Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly cloudy amber-mahogany with a thin, fine, tan head. Light hops aroma with some fruitiness and a bit of dry maltiness. Flavor is predominantly of alcohol followed by dark orange peel hops flavors and dry caramel malt notes--all soaked in intense bitterness. The balance is a bit off here. The heavy bitterness works for me but the overt alchohol flavor and hotness doesn’t sit well. The hops and malt flavors are good but are shoved into the backseat here. This is a good beer that has some issues.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a thin film of bubbles on the surface. Serious grapefruit/hop aroma with a trace of sweetness. Strong hoppy character with a solidly malty background with pine needles and a bit of alcohol. Not very complex stuff, but pretty solid.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Very nice balance between malt and hops with enough complexity to make it interesting.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz reddish beer. This offering from Lagunitas smelled like sugar and hops. This beer is extremely drinkable... even before I noticed the 9.9%, I knew that this was going down quickly. Most of the flavor is the sweet malt. It reminds me of a double bag from Long Trail, only this one has more hops and more complexity. The finish is nutty and there is no alcohol flavor even as it warms up a little. This was the best Lagunitas that I have had.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This beer poured a clear, dark amber color with a thick, foamy beige head that lasted. Some thick lacing was left around the glass. The aroma was very strong. It was made up of huge citrus hop notes and also toffee. The flavor was full of caramel malts and finished with a slightly lasting grapefruit bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with light carbonation and some slight tounge warming alcohol. It was also a bit oily. I really enjoyed this beer. It had good balance for a big beer, with exceptional aroma and flavor.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer that is dangerously drinkable as it hides its high abv very well. Mild overall. Malt flavor and malt aroma with moderate hops. Well balanced, but the flavors are subtle. Brown in color.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs burnt orange and offers a smaller head. It has hits of the hop/citrus on ht enose and then you get a blast of hops and balanced bitterness on the plate. The beer drinks smooth abnd finished in balance as well.
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2010 Poured a transparent light brown with orange hues and a foamy, thick slightly off white head. Looks a bit like an Arrogant Bastard rip off. Smells very hoppy, pine, lemon, resin. Taste is very sugary, bitter with same flavors as the aroma with a touch of candy. Mouthfeel is very heavy with a lasting bitterness. A bit of a Bastard rip off. Drinkable, just could have been more origional for me. Re-rate of a 2007 bottle sampled in August 2010. 22oz bottle pours a transparent, copper amber with a creamy, off white head. Nose is cookies, malts, dough, sweet, a little orange zest, a touch oxidized, port. Flavor is sweet, caramel, salted peanuts, dough, toffee, cookies, orange zest, a little oxidized, a touch wood, apples, port. Medium bodied, lightly bitter.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Eh. I don’t get much out of this one...generic big hop-and-malt brew.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, light brown with a small, white, frothy, quickly and mostly diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with light/moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; Hoppy with moderate/heavy resin/pine, moderate herbal grapefruit zest; Light yeast note of basement; Light miscellaneous notes of alcohol and vanilla.<P>The flavor is moderately bitter, moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly/moderately bitter, moderately sweet finish.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Quite hoppy, but adequately balanced with the rich desserty malt. Not particularly engaging, though.