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Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA (Best of 2016?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Okay fine, we admit it, you can’t see the Northern Lights this far south. But San Diego has its own version of Aurora Borealis, and ours has cast a hoppy spell over this city. What the rest of the world calls an IPA, San Diego locals consider pale in comparison. 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. Tonight’s forecast: clear hoppy skies. Read More »

Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Back when the Mosaic hop first came on the scene, our brewers couldn’t wait to get their hands on some. Now, with three medals (and counting!) for this session beer, our crew is still just as smitten. Mosaic Session Ale is bursting with vibrant grapefruit aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Our signature dry-hopping technique delivers an incredibly drinkable, lower ABV beer; without sacrificing hop appeal. From a small test batch to the beer you now hold in your hands, this isn’t a one-and-done beer. Sit back, have a few, and enjoy your session. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Five Wee Heavy Bells Video Beer Review

“Five Wee Heavy Bells, like a fine scotch, is perfect for this holiday season and will get even better with age. This malty scotch ale weighs in at a smooth 9.5% ABV and packs a deliciously warm finish. Rich caramel flavors provide the perfect backdrop to the beer’s pronounced scotch character. “We took a traditional Scotch Ale and aged it on scotch-soaked American oak chips,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “The scotch flavors balance the malty sweetness of the beer, and the whole process inspired us to call this bad boy a Scotch on Scotch ale.” Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale Video Beer Review

So when the Mosaic hop first came on the scene, they couldn’t wait to get their hands on some. Mosaic Session Ale is bursting with vibrant grapefruit aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Our signature dry-hopping technique delivers an incredibly drinkable, lower ABV beer; without sacrificing hop appeal. From a small test batch to the bottle you now hold in your hands, this isn’t a one-and-done beer. Sit back, have a few, and enjoy your session. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Four Scowling Owls Video Beer Review

Don’t upset these angry birds: share a bottle of this year’s Holiday Tripel. Four Scowling Owls — the next release from our “Twelve Days” holiday series — is a robust Belgian style strong ale with orange citrus flavors and a spicy aroma. Amarillo and Mount Rainier hops balance out the Vienna malt character. The finish is dry and warm, perfect for those “chilly” San Diego winters. Birds of a feather drink together. Read More »

Karl Strauss Changing Of The Barrels – 24th Anniversary Celebration

We’re celebrating 24 years in beer on Saturday, February 2nd with our annual “Changing of the Barrels” event at the Main Brewery. To honor the occasion, we’re inviting a few friends down to the brewery for the debut of our 24th Anniversary Flanders Red Ale and a chance to taste our 25th Anniversary Doppelbock before it spends a year in American oak Bourbon barrels. Read More »

Karl Strauss Mouette a Trois (Fruitcake beer?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Mouette a Trois est la meileure biere que vous avez jamais goute ou notre nom n’est pas Karl Strauss. Mouette a Trois, meaning Three Seagulls, is the 3rd installment in our less than literal “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales. Brewed with fresh apricots, cherries and a blend of spices, the resulting strong ale is Belgian Dubbel meets fruitcake. Rich layers of candied fruit and warming spices are punctuated by notes of toffee and fresh baked bread. Aging on brandy-cured French oak adds hints of vanilla that linger through a warming finish. Don’t. Even. Think. About. Regifting. Beer Geek Nation craft beer reviews. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Amber Video Beer Review

With the first batch of his namesake Amber, Karl shared a beer and a passion that changed brewing in San Diego. Imported Munich malts give our original flagship the deep bronze color and crisp toasted malt flavors of a Vienna-style lager, while Cascade hops and our proprietary yeast strain lend a smooth body and clean finish. Brewed in small batches since 1989, Karl Strauss Amber remains San Diego’s original session beer. Karl spent his life making beer. He believed that behind every beer recipe was an inspiration, and behind every pint was a story waiting to be told. Karl Strauss Amber was his story, a story that challenged and inspired a new generation of brewers. Today we brew our own stories, while raising a pint to the man and the beer that started it all. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Off The Rails Video Beer Review

Imagine if Red Trolley T-boned a semi full of hops. Brewed with an overload of hops and five types of caramel malt, this full-bodied strong ale has plum, raisin, and caramel flavors that are balanced by an aggressive hop bitterness and warming finish. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Tower 20 Imperial IPA Video Beer Review

A bolder, hoppier version of fan-favorite Tower 10 IPA. Read More »