California Love | Smog City Brewing

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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
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Raziel313
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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

Photo of sillyhed8
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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 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 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 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 Ryancthomas7
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

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

Photo of soupydaddy
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wine aspects are easily noted. Seems a bit stronger than 8.5 as the alcohol finish lingers longer than expected.

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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 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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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 Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SoCalSuds
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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

Photo of LADaveBN
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with half a finger head. Subtle lacing. Nose is hoppy, citrus and malt. Front of palate is also citrus. Finish is where I get more of the maltiness. Feel is excellent. Coats the tongue, lingers just a bit. Overall, a pretty good red ale. Enjoyable though not very complex.

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California Love from Smog City Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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