drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First impression?...the massive cascade hops coming from the top of this red ale. Seems more like a traditional NW IPA at first glance (whiff). Although the hops are definitely more than ample in the flavor, they are curbed by a nice malt that never seems sweet, but rather gives the sharpness of the hops a slightly blunter flavor and mouthfeel. The hops get a bit thin as the beer warms and the malt isnít big enough to hold its own. I think it may be safe to say that this beer is really a borderline style - not an IPA but not really a red - I think sometimes the whole "Imperial" thing is kind of a cop-out. Regardless, itís a good beer, but something I suggest picking up if you are in the mood for hops not malt.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep auburn. (bottle) Aroma was very hoppy, but also had a malty sweetness that stuck out. Flavor is very hoppy, with a thick palate. Left a good taste on the tongue. But I doubt I will try it again.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (toasted bread, caramel). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Floor polishing hops stick out too much in the aroma (with little else of interest)...not quite enough malt to back up the hops in the flavor either. Totally forgettable. Lagunitas make some really good stuff, but this isnít an example.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hm, imperial red....Hoppy up front, fades into a nice round bitterness. Body is malty enough, but not enough flavor coming from the malts. Alcohol is extremely well masked, couldnít taste it at all.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a large off white head. Fruity citric hop aroma, notes of grapefruit, peach and apricot. Some toasty malts, followed by plenty of citric hops, some rye like notes, and an almost juicy hop finish.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours reddish amber, large foamy off-white head, nice lacing, with soft carbonation. † Hop nose, slight grapefruit, smells somewhat fresh. † Malty on the tongue, fairly sweet, with a hint of tobacco. † Hop bitterness is there, but is quite palatable and well balanced with the malts. † Full bodied, with a slightly thick mouthfeel. † FInishes with a bit more hop bite. † Unlike prior raters, I didnít think this was overly hoppy. † Maybe I am a closet hop-head? †This one definitely works for me. † Sorta reminds me of LaConner Dry Hop, but on steroids.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper-ruby color with a big off-white head. Big grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and malt flavor with some backing spice. Well balanced. Lingering light bitterness.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big aroma of pine trees, and batteries. (donít ask me it just does) Sharp and stinging mouthfeel. Malts just canít keep up with the hoppiness, and if they do itís sticky sweet and mushy. This feels badly put together. From reading the other reviews I get the sense that I am not the only one who feels disappointed with this below average offering. Oh well, I applaud Lagunitas for always attemping new and unusual brews. You guys help make the beer world a little more interesting.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the County Cork. Pours a dark red/copper fading to amper at the bottom with a medium white head floating above. Very peaty malts battle against a big piney citrus hoppiness. Has a taste of unfermented wort with a bitter trailing finish.
Reid (1786) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
New one from Lagunitas "Imperial Red",
Nice enough to look at deep amber with a nice frothy tan head.
Extremelly hoppy aroma..almost citric in its intensity ( no way is this beer only 40 IBUs as it say on the label.)
The taste is strange its starts off ok..piney/citric like a strong IPA..then it just falls apart into a metallic,sugary mess. weird.
Its ok on the palate to start..and then becomes cloying to the stage of being annoying.
Not great drinkability.
I really dont know what happened to this beer..it has all the ingredients to have been another good Lagunitas beer,but it just fell apart.