fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a tan ruby color with cascading bubbles that leaves a thick tan head that is frothy, bubbly, and clingy. The aroma is spicy hops, dark fruit, plums, nectarines, cinnamon, with vanilla sweetness. The taste starts bitter with a strong malty caramel thickness that coats the palate with fruit sweetness balanced by a sharp bitterness that finishes syrupy thick and bitter but is refreshing and lively. Take that "po-po", this is a delicious brew aggresive and angry (in terms of the hop profile) great job Lagunitas!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruddy amber pour. Huge hop aroma - very piney, and some caramel malts. Fairly malty flavors, a fair bit of residual sugar - fairly big, without a huge chewy mouth. Hops very present in flavor as well, with a bitter finish. Alcohol was very noticable, but I think it will mellow with age. I enjoyed this beer a lot.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber courtesy of Saarlander, thanks Aaron. dark amber with a good sized off-white head after a vigourous pour. not an overpowering aroma but nice nonetheless of mild caramel and some hop bitterness. well balanced for having near 10% alcohol. very nice!
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of HOPS, and some other hints, maybe fruit, some caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and hoppy as hell. Can really taste the alcohol in this one. This one would be better served in the fall or winter. Damn fine beer, none the less.
jake65 (2901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, hints of copper pour with a frothy head. Aroma is of hops, florals, and fruity tones. Taste is more hoppy, some malty sweetness, light caramels, citrus, and pine. Many flavors present, yet very well balanced. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a heavily filtered amber with a quickly diminishing head. The aroma is very piney, grassy, with only a light hint of malt. The body is only med. if that. The flavors is exceedingly clean as if they over-pitched. Nothing really in the way of esters and the malts are almost non-existent. Pine-sol hoppiness and that’s about it. Finish is dry and bitter, but nothing extreme. Can’t say I very much care for this.
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a mildly foamy head. Aroma of hops and some mild malt. Flavor is lightly sweet with a heavy bitterness. Nice ESB.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle] Dark amber color, with a dense foamy head that quickly dissolves. Aroma is hoppy- as expected, with plenty of malty, caramel notes as well. Flavors are immediately dry and bitter- turning to a sweetness that takes over over and lets the alcohol really come through. Not a bad beer, but in the grand scheme of hopped-up Californian beers, this is kind of overly sweet.
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at the American Beer Fest in June and draught pints at Redbones, July 2006.
High clarity throughout a moderately carbonated, dull bronze/amber with some light burgundy tints. Head is beige and fairly rapidly recedes to ring, with some spotty lacing.
American hops in the nose point to pine, deep floral bitterness and some moderate to light grapefruit rind on the end. Lightly syrupy, sweet, barleywine-like maltiness coats the nose with thick caramel and dry toffee. After some breathing and warming, the nearly candy-sweet malts with the stark contrast of acidic pine and citrus just got old. Certainly not charming, nor unexplored territory for California strong ales.
The flavor is as expected, full of residual sugars giving a nearly full body, with caramel, vanilla cream and light toffee. Some dry breadiness, hints of alcohol tones creeping around on the finish and the usual PNW acidic hoppiness. Despite the dry, bitter hoppiness and alcohol warmth, I still get too much sugariness.
So, my question is, how is this significanly different than any other sugary, hoppy strong amberish ale from Lagunitas? Talk about a one-trick pony.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a deep, clear autumny-garnet with a couple minutes’ worth of beige head... rather nice lacing ensued. The nose was of caramel and toffee with a large hop presence... pine was great, but the veggie undertow threw me off. The Arrogant Bastardy palate assault made me smile, though... bracing pine and citrus hop barrage with just enough caramel and other sticky malt backing to keep it balanced. Medium-bodied, and the stickiness never gets cloying. Long bitter piney finish. Very good stuff!