Gruvmunkey (5) - - APR 21, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, spruce, leaves, good stuff, really liked it, will buy again!medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,
bisuketto (2) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells like your typically heavy IPA, then took a sip and it has a heavy hop mouthful, but with this weird sweetness. Not bitter like I was expecting. Not the best, but not bad either. 12 oz bottle in tulip.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Golden body with a frothy, white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of grapefruit and resin and notes of toasted grain, citrus. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Lots of grapefruit and resin in the taste with a touch of raw grain in the finish. It’s not offensive. There’s just not a lot going on in this beer. So, yes, Lagunitas does suck for not making a more creative IPA for its holiday ale.
zvikar (3618) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom. Pours shiny yellow with a nice head, aroma of citra, litchi, melon and onion, flavor is bitter, not sweet, fresh, lemon, pine, medium bodied
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of grapefruit, pine, and earthiness. Taste is much of the same with a sweet malty backbone. Dry, slightly astringent finish.
kirk36 (152) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, hop forward and yummy. I wouldn't buy this in replacement of the regular IPA but it is good.
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Homer321 (2128) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2014 From the bottle. Pours a relatively light yellow with large white, puffy head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is very similar, with just a touch of malt backbone. Similar to many Lagunitas beers, but a little lighter in color and with slightly less malth backbone. Finishes dry and leaves you wanting more. Wish this was available year round.
re-rate from a fresh bottle in November 2014. upped the score from 7 to 8 on aroma, all else same.
sharkweek (107) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of grapefruit citrus in this one. The scent was citrus and so was the taste. The bitterness was spot on and I felt this was a solid brew.
This poured golden with some very noticeable carbonation bubbles.
jbrana (483) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hop forward with strong citrus and pine tones. Has a nice and sweet malty backbone.
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jimhilt (2429) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five plus finger white head that fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hemlock/pine hops, flavor is caramel and hemlock. Light lingering bitter finish. Decent Imperial IPA. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA.