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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1258) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Bomber. Clear ruby red, creamy tan foam settles and mostly lasts. Pine floral malty aroma. Taste is powerful pine floral hop, somewhat fruity, big rich red caramel/toffee malts. Average carbonation, medium-full bodied, more aggressively hopped. Strong boozy finish, well crafted. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19669) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear amber, creamy head. Concentrated tropical fruit, citrus and caramel aroma. Sweet with full body and solid, well rounded mouthfeel. Sugar, tropical and caramel. Long bitter finish. Packed with flavour, but on the sweet side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1102) - Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Peachy red appearance. Mild toffee caramel aromas, light to slight hops of citrus pine Dry woody toffee caramel. Citrus some pine too. Citrus toffee dominated flavor.Somewhat oddly average or so for Lagunitas. Having a better bottle of this I uprated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (154) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 Pours dark copper with a rocky white head. Aromas are Caramel, pine, citrus and dark fruit. Flavors are upfront hops that give way to caramel, stone fruits, bitter citrus...a slight herbal tone...and a touch of biscuit. Slight booziness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Delicious brew. Another triumph from Lagunitas!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (353) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Tap at Muddy Pig. Beautifully executed pour in a tulip glass. A prominent reddish color with lacing that knows no bounds. Aroma is the signature hopness of Lagunitas. A really enjoyable taste...mostly hops but with a well balanced undercurrent of sugar sweetness. The sweet qualities linger in the finish quite well. Another incredible effort by this brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2083) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
Pours clear deep copper with low off-white head. Aroma of bread, malts, caramel, citrus and grapefruit. Taste is fairly big sweet and malty caramel followed by nice, controlled balancing bitterness in the finish. Body is rich and oily with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1104) - Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Nice head. I really like this. Heavy on malt build, but not sweet. Really well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (568) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a thick dark red color with a nice tan head. The aroma is copper penny, grapefruit, citrus rinds, and malt. The taste is everything a good red should be. Medium level of maltiness, citrusy hops, mildly sweet and medium bodied. Long, bitter finish that lasts a long time. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1053) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
From bomber to pint glass. Pine forest with slight floral hops. Unbaked bread malt.s. Clear amber with a full off-white head of large bubbles that lingers long. Taste is solid maltiness and slight fruity hops. Full mouthfeel from the alcohol and chewy yeast. Moderate high bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (399) - - OCT 11, 2014
Tap at happy gnome. 12oz pour in bowling pin glass. Dark red with thick white head and amazing lacing. Smells of malt and hop. Bitter but sugary. Imperial ipa elements are stronger than the red ale , which is good. Another strong beer from Lagunitas.


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