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RATINGS: 947   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (297) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Mmmm. Lots of familiar lagunitas aroma. Hop flavor and a tailend of malty sweetness. Very familar. 3.99!!!!! Worth picking up again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sailracer (399) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Strong hop aroma, like an IPA. The color was a clear brown, but not quite as coppery as I had hoped. Not too bitter and relatively easy to drink. Good, but it didn’t do anything to distinguish itself.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollinsr (383) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a rich copper with off-white head. Aroma is strong pine citrus with underlying resin. The flavor has more of the pine bitterness that washes across the palate and then leaves a light caramel sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2144) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a rusty amber color with three fingers of sticky eggshell foam. Nose is earthy rye spice, graham cracker, citrus and sappy pine. Palate is silky creamy and delicious with a nice rustic grain character that provides a big malty backdrop for the spicy earth to linger and punchy citrus and pine flavors to ebb and flow till the bitter finish. Another perfect beer from Lagunitas !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (378) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2014
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma is initially that of fresh baked bread and, more specifically it’s crust. There’s also a warm, sweet caramel (that flirts with butterscotch), pine, wood, sweet orange citrus, and amellow herbal quality. It pours a deep, rich, clear, effervescent copper orange and is topped with a big, creamy soft, off-white head consisting of an even distribution of small bubbles. A hefty layer of head is retained throughout the drink, leaving a thick soapy ring and a soap-puff island with a light puff filling in the rest of the surface layer. It also leaves lots of messy, soapy lacing. The taste is a medium high bitter and sweet - pleasantly blended. There’s an above average amount of active carbonation with a slick, full body. The finish is dry and mostly caramel and pine with secondary notes of bitter citrus peel. A combination of bread crust and rye come through in the aftertaste which is strong, but cleans up after a brief stay. There seems to be a touch of mint in the aftertaste as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1019) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
~Citrusy grapefruit aroma with pine and resinous woody notes. Sweet caramel malt. ~Pours a copper color with light haziness. Big dense frothy yellowish white head that last. ~Resinous woody hop flavor with loads of maltiness of caramel, bread and biscuits. ~Full bodied, with medium low CO2, Lingering woody bitterness. ~I was expecting this to be a typical over hopped Lagunitas seasonal beer. I’m glad they went over a bit to the maltier side. Hoppy for sure, but also plenty of malt character to keep the malt mongers happy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Light malt character with biscuit, cracker and bread with a mild hop finish. Short finish and a clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (774) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Tap. Orange/red pour with white head. Smells of sweet malts and hops. Very nice balance to the beer with just a slight lingering bitterness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1287) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bomber thanks to respertftw. Amber copper with a spotty head. Sweet pine and malt aromas. Stinging hops with a crisp bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mandylee (50) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Great coppered-amber color. Fresh light aroma with a similar taste. Lovely fruity finish, not overly hoppy. Impressive for a low price.


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