Aurora Hoppyalis IPA
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Aurora Hoppyalis IPAAurora Hoppyalis IPA
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From:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #108
ABV:
7%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,732
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
193
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 08, 2022
Added:
Jan 14, 2016
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  121
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Aurora Hoppyalis IPAAurora Hoppyalis IPA
Notes: 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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Reviewed by HalfFull from California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The hop lights pours a light golden in color with a hint of haze. A thin cap of off white foam settles to a splotchy ring in a minute or so. Churns up a light film as needed.

Aroma is full of tropical fruit, citrus and a mild piney backbone, touch of hop spice.

Taste is bright and fruity, balanced by smooth malts. Citrusy melon on the finish along with some peppery spice notes. Offers a fine spritzy delivery all the way through the palate which carries and cloaks the malt backdrop allowing for an easy quaff. Overall bright and flavorful, no real sweetness to deter and a balanced spicy bitterness on the close lingers.
Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This one definitly is a low key hottie. She doesn’t rock the Louie bag, nor the Jimmy Chu flats. She’s a bit shy and stuff, and maybe in Gap jeans for all I know. That said, when you take a deeper look and really get to know her, you realize she’s good. She may not be top of the pyramid “hot,” but she still shows up and gives you a quality AB.
Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
When in California, do as the Californians do. ...and drink West Coast IPA! Karl Strauss greets visitors and residents alike with a classic, traditional and truly west coast IPA chocked full of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. But its use of newer Mosaic and Citra hops give the taste a fruity and more herbal update.

Pale gold and hinting toward the bronze side of saturation, the beer crowns with a frothy ivory cap. As the scents of citrus, spruce and tropical fruit flow across the nose, the first sip is slightly savory with bread crust, toasted nuttiness and light caramel to suggest something of graham cracker.

But once the hops billow on the middle palate, its floral aroma turns fruity with a burst of orange, grapefruit and a sharpness of lime. Rolling along the tastebuds, complementary fruit flavors of pineapple, mango and berries add to the quick complexity before the taste turns decidedly bitter, crisp and herbal.

Medium bodied and trending dry, Aurora Hoppyalis finishes bitter with bold suggestions of peppery resins, pine, hemp and the fruit skins of currant, citrus peel and tropical fruit rinds for a long and bitter afterglow.
May 05, 2022
 
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pint can - canned on 10/22/21:

Pours lightly hazed yellow with a white head that lasts. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is very robust - pineapple, tangerine with pine mixed in.

The taste is of tropical fruits, especially pineapple with tangerine and a touch of honeydew melon. Sweet malt backbone shows especially in the middle. Resinous pine and fruity bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden.

It holds together throughout. A refreshing bitter bite in the finish, but not harsh.

A hop-forward West Coast IPA. Nice mix of robust aromas and tastes. Well-made and very enjoyable!
Mar 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Shatik from California

Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by fthegiants from California

Oct 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by gboley from California

Sep 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by hockeypuck from Maine

Aug 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by gefinley from California

Sep 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Jul 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.47 by thomda11 from California

Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.95 by Jnare from California

Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by just1cho from California

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
*Poured in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle at 50F*

Had a golden yellow color with a slight haze, a good finger thick head and had a nice diversity of rocky and micro bubbles. Nice head retention too.

Nosing the glass, I was immediately hit with smells of tropical fruits; mainly lychee, notes of peach, mangoes, and oranges. Had this with some spicy food, so the flavors contrasted nicely.

This was very easy to drink. It was juicy, fruity, and citrus-y with a pronounced grapefruit finish.

It had a very light mouthfeel and looses carbonation easily, but has a slightly crisp and dry finish. Overall, this is a very solid IPA! Very easy-to-drink and wouldn't mind at all drinking this again.
Apr 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.11 by dpao from California

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Nov 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by grapeshops from California

Oct 10, 2019
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Rated by HD07King

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Very well balanced and light for a 7 % IPA. Wish we could get this on tap in Atlanta!
Oct 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by pdurkee from New York

Aug 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.09 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland

Jul 28, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Nice refreshing, tasty IPA that was easy to drink - maybe just a tad boring and nondescript though. I'd been looking for a Karl Strauss offering for quite some time - reminds me of my time in Southern California and seeing all the ads on TV which ended with "or my name isn't Karl Strauss" - just never had a craft beer back then, in the late '90s! This one looked great, darker golden-amber color with some great-looking fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some nice fruity zest hops - grapefruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, mango - as well as some bread, vanilla and malt. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance between the bitter hops and sweeter malt backbone. Maybe just a trace too much malt. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. A solid beer, definitely one that has a muted higher ABV flavor, will have to try others from this brewery.
Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by cmddmc from California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I’ve been searching for that perfect IPA. A couple years ago I happened into an Applebee’s, yes an Applebee’s, and asked what IPAs they had on tap. The waiter says “Aurora Hoppyalis” by Karl Strauss and I said sure, why not? I had never heard of this particular brew before, I mostly drank Stone, and my favorite local IPA, Mayberry IPA by El Segundo brewing. Well, this beer did not disappoint. I am not a purist, I don’t care if I find my new favorite beer at Applebee’s, and I can find 6 packs at Trader Joe’s for $9.99 all day long. This IPA has such a citrus aroma, my wife, who hates beer, loves sniffing the bottle when I open it. This brew has a little cloudiness, not so much as an East coast style, so I won’t hold it against the Aurora, I really just love the initial zing when it hits my taste buds, and the bitterness of the finish is so perfectly offsetting that it allows me to drink this beer with any meal. 5+.
Jul 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by apereira2 from California

Jun 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by qcghost from North Carolina

Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright yellow with a slight haze, little carbonation, and four fingers of yellowish head.

It smells of very faint evergreen, pale malt and citrus.

The taste is of mild bitterness and Citrus fruitiness .

Medium body with light carbonation.

I got this in Reading where them drinking it June 3, 2019.
Jun 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by antihero404 from California

May 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by baklo from North Carolina

May 26, 2019
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours golden yellow with light white foam. Strong hoppy notes with big hoppy bite. Notes of tropical fruit and pine. Very nice (double?) IPA at 7% ABV.

“Robust flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, pine, and tangerine linger through a dry, crisp finish.”
May 25, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Rating for in bottle. Scored much higher on tap on a hot day at the San Diego Zoo!
May 07, 2019
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Reviewed by CraftBeerApprentice from California

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Want an IPA but don’t want that caramel/toffee malt backbone, oh but I see you hate Brut IPAs... look no further. This isn’t as bone dry as a Brut, but it kind of knocks on the door of that territory. Featuring a light color and a bright effervescence with fruity hops that provide the right amount of “bite”, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better beer to knock back on a warm afternoon/evening.
Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Kathreptis from California

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
One of my favorite IPAs. It is incredibly fruity and floral without being very bitter or sweet. The mixture of hops is just right, enough so so that the 7% ABV can easily sneak up on you.
Apr 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.59 by orcafella from California

Mar 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Eldude007 from California

Feb 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Nunya from Ohio

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2019
Aurora Hoppyalis IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 261 ratings