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RATINGS: 1438   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 worldís would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrickís 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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2007
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), itís well worth a purchase.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
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 didnít drink this one anywhere near a hot dog stand, so it wasnít a matter of smelling someone elseís 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 didnít go down as one of my favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
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!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
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 itís ABV is an easy sipper, Iím glad I picked up a few bottles of this, very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Excellent dark amber color with a small tight head and great lacing. The smell was very fruity, hoppy and malty at once. Great balance...excellent ASA...I loved this baby.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
22 oz bottle. At first, too cold, let warm just a bit and the flavors came out. Consider this a strong ale, at 9.9% did not taste like a high octane beer. The finish was a nice spicey warming. I wish I had another.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours deep ruby with a thick, frothy tan head. Strong aroma of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and alcohol. Big creamy malt right up front, with an herbal bitterness hitting mid-palate. Bitterness lingers through the finish, with notes of vanilla, lemon zest, and earthy/piny/spicy hops. Palate is full, creamy, a bit sticky, and spicy with lingering bitter grapefruit, just a hint of lemon zest, and some mild continuing sweetness. Very unique ale, almost feels like some sort of crossover. Part Barley Wine, part IPA, and part ESB. Either way, enjoyable, and very easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
í07 bottle. clear, red/purple with minimal head though pretty carbonated. almost looks like a well-mixed shirley temple. aroma out of bottle is pure hops, but out of glass has more of a candyish maltiness. like a cherry syrup almost. flavor is decimatingly bitter. a tiny bit medicinal, still syrupy. i donít know man, thereís some off tastes here. kinda weird how turned off to hops iíve become. just a tad overcarbonated. i didnít want to give over a 3.5, but iíll let the 3.6 stay since it has no alcohol taste. even if this version is a full .7% less than last yearís.


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