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RATINGS: 1116   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
I was expecting a huge hop bomb of a beer for some reason and was met with an easy drinking well balanced brew. Malty with an almost ice tea like nose. Medium bodied and well balanced leaning to the malt side just a hair. Very enjoyable


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (196) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
This is just an overall solid beer. Pours a dark ruby/copper color with a thick, eggshell head that lasts. I don’t get a lot out of the nose (might be a cold though), but I get a IPA like smell - floral and pine. I like it a bit more as it warms, as I get more malt that way. Smooth mouthfeel. Malt with a hops (citrus hops? as I occasionally think of grapefruit), and pine taste. Bitter but not an overall bitter bomb. Great balance. Nothing extreme about it, just a solid beer that I will drink again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Livendadream (133) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Btl pours slightly hazy shimmering ruby color, with a thick tan head that hangs around for a while leaving lots of lace on glass. Smells of sweet candy, pine, evergreen tree sap,grapefruit, bread and an alpine valley after a rain storm.Tastes of caramel, pine,grapefruit,toffee and holiday cookies?Medium body, lively carbination,tingly yet smooth mouthfeel and a mildly bitter sweet finish. This is a spectacular red! The alcohol is hidden well, does not taste like %7.8abv. The hop flavors taste fresh and bold. The hop aromas are glorious. A very drinkable,well balanced red. I don’t know why but this beer reminds me of Christmas time.My new favorite!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (333) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lagunitas Imperial Red pours an amber copper with a thick creamy beige head that lasts a good minute. The aroma is caramel, floral, biscuits and some pine. The flavor is fresh biscuits and caramel on the front end with floral and pine hanging on into the aftertaste. Overall this is a solid beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (308) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
22 oz bottle. It pours a reddish orange with a small white head. It has a hoppy grapefruit aroma and a malty caramel aroma. It is fairly bitter and very malty. It has a strong grapefruit taste along with a grass taste and some pine. There is a lot of caramel malt flavors in the background. This is a very good beer. I’d buy this one again and will try to drink more by this brewery in the future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (930) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Red/Copper color , nice off-white head. Pine , grapefruit and malt in aroma. Taste following the aroma. Moderate bitterness , medium body. Easy to drink , even though with decent ABV. Great brew, perfect balance.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a Lagunitas glass on 08.20.14. A: Red grapefruit and sweet malt. A: 2 finger off-white head that stays the entire time. See through red body. T: Burnt red grapefruit dominates. Sweet malt as a base and pine are subtle. P: Creamy. O: There is a nice bitterness on the back end that fades into sweetness. The red grapefruit flavor is delicious. It is hop forward for an amber (red, whatever), but it’s the Lagunitas style and it works very well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
joelwhite (25) - - JAN 14, 2015
It's no Budweiser but it's so good!!! Good flavor very drinkable and has the lagunitas flavor. I would buy this beer again

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jerseyjohn71 (231) - corsicana, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2015
better as it warms up... bitter bomb,,, spruce, spruce, resin, pine, pine ,alcohol, cough drop, woody,[pine tree] red, clear, minimal head, tan foam, very bitter, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (125) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass. Aroma - green apple/hard candy smell, very nice. Appearance - Very clear, very red ale. Small finger of head that doesn’t stick around. Taste - Follows the aroma, very refreshing tasting beer. Palate - very smooth, light bodied beer. Lots of lively carbonation. Overall - another solid beer from Lagunitas. Haven’t been disappointed by them yet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TedBell (8) - Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
Pours a beautiful copper red color. Nose is sweet with piney citrus. Medium bodied. Grapefruit with pine finish. Pairs very well with Mexican food. Very nice.


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