fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color, hazy. Very good malt, both the aroma and flavor; strong mouthfeel, just showing some alcohol, extreme but well balanced. Good hopping. Very good.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer, very hoppy I felt, with a nice blend of caramel malt taste. Had a nice body too it. Reminded me of other Lagunitas though.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled. Pours copper with a decent size off-white head. Aroma of Caramel malts, fruit, piney hops, and citrus. The flavor is sweet, caramel, fruit, with a citrusy bitter finish. Good brew.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in a 22 oz bottle. Poured dark brown with a thin head. Had a very bitter flavor with mild hops and thick malt base. Aroma was relatively sweet and palate was pretty smooth for being so bitter.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitas seems to be the king of making good but not quite exceptional beers, particularly those with a high dose of both hops and malt. Another solidly enjoyable ASA, a bit darker with more sweet malt than their Lucky 13 but still hopped up and full bodied. Considering its large ABV, solid flavor, and extremely reasonable price (4$ for a bomber), it’s well worth a purchase.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. Head was thick, off white, and left some decent lace behind. Aroma was of light malty molasses, minimal grapefruity hops, dried cherry, raisin, and soy. I also detected occasional notes of hot dog and yellow mustard. I didn’t drink this one anywhere near a hot dog stand, so it wasn’t a matter of smelling someone else’s lunch. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. The sweetness gave way to assertive hop bitterness that really lays into the tongue at the end and lingers. Tasted of malty caramel, whisky, and toffee. I also wonder if there was a bit of peated malt used to make this one. Interesting beer, but didn’t go down as one of my favorites.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pors medium amber with a good lingering foam head, Smell s ok, kind musty. Taste is not that of a strong ale. solid brew overall, just no compaired to other strong ales.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 pours copper with nice off-white head. aroma of pine and a bit of sweet citrus. Mouthful is a bit sweet and dominated by pine hops. bitter hop flavor sticks around for a while. a bit of alcohol come through at the end. the bitter ending seems to get longer every sip. pretty bold... not bad
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from Vadallia in Landsdale, Pa for $4.39!! Pours a nice fluffy head that hung around awhile + laced nicely. A crystal clear copper color (I was surprised this was not bottled conditioned, zero sediment). Nice nose of piney hops and some sweeetness telling me this would be hot. The abv was well hidden too my surprise and blended well with the high malt content.This is a good IPA with some kick. Some nice hop flavor with the "pineyness" and grapefruit bite but be careful, this is no session beer. The session would last for as long as it takes to drink 2 of these. For the price I paid, I would consider a session worth a try!!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle, 2005 vintage??, a blurb along the right side of label, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
Poured a clear reddish tarnished copper with a large, rocky off-white head, fair amount of laced sticking.
A pleasant hoppy nose, mango, melon, papaya, lightly pine oily, a little minty floral and dry herbs, sweet grainy malts.
Good steady carbonation, crisp, dry, hop slick, chewy, creamy smooth medium-full bodied mouthfeel.
On my first taste of this I thought, o.k., green pine needles, tropical fruits and bananas, on further tastes, minty herbs with a peel and rind bitterness, a slight numbing of the tongue, sweet caramel grains the meshes with the hops, giving them some sweetness, the alcohol is spicy and fruity, a bit like a tropical mixed drink, providing a low temperature warmth in the palate, and a dry spicy, herbal, fruity alcohol finish.
For me personally, another winning ale from Lagunitas, a "sneak release" that despite it’s ABV is an easy sipper, I’m glad I picked up a few bottles of this, very enjoyable.