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RATINGS: 907   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Brilliant burnt deep umber hues of garnet and ruby with a voluptuous creamy head which slowly fades into a stubborn blanket of fluff and bubbles. Swirls bready and soft.
Nose: Piney and grapefruity hops are front and center with a sweet caramelized crunchy underbelly. Grapefruit slightly dominates the pine. Essence of vibrant greenery. Dew-dropped freshly mown grass. Sticky hop resins in the middle.
Palate: Sweet crunchy melba and candy apple skins along the sides. Grapefruit leads into sticky lemon peel in the back followed by parching thirst-inducing pith of two said fruits. Sticky pine trees and hop resins in the middle also leave my lips sticky. Quaff and repeat.
Final Thoughts: Not overly complex but big, bold, and bursting with aroma and flavor which is just the way I like my Imperial Reds/American Strong Ales. Even better, it was balanced, making for a pleasant session that ended sooner than I would have liked…but thankfully it was just one bottle out a whole 6pack so I had more to enjoy and enjoy I did.
(An original written work by Beer Ambassador, LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2013
The nose is a tropical fruit hop bomb with rich, malts beneath. The taste is aggressively tropical-hoppy at first, but has a sweeter, maltier finish than an IPA would have. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and well-carbonated. Overall, this is a solid hoppy red. Very, very tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3951) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Deep amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is pine, licorice, melon, peaches, hints of alcohol and red berries. Taste is licorice, pine, grass, alcohol and hints of herbs. Mellow and pleasant. Full body, medium to soft carbonation. A pretty decent ASA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3146) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Old school beer here, gotta love shit that came out in the mid 90s. Pours a hazy amber with 1-2 inched of tan head. Tasting notes were heavy bitter hopping, citrus, flower, grass, light malt. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Finishes nicely with slight warming in the gut. Solid beer from Lagunitas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbchrist (64) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2013
I admit that I am biased against reds, as I have never had one that I enjoyed. I approached this with an open mind. The pour was clear and attractive, but the palate seemed to fade quickly in my bottles. The aroma was hoppy, but not distinctive. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys this style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (647) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Aged near one year. Pours red copper with off white lasting fizz. The aroma is so similar to much of lagunitas’s line, see lightly caramel grains and a light citrus earthy floral hop. The taste is once again similar with a more malty lean to this one. Slight grapefruit pear and floral hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Goes down quickly. Almost a drying finish but slick enough to keep the grainy sugars around to outlast the hop flavors. Really nice overall, they know how to make a smooth hoppy brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (1722) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12oz bottle (2012 release) served in a Unibroue snifter. Pours a deep orange-amber color, hazy, with a small sudsy head that is mostly short-lived. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.The medium strength aroma features citric hops with a very solid, medium malt base. The malts are also obvious on the tongue. Overall, the balance is tilted towards the hops in the aroma and towards the malts in tasting. Mildly bitter early on and through the finish. The flavor include suggestions of biscuits, oranges, candied grapefruit, caramel and some faint herbs. Medium body and carbonation. O: Easily recommended; very good balance and mix of flavors. Inferior in most respects, however, to the bigger and more expensive Lagunitas Lucky 13 red.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2013
0.355l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a light blurry deep bronze-amber colored beer with a lacing quickly sidesticking off-white top. A bit sugary sweet on the aroma with hops, some fruity stock, melon and a leathery hint. Smells quite alright this. It’s quite average on the carbonation with a oily mouthfeel. Light sticky, loads of fruits and caramel. Also some traces of alcohol and melon zest. Quite a tasty little one this, but again my experiences with Lagunitas is that it lacks a bit of freshness. Could be the fact that this is not a fresh bottle... 05.01.2012

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2431) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt. The beer is golden orange with a half inch of tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma offers a bouquet of citrus, followed by malt and a bit of alcohol. Nice flavor. Hop forward, but still a strong malty foundation. Balanced and enjoyable. Medium bodied with a light bitterness in the finish. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I definitely see a sixer of this in my future. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-28-2012

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4317) - Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2012
12oz bottle from JB’s
Appearance: Pours reddish amber with a small beige head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Huge pine and caramel
Taste: Sweet caramel, grapefruit and bitter pine
This went from OK (cold) to very sweet (medium temp) to huge bitter hops (warm).


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