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RATINGS: 936   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.


cooplander's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2012
red coper color, aroma of grapefruit, burnt caramel, pine, toast, flavors of grapefruit, pine, caramel, toast, sweet malt, great balance, nice amount of bitterness, dry lingering finish, great brew


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (864) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours a copper-ruby red with a two finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, dankness, tropical fruit, sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, light toffee, and some toasted malts. Taste is citrus, pine, tropical fruits, caramel, toffee, figs, dark fruits, sweet malts, toasted bread, and some very light booze. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy, semi-moderately bitter, medium-long, pretty well balanced finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, complex, and well balanced strong ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (907) - - AUG 22, 2014
Poured from bomber into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep copper-ruby color with a one finger head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite robust of hoppy smells with a great showing of pine and grapefruit citrus. Along with these aromas are some nice roasted malt and sweeter smells of caramel as well as sweeter dark fruit aromas of a bit of cherry and fig. Overall the aroma is quite nice. Taste – The taste begins with a very chewy and lightly toasted bready flavor with some hints of caramel sweetness within. While the nose had quite a bit of caramel, upfront the caramel is very light with it only gaining a little bit of intensity as the flavor moves onto the end. The nose also depicted a more hoppy aroma, which the taste was not upfront. There was a little bit of citrus grapefruit hop at the start, but it was light. As the taste advances however, the citrus gets stronger and is joined by a good sum of a pine hop flavor, with the two melding well with the very bready and roasted flavors of the brew. With a little bit of a herbal hop and some cherry and brown sugar that come at the end, a very pleasant and decently hopped but still roasted and lightly sweetened “red ale” taste is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for the big bready and red ale flavors of the brew, with them accentuating the pine and citrus hop nicely but yet still maintaining enough effervescence and thinness to be good for the sweeter flavors of the brew. Overall – Another great brew by Lagunitas with tons of fantastic flavor and at one fantastic bomber price. They are consistently one of the better (if not the best) breweries for the cost. Well done!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Epitome of the style . . . and an imperial, too! Think of everything you expect from a red ale, and this is it. Well balanced. Recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougHnut70 (60) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass from Safeway @ 4.59 on sale. Dark red, almost clear, thin off white head. Smells faintly like a fresh n’ fruity IPA. Taste starts with the usual tropical fruits and pine then hits a battle of rich sugary malts with a big hoppy (lagunitas-ish) bite at the same time. Hops wins, then a carmel, herbal, warming backbone to finish. Very easy to drink for a 7.8%. This Red DIPA has to be listed in the top 3 red ales out there. Limited release to try it while you can. This is easily worth the price.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shpongloid24 (3) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
Amazing red ale filled with flavor. Had a star fruit like aroma and was a beautiful deep red color. Medium head, white/ offwhite in color with a small amount of lacing. Great flavors both bold and subtle. Wish I could lick the glass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2014
bomber shared. poured a medium clear red with white head. nice malty aroma underplayed with hops. flavor is very smooth with a medium malt base and a medium hops bitterness. smooth smooth smooth. very tasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (455) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a clear copper to ruby color. Thin white head that lasts with some lacing. Hoppy, malty, sugary, lemon and pine aromas. A bit of a slick oily texture. Lots of malt backbone. Malty, grassy, spicey with a perfect bitter balance. Bitterness lingers with hints of grapefruit.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (197) - - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber, frothy head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Malty aroma of hay, bread, cereal and a subtle funky moldiness that isn’t all-together that unpleasant. Lightly bitter medium sweet taste, average up front carbonation but a bit too much lingering carbonation and a lingering bitterness through the finish. Solid malt backbone, oily texture and medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1024) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Listed at 54.20 IBUs. Also says "ick" instead of "yum" on my bottle description. Pours a bronzed amber with a decent off-white head that settles to a thicker ring and film, leaving a wall of thick lace. Nose involves spicy chinook-esque hops, brown sugar, pine, citrus pith, toffee, herbal tea. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter. Medium to full bodied, quite oily, toward chewy yet not really, with a zesty herbal caramel finish. Pretty good, easy to drink, but it has something to it. I think I’m liking the red Lagunitas better than the paler ones, though I haven’t had the pils yet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (292) - 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


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