rmussman (1671) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMM a very nice brew. Pours dark yellow with a thin lacey head. Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Flavor is also very hoppy, and the palate clears very quickly. It has a lot of instant flavor but there is really no aftertaste. Quite supring for being so hoppy. A good malt base adds to smoothness.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Clear and golden in color with a nice fluffy off white head. Piny, citrusy hoppy aroma. Floral notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Caramel notes. Piny hoppy grassy flavor. Sweet tasting. Finish is bitter. Medium bodied. Crisp tasting. Nice beer.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle acquired from Ernest (thanks!!!). Poured a medium and clear golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and on the floral side. Maybe a tad earthy. Tastes of pine, citrus, with some caramel. Not overly bitter and has a lighter sweet balance. Alcohol content well hidden.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear golden color with a nice lasting white head. Aroma was big and fruity with pine, citrus and caramel. Taste was a hop bomb full of bitterness and hop flavor that layered. The alcohol was unnoticable. Overall one of the best double IPAís, a must have.
after4ever (5859) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
22. Thanks, Aspidites! Pours light gold, bubbly, sudsy white head. Nice floral tangy nose. The nose is by far the best thing about it, in fact. The body is goopy. Weird notes scatter across the palate, almost band-aid-y. Finish is somewhat acrid. Hard to pinpoint all the little things wrong with the mid-palate, but the wide variety of sweet notes there are the main thing. Itís like they spent all their time smelling all the most delicious hops they could find, and forgot to think about what the beer should be like under them.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is straight up grapefruit. It really is a blast of bitter citrus. No detectable malts. Pours a dark orange color with a soapy head. The flavor is more of the intense grapefruit that is in the aroma, a little pine, and thats about all I got. This was incredibly tasty, as I could not put the glass down. I did like the aroma more than the flavor, but it was close. This was a thousand times better than Lagunitas Maximus. I didnt find alot of body in this IIPA, as there was not too much malt backbone, perhaps just a bit for mild balance. I have also had more resiny IIPAís than this, but still, it was damn good. One of the best smelling beers I have had recently.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a three-finger thick head that was poured a touch too vigorously as it over-flows the top of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, reddish tinged, copper color. Luckily a heavenly nectar of hop concentrate greets my nose as I pour this; it is a mix of orange blossoms, intensely sweet aromatic notes of ruby red grapefruit, tangelo and lychee. I may be a bit tipsy right now, but this aroma is just so freshly vibrant, intoxicating and freshly hoppy that I just have to spend some dedicated time enjoying the aromatics wafting from this tipple. Hints of pine, and a certain rank hop character form the secondary wave of the hop attack, while not quite reminiscent of its closest cousin, it certainly has a certain dank quality that is at least evocative of it. Wait, there it is; there towards the end, notes of hemp seeds, menthols and a certain, easily placed, aromatic, essential oil. Egad, the aroma is perfectly exquisite; so much so that I am almost certain that the flavor cannot live up to the odoriferous emanations from the surface of this brew. So what do I do, well Iíll just have to spend a few moments more enjoying the aroma. It is really interesting, at first the fruity citrus hop notes were what dominated the aromatics, but now the rank, herbaceously, pernicious weed character is what is most distinctive, though the citrus character still plays a prominent role. You really canít ask more from the aroma of a hop focused beer.
The first sip is creamy up front, it is quite smooth; after all this time smelling the brew a lot of the carbonation has mellowed. It is not quite as hoppy as the aroma suggest, but it is darn near there. The hop flavor is a mix of citrus notes and green, herbal notes. I get flavors of bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, tangelo, lychee, apricot and other-sort-of tropical fruit like notes, plus I also get notes of basil, menthol and some savory herbal notes reminiscent of its persnickety cousin. At times the herbal notes take on characteristics of garlic, green onions, freshly cut savory herbs. The beer is quite drinkable, light, but with enough heft to carry the ample hop character. There is enough malt sweetness that the citrus notes stick to the palate in the finish. A solid bitterness runs throughout this beer; strangely enough it never gets astringent and is quite clean for a beer that has been obviously been hopped this much. The particulary rank almost garlic-like character must come from Summit hops.
While the flavor of this brew does not quite live up to the aromatics emanating from this beer, this is certainly the most enjoyable brew I have ever had from Lagunitas (though I should warn you that it may take a particular breed, a hop head certainly, to enjoy the characteristics of this brew. I wonder how much of my enjoyment of this brew is situational? Iíll definitely have to try this again, but it is really hitting the spot right now; this is the last beer after a night of drinking malt focused brews. While my head may certainly be feeling the effects of the alcohol content, the aroma and flavor hide it amazingly well and make me think that I could quaff this brew pints at a time; a dangerous situation I might almost feel lucky enough to experience until the next morning. I am quite pleased; it is rare that the beer I end up with at the end of a night of a rating marathon (anything over three beers qualifies for me), is the best brew of the night. In fact I better score this beer now, as the longer I drink this and the more the alcohol effects me, the higher it score is going to rise. Actually on that note, this makes me think that I need to revist a lot of beers from my ratings past so that I can down-grade them.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this thing has some hop aroma. The flavor is very hoppy and grainy. A bit of a thick finish, but quite enjoyable.
bhensonb (10206) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It is a great, and complex, hop nose. Floral, pine, citrus? Fantastic. Golden amber color with a white head that actually laces. Pine as the glass approaches the nose. Pine as the flavor hits the mouth. At least a medium body. There is malt, it supplements the hop bitterness. Hey, this is all about hop. Forget the malt. This is way too great to cavil about balance. At this moment, my beer for life. Maybe hints of grapefruit as the consumption continues. It only gets better with time.
mjg74 (2458) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from BevMo, La Mesa. Crystal clear copper color upon pouring. Strong skunk bud aromas. Very bitter. The aroma is huge 2IPA all the way. Hoppy and bitter all the way. A little sweetness as well. Almost syrupy hoppiness. Nice impy.