legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown and nose full of malt. Smels sweeter then it tastes. Slightly roasted. Hints of brown sugar. Interesting dryness despite the lack of hops.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper in color extremely thick head, low carbonation. Rich malty, fruity and toasted grain aroma. I didn’t catch the tea aroma others noted. A full-mouthed beer, toasted grain and carmel fight with each other through some hop bitterness and bit of a yeast bite.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very nice copper color with a thick white head. Good Some spices and a fruity taste. Not much carbonation and very smooth. A very good beer from Lagunitas!!
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Herbal, floral, faintly toasty and sweet aroma with just a hint of doughy yeast and must. Light-medium orange-amber color, head that dwindles to nothing. Flavor is a little like a bitter or ESB...fruity, toasty, light caramel and hop spice and very lightly woodsy. Balanced rather nicely, very refreshing and quaffable, with low carbonation. Good stuff.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweetness in aroma, caramel malts, vanilla and strawberry candy. Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a second half hop bitterness that just gets pushed back a little. On the sweeter side but well balanced.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark amber color with a laced tan head. The aroma has some fruits (grapes, citrus, cherry), and the flavor has strong malts with a with a nice hop balance.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an oddly clear copper...I mean it was really really clear. The aroma was kinda tea-ish as some noted. The flavor was very sweet...malty to the core. Very creamy feel, but rather thin. Nice long finish. Others have commented that the 7.7% alcohol is not noticeable. Well, it really isn't. I can usually pick out the alcohol in any aroma or flavor, but there was absolutely none in this thing. Another confusing Lagunitas experience. No doubt this is a highly crafted beer. It just doesn't fit any mold that I'm used to.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color with a thin oily head. To jump on the Beededbastard wagon, definatly a tea mix in the nose along with icecream and grapefruit rind (sans bitterness). Rich creamy mouthfeel with decent thick malts and a balanced hop charactor. More of the nose in the finish, very interesting but I am still haveing a hard time believeing its 7.7%
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
burnt orange color. I agree w/ beerdedbastard that the nose is like an ice tea mix. hoppy but well balanced. very smooth
beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting...the 7.7%abv.is masked in this well balancd ale.Initial "ice-tea mix" in the nose.Remindful of an english ESB.
Full bodied and pleasant hop usage.I’d have another...what’s it called? Oh, that’s censored!