hivemind (882) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Rerate 1/23/2013, bottle from 6er brought by James while playing Settlers. A lot hoppier than my first rating. Good sweet caramel candy malt notes balanced really well by fresh pine hops. A lot better than first try.
Tap @ Tap Room 307 with Erica. Medium gold pour with light head. Very hoppy aroma and more of a muted palate with a modest hop profile given that it’s Lagunitas. Kind of conservative for this brewer ... Also not really sure what makes it a holiday ale b/c it seems more like a warm-weather brew to me, but who cares? Decent.
omega (881) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can really see the potential of this beer but the hops have died in transit to NZ.
MarkSachon (877) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Caliente in Pittsburgh. First sips reveal strong hops and a mellow creaminess going down the throat. Plenty of complexities and a strong body, perhaps a little on the flat side. Not perfect, but close to excellent.
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This golden brown beer pour with a thick head. It has a sweet but hoppy citrus aroma. It has a sweet hoppy flavor also.
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bwa5879 (873) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Last time I had one of these it had sat too long and was not as good as I remembered. Man I'm glad they brought this to west michigan this year. Very clear straw/faint orange pour with a few inches of bright white head. Strong delicious juicy citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange, and resinous pine tar. Light mouth feel with surprisingly low carbonation. Tastes like hoppy fresh orange juice. Finish is wet and only slightly bitter, not overdone at all. I prefer this over brown shugga any day.
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Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Bell’s Tulip.
A: Pours a clear peach with some straw colored hues around the edges. A 1 finger white head forms on the pour and subsides to a nice ring. Nice sheets of lace are left down the glass.
S: Bursts of citrus and sweet fruits. Grapefruit, apple and mango are some of the great smells coming out. A very slight pine is on the backend.
T: The citrus just pops in your mouth. Grapefruit and orange citrus with a faint hint of sweet mango. Some light biscuit malts show themselves as well. The finish is a slight bitter pine.
M: Lively mouth with great carbonation. Light to medium bodied with a subtle sticky feel to it. Highly drinkable.
O: Just like everyone else, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised by this guy. The citrus bursts in your mouth and the malts and slight pine bitterness really balance it out. The drinkability is off the charts.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-04-2011
pictoman (869) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with white head. Caramel malt, light hops and a little funk. Finishes a little light and dry.
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Hanging Bat.
Surprised at how old school this seemed to be. Light clear sparkling russet brown with a good hop nose and supple mealiness of the body.Smooth yet stealthily big and round
rader58 (865) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark golden to light copper color. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, honey. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, caramel. Not a tremendous amount of complexity to the aroma or flavor, but damn it’s good.
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.