raphael (884) - 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 (5186) - 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 (1351) - 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 (12723) - 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).
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this alot. A really heavily hopped bitter ale. Great caramel malt complexity, with a wonderful array of hops in the profile. Quite well balanced overall and I made quick work of this bomber.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s good to know people in Oregon. My buddy sent this out as soon as he drank it! From bomber. Deep amber pour with diminishing tan head. Nose has lots of piney and floral hops. Resinous mouth feel with sweet malts, in balance with more of those pine/floral hops. Lasting bitter finish with no clue as to the ABV. This is a great ASA. Thanks Link!
Reid (1923) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovelly dark amber almost chesnut coloured ale with a great looking thick/ bubbly off- white head.
Very "hop-centric" aroma to this one. Very spicy/piney ..almost a fierce scent to it.
Despite the aroma the taste is actually quite well balanced, with the semi-sweet maltiness battering down the rageing hopiness until near the end of the mouthful when the hops finally break free and carry on a very pleasing alcoholic warmth down the throat into the belly. Really quite good.
Very nice mouthfeel, thick and luxurious.
For an almost 10% ale this is excellent drinking. But I’m sure that more than one bomber might be too much for one night. None-the less and excellent nightcap.
beerpadawan (4) - Venusville, California, USA - MAY 15, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very enticing floral hop nose. Very confident on the palate through the finish--assertive and bright, yet sweet and full. A body could easily be fooled into thinking this beer was no more than 6-7% alcohol. It will please both hop-heads and strong ale enthusiasts alike, as it displays technical mastery of balance with high potency ale as well as a mature and long-lasting hop character from nose to finish.