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RATINGS: 1136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2007
This was good. It poured a dark gold with a nice head. The sweet malt came in first, coating the mouth, followed by a strong hop finish. It seemed fuller bodied and stronger than a typical Red.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (931) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Draught > Flying saucer. I like this. Perfect mix of sweet and bitter. Starts sweet and smooth then finish hoppy. Great beer, IMO. Definitely my favorite Lagunitas thus far.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours reddish copper color with lite brown head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste of grapefruit and sweet malt with bitter after taste. Aroma and taste of lite Double Bastard, outstanding ASA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 This is a rich, flavourful beer with complexity, body, great balance and a pleasant, flowery element in the finish. It’s full of strong flavour, yet very drinkable and smooth. A nice reddish-brown, it has a rich foamy head with good lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
clear. looks dark brown. tastes pretty creamy, doesn’t have any aroma. kinda watery, but pretty good. malty. bitter back end, pretty alcoholic. i guess i like it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Not as strong or syrupy as i was expecting. A very nice hop scent and taste of hops, hay and celery with slight spices and a very fruity malty balance. Medium body with a crisp yet smooth palate. Finishes a bit flowery but not overwhelming. The finish could be longer and more pronounced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (2133) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2007
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Dark amber/red color with flat tan head and lace. Strong fresh hop aroma. Very fruity malt taste with clean dry finish hoppy, slightly cinnamony finish that almost hurts. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Pretty tasty, a little different from the usual IPA glut.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
tap- big centennial hop aroma, and nice hop flavor (fruity, not super citrussy though) which is not overwhelmed with alcohol or hop bitterness.Not carmelly or overly malty which tends to bother me in ambers. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Copper pour. Small fizzy tan head. Aroma is spicy hops, caramel, flowers and raw nuts. Taste is hoppy and semi-sweet with caramel, nuts, citrus fruits and spicy hops. Some flowery notes there as well. body is medium with a strong carbonation feel. Lots of burping with this one. Ends with more spicy and floral hops, citrus fruits and oils, caramel and doughy malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
NW hops on the nose, piney and citrusy, caramel malts hidden in there too. Pours a dark red/amber with a dense white head. Very hoppy, not that balanced up front, there is a malty sweetness in there, and i get some good malt flavor on the back end. Its an IPA thats red. Still very tasty.


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