Ernesto987 (3664) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gift from a lagninitas employee: smallsnlike dank and citrus, delicious and awesome
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle–pours a thin white head with yellow color. Aroma is tropical fruit-pineapple/lemon zest/pine, spice, some light malt. Taste is biting pine/citrus hop, then some spice/pepper, light malt, alcohol. Initially a slick mouthfeel, the drying.
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Honey color with a thin cloudy white head. Nice tropical aromas with hints of grapefruit and mangos. Nice balanced of hops and malt favors. The sourness adds to the complexity of this beer. This is an enjoyable beer but the only complaint is that this beer lacks holiday spirit. I guess that is why Lagunitas sucks ;)
patrickfannon (1239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Pours honey clear golden with a frothy, lacy white head. Aroma of tangy apricot, fresh pineapple, pine hops, and some really subtle carmel and honey. Tastes intensely hoppy with some incredible citrusy notes. Dry, intensely bitter finish. Superb IPA. This is definitely not an American strong.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear, light honey in color with moderate, stark white head. Not too much lacing.
Aroma: Smells very tropical, with grapefruit, mango, peach, pineapple and other hop goodness. Also smells somewhat sticky and sweet as well, as expected from Lagunitas.
Taste: Sweet malty core of bread and caramel. Loads of hops on top, but not particularly bitter. Notes of grapefruit, pine and general spiciness. Slight touch of the rye that is in the malt bill (not sure I notice the wheat and oats that are also supposed to be there).
Palate: Moderate carbonation, with a sticky, medium body. Finish is dry, despite the sweet core.
Overall: Another winner from Lagunitas. Does it taste like many of their other beers? Sure. Do I care? No. Is it better than Brown Shugga? Yes. Bring this back somehow.
tastybeer (1703) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle. Orange/copper pour, nice off-white head, good retention/lacing. As soon as you open the bottle you get a nose full of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, caramel, light biscuit. Taste is sharp citrus bitterness, sweet caramel malt. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish. This beer definitely does not suck, and I would take this over brown shugga any day.
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a coppery orange with a thin head. Nose had dank and citrus hops. Full bodied, well carbonated, tangerine citrus hops. Woody, earthy, sunflower seeds, and a hint of grains. Toasted sugary sweetness. Super hop forward. Pine, pepper-spiced, resinous, floral, and again with the citrus.
geoffpm1 (1) - - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a surprise to find this fresh incredibly resinous hoppy beer for Winter.
Perhaps my mind is failing me but after Pliny, HeadyTopper, Sucks is one of the most enjoyable Hop bombs I have had this year.
PhillyCraft (3167) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Bottle with Simon, this beer is not an American Strong, it is the one of the juiciest, most resinous, funky hopped out beers on the market. I wish Lagunitas could mess up their beers more often if this is going to be the result. Grapefruit, Oily pine, tangerine, and other citrus aromas dominate the nose. The flavor is balanced, full of dry hops, and finishes like a dream. Amazing double IPA from Lagunitas. Tried the new batch from 2013....no where near as good as it was....boozier, more grapey, and the funk is over the top and weird. Not going to lower my rating based on this but I’m still a little salty.
JayAre46 (1) - USA - DEC 9, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
my first ever rate beer review haha, man am i bored and is this beer sub par! alright for the appearance it pours a pale golden straw color transparent and aggresive into the nonic glass. the aroma has a residual sweetness that has put me off big time, the citrus notes, pine and floral are well done and don’t expect much else from lagunitas. the taste follows the nose and has a good dry bitter finish that is refreshing but this malty sweetness is very bad to me and ruin a lot of the hop characteristics and i don’t like it. the mouthfeel is moderately filling and is very sharp and crisp in the back. refreshing to say the least. overall i want brown shugga back!