AGAquino (657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Consumers Beverages in Buffalo. Pours a very light ambar colour with white foamy head, and some lace. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and citrus fruit, some malt and traces of spice. flavour is quit e hoppy, but not overpowering. Grapefruit dominates, with spice and malt lingering in the aftertaste.
jb (1941) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I liked it, but not sure what the fuss is about. Surely this is nothing special. Big nose of pine and mainly citrus, grapefruit in particular. Dark gold, some lacing. Resinous sharp taste is a tad hoppy, a tad of pine needle suckage and then your mouth feels dry from the hops.I like IPAs but how bout some subtleties as a secondary approach.
BREWMUSKCLES (2088) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
moderately pungent rye and citrus aroma with some turpentine and an Earthy funk. quenching mouthfeel with little fizzle of carbonation on the tip of my tongue. tastes like it smells even more pronouned. it is a light pale golden like a cream ale and pours like one. Perhaps a flowery funk of old flowers. appealing in it’s deviation from the norm. makes you want a good cigar.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had this at the 2011 Pittsburgh Ratebeer Christmas Eve Eve Tasting. Smells like the body odor of your favorite girl after hard sex. Perhaps there is some floral hops perfume in the background. Looks like pale lager in appearance. First taste is super hoppy and on style. Yes big time roto tiller plowing down my throat leaving a bitter wake. There seems to be some co2 in the appearance but its certainly lacking in this soapy mouth coating oily palate. Yes, terribly on style. If you like IPA and haven’t had this monster that borders on IIPA territory, go for it and ignore my numerical slam. As stated however, for a lager lover, this beer literally sucks.....
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pine aroma from an amber pour with a small head. The flavor has a nice malt beginning which gives way to a big hop finish. Nice after taste lingers for a while. I’m not sure where the holiday aspect comes in but not to worry, a very good beer nonetheless.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. Lighter copper pour, golden notes. Great big piney grapefruit aroma. Sticky hops abound. Flavor has a sharpe fresh piney bitterness, garden weediness (a good thing) . Nice big hop flavor, no qualms about this beer. Hops, hops hops
jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super clear copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of bright citrus and grapefruit hops, some alcohol, malt and a little spice. Medium-bodied; Very bright hops at first with a nice kick, showing tons of bitterness, some malt, but mostly a nice bright hop kick. Aftertaste shows a nice rounded flavour with the emphasis on the hops and a touch of malt and sugars. Overall, a nice beer with a ton of hoppiness and a bright glow. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 06-December-2011 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-December-2011.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ PW. Clear gold pour with a short, persistent white head leaving heavy lace. Fresh hop nose with maybe some seasonal spices in there? Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Pine, caramel, resin, tropical fruits, ganja and toast. Finish is nicely balanced between bitter, sweet and umami and leaves you wanting more. I’ve followed the sad tale of the Lagunitas shipping ’disaster’ (being a relative term) and loved the Brown Shugga last year, but am very pleased with this substitute, which I earnestly hope becomes an annual brew. Slightly bettered by Lukcy Basartd, but not by much.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Malone’s. Paler gold, white head. Aroma is so interesting. The hop combines new Zealand delicate grassiness and white grape with marijuana. Intriguing. The flavors are not as well developed or expressed and body is thin but still a nice beer.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 12/24/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, peaches, mango and some other tropical fruit with some very aggressive citrusy hops. A medium to lighter bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, very tropical. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Good carbonation. A very fruity, yet very hoppy beer, that is nicely balance between the two extremes. Niuce crisp and dry finish adds to the hop bite. Not your usual beer from Lagunitas, and definitely not your typical holiday beer. I will miss Brown Sugga this year, but this is more than a respectable replacement. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, dry and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.