jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super clear copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of bright citrus and grapefruit hops, some alcohol, malt and a little spice. Medium-bodied; Very bright hops at first with a nice kick, showing tons of bitterness, some malt, but mostly a nice bright hop kick. Aftertaste shows a nice rounded flavour with the emphasis on the hops and a touch of malt and sugars. Overall, a nice beer with a ton of hoppiness and a bright glow. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 06-December-2011 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-December-2011.
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ PW. Clear gold pour with a short, persistent white head leaving heavy lace. Fresh hop nose with maybe some seasonal spices in there? Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Pine, caramel, resin, tropical fruits, ganja and toast. Finish is nicely balanced between bitter, sweet and umami and leaves you wanting more. I’ve followed the sad tale of the Lagunitas shipping ’disaster’ (being a relative term) and loved the Brown Shugga last year, but am very pleased with this substitute, which I earnestly hope becomes an annual brew. Slightly bettered by Lukcy Basartd, but not by much.
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Malone’s. Paler gold, white head. Aroma is so interesting. The hop combines new Zealand delicate grassiness and white grape with marijuana. Intriguing. The flavors are not as well developed or expressed and body is thin but still a nice beer.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 12/24/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, peaches, mango and some other tropical fruit with some very aggressive citrusy hops. A medium to lighter bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, very tropical. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Good carbonation. A very fruity, yet very hoppy beer, that is nicely balance between the two extremes. Niuce crisp and dry finish adds to the hop bite. Not your usual beer from Lagunitas, and definitely not your typical holiday beer. I will miss Brown Sugga this year, but this is more than a respectable replacement. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, dry and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. What an amazing beer!!! The nose is very citrusy. Amber in color. There is a nice balance of hops in the taste that bring out lots of tropical fruits. Thank you Lagunitas for making my holiday a great one.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Lots of clean alcohol, onion, garlic, pine and a little fruit in the aroma. Definitely a good dose of dry hopping but not my favorite hop expression. The flavor is big and moderately bitter with a fruity, yeasty thing going on and a little alcohol, but the booze is relatively well hidden. I guess I’ll stick with hop stupid. Too bad that’s not in sixers. As a pale, hoppy, strong beer that is a stand-in, this isn’t bad, but the hops could definitely be tweaked in the future.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. I wasn’t sure if this would live up to the hype that’s been surrounding it but it most certainly did. Great hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor/body is a little light but it makes for a great easy drinking beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden brown, thin white head. Fruity aroma, lemon-lime, apricot and some pine notes. Very nicely balanced. Crisp bitterness, some floral touches and a light grapefruit pith flavor. Full mouth feel, without being overladen with malty sweetness. Good stuff.
hopscotch (8531) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear golden ale with a small, wispy, white head. Good retention. The aromatic highlights are pineapple, pine and pink grapefruit. Full-bodied and creamy with airy carbonation. The flavor tilts bitter, but not by much. Rindy, pithy hops nearly balanced by tea biscuit and toffee malts. Finishes fruity, piney and lightly bitter. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Vienna Whole Foods. Pours a clear pale yellow with an orange tint and good carbonation and a nice white head. Piny aroma with tons of grapefruit and tangerine. Flavor is slightly with sweet and pine and citrus. Overpowering bitter finish. Excellent double IPA.