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RATINGS: 1132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Clear, dark reddish-amber body. Foamy, off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Sticky ribbons of web-like lace coat almost the entire glass. The aroma shows big, piney, resinous hops over a substantial caramel and toffee malts base. The scent really lets you know you’re in for a big, hoppy, malty experience. The flavor is more of the same. Massive pine hops build on a moderately sweet caramel malt base. There is nothing complicated going on here, but the big flavors that are there are excellent. Smooth, medium-full body. Hardly any astringency. Long, pine resin finish. I can taste this one two hours after drinking it! Damn good beer!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3505) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pour is a dark copper with a large white head. Aroma is amped up hops with a very sweet malt in the backround. Flavor is lots of sweet malts, some caramel and a nice helping of citrus hops. Finish is bitter but smooth. Not the best of its style but decent and again Lagunitas beers are always very affordable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
22oz bomber. Aroma is decent, pours a deep amber, taste is very malty wish it had more of a hop taste, not as well balanced as i hoped. Not bad but also not the best.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Had on draft at Brews in Granville. POured a dark amber color. Very floral and hoppy aroma. Taste was actually much more malty then I was expecting. Very delightful brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
This stuff rocks! Pours a rusty amber with a nice off white head with good lacing. Nose of citrusy hops, with a heavy malt character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1385) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Pours a copper color with an off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops, caramel, and sweet malts. Flavor is sweet up front with the sweet malts and caramel and finishes decently bitter with the citrus and pine hops. Nice lingering flavor on this one. Another good Lagunitas brew.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2007
This was good. It poured a dark gold with a nice head. The sweet malt came in first, coating the mouth, followed by a strong hop finish. It seemed fuller bodied and stronger than a typical Red.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (920) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Draught > Flying saucer. I like this. Perfect mix of sweet and bitter. Starts sweet and smooth then finish hoppy. Great beer, IMO. Definitely my favorite Lagunitas thus far.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours reddish copper color with lite brown head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste of grapefruit and sweet malt with bitter after taste. Aroma and taste of lite Double Bastard, outstanding ASA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 This is a rich, flavourful beer with complexity, body, great balance and a pleasant, flowery element in the finish. It’s full of strong flavour, yet very drinkable and smooth. A nice reddish-brown, it has a rich foamy head with good lacing.


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