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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Really nice reddish golden hue thatís clear. Nice creamy off white head. Wonderful earthy, spicy hop characteristic on the nose. Nice California chewyness to the mouthfeel. Mildly astringent. Taste has a lot of spicyness to it making it lively and drinkable. Nice amount of carbonation. Not too sweet on the malt flavor like some I have had. Wonderful bold beer I wish I could make sessionable. Enjoyability 4.5/5.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2012
12oz bottle from my brother. Pint glass. Appearance: Pours an amber hue wih nice clarity. A one finger beige head. Leaves a ring of rentention. Spotty lacing. Aroma: Citrus and piney hops. Caramel malts. Taste: Citrusy, somewhat sweet hops. A little bit of piney bitterness. Excellent balance with smooth caramel malts. Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering hoppy yet balanced finish. The malts and hops just blend seamlessly. This is truly a beer with balance. Will probably buy my own sixer of this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Pours a dark orange red with about a finger head. Aroma is sweet with cherries and what seems to be a hint of brown sugar followed by mild hops. Taste is also on the sweet fruit side and mild hops. Can taste the malt in a postive way. Very smooth, a perfect fall beer. Light to medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle->snifter: Pours an average, off-white, diminishing head that exhibits fair lacing atop a dark brown body. Heavy malt aroma with an average aroma of hops. The body is full, texture gritty, and the carbonation average, finishing astringently. The flavorís duration is short, moderately acidic, and heavily bitter. Yes, Iím a fan.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Lagunitas Brewing Company--Imperial Red Ale--Limited Release 2008--12 oz. Bottle--7.20% ABV--84.2 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial--Rich lacy off white thick head. Clear pretty dark amber red color. Roasted toffee cherry rich hop front. Rich toasted malty toffee caramel doughy earthy crusty hop infused rich red body. Balanced hop spice lingering malt spice mild hot EtOH end. Sampled 3/8/2009. 6-Pack--$10.49. Lagunitas Brewing Company--Imperial Red Ale--Limited Release 2009--12 oz. Bottle--7.50%--84.2 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial Rich off white lacy dense head. Clear dark bronze red color. Roasted fruit cherry toffee rich floral hop front. Rich hop infused burnt dark fig date toffee caramel dry sweet rich bisquit body. Earthy cloying sweet malt rich hot hop spice end. Big tasty Red! Sampled 7/31/2009. 6-Pack--$9.99. 12 oz. Bottle Rich off white lacy dense head.Clear dark bronze red color.Roasted fruit cherry toffee rich floral hop front.Rich hop infused burnt dark fig date toffee caramel dry sweet rich bisquit body.Earthy cloying sweet malt rich hot hop spice end.Big tasty Red!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Deep amber to mahogany in color with a milky head. Smells richly of dark caramel malts with notes of burnt sugar and raisins. Has a barley wine character. Smooth and sweet on the tip of the tongue fading into a luscious, sugary caramel-rich flavor. Ample bitterness and hops round this one out. Itís like a younger, lighter, more limber barley wine. Similar to a Scottish Ale but sharper. Not as complex as an Old Ale. Exactly what I look for in a Red Ale and exactly what I expected of an Imperial. Smooth on the palate not spritzy or syrupy but just right.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrizzlyBrew (15) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
I love this beer. Lagunitas does what they do best - a huge citrus/spice hop explosion up front and then a thick carmel-y, malt backbone to put out the fire. The beautiful thing is how the hop flavor lingers through the maltiness. A little thick to session, but I always try my best!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3299) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Wow, floral hop nose and I wasnít even smelling for it. Clear, brilliant dark copper patina color. The head is thick and white but not the biggest. It does last though. This beer drinks like a meal. Iím no longer hungry. Lagunitas should show this to the monks. Its really malty but even more bitter. The hops win 2 out of 3 on this one. It leaves a white blanket on the glass as any good beer should. Ultimately, itís satisfying since 1993 apparently, right next to my Copenhagen. Every person who drinks pale lagers regularly should be forced to drink this for a week. They would never go back again. Yes, this beer will break you of shitty beers if you give it just a few days.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 2/28/2012. Pours cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, caramel, biscuit, and toasted malt. Nice and well balanced hoppy aromas. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, orange, caramel, toasted malt, herbal spiciness, biscuit, and grass. Nice pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, and toasted malt on the finish for a while. Nice malt balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a delicious imperial red ale; that has great balanced hop flavor and is quite smooth to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker glass. Dark amber / reddish color with tan head. Aroma is sweet malt that leads right into resinous hops. Flavor starts with a caramel and biscuity malt base and builds with a good dose of resinous and floral hop notes. Medium bodied with nice bitterness and astringency. Overall this is a really nice red!


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