wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer starts with a deep, brassy hue capped by a moderate and white frothy head. Hops are at the forefront in the aroma with big elements of spruce, grapefruit and orange. The malts are subdued, merely a touch of cookies and light caramel. Beginning with a light caramel sweetness, a bold hoppy prelude and strong fruity acidity, there is a slow malt fade as the finish reveals a sharp and striking hop bite. The finish is off-dry, the texture managing a certain slickness despite the bustliing carbonation. I could easily do without the caramel presence and a drier finish, but this is still a very effective hop vehicle and a good (non-barleywine!) DIPA.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Duvel glass a hazy orange/amber color with a medium white head. Aroma of piney hops. Big beer flavor you’d expect from a 2IPA and then some. Full of hop bitterness from start to finish, a hop lovers delight. Backed by a mild malty sweetness to balance the flavors rather nicely. The hops left my taste buds tingling for quite a while afterward. This is one nice big beer. If you like hops, try it.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Aroma of orange hop resins. Taste is aggressive with hop resins that are fruity and piney. Notes of toffee, grapefruit, and pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and resinous with lively carbonation.
mgmike4 (30) - valencia, California, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The flavor had some similarities to an amber ale...very strong malt presence and sweetened with carmel. Aroma was piney and some notes of grapefruit. Alcohol was somewhat noticable but not overwhelming. 7.5% got to me pretty well. Palate was the best part....well balance of dryness and biterness.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, with a thick tan head. Sweet hoppy aroma, almost like the sweetness in fruit or flower’s aroma. Medium body with a bigger malt flavor than anticipated. A bit sweet and lingering in the finish.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma is fresh floral and grapefruit hops with a little malt tossed in for good measure. Pours transparent orange with a small head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is crisp and tart. Very tasty IIPA.
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lighter amber color, kind of a vibrant oragne color; only slightly hazey. Lively carbonation with a lasting pale yellow head that stays around and leaves a generous amount of lacing. Aroma is
subtle, but complex with hints of citrus. Flavor is sweet citrus (not overpowering) and the bitterness is good, but subdued at first and slowly builds up through the sweetness. The 72.41 IBU doesn’t nail you all at once. The bitterness lingers through the finish and becomes a little dry. Alcohol is very well integrated with only a hint in the flavor toward the end. Gets better and better the more you drink. Lagunitas is another brewery that is quickly gaining my favor!
12 oz bottle (7.5% alcohol), $ from Belmont Party Supply.
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange colour. Off white head with broad lacing. Big aroma. Hoppy and malty flavour, like a true IPA. Lingering finish, you don’t want it to leave. It’s warm and humid with thundershowers, like a Mashonaland afternoon. Perfect day for a Lagunitas Maximus. This is from the bottle. I’ve had it on draft at my local and it’s even better
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had never heard of Lagunitas, and just picked this up at Green’s. Damn glad I did. Poured to the expected golden orange with thick off-white head that stuck around for the whole glass, and left excellent lacing. Aroma was very hoppy citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemons, and taste was more of the same. Palate was very bitter and dry, but with a hint of sweet malt. I had the bomber, and drank it slowly, so that at the end, I was beginning to feel the effects of the 7.5% alcohol. This was a mosyt excellent beer, and I hope to try more.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good citrus aroma, a decent blend of lemon and lime. Very orangey look with thin head. Good taste with slight alcohol hit. Decently smooth and very drinkabale. Good balance. Pretty good IIPA.