nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Earthy, mega-hop aroma. Filtered, relatively transparent orange-tan color with a moderate, lacy head. Big bitter hop taste, an all out IBU assault, with a slight syrupy mouthfeel. A little alcohol warming in there as well. Hoppy, enjoyable, but hardly strikes any new ground. The price is right though, less than half the price of beers that are far less superior. Worth a try.
kramer (4359) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, via cloudskipper. Pours a clear dark gold, great foamy off-white head with good retention that left lots of sticky lacing. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine on the nose with a good bit of sweet crystal malt, light honey. The flavor is way too centered on the crystal malt for me. The hops are citrusy and moderately bitter, but also a little metallic on the finish. The finish is like sucking on pennies. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a slight resiny stickiness. Moderate soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, this one just didn’t hit it for me. The more I drank of it the more metallic it got.
raphael (806) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich fruity smell, citrus approaching strawberry. clear body, minimal head (on tap at mickey finns), interesting balance among the mlat, hops and alcohol, hops coming n third. had two pints and could have gone for a third but i wanted to drive home.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Clark Street Ale House, Chicago. The pour was amber-red colored, good IPA-like head, ok retention and lacing. The aroma was piney and citrusey hops. The flavor followed suit, but the caramel and pineapples were a bit too distracting. The finish included an astringency, where Lagunitas is capable of doing better than this. Not bad, nothing great though within the style, could have been much bigger in hopping it stoopid!
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, shared by NachlamSie with me and muenster. Pours clear copper with tight off-white head. The aroma is quite hoppy--pineapple mostly, with orange, grapefruit, and some honeyish sweetness. The flavor has plenty of fruitiness, too, both from hops and fermentation. There are some more resinous hop notes and some hints of caramel after the initial fruity hops. Not as much straightforward bitterness as I had expected from "100+ IBUs" but there is a ton of juicy hop flavor. It finishes cleanly and leaves a dusty, hempy aftertaste. Yum.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared by NachlamSie. Pours copper/orange like a 3 year old penny. Very small beige head on this pour. Aroma is very citrusy, with lots of grapefruit and grass. Flavor is very fruity as well. Much more juicy than bitter. The mouthfeel is medium, a bit on the thinner side, only slightly sticky, but it fits well. Finishes quick, and so does the glass.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Bomber thanks to TheBeerCellar split with Tronraner and Muenster. Pours bright orange with a decent head. Yeah, thereís that hop stank I was craving. Itís in my face and bright with a blast of grapefruit, pine, oranges, and Mary Jane. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky. I could use more hops in the flavor, but the juicy delivery works pretty well. Pineapple and orange hit the palate with a drying, grassy finish. The sweetness is fruity and rereshing with suggestions of melons and flowers. This is such a smooth, slick IIPA. Very accessible for the style and I really enjoy it. My only desire would be to have more aggressive hop quality in the way of flavor, though it is nice to mellow out with this one for a change.
[January 10, 2013]
I constantly buy this stuff because it is the best double IPA for the money. It stands toe to toe with virtually any other IIPA, price nonwithstanding. The hops are very portent when I can get a fresh bottle and since it came to Knoxville, that has been frequent. Itís that lovely dank, nasty hop stank that Lagunitas is so famous for. Itís herbal and intense with a garlicky flavor. I will continue to go nuts on this stuff for a while to come.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Tap @ Toronado on 08/26/08 (7 3 7 3 18). Dark golden color with a foamy white head. Crisp pine aroma and flavor. Clean, green, tight and wet. Such a powerful grassy pine aroma with a quick yet intense finish. Bottle (9 3 8 3 18). A nice rich golden color with a foamy white head. Fresh grapefruit, oranges and lemons spring from the bottle. A nice bright aroma with a smooth, bright and light flavor and texture that does not overwhelm.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From TheBeerCellar via trade. Thanks again! The pour was a clear copper color with solid white head that had some staying power and offered up good lacing. The aroma was mild citrus, pine hops, grass and some light malt. The flavor was tart citrus and grass and some almost syrupy sweetness cutting through. The mouthfeel was nice and the finish was razor sharp. A refreshing, clean drinking beer.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Toronado in S.F. Appeared like a double IPA in color. Modest head. Fruity hop aroma. As mentioned in other tasting notes, very fruity and juicy. The aroma and flavor were just heavenly. I can also add that it had the Lagunitas sugary sweet trademark, but there was enough bitterness that made it possibly one of the best DIPA’s I’ve ever tried.