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RATINGS: 1121   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (890) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 12, 2014
22 Fl. Oz. Bomber. Pours copper, clear, nice off white head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, some malts and some yeast. Taste is quite hoppy but nicely balanced with malts. Super enjoyable and very drinkable. Good stuff...!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2014
22oz in Seattle. Rich mahogany brown. Strong red fruit, molasses and alc aroma. Carries through the body. Solid, tasty beer, but not very subtle. Rich, love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (625) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottled sample. Pours with a dark copper colour and off white head. Grapefruit flavours with malty notes. Oily texture with hoppy bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (166) - Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2014
clear amber color with a thin off-white head. aroma is light pine and malts. Flavor is pine hopes, caramel, and toast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamT (211) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2014
1pint bottle from The Beer Store Wilson. Copper colored hue, good clarity (can see through glass), with somewhat lasting light brown fizzy head. Decent lacing. Strong citrus hop, some sweet floral, light malt and pine aromas. Light bitter orange citrus hop and some floral taste up front with a grapefruit and lemon peel finish. Once it sits for a bit more of a floral taste mixed with citrus hop dominates the taste. Lively carbonation, dry texture on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1100) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a clear golden copper color with a rich, tan, well-retaining head. Some light toffee aromas are barely noted through the monster west coast hop profile. Wet mouthfeel with moderately harsh hop heat. Toasted malt does all it can to adequately provide a backbone for this hop giant. But it brought a knife to a gunfight.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Really nice, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced and not too hoppy or bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2014
This beer smelled very hoppy yet the taste was mostly a thick yet smooth malt. Nice heavy palate with a sizeable head. Hints of caramel and slightly boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1405) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, rust-red appearance, bubble streams, lots of white, cottony sediment, and some lace curtain left behind. The aroma is of pink grapefruit, medium-roasted malts, and bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with sweetness and a touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale finishes semi-dry and quite refreshing. No alcohol pick-up in the flavor. RJT

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (700) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Poured from 1pint 6fl oz bottle. Clear, amber brown with full off-white-to-beige head. Grassy and piney hops with caramel and toffee malt backing. Medium body.


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