hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 A clear amber beer with a small white head that doesnít last, but surprisingly effervescent, like champagne. The aroma is great: all hops, quite sweet and fruity (strawberry, cherry, apple). The flavor is unmistakably fruity, mostly grapefruit. Amazing hop flavor, Iím guessing lots of cascade. Finishes with hop bitterness but not as severe as some DIPAs, and no trace of alcohol heat. They must have gone crazy with the dry hopping.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ah finally got around to trying it. Was a bit surprised to see that they used a hop extract. I still get a vegetative type taste from the beer which I thought was associated with whole cone.
Got a lovely hop aroma and the foam has a high bitterness. Its a lovely dark ale in color and has good head retention. Proper level of carbonation. And Iím a huge hop fan, so the flavor is just what Iím looking for.
It was recommended to me and I shall recommend it. Definitely going for another.
Reid (2046) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish copper hued beer, with a large thick and frothy eggshell white head.
Lashings of lace
Very vital citric aroma, mostly orangy but lemon and lime are there,also herbal.
Citric hop flavours mainlly, drying at the end, but this sure has a huge malt backing, its just that the hoppping is even huger! The bitter after taste is not as long lasting as I imagined.
Very nice mouthfeel to it.
A substantial brew in every manner, but strangely drinkable!
I had no problems polishing off a bomber.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Stone IPA glass. Copper color with small white head that dissipates quickly. A tremendous citrus aroma full of tangerine, grapefruit, orange and lemon assaults the nose. Really enjoyable. As it warms up, some malt sweetness comes through. Flavor is full of citrus with a little pine and herbal notes. Biscuit malt shows up later. Not a palate wrecker by any means as bitterness is restrained. Nicely carbonated but a little watery. Less sweet then other DIPAs, which is a good thing.
ghawener (1519) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Drank with my old man over dinner, he brought it back to El Salvador from San Diego, CA. IPAs are quickly becoming my favorites and this brew is great. Floral aroma with citrus, grassy, herbal notes. Taste is oily and resin bitter, starts hoppy and lets malts come through as it warms.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a clear light amber with a good lasting white head. The head produces very good lacing. Has a good healthy aroma of pine and grapefruit. Has good carbination and a wonderful mouthfeel. A watery texture and a medium body. This has awesome flavors and a good bitterness. A good finish. As an IPA lover I really enjoyed this one.
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Amber pour with 1 finger of white head. Pronounced hop aroma of pine and citrus, perhaps a tad strong. Has a nice hoppy flavor that parallels the aroma, although the aroma does overpower a little. Clean finish. Nice body. First rated 4/18/09. Rated again 8/19/11. It has improved slightly. 1st class IPA.
zizzybalubba (1588) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours dark orange with a thin white head. Big piney hop aroma that does not fade quickly. Flavor is pine and grapefruit. Moderate malt sweetness. The palate is a bit thin, not the sticky type of DIPA I am used to. Overall the flavor is certainly there but the palate lacks a bit. An excellent DIPA and probably the best offering from Lagunitas I have had to date.
yemenmocha (659) - 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 (1568) - 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.