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RATINGS: 1122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Nicely done. A solid red thats amped up. Very crisp as are most Lagunitas, yet full of complexity.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Beautiful scarlet brew with a nice eggshell head. Ample carbonation. A nice malty, caramel-laden, brown-sugar infused brew with honey, hops, and citrus that add depth. Solid but not mind blowing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, which carried the beer throughout. Smooth with just a little bite to it. Another solid Lagunitas beer. as stated on the bottle- Doggone Good! Great lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onslow (1232) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Clear deep reddish brown ail with generous tan head. Aroma of resin, brown sugar, malt. Taste is sweet malty with a solid resin hops, a bit of earth and molasses. Heavy deep and flavorful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (980) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours gold amber with medium-coarse head, moderate rate of decay. Aroma is caramel, whole wheat flour, touch of orange juice, floral notes. Body is oily, syrupy, medium weight. Flavor is bitter orange peel, a touch of dark caramel with lots of sap underneath. Not a huge hop flavor, surprisingly malt dominated beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3175) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Bomber from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep clear copper with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma: Strong pine/resin, deep dark toffee and brown sugar, burnt sugar, somewhat peppery, a bit of dark dried fruit, big and good. Palate: Medium++ body, fine carbonation. Flav.: Quite malty with big resinous/pine hops, peppery, berries, brown sugar, more peppery-ness; dry with fairly good bitterness and a long, resinous/dank and rich yet severe malt finish.

Well-made and not to be taken lightly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4396) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber-red colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, fruit, berries, caramel, citrus.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, berries, fruit, caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (206) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
This is just an overall solid beer. Pours a dark ruby/copper color with a thick, eggshell head that lasts. I don’t get a lot out of the nose (might be a cold though), but I get a IPA like smell - floral and pine. I like it a bit more as it warms, as I get more malt that way. Smooth mouthfeel. Malt with a hops (citrus hops? as I occasionally think of grapefruit), and pine taste. Bitter but not an overall bitter bomb. Great balance. Nothing extreme about it, just a solid beer that I will drink again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Livendadream (139) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Btl pours slightly hazy shimmering ruby color, with a thick tan head that hangs around for a while leaving lots of lace on glass. Smells of sweet candy, pine, evergreen tree sap,grapefruit, bread and an alpine valley after a rain storm.Tastes of caramel, pine,grapefruit,toffee and holiday cookies?Medium body, lively carbination,tingly yet smooth mouthfeel and a mildly bitter sweet finish. This is a spectacular red! The alcohol is hidden well, does not taste like %7.8abv. The hop flavors taste fresh and bold. The hop aromas are glorious. A very drinkable,well balanced red. I don’t know why but this beer reminds me of Christmas time.My new favorite!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (350) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lagunitas Imperial Red pours an amber copper with a thick creamy beige head that lasts a good minute. The aroma is caramel, floral, biscuits and some pine. The flavor is fresh biscuits and caramel on the front end with floral and pine hanging on into the aftertaste. Overall this is a solid beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (322) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
22 oz bottle. It pours a reddish orange with a small white head. It has a hoppy grapefruit aroma and a malty caramel aroma. It is fairly bitter and very malty. It has a strong grapefruit taste along with a grass taste and some pine. There is a lot of caramel malt flavors in the background. This is a very good beer. I’d buy this one again and will try to drink more by this brewery in the future.


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