sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’07 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 don’t know man, there’s some off tastes here. kinda weird how turned off to hops i’ve become. just a tad overcarbonated. i didn’t want to give over a 3.5, but i’ll let the 3.6 stay since it has no alcohol taste. even if this version is a full .7% less than last year’s.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - Medium/dark copper color with medium sized creamy off white head. Aroma has fair amount of light caramel, faint citrusy hops w/ notes of lemon, touch of apricot. Flavor is malty, faint caramel, touch of vanilla, bit of lemon and herbal hops. Finish is mildly bitter. Overall a nice american strong ale.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Wow - they were not kidding about this being a drink inspired by their bitter feelings about the local federales. This thing is a molassas sweet, bitter, malty hoppity-hop-hop behemoth ale. The smooth caramel malt segues into a huge, sharp biitter hop finish with a heapin’ helpin’ of pungent grapefruit that does a dance on the face of your tongue.
Re-rate: May 3rd, 2008 - Rating a 1-yr. old bomber I have let marinating in my fridge - citrus stands out a bit more, much smoother and even seems a little more full-bodied than I remember - I agree with my previous rating of 4.2, but am going to bump it up to 4.3 on the merit of how well it aged at 45F.
Cobra (1100) - - JUN 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. A steal at $3.99 each. Poured out a wildflower honey color, with a sticky tan colored head. Aromas are of honey, caramel, toffee, burnt raw sugars. 9.28% ABV on my bottle. Flavor profile is off the hook. Strong malt backbone with grapefruit hops bite. Bites your ass like a rattlesnake. Big alcohol flavors, along with subtle vanilla beans in the background. Thick mouthfeel, chewy body. Like a big ass Barleywine.
Kicks royal ass. Keep up the good work guys! Thanks much for this ale.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Honey amber pour with a decent head. Not bad. Aroma was hoppier than I expected - somewhere between an IPA and pilsner (I had this a few days ago, bear with me). I liked the flavor - refreshing, citrus, good finish, nice malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden, I never would’ve put it at nearly 10%. Overall, pretty alright, I’d have it again.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber color with a large ivory head. The nose is on the weak side - with gentle notes of pine, citrus, and hops. Mild malt flavors are dominated by strong citrus, pine, and hop flavors, with a good hop kick in the finish.
Padron4KM (625) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber, no freshness date noted.
Clear copper with a thick tan head and sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel and grapefruit and pine.
Flavor starts out sweet with sticky caramel flavors, then ruby red grapefruit with sugar, and a light dusting of piney resin.
Finish does get a bit sticky towards the end of the glass, but it has enough hops to keep it from going over the edge.
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reports of this being similar to a Arrogant Bastard put it firmly on my must get radar screen. During my last visit to Green’s, I was able to pick up a bomber to fulfill my suppressed cravings for the unavailable Stone offering. When poured into a pint glass, the clear body looked a lovely shade of copper, and the head was beige and craggy. The aroma was fantastically hoppy, and a little alcoholic as well. The taste was almost as citric hoppy as a DIPA (which some might still consider this to be), but the malt backbone was toastier (which makes me think this is more of an American Strong Ale exemplar). The alcohol was proudly showcased in an “if you got it, flaunt it” manner. Apricots, peaches, and mangoes were recalled as the residual sugars made themselves evident. A big beer in every regard, so a definite sipper. Sticky clingy body, and a bitter aftertaste finished this neat limited release package. More similar to Bigfoot than Arrogant Bastard if you were to ask me, and that is just a fine place to be.
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. pour is a reddish orange brown with a rootbeer float like head. booze is there in the nose, frutiy.the bitter flvor at first sip continue throughout this eventually finishing to a point that it is a burning flavor and sensation.the great thing about lagunitas is that even if i buy a beer like this that i don’t care for it is not breaking the bank. the best per dollar brewery out there, now i’m off to have a sirius to get the resin burnt taste out of my mouth.
after4ever (6552) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours crystal clear medium rubied amber. Towering off-white head with thick moussy rocks and suds knocking around. Gorgeous, bruising-looking beer. Big tingly, salty, floral and decidedly cheeba-like hop nose. Not much else in the way of aromatics to keep it company, but with a hop stank like that ya got nothin’ to cry about. Body’s decidedly on the medium side, not especially thick at all. Bold attack, though, since the carb is fully tangible, and the flavors are forward. This tastes like it would get pretty biscuity as it warms, but it’s really more like a slightly caramel-y IPA than an ASA. The hops are that prevalent. I really couldn’t care less about style pigeonholes (it doesn’t affect my score in the slightest), just using that as a descriptor. Gotta be one of the more refreshing and bracing 9.9% beers I’ve had--the booze is well-hidden and the flavor is definitely more invigorating than it is heavy. Nice stuff. Yet another winsome ASA from Petaluma.