lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: brown sugar, black cherries, honey, nectar, hops, minerals
Appearance: dark brownish-red, small white head, little lacing
Flavor: brown sugar, dry-hops, some malt, little baker’s chocolate, some earthiness
Palate: very sweet and smooth, dry-bitter hoppy aftertaste-gritty, like chewing on hop leaves
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Halftime. Ok nose, sweet fruity. carmel, little floral, apple or apricot. Good head that faded quickly. Clean reddish orange color. Bitter sweet flavors, like the aroma with more intensity. Thick body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, Bitter finish, citrusy. Good brew, easy drinking, sneaks up on you. Another winnner from Lagunitas.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Could’ve sworn I rated this before, I’ve drank enough of it. Sweet, pleasing aroma with apricots, sweet roll slight maple and little tea Flavor is straightforward malt with more of the apricot tinge and plenty of melted caramel. Very slight apple. Little stab of alcohol warming and bitterness at the end. Hard to believe it’s 7.7%!.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great beer, pours a nice golden amber, thin head. Sweet aroma, good malts. Tinitial sweet taste then a nice strong bitterness in the background.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a damn good brew. Pours a copper/amber with a tall off-white head. Malty sweet aroma with a nice citrus hop backing. Taste starts with a quick fruit hint then gets a good caramel malt sense. The brew finishes with a nice floral/citrus hop finish, with a good bitterness that balances this beer out well. Very smooth and creamy brew.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of malts, brown sugar, and maple. Malts, some light rasin, and maple all come through. Well balanced by some slightly spicy hops. Not bad.
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
ruby hued copper color with a fluffy yellow head. spicy licorice and malt aroma also has notes of butterscotch and vanilla. wow, nice solid malt, but unfortunately is one sided. this is a mild malt lovers dream. sweet caramel and toffee dominate with a sweet finish of more coppery caramel. this maltastic, but i prefer something with more of a balance. there is a bit of a hop presence as it warms, but they are only noticeable in the middle of the taste. this is a solid pale ale, but i just don’t see it as a strong ale. the alcohol is hidden nicely here.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 Copper color, heavy on the malts with little hoppiness. Hmm. Had an annoying salsa-like taste that I get from some Lagunitas brews. Not the biggest fan of this offering.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Thanks to Drew for hookin’ me up with this bottle of bubonic-Kronik, yo!)Copper color with a soapy, foamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Malty sweet aroma with a touch of nuttiness and toasted malt. Flavors of sweet malts (graham cracker?) and maybe some brown sugar/ molasses with a dry, herbal hop thing going on. Finshes dry and earthy. Easy to drink a few of these in a session.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an interesting beer - the alcohol is obvious, but it blends into the flavor very well. Medium to strongly hopped, but not overpowering. Dark orange body, small head around the sides of the glass. Slightly sticky sweet aroma, but the flavor is pretty dry and ashy, actually. Decent, but not wonderful.