drjay44 (2729) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 12 oz. bottle. Pours a tremendous, rapidly collapsing white head, with some lacing, over a clear gold (SRM 5) body....nose is heavy grapefruit, grapefruit peel, pine, resin, bit of turpentine.....taste is heavy grapefruit peel, pine, resin, light toffee/caramel, citrus sweetness, finishing with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly creamy, minimal astringency, alcohol hidden, carbonation makes a foamy, creamy mouthful. This is an interesting hop profile, with the citrus tones in ascendancy over the often present pine, resin. The hops were done with a deft hand as the aroma, and flavor of the hops did not lead to heavy, heavy bitterness. They were so big as to hide the rye, however. The result is a hop forward beer with light contribution from the malt backbone. It is not well balanced between the two. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7
tricyclist (833) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome one from Lagunitas! Snifter pour of deep gold to copper liquid with a light head. Nose is healthy hop and hearty. Deep hops and heavy. Flavor is similar, fully hopped, juicy and green. Fresh and earthy. Lotsa resin and pine. All over, this is a killer beer. Almost a double ipa.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured amber with orange hues, medium off-white head, and notable lacing. Huge citrus aroma emerges from the bottle followed by resin and floral hop notes and hints of tropical fruit. Taste similarly begins with big citrus and caramel malt followed by a wave of palatable hop bitterness leading to a smooth finish. Wonderful citrus flavors linger on the palate after each sip. Very drinkable, well-balanced IPA that hopped near the top of my list. Well done.
megabeergulper (5) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow what a friggen Suprise! Saw Brown Sugga somewhere on the carton, got excited and bought a sixer. This is better than brown. Especially after the third one....... Seriously though, pours a clear rustygold, mild head. No lacing. Nice citrus, earthy and slight dank nose. Taste of grapefruit, light malt, yeast, alcohol, the the hops kick in and build for 3-4 seconds. Nice mouthfeel, slight astringent aftertaste. Overall one of the better ipas I’ve had from lagunitas. I need this in keg size.........
Kroney (158) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2013 Strong Ale, my a$$... this is a IPA(2x) all the way, and a really good one. Huge mango and citrus rind notes as soon as the beer hits the side of the glass. Pours a nice clear pale orange, with an off-white head-- which doesn’t stick around as long as this beer sticks to your mouth. Smells and has a mouth-feel like its gonna be bitter beyond bitter, but its a very balanced DIPA. Big fruit and pine at the front, but has a nice little sweetness that balances everything out. Well done!
**** still don’t know why this is classified as an American Strong Ale..
December 2013 release
Nit sure how they did it, but I actually like this year’s version a little better. Almost perfect. Right up there with the best of the best IIPAs.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark orange with a nice soapy head. Smells of citra hops and a bit of sweetness. The flavor of this beer reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust. This has a bit more sweetness, but citra hops are definitely front and center here. Great beer.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is not an "american strong ale"... it’s labelled as a "substitute" for brown shugga, but it has absolutely nothing to do with that brew. it’s basically another 8% ipa beverage from lagunitas. it’s not as good as maximus when maximus is good... but when has maximus been any good lately? the emphasis on aroma in ratebeer’s scoring system drags the overall score down, the actual overall score should be closer to 3.7 or 3.8... if you’re lucky enough to see this around grab a six pack or two.
CJack (42) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with thin white head. Fantastic sweet aroma: tropical fruit and flowery. Sweet bready malt base with strong hop presence without too much bitterness. A great American ale.
---Rated whilst imbibing
csaso (1460) - Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - small foamy head, light copper color, nice big citrus grapefruit hop aroma and flavor, mild malt backbone - very good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear golden color with plenty of bubbles and a big, frothy white head. Aroma is mango, spruce, floral, bubblegum, citrus, and herbs. Taste is mango, pine, lemon grass, bitter with a long bitter finish.