Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into a snifter. Aroma is kinda muted... subtle caramel and crystal malts, pine and grapefruit hoppy and sweet yeast. Flavor is raisins, dates, grapefruit bitterness, sweet then finishes bitter and floral. Palate is super smooth. Really good red. Would taste in the 4s UF the aroma was bigger.
TattooJack (80) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber (or 3) into a pint glass, love the color. I think the commercial description of "a muscular malty thorax" is exactly correct. It is very smooth and drinkable and packs a punch. Put it in a 6 pack, sell it year round, and we’ll be all set.
JHeath99 (925) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a reddish amber with off white head. Aroma of floral hops and malts. Taste of malt, almost like unsweet tea, with some hoppiness.
Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown our with a single finger of off white foam. Nice malts with hint of hoppiness. Flavor is well balanced and smooth with a mixture malts and hops that goes down easy. This is one of the better Imperial Reds I have had. Definitely a buy when seen.
skmikeg (882) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper-ruby red with a two finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, dankness, tropical fruit, sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, light toffee, and some toasted malts. Taste is citrus, pine, tropical fruits, caramel, toffee, figs, dark fruits, sweet malts, toasted bread, and some very light booze. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, semi-moderately bitter, medium-long, pretty well balanced finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, complex, and well balanced strong ale.
Darkmagus82 (1024) - - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bomber into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep copper-ruby color with a one finger head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite robust of hoppy smells with a great showing of pine and grapefruit citrus. Along with these aromas are some nice roasted malt and sweeter smells of caramel as well as sweeter dark fruit aromas of a bit of cherry and fig. Overall the aroma is quite nice.
Taste – The taste begins with a very chewy and lightly toasted bready flavor with some hints of caramel sweetness within. While the nose had quite a bit of caramel, upfront the caramel is very light with it only gaining a little bit of intensity as the flavor moves onto the end. The nose also depicted a more hoppy aroma, which the taste was not upfront. There was a little bit of citrus grapefruit hop at the start, but it was light. As the taste advances however, the citrus gets stronger and is joined by a good sum of a pine hop flavor, with the two melding well with the very bready and roasted flavors of the brew. With a little bit of a herbal hop and some cherry and brown sugar that come at the end, a very pleasant and decently hopped but still roasted and lightly sweetened “red ale” taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for the big bready and red ale flavors of the brew, with them accentuating the pine and citrus hop nicely but yet still maintaining enough effervescence and thinness to be good for the sweeter flavors of the brew.
Overall – Another great brew by Lagunitas with tons of fantastic flavor and at one fantastic bomber price. They are consistently one of the better (if not the best) breweries for the cost. Well done!!
mikedR (1164) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Epitome of the style . . . and an imperial, too! Think of everything you expect from a red ale, and this is it. Well balanced. Recommended.
DougHnut70 (61) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass from Safeway @ 4.59 on sale. Dark red, almost clear, thin off white head. Smells faintly like a fresh n’ fruity IPA. Taste starts with the usual tropical fruits and pine then hits a battle of rich sugary malts with a big hoppy (lagunitas-ish) bite at the same time. Hops wins, then a carmel, herbal, warming backbone to finish. Very easy to drink for a 7.8%. This Red DIPA has to be listed in the top 3 red ales out there. Limited release to try it while you can. This is easily worth the price.
shpongloid24 (3) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing red ale filled with flavor. Had a star fruit like aroma and was a beautiful deep red color. Medium head, white/ offwhite in color with a small amount of lacing. Great flavors both bold and subtle. Wish I could lick the glass.
tmongoose (1266) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber shared. poured a medium clear red with white head. nice malty aroma underplayed with hops. flavor is very smooth with a medium malt base and a medium hops bitterness. smooth smooth smooth. very tasty