Aurora Hoppyalis IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Aurora Hoppyalis IPAAurora Hoppyalis IPA

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aurora Hoppyalis is our San Diego-style IPA brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops. Robust flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, pine, and tangerine linger through a dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Trader Joe's:

"IPA" "brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops." 7.0% ABV.

Served cold into a shaker pint.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thin (~1cm in height) white colour head that looks somewhat weak but holds up for about 2-3 minutes. Body is a clear golden yellow of average vibrance. Devoid of visible yeast/lees; seems filtered. Has a clean look to it, but doesn't stand out compared to other expressions of this direly oversaturated style.

AROMA: Muted pineapple, vague citrus, dried tropical fruit, faint hop oils/resin, pale malt, 2-row. Hints of oniony aromatics.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no off-notes or faults.

Suggests a competent IPA with a decent hop profile. I can't say that aromatically speaking any of the constituent hops are particularly well-showcased.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, and medium-bodied yet unrefreshing, tending a bit high in terms of carbonation and lacking softness. Slightly oily, which helps coax out some of the Amarillo but not enough to make Amarillo's resins really shine.

Vague fruity and citrusy notes are present but don't ring distinct. A bit oniony from the Simcoe. I don't get the luscious juicy citrus you'd expect in a great Citra hopped beer. Mosaic's signature blueberry flavour isn't overt. This fails to showcase its hops well, which is a damn shame since 3 out of the 4 they used are in my top 5 favourite hop varietals.

Pale malts/2-row give this its mild malt backbone. It's not as hop-emphatic as would be ideal, but it's not malty either. It just needs better depth of flavour and more hop pungency. Balanced but not particularly well built; it gets pineapple-y towards the finish which doesn't really do it any favours.

The mouthfeel doesn't accentuate specific notes or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A decently executed IPA that unsuccessfully tries to marry Mosaic with a more classic so-called "West Coast" hop profile. I wouldn't mind another but I wouldn't seek this out; it's decently priced for what it is but there are far better expressions of the style that are widely distributed, and when you factor in the myriad superior IPAs brewed on a more local scale in California alone (or, hell, San Diego alone), it's hard to justify buying this again. I don't find any brewing faults or anything, but there's ample room for improvement.


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Photo of TangoJuliet
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a revision from my last review in which it’s going to only about 3.5. Was that just a bad batch?
It is a beautiful hazy glowing orange tinged yellow, yet it has virtually no head. This remains my biggest complaint about the beer: seems a bit flat, which translates into within your body then it could be.
Notes of juicy fresh tangerine, mango, pineapple, and piney grapefruit quality hit the nose along with a cake like sweet aroma. The taste is full of tropical fruit, hop forward of course, with some candied orange and sugary sweetness. Again, the body is a little bit on the thin side but there is some creaminess there. A bit of gold metallic bitter linger but not too distracting. Solid.

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Photo of Ligma
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timon
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, an IPA that I don't hate! I even like it! This is one of two IPAs I've had that I like. Very drinkable, not too bitter, but it does have that IPA tartness to it that's really refreshing on a 100 degree day like today--like a beer lemonade, or something. Look in the glass and mouth feel are well above average too. Again, they lean towards refreshing just like the taste. I would say B+ for this. Very nice.

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Photo of lukgbx
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great little beer. Local from SoCal which is extra nice!

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Photo of IKR
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a generous-sized white head that stuck around for a while. A nice looking IPA.

Smell: Pine notes along with with some citrusy fruity hop aromas.

Taste: The pine notes feature strongly along with some citrus and tropical fruity notes. The bitterness is moderate and lets the beer finish fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: The body is on the light side of medium-bodied.with a fairly generous level of carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA that stands up well among the plethora of IPAs of all types.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WickedBeer
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light gold with a nice white head and good lacing. Smell is a great combination of tropical, citrus and pine. Taste has all that, with a bit of clean bitterness. Just a great IPA.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Just-the-sip
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dctarga
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/10/18, consumed 5/22/18

L: Light yellow gold, mostly clear, big head, lots of lacing.

S: Piney with tropical fruit notes, nice but overall a bit mild.

T: Hoppy, danky, & fruity - Simcoe is up front, exactly what I love.

F: Medium, nice solid bitterness.

O: Solid WC IPA. Definitely going into the regular rotation since I can find it fresh .

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Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass at the brewery
A: Light yellow, thin head that quickly settles
S: Pineapple, tangerine, hints of earth/herbs
T: Matches the nose just not quite as intense
M: Medium-bodied, fresh
O: A solid IPA

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Photo of dbankovs
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CScott12
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a time back in the day when Karl Strauss just made a bunch of high ibu crystal malt PacNW traditional hopped beers that were totally in the step dad tier of things. But then I saw this beer with proprietary hops that caught my eye and I figured why not give it a try.

Pours a lighter color than their other ipas, this is pretty much just straight up yellow/golden with 1/2" white head and some slight haze to it from the dry hopping. The aroma was led by a lineup featuring the triple crown of aroma hops, Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo. They bring the medley of citrus, tropical and pine notes.

Taste was pretty good, the Simcoe handles the bittering charge for this one, but it isn't catty. Still dropping those aroma notes in the flavor profile. Malt bill and mouth feel follow the west coast ipa lead, nice interplay between the bitter hops, the flavor/aroma hops and the dry finish. The citrus has more tangerine to it than grapefruit.

This is probably the best beer this brewery has ever made, they've come a long way since pier 10 or whatever it was I had last.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy, the liquid verging on gold; the head builds to about two fingers and just sits there leaving a nice coating of lace

Smell: Tropical and stone fruit aromatics, with papaya, peach, berry and melon tones

Taste: Floral and fruit forward, with all of the flavors detected in the aroma making an early appearance; through the middle; moderate pithy bitterness emerges, after the swallow, but there is some onion in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a surprise, coming from this brewery; I am generally pleased with this beer

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrew8626
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Aurora Hoppyalis IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 209 ratings