ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and candied pineapple, grapefruit, and mango, some floral hops, and some sweet caramel malts.
T - Starts off with a strong kick of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some good bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malts growing from the background. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more citrus flavor and bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet candied tropical and citrus fruits, bitterness, grassy hops, and some sweet malt.
M - Medium bbodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny and fairly dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy DIPA with a great hop profile. I really like how strong the candied tropical fruits are.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The pour is a mostly transparent, full golden yellow color with straw edges. A regal off white froth bellows up from the beer upon pouring. Levels of lace remain where the beer rested during my glass.
The biggest compliment I can pay to the complexity of this beer is that it seems nearly impossible to identify all of the aromas and flavors, so I am reduced to using general descriptors to do the best I can. The aroma has a spicy pine hop base, with a nice amount of grapefruit, apricot, and tangerine as well. As the sweetness comes through, I get some light pale malts, honey, and some caramel.
The flavor blend nicely together and roll in complexity. Up front, biscuity bread and honey, some light caramel notes, and then a nice wave of hops that never goes off the bitter end. Spicy pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, apricot, and assorted other citrus notes roll on the tongue as the sip concludes.
The hops are strong, but not totally overwhelming. The oil residue mostly clears away from the mouth after each sip, and the hoppy flavor and crisp carbonation mean it scrubs the tongue clean after sip. The overall feel is simple, clean, crisp, and refreshing.
Not an absolute hop bomb, but this was quite enjoyable.
ben4321 (3812) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from jcos, 3/14/12
Aroma: The nose is juicy hops (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) and some pine as well
Appearance: It pours a clear orange color with a nice white head and mid-heavy lacing
Flavor: Tastes medium-heavy sweet and juicy, with the hop bitterness coming though in the finish
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has a clean, creamy, and smooth feel, and a fairly dry finish
This one is pretty tasty. I like the juicy hop presence, it gives a nice sweetness, and the later hop bitterness provides a nice balance as well. Another very solid offering from Lagunitas.
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge tangerine aroma...hops hops hops...but not too bitter. Really enjoying what sems to be citra-hop with a nice malt backbone. Really much like a fruit-filled DIPA, and extremely enjoyable to drink. The hop/flavor intensity reminds me of Monk’s Indiscretion and Bigfoot. Mouth feel is medium and the head retention is great. Even with a giant head, the hop aroma blasts you in the face. Tasted from the bottle @ 51F.
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lovely fruity, hoppy aroma. Dark gold with floaties murking up the gold body. Nice lace. Moderate sized white head. Sweet, almost cloyingly so. very lightly carbonated. Not really enjoying this. Hops are completely subdued by the sugars, which have a citrus aftertaste I’m not digging. Not a recipe Lagunitas needs to revisit.
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a copper color with a fair amount of head. Nice bitter hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The only way I can explain this beer is a IPA mixed with holiday spices that is blended to perfection
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an attractive deep copper with a cream colored head. Nose and flavor are full and hop forward with pine and citrus, balanced out by substantial caramel and toffee. Medium - full mouthfeel.
rjplumer (381) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blast of floral piney hops from the start. Deep amber color. At first a quick dose of bitterness which then switches to a sweet malty finish. Sense a some pepper rye on the tongue. Has that crispy west coast hoppiness to it. Has a refreshing crispiness to it. Well worth a try.
Ontbeertaster (2308) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours golden, light head, fairly hoppy stuff, overall quite drink and enjoyed