SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A large, creamy, light brown head forms easily over this dark amber brew.
The aroma is fruity, with caramel and citrus hops.
The flavor is a mix of light sweetness tempered by an earthy hop bitterness.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lighter brown with a thin tan head. Smell is moderately hoppy. Taste is of bitter and sweet hops. Decent but not nearly the hop bomb I was expecting.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Dark brown pour with fairly big head. Sweet and hoppy aroma (Simcoe!!!???) Smooth, sweet taste of honey, caramel corn, pleasant hops that finish very nicely. This is a pretty good strong ale, and I think I’m going to have to invest in some more of Lagunitas’ brews.
alobar (2593) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thnaks to richlikebeer for sharing! Great American Ale! Clear dark amber/brown color with thin head. Aroma of hops, malts, alcohol. Tastes of hops, caramel, citrus.. .
thehinge (266) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour. My first Lagunitas and didn’t know what to expect. This was a way pleasant surprise. Sweet malts on the front end with a welcome hop punch in the finish. Awesome ale.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice brew, the Shut-Down pours a dark and muddy brown. The head is medium and off white. Tons of hops in the aroma and plenty of caramel malt as well. The flavor is a great mix of those two tastes as well. The moutfheel is really nice--thick, but not syrupy. Very filling and enjoyable.
Zeswaft (1336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber color and huge off-white head. Huge citrus hop aroma. Flavor is really sweet and caramelly and a little citrusy. A pretty standard ASA.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle shared with several Quebecois and one other drunk American at tiggmtl’s going away party in Montreal, from a New Belgium glass. Clear amber with just a bit of dying head....hoppy-caramel aroma offers faint whiffs of bitter orange, light fruits of other varieties, but really just doesn’t interest or make an impression....thick, juicy caramel on the tongue almost destroys the hoppy character though some dry twiggy notes creep up towards the finish....fairly thing and lifeless mouthfeel, especially for something so strong and (presumably) fresh.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Piney and iced tea laden nose with some astringent qualities. Grassy, almost haylike qualities and a full mouthfeel. yeaty finish that lingers far too long.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep mahogony pour w/ a full thick well laced tan head. nice full well coated palate. Aroma is an odd hop front over a lightly carmel body some piney notes hints of lemon skin and a bit of alcohol. Very nice full flavor a lightly dry flavor lots of sweet carmels w/ a good hopping some oranges lots of carmels. A very nice brew.