redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, one of the best "nose’s" I’ve ever smelled out of a bottle! Great off-white creamy head that seems to last. Super sticky lace- all the way down. Man it just coats the glass. Dark amber color. Burst of wonderful hoppy flavor first sip. Man this is it! Even still a nice malty balance. We had it our vertical pale/IPA tasting, last weekend, and it was the winner!
I sure hope this becomes a regular bottling!
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer smells a lot better than it tastes. This is an overly hopped and unbalanced IPA. It is surprisingly simple for an imperial, with the hops dominating every part of the flavor. The quality of the hops are obviously very high, and the flavor is nice, but there is very little malt to be tasted, the mouthfeel thin, and the flavor is short-lasting. I am beating this beer up a bit as I have high standards for imperial IPAs, and also for this brewery in general. It is not terrible, but I can think of a long list of imperial IPAs I’d rather have than this one.
AdamT (163) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from The Beer Store Wilson. Light amber hue, murky clarity with mostly lasting fizzy off-white head. Good lacing. Strong citrus, floral, booze, light fruit aromas. Heavy bitter citrus and floral tastes up front with a heavy booze and citrus finish. Watery texture on the palate with a light-medium body. Solid beer.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My buddy Tyler and I threw down on a case of these bad boys. Very bitter and hoppy strong ale. Dark mahogany, medium body, instantly diminishing head. Piney and citrus notes are present, as well as alcohol. A realy good beer.
mojoman (158) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: this is a sweet smelling and tasting bitter brew. It's a bit too thick and sweet but overall a nice strong ale.
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Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber color, caramel on the nose, sweet malts and caramel, pretty good overall
Kroney (155) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Pours dark amber with a thick white head. Aroma is hoppy, mostly citrus rind and grapefruit, but there’s some nice molasses sweetness that balances. Flavor grassy, bready, sweet then punches you in the mouth with great bitterness. Another good beer from Lagunitas.
clueo (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a perfect amber color with a small head. The nose is sweet hops and the taste follows the smell. A very smooth beer. You cannot tell from the taste that the ABV is 9.75%.
mikedevilsfan (152) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop bomb explosion- old ale or not! Caramel malt backed up by hops approaching a barley wine. Very good.
Crash_the_dog (152) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great looking beer with thick lacing. The nose is nice, though a bit astringent. Early tastes in the pour are nicely balanced, with an astute hops note. As the head dissipates, the malty flavors begin to become more pronounced.
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