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RATINGS: 1122   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2006
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear copper body with large beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, pine -- much more bitter than the IBUs suggest. Medium body, some resin.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jujutsuweasel (6) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2006 does not count
Nice pour, amber in color with a nice tint to the head. Medium to light medium body. Not overpoweringly bitter, but enough hops to know they’re hanging out there. Really nice, really drinkable. I do it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2006
another bomber, one of nine, from Saarlander, thanks Aaron. a rich, robust deep amber with an off white head. good caramel malt and hop aroma and flavor. nice balance to this one. very enjoyable!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Pours a lovely rich, strawberry tinged amber with a tall, meaty head of creamy ivory, resting patiently on top awaiting my first sip. Pleasant hoppy aroma with a touch of spice, and only citrusy enough to keep it interesting. The hops seem to be well balanced with the caramel malty notes that make up the rest of the incense. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Chewy malty body - considering the relatively light weight, bringing out some chocolate caramel nougat and even a touch of molasses. This is quickly followed up by a blast of piney hops, creating a slightly over-assertive finish to an otherwise intriguing beer. Finish is a bit thin, and brings out some flavors of sweet white grapefruit pulp in the final smack.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2006
i think i was drunk when i wrote this cuz i didn’t write much. just wrote hoppy flavor with a sweet taste. informative, i know

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Courtesy of TBC2. 12 oz bottle: poured dark orange with virtually no head even after a semi-aggressive pour. The beer is too cold presently. After warming up, it pours a medium sized off white head. Moderate caramel and fairly big hop aroma. Massive bitterness in the finish with mild metallic notes. Decent but I need some sweet malts.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
O.G. 1.072, 40.63 IBU, 7.6% ABV... Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale pours a hazy dark copper color with a large foamy and puffy light orange head. The head slowly collapses and leaves a thin off-white crown that lastes until the very last drink. There is also a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is malty and dominated by aged candied orange and pineapple. There is a stong orange and pine hoppiness up front and then the flavor reveals some caramel malt and alcohol. The finish is piney, grassy, moderately bitter, and slightly dry. This beer has a medium body and is very creamy. Overall I thought that this was a solid beer with a controlled bitterness. Good, but not quite as good as some of the other Lagunitas offerings that I’ve tried recently. 22 oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle at The Map Room. Much more malt heavy than expected. Reminded me of a "light" barley wine with caramel and toffee malts being the dominant flavor and the hops being in the background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Lovely coppery/amber pour and rich rocky white head. the nose is caramel and toffee. the first impression of flavor is a surprisingly strong earthy hop bitterness, followed quickly by the more expected caramel and toffee malt. High ABV seems to contribute to a fairly dry finish. Quite a nice effort.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
I like this beer but I suppose I was expecting something with a bit more malt. Very strongly hopped on the finish with a fairly medium body. Slight carmel right at the beginning.


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