JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Redlight. Light amber/straw color, thin white head. Nice strong citric hop aroma, quite strong for a pale. Smooth taste, nice crisp finish, delivers a lot of hops for a pale.
Lowe1983 (1297) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma with some caramel malts. Flavor is decently hoppy at first with some sweet caramel malt in the middle and a decent bitter finish.
BroSpud (1353) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz screwtop bottle. For some reason I found the Lagunitas IPA to be just average so I wasn’t expecting much from their pale ale but geesh, this is pretty good. In fact it could almost be considered an IPA as it has a such a good mix of pine and hop taste to it. Really good pale ale. I think I may need to retry their IPA.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Craft. Pours chill hazy gold with 1-finger white head. Nose is resiny hops, piney, peppery, with notes of tangerine. Tastes piney, sticky, on the bitter side, with resiny hops and tangerine flavors. Solid.
Cavie (3382) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange pour with loads of sediment. Sweet hops on the nose. Very tasty smell. Taste is sweet hops upfront with a stout bitterness that follows. Taste is a very dry bitter that finishes with a tad bit sweetness. Pretty good, I like it.
badlizard (5157) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Grass and caramel aroma and taste with some dandilion notes. Decent.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Citrus aroma, grapefruit, pines, lemon. Taste is clean bitter. Clear golden color with just a covering of head
snuffla (155) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
US trip Aug/Sept 2009 - Bottle - notes indicate i found this one citrussy with a nice clean finish. Good beer
Pawola22 (3096) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, orange-golden body with a finger-width, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of streaky lacing. Aroma explodes with hops. Lots of sweet, piney grapefruits, apricots, and papaya. A nice amount of sweet caramels and crystal malts keep this aroma balanced, but its clearly about the hops. Love it. The flavor is exactly the same. Tons of grapefruit pines and apricots with a medium bitterness level. Thinner caramels and crystals balance this nicely with a bit of a chewy feel. Light bodied with a crisp, dry finish and a very long lingering aftertaste of piney fruits and some wood. A light carbonation level makes this quite refreshing. Overall, I’m digging this. Lots of taste in a light, crisp bodied pale ale. This is a pale ale done right. Delicious.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to photomike. Brewery sources tell me that this is Dogtown blended with Kill Ugly Radio, and regular Dogtown is not coming back any time soon. Censored is also being phased out (thank god) if anyone cares. New Dogtown is a dark gold-amber hued beer with a lasting white head. Crystal clear as you would expect from a pale beer from Lagunitas. The aroma has some sugar-pine and tropical fruit going on, with some underlying caramel and cake. The flavor has a nice balance between piney hops and sweeter fruitiness. Bitterness just wins out in the finish, but you feel the malt is a light lingering sweetness and medium body. Going into this, it seemed like it should have been an IPA, but the balance and hops really suggest a robust pale ale with a nice malty body to go with the hops. No frills here really, but a nicely done pale ale