DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a lighter than anticipated orange hops, hazy orange colour, small off-white foamy head. Flavour is hoppy, with some malt background, giving a nice balance to this medium bodied beer. Terrific!
Thanks again to Ralph @ Volo for being bold enough to bring these beers to Toronto!
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in Malibu at a canyon side B&B prior to my graduation. The aroma was had to get at due to the wind, but a brief trip indoors allowed for the discovery of full sweet malt and lightly crisp citrus hops. The brew was relatively nice looking, having an amber appearance, heavy carbonation, and a frothy head. The taste was sweet malt, including caramel and toasted malt. Some nice crisp citrus hops (orange and grapefruit are pronounced) but overall they are subdued for a 2IPA. A good brew overall and a nice drink. Glad I tried it. Don’t know if I would seek this out for the style though
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This drink wallops the hell out of your mouth with orange and grapefruit and juniper berry flavours. Bitter to the core. I don’t think I’ve had such an overwhelming hoppy drink in as long as I can remember. An EXTREME double to say the least.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conditions were hard to take notes in but these are the ratings and they stand. Good stuff. Well hopped with a good balance. Nice bitterness. People at the tent were cool.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAY 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a very cloudy beer, yeast sediment is highly visible. hoppy, malty and full bodied.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 Great beer, but not what I wanted out of the style. It’s a bit too sweet and not enough bitter in my opinion. Very similar to Hercules, if I remember correctly. Solid none the less. Thanks again to thefatmanrocks for sending this as a surprise, alongside two Double Bastards in a trade.
Tejas (868) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange. HUGE puffy white head. First impression is how malty this. I expected it to have more of a hoppy bite, especially for an IIPA. TONS of sediment. Too much so for my liking but nevertheless this is really drinkable brew that I’d happily drink again simply b/c it’s got a good flavor and is well balanced.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Sweet orange and hop juice nose, some fruity/grape and pineapple hints; full, round body and sweetness with a fresh citrus hop finish, chewy and sticky palate; I think the sweetness really holds up the substantial hoppiness of this brew; if you like their IPA, you’ll really like this. I’m so impressed with this brewer: Great Brew!
DYCSoccer17 (3301) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This has actually a musty caramelly malty aroma with some hints of citrus orange and grapefruit mixed in. This does not smell like your typical west coast IPA. Mildly hazy copper color with a small light tan/yellow head. Burnt toast flavors in the end. Almost like a burnt popcorn. Whoa. Some bitter hops, but definitely an overburnt flavor to finish. I don’t know if this was brewer’s intention or a bad offering. Theres a slight vinous sour character to start. This bottle might be off...
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright amber/orange pour, with a thin coating of lace that clings faithfully to the glass. Hard candy sweet, with a light aroma of citrus, fruity hops. Hoppiness is very subtle with this one, giving the malts a nice showcase. Toffee, caramel, hard fruits, and a pleasant peppery finish. Somewhat grassy. Full and rich mouthfeel. A grand imperial, great job Lagunitas!