dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pine wth some mango, and with a pleasant sweet malt undertone. Appears a golden amber color with a small white head and with noticeable effervescence of small bubbles. Flavor is sweet and malty at the start, with earthy floral hops in the middle, and ending with a well-balanced aftertaste. Palate is medium with a dry finish. Overall, a very pleasant IPA, better than expected, and somewhat better than the sum of its parts.
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog purge. Bomber to pint glass. Golden with white head. Citrusy aroma, grapefruit and hop resin and light sweet malts. Nice balance of malt and citrus hops, some crystal malt.
Nuffield (3910) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this in the basement fridge for a very long time. Finally brought it out. It was quite chunky (floaties), which wasn’t ideal, but the aging suited this well, giving it a nice vintage flavor to match what appeared to be a rounded Imperial IPA sensibility. Decent, and a good value at its original price (under $5 for a bomber).
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the mouth of a deuce-deuce.
The color is a pleasant golden shade, with quite a bit of carbonation and a decent little amount of head. Leaves a nice little bit of lacing on the rim of the glass.
The smell is a sweet hoppy aroma. Has a sort of wood scent to it, like a Christmas tree almost. Very interesting and unusual aroma, slightly bitter.
The taste is a burst of hops, with that same woodsy flavor. Like walking through the forest. The hops are bitter, but somewhat offset by that unusual tree-like flavor. Very different IPA, really stands out from the others. Distinct.
Has a smooth ale feel to it, but the strong hops give it a jagged edge. It’s a really unique beer, and delicious. This 22 might be hard to swallow down, just because of it’s hoppy/woodsy one-two punch, but I’m gonna try. Truly a one-of-a-kind IPA.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours light copper and orange with a nice fluffy off white head. Slightly stale hop aroma with some toffee and caramel notes. Crisp hop bitterness which is not unlike the rest of Lagunitas. Citrus bitterness with a sweet backbone. Almost drying on the tongue. No discernible flavors to match the sweetness. Not much backing up the bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but more of an APA. I hope that its age is why the bitterness has dropped out. Wish I would have drank it sooner.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitas Brewing Company--Freak Out Stereo Ale--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.30% ABV--40 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Malt Ale Liquor?--Mild lace head. Slightly hazy bright rich golden color. Mellow floral hop front. Crisp clean mild sweet malt liquor Pils dry sweet mild caramel body. Easy hop spice clean end. Like #10? Sampled 10/30/2006.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried at toncatcher’s T3 tasting. Bottle from who else lagunitasfan. Amber yellow color. Lightly hoppy. Easy to drink. Good pizza beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle awesome artwork reminds me of posters my uncle had when i was a kid. Pours a golden body with an off white head. Grassy peach with a light dried fruit, caramel notes and a light warming. Pine with a hint of lemon. Nice.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, I really enjoyed the Zappa tribute on the label; certainly took me back to the late sixties. This poured a fairly cloudy and dark gold colour underneath a foamy white two-fingered head. The aroma was a nice combination of hops and malt. The taste was much more of hops than malt, with the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel was okay, but I did think it was bit on the ’gritty’ side. Finish was a bit on the sweet side; not bad and overall better than I expected, given some of the slagging that Lagunitas beers have taken on another site.
VertBaconStrips (2225) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
***review from June 18, 2007***
Nice apricot colour with some opaqueness, light carbonation and an average sized offwhite rocky head. So-so retention but suprisingly good bubbly lacing. The aroma is excellent with its aromatic sweet candy grapefruit hops (quite candy-like), canned peaches and lichi nuts and a hint of flowery yumness - one of the better smelling Lagunitas brews. It has a good fresh flavour. Noticable floral hops (?) - very bitter! Yum yum! Some malt and a slight peppermint taste is also detected. I can’t directly taste the alcohol but it’s there. Even though it does taste pretty good it still falls short on interest. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with an excellent bitter finish.
Cirrhosis (1280) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours a bright hazy brow when held up the light it appears to be bronze in color a off white fluffy head was produced that had some pretty good retention, this beer looks yummy. Very hoppy aroma as to be expected, grape fruit hops and a caramel malt back bone are making my mouth drool, can’t wait for the first sip. Brew starts off sweet and then finished with a dry bitterness, lots of citusy hops that are almost candy sweet, and a malt flavor that reminds me of leather (in a good way) I would have not say the after taste is tart and I’ve never had that before. This is highly enjoyable it’s pretty much a standard IPA but this is a very high quality one that is well balanced. Review done while watching Canada’s worst handy man."