GJF (1371) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another lovely from Lagunitas. Bottle from Hy-Vee. Lots of malt. Semi-sweet with a good dose of hops to round it out at the end.
asedzie (694) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby with beige head - good retention. Nose has mild citrus peel, caramel, some syrupy sweet notes in the background. Flavor is dominated by piney hops and prickly alcohol bite. Begins a little bready-malty and then quickly becomes a wash of hop resins. Finish is interestingly balanced between hop bitterness and toasted malt flavors. A good nightcap with strong flavors,but too incoherent to be world-class.
Thechasm442 (402) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 bottle served in a tulip. The beer pours a clear ruby brown with a thick off white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is very strong. I can smell it from a few feet away. Bright citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, caramel, toffee, and pine resin. Really complex and nice. On to taste. With the first sip I get a ton of pine, and citrus, especially grapefruit and tangerine. As the flavors develop I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some bready malts. The beer is pretty sticky overall, and fairly quenching for such a big beer. The alcohol is slightly detectable, but still well hidden for 9.3%. This is a really really good beer.
Evolutionary (402) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at mellow new Albany. Nose is hop and clean. Pour Amber. Sweet start with hop bitterness shining thru. Good and even great but not perfect.
redtechnj (266) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance- Clear light amber, thick fluffy white head, very good lacing.
Aroma- Sweet caramel malt, piney, Hoppy, citrus.
Flavor- grapefruit hoppy, sweet malt, bitter finish,
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper with a thin white head and a lot of lace. Aroma is sweet tropical fruit, floral, and sweet caramel malts. Flavour is tropical fruits, mild alcohol, high bitterness, pine, caramel and a moderately dry finish. Pretty balanced and enjoyable though I almost get a slight bit of a medicinal touch mixed in the complexity, I think thatís likely just from the tons of hops here.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting beer. The shut down is a great way to start the night, Smelled malty and has a large malty taste.
mike67 (939) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt, brown sugar, ripe fruit, some vegetables and alcohol fill the mouth. Finish is long, semi-dry. This brew has some unusual taste, I donít think I will drink it often.
UXO (871) - CANADA - APR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear red-tinged pale amber with a fat finger of rocky white head, great retention and heavy lacing. (5/5) Nose is brown sugar, raisins, dank piney resin, citrus, mild boozy fruit. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderately strong bitter. (8/10) Medium body, lively to moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (4/5)
Wow - thatís a whole lotta hops for a non-IPA. But, itís almost all on the nose and relatively little on the tongue (which is why Iím thinking itís a lot of dry hopping, as opposed to in the boil). Interesting. (And the name is pretty much what you think. Letís just say, the residents of Sonoma County are/were somewhat more accepting of certain other intoxicants than the state Alcohol Beverage Control, and that Lagunitasí tastings reflected that sense of accommodation.) Aesthetically, youíd be hard-pressed to find a prettier beer - seriously, I canít think of one. (17/20)
demannu (211) - New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep clear copper color with white head. Minor lacing. Aroma is hoppy with some malt. Flavor is balanced and very enjoyable. The hops really bring this beer to life. I would drink this again.