harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes and smells like it just came fresh out of the oven. A very doughy fresh bread aroma. This was not nearly as strong as I expected it to be, I was looking for something along the lines of Ruination, but was instead nicely balanced and complex with lots of caramel malts and delectible hops/ Lots of different fruity and floral arrangments going on with each sip, and absolutely no achohol burn present in any sense. A session strong ale if you will.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is not of a strong floral hop as expected but of an almost "hop bread" aroma, not hoppy, not yeast, but a harmony of the two, hard to describe. Flavor was not as hoppy as expcted, balanced and complexly malty. This I could drink all night, not bad at all, alcohol isn't detectable whatsoever.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop, hop hooray! This didn't remove my enamel, it removed my teeth! Very "beery" hops in the aroma, emanating from surprisingly light amber body. Aromas of cut grass, citrus, pine, vanilla bean, sage and thyme abound. ?First sensation upon swallowing is a cutting sweetness that slides under the doormat of the flavors. The flavor is all orange, tangerine, flower petals, and alcohol, all under the auspices of an intense bitterness, of course. Finishes with considerable sweetness and a prominent numbing sensation in the back of your throat.
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish/brown hue with a massive white head and great lacing. Aroma is very piney and roasted. Hints of grapefruit, butterscotch, and allspice. Starts slighhty sweet but then the large pine taste rushes to the palate like a Defensive End after a Quarterback on 3 and 20, eyes wide open with a goal of complete domination. To say the finish was bitter would be saying that the Mona Lisa is a nice painting, very understated. A palate destroyer for sure, I'm gone to eat a box of Grape Nuts to clean my palate...Wicked brew for your favorite hophead, but why share?
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with some sediment and a fully puffy white head. Strong hoppy and caramel malt aroma. Body starts lightly sweet and becomes more bitter and hoppy finishing with a sticky, dry bitterness. Decent, almost syrupy palate brings out some more malt, but in the end fails to balance the tremendous amount of hops.
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting and hoppy aroma, faintly woodsy and earthy, with some tangerine and pineapple citrus, herbal spice and toasty, caramel malt sweetness. Light orange-amber color, unfiltered and heavily sedimented, with a fine, creamy head. Good dosage of fresh piney, fruity, citrusy and spicy hop bitterness and flavor, blended nicely with toasty, sweet, light caramel malt. Finish is nicely bittering and juicy. Quite tasty.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a beefy IPA. Something in the Arrogant Bastard realm. It was cloudy amber and somewhat sweet and malty at first... Good hoppiness that finishes very bitter and dry. I like it.
haddon90 (1451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep amber color in the pour, a nice head that lingers along the glass. Malty presence in the aroma as well as the hops. Nice taste with a bite on the hops. A very good strong ale. I'll certainly buy it again.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown colour with a medium, quickly diminshing head. Fairly large malt presence in the aroma, that mixes well with the pine and hop cone notes. . . Good flavours on the tongue - grapefruit and pine . . but the strong bitter palate could use some finishing and rounding out - some spice or soft fruits would have been nice - this is overhopped without enough accompaniments. Overall still a nice IPA, but a bit too much for me.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 great golden amber color with a very small head. Very hoppy with an exceptional after taste. Lagunitas does not make a bad beer and this is no exception. However i prefer thier standard india pale ale and not the Maximus.