brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Noogfest-2. Most amusing story that goes along with this brew. Bonus points for amusement value. Pours copper and leather looking, very clear with a wispy white head. Grassy, spicy hop aroma and that’s about all, rather simple. Nicely balanced hops (pine and citrus peal) with the malty biscuit and caramel. Nice. Medium body. All well balanced and quite drinkable.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy caramel amber. Very nice off white head. Aroma of moderate maltiness and hops. Neither was over powering.
Falvor seemed balanced and somewhat middle of the road. Fairly robust hoppiness. More like an IPA with a couple extra ABV points. Not bad.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours with a nice copper color.
Aromas of flowers and hops and a slight hint of grains. Flavors are dominated by hops with a bit of a malty undertone. Very nice ale, the alcohol is not noticeable at all.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pellucid tawny, awesome head and light lacing. Nose is humid with light hops, wood and wet-doggy caramel. The flavor is balanced, nice bitterness and sweetness level along with a bit of additional caramel. Light asparagus in the finish along with a mild slap of alcohol. Awful nose but everything else is nice.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Deep red copper in color with a nice white rocky tan head. Wow. Hoppy and nice malty aroma. Cascades. UMMMM. Big hoppy aroma. Malty and hoppy flavor. Nice chewy hops. Finish is hoppy. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber and beer 12 in the COTF 5/06. How much do I love Lagunitas? Well...a lot. Other than Maximus, this smells hoppy as hell. Flavor is not as malty as the usual Lagunitas stuff. Big cascades abound in something that is a cross between an IIPA and a barleywine. Skunky hops o’plenty and frankly, not much else. But thats okay. Reminds me of Red Rocket. Tasty, chewy, hoppy, good.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber (Mitch), Hennepin glass, Noogfest. Deep and rich burnt copper hue with an average sized light tan head. HEAVY pine needles and resin hop aroma along with a healthy, but milder, dose of grapefruit. Quite an assault. Bracing oneself and digging back in reveals layer after layer of caramel malt. Flavor is intensely sweet and spicy...like chewing on caramel-covered pine needles, I suppose. (Well, except this tastes good.) Seems fairly simply to my nose/palate but the caramel sweetness is addictive to me. Substantial medium-full body with an oily texture and just enough carbonation to keep it from pasting my mouth shut.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full, bright, hoppy nose, also filled with minerals and even some strawberries. The alcohol is very evident, and this makes the brew slightly astringent. Dark orange body, with a lush, frothy white head. Not too sweet, and only slightly fruity. Otherwise, a pleasant herbal quality balances the strong hop bitterness. Pretty good.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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Pored a dark copper color. has a sweet aroma with a mild IPA smell. Loved the flavor. There was a sweet flavor with a simple IPA tatse. Great beer. Nothing overly special but this was a good drinking beer. Welcome back. Maybe the Ganga should be done behind the building.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Newport Pizza & Ale in OB. Fairly dark red pour with fine lacing. Perhaps a most noble example of balance. Whereas strong IPAs seems to be all hops all the time, with hops dominant from beginning to finish, this is not of that ilk. This beer does not claim to be an IPA by classification, nor should it, but the frontloaded flavor is all hops. The nose, oddly, is mild. The finish is almost sickly and syrupy malt-sweet. Loads of alcohol in this one, with a ten-plus percent burn that you feel for certain, but a good burn all the same.