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RATINGS: 1409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the world’s would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre on the Brewery Party Grounds and also in joyous celebration of our 20-day suspension that following January. Do the crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Great beer. Very nice balance between malt and hops with enough complexity to make it interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2007
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2007
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
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.


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