AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
rich and malty with a dry hop hop finish, it is pretty dank but not skunky enough of an aroma to be truly chronic
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 OK, I like Lagunitas and I like the way they make IPAs, I like IPAs in general, and I like this one. Crisp and clear, light copper color, sweet, malty, and bitter. // I got another batch and it was nothing like my first impression. Just average in every way ... appearance, nose, flavor, mouthfeel. Enough hops, but nothing else to balance them out.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lightly hazy ruby copper color, that is topped by a light brown one finger thick head that. The aroma is thick with crystal malt, a bit of candy sweetness, toasted malts and a hint of herbal, perhaps spicy hops. The taste is sweet up front, and stays that way as it finishes with a heavy handed crystal malt caramel notes. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish that helps to balance this malt dominated brew. This beer has a medium full body contributed by the malt. The biggest problem with this beer is that it is a bit simplistic, though admittedly this is a pretty weak problem. This beer is pretty straight forward, and I almost think that a beer with this many malt & caramel notes would more fittingly be a low alcohol session brew.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice malt and bread nose. good carbonation with some rasted malt notes. clean and easy drinking not bitter but somewhat earthy.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper boddy, with small particles in suspension. Small diminishing head, leaving a small ring of lace. Caramel, toffee, malt, candied nut, faint floral hops in the nose. These malty flavors follow through to the palate, as well as a rusty, tin, metallic flavor, light body, with a resinous, pine needle, grapefruit pith finish. Alcohol is hidden very well. This is sort of one dimensional as duff says.....but I do like the drinkability and the subtle nuances.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s OK. You can’t taste the alcohol. Wants to be an amber, but not hoppy enough. Kinda middle-of-the-road in a solid sort of way. Not carbonated enough.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet adn malty with a nice citrusy hopp note and a touch of pine. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight caramel note and a touch of citrusy, piney hops. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a touch warming.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
didnt know what to expect from this. nice copper brown color with chomp tan head. nose of crisp crystal malt and nicely hopped. some slight tobacco taste and rich vinous roasted malt at first then the hops dominate the back end of the palate not too bittering. very nice beer and would never of guessed 7.7%? overall an excellent beer.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty good beer nothing spectacular. Pours amber with a small frothy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells nice moderately piney with a light doughy smell to it. Taste is ok too Moderately bitter with some sweetness to it, and a balanced aftertaste that doesn’t last too terribly long. Palalte is nothing of note, fizzy medium body.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 My god, I had no idea this clocks in at 7.7% alc! I just thought since it comes in 12oz 6-packs, it was going to be just another common amber ale. Boy, was I somewhat right. Malty, earthy aroma. Somewhat herbal. Carmel malt, toasted bread for flavors. Fades a bit to much at the finish. A tad spicy, with some dry hop bitterness at the back of the throat. This goes down amazingly easy. Overall, while somewhat light in flavor this brew can certainly pack a punch!