hockeybeerguy (1864) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a golden amber/maybe closer to a yellow colored body, one finger white foamy head that dissipates and leaves a nice spider web speckled faded looking lacing, light carbonation is seen rising.
The smell is slightly sour and/or tart mango/lemon fruitiness up front, hops showing some pizazz.
The taste is basically the same adding a bitterness from the hops that seem to be showing a bit more, lemony aftertaste, quick dry finish.
The palate sits light on the body, pretty sessionable (perhaps poundable to some). Carbonation is somewhat sharp which is good for the style and I say good to me.
Overall, I say this is a good Belgian IPA by style that I would have again. Kudos to Lagunitas for a style that I donít normally go after too much.
DedicatedToFun (2401) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome little sumpin but with that kick of wild, really nice, on tap at Bar Food in Santa Monica
theisti (3211) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boulevard tulip glass draft at The Belfry in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is mostly clear golden with no head, this was a VERY full pour. The aroma is soft hay, honey hop sweetness and a decent blast of floral Belgian yeast. The taste is mostly about the floral spicy Belgian yeast, though honey sweetness breaks through significantly as the beer warms. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation and a sticky sweet aftertaste. Didnít totally work for me.
Caytinator (939) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Nice looking standard golden pour with a stable head and medium lacing. Tangy, strong aroma, very appetizing, I love the esters the belgian yeast gives it. Itís not a straight copy of a belgian style, itís got a hoppy backbone. Really enjoyed this one!
WheatKing (1290) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Small bottle. Hazy deep gold, big white head. Nose is pine, bubblegum, flavour also has orange, caramel, as well as smooth alcohol. I dunno about these Belgian IPAs, theyíre good when light and dry, the heavy sweet ones with pine resin always seem like nothing more than an "interesting" experiment to me. Can only blame myself for continuing to buy them.
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a lasting off-white head.Aroma of citrus, yeast, pine and fruit. Flavor was quite sweet and bitter with pine, fruit, caramel, yeast, grapefruit, mild spices and had a long bitter finish.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
A: Pours a golden color. The head has the typical frothiness of a Belgian-style beer, but perhaps isnít as towering, at only a finger high. Head color is eggshell. Spotty patches of lacing are left down the glass.
S: Pleasantly spicy, with the sweet hops typical of Lagunitas. Thereís also a decent black pepper note which serves to balance the former out. Buried beneath those two is a faint malt backbone. This really smells like it will be good.
T: Upon hitting the palate, it tastes exactly like LSS - imagine that. It starts with a combination of wheat malt and sweet-yet-piny hoppiness. But that finish is where it really takes off. The spiciness on the back end gives this a passing resemblance to a good tripel, albeit one thatís well hopped. Basically, itís delicious throughout.
M: One gripe, itís a bit too heavy. Because of that and carbonation thatís only ímediumí, the sweetness isnít fully cleansed off of the finish quite as much as Iíd like. Still, thatís not a problem in the least. Thereís no hint of the 8.8% anywhere; this feels like itís about 5%.
O: Lagunitas is just like Motorhead - they tend to always taste/sound the same from beer to beer/album to album, but when that taste/sound is so damn good, it really doesnít matter. Yes, this is just another hoppy Lagunitas beer. And I donít care, because this is really damn good.
JHeath99 (904) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a translucent gold with a very thin layer of cream colored head. Aroma of yeast and slight spices. Taste of nutmeg and yeast with ample carbonation.
edgallow (1992) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, citrus and floral. Taste is sweet malts, citrus, and yeast.
cavnar (12) - Pace, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very well blended ale, not bitter even though there are 71 IBUs. Very fruity and the Belgian yeast I think are understated. A very refreshing beer.