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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
masonab (4) - Grand Rapids, USA - JUN 12, 2012 does not count
Malty, slightly resiny nose. Beautiful burnt orange color. Interesting balance between toasty, malty sweetness and resiny, grassy hops. Overall, it looks great and tastes good, but not really a huge fan.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber, half finger head. Smells of sweet apple, hops. Taste is bitter and bubbley up front, a nice hop bite and sweetness to finish it off. Has a nice finish, can feel the hops in the throat. A good beer, haven't had anything quite like it. A nice IBU for hopheads like me.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PaperKnife (82) - - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle 12 oz. Deep red, thin wispy tan head. Aroma is citrus, caramel, sweet. Flavor is caramel, citrus, pine, bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (1944) - HÝrning, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2012
Coper red color with good head.Aroma is a little strong from the alkohol. Flavor is malty and with some old hop taste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tree777 (16) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2012
From bottle to tulip. Beautiful looking reddish gold brown color. Aroma was spicy with hops. I am saying it is a good beer but not my style. I prefer IPAs and belgiums over an american ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2347) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle. Amber color with a Medium slightly creamy body. Aroma of rich floral hops, pine, caramel malt, & some fruit. Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, citrus, and spice. Finish is slightly bitter. I donít taste the ABV too much. Nicely balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2012
12oz bottle from my brother. Pint glass. Appearance: Pours an amber hue wih nice clarity. A one finger beige head. Leaves a ring of rentention. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Citrus and piney hops. Caramel malts. Taste: Citrusy, somewhat sweet hops. A little bit of piney bitterness. Excellent balance with smooth caramel malts. Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering hoppy yet balanced finish. The malts and hops just blend seamlessly. This is truly a beer with balance. Will probably buy my own sixer of this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle. I really enjoyed this one. Way to go, Lagunitas! Sugar hop scent over an amber pour with a foamy head, slight lacing. Medium body, semi sticky. Hop forward taste, slightly bitter, with a sweetness in the middle, and a grapefruit finish. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2012
(bottle). Aroma of full hops and caramel. Great deep amber complexion with longlasting head and lacing. Nice hop-malt balance mellowed with caramel sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (586) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2012 Pours orangey and average head. Smell is initially piney and mustard-seed from the bottle, but it becomes more floral and refreshing in the glass - good. Taste is sweet (hey, itís Lagunitas!), peach mostly, and some potent ABV. Fruity, but still ale-like, and not artificial at all. Like this one - a welcome change of pace from my usual IPA, APA, and Belgian biases, even if it isnít quite mind-blowing.


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