highibus (729) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown to almost ruby. Pepper aroma. A bit of dark fruit and a very light sweetness, really more dry. Great depth of flavor and unique style. Good beer.
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 3/12/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown ruby amber color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is malty, nutty and hoppy. A medium bodied imperial brown/American Strong Ale. The malts are chocolate, caramel and a little nutty. The hops are grapefruity and floral. Nice carbonation. Somewhere between a brown ale and a hoppy ASA. Nice clean hoppy finish. Really hoppy without being all that bitter. Gets a little sweeter as it warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and citrusy.
Aurelius (4176) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cat urine, piney, west coast hops aroma. Medium brown, very clear, bone colored head. Mishmash beer. Sweet, brown-y, odd. Light fruit, some spice. Not bad, just strange. Tap, Flying Saucer, KC.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gomers in Lees Summit had this. Must be a new offering because hardly any ratings. This isn’t bad, but other Laguntias beers are better. This one was good but not great. Lagunitas is always worth the money. Aroma was mild hops, caramel, and some floral. Poured a darker amber color, with a nice two finger white head. Some lacing left on the side of the glass. A great beer.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Suprised to see this on display at my local BevMo. I hadn’t heard anything about it, so for $4.00 a 22oz bomber...it was an easy decision. The beer pours out a beautiful burgundy red body with rootbeer brown edges, clear and a light tan with a steady 1/2" thick head. Aroma starts out with a clean pine hot bite. Very nice hop attack and blended with a raspberry jam/fruity nose. A bit of alcohol also pops up late. Flavor is suble chocolate notes, piney hops, a touch herbal with a nice dry finish. No alcohol bite to the beer that I could find. After finishing the bottle, I just kept thinking that the aroma reminded me of walking into a brewers walk-in cooler and the smell of hops attacking the senses. Nothing overwhelming, just nice.
Caskalefan (148) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting cross between a brown/Scotch ale and an IPA. Caramel, peat, and resiny hops are the main elements, and the body is adequate for easy drinking purposes. The finish is of moderate duration, and quite pleasant. Overall, this could have been a bit more intense, but it’s another nice Lagunitas effort.
risingsunzpr (8) - Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love it, I love it, it’s awesome I love it. What else can I say it’s awesome, I love it.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep, ruby-brown colored body with an inch thick, creamy and foamy, tan colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is quite unique. Its both dry and wet smelling. The wet side of things give off lots of fairly sweet pines with a juicy, somewhat resiny citrus and floral berry-apricot. The dry side of things are a dry spruce, earthy peat, smoke, and a touch of roasty cocoa. All this blends very nicely with a fairly sweet caramel that is just skinny of "fat." A very well-balanced, complex aroma. Flavor is more the same, although a tad sweet. Lots of wet, juicy caramels up front with some fresh, citrusy pines and berry-apricot. Not overly citrusy though, more subtle. The dry aspects of the flavor come out towards the end, but don’t seem to be as prominent as they were in the aroma. A light earthy peat, smoke, and roasty cocoa with more of that green, dry spruce. Finishes a bit resiny with a light residual sweetness and fairly dry. Leaves an aftertaste that lingers for a moderate duration. Medium body and smooth with a light carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. Fairly sweet with a good amount of fruity hops and some earthy peat, smoke, and roasts that make for a pretty cool blend. The aroma worked better for me, but this was still enjoyable all-around. I’d be interested to see how the flavors develop down the line.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. Muddled aroma with some catty hops, light choco roasts, some leather, and some peat. Aroma is rather subdued. Mostly transparent cola-colored body with a smallish light tan head. Lots of catty, hempy, hops in this to start (and dancing in throughout). A little roastiness is present in the middle, before a very sweet, chocolate cake-like flavor takes over towards the end. More hops to follow. An interesting experiment, to say the least.
raphael (883) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WTF. I love the lagunitas folks—well done brews at reasonable prices; this my 22nd review of one of theirs. fresh green hop hit, resiny, then caramel, a little smoke. clear dark amber w/ greenish tones, head too short and quick (bottle.) taste a little salty, then all the hops of course, resin w/ some citrus, pepper, and the dark caramel. quickly warming. spicy alcohol finish.