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 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:
#20,678
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
53
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
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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 deg
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lazydayspoiler
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of kdsamples
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evy_Yve
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

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

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 dheldman
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | 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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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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California Love from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 53 ratings