Aurora Hoppyalis IPA
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #95
Ranked #2,273
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
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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just1cho from California

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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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cmddmc from California

5/5  rDev +18.8%
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
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -5%
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
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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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CraftBeerApprentice from California

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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
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Kathreptis from California

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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BrenchToast from California

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. For an IPA, it tastes light and slightly fruity upfront with a nice dry finish without being too bitter at the end. Goes down very smooth. I highly recommend.

Oct 31, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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.


Sep 04, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

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.

Aug 10, 2018
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timon from California

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.

Jul 09, 2018
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IKR from California

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.

Jun 27, 2018
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Beers-es from Virginia

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.

Jun 08, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

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 .

May 23, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

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

May 05, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Apr 25, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Apr 25, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Fresh on tap in the San Diego airport, pour is a brilliant copper color, slightest amount of hop haze, with a light tan head. Aromas are bright citrus and a bit of pine.

The taste is dominated by the citrus hop flavors, and the pine flavor is more pronounced. An excellent example of the style, IMHO.

Feb 02, 2018
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SoCal_Matt from California

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

I've been extremely underwhelmed by every offering that I've had from Karl Strauss but this an exception. Pours a golden yellow with a bit of white head that leaves behind average lacing as it goes down. Nose is fairly light and dominated by citrus with a bit of tropical fruit. Light, fruity Mosaic hops upfront with a touch of pine and citrus. Faded peppery notes from the Amarillo hops play in the background towards the finish. Feel is spot on for West Coast IPA - medium body with above average carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable "San Diego-style" IPA at a great price point.

Jan 29, 2018
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sholbert from California

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle. Light golden, clear pour. Thin head lasts. Nose is strong apricot and citrus, some light floral and citrus from the hops. Flavor is predominantly citrus with a touch of sweetness. Long, sweet finish at first and then bitterness lingers.

Nov 29, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Hops galore. Nose is citrusy as is the taste. This is a seriously good beer that has a kick. Omg this is an excellent ipa that I wish I could get in Kentucky.

Nov 04, 2017
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

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

At san diego international, 14 oz pour. Looks like a lighter ale with the clear, pale gold appearance. Light on the nose with some citrusy hops and grains present. Taste is balanced nicely however with the feel making this an easy drinker.

Sep 22, 2017
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Ahypercube from California

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Acquired from Vons in a 6-pack. Poured gently into a pint glass, as there is a visible quantity of yeast sediment at the bottom (which is always a good sign).

L: Looks like thick champagne, with a straw yellow transparent body and swarms of bubble streams. Soapy white head sticks to the glass, leaving prominent and dense lacing.

S: Pineapple, papaya, melon, orange, lemon and grapefruit. Roast is noticeable if you go searching for it. The hops smell as fresh and enticing as any I've ever smelled. No real malt body to speak of, or I would rate it 5.0.

T: Orange and grapefruit jump out with papaya on their tail. Lemon, apricot, peach, and a long, clear, delicious note of cantaloupe follow, with a subtle roast malt character flaring up toward the end, but plain and faintly sweet white bread lingers longest on the finish, making for an excellent overall experience.

F: Clingy and bitter, but in a good way. Crisp, fresh, biting, but with a thick enough body to chew on. Nice.

O: To me, this tastes very much like Space Dust IPA, but lighter, smoother, and easier to drink. Honestly, I've never had a more perfect brew, so I'm just going to just call this my new favorite single IPA, kicking Union Jack off the top 5 list. I would give it to anyone who likes beer. People should try this. It's eye-opening.

Aug 24, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can gifted as a friend who traveled to Cali recently (i'm in NH). Big thanks!!

With all the NEIPAs going on out here (which I love) it is nice to taste a good West Coast (a little light on the bitterness though) . Aroma is delightful - more pungent once it mellows -- just a smooth tropical fruit aroma with maybe a touch of cider. This has a well balanced hop flavor set against a relatively light malt base (is that what a San Diego style is??). The sweet tropical hops have notes of tangerine and grapefruit and (as someone below noted) apple. Odd with the apple, but really good. Pours a clear, pale yellow gold with a moderate carbonation. half finger head dissipates to a film with very spotty lacing. A little disappointed there. Bitterness is low, caramel malts in the background blend well with the hops to make a great overall experience.

I would seek this out. When I first smelled it I was reminded of so many of the "hazy" IPAs out here (I don't consider them NEIPAs) that push aroma but can't get the flavor right. Couldn't be more pleased at the outcome.

Aug 04, 2017
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andrewjframpton from California

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a room temperature pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy pale straw color with a medium white layer of foam.

Aroma: A great nose on this beer! Bread, tropical fruits like pineapple, some orange, some pine from the hops.

Flavor: Entry is full-bodied for an IPA with flavors of tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, hints of lemon grass. The malt is present and definitely adds nice structure. The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this IPA. The finish is lengthy and not overly dry from the hops. The hop presence is certainly subdued--but still pleasant--in this 7.0% ABV IPA; hops sit at a 60 IBU here.

Overall: I really dig this beer. My experience with Karl Strauss is mostly their Red Trolley which I'm not a fan of and yet seems to be their staple brew where I am located. However, this is a great IPA and it has given me a newfound respect for Karl Strauss Brewing. Well done.

Jul 05, 2017
Aurora Hoppyalis IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 256 ratings