fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of grapefruit, strawberry, pomegranate (overall lots of hoppy-fruity scents), pure hop fields, hay fields, wheat fields. Flavor is a mix of the hop fields and wheat crackers, a good deal of sweetness to balance the lovely bitter notes, though not approaching the level of the too-much-residual-sugar DIPA’s. Overall a wonderful exhibition of hops and a joy to drink.
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits, orange peel, grapefruit, and lots of citrus. Yum! Flavor of lots of citrus (orange zest) and grapefruit with some caramel malt and bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable and delicious. Another tasty hop-bomb from Lagunitas.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange/ light copper color with a two finger frothy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with lacing.
Nice citrus/floral hop aroma with resinous hop oil, citrus peel, grapefruit and pine notes balanced out by a sweet caramel malt presence.
Medium body with a nice bitter earthy hop character. Citrus notes are there but not as prominent as in the aroma. Very dry and chewy with a lot of bitterness up front. The dry piny hops are countered by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight citrus peel and grapefruit but these flavors are subtle and are overtaken by by earthy piny bitterness. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with a bone dry finish. Saying all of this I LOVE the biting bitterness that dominates and lasts throughout.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An orange beer with a decent head . Another nice fruity hop aroma from Lagunitas, piney, & sweet. The taste was piney, fruity, bitter, & the alcohol is hidden well, with nice lacing. This is little Sumpin with a bonus- more alcohol.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Pours clear orange with a medium off white head...aroma is grapefruit and pine resin, not a large floral component, just sticky hop...flavour is similar, massive malt on the front end, apricot, peach... it waits for the bitterness to catch up...finish is decently balanced...for the same price, I think Hop Stoopid blew this out of the water...
monkeychugg55 (830) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear apricot with big frothy head and effervescent carbonation. Simply awesome hop aroma of pine, pineapple, grapefruit, with some floral notes too. Lots of citrus in the flavor too. The malt is just enough to really let the hops come through without under-balancing. A wonderful blend of hops and malt. A little sumpin’ extra is medium bodied, but soft on the palate. Nice citrus finish and the perfect amount of bitterness. Nice job guys.
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Medium dark copper pour with a nice silky white head that leaves good lacing and sticks around a while. Smooth spruce aroma with floral hints and a touch of bitter citrus. Nice bitter citrusy bite with lots of grapefruit, some caramel notes to bring out some maltiness and some. Thick, sticky mouthfeel - quite tart and almost tongue numbing. Another solid effort from Lagunitas.
3fourths (7858) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear brass body with a tall-forming white head but lacks creaminess, instead it’s made only of large bubbles and dies a quick death... some lacing left on the sides is nice enough. The nose is consumed with orange-flavored candy (think gummi bears) but also has a burnt cracker note that seems to come from a combination of citrus/pine/fruit scented hops playing around with crystal malt (or something that smells like it). Manages to taste just below a level that I would call cloying... some caramelized honey/burnt crackers on the approach turn more towards this sugared orange candy flavor across the middle and in the finish. Bitterness is medium to high, no surprise there. Thankfully it’s not as plastic/artificial/sweet as their Hop Stoopid, and while the body could benefit from some more roundness (falls apart against the palate), overall this is probably one of the better beers Lagunitas has released this year (skill or luck?).
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. this may be one of the better looking beers i’ve had in a while. gold body with a constant stream of bubbles leading up to a perfect 3/4 inch white head. smells great. just what i needed after 30 minutes on the bike after work, peaches, tangerine, nectarine all fill my nose. thick sweet flavor that is plenty sweet with plenty citrus bitterness. the fruit sweetness remains strong all the way through, i swear there could peach juice added to this, and i ain’t complaining. the light pine strong citrus bitterness works ver y well with the sweetness. a joy to drink, and just what i needed.
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Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly citrus and pine hops with some caramel malts. Flavor is sweet with caramel malts at first but gives way quickly to the citrus and pine hops. Decent bitter finish.