ClarkVV (4219) - 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 (7364) - 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!
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby pour, Huge hoppiness, that is subdued as it warms, long aftertaste, alcohol very well hidden, another winner from Lagunitas! Bought at Hollingshead’s.
Sregnar35 (1023) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber to dark red with a good enough head. Aroma is awesome, nice hops and sweet sugary honey hops. Flavor is a bit weaker than the aroma suggested, but still nicey hopped and finised sweet. The alcohol is well hidden.
jackamackson (127) - USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at horsebrass. sweet and carmelly with a touch of citrusy hops. pretty light tasting and deceiving in alcohol content. very tasty.
alyryn (9) - USA - JUL 7, 2006 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells awesome, just like most of other Lagunitas offerings...sugary, citrusy, sticky. Pours reddish-copper with not too much head. Whatever lacing there was just kind of dripped down the glass into the beer. Thin mouthfeel does not exactly fit expectations set by the big aroma. Tastes of caramel, pine, maple syrup. Long, lingering bitter finish that for some reason doesn’t sit well with me. Interesting beer, but I probably would try others over getting this one again.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber color with a big, long lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel malts and citrus hops. Flavor of piney/citrus hops and caramel malt. Tangy/hoppy finish.
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.
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.