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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Copper color. Smell of malt, hops, caramel, sugar and a hint of pine. Taste of malt, some caramel notes, hops and alcohol. Ok bitterness at the end.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reid (1851) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2005
New one from Lagunitas "Imperial Red", Nice enough to look at deep amber with a nice frothy tan head. Extremelly hoppy aroma..almost citric in its intensity ( no way is this beer only 40 IBUs as it say on the label.) The taste is strange its starts off ok..piney/citric like a strong IPA..then it just falls apart into a metallic,sugary mess. weird. Its ok on the palate to start..and then becomes cloying to the stage of being annoying. Not great drinkability. I really dont know what happened to this beer..it has all the ingredients to have been another good Lagunitas beer,but it just fell apart.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Draft, consumed at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on 12/03/07. Dark, coppery color with modest carbonation and thin head. Aroma: grapefruit hops. Strong malt flavor initially that phases into strong grapefruit hop finish. Well balanced. Almost no aftertaste. Only problem was, when the beer warmed up a bit, it turned into pure hop juice as the malt flavor vanished. Ack! Couldn’t finish the pint.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crisp500 (24) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
from memory of last weekend- it smells sweet, fruity, friendly. it has alot of head that lingers. color is of a reddish tone. it tastes rather light for the amount of alcohol in it, but don’t let that fool you. personally not my style, as i don’t aim to get wasted. i will have one once in a while. it went good with keegan old capital.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottled 25JAN12 Pours a brown red with a finger of lighter caramel foam and some nice grainy lace. Smells of rich malts and some herbal hops - atypical for Lagunitas’s style, but welcome nonetheless. I like it as a traditional red ale. Medium sweetness countered with bitterness and some herbal notes juxtaposed with a slight bitter orange peel flavor. A little more bitter than I’d like. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb and a dry finish. Decent beer, but nothing outstanding. Serving type: bottle 03-26-2012

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Big aroma of pine trees, and batteries. (don’t ask me it just does) Sharp and stinging mouthfeel. Malts just can’t keep up with the hoppiness, and if they do it’s sticky sweet and mushy. This feels badly put together. From reading the other reviews I get the sense that I am not the only one who feels disappointed with this below average offering. Oh well, I applaud Lagunitas for always attemping new and unusual brews. You guys help make the beer world a little more interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5164) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2008
Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig 08. American IPA aroma. Quite thick and intense. Sweet clean malt and lots of hops. Some pleasant fruit in the finish. Not my thing, but OK. No big objections.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Pretty good. I remember liking the dog on the label. I know people have hinted towards America being an Empire, but to call an "American Strong Ale" an "Imperial Red" is crossing the line!

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kronebryg (1039) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2012
Very fine lasting head. Redbrown. Caramel.and light hoppy nose, . Medium body and length. Some bitter caramel, fatness. Wellbalanced.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HughConway (772) - Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2012
6’er. Bottle pours red, whitish head. Some malt, some hops, nothing really noticeable or interesting. But a fuckload better than budlight.


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