Beer Name: Level 30 Complete
Brewery: Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA) in collaboration with Drake's Brewing (San Leandro, CA)
How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA) ****bought online
Price: $3.99 for 16 oz single tallboy can
Date Ordered: February 13, 2019
Date Received: February 18, 2019
Date Drank: March 8, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time beer.
Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Mosaic, Amarillo.
Malts: 2-Row, White Wheat
Food Pairings: Karl Strauss suggests richer seafood (salmon, ahi); cream/cheese sauces; blue/gorgonzola cheeses; citrus/tropical flavors (mango, pineapple).
Where distributed: Karl Strauss and Drake's Brewing beers are generally exclusive to California.
REVIEW:Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light golden-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered. White head, trace lacing. 4.5/5
Smell (25%): Predominantly sweet and pulpy citrus orange, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit. 4.75/5
Taste (40%): Follows the nose, assertive pulpy citrus from start to finish, with extra tropical wave into the aftertaste. Citrus aftertaste. No octane, all tropical. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Juicy with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5
Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. It takes an expert gamer to reach level 30 of a video game, and these breweries are experts at what they do. Love the big tropical flavors and the ode to the Game Boy. Scores mega approval from the panda. 4.5/5
Final Weighted Rating: 4.538/5