Slipstream (2004) - USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2011 I really enjoyed this one a lot. Fairly hard to categorize, but the flavor was full, complex, and worth savoring. This was a fine choice for my 1100th rating. Brass/gold pour. Rich floral aroma. Very fine flavor: wheat, some hop dash, sweetness, astringency, fresh bread - wow. It is pretty smooth too, unlike some other Lagunitas releases. Nicely balanced, with light esters and noticeable orange flavor. Didn’t taste a lot of that sour, wild yeast flavor that is mentioned in the beer’s name. It did not stirke me as being that Belgian either, but so what. This was really sumpin - a totally superior brew, and available at a fine price for something this good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold pour with a fluffy white head. Spicy yeasty aroma. Grassy with a nice malty backbone. Finish is phenolic and estery
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught pint at The Blue Monk in Buffalo. Hazy gold with an average white head. Hard to believe this is much over 7% - smells terrific, solid citrus and catty pungency (cannabis and catnip) perfectly balanced by sweetish malt. Tastes the same - again, perfectly balanced, nice and spicy, some alcohol. Average body, solid carbonation, a bit astringent, long funky-bitter finish. I WILL buy bottles of this next chance I get - $4.49/bomber for this is a bargain.
flatmatt (1102) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with a white head. Aroma is very floral and herbal, lots of hops. Flavor is again quite hoppy, with floral, grapefruit, and herbal flavors, juicy. Great stuff.
tennisjoel (1164) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is gold with active champagne like bubbles and a thin but retaining head. Yeasty aroma of biscuit, slight tartness, brett, and fruitiness. Pretty complex flavor here, just nothing that says this is extra special. The flavors work in harmony and the mouthfeel is just about perfect, but overall there is just nothing that makes this stand out. Solid beer, just nothing mind blowing.
Rando7 (733) - Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle pours light golden color with thin white head. Aroma pine hops. Taste pine hops. Finish pine hops. Are you seeing a trend here? palate carbonated, smooth. Did not taste alcohol.
Not a Belgian strong ale, give me a break. Way too hoppy. Couldn’t even taste the Belgian yeast.
tgncc (2767) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice aroma, a balance of caramel malts, and lemon/citrus. The appearance is a light amber/gold color, translucent, thin white head. The flavor is wheat, cereal grain, spicy/peppery, light fruit, candi sugar. The finish is peppery, lingering. Medium in body, maybe slightly on the thin side. Decent, if not a favorite. Definitely not "wild" not sour, no funk. Really, just like a lot of Belgians.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in the big bottle twice over the weekend (Giants Clincher). Pours deep brown with a thin white head. Really awesome barley malting on this one. Classic Lagunitas hopping. Great brew.
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a bomber bottle from Spirits of St. Germain Liquors in La Jolla, California (nice little beer selection there). Pours a bright, slightly hazy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is good; overtly hoppy, but with a rich sweetness. Has a round, medium-bodied mouthfeel that is almost creamy at first, then develops into a pleasant fizziness. Big yeasty-malty flavors are complemented by hovering fruit flavors (citrus, maybe even some tropical fruit notes) that coat the mouth and linger in the finish. This Belgian/IPA hybrid is pretty tasty and I’d be happy to drink it again.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber compliments of NORMS in vienna, my closest refuge to Jrs back in sunny deygo... Pours a translucent copper coated orange with a decent head. the aroma is light, some flowery notes a pinch of citrus hops but nothing over powering.. initial hit to the palate is smooth and inviting with a contingency of maltiness followed by a quick poke of citrus hops.. a coated aftertaste but non potent.. some sugary side affects with the following sips.. surprisingly smooth with not a heavy ETOH or syrupy overtone. Its like a nice SUnday afternoon, almost pleasant enough to mak you forget you have to work the next day.. Another solid brew from lah goo knee tas!