PhillyCraft (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Bottle with Simon, this beer is not an American Strong, it is the one of the juiciest, most resinous, funky hopped out beers on the market. I wish Lagunitas could mess up their beers more often if this is going to be the result. Grapefruit, Oily pine, tangerine, and other citrus aromas dominate the nose. The flavor is balanced, full of dry hops, and finishes like a dream. Amazing double IPA from Lagunitas. Tried the new batch from 2013....no where near as good as it was....boozier, more grapey, and the funk is over the top and weird. Not going to lower my rating based on this but I’m still a little salty.
JayAre46 (1) - USA - DEC 9, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
my first ever rate beer review haha, man am i bored and is this beer sub par! alright for the appearance it pours a pale golden straw color transparent and aggresive into the nonic glass. the aroma has a residual sweetness that has put me off big time, the citrus notes, pine and floral are well done and don’t expect much else from lagunitas. the taste follows the nose and has a good dry bitter finish that is refreshing but this malty sweetness is very bad to me and ruin a lot of the hop characteristics and i don’t like it. the mouthfeel is moderately filling and is very sharp and crisp in the back. refreshing to say the least. overall i want brown shugga back!
DalzAle (1737) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light yellow pour, tons of lasting carbonation and a nice hop and rye aroma. Flavor is nice sweet belgian trippel like sweetness, light pear a little herbs and finishes with a little noticeable hop. Decent.
Phillies08Champs (551) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark straw color with some head. Nose is a beautiful bouchet of perfume and sweet malt. First sip a great balance of malt including oats and slight rye. Very enjoyable beer.
Petrucci914 (834) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a copper color with a medium soapy head. Aroma is piney and citrus resinous hops. Taste is much like Hopslam or Double Trouble, piney bitterness and pineapple citrus tastes are here but it finishes lightly caramel malts. Solid.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Should leave the open bottles under the artificial tree for the pine scent. Amber with white head and light lace. Piney or sprucey flavour to match your tree. Citrus on the tip of the tongue. Nice malt balance carries the alcohol well. Not as strong as the usual seasonals. An easy drinker so be careful not to pair with holiday check stops!
ryanfolty (1457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 Date: December 8, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Heritage Beer Geek Christmas Tasting Description: Orangish yellow pour with some head, hoppy and citrus in aroma and taste. Commercial description gets a 10 out of 10!
kenwall17 (226) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A more hop-concentrated version of their standard IPA. Nice clean brew. I was expecting a dark ale for xmas...
lordeche (478) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hop-forward brew from lagunitas, reminiscent of hop stoopid. Pale yellow with minimal malt backbone, yet a surprisingly well rounded hop profile that lacks the big, puckering punch of some other hop bombs. Still, assertively hoppy, with wonderful notes of grapcitrus, lemon, and other citrus.
AWISLguy (668) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Discount. Pours very clear pale orange with a small, well retained, head. Great lacing. Constant champagne-ish tiny bubbles under the surface. Aroma has grassy hops, burnt bacon, some cereal and some citrus. Taste brings pine, grass, some breadiness. It has grassy sweetness with some bitter in the back. Very crisp. Finishes somewhat short, somewhat bitter. No way there is almost 8% alcohol - although a second one may show that. The most IPA-ish AmStr I have ever had, and probably a better IPA than their regular IPA.