reebtogi (4573) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong IPA dark orange in colour. This is the finest of the Lagunitas beers in my opinion. Heavy malt character and slight fruitiness, with a strong bitter hoppiness.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A crisp IPA that stands out from the crowd. The body was dark orange. The aroma was caramel and grapefruit with not much else. Nice strong aroma. The taste was bitter with grapefruit and peanut shells. There is also some caramel. Finishes clean. Nicely done.
OldMrCrow (2081) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 22oz bottle.
Aroma of yes, big hops, but also off-smells of boiled cabbage with a whiff of burning transformer. The flavor is malt-heavy, offering plenty of bitter hop oils but bringing with it the vegetal flavors of kitchen peelings compost and rather unpleasant (in a beer) iron-pot balti flavors. In mouthfeel, the beer seems to split two styles; itís two thick to be a thirst-quenching IPA and too thin to be a mouthwarming sipping IIPA.
6 ounces into the bottle, Iím left underwhelmed and wondering what to do with the remaining 16 ounces.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden witha tal head, deflates into an aroma of pine and a light citrus, Subtle spearmint. Nice and sweet,of honey and fruits, and frankly not that bitter in the mouth. After some warming and waiting (in the mouth and the glass) the hops start to come through. Seems to be an american hop, centenital or warrior. Very drinkable but very sweet for the style, and thin on the back of the tounge. Worth a revisit to further explore this beer.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich hoppy IPA with more malt than is typical for a CA IPA. Nice flavor complexity in both nose and mouth. Dark (for an IPA) pour, big head, med-full body.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a small semi-creamy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of floral essences, citrus and pine hops and a touch of candy sugar. Flavor is hoppy with lots of nice citrus and pine flavor, rather dry. Light sweetness underneath the hops. Very nice and tasty west coast double IPA from a brewery Iím coming to respect more and more.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer looked absolutely beautiful in the glass, red/brown amber, with a nice head and lace. Orange sweetness with lots of citrusy hops, long-lasting orangey bitterness. Fairly well-balanced, fruity but with a subdued hop nose. A little sticky, with a slight alcohol warmth. Thick mouthfeel with a lot of bubbles.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Pours a golden amber brownish color, big bubbles. Big white head, somewhat lasting. Strong hop aroma-citrus, bitter, sweet. Semi-bitter, semi-sreet taste, small sour hops aftertaste, pretty smooth.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a bright copper with just a perfuntory head. Very hoppy on the nose. That hop profile continues on into the mouth with some sweet, caramel that attempts to ward off the hop attack. I prefer my 2IPAís with more of a stand-off between the two. This was more of an IPA IMHO.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is an IPA ! Thin head on a orange body. Obvious hoppy flavour, a bbit sweet, interesting fruity hints, including some lemon, quite a beer !