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RATINGS: 967   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1072) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Dan good. Amber pour with light head. Aroma is more pine than citrus. Taste is pine and grapefruit. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (682) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Copper red color. Big foamy beige head. Clinging lace. Spicy hop nose redolent of resin and pine hops. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor has the tell-tale Lagunitas spicy hop character. You get grapefruit, pine, cardamom and black pepper. Some brown sugar and toasted pecans as well. Finish is dry and bitter with a hint of the 7.8% ABV emerging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2145) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 5, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. Attractive amber pour with a long lasting cream colored head. Lots of floral hops combine with the toasted malts to make the aroma a pleasant sniffing experience. Smooth, medium body. The taste is awash with roasted malts and hop bitterness. Lingering finish. Highly enjoyable and well balanced

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy00 (107) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Pours a nice deep red with a 2 finger, off white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and roasted malts. Flavor matches, it seems like a mix between a red and an IPA. This is more bitter than a standard red, so you hop-heads might like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a deep, clear reddish copper color with an inch of frothy off-white head. Aroma of toasted and caramel and bready malts, a lot of nuts, dry leaves, grass, and earth. The flavor is fruitier and more bitter- florals, citrus, dried berries, caramel, nuts, tea, grass, florals, tobacco, and mild spice. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation, and an odd balance of sweet and bitter and malty and earthy. Really digs in on the finish. More complexity than I anticipated.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2005) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color. Has a hop flavor with a nice boozy strong ale flavor that's very smooth . Decent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1431) - - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Amber/red with a thick off white head. Sweet malt taste and aroma with some nice melon notes in the taste. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Sweet but tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2248) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Red-tinged tawny colored pour. Huge, tight, off-white, almost khaki head. Tons of lacing painted to the side of the super high wine tulip. Big aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Notes of pine and grapefruit abound. Big hoppy front on the tongue with some piney, danky tastes. Slightly dry and finishing bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (102) - Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Signature Lagunitas aroma that lets the hops take center stage while still maintaining a significant malt backdrop. Wonderful dark red color with big white foamy head. Tastes of pine hops with a creamy aftertaste and a short strong finish. Well balanced. Palate is a bit watery but smooth. This could become one of my go to beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Light spice and fruit aromas, mildly hoppy tones. Malty, spice and fruit hop flavors.


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