HellesBunny666 (185) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer! Sweet syrupy caramel aroma, beautiful orange/red color. Sweet, hoppy, floral. Smooth, hides the alcohol content well, I can drink so many, is dangerous :)
hopmelt (184) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Pours dark golden, slightly hazy, lots of bubbles, finger creamy white head, thick lacing. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, floral and earthy hops. Flavor is slightly bitter floral hops, bready malt, slight fruity esters. Mouthfeel is medium, good amount of carbonation, slight alcohol heat and a bit peppery. Overall well balanced and tasty, not great, but pretty good.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours lightly brown amber with a thin but lasting head that is considerably lacy. The aroma is fairly hoppy with resin and pine notes but also has a sweet fruity aspect that makes it quite different from the typical hoppy American strong ale. The taste is very sweet upfront like a big barley wine and traditions into a fairly bitter finish.
reverendj (183) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why brew this only in the spring? This should be a year round brew! Gorgeous deep amber colour with a fading head and some lacing on the pint. Grassy pine dominates the aromas on the pour. Very citrus hop flavour with some burnt caramel to round out the flavour. Traces of dark fruits and a healthy alcohol warmth wash over the tongue. An intense beer that should be consumed with respect. Great job Lagunitas!
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great IPA. Simple, bitter and hoppy. All it should be: grapefruit, citrus, pine.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle: Deep copper color with a small ivory head. Great aroma, somewhat sweet but clearly hoppy. Starts out slighty sweet with some vanilla and caramel but transitions on the finish to a sharper, somewhat bitter bite. The body is medium and well suited for this beer. This is one of the best beers that I remember from Lagunitas
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty standard strong american ale. You should like it. Be suprised if you didn’t.
jkbachman (179) - - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Highly aromatic with fruity and earthy hops. A hop forward ale that highlights American hops: citrus, pine, earthy, and resin. Some slight caramel flavor but subdued to the hop profile.
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luvcasks (178) - USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous the color of true amber... pours with a big fluffy tan head. The big piney resiny hop aroma jumps out along with the head... sure as the beer warms some alcohol peeks thru
Another Imperial Red like... or light American Barleywine?
Very well made beer... as the truck load of hop bitterness and flavor (resiny, citrus) runs the taste buds over... a good size malt note follows up to provide succor with caramel, toast to be beat up by the alcohol warmth and raked over the lingering dryness
I am torn...
Right now this beer is unapologetically out of balance and interesting in its own way ... some age may help tame the resiny hops and meld a little.
So do what I did, get 2 bottles taste one now and age the other
Cheers to Lagunitas for an interesting beer
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, a really well put together beer. The nose was full of bread, grapefruit, brown sugar and butter. It starts off with a nice balance of sweet and bitter, and has a long, bitter finish. The palate brings lively carbonation with a bit of a chalky feel. This beer greets you well on every dimension!