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RATINGS: 907   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eastbayjay (9) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2012 does not count
I really love this Imperial Red. It's big and hoppy with a lot of complexity. Don't confuse this with an IPA, this hoppy monster finishes smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 7, 2006
Nose of heavy pine & citrus, no shortage of spicy burnt hops. Can’t wait to taste it. Pours a sparkling copper. The tall creamy bone head is fully lasting and leaves exceptional lace. The brew has a very exquisite balance in addition to a huge hops blast. The finish is a toasted masterpiece. The medium body is soft and creamy, the finish feels dry. Make no mistake, this is a HUGE beer. This is on par with anything from Stone, Alesmith, or 3 Floyds. Wow!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gobot (20) - commerce twp, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2010
This is a ridiculously good beer. If you like big, heavy, hoppy beers, then this is for you. Out-IPAs the best of them. Supremely balanced. I would buy a 6-pack of this in a heartbeat. Outstanding!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thetmaxx (742) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Poured from the bottle, aroma is very pleasantly hopped, smells like other lagunitas brews. Flavor is great. Nice balance of bitter and malt quite hoppy for a red which is great. Higher alcohol content is noticed. And this looks great in the glass. Clear red color with good head.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (920) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours clear, bright copper with a fluffy off-white head. Smells strongly malty, caramel, with some big hop notes. Taste is primarily hoppy with some solid malt backbone. Full-bodied with a slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Lagunitas Imperial Red finishes with a bitter kick.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Deep red amber with creamy, off-white head / Sweet, floral, pine, and molasses nose / Medium body with big, sweet, malts and sharp, chewy, hoppy finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, molasses, toffee, pine, and grapefruit / A very malty double IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2009
A pretty fruity aroma, some hops. Some lime and orange maybe. Now this is tasty. A great hop flavor, some sweetness, a bit of caramel malt. Overall awesome.

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.

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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (3669) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Strong aroma of grapefruit and caramel, with an enticing woodiness. The color is very red, decent clarity, and a thin yellow head. Medium body, wonderful thistle and grapefruit taste, smoky undertones. Finishes with a most perfectly complimentary bitter hop. The alcohol is felt in the belly not on the palate. Served in a frosted glass and was still superb!


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