Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 lightly fruity malty aroma, and beautiful deep reddish honey head. This product is surprisingly smoothand only subtly sweet, with little alcohol bite or aftertaste. Very inoffensive. $9/22oz
DocLock (8948) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the DRE. Deep copper pour with 1-finger creamy head. Great appearance. Aroma of extremely piney hops, caramel malt, black and Bell pepper, mango. The flavor was very hoppy in a piney way, with a big tropical fruity taste backed up by a big malt bill. Very smooth palate with well hidden alcohol. Marvelous!
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber... dark copper colored pour. large cream colored head, good lacing. huge hop aroma , sweet piney.medium bodied , grapefruit , hops and a slight pepper flavor . nice dry finish , good beer
Tmoney99 (12725) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good complex citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick finish. Medium malty bitter flavor with a medium bitter small alcohol finish of moderate duration.
Ratman197 (12130) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear amber with a large lasting ivory head. Aromas of light carmel, pine, some grassiness and some light citrus notes. Palate was light to medium bodied and slightly resiny. Flavors of herbs, pine, light carmel and grapefruit rind with a dry lingering bitter finish.
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught, Hollingshead’s) Pours a deep clear amber body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, and pine. Flavor of mild hops, caramel malt, and herbs. Alcohol well hidden for nearly 10% abv.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a mostly clear burnt copper with a semi-fizzy off-white head. Fresh aroma of bitter grapefruit hoppiness with some concentrated orange juice. Flavor is very dry retronasal alcohol, toffee, some smoky burnt caramel, and finally some grapefruit hops showing through leading to a burnt bitter and dry finish. Pretty full body. Definitely big and bitter, and definitely a well-made big ASA. If the alcohol were toned down a bit and more focus were placed on the hops, this would be stellar. I guess I was looking for something a bit more elegant, but this brew could easily quench a thirst for something big and nasty and distinctively American.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Brew Kettle 7/21/06: Hazy coppery brown w/ a lasting light beige head. Piney & woody hops abound w/ hints of citrus. Caramel malt w/ a bit of alcohol. A bit nutty and toasty w/ a hint of roast balances the hop nose. Piney & herbal hop flavor up front. Some spicy alcohol w/ toasted & caramel malts. Aftertaste is herbal citrusy w/ toasted malt flavor. Finish is semi sweet, but dries out in the aftertaste. Well balanced for the most part. Medium body, low medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol. Not quite as bitter or aggressive as their IPA, more to my liking, and a pretty good beer!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a beautiful red with a fluffy off white head, spotty lacing. Aroma of grapfruity hops, brown sugar, and candy red hots. Earthy maltiness of caramel, tea counterbalanced by bitter, grassy and piney hops. A tad of alcohol in the sweet and dry finish, along with a pleasant peppery hop bite. Not to bad. My wife liked this.
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!