OTownKnight (38) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy aroma, strong bitterness. This beer has the perfect amount of alcohol to give it its taste while not being overpowering and still leaving a slight burn in your chest. Very bitter aftertaste and great hoppiness. Would like to have this beer again. Very tasty. 15/20
DogfishFred (36) - - JUL 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another fine offering from Lagunitas. Pours a nice copper color out of the bottle. Smells like an IPA and hides its almost 10% ABV really well.
Homerlikebeer (36) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at private tasting at Lagunitas Brewery. Excellent taste nice and hoppy and lost of alcohol. Bar area poorly lit so hard to see color (that and they serve it in plastic "solo" cups.
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. At first, too cold, let warm just a bit and the flavors came out. Consider this a strong ale, at 9.9% did not taste like a high octane beer. The finish was a nice spicey warming. I wish I had another.
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light brownish-amber color with minimal head. Aroma is resiny hop at first, then gives way to an air of sweetness. Taste is quite bitter up front but finishes surprisingly smooth. Thin mouthfeel for such a high ABV brew, but you can definitely feel the warmth from the alcohol. Not a very complex offering, but another solid beer from Lagunitas.
beergeek86 (33) - Clarksville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
had it on tap @ frisco grille in columbia, md. almost no head... golden/ copper brown color. malty, raisin aroma. taste - a nice balance of malt and nuttiness, slightly piney. hoppy bittersweet finish. alchohol is hidden nicely. thought there was a little something lacking in the taste though. i thought the flavor could have been a little deeper and more malty, but very enjoyable none-the-less. palate - was a little thin for my taste. i liked the dogfish indian brown better, but still really enjoyed this - would have on tap again!
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must say I didn’t care for this beer. One reason why may be
because I was anticipating a completely different style of
beer. It was more of a Belgian Pale Ale in style.
Frothy off white head; good retention with spotty lacing; sits
atop this clean, brick colored elixr.
Thick belgian yeast, with hints of apple, boysenberry, sour
spiciness, hop, malt, and some other fruity esters.
Not much complexity, belgian yeast prevails, simple malt, with
a hop kick at the end but not as much as I’d anticipated.
Spicey flowery components as well.
Mouthfeel was very bitter and rough and somewhat thin. Just
not my cup of tea.
jeegun (30) - Emeryville, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet/non-bitter strong ale. Strong hoppy aroma and a head that remains until the glass is empty. Complex, lingering taste was just ok for me - nothing memorable.
degrassi (30) - cypress, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as bitter as I expected. The alcohol was not a factor here, very smooth beverage. Lower priced than other beers of it’s kind with this high of an abv (which is why i picked one up). Overall a good beer I wouldn’t shy away from, but not something i’d buy if I was trying to spoil myself.
dragonlady1010 (30) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber with an off-white head that leaves some lace. Aroma is slightly artificial orange with some pine, hint of caramel and dark fruit . Flavor has a bit of caramel, and some bitterness that continues through the finish. Quite a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and carbonation is quite low. Somewhat dissappointing.