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RATINGS: 1035   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
On tap at the County Cork. Pours a dark red/copper fading to amper at the bottom with a medium white head floating above. Very peaty malts battle against a big piney citrus hoppiness. Has a taste of unfermented wort with a bitter trailing finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Hm, imperial red....Hoppy up front, fades into a nice round bitterness. Body is malty enough, but not enough flavor coming from the malts. Alcohol is extremely well masked, couldn’t taste it at all.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 13, 2005
dark, clear, red pour, with a light tan head, whcih laces very well.. aroma is sweet hops. somewhat fruity background, with lots of citrus and grassy hops. The other users are right, tastes like an overhopped strong, or a weird IPA. still pretty good though. I dont care if it conforms to a style. medium mouthfeel. Pretty good, cheap and hits the spot if you want a hoppy ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2005
Bottle: This had a very subdued aroma, but it still had a floral and hop profile. Flavor is more resembling of a juiced up pale ale than an American strong. The taste is a little bit on the metallic side and hides some bitter hops behind it. Even though this has a small head it does leave behind a trail of lace, and the amber/brass hue is what you could expect in a beer from Lagunitas.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Pours a nice transparent copper with a nice-sized, just off-white head. Smells big and appetizing, like a good amber ale with an amped-up body and flavor. Unfortunately, i was a bit let down by the taste. Body is thin. The only thing "imperial" about this brew feels like the extra alcohol content and an uninspired bitterness. I thought I would have loved a majorly hopped red, but there just seems to be something missing in the taste. The malt is simple and sweet and the hops have a real earth taste to them, but neither flavor seems extra special. Maybe that’s poor criteria for rating a brew, how "not special" it is. I did like this beer, it’s nicely balanced and refreshing/drinkable. Seems like an average ESB with a higher alcohol kick.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3140) - Montana, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Poured dark red with a tiny white head that vanished quickly during inspection. Nice blend on the flavor, hops, malt, rye. Not bad and will try again.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Well I have to go counter public opinion on this one. Way too hoppy and bitter. The hops over-power the beer in all aspects. Poured a bottle of dark reddish brown with a thin head that quickly dissapated. In the smell I could immediately smell the heavy malt, and Hops (Cascades I would guess). Both were very strong in the aroma. Taste, for me is all in the balance. I got some hops in the aroma, hops up front with the malt, and heavy hop flavor and bitterness on the back end. Not a beer I enjoyed, nor would I drink again. I know the hop heads may disagree, but I have had much better beers from Lagunitas.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 5, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a transparent typically carbonated light brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty brown malt and mild spice. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of hops and Irish red malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Dark brownish-red, very light carbonation. Sweet malty aroma, mild with slight spicy zest. Hop bitterness is dominant in palate, with slight hints of cinnamon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (782) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Pours a medium brown color. Aroma is very floral hops. Initial taste is floral, but that is quickly overtaken by the creamy malt. For such a strong hops aroma, I am quite surprised by the malty finish. well balanced.


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