TheGB (509) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours light amber with a nice 1/2" head. Fantastic aroma of citrus and floral hops. Light to medium bodied with a complex taste and smooth mouth feel. Not really what I expected from a holiday ale, but it’s very good.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
No idea what to expect, but wonderful aroma... like walking through an orange grove. Citrusy hops lead to smooth taste that finishes just right. Nothing seasonal about it in my opinion, but a great beer. Somewhat similar to the westbrook citra-based IPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Ahhh its nice to be back. My first rate in quite sometime... Maybe i’ll get into that back log soon. Clear gold pour with a fluffy white head and spotty lace. Aroma is Sweet malts and resinous hops. mostly tropical. Flavor is pine tropical fruit (pineapple & mango) and light caramel. Finish is a little slick
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this 12 oz. bottle on a tip from the guys at Pinocchios. Poured (into a New Belgium tulip glass) an only slightly-cloudy, golden amber with a smallish one-finger head which dissipated quickly. While there was lacing, it was thin. The nose of this beer was amazing - grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple and pine. The taste is just about as good. It hits hard at first with the hop and citrus you would expect, follows with some biscuity malt and ends with a pleasant dry bitterness. Wow. Mouthfeel was medium and mildly carbonated. This was a great beer! PLEASE convince Lagunitas to keep going with this! And if you are an IPA lover and haven’t tried it - do it!
radagast83 (4633) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma was hoppy, tropical fruit notes. Citrus notes are awesome. A very enjoyable brew - better than the BrownShugga. Keep this one around!
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange and gold color with a thin layer of white foam. Lots of pungent and leafy cannabis and vegetal hops notes in the aroma as well as some pine, mango and grapefruit. The taste is also an onslaught of hops resin and cannabis along with a blend of tropical fruit, citrus and toasted malt. The body is slightly syrupy and well carbonated with a mildly bitter, floral finish. By far one of the tastiest hops bombs from this brewery and a nice break from malty Winter Warmers.
dresden (844) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow terrific beer! Pours a dark gold with a small white head. Overwhelming aroma of pine and pineapple. Tastes like resinous hops, lots of citrus and sugar. Sticky mouthfeel. Amazing beer.
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautifully clean and sharp gold with two fingers of sticky bright white head. Wonderful bouquet. Very bright hop character with lots of citrus zest and a light piney character. Very leafy and green, lovely. Very clean hop flavor with a nice resinous and citric character. Medium body with a clean mouthfeel and medium bitterness.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light, clear golden orange with a fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing.
Aroma is pungent and in a good way. Tons of juicy citrus with pineapple and grapefruit leading the way. There is some pine resin but much less than the tap version which smelled like an evergreen forest.
Taste is not quite as big on the citrus with a little less grapefruit and a little more floral hops. The finish definitely has some pine and a sticky resinous bitterness that lingers on the palate. The taste also has a bigger bready malt backbone than the aroma.
The mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied, strong carbonation and really sticky through the finish.
This is undoubtedly one of the best things I’ve had from Lagunitas. I’m not sure why they’re never put something like this out before as it is better than any other IPA they’ve produced. Excellent beer.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Bottles. Orange golden with a white head, bits of lace. Nose is super resinous, grassy, bits of grapefruit zest. Flavor is similarly heavily hopped, resin, citrus, grasss, light pepper. Flavor shows medium bitterness, medium citrus-like sweetness. Medium bodied, slick, with average carbonation, with a bittersweet finish. Enjoyable. I go back and forth with this one, but damnit it may be the best ipa I can get regularly if only for a month out of the year.