snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 My favorite IPA. I almost passed out when I saw 5 bottles on the shelf at the local grocery store after being told months earlier that they didn’t distribute this in WA.
Pours a nice golden orange color with a lasting off-white head. Citrusy, hoppy nose seemed to get stronger and sweeter by the end of the bottle- maybe a little bit of pineapple. Hop flavor has notes of grapefruit and pine, balanced by just the right amount of caramel sweetness. Nice long hop finish.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is about as good as it gets, right here. Nice golden/amber color. Aroma is pure grapefruit. Nice piny, floral hops. A little dry, but still, this beer is exquisite. Top 10 IIPA for me. This is as good as Hopsickle, Hopslam, Pure Hoppiness and Yulesmith. Best part? $4.29 a bomber. Words alone cannot express my respect for Lagunitas. Hop shortage be damned.
Beerman6686 (6009) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 This poured a clear orange color with a big white head. Aroma was loaded with scents of citrus, pine and floral hops, also some dampness and grainy characters. Flavor iwas bright strong bitting hops, mainly fruity and piney, with some malty sweetness in the end as well.
alexsdad06 (8145) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of jimbowood. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a small white head and only drops of lace. The aroma could be used as an air freshener for small rooms; big fresh citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, and floral hops. Some sweetness from caramel malt. The flavor is much of the same. This is very hop forward; grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and floral. There is just enough caramel malt present to reign in the hops. The bitterness lingers on the palate for some time. Medium bodied and enjoyable.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tim (Lagunitasfan)! Pours a light amber color with egg shell colored head. Hops came pouring out of this and filled the room with fresh pine. Taste is hops, citrus, and bubbly going down. Very refreshing beer, extremely bitter just right for a DIPA. This stuff is really good. Glad I was about to try it.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tossed in by Lagunitasfan on a recent trade. As good as IPA can get for me, for sure. The Belgian influences are noticeable but not overt - this is not Chouffe. And yet the yeastiness and moldy, de garde-like qualities give way to a definite West Coast bright, sharp hoppiness. A real style amalgam of a beer and one I will seek out seasonally.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by ajm during intermission at the 09er. An excellent IPA. Pours a warm copper color with a creamy white head. Smells and tastes of floral hops, assorted citrus, and an element of confectioners sugar for sweetness. Highly drinkable, especially for a double.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tons of candied fruits and Medjool dates in the aroma. Nice, balanced lightly sweet hoppy flavor. Not super bitter. My only complaint would be that the finish gets a wee bit thin and metallic, but it’s still really nice.
aaronbr (156) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good looking orange-gold color and white coating lace on the glass. Fruity on the first taste, then moves into a tasty, hoppy bite. This is a really good IPA.
Bronzan (139) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another winner from Lagunitas. Pours a rich copper color. Has a fruity aroma and a nice clean, crisp finish. One of my favorites.