Karl Strauss Double IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2008

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of shade13
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of magictrokini
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Toronado. Pours hazy auburn with a thick white head. Dank hops with wood, wet leaves, and grapefruit in the nose. Sharp, biting herbal/peppery hop bitterness up front that rapidly shifts to a bitter grapefruit flavor. I was torn on this one; some sips were great, others were grainy and musty. Rating may not be as high as my 3.4, or it may be too low. The beer is too inconsistent to rate effectively.

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Photo of johnnye1981
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of LittleDon
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first of two IPAs I had at the brewery restaurant in Sorrento Mesa (the first being the Double IPA). Unfortunately, I found it the inferior of the two, even though this is my favorite style.

Amber with little noticeable carbonation, little head, and crystal clear. Even though it was brought to me with very little head and served about ten degrees too cold, there was a small amount of well patterned lace.The most disappointing aspect was the indistinct characteristic of the hops. Bitter, yes, but none of the citrus or floral tones you find in more interesting IPAs. Medium mouthfeel, it finished bitter, as one would expect.

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Photo of Floydster
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased on 10/5/08 from the Costa Mesa location for twelve dollars and some change, it was consumed on the same day, split with my dad, poured into a Firestone pint glass

A-Medium amber with some cloudy orange highlights, thin 1/2 inch creamy off white head that went away almost immediately, very little retention, no lacing
S-Floral hoppiness, various citrus notes including tangerine, grapefruit, oranges, and lemons, sweet malt, and some grains
T-Starts off with a slightly sweet citrusy hop flavor, fades into some chewy malt in the middle that is on the sweeter side and might have some fruit built in, finish is pretty dry but enough with some mild pine, gets sweeter as it warms, more fruit comes to the surface, mostly tangy citrus flavors, not enough hoppiness to balance it out by this time
M-Dry, sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, medium body but pretty thick and borderline syrupy, lots of carbonation but probably could have used even more, taste does not linger very long
D-Could drink another glass probably but pretty heavy, ABV is average for the style but its strength would prevent drinking a lot of this, not the smoothest of DIPAs

Tasted a sample of it at the restaruant and thought this would be a good beer to take home, liked my sample more but whatever, we drank it two hours later, so I cannot see it getting much worse after that short of a time period, not a great DIPA compared to others in the area but it was worth trying, might drink again

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Photo of italianstallion
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange. Smells earthy with pine. About two inches of off-white head.

Flavor is ... unusual. There's pine, and hints of grapefruit and citrus, but the backbone is a strange earthy, bitter substance. Almost more like a hopped pilsener. What did they use? The citrus is very muted.

I liked it, very different. Do not go into it expecting the same old DIPA. Lively carbonation.

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Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed February 10, 2012 at Karl Strauss, Universal City.

Clear medium golden with minimal white head.

Aroma is piney with grapefruit accents.

Flavor: strong, somewhat sweet malt up front (best described as bready with caramel notes) and hoppy out back (pine and grapefruit with moderate bitterness).

Slightly dry on finish.

My description is fairly generic, but the beer tastes as it should. It is not a hop bomb, nor is it too malty. It's the Goldilocks of DIPAs but might slightly disappoint a hop-head.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper color with a thinly off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is high citrus hops, pretty intense with just a hint of malt. The flavor is pretty consistent with the aroma with perhaps a touch more malt but this is pretty hoppy. The alcohol is not too obvious at 9 percent. Solid body and quite drinkable. Mildly carbonated. Very nice. Not as intense a malt/hops blend as I usually seek in dipa's but this is truly a simple intense ipa, more bitter than the pleasant Stargazer IPA offered on the Karl Strauss taps. Both are very good.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a rich, heavy orange in color yet clear with a nice, retentive head that came up on a vigorous pour.

Smell - The pine is stiff but balanced. There's some orange in here as well along with a much larger floral hop aroma. The malts are very sweet and full of butter.

Taste - The malty butterness is wonderful here and the hop combination from the nose pairs nicely with it. The floral notes are a bit more prominent but otherwise this is rightly balanced.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit lighter than I would have liked but just does qualify as medium-bodied. The carbonation is appropriate for the style. This ale is very smooth and creamy in the mouth and the light bitter bite at the end is just stiff enough to get noticed.

Drinkability - This is a very smooth DIPA with no hint whatsoever of the 9% ABV. It is big but not overpowering and would be an excellent choice to introduce the novice drinker to the style.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from natedogg in GatM. Thanks. Pours slightly hazy bright orange with a nice lasting off white head that leaves some lacing. Grapefruit and sharp pine on the nose. Grapefruit, spicy pine, and some caramel malts with a little bit of alcohol in the finish. Nice and dry with plenty of carbonation. This one was a real surprise. Quite delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of makasi
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Karl Strauss Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 17 ratings