MarkBarnes (402) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Feb. 4, 2007; 22 oz. "bomber" purchased for $3.99 at Chanatryís Market, Utica NY. Amber pour; thin, quickly-dissipating head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is tastefully muted, but just as neatly balanced as the outstanding round, full-bodied -- and eminently smooth -- flavor & palate.
Like Lagunitasí excellent flagship IPA, this Imperial weighs in at the lighter end of the scale for its style (7.5% ABV, 72 IBU), thankfully eschewing over-the-top "novelty drink" status. The result is the most "drinkable" -- almost session-worthy -- IIPA Iíve yet tried.
Life is wonderful when people make beer like this.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz from Liqourama: Iím sorry, I thought this was a wonderful beer. It was a beautiful amber color with a nice frothy head, with smell of pine, citrus and caramel. The taste was of the same. Lots of hops, malt. Carbination was at minimum, and it is very smooth. I would love to have more.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 I love the beautiful look of this beer. Its really cloudy with a dark orange hus and off white lasting head. The aroma is that of a good IPA, citrus and sweet. I think overall this is a supper yummy beer. I donít like to rate based on category, but this is not an imperial/double IPA. My girlfriend, who is not a bitter fan, didnít even think this was bitter. I didnít either.
robinvboyer (3876) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 aroma is all citrus, and hops!
one of the better IIPAís iíve had. i havent had many, but man this is great stuff! love it! flavour is all citrus, and bitterness
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Perfect execution of the IIPA/DIPA. Not over the top like some of the great ones out there, approachable yet assertive at the same time. Cloudy orange/copper color, great head, First you start with the citrus/frutal grapefruit, pineapple gifts of the generous hopping no doubt. Finishes nicely wiht what iíll describe as a smoky/peaty taste.
I like it . A good introductory beer for anyone that wants to start with imperial IPAs.
Stonebrook (25) - USA - JAN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wanted to try an IPA, but didnít know where to go. So I chose this one, based on the good things Iíve herad about it. Man, it was good. Smell is really strong and faintly of orange. Pours a dark amber color with no head to speak of. Taste is very strong, so you know what your drinking. Would buy this IPA again.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper body topped by a medium off-white head. This is a very clean IIPA. The relatively low abv is well hidden so the beer feels like an intense IPA rather than an IIPA. Grainy malts, peppery hops, low sweetness, oily body. Very hoppy with medium bitterness. Excellent, trully a maxi-must.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Oily-looking pour coalesces into a cloudy copper/orange hue. Uninspiring beige head nonetheless leaves a legacy of creamy swirls on the surface of the beer and glass. Upfront woody, grapefruity hop nose; pineapple/tangerine, caramel malt, diacetyl, and plastic mingle in its wake. Sappy and sugary on the tongue, woody and herbal with a huge pine/rosemary character. The fiinish is abuzz with charred sugar, orangey hop spice, and warming ethanol. Moderately full palate; gritty. Ashtray and pithy bitter aftertaste. Woefully identical to any grapefruit-and sugar "C-hop" double IPA.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a lasting white head. Obvious hoppy aroma, some pine, light floral, although I detect sweet glazed donuts... ? Anyway, body is light for the style, not thick or viscous like other 2IPAís. Real citrus bite to this one. A decent beer, not too complex, not overloaded with hops, just easy drinking and tasty.
jimvy (131) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy copper with a thick, creamy off-white head that last and laces the glass. Aroma is a blend of citrus, pine and resiny, with a hint of malty sweetness. Palate is medium, carbonation is medium, with very fine bubbles adding a light prickly sensation. Flavor is a very good balance of hoppiness and malty sweetness. For an imperial, you could complain that itís not hoppy enough, but I find the balance very pleasing, much like that of DFHís 90 minute IPA. Good hoppiness, but not overly bitter or astringent. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, one of the better ones Iíve had from Lagunitas. Definitely recommend.