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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.


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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2005
A copper color with a moderate head. The aroma is very pronounced citrus and alcohol. I can smell it 6 inches away from the glass. The flavor is strawberry, grapefruit, orange peel. Very IIPAish to me. Its very hoppy yet malty it acheives excellent balance. I love it!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Re-rate 9/23/07: Draught at Charlie’s Ale House, Wheaton, IL. Even better than I remember. Wonderful balance. A near perfect brew. Clean lines and glassware didn’t hurt. As the 1st beer of the evening and with bevy of other options to choose from, I struggled with the decision to go with something else for the 2nd beer (which I did: Spaten Oktoberfest). Underrated. 8/2/06: Bottle. Some malt in the nose and some hop. Sweet, molassesy arona. Reddish amber body with an off-white head. Messy, sloppy lace. Creamy, with some hops. Well balanced. Excellent. Low alcohol for an "imperial" brew, but enough to provide some body. Well done. Ar 7, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14225) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
On tap at Collins Pub, Seattle. Russet colour with beige head. Rich red fruit and hop aroma. Lots of strawberry malt aroma, lots of grapefruit hop on finish. Lots of hop on aroma. Lovely richness. Great malt base to run the Impy hops over. Love it. Unsubtle but lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Draft 1/2 pint at Falling Rock Taphouse. Bright freakin’ red with a big poofy head. Brutal assault on the palate -- alcohol, hop oil, full-on blast of malt, more hop oil. Outstanding brew. (#3133, 10/10/2007)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours a deep amber with a medium copper & slightly greenish head. I might be imagining the green because the hop aroma is so powerful that it makes me think I’m looking into a brew kettle that just got its first dose of hops. The aroma is a very strong resinous pine and slight citrus. The mouthfeel and flavor are a little on the syrupy side. The hops are heavy and the they overpower the slight cherry grape malt . But the hops are good if a little too far forward. There is more perceived alcohol than is really there. It is a delicious beer that reminds me of Stone Double Bastard. I couldn’t finish off the 6 in one night.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
APPEARANCE: Pours a clear copper color with a medium off-white head that has average retention. Lots of sticky lacing. AROMA: Powerful big earthy/citrusy hops, brown sugar, biscuit like malts. Hint of peach. TASTE: Rich sticky hops (grapefruit comes to mind) that is well balanced with caramel like sweet malts. You can also taste the alcohol. MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied creamy almost sticky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. DRINKABILITY: Big flavor, yum! Very nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts. This is a pretty rich beer so you can’t drink too many of them. NOTES: BBCSD-0812-Corey

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cool_Bond (1642) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Wonderful aromas of tropical fruits. Lovely fruity taste with hints of flowers. Bitterness is under me perfectly balanced. The aftertaste fills the mouth a long time. Easy to drink and not too bitter. Simply a beer for me. Love it! Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Tap at Muddy Pig. Beautifully executed pour in a tulip glass. A prominent reddish color with lacing that knows no bounds. Aroma is the signature hopness of Lagunitas. A really enjoyable taste...mostly hops but with a well balanced undercurrent of sugar sweetness. The sweet qualities linger in the finish quite well. Another incredible effort by this brewery.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (409) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has caramel, malts, grapefruit and hops. Flavour is incredibly smooth, very well balanced.


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