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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Specially Brewed For Samís Wines & Spirits

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9005) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear orange amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet fruity with an emphasis on peach and floral. The flavor is much of the same with the addition of some pine and bready malts. There is nothing to set this apart from any other APA. Purchased at Samís and consumed 9/09 (from notes).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
light fruitiness, some pineapple and hop salad .. good foam level ..medium sized .. . very easy to drink .. kitten mitten? ... good bitterness level .. would be a dream on cask .. . had while at MsCoops making bisque .. peanut is crazy ... Way to easy to drink .. .. 3:15pm - 3/26/09 - Thursday - Rockhaven - ..ya!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6570) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Bought at Samís in Chicago. Nice sweet almost Hop Stoopid aroma. Citrus. Fruit. Pretty sweet overall. Lots of hops. A kind of toned down a tiny bit Alpha King/Hop Stoopid. Much love. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Not really expecting much from this one. Dark golden to light amber in color. Moderate, fairly lasting off-white head. Fresh, green hops dominate the aromas. Some fresh mowed grass, light pine and citric zest in the mix. Quite volatile as the scent changes over time and the base sees pale malt and grain, along with nectarines. An interesting progression, but as it settles, it does seem to be more pedestrian. Light sweet, toasted malt in the front. Middle is joined with citric zest and cedar. Again a green hops flavor come into play. The malt base is lost three-quarters of the way through this brew, but for some reason I donít seem to care. Iím left chewing on a fresh picked hop cone. While I tend to be a malt-head, Iím happy chewing on my fresh picked hops. Look forward to picking some more of this up when I visit next week. Nicely done. Perhaps Iím swayed by my lack of expectation, but Iím equally impressed that this is labeled a pale ale verses an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2009
Twist-top bomber from the Samís in Downers Grove, Illinois: This pours a clear, light amber body with a tall, foamy head. Nicely balanced APA. The aroma is hoppy with grapefruit, citrus zest, and sharp grassy notes, and occasional whiff of sweet grainy malt coming through. The flavor is much the same, but the balance tips slightly towards the hop side. The finish is dry and moderately bitter. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Orangish pour with sticky, spotty white head. Citrus, fruity aroma. Thin flavor of tropical fruits and citrus and light toasted malt. Light mouthfeel with malty finish. Canít beat the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
22oz bottle 2/11/09 (Samís Wine & Spirits-Downers Grove)-Pours a dark golden with a nice white covering for a head. Aroma of hops, grass, citrus, and a little malt. Taste of the same with some moe hops present. It finishes with a nice dryness. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Another quality brew from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drpimento (3125) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Got this bottle at Samís in Chicago. And Iím glad I did, but only because itís another data point. Very average pale ale. Poured with a medium head and a little lace. Color is a hazy medium to gold amber. Aroma is malty, wet cardboard, hoppy, a bit of butterscotch, and a little bitter. Flavorís about the same. Finish is bitter. Not one of Lagunitaís finest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 22 oz. bottle in a shaker glass. Starts with a great smell. Citrusy pine, then a bit of mango. Cloudy orange pale ale body, fluffy head turns a bit rocky after a minute. Taste is no hop bomb, but there is plenty of citrus, especially grapefruit, and a faint pepper burn. I do detect a bit of a soapy aftertaste, but not too distracting. Once thereís room in the glass for my nose, I get a grainy smell like when I walk into a brewpub on brewday and the door to the works is wide open. Pretty nice. Malts to the edge of chewy. Great Lagunitas price of $4.99/bottle, often sale at Samís for even less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a clear glowing golden with a foamy off-white sudsy froth 3.5. Aroma is quite peachy, sweet and slightly tart, faint resin/pine. Wow, flavor is a surprise, slightly lactic, nice sharp tartness and hard-candy sweetness with lots of softer peachy hops on top and some light distant pine. Reminds me closely of FFF Apocalypse Cow. Medium bodied, nice hard candy feel without much stickiness, really nice, softer fizzy carbonation.

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