beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a gold/copper with a thin lacing white head. Scent is fresh cut pine and caramel. Taste is citrus sweet and piney bitter. Good stuff.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Federal, Durham. Handsome pour, like the regular Lucky 13, a gleaming deep orange with faint cloudiness and sediment, and a nice thick one-finger head. Nose is aggressively hoppy still, but with a sweet smooth addition that’s both Alt in style (or so it seems, given the hefty malt additions) and alt in variation. Sharp citrus and dry hops are everywhere in the taste, but there’s a ripe yeast and sweet toffee at the core that give this one its distinction from the base. Enjoyable too.
Arayaga2 (2099) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mildly hazy with a thin white head. Sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop aroma. Taste is sweet and lemony, with red grapefruit backbone that fades into resiny bitterness and alcohol. $5/22oz
VertBaconStrips (2300) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This will be good - smells awesome as soon as I cracked the cap. Light amber, totally clear with a small white cap that sticks to everything. Excellent aroma - face full of citrus and pine hops, orange, apricot, lemon, sweetness and lots of it, sticky caramel and rrgf. Just smells so yummy. Great taste after the first sip and never quits. Big sweet, bitter tangy mess that satisfies constantly. Caramel, floral and citrus melded to perfection, rrgf, pine, light alcohol, nectarine, melon, goodness. Creamy, rich, more than medium bodied, malty, bitter and fruity finish. I dig. Not that different than other Lag brews but who cares?
bnoel09 (572) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from the brewery. Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar glass. Color is a deep orange/amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is a touch of sweet caramel malt and a ton of resinous and citrusy hops. Flavor matches the aroma well. Hops are definitely at the forefront of this beer, like most Lagunitas offerings. Palate is slightly astringent with light carbonation and a nice warming from the 8+% ABV. Overall a very good beer.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smelled of hay and hops poured nice golden orange with decent head and good lacing taste of hops and bread
dwyerpg (5489) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely sweet aroma. The flavor isn’t quite as sweet as the aroma, which is good. A bit sticky sweet still, but some dry hops in the finish.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is a clear reddish brown with some off-white head. Classic Lagunitas hop aromas of resin and grapefruit with lots of bready malt as well. Flavor is malty up front with a nice hop bite. Toffee, caramel, floral hops. My only complaint with this beer is it started to be a bit too sweet for me which made it difficult to get through the bomber.
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. Golden pour, clear. Small creamy white cap. Lots of sweetness in the aroma, deep caramel, brown sugar, also has citrusy hops. Flavour has a lot of malt sweetness, some toasty notes with a lot of caramel and toffee with cutting grapefruit bitterness. Some brown sugary, toffeeish malt in the finish with late acidic hops that linger. Some alcohol present. Medium body and average level of carbonation.
Reid (2276) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.69
Clear and darkish golden beer with a huge,thick and frothy off white head.
Extremely pungent hop aromas,resiny and deeply herbal..some caramel malts also appear.
Taste is well balanced with a huge chewy caramel/toffee malt presense and an equally terrific dank resiny hop over load..a titanic clash!..hops win in the end though.
Ok on the palate..the two immense competitors meld well.
A good beer but not one of Lagunitas best.