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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Medium red amber color. Large sized foamy white head. Aroma is grapefruity hops, floral hops and a touch of caramel malts. Medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are carmely. Fruity and sweet. Hops are prevalent (grapefruit, pine and floral). The hops tend to overpower the malts which sort of hang around in the background. Hides the alcohol well. Another in a long line of interesting and slightly different beers from Lagunitas. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brightly hued medium amber. Creamy and richly bodied. Toasted and roasted, with an underlying citrusy (orange) sweetness (caramel). Healthy bitterness and a little sourness. Juicy hops (herbs, grass, citrus, spruce). Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2477) - North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2005
Bottle, from Julioís. Great nose, sweet. Lemon/orange, pine, lite caramel. Clean brownish orange color. Ok head that faded quickly. Bitter flavors, same as aromas with emphasis on the lemon/orange, kinda metallic too. Medium body, oily sticky creamy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish that lingers. Nice brew, an IPA if Iíve ever known one. Way to go Lagunitas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 16, 2005
Bottle: This had a very subdued aroma, but it still had a floral and hop profile. Flavor is more resembling of a juiced up pale ale than an American strong. The taste is a little bit on the metallic side and hides some bitter hops behind it. Even though this has a small head it does leave behind a trail of lace, and the amber/brass hue is what you could expect in a beer from Lagunitas.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2184) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle Pours a clear deep redish copper with a large thick foamy off white head. Quite strong citrusy hops aroma right away. Flavor is mostly hops and alcohol. Feel is nice and heavy and smooth. Carbonation is pretty soft. The maltiness and woody flavors are a bit overpowered but not too much so. More like a robust IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 13, 2005
dark, clear, red pour, with a light tan head, whcih laces very well.. aroma is sweet hops. somewhat fruity background, with lots of citrus and grassy hops. The other users are right, tastes like an overhopped strong, or a weird IPA. still pretty good though. I dont care if it conforms to a style. medium mouthfeel. Pretty good, cheap and hits the spot if you want a hoppy ale.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2005
Hmm, I really want to love this beer, I really do, but thereís something holding me back. This is one of the beauties about rating beer: It forces you to be critical and analyze exactly what is going on with the beer. Pours a nice solid Amber color with a nice chunky head that lasted the whole beer and left a nice lace down the bottle. Aroma is pure hops. Flavor is off balance. Very, very hoppy, and Iím sure this should be an IPA instead of a Strong. Thereís some sweetness but itís almost cloying with the overabundance of hops < gasp > if there could be such a thing. Itís just out of whack. Palate is more on the Strong side than IPA, so thicker. It tries to be crisp but itís not. Overall, itís average. Not worth seeking out unless you want to see what too many hops can do to a beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2005
Mahogany cherry wood color, puffy head with spotty lacing. Nose of fresh hops, caramel malts and light roast. The flavor is chewy, thick bodied with a bit of extra residual sweetness that shows over the bitterness. Finishes a bit phenolic. Medium body. Fresh tasting but a bit unbalanced and too herbal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
Red golden color, some amber tinge. Nice white head, some lingering. Cascade type hop aroma, but milder than a Cascade monster IPA aromatic assualt, a definite sweetness detectable. Multiple sweet malt flavors (reminiscent of vine fruit-like sweetness, and earthy herbal like sweetness) want to be dominant, and are a major contributor to the flavor, but are slightly overcome by a citrusy hop character, particularly in the nose, with a great floral burst, and in the finish, where an acrid note of bitterness sustains the unusual but interestingly balanced mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Poured a reddish copper color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of melons, grapes, citrus hoppiness. Grassy, caramel malts, green apple taste, finishes citrus and pine, hoppy, bitter.


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