Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly great beer. This one has a reddish copper colored pour with fluffy white head. Great hop presents with a really complex tasty malt profile with sweet caramel and toast. Better then Brown Shugga imo.
GothGargoyle (1416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bright yellow with no head. Smells like pine needles. Taste is much lighter than expected. Slightly sweet with only a hint of hop bitterness. Not much depth of character, mainly spruce in the taste.
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love of beer gods gave to me...Light sweet pleasant and hoppy notes come through in the nose softly. It pours clear deep yellow sunset with a small white head. The flavor is light hoppiness at first with some sweetness, then the hops settle with a pleasant punch/presence and no bite at all. Really awesome.
tmoreau (2559) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served with a clear, golden color, lasting, off white/light tan, moussy froth to the head foam, and sheet-like cling to the lacing. The aroma was bright, resiny spruce, citrus, some cattiness, and a hint of menthol. The flavor was hefty malt, but mainly dominated by strong, biting, sharp, earthy, rind-like, and "lingering well past the finish" hop bitterness. A water break helped, but I kept on coming back for more. No sweetness anywhere to speak of, with a medium to full body, warming alcohol after the bite, and substantial dryness that worked it’s way into the flavor and finish.
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
go with your bad self! .. Pours a medium copper .. great foam, great lacing .. .get whipped! .. . sugar coated hops, maple, molasses, sweet sap, and hoppy syrup .. . smooth and tasty, and i gotch you and i’m ready ta go!!
tgncc (2878) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is bread, citrus, light spiciness. Bright and refreshing. The appearance is ceystal clear gold, amber tinge, white head. In appearance looks a lot like a pale lager or pilsner. The flavor is orange, lemon, caramel, bread, spicy, awesome. Medium in body. The finish is pine, citrus bittering. Despite Lagunitas’ groveling in the beer description, they managed to make a very good beer.
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. pours a bright golden color with a 1 finger white head which hangs on a bit. the hops pour out of the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. citrus hops on the nose with a touch of spice / rye and caramel malts. med body with an aggressive bitterness throughout softened by the supporting malt bill. spice, spruce, citrus, light pine circulate throughout. bitter lasting finish - semi-dry and delightful.
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a pretty beer with a clear medium yellow body and a foamy white head. There’s some sweet citrus/lemon aroma with what I can only describe as a light petrol aroma in the background that I’m guessing is from the hops (it’s not bad, just interesting). Some seriously sticky hops hit up front with resinyt pine and vegetal notes along with a little rubber mat. Good malt balance to add some sweetness but the hops keep asserting themselves in a very delicious way. That hop flavor seems to evolve into some grapefruit character after the first few sips. Finishes with a sticky bitterness that makes you want to dive in for more. I wish I could give them extra points for a great description! While Brown Shugga’ will be missed, I’d like to thank Lagunitas for a worthy substitute. Can you do *both* next year??
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium gold pour with a white foamy head.
strong citrusy hop aroma, very juicy. grapefruit and orange.
Flavour is bitter pithy citrus peel, spruce like resin, muted caramel maltiness grainy rye bitterness. Very interseting, though the flavour is a bit of a let down after that nose full of grapefruit.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Marketime in Fremont. Fuckin’ right down the street. Vibrant orange appearance with a wispy head. Pungent grapefruit citrus aroma hits my nose immediately. Soft orange citrus to backup the aforementioned aroma. Subtle sweet malt aroma is carrying it all forward. Damn this thing smells great. Light right in there as well. Prickly citrus hop flavor just dances all over my taste buds. Light orange citrus, and a little pine even, are all coming together perfectly. The light right is backing this all up. Fucking shit, this beer is developing really well, and leaving a pleasing bitterness on my tongue that leaves me craving more. The carbonation is oh so slightly too much. Great stuff. Very, very ,very good stuff.