slowrunner77 (9013) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"imperial red in aroma and taste, although a little more spicy and malt heavy than expected. pretty hoppy and bitter/spice in the finish. a poor man’s Stone 13th IRA if you will. Good all around. Not nearly as fresh or flavorful as the Stone, but a solid strong beer. I still prefer Lagunitas Imperial Red to this one (and for less)"
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has a reddish orange color with good clarity. It is topped off with two fingers of thick light tan foam. The head has good retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass as it slowly fades. The aroma is full of citrusy and lighter pine like hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon zest. Underneath the big hop presence lays a mild malt sweetness. There are nice solid hop flavors throughout with pleasant mild malt backing. Notes of citrus and piney hops mix together on the tongue with sweet bready and lightly roasted grain before finishing with a pleasant level of hop bitterness. This seems to quickly flash off the tongue. The texture is smooth with mellow carbonation.
Darkmagus82 (2182) - - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-23-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a one finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of a hoppy citrus grapefruit mixed with a floral and pine hop smell. Along with these hoppier smells comes some aromas of a sweet caramel and a little bit of a bready and fruity smell of melon and some other lighter fruits.
Taste- The taste begins with a smooth caramel and lightly bready flavor mixed with a moderately strong grapefruit hop taste. As the flavor advances sweeter tropical fruit flavors hit the tongue more toward the middle of the taste with the grapefruit losing some strength but being replaced by a mix of pine and floral hop. More toward the end, some other sweeter flavors join the now relatively stronger mix of citrus, pine and floral hop to leave a nice, moderately bitter but smoother flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both the carbonation and the body thickness are fine of the flavor profile and made for a easy drinking brew.
Overall- Not too surprising, but another good IPA by Lagunitas. A little more accentuated on the hops then some other of their brews and a little less balanced, but very tasty and enjoyable.
Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip glass, amber brown with minimal tan head, some lacing, light hop, malt aroma. Really good beer.
bth122 (1429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big bottle. Pours a hazy light amber. Medium head. Aroma is a caramel syrup, floral hop, resin, biscuit tofee. Medium bitterness. Sugary malts. Medium heavy body. Big malt, big hop. Not that great. Maybe old skunked?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
HKdIPA (613) - HONG KONG - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from QClub at home. Clear deep copper pour with dense foamy head and thick lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet with candied fruity hoppiness, apricot - smells great. Taste is big and hoppy (pine, pineapple, apricot) but with solid maltiness to support. Great balanced beer. Somewhat similar to a really hoppy dead guy.
kbudd19 (973) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Red amber pour, lots and lots of head with plenty of lacing to boot. Aroma, big, sweet, and malty, brown sugar, hops. Taste, lots of malty sweetness up front, followed by some nice hop presence, medium mouthfeel, finishes slight dry with some bitter sweetness, the bitterness lingers a bit. Overall it’s a touch sweet for my likings, still it’s pretty darn tasty.
MarkoR (865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bought in DC. Pours a deep orange colour with a generous white head with lots of lacing. Aroma is malts, bread. Taste is malts, hops, caramel. Yummy!
Bulk_Carrier (3359) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had an orange/amber/slightly brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that rises a bit and then falls leaving a decent amount of clingy foamy lacing in its wake.
The smell had a very caramel-forward, and a decent amount of breadiness, hopped just enough to keep the "hopheads" satisfied on this brew.
The taste had caramel flavored hops - well balanced, holey moley, very well balanced, caramel aftertaste, no finish.
On the palate, it sat about a medium, uh - maybe sessionable - perhaps.
The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me, becomes slightly creamy.
Overall, this is a very flavorful American Red Ale that is quite impressive with intriguing characteristics, well balanced, and I would most likely come back to this.
Lothore (614) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a deep sunset orange color with a nice, 2 finger head that leaves tons of lacing.
S- Very malty, tons of sweet brown sugar, bready notes.
T- Starts off sweet and malty, caramel and brown sugar notes are immediately followed with a wall of piney hops which fades quickly with a very dry and somewhat bitter finish.
M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.
D- This was a very enjoyable beer. Certainly one of the best i’ve had from lagunitas. If you’re expecting a red ale, you might be disappointed but it is a damn good beer.