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Lagunitas Fusion XV
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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“Fusion 15″ was described as an “India Black Ale” to The Growler by Lagunitas Brewery Rep Sean McHugh. McHugh told us the beer gets its dark color from Midnight wheat grain and, in conjunction with torrified wheat, its creamy mouthfeel. When asked about which hops were used, Sean guessed Mosaic hops based on certain characteristic flavors he detected. He added that Lagunitas works directly with hop farmers (instead of buying all of their hops from brokers), so there is a chance that specialty hops – ones that don’t even have their own names yet – were used in “Fusion 15″. ”Fusion 15″ clocks in at 7.4% ABV.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Reminds me of a black IPA spliced spliced with a dark bitter. Aroma of pine, resin and burnt toast. The flavor is similar. A little citrus/fruit jam comes through as well, but in my view the burnt toast flavor overshadows the rest of what is going on. Well executed, but, as is the case with almost every black IPA I’ve tried, I don’t think it’s my style.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (286) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Middle of the road black ipa. Roastie... Sweet...a little hop nose... Repeatable? Maybe splitting a small glass or plan for a long evening... Ok ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1372) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pour at Autumn Brew Review. Dark brown pour. Piney resin aroma, lots of hops and easy to drink. Really well done. Glad to get to try this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1281) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2013
On tap at BLB pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma has an odd caramel candy sweetness, reminds me of a dentists office, with some roasted malts. Same weird sweetness as aroma but subdued, lots of hop bitterness, roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Strange, but enjoyable.

2.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Someone aside sewage smell? Yeah I agree. Smelled like manure. A buddy of mine with me agreed. Taste was fine, smell was horrible.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1015) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Really like this one on tap in MN. Hops are high like you’d expect from Lagunitas. Good turn on the black IPA.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Draft at Gold Nugget. Fresh, sweet roasted malt aroma. Fully opaque body with a thin off white head. First sip was borderline offensive. Having had a Sierra encase pale ale beforehand there was no doubt some necessary palate adjustment. A lot of stuff going on. Strong hop profile with an equally strong black roasted malt flavor. Unfortunately a faint sewage aspect that is increased when paired with potato skins.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Pours dark brown, basically black, with a bit of light tan head. Aroma is citrusy with some pine notes, and a light toast-like background. Taste is hop forward, some citrus and herbal flavors, and more of that toast. It’s not roasty like coffee or black patent, but more like, well, lightly toasted bread. The finish is slightly sticky and resinous. Full bodied. Amazing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (342) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Deep brown with fine ecru foam. Punchy kumquat and grassy aromas, plus a bizarre mashup of herbal volatiles and candied fruit, like smashed Froot Loops as the aggregate with an Underberg cement. Flavor largely is as expected given aroma descriptors above. The surprise is the palate, with a strong carbonic bite and very clean ferment profile. Very brusque and unabashed, if slightly hard to take.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1474) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Tap at brewery- Pour is black with a off white head.. Nose is nice roasty malt, caramel, piney hops, sweetness, tropical fruits..Taste is nice hops, sweetness, tropical fruits, roasty, caramel, faint chocolate.


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