yespr (28663) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample from bottle. Pours amber clear. Aroma is perfumed, spicy and soapy. Flavour is fruity and malty. Has a sweet and malty finish.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Translucent dark orange/amber color. Thick creamy head with average retention and lots of lacing. Some particulate suspended (bottle conditioned?).
4.0 S: Citrus and floral hops. Malty sweetness in the background. Very nice.
3.0 T: Big piney hop flavor. There seems to be some oaky tones as well. Citrus hop flavor follows. More bitterness than Iíd like since there isnít a whole lot of malt going on. Not bad, but just okay.
3.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Not as creamy as Iíd like and thereís a big aftertaste of tannins.
3.0 D: Oneís enough, but Iím not pissed I drank it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-25-2009 03:45:06
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a heavily filtered amber with a quickly diminishing head. The aroma is very piney, grassy, with only a light hint of malt. The body is only med. if that. The flavors is exceedingly clean as if they over-pitched. Nothing really in the way of esters and the malts are almost non-existent. Pine-sol hoppiness and thatís about it. Finish is dry and bitter, but nothing extreme. Canít say I very much care for this.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
brown/orange with a medium sized off-white head. hop aroma. these guys are way too crazy about their hops man! bitter, pine, soap, lemon, alcohol flavor. dry finish. another overly hopped, boozy lagunitas beer...whats new. aggravating.
Barreras (750) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a copper and caramel color mix. Aroma of sweet toffee mixed with mild roasted malt. A nice smelling ale that hits you with a burst of alcohol when it touches the lips. The alcohol overlays the bitterness, leaving an IPA aftertaste.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very clear light copper, yellowish white head. Sugary nose with sharp, very spicy and lightly leafy hops. Pointy, sandy. Rather english in its hop profile, but dry-hopped at a max. Sadly, not much malt character despite the intense sweetness, there is a foundation of strong toasted caramel, but it is one-dimensional, certainly never bringing any fruitiness in the portrait. Wrongly carbonated, feeling highly forced and filtered and removing from what could have been a silky feel. So weíre left with 2 dimensions, the spicy hops which could be pleasant and the direct, dull malts. Really thin mouthfeel, I canít believe this is almost 10%.
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the "SNEAK RELEASE" not the "12th Anniversary" edition. Wouldnít put this in the IPA or IIPA genera; Iíd like it in the Strong Ale category. Yes it is a hoppy beer, but the spice profile in the malts give this a big big boost. Not as good as Mendicinoís Eye of the Hawk, but better than Stoneís Arrogant Bastard. A bit chalky on the palate. Nice buzz though. Good, but I wouldnít rave about it...
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at the American Beer Fest in June and draught pints at Redbones, July 2006.
High clarity throughout a moderately carbonated, dull bronze/amber with some light burgundy tints. Head is beige and fairly rapidly recedes to ring, with some spotty lacing.
American hops in the nose point to pine, deep floral bitterness and some moderate to light grapefruit rind on the end. Lightly syrupy, sweet, barleywine-like maltiness coats the nose with thick caramel and dry toffee. After some breathing and warming, the nearly candy-sweet malts with the stark contrast of acidic pine and citrus just got old. Certainly not charming, nor unexplored territory for California strong ales.
The flavor is as expected, full of residual sugars giving a nearly full body, with caramel, vanilla cream and light toffee. Some dry breadiness, hints of alcohol tones creeping around on the finish and the usual PNW acidic hoppiness. Despite the dry, bitter hoppiness and alcohol warmth, I still get too much sugariness.
So, my question is, how is this significanly different than any other sugary, hoppy strong amberish ale from Lagunitas? Talk about a one-trick pony.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. pour is a reddish orange brown with a rootbeer float like head. booze is there in the nose, frutiy.the bitter flvor at first sip continue throughout this eventually finishing to a point that it is a burning flavor and sensation.the great thing about lagunitas is that even if i buy a beer like this that i donít care for it is not breaking the bank. the best per dollar brewery out there, now iím off to have a sirius to get the resin burnt taste out of my mouth.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a gorgeous rich mahagony color, with some nice lasting white head. Smell is pretty nice and hoppy with a slight touch of malt perhaps and a bit of noticeable alcohol present especially as it warms some. Taste isnít undrinkably bitter as I feared, and is nicely hopped however, but the noticeable alcohol taste rather, is what caused me to not like it too much. Finish is mild lasting bitterness and chest warming alcohol. Iím sure this is good for the style, but I donít like tasting the alcohol in my beer, and this is probably just part of the Strong Ale style. Youíll definitely feel it creeping up on you faster than a regular beer.