Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a slightly cloudy reddish orange, the head about a ’klick’ high, beige and the lace sticks to the glass like a ’Cockleburr’ to a ’Springer Spaniels Butt’. A floral tone upfront, malt, tad buttery, and even a slight hint of citrus. Front is lightly sweet, the top medium, the finish is dry, quite acidic, and a ’Hop Bite’ that is a ’Hop Heads’ delight. Lagunitas is a fine brewery with a great line of brews, get your hands on some and ’Party Down’! Ranks a quite respectable #224 on my current 1000 beer master list.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Remarkably light feel for such a powerhouse brew...Very attractive orange-amber color with nice creamy head--viney lace climbs the glass. Hoppy aroma with fruity hints is also pleasant. Flavor balance favors the hops, but not excessively so. Nice malt body and enough base taste contribution to matter. Finish displays both subtle malt sweetness and soft fruit/hop combo...Silky smooth...Again, the amazing quality of this brew is its light countenance---very quaffable while offering alot of substance...Great balance.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful red-orange color, but with a head a tad too thick and fluffy. Subdued, perfumey hop bouqet greets me with the presence of alchol fluttering about as well. This beer is definitely balanced in favor of the hops, with a tangy hop predominace that does use restraint. A nicely defined beer with moderate complexity and the feel of an imperial IPA.
robertjm (728) - Albany, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Still trying to figure out what the ’censored’ is all about. To me, this seems like a very nice brown ale. Has the typical bitter edge that one would expect from a West Coast beer. Frankly, these guys are becoming one of my favorite breweries, if not THE favorite at this point. Haven’t had any bad quality beer from them yet. Definately up with Sierra Nevada in consistancy.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first thing I thought when I tasted this brew was ’is this an esb?’ Then you taste the hops and a slight fruity taste, and your tongue is going wild. Good beer overall, very happy with the 7.7%
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whats with the wording all over the label? Red-orange color. Aroma was of fruit cocktail, but as if those pink cherries were replaced with hops (what’s with those pink cherries anyways?). This beer is like a hoppy ESB...classic ESB taste and finish with a crisp, floral hoppiness mixed in between nicely.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is Kronik what that’s supposed to say under the ’Censored’ bar? Very heady, fairly clear amber. Grapes, dry hoppiness in the nose. The taste was a little off-blaance but not bad. Maybe off-balance isn’t really what accurately describes it, but something made the aroma noticeably better than the taste. Comparable with their Maximum IMO.
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
medium bodied with reddish amber color. has a slight red ale spruciness / sharpness to it. bit more hoppy than most copper / ambers. can taste the alchohol a little. flavors are pretty simple. decent beer - nothing spectacular.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not great, but an overall winner. Has a nice flavor too it, but the label is right. These guys might have named it ’censored’ just to sell more beer.
SaveTheAles (5) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dude, it was, uh, well, like, you know, like,just such a damn fine amber ale, like, ultra smooth and silky mouthfeel, more malty than hoppy, excellent body, with, uh, hefty caramel notes. Needs more hops to be what I consider a ’West Coast Amber’, but an excellent amber all the same!