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RATINGS: 884   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
12 oz. bottle served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass. A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger, bone white head that recedes quickly to a thick collar. Sheets of lace are left behind. S: Very hoppy. Up front there is a solid piney and citrus rind hop presence with a strong caramel malt backbone. There is a mild bitterness to the nose as well. T: The bitter and resinous hops are there upfront, and the mild bitterness lingers from start to finish. There is a mild sweetness from the malts the comes into play in the middle, and the hops pop back up on the finish in a grassy and very mild citrus style. A solid bitter caramel malt backbone stays steady throughout giving a nice contrast to the hops. M: Medium bodied with a strong flavor presence. The carbonation is spot on and there is a solid drinkability to it. O: I think an imperial red is a perfect description for this beer. The hops and malts are amped up to give a burst of flavor that doesn’t come with other normal red/amber ales. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-16-2012

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle from Yamaichi. Rich, malty nose: caramel, chocolate, raisins, good hops too, earthy and peppery. bright deep red with a low, lacy head. Malty, sweet, chocolate and caramel with big hop bitterness behind it. Full, silky body. Very nice. Lots of dried fruits, some cherry. Very bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (1668) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2012
354 ml. (12 fl. oz) bottle poured in to a snifter. Deep copper colour with a creamy, white head. Malty aroma with caramel, bread, chocolate and citrus hops, some exotic fruit. Taste is sweet. Full body with a creamy texture. Long lasting finish with heavy malts and citrus hops. Rather good...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benfi (490) - DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
Pours deep and shiny red with a decent head, aroma of orange marmalade with some mango notes, flavor is bitter and crisp with some grapefruit skin and orange juice, medium to full bodied, tasty

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2664) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Awesome beer. The aroma is caramel, bread, toffee. The appearance is clear red, off-white head. The flavor is caramel, bread, nice. Medium/thick in bosy. The finish is caramel sweetness, followed by light pine hop bitterness. Excellent. Malt forward all the way. Like a really good Irish Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (993) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2012
35 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear reddish amber with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is very malty with a little fruity hops as well. Flavour follows the aroma with a fairly bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 14, 2012
Pours deep and shiny red with a decent head, aroma of orange marmalade with some mango notes, flavor is bitter and crisp with some grapefruit skin and orange juice, medium to full bodied, tasty

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (444) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Sample poured from a bottle. This beer adds a smooth, citrus, sweet twist to that distinctive Lagunitas hoppy/malty taste. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3001) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
12oz bottle 8/7/12 (Cellar Rat-MCI)-Pours a medium red with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and hops. Taste of the same with some more hops. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. Nice brew.


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