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RATINGS: 1121   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
Copper Colored with White Head. Alot of Caramel Malt with Fruit and Hops. Medium Mouthfeel. Nice Carbonation. Alot of Almost Chewy Caramel, Dried Fruits..Nice Balancing Hops. Dry Crisp Finish. Nice Strong Red.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours a hazy, yet ruby red color with a medium beige head. Leaves a lot of sticky lacing when swirled. Aroma is a wonderful hop bouquet, lots of citrus fruits, common for a California hop bomb. Flavor is a bit more restrained, the more lemony notes come through, along with some caramel. Finishes bitter, but still more restrained than most hop bombs. Probably a good introductory beer into massively hopped beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2007
bottle split with Muenster. Pours red. Yep. Nice white head on top. The nose is pretty hoppy, typical Lagunitas style. Dense caramel and some peat comes out in the nose along with pine and citrus. The flavor was more on the lemony side of things than I was expecting. Very citrusy with pretty good sticky, biscuity malts to balance. This isn’t quite the typical beefed up American red ale, but it’s definitely identifiable as such and pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours rusty red with tight, satisfactory cream-colored head. The aroma is toasty with hints of banana, lemon creme, and pine. The flavor is very piney with some toasty malts. Earthy bitterness comes out in the finish and leaves a tingly aftertaste. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
12oz bottle poured a clear light red color with a nice off white head. Aroma of caramel, mild hops and a touch of roastiness. Flavor was nicley balanced with a smooth hop flavor that mellowed to an array of specialty malts. No noticable alcohol taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1140) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with thick frothy head the fades quickly. Aroma is of a caramel malt, molasses, citrus hops and a bit of fruitness. Taste is much the same. This puts Arrogant Bastard to shame IMHO. The hops and malt are jumping out at you but equal each other out which leads to a nice balance. Nicely carbonated and easy to drink. Excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
pours a dark cloudy apple cider red with a one finger white head that does not last too long. aroma is heavy hops with some malt, pine, and orange peel. has a medium body with ok lacing and descent carbonation. flavor is sweet malt and heavy hops with some orange peel and a touch of pine and has a dry hop aftertaste. this is a very awsome impy red and is way better than there ipa and equal to if not better than maximus. i noticed it having a little mango aroma and flavor as it warms, and the hops is stronger as well.cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky reddish brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was sweet and nutty malts with fruity hops. The body was moderately thick and syrupy. The flavor was fairly strong sweet nutty malts followed by fairly strong floral and fruity hops. The beer was a bit sour and rather hoppy on the long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Let me first comment that I love the commercial description... "malty thorax... hoppy sweet nerve sack..." good stuff. Pours a vermillion amber with a frothy, cream-colored head that leaves some chunky lace on its slow way down. Huge malts vs. big hops in the aroma, I first guessed the style to be a double-IPA. Sweet citrus-caramel-candy rolled in white pepper and Lipton instant iced-tea mix. Flavor is weak compared to the nose, but there is a nice APA quality to it, and the ABV seems fairly well-hidden. Finishes a bit on the "too-sweet" side, but a grapefruity bitterness lingers.

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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Another fine Lagunitas product. Pours a dark honeyed reddish amber. A thinnish head [cream colored] with very little lace. Nose is limited .. some hops some malt.. not very prominent. Taste, now we are talking. Nice strong bitter up front. some maltiness, great hoppy malt aftertaste. Over all seems pretty balanced.... if you like hops!


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