Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Aroma is pretty much juicy hops. Great head and very pleasing sticky lacing. Taste is not complex but is soo good. Tastes like a hop laden stick of Juicy Fruit gum and is VERY VERY easy to drink. Yet another beer from this brewer that just KILLS the over rated Stone brewery.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Friscoís. Pours clear golden with white head. Aromas of pine, bright citrus, dank hops, and some light malts. Flavors of bitter hops, pine, grapefruit. and good enough malt backbone. Pretty hoppy IPA. Nice to try on tap. Thought I missed this one last year.
Changed (363) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours like a pilsner: yellow w/ nice frothy white head. Aroma is a very nice hop punch. Flavor is a nice mix of floral hop and yeasty-ness. Not very bitter, and extremely balanced. Not a lot of carbonation either, making it easy to drink. Love that fact that it is 7.3% and a summer beer, since late summer in the great white north isnít exactly scorching. Another good beer from Lagunitas; a brewery that canít seem to do any wrong.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Gorgeous golden orange pour with a fluffy white head. Sweet, juicy, citrusy hops aromas. Great hoppy flavor (notes of citrus) but not a bitter bite at all. Very smooth mouthfeel. Finish is a bit dry and with a slight hoppy bite. Well balanced, easy to drink beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, yellow-gold colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter caramel and chewy, piney hops. Yeasty with a good amount of fresh, bright citrus and some florals. Flavor is nice. Fresh citrus pines with an herbal chewiness. Some florals add to the malt sweetness with a solid mixture of caramel and pale malts. Finishes with some yeast and a light, smooth wheat as well as a light amount of resin. Nice mixture of fresh, crisp, bright citrus pine and floral hops that leave a light to moderate bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a smooth, creamy, medium-light body and light, soft carbonation. Overall, a solid IPA. Very smooth thanks to the wheat and well hopped with a nice balance. Sweeter, crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Very enjoyable.
mansquito (3761) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whole Foods, DC sixpack ($12): Golden body with a large and proper looking white head. Floral, earthy, and piny hops coupled with fruity aromas. Good amounts of hop bitterness, followed by earthiness, and sustained by a moderate malt backbone. Very little aftertaste despite the amount of hops. As other people have noted, this is dangerously drinkable. One of the most well-balanced beers that I have had in a while. I just love it when I sip a beer and say I love beers that taste like this. This was one of those beers.
tastybeer (1815) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours fizzy golden with a white head. Flavor is grapefruit, tangarines, light pine bitterness with wheat in the malt. Tasty
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Pours a light clear copper gold color with big frothy head that leaves complex lacing. Aroma is citrus, floral, grapefruit, and maybe some slight wheat. Taste is simply delicious very nice very bitter upfront with a mild sweetness wheatness balancing it out. Very very clean and crisp, medium bodied, and perfectly carbonated. Slick smooth finish that has a not overpowering but long lasting bitter finish. An excellent summer IPA!
hayduke (3534) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I finally found a six pack of this at BevMo in Sacramento, CA. From a 12 oz bottle this poured a clear copper color with a robust off white head and very attractive and sticky lacing rings. Nose is of citrus and floral hops. This has the mouthfeel I have come to associate with Lagunitas - slick, smooth, and simply delightful on the tongue. Very well balanced with lots of malts and hops, and a long biter finish. This is really a good drinking beer and I like even better than its big brother the "Extra".
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours clear gold/yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Was kinda hoping for some haze, but this is crystal clear. Leaves some initial rings of lacing and maintains a faint cap. Aroma is very hoppy up front, particularly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, keep inhaling and some wheat and banana come into play. Pretty one-dimensional, but pretty darn nice. Flavor also starts very hoppy, citrus, pine, earthy hops, some wheat characteristics but they are having a hard time fighting against the hops. Finishes relatively dry with some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation, very easy drinking...perhaps a bit dangerous at 7.5% ABV. A deceptive brew. I hate wheat beers, but I sure do like this one. íCourse this is more IPA than Wheat so that helps score points with my palate.