thornecb (3970) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with god retention recedes to skim surface. Mango, pineapple and resin aromas. Medium bodied with sweet toffee upfront turning to tropical fruits before the lasting resin finish.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a funny name and approach for a holiday ale! Well done. What I really liked about this was the clear note of passion fruit in the forward flavor. The aroma has more citrus/pine, but the flavor does give way into the bitter edges. Still, very perky and drinkable, with typical Lagunitas skill. Bottle.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a clear golden, with a white frothy head. Smells strongly of citrus fruits. Tastes of a light bitterness and medium sweetness with some extra spice. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Texture is creamy. Finishes dry.
Tasty, but not particularly holidyiah.
poisoneddwarf (1480) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours almost clear deep gold with a medium white lacy head with nice retention. Aroma is catboxy, grapefruit. Taste is lightly sweet and just a bit bitter midswallow before a lingering light bitterness hits the palate. I taste no moldy donkey butt, thankfully. Like others here have said, this is an IPA, through and through. Really good.
VeeDubber (21) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- citrousy hopiness, no malt or grain smell at all
Appearance- a nice orangey gold color, no cloudiness
Taste- a slight sweetness on the very front, followed by a big, bitter hop punch right in the middle. Has a big lingering hop bitterness on the back. has some residual sweetness after sitting on the tongue, but cannot pick out which grain it is.
Overall- Not one of my favorites. I know the dry hopping did it in for me. They went with the wrong hop, way to bitter at the back end of the tasting.
WalterSobchak (4) - Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a regular old pint glass, nice yellow/gold color, and a thin white head. Phenomenal Aroma of juniper, citrus and hop. If you could ferment and bottle the experience of cutting down a fresh Christmas tree, this is what it would taste like. An excellent, possibly more enjoyable, substitute for Brown Shugga.
TheGB (459) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours light amber with a nice 1/2" head. Fantastic aroma of citrus and floral hops. Light to medium bodied with a complex taste and smooth mouth feel. Not really what I expected from a holiday ale, but it’s very good.
icehawk (601) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
No idea what to expect, but wonderful aroma... like walking through an orange grove. Citrusy hops lead to smooth taste that finishes just right. Nothing seasonal about it in my opinion, but a great beer. Somewhat similar to the westbrook citra-based IPA.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Ahhh its nice to be back. My first rate in quite sometime... Maybe i’ll get into that back log soon. Clear gold pour with a fluffy white head and spotty lace. Aroma is Sweet malts and resinous hops. mostly tropical. Flavor is pine tropical fruit (pineapple & mango) and light caramel. Finish is a little slick
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this 12 oz. bottle on a tip from the guys at Pinocchios. Poured (into a New Belgium tulip glass) an only slightly-cloudy, golden amber with a smallish one-finger head which dissipated quickly. While there was lacing, it was thin. The nose of this beer was amazing - grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple and pine. The taste is just about as good. It hits hard at first with the hop and citrus you would expect, follows with some biscuity malt and ends with a pleasant dry bitterness. Wow. Mouthfeel was medium and mildly carbonated. This was a great beer! PLEASE convince Lagunitas to keep going with this! And if you are an IPA lover and haven’t tried it - do it!