Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper color with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma is flowery hops, spices and caramel. Taste is citrus with a nice malt backbone, caramel. Good bitterness. Full mouhtfeel, creamy. Good strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3410) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 got to try this one again. amber to dark red. hoppy with plenty of malt. caramel notes. immediate dry and bitter turns to sweet. k7 Re-rate: got this one again. has a peach vibe to it. like a grassier version of the lagunitas red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degrassi (30) - cypress, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Not as bitter as I expected. The alcohol was not a factor here, very smooth beverage. Lower priced than other beers of it’s kind with this high of an abv (which is why i picked one up). Overall a good beer I wouldn’t shy away from, but not something i’d buy if I was trying to spoil myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
A pretty standard strong american ale. You should like it. Be suprised if you didn’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Clear deep amber/copper pour with a 2 finger khaki head in a new Sam Adams glass. Sweet aroma of brown sugar and malt with a little grapefruit. Flavor is tilted toward the malty end with plenty of caramel, toffee and milk chocolate. Hops apparent but not nearly as aggressive as anticipated. Nice rich mouthfeel and a slightly peppery finish where the alcohol joins the party. I’d echo the comments from mj - this brew is quite close to their Censored Rich Copper Ale. Not a bad beer and one I would happily drink again but not one that I would go out and look for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jclzony (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a beige head. The aroma contains a moderate amount of nice floral hops. The first sip is a little sweet, however it contains a solid caramel malt backbone that quickly turns to hops and finishes with a good strong hop flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops carry through to the finish. The pine and grapefruit flavor lingers in the aftertaste for quite awhile. The 9.28% abv is well disguised beneath the hops. This beer exhibits a Medium body with moderate carbonation and could pack a wallop if too many are consumed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Seems to be in the vein of so many other Lagunitas strong ales - rich chewy brown sugar and toffee malt flavors, easily apparent and uncomplex, with a moderately high hop level that only adds a tinge of bitterness and nearly no flavor. At least the alcohol isn’t apparent in this beer, I’ll give them that, but I wasn’t too impressed with the standard caramel and raisin malt nose, nor with the standard but slightly thin flavors of caramel and caramelized hops. I could certainly drink this, no question, but like everything else Lagunitas I just don’t think I’ll be buying it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Aroma of sweet carmel malt, citrus, and juicy hops, but the nose still is not very interesting. Pour is a red/copper with an off-white head. Flavor is resiny and syrupy. Citrus, a bit of bread and fruit, and sweet malts. A solid brew, but it tastes like any other lagunitas american strong. Lacks depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Clear copper pour with a decent sized white head with thick lacing. Big citrus aroma that just screams that this will be have some thick, syrupy hop character. It does. Nicely balanced with the malt. Nice bread/toast middle. Hops are resinous and sticky towards the medium bitter finish. This is a really solid strong ale, just the way I like them. Right under hop bomb level. Balanced. Alcohol only evident from the warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
Similar in tone to most other lagunitas specialty brews, this one wins out due to near immaculate balance of malt and hops. Pours brown-gold with slight receding head, crisp hop nose chased by enveloping toffee tones on the palate, in turn chased with typical lagunitas high IBUs, this one gets to hang around in the cellar a while, just to see what happens.

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