee.

Taste is similar, with a nice bitterness and something vaguely fruity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, it's a good beer.

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Photo of Luiz0930
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark amber color pour with an off-white head. Nice big malty and nutty aroma with a hint of booze. Taste has a combination of strong nut flavors upfront backed by a touch of booziness and herbal bitterness. Medium to full bodied.

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Photo of Rick778
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of farrago
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Finger worth of heavily dimpled dark tan foam, big quantity of larger bubbles, average retention, the lacing able to form both broad and long streaks. The liquid is a clear reddish brown, touch too dark to appreciate the transparency, few visible bubbles. You get a great deal of cocoa, malt to the nose, caramelized brown sugar, charred oak and then it veers into a dank herbaceousness, the orange peel appears with some clarity yet there’s not many distinct fruit scents, seems reliant on making a big impression via oak and malts. Full-bodied, gluey in texture yet also dry enough to shorten the finish appreciably. Weak carbonation, contributes to slow pacing. Sugary sweet due to an array of molasses, oak and chocolate flavors, in the end though the sour pucker wins out. The hops not as overtly green as in the nose yet a major hue on the palette. Vanillin accents at the end, the citrus remains muted. There’s a lot going on but it seems crammed together with the intent of making a big impression. Lost my interest by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joshpu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber, with 2 finger tan frothy head. Very nice looking beer.

S-slight oak, berries, brown sugar and a hint of grape. Smells very sweet and nice.

T-citrus oak, with hint of berries and grape. Medium hop bill with a bitter dry finish. You can definitely taste everything going on here. Very sweet and clean. Very good to my taste buds.

M-Medium bodied with large amounts of carbonation. Can definetly taste the Pinot noir must in the mouth. Bitter dry finish.

O-pretty solid beer, IMO. I wouldn't hesitate to grab another off the shelf.

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Photo of TheJackel
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cultclassic89
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reminded me more of a hoppy barleywine, similar to Bigfoot but better.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's more brown than red not much of a light tan colored head. Lots of herbal hoppyness aroma, smells like an IPA. Kind of sweet, I can taste the citrus but not the grapes. Not bitter, I'm not a fan of IPA's but this is pretty good.

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Photo of Vylo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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California Love from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 54 ratings