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RATINGS: 972   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (241) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Dark copper color with a sweet caramel aroma. Big bold flavors of caramel, citrus, and pine. Well balanced for a big red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwmiller16 (97) - Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with off white head. Heavy malt nose with slight floral hoppiness. Complex on the palate, big malts with citrus and earthy hops. Nice big beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (112) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
22 Fl OZ ($5.49) its okay, nothing special. Its okay but lagunitas makes a better beer than this. kinda weak considering the release is oktoberfest season. pass and get their IPS or any oktoberfest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Modularman (129) - - SEP 20, 2014
Smell of pine, appearance is brownish red with khaki head, taste is sweet malt, pine, hint of rye

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltman53 (330) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bomber ours russet color with a persistant white head. Balanced hop/malt aroma that is consistent to the finish on the palate. Fruity, caramel malt backbone. Overall, another well-balanced winner from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFtaster (57) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
22 oz bomber poured into a chilled tall glass. Lagunitas continues their winning streak with this Imperial Red. I could tell from the aroma released from the pour that I was in for a serious hop experience. The beauty of good red ales is that the hops are balanced by a solid malt profile. This is a prime example of the style: aromatic citrus hops are complemented by smooth caramel malt. And plenty of kick from the 7.8% ABV! Another winner from the local heros in Petaluma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (68) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2014
22 oz bottle. This beer’s huge aroma is resinous, piney, and very malty, with hints of graham cracker, biscuit, red apple, and hay. Mouthfeel is thick, sweet, and bitter from the beginning to long into the aftertaste. Ridiculously delicious beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julesjis (56) - Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured from a 22oz. Color is a beautiful copper red. Aroma is a citrusy/clean crisp linen smell. Flavor is hoppy, but not "punch in the face hoppy". Has a sweet start and slightly sour finish. I taste some roasty malts to balance this out. Great Imperial!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (155) - - SEP 18, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper. Off white head. Very clear. Smell: sweet caramel. Tropical fruit. Mango. Citrus. Pine. Taste: citrus. Grapefruit. Pine. Feel: slight dryness. Leaves a thick film on the mouth. Overall: good beer. Nice cross between a red beer and an IPA. Good American hop flavor. Love the sweet flavor from the malt. First Drank: home 9/17/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1171) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Very easy drinking red ale. Sweet malts, citrusy hops, smooth, and ABV is undetectable. Another solid beer by Lagunitas. Great brewery.

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