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California Love | Smog City Brewing

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3.81/5
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51 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / 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:
#19,131
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
51
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by DrinkThemAll:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Evy_Yve
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sazz9
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ the source.

A: Pours a brownish burgundy with a 1/2-inch thick tan head which fades to a cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Bright orange/citrus, oaky, vinous, some spices, faintly sweet malts. On warming the red grapes become more prominent and play off the oak, orange peel, and hops.

T: Sweetish malts blend well with toasted oak and complement the orange peel and citrus hops (Citra, Amarillo, and Centennial). Faint, at first, the vinous notes build on warming.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Well balanced and integrated components. Slightly dry oak and bitter hops spring over the pinot noir must finish. The ABV is hidden.

O: Interesting No. Cal/So. Cal collaboration. It seems we can get along after all. Well done and proud to call lovely Cali home, no matter which part you're from.

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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 crob3888
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much darker than I expected: super dark ruby-brown color. Smell is of vinous, resinous pine, some grapefruit, caramel, and a hint of the grapes. Overall it's another great beer by Smog City, one of LA's best craft breweries.

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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 jeff1973
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | 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 Jlabs
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwswigs
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

Photo of john0721
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Chief99
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Raziel313
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color is a really dark red with a brownish tinge. Plenty of off-white foam in the Bellegems Bruin goblet. Sudsy and sharp on the tongue. Long nose of citrus peel and flowery hops. The body is actually fairly light but the aftertaste seems to belong to an even bigger beer.

Tangy fruity flavors with a deep roasted malt taste. Winey but I don't taste the oak so much as celery and leaf mold. Hints of cocoa and lemon peel. Orange marmalade and alcohol heat on the tongue. An interesting strong beer that is full of perplexities. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Smog City Brewing in Torrance, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, red wine grape, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus, red wine grape, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting combination of the fruit and wood qualities.

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California Love from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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