leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Slightly hazy reddish amber, diminishing off-white head leaves decent lacing. Potpourri of sweet hop aromas including citrus, pine, agave syrup, flowers, toasted malt. Like a hophead’s candy store, really. Flavors congruent to nose. Pungent bitter finish. Strong brew.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle auburn brown with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is quite nice with floral and citrusy hops mixed with a bit of caramel. Flavor is sweet with caramel and has some burnt orange, pine and grapefruit notes and is rather light on the finishing bitter despite the description of it being Bitter in rememberance of their shutdown. Palate is well balanced between sweet and bitter with a nice smoothness and little to no alcohol astringeny given its ABV. Overall, great and easy drinking beer for such a Big one.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding, Tastes more like an Imperial IPA rather then a strong ale to me. Great copper color, bitter hop aroma and flavor, a little citrus, and even a little malt hiding inside.
mmmbeer (1309) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle poured into trappist glass- poured transparent darkened with time amber with shades of brown and copper, low-medium carbonation, foamy off white head formed, tried it’s best to lace, and tried to encourage me to quit smoking. Aroma of unrefined candy sugar, lemon, lime, and hops a plenty. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is there but has a hard sweet tang to it, middle degrades to a point, finish is sticky and lingers- notes of sweetness are easy to spot. Alcohol is not apparent at all. Not exactly to style, but I wouldn’t kick this out of my fridge even if it ate cookies in it.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed in a pub tumbler via 12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with perhaps a 3/4 inch head. Nose of citrusy American hops open up in the nose. This is followed up with hops up front and a nice finishing and balancing malt sweetness on the back of the palate; closing with a nice semi-dry finish. The flavors and smooth nature of this example bely its abv. Excellent as an appertif, as well as a night cap with an interesting book.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A nice bright light copper pour with a lasting frothy two finger head,leaving some lacing. Aroma of pine,hop resin,grapefruit,and lemon hints. Flavor is well balanced for the amount of hops,nice caramel and toasted grain sweetness but not overpowering spicy,and citrus hops ,alcohol is well hidden,medium to full body with a full,slightly sticky mouthfeel, a nice crisp hoppy aftertaste. I am going back to get more of this tomorrow. Nice !
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint served at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL. while listening to Lagunitas owner Tony Magee play rhythm guitar. A deep, golden amber was the color with an accompaniment of an off white, foamy head and clingy, sheet-like lacing. The aroma was immediately sweet, along with smooth malt, citrus, some pine, and a faint hint of mineral. The flavor (and mouthfeel) was creamy malt, sweetness, along with the other aroma notes less the mineral, and an almost rye, resin and grapefruit combo dry/bitterness that pucked the mouth. Good stuff!
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from Spring Lounge . Poured an orangish brown. Some orange fruit flower scents. Pretty drinkable and alco was ’flaged well.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an amber orange with a beige moderate head. Smells of pine, candy sugar, and orange peel. Tastes caramelly, piney, grassy, and syrupy. Nice bitterness, Creamy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and body.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a generally clear dark red brown to dark amber color with a one finger white foamy head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, some hints of malt, brown sugar, caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with more muted notes of floral hops, citrus, grapefruit and stronger notes of grassy wheats, malt, caramel, some spice and floral hops toward finish. Generally light to medium body with a slightly floral hoppy finish.