For all you OC beer fans looking to add something new and different to your beer fridge this month, look no further than Karl Strauss’ limited-release 22 oz. bombers, available now at Karl Strauss Costa Mesa and at select retailers throughout Orange County. Joining the Blackball Belgian IPA (which was released in April), the brewery added two additional brews to the “Karl’s Coastal Reserve” series this month: the Whistler Imperial Pils and the new Boardwalk Black Rye.
I had the pleasure of sampling these new additions to the lineup recently, so they’re still fresh on my memory and my palate. Here’s the lowdown:
Whistler Imperial Pils
The Whistler Imperial Pils starts with a grassy/earthy, bitter hop taste, but ends with a toasty, malty finish thanks to the addition of authentic Moravian malts. At 7.5% ABV, it’s definitely a heavy-bodied lager, but very balanced and drinkable as well.
Boardwalk Black Rye
As the name states, Boardwalk Black Rye is a black rye ale with a robust West Coast hop profile, and at 8% ABV, it’s no lightweight. Warrior and Ahtanum hops lend a vibrant floral aroma and citrusy flavor to the brew, while black and caramelized rye malts add complex spicy and roasted notes. The pour gives a thick, creamy brown head, and the chocolatey flavor is rich and refreshing at the same time – kind of like Guinness on steroids.
And the best part? These beers are better fresh, no aging needed … so feel free to enjoy them whenever you want! It’s also worth noting that the Whistler won Karl a gold medal in the “Other Strong Ale or Lager” category recently at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition 2011, which is widely regarded as one of California’s premier beer competitions. Overall, the brewery won five medals, including two golds. “We only entered seven beers, so to hear that we took six prizes was huge! This validates all of our hard work,” says Paul Segura, Karl Strauss’ Brewmaster. It also validates what fans have known all along – they know what they’re doing when it comes to beer.
So what are you waiting for? These are limited-release beers so they won’t be around forever, and you definitely won’t want to miss out! For more info, visit the Karl Strauss website. Cheers!