crazyvin (1906) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice orange amber hue with a white head that had some nice retention and decent lace. Although there was some good caramel malts in the aroma grapefruit hops pretty much dominated the aroma, some pine hops balanced it out. Flavor was a little more balanced sweetness from the malts there was a slight peppery malt note probably do to the rye. Hops complemented the sweet malts. Grapefruit notes were great and the pine were just right. A nice warming finish, smooth all the way through.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smelled fruitful citrus and Hippy. Tasted about the same. Not what I expected from bottle but good beer
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Tap at Monk’s Pub in Chicago on Dec. 6, 2011. Orange pour, white head. Excellent fruity nose and taste, with some hops and bready malts. Good beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a one finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Floral hop aroma with a balance of citrus/tropical fruits, eathy pine and a pale bicuit malt presence. There’s a subtle grassy pine character but the hop profile is mostly fruity with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel.
Medium bodied with a prominent dry and bitter hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry, boozy finish. There’s some sticky pine needle flavor which is countered by sweet citrus and tropical fruit, notably grapefruit, pineapple and lemon rind. The malt backbone provides decent balance without interfering with the hops, giving off biscuit and graham cracker notes before finishing with more boozy sweetness. A bit hot for my liking but still pretty drinkable.
drpimento (2173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer! Served at a good temperature, with a nice, off white, foamy, frothy head that soon settled to a thin cover and plenty of lace. Color is a very clear yellow amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is hops on top, then pineapple, resin, tiny bit of citrus, leather, earth. Flavor is similar to nose, quite dry, good carbonic tang, a bit earthy. Body is great, ditto carbonation and a little chewy. Finish is like flavor, some alcohol warmth, and has good length
ReggieDunlap (3024) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright golden color with a thick, creamy white head...nice lacing. Aroma is big on citrus with peach, mango, and spicy grapefruit. Flavor follows suit...very notable peach and grapefruit, nice spice, and some earthy rye notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and the finish is dry and lingers with spicy grapefruit. Drinks like a nice IPA or almost a DIPA. Very nice.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Bright and clear caramel orange in the glass with a slight white head. Aroma is light hop bitterness, some sweet malt, a bit of grainy character, pine, and a small amount of honey-type sweetness. Taste is a nice, balanced bitterness with some pine, a sweetish malt backbone, and relatively clean bitterness through the finish. Maybe some malt complexishness in there as well. Pretty solid and perfectly enjoyable beer and I like that the bitterness is not over the top.
high_on_hops (588) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gold color with a stable creamy head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is hoppy with a lot of pine scent. The flavor is mild hops with some citrus and the malt profile of a pilsner or gold lager along a fair amount of carbonation. It’s basically a strong pale ale and definitely doesn’t suck.
BobbyAnalog (320) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitas in their self-deprecating amiability christened this ale "Lagunitas Sucks", this a jab at their own inability to house their saccharine induced Brown Suggah Ale this year. The result of their debatable ineptitude is this deft, floral hand grenade of a brew that provides skunky aromatics and a bitter palate. Overtones of grapefruit and lemongrass stamp the tongue, while its impressive abv armwrestles you to the table (7.85%). When thought of as a stand alone brew - and not a substitute - this is a pleasant drinking experience.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice IPA’ish orange color. The aroma is of big pine hops with a nice malty breadyness. The taste is of great hop bitterness with a nice barley oat smoothness. Nice drinking "holiday" beer.