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RATINGS: 1129   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
tap- big centennial hop aroma, and nice hop flavor (fruity, not super citrussy though) which is not overwhelmed with alcohol or hop bitterness.Not carmelly or overly malty which tends to bother me in ambers. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Copper pour. Small fizzy tan head. Aroma is spicy hops, caramel, flowers and raw nuts. Taste is hoppy and semi-sweet with caramel, nuts, citrus fruits and spicy hops. Some flowery notes there as well. body is medium with a strong carbonation feel. Lots of burping with this one. Ends with more spicy and floral hops, citrus fruits and oils, caramel and doughy malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
NW hops on the nose, piney and citrusy, caramel malts hidden in there too. Pours a dark red/amber with a dense white head. Very hoppy, not that balanced up front, there is a malty sweetness in there, and i get some good malt flavor on the back end. Its an IPA thats red. Still very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4654) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2007
"Red" is the wrong word. This is a strong ass ale that is full of flavor. Nice hops. Strong taste. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Tap at Pizza Plant. Red amber body, off-white head, fruity hop aroma. Peach, juicy fruit and hops, balanced, nice finishing bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottled. Purchased in Olema, CA, not far from Lagunitas. Served in a pint glass with small 1/4 in. vanilla head that dissipates quickly into a thin coating with some lace. Big hoppy aroma for sure with burnt wood and caramel. Lots of carbonation but it finishes surprisingly smooth. Definitely one of Lagunita’s better beers.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Deep reddish color, with a very inviting bright, fresh floral hop smell. Light beige head. Taste is as expected I’d guess, and is a "big" red ale. Quite well hopped, with a semi-strong rich lasting alcohol and hop aftertaste making it a bit difficult to drink. Not my preferred style, but good nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1475) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Nice strong hoppy aroma. This pours a dark reddish-amber, with about a finger of head floating on top. Nice sweet malt flavor to start with, then a long finish of citrus hops. Alcohol is very well hidden. A very drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
On tap at Stone World Bistor and Gardens. poured a dark redish amber with little head. Citrusy hoped with a hint for fuitness. Flavor is sweet and hoopy, exactly as you would expect from and imp red. Like all Lagunitas brews, nothing to crazy, except the packaging, but an above average drinkable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Pours a clear amber brown. Definite orange hue going on there. No head after a minute or two, but there is a lot of lacing left. Nose is very mild with what seems like an alcohol infused apple. Flavor is a bit hoppy, but not too much overall. Alcohol is noticable on the palate, but not overpoweringly so. Mostly just gives a deep earthy flavor profile. Feel has a good level of carbonation to it and a nice liquid body. Overall it is pretty drinkable. Not the strongest of strong ales, but it definitely doesn’t lack some kick. Smooth and even, but not showy at all.


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