Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a 12 oz. bottle at the Illini Homebrewers Club meeting. Deep red pour. Citrusy grapefruit aromas dominate the aroma with just a hint of malt. Itís all about the hops once it hits your lips. Huge citrusy hop character. I wish I had a whole bottle of this to try and not just a small sampling.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Reddish copper with an almond colored frothy head. Tea leaf hop aroma with some strawberry esters. Flavor dominated by a hefty swath of hops-a combo of grapefruit, pine, and tea- which results in a smooth but assertive bitterness. A very fine hoppy quaff from Lag.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark clean copper with a small head. Aroma is fantastic! Big grapefruit, piney hops, hints of floral and malt. Flavor is even bigger grapefruit. WOW!! Bitter and sticky. Pine, hops, malt. Finish is dryish and bitter. Top notch!!!!
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Matt, God Bless you for thinking of me when you got the opportunity for getting this. (Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits). What a great beer, bright fruity aroma, deep amber color and the flavor like most Lagunitas beers is outstanding! I really hope that it loses the limited release tag.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 On draft, nice dark reddish brown. Not that much head from bartenders pour, but little head did retain. Aroma is nice and balanced and gets better as it warms. Mild scent of sweet hops. Nice hoppy flavor with some bitterness lingering. Onto Storm king, ready go.
dchmela (2886) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a big white head with a great red color. Huge hoppy floral grapefruit aroma. Has a nice grapefruit dryness on the aftertaste. Very hoppy taste but balanced nicely by the malt. A very good offering by a great brewery.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, Noog I
clear red, thin head, big sweet carmel malt aroma followed by lots of citrus hops, light sweet malt flavor with just the right amount of hops, nice bitter finish, tasty but a bit too light
clear dark red, nice bit of lace, carmel sweetness, otherwise same as before
drink it good and cold and it is not as thick but still has the big hop flavor on a rich carmel malt base, best colder than warmer
when warm it thins out and the alcohol shows up and ruins the party
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
juiceisloose (1198) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to mgumby for sharing this with me. Poured a deep red color with a thin light colored head. The aroma is of piney hops, spices, cinnamon, and some malts. The flavor follows much the same with the sweet malts coming through and the hops in the background. It is medium bodied with a nice long bitter finish from the hops. This had a really nice sweet flavor that was balanced out well from the hops. Really good brew and easy to drink.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small but lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of floral hops, sweet malt, and light caramel. taste is the same as aroma with a hint of citrus hops. Medium body with a strong but well balanced bitterness. Very good.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly clear dark maroon with a small, quickly disappearing light tan head. Smells of floral hops, mild spices and cinnamon. The taste is very malty, really dominates the hops from the get-go. Kind of syrupy in texture, with a profound little spicy bitterness in the finish. The hops are definitely noticeable towards the end, with the sweet malts coming into back it up. Pretty solid brew. Good flavor, easy to drink. Not bad at all.