after4ever (7400) - 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.
PorterPounder (7053) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Marietta, Ga. - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits, 22 oz bottle. Sparkling dark copper pour with a thick frothy creamy off-white head that leaves nice trailing lace. Piney, citrusy, sprucey, grapefruit - aroma and flavor all intermingles - we’ve been down this road before and its all good. Yeah - some of these Laguntias specials start tasting the same - but you know what - they all taste great. Creamy, thick mouthfeel - goes down smooth -excellent nightcap.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. pours dense deep mahogany with white head. nose has lots of citrus hop notes, and some caramel notes. flavor is nice and hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, and fruit punch, with a big malty backbone. more on the side of a iipa on the asa spectrum. alc. well hidden. carb. smooth. one of the better lag. brews i’ve had.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body, off-white head with some lacing, mild hops and some sweet malt in the nose. This is 9.9%? Hides it well. Moderate bitterness on a semi-sweet base; does not blow me away.
LinusStick (3183) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like a less carbonated Arrogant Bastard. Aroma of hops and malt...sweet malt. Pour was a dark orange with no head. Taste was sweet malt in the beginning. Ginger and butter with sugar on the swallow, then piney hops in the aftertaste and on down the throat. This is like any other ASA.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - pours clear amber with 1/2 lingering light tan head; mild aromas are sweet and piney; drinks smooth and not as bitter as expected, though that comes out more after a few sips
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
brown/orange with a medium sized off-white head. hop aroma. these guys are way too crazy about their hops man! bitter, pine, soap, lemon, alcohol flavor. dry finish. another overly hopped, boozy lagunitas beer...whats new. aggravating.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a clear dark copper with an average beige head. Not getting much from the nose here, just a moderate amount of nice floral hops. Taste starts a little sweet, there is a solid caramel malt backbone, but it quickly turns to the hops and is all about the hops. Grapefruit, pine, even some earthy hops carry through to the finish and the pine & grapefruit lingers in the aftertaste for quite some time. Medium body, moderate carbonation. 10% abv hidden quite well under all the hops.
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very beautiful cascading reddish amber. Lots of hops, like a Double IPA. Bitterness swells up and stays around. Very tasty brew, lots of flavors hard to pick out. Creamy palate, very full bodied. Real nice job, impressive considering how much hops and alcohol must be packed into this.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish amber with a thin well-maintained light tan headiness. Aroma of caramel, sweet grapefruit, and hop-infused toffee. Taste is hoppy, resinous, with notes of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly resinous but the beer is not cloying due to the good attenuation. Better attenuated than most Lagunitas offerings. After reading the story of this beer, I will be supporting Lagunitas even more!