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RATINGS: 1491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle... Beautiful, toasted amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Terrific retention. The earthy, malty aroma supplies heaps of caramel, tons of pink grapefruit and a touch of damp leather. Tastes like bitter grapefruit rind blended with caramel, Novocain and ethanol. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lightly bitter, extremely astringent finish. Not a whole lot of subtlety here. Kudos to growler for splitting the bottle with me!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4530) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-brown body with a foamy, thick off-white head. Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted grains amidst heavy hop scents of resin, grapefruit, and flowers. Taste: Sugary caramel sweetness flush against the torrent of hop flavors and bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and even some freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Finish acidic and bitter with some peppery ethanol lurking in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky, oily mouthfeel. Drinkability: Another simplistic strong ale, and though its well priced, it just isn’t my cup of tea.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2007
22 oz bottle purchased at Monaghans. Poured a fantastic looking clear reddish amber with a nice foamy whiteish head. Aroma was very sweet with nice floral hoppiness, caramel, molases, and something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, figs possibly. Palate was medium with a nice touch of carbonation and a slight bit of alcohol warming on the back of my throat from the 9.28%. OVerall a nice beer that everyone enjoyed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2822) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy head. Powerful hop aroma, really enticing. Taste is a little thin but a huge explosion of hops in the mouth. The hops even linger on the palate after. This is really interesting and a nice change of pace.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2007
22 oz’er -- Poured a nice reddish medium amber with a firm 1/2 inch foam top. The aroma is quite pleasant, sweet and floral with an almost cinnamony aspect to it. Invitingly creamy and cushioned, this has a nice bouquet of pine and citrus, with a solid undercurrent of caramel malt. You would never pick this as 9.9% ... beautiful! (#3054, 8/10/2007)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle. Deep copper, with a thick tan head. Rich fruity, resin aroma, with no hint of the alcohol. Light body for the alcohol. A bit bitter for a strong ale. Finishes a bit long, with the bitterness coming on strong at the end.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Hoppy aromas, citrus notes, reminds me of a DIPA. Taste is yummy; citrus, hops, slight molasses, and hardly a hint of the strong alcohol. Easy on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2007
a very typical lagunitas ale. it does seem a bit cleaner as the trademark straw type flavor is missing. the flavors introduce themselves in a classic way. a touch of vanilla sweetness, creamy and refreshing. a great brewer can do this. a bit taken aback as the hop profile is a little laid back and tame. this only serves to show off the rest of the beers attributes. what we would expect from lag and what some of us might like to see. careful this brew shows little alcohol!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
This has a good looking pour, a clear, deep amber, slightly tinted with brown, and a creamy, sustained beige head. The aroma is rich and malty, a winey, caramel/toffee mix, and heavily hopped courtesy of the PNW. The creamy malts and the sharply bitter citric hops are fairly evenly balanced, keeping me from declaring this a DIPA. The strong ABV is lost beneath the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Pours a brown color with some amber-orange hues. Forms a 1" frothy off-white head with decent retention of some wispy foam throughout. Minimal spotty lacing. Nicely balanced aroma profile with competing notes of dark caramel, chocolate malt balls, raisins, spices and a touch of citrus-like hops in the background. Medium body on the palate with a nice slick, smooth feel as it passes over the tongue. Flavors are also very well balanced with notes of sweet caramel candy, toffee, dark fruits and toasted malt combined with a subtle spicy-citrusy hop contribution. The body and balanced flavor seems to keep the 9.9% alcohol almost unoticeable. Perhaps not a classic but a solid, drinkable American Strong for sure.


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