kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason! Pours a brilliant, clear honey-orange color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Dense, resiny piney and citrus hop character in the aroma; some chewy honey and sugar as well. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: definitely a strong, tea-like malt profile with a dense, resiny hoppiness matching the aroma. Lengthy, hoppy finish; slightly dry.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks jasonp) Crystal clear light apple juice body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, light pineapple. Fairly dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate resin.
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright, light amber colour. The aroma when first poured is breezy with an almost English hop...ha ha that doesn’t last much. The more it warms the bigger, bolder the hop aroma gets until it becomes seriously ambrosial in citrusy depths (grapefruit, kumquat, calamansi) along with a very powdery, slightly resiny sense of sticking your head in a bag of hops. Finally, the malts start to show through, and the aroma fades from that apex.
In true Californian tradition, the malts are quite chewy, somewhat unexpected for such a pale beer. This crystal-forward and icing sugar sweet maltiness has never been a favourite of mine, though it is more restrained here than in many Californian examples. Overtop of this is a resiny grapefruit hop character with a splash of Simcoey orange notes. Bitterness seems moderate. It’s my sense that the malts do a great job of balancing the bitterness off but unfortunately stand out a bit too much for the good of the beer. In other words, close but not perfect.
The other aspect I wanted to touch upon is the rusticity, both in the hop character (very farm-fresh with the powdery aroma) and the subtle yeastiness. If not truly rustic in the Wallonian or pays du Nord sense of the word, it certainly is by Lagunitas’ standards. Reminds me of Elliott Bay’s Hop von Boorian...Belgian-accented IPA must be the trend this year. Good call.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours golden with a nice thick lasting head. Immediately big hop aromas hit my nose before I am even close to the glass. Big citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit aroma. I am excited before I even take a sip. Flavor is very bitter and also sweet- a nice combo. Smooth bitterness lingers on the tongue nicely. Body is just perfect. A great thing about this big IPA is that it can be sipped slowly OR it can be quaffed enthusiastically and it still goes down great. What a great brew!!!
rmussman (1702) - 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 (2140) - 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 (8952) - 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 IPA’s, a must have.
after4ever (6140) - 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. It’s 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 (5625) - 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 IIPA’s than this, but still, it was damn good. One of the best smelling beers I have had recently.