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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle at The Map Room. Much more malt heavy than expected. Reminded me of a "light" barley wine with caramel and toffee malts being the dominant flavor and the hops being in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and red color. Aroma is crisp citrus hops-sweet. Taste is crisp citrus hops-bitter, sweet malt. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2006
bottle. Pours a deep amber with alot of red highlights. Head is tan/off white, Carbonation is light to medium. Aroma: citrus, caramel, light roast and light notes of chocolate. Taste is malty and sweet, with citrus and a growing piney bitterness throughout the taste. Chocolate and light roasted/toasted malt notes in the taste also....bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1264) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2006
sweet brew with a very nice hop taste to it, this also has a very solid body, the only downfall is that the aftertaste carries a slightly matalic ting to ti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Good looking ale, having a reddish copper body with a bubbly, somewhat off-white head. Not much retention or lacing there. The aroma is rich malts covered with floral, pine, and grapefruit hop smells with an underlying earthiness. Full bodied brew here that tastes of caramel, the aforementioned hops, and a handful of dirt. Not bad.

Just thought Id mention here - and its no reflection on the beer or brewer, of course - that the beer bottle photos (such as the one on this ales page) with a RateBeer symbol over the label are truly tacky looking. Id love to see them all replaced.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1761) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12 oz bottle into a Trappist style glass. Pours a lovely rich looking copper with a fair amount of viewable carbonation and a fairly white, dimly tanned head. The aroma bursts of heavy malt and citrusy hops, tossed with a small pine and grassy note. The flavor is huge on the nose starting with a boasting sweet citrus hop note, moving into a nice bittery pine hop covered with sweet and semi-carameled malts. The progressive pine hop note kicks through all this with a big bitter finish that is huge, but not overly done. Big in the mouth, decent carbonation. I really do love this beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
A typical high standard beer from this brewer. Good hop profile, citrus. A thick malt mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste. Mild sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2006
12 oz - Dark shiny copper, lightly tanned thin foamy head (great lacing). Nose has deep citric hop swirls, light florals, pine, and earth, with soft undertones of toasty sweet caramel. Slightly bready to boot. Flavor is similar, bitter up front, with a light sweet malt backbone rounding it out. Medium bodied with light carbonation, drying, bittersweet finish. This would make a nice regular in the firdge if Lagunitas ever chose MD for distribution....hint hint.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized beige head, moderate lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, floral, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor is citrus, hops, caramel, malt, touch of alcohol. Palate is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation, IPA like finish. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
O.G. 1.072, 40.63 IBU, 7.6% ABV... Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale pours a hazy dark copper color with a large foamy and puffy light orange head. The head slowly collapses and leaves a thin off-white crown that lastes until the very last drink. There is also a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is malty and dominated by aged candied orange and pineapple. There is a stong orange and pine hoppiness up front and then the flavor reveals some caramel malt and alcohol. The finish is piney, grassy, moderately bitter, and slightly dry. This beer has a medium body and is very creamy. Overall I thought that this was a solid beer with a controlled bitterness. Good, but not quite as good as some of the other Lagunitas offerings that Ive tried recently. 22 oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

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