pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle thanks to andrew.... semi-transparent orange brown pour with a frothy thin off-white head.... a floral bouquet of lovely hops come through in the nose. for it being a few months old, iits still was quire nice. floral and tropical fruit hops mix well with some sweet syrupy underlying malt.... flavors were wet and juicy fruity hops, somewhat oily and resiny with a just a tinge of bitterness coming through in the finish. sweet malt play a nice balancing role. extremely drinkable......i gotta have this fresh sometime.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to drewbeerme. Amber with large creamy beige head. Aroma is citrus hops and caramel, very fresh. Very hoppy flavor, citrus, caramel, very hop forward, resiny, nice. Creamy medium body. This is a really fresh hop bomb.
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 Rerate; fantastic aroma. Impressions basically the same; no change.
Bottle courtesy of KieferUGA; when I first saw the bottle, wasn’t even sure it was a Lagunitas product. Aroma was really good with grapefruit, syrup, pine with some sugary aspects. Color was a clear orange with a small, creamyish white head. Flavor was very hoppy, but not overpowering. Good citrus and grapefruit, not too much balance, but that was not detracting. A light bit of sugariness, but overall there was not much sweetness. Laguintas puts out another good and affordable product.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brass-bronze with cream hopped head and sweet floral hop and grapefruit aroma that is full of resins and indicates the body may be way over-balanced. High octane hop flavor, with monster stickly sweetness and overwhelming profusion of hops. Great for a tasting, but more than a glass in a sitting is too much.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. ’08 vintage. bottled about 8 weeks ago. big thanks to jrop_21 for sending a bunch of these! pours semi-dark golden with white head. wonderful pnw hop aroma of grapefruit, pine, citrus, and a slight musty quality to it. flavors are juicy hops, grapefruit, orange, with a piney finish. full mouth feel and very slightly undercarbonated for my tastes. lots of hop flavor but alcohol and malt levels keep this from getting too messy. this still tastes really good so I’m sure I would re-rate this even higher if it was even fresher or on draft. except for that cask sample of old gnarley wine this is the best lagunitas has ever tasted to me.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear golden amber with a thin, dense head that dissipates leaving a slight swirl of foam on top and spots of lacing along the way. Smell is massive with green floral hops, pine resin and grapefruit jumping out of the glass and attacking my nose. Seriously big fragrant hop aroma! The taste also starts with fruity hops, mostly grapefruit and apricots, but has a bit more biscuity malt presence than the aroma. The finish brings back the pine for a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky with hop oils and good carbonation. This is a great DIPA and the best offering I’ve had from Lagunitas. When you factor in the price, this is absolutely one of the best beer values on the market.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy tpd975. Pours a clear copper with a one finger off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, and floral hops with a good dose of sweet malt and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. At Cole’s in Buffalo. Quite a light amber pour, clear, with a small head - I like my DIPAs to be cloudy-looking. but the aroma - jesus! - huge pungent fresh grapefruit and pine resin, and there’s crushed mint herbal character here too - yeah, some malt, but this is all about the eye-watering hops. Taste - yep, hoppy; at first you think "nice, a bit of a bite, but not that big" - then you breath in and and oxygen works on those patient alphas coating your tongue and after 2-3 seconds the REAL resin/pine/grapefruit pithy bite kicks in and you’re committed for the whole E-ticket hop trip - long, intensely bitter, increasingly alcoholic but that never overpowers (how could it?), and oh so fresh tasting. So it’s pretty one-dimensional - so what!? it’s a GOOD dimension: the HOP dimension, and I like the hops. Super beer - and damned big!
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at coles in buffalo- real good. Christmas tree juice, and quite offensive to those hop averse. Not me. Really liked the stickyness here. Great brew.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours a bright copper with a two-finger, light tan head. The aroma is delightful - the right blend of citrus hops and light, grainy, crystal malt sweetness. The flavor follows aroma - a nice blend of citrus hops with a touch of pine and well-balanced dose of crystal malt sweetness. Malt has light breadiness and moderate level of toasted bread (melanoidins). Beer gains in bitterness. Bitter finish is strong with pine and grapefruit, but balanced by firm malt backbone that maintains a light caramel sweetness into the somewhat dry finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety smooth with a light tickle from decent level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty and well-balanced double IPA - delicious.