grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical dark yellow of a big IPA; nice, long-lasting frothy head. Big hops aroma of course. This is lemony and peachy, a bit more towards the "lighter" spectrum of hop aromas than the musky piney and grapefruity things I crave. Acidic, corrosively hoppy flavor, initially a bit more raw and abrasive than I care for, but then becoming a bit more piney and orangey like I like. Finishes relatively juicy and actually quite thick. Bitterness is not overwhelming to me. Nicely crafted.
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2010 On tap at Toronado in San Fran. I had this in a bottle some time ago but did not rate it. So this is for that tap: Big aroma very much the cool hop bomb of a beer. This was more bitter than the Pliny the Elder I had right before this. There is so much hop and punch that I could nearly taste cannabis. I need to find this again down here in So Cal.
6/02/09: Updated from 4 to 4.6. Incredible beer. Best beer for the money I can find.
10/07/10: Orig a 4, then 4.6, now I want to lower it again. Maybe this is unfair and this bottle is old or something. However when Iím shopping, I often look to see how (or if) iíve rated something. I now have to put this back down to a 3.9. I have had a lot of IPA and DIPA in the last 2 years so my palate is growing. This bottle tastes really skunky, in a not-good bad weed kinda way.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Rotten Apple in Grafton, IL. Pours golden copper with a light whitish head. The aroma is very hoppy with pine, tropical fruits and pineapple along with some light caramel malt highlights. Medium / full body with semi-soft carbonation. The flavor begins with lots of tropical hops, some pine and soapiness. The finish is very tropical with some funkiness and a bit of soapiness. A very well crafted beer.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big props to Lagunitas for making a beer this tasty. Perhaps if they focused more on outstanding beers like this and their tribute beers to FZ, then they wouldnít make their other crappola (see Brown Sugga, Hairy Eyeball, etc). The aroma has an incredible trifecta of malts, piney and citrusy hops. Very aromatic with a sharp hop appeal that is sure to keep hopheads happy. Color is a medium copper color with a nice frothy 2-finger cap. The flavor of the hops spread cleanly across the palate, knifing the bitter tastebuds with enough grapefruity and pine hops to coax out the sweet malts and combine insanely well. No noticeable alcohol burn, just a clean beer with lots of character, and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Highly recommended.
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a nonic. Orange-honey-colored with a sudsy white head. Tons of concentric rings of lacing.
Aroma is extremely hoppy. Lots of tropical fruit notes to go with the pine. Not really any malt to speak of.
The hops really dominate the flavor as well. Orange, grapefruit, and pineapple provide sweetness that washes into a sharp bitterness. Malt is but a biscuity sidenote to this beer. Although the hops dominate the balance, the flavor really isnít all that full. Itís a bit watery to me.
Smooth on the palate with a medium body and good carbonation. No alcohol in the taste. Long, dry, bitter finish. One of the more drinkable double IPAs Iíve had.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper body with a medium creamy off-white head and sticky lacing. Sweet citrus and floral hops aroma. Very sweet sugary citrus hop flavor with some floral hints. Very fresh hops. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth bitter finish.
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft) Pours a clear golden body with an average-sized creamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, light herbal, manure, and some plastic. Flavor of sweet syrupy citrus/pine hops and caramel malt.
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Redlight. Pours a golden amber, slightly cloudy, with a thin white head. Intense grapefruit, pine aroma with thick malt. Taste is nice thick malt with bursting hops and a grapefruit dryness. Finishes surprisingly clean. The temperature was also just a little cooler than room temp, perfect. Really good.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Redlight.I did this next to the Hopslam and actually enjoyed the Stoopid better.I am no hop head but damn this was goos.A very fresh nose of hops comin up.The aromas was also candy sweet.Lots of grapefruit flavor with a some sweetness.This finished off slightly hoppy and bitter.
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ redlight! Chestnut copper color. Huge and I do mean huge outrageously dank resiny leafy grapefruity hops. But then the flavor is a big citrus hop juice. The malt is nothing but a backdrop.