Beer Maverick

Kilowatt Brewing Taproom & Provisions, Oceanside

Kilowatt’s newest location in Oceanside is the best of its three current tasting rooms. Plus it has food. And over the last year or two the beer has really leveled up.

I wrote about the grand opening of Kilowatt’s new tasting room for Coast News. I won’t repeat everything I said there, here. But I will add the details of my tasting experience.

S3 Mandarin Orange Sour (fruited sour beer, 3.2% ABV). This is a nice beer. Reminds me a bit of a sour orange candy, or a subtle orange Fanta. Refreshing. 3.5/5

IPL (India Pale Lager, 7% ABV). Lightly malty, clean, nice level of hop bitterness (not overpowering), with some citrus and maybe pine notes. A light burn/bitterness lingers on the finish, which diminished it for me so I gave it a 3.25/5. Note that on Untappd it is rated a significantly higher 3.75, so maybe this beer is just not for me and will be very much to your liking.

Pale Ale (5.4% ABV). I like this one. There’s a tad too much burn on the finish (can’t tell if it is alcohol, but it shouldn’t be at this ABV; maybe hops?). Otherwise a balanced and flavorful pale ale edging into IPA flavors/bitterness. Malty/bready flavors playing well with floral/fruity hops. 3.5/5

150 KWH (Session IPA, 4.7% ABV). Must be a very different beer than previous batches I’ve tried under the same name. This is very good. Light and crisp, a delicate biscuity malt balanced with a slightly piney and tropical hop note, and moderate-high bitterness. The head is large/separate bubbles but persists. 3.75/5

Its a good spot. Check them out. 406 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA