yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light orange/golden with white head that retains well.
Nose is a light citrusy bliss, aimed towards lemon and ruby red grapefruit.
On the palate the ruby red grapefruit comes through, with delightful tartness, and other miscellaneous tropical fruits in the background. The mouthpuckering grapefruit never leaves center stage, however. Gentle biscuity malt is in the balance, but overall this is one whopper of a citrusy IPA.
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am truly surprised at the 99 overall rating on this beer. While it is a good DIPA, I feel it lacks the tongue coating resiny hop character of others in the Lagunitas line. It does sport an amazing citrus hop aroma and ample bitterness, and the lightly sweet malt backbone adequetly mitigates the bitterness, but the finish is quickly receding and I miss the long oily hop finish of its brethren.
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz twist-off bottle. Old label, 8.2% version. Pours a hazy orange with a creamy white head. Great lace. Awesome hop aromas. Big hop. Nice pine and a chunk of citrus. Lots of caramel. Mostly those good ole American Hops. Flavor a bold, rich caramel malt body. Sticky mouthfeel, just the way an DIPA should be. Very resiny. Very bitter, high IBUs. Bitter glands on the palate are in overdrive right now. Very smooth, creamy, and well balanced. Heavenly. I THINK I AM NOW STOOPID. I should pick up some more bottles and make a nice spicy goulash with it. So good and soo inexpensive!
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to the Easter Bunny for this one (rustychiles). Pours an exceptionally clear amber-tinged pils/orange color with a slow-forming head that reaches quite an unexpected, yet significant height. Aroma is of muted American hops...some citrus/orange/pine etc. and not much else. Small drinks of this yield next to no hop flavor...about the level of a pale ale. However, when imbibing large amounts of it I get the taste Iíve been hearing about. Nice and resiny/oily with good grapefruit/orange character. Afterwards I feel like Iím breathing pine needles. This is a very good deal for the price and is extremely well balanced, but I donít think that I would ever call it an Imperial/Double IPA or guess that it has over 100 IBUís. I think it lost a lot by going with hop extracts over the real thing. A very nice beer (and I am no hop head so that makes this even weirder to say) but Iíd like to see it hoppier. This scores highly with me, especially for an IPA, but if it had more floral aroma/character (which I think was stripped out) and had a bit bolder of a hop taste, it would have been a few points higher across the board.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber pour has sweet pineapple and bitter pine aroma. Taste is the same with an excellent body. This beer definitely used the perfect amount of malts to balance the outrageous hops.
daleharshman (932) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar (Escondido, CA). Pours a dark amber with a rather thin head that still manages to leave some nice lacing. Great aroma bright with hoppy citrus, flowers, and honey. The initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue quickly gives way to a pleasing alpha acid-inspired bitterness. First pine and then bittersweet flavors of citrus, namely grapefruit. The maltiness is there too, and creates a nice balance preventing this from going overboard (as some of the IIPAís tend to be). Pleasant bitterness in the finish that is not overpowering and does not compromise your palate for eating food or drinking other beers. Very nice. Rating #23; for this beer #444.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light orange with a head. Aroma was nice and super-hoppy with heavy citrus tones. Flavor as well is bold and super-hopped. Flavor is very good and has a very refreshing fruitiness. Makes me miss the west coast.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liquor Depot (Tampa, FL). Pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of apricot, citrus, sweet honey, caramel, hints of ripe grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, apricots, pine, honey, some light caramel. Generally medium body with a pleasing floral hop finish.
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear orange with nice finger head. It smells wonderful. Floral and orangey, slightly sweet. Very good beer, with residual sweetness. Bitter on the back of the tongue, but this hits all over the place. Piney and orange with a great body. This is an excellent beer.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden amber, very aromatic, nice big bubbly head with decent retention, much clearer and paler than expected, much like blind pig in color... Huge C hop aroma, very citrusy, not much malt profile very aromatic, nice... Orange, pineapple and grapefruit quite distinctly in the taste, not very bitter, not sweet, remarkably balanced, very drinkable, a top notch example... a bit dry, not too bitter in the finish, nice medium mouthfeel, not watery, not heavy bodied...