LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! My first 4+ beer in a while. This beer was fantastic! Aroma was perfect. At the crack of the bottle (even before pouring) hops exploded into the nose. Once poured, it smelled like sticking your nose into a bag of hop pellets. Strong, grassy and citrusy. You didn’t even have to get close to the glass to smell it. Pour was a near clear medium gold with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was absolutely delicious. A true West Coast hop bomb that is actually available in my area! From beginning to end there is strong hop flavor. Lemon, grapefruit, grass, hay and slight notes of pepper. There is this underlying sugar sweetness that comes in right before the swallow and stays on the top of the mouth until the aftertaste (which is sharp, soapy and bitter). Note to Lagunitas: PLEASE replace Brown Shugga with this.
malrubius (1515) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Taproom 307 (and listed as 9.5%). Golden with lasting white head. Pungent yet soft grapefruity pastry floral aroma. Awesome dry subdued fruity pineapple slight biscuit sweetness with very clean and delicious and dry hoppy citrus finish. Fucking excellent.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, this is an IPA, not an American Strong Ale. Anywho...Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color is crystal clear gold with minimal head, and bubbles rushing up the side of the glass. Aroma is HUGE - piney resinous hops, citrus, and grass/weeds. Taste is extremely bitter with a nice balancing malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. This is a fantastic IPA. I’ve seen the Pliny comparison a lot, but this is the closest I’ve had.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle. Oh, Holy Night! What a big, creamy, hoppy aroma! This is a golden-amber brew, quite active, with a nice sudsy, if thin, head. The beer delivers on the initial whiff -- creamy, indeed. The hops rolling over the tongue with a delicious fruity, frothiness. This is downright yummy. (#4410, 12/18/2011)
bobaidan (493) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a gorgeous crystal clear gold with a nice head. Aroma is total hops with lots of pine, grass and a hint of floral. Thinner in body than expected with a perfect amount of carbonation. Flavor is pine, citrus and earthy grain and is very dry. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to balance all the hops, but still a top quality beer.
Zymurgeist2 (748) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle in a pint glass. True to Lagunitas, this has massive hops on the nose. Lots of earth, pine, floral and wet grass. Great full aroma. Amazingly clear gold with small-ish white head. Well balanced sweet malt and hop bitterness. Nice floral hints throughout the flavor. The bitterness is not overly done. Taste lingers throughout. Medium mouthfeel leads to a dry finish. A slight bit of candy at the end of the taste. An amazing beer...but Lagunitas still sucks and i look forward to the return of Brown Shugga’.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355mL thanks to tastybeer. A clear golden pour with a larger, off-white rocky head. Nose is just $&@# insane! Smells like I was awoken from a stupor in a British Columbia marijuana farm. Dank hops explosion. Holy crap. Mild notes of pale malt, wheat, oatmeal, jackfruit melon, and candied orange peel come through. Insane dry hop character. Taste is not too sticky, fresh, well balanced, mild alcohol spice. Palate is very soft and silky and small saltwater quenching. Mild piney hop character. I can’t believe it- Lagunitas best beer by a mile. Makes Hop Stoopid look a little stoopid. Why this is called a "holiday ale" is beyond me but this is on another level from Brown Shugga. Actually on another level from Lagunitas. How did this happen? I would seriously consider this beer as a DIPA of choice over Pliny the Elder. Why is this listed as ASA? This is a DIPA masterpiece.
deyholla (5404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Ari.Pours a clear orange with a hint of a gold hue and a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of hops with marijuana, strong pine and a good amount of dankness. Flavor is extremely dank with marijuana and pine with some backing sweet grains and a bit of grass in the finish.
fdborders (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at Pinocchios, and then again at home outta the bottle. Super pine and citrus nose and taste all the way through. Solid. Reminds me of Pliny.
jcos (1362) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location/Date:Bottled poured on December 17th, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a clear orange with some bubbles.
Aroma: Aroma is strong of hops, barley and rye
Taste: Taste is a good amount of bitterness but not overpowering, rye and barley
Palate:Medium - medium light body, slightly slick.
Summary: I don’t know what it is, but this beer is just really really tasty right now. I have five more, which is great, so I’ll get to try again. Wow.