BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer rocks, but I’m not surprised. Aroma is very hoppy and citrusy. Flavor is smooth grapefruit, hops are not too bitter, just right. Very easy drinking for such a big beer. I liked this a lot.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s, labled as Undercover Shutdown Pale Ale. Dark amber with caramel head. Light hoppy aroma.Very malty with a nice hop bite. Very hoppy at the finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with pellucid mahogany body over a pillowy head leaving a clinging, thickly braided lacing; sweet and sprucy hop nose with a grapefruit rind note; toasty, toffee and bready maltiness giving way to a tangy, snappy and acidic hoppiness; moderate-chewy body and lingering, tasty Amarillo-type bitter and fairly balanced finish; quite tasty and on par with most other LBC offerings. These guys rock.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 (1/9/07, bottle) Crystal clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some pine. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/pine, some peach. Medium body, some resin. Exact same rating as before, without remembering how I’d rated it. (7/3/8/3/15)
(Noogfest2, bottle) Crystal clear copper body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, pine caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel, tobacco. Quite bitter. Medium-full body, some acidity. (7/3/8/3/15)
raphael (883) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
piney, green aroma with some toasty note. Clear coppery color, almost white head, small but persistent. aroma fills the mouth, making the top of the beer feel thicker than the bottom. there’s a crispness to the beers flavor, balancing the hops and alcohol with almost noticeable malt, and a softening in the aftertaste, despite the hops not fading, which are a little jangling/unpleasant to me.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caooper, foamy tan head. Molasses, woodsy and almost mettallic aroma. Big piney, resinous hops up front. Very dry, and the flavors is, well, hoppy. Very. Nice smooth malt undertone, but the bitterness is the main focus here. Sampled at Noogfest2
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-colored with very good clarity. Medium light tan, fine head. Big resiny hop aroma with some alcohol and solvent notes. Flavor was inititially very solventy and alcoholic. After the beer warmed and breathed, the solvent notes became far less apparent. Huge, resiny, hoppy, alcohol flavor with a big malt body to support it. Fruity esters and alcohol in the finish along with lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Medium-full body but good carbonation level gave a lighter impression. Nice beer with a funny story behind its creation.
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear copper color with medium off-white head. Aroma is strong of hops, citrus, floral hops, and a small hint of sweet malts. Flavor begins wiht sweet malts then the citrus and hops take over. Decently bitter finish. Very nece brew, one of my favorites from Lagunitas.
Oakes (12629) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught: Archer Ale House, Bellingham, WA. Bright copper colour. The aroma is slightly floral with brown sugar notes and woody hoppiness. Bitter, woody hop character with slightly chewy brown sugar malts. The finish is a bit astringent and alcoholic. Not really sure where they’re going with this. It shows me nothing new and isn’t particularly palatable. These flavours and aromas are better served as instruments in an orchestra rather than being the whole band.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Bottled. Pours a clear, bright copper color with an ivory head. Clean hoppy aroma with pine, oranges and grapefruit notes. A good deal of caramel as well. Sweet and a bit syrupy. Tons of bitterness. Caramel and toffee notes. Just a bit out of balance but really pretty good. I’m rating this a five for right now, I’ll change it a bit later. It’s my way of giving Lagunitas a standing ovation for what this beer represents (and I don’t even smoke).