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RATINGS: 934   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1224) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle from 3 Cellars. Pours a very clear orangey-copper with a bit of a foamy head, terrific glass-coating lacing. Aroma has somewhat muted grassy citrus hops. Quite floral and sweet smelling. Taste brings a sweet piney-citrus flavor, with a lot of resin and some sweet caramel. Some alcohol presence. Crisp and clean. Finishes sugary and bitter without a lot of length. Not exactly what I was expecting for an AmStrong, but a nicely tasty brew probably in the "alcoholly pale ale" category.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1145) - 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 ní 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 (196) - - 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 isnít 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 (1023) - 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 Iím liking the red Lagunitas better than the paler ones, though I havenít 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sailracer (399) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Strong hop aroma, like an IPA. The color was a clear brown, but not quite as coppery as I had hoped. Not too bitter and relatively easy to drink. Good, but it didnít do anything to distinguish itself.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollinsr (383) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a rich copper with off-white head. Aroma is strong pine citrus with underlying resin. The flavor has more of the pine bitterness that washes across the palate and then leaves a light caramel sweetness.


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