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Airdale Brewing Co. The Angry Panda Review

Airdale Brewing Company The Angry Panda

“San Diego Brewery” Airdale, (actually brewed locally in Irvine) recently had to shut down its doors but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make good beer. Early last June, I walked into my local beer store, BottleCraft, looking for something interesting, something new, and really just something delicious. Store owner, Brian, made the great recommendation to try a new Imperial Red that they’d just started carrying called The Angry Panda. I took his suggestion and subsequently fell in love. This is my review.

Brewery: Airdale Brewing Company

Name: The Angry Panda

Style: Imperial Red Ale

ABV: 9%

IBU: 77

Look: Ruby color with a light off white head.

Smell: Hop presence covers up just about everything else with it’s earthy aromas. Slight bit of caramel mixes in with the hops but is still relatively subdued for a considerably dark brew.

Taste: The huge hop bill is surprsingly balanced by the sweet malt. It’s flavor really comes out as it warms so let this one sit for a half hour or so before finishing your glass. Once the hops fade away, notes of dark fruits, cherry, raisin and cranberry emerge as the sip tails off.

Feel: Resinous and sticky on the palate but not to the point of feeling heavy. This consistency helps keep the flavors around long enough to let’s the beers high IBU really kick your tongue to your ass, satisfying any true hop head.

Philippe Gagnon is the founder and writer for Craft Beer Culture. Currently residing in Orange County, California, you can find him at the local brewery drinking craft beer or online through FacebookTwitter, and .

Karl Strauss Off The Rails Review

Karl Strauss Brewing Company Off The Rails

Doubling beer recipes is becoming a real trend in the craft beer world but in the case of Karl Strauss’s Off The Rails (a double version of Red Trolley), it’s a welcome addition to an already stellar lineup of beers. Off the Rails is an Imperial Red by style, which means a lot of malt (more malt = more sugar for the yeast = more alcohol) and a double IPA’s worth of hops.

Originally meant to be a one-off seasonal release last May, they’ve since begun bottling it again and it can usually be found at their restaurants or at a good bottle shop. This specific bottle was from that release but I didn’t drink until about two months after it was bottled so that’s something to keep in mind while reading the review (hoppy beers tend to lose their bitterness over time).

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