jefcon (1392) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hoppy aromas heavy on grapefruit and lemon. Brown in color with plenty of lacing from the bog of tan head sitting atop the beer. Really nicely bitter, with low astringency and full flavors. A little soapy, with, again, lots of fruit. A really good strong ale. Very reasonably priced, too.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours a clear copper with a lacy off-white head. Aroma of weed and citrus. Medium body and light carbonation. Bitter woody taste. Almost has an oaky character. Interesting, but not very inviting.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper color with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma is flowery hops, spices and caramel. Taste is citrus with a nice malt backbone, caramel. Good bitterness. Full mouhtfeel, creamy. Good strong ale.
DialSquare (2683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 got to try this one again. amber to dark red. hoppy with plenty of malt. caramel notes. immediate dry and bitter turns to sweet. k7 Re-rate: got this one again. has a peach vibe to it. like a grassier version of the lagunitas red.
degrassi (30) - cypress, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as bitter as I expected. The alcohol was not a factor here, very smooth beverage. Lower priced than other beers of it’s kind with this high of an abv (which is why i picked one up). Overall a good beer I wouldn’t shy away from, but not something i’d buy if I was trying to spoil myself.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty standard strong american ale. You should like it. Be suprised if you didn’t.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep amber/copper pour with a 2 finger khaki head in a new Sam Adams glass. Sweet aroma of brown sugar and malt with a little grapefruit. Flavor is tilted toward the malty end with plenty of caramel, toffee and milk chocolate. Hops apparent but not nearly as aggressive as anticipated. Nice rich mouthfeel and a slightly peppery finish where the alcohol joins the party. I’d echo the comments from mj - this brew is quite close to their Censored Rich Copper Ale. Not a bad beer and one I would happily drink again but not one that I would go out and look for.
jclzony (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a beige head. The aroma contains a moderate amount of nice floral hops. The first sip is a little sweet, however it contains a solid caramel malt backbone that quickly turns to hops and finishes with a good strong hop flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops carry through to the finish. The pine and grapefruit flavor lingers in the aftertaste for quite awhile. The 9.28% abv is well disguised beneath the hops. This beer exhibits a Medium body with moderate carbonation and could pack a wallop if too many are consumed.
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seems to be in the vein of so many other Lagunitas strong ales - rich chewy brown sugar and toffee malt flavors, easily apparent and uncomplex, with a moderately high hop level that only adds a tinge of bitterness and nearly no flavor. At least the alcohol isn’t apparent in this beer, I’ll give them that, but I wasn’t too impressed with the standard caramel and raisin malt nose, nor with the standard but slightly thin flavors of caramel and caramelized hops. I could certainly drink this, no question, but like everything else Lagunitas I just don’t think I’ll be buying it again.
JohnnyJ (4367) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sweet carmel malt, citrus, and juicy hops, but the nose still is not very interesting. Pour is a red/copper with an off-white head. Flavor is resiny and syrupy. Citrus, a bit of bread and fruit, and sweet malts. A solid brew, but it tastes like any other lagunitas american strong. Lacks depth.