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RATINGS: 962   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2006
22oz bottle pours mahogony with a nice offwhite rocky head that stays pretty well. Aromas of floral and grapefruit hops with a little caramel malt behind it. Flavor starts off with those caramel malts and very sweet but the finish is all citrus hops. Somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied and a smooth drinker.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Ruddy light brown color with a moderate foamy cream colored head. Pure hops aroma, with grapefruit and a hint of pine. A mild presence of light caramel and pale malt. From a hops head view this is a nice sniff. Mild sweet caramel malt start and are quickly escorted out by the bitterness and acidity of the hop. Quite biting and unbalanced in the mid to late quaff. This almost seems to need some rest for things to mellow and blend.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
On tap sampler@Port Solana: Reddish brown color with a small (bar pour) off white head. Aroma is fruity sweet with some hops comming thru. Flavor starts malty sweet with some bitterness in the middle finishing lightly dry citrus. Medium body and smooth with lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
22oz bomber poured a nice ruby color with a 2 finger thick frothy white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma with notes of pine and citrus. Also a good malty scent. Similar smell to a good IPA. Great flavor combining intial caramel malt sweetness with sharp hop bitterness. Medium-body with a great dry finish. Very nice beer, my favorite from Lagunitas!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Draft at San Diego Brewing Company. I really liked this stuff. Deep red with a decent head. Floral notes in the nose, along with some malty overtones. The Flavor was very malty, some sweetness in there and a very nice hoppiness that really brought it together. I liked this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
On Tap. Clear dark amber color. Big Amarillo hop aroma. Good malty balance with an over-the-top bitterness as well. The taste seems to me to be all over the place but I wouldn’t say that’s all bad in this instance. Well made and quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 19, 2006
Beautifully clear, medium-amber color. Aroma is good but predominated by hops (not a bad thing ... but in a red?) Very hoppy on the palate and not much in the way of malt coming through. Leaves a little bit of sugar on your lips at the end of a few sips but definitely not cloyingly sweet (even as it warms up). More complex maltiness emerges as it warms. Medium bodied. Great big head but not much lace. All-in-all, a good beer on the hoppy side of the "red" spectrum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
[Bottle] Dark reddish color brew that will surprise you on the first sip. Hops are abundit. The overwhelming flavor will take you down like a "W" ran government. This was a great beer. I liked all the flavors and the ending of the brew tasted awesome with a good pizza we had along with the beer. Only live once so try at least once.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
First up at the KLCC microbrew fest after I attempted to fill up on the new fish tale, which had been drained already, thin copper color, w/ a nice tan head, bitter hop nose with a smooth alcohol induced palate, slightly roasty but mostly dominated by malts and hops, nice work

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Huge hoppy nose, but it has that herbally sticky funky nose, that is so reminscent of cascade. Malt character is light and sweet but does not stand up to the hops and it really needs it for this style. Way too light on the palate, with some toasted caramel malt flavors.


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