elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. 1st half served cold from the fridge, 2nd half left on the counter to warm up. Pours copper brown, red under light with a one finger very light tan head that maintains a whispy cap and leaves some noticeable spots of lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy at first, citrus, floral hops, but the toasty caramel malts start to present themselves more and more as you work through the glass, ultimately lending some dark fruit to the aroma. The flavor has more sweet malts, especially up front, caramel, toffee, nutty, dark fruits, with the citrus, resinous hops coming in and lending to a bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel features strong, prickly carbonation, oily and slick, medium bodied. This is pretty hoppy. Then again, this is Lagunitas. Still, I can’t help but wish for a little more of a malt profile out of this one...
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown with white head. hoppy nose. moderate carbonation. firm bitterness then herbal and citrusy hops, the flaw is in the lack of malt character. a solid brew though
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear copper brown with a thick fluffy head. citrusy hop aroma along with some caramel malt notes. fruity, good amount of hop bitterness, light caramel malt taste. light-med bodied.
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Nose is old weed, Hershey’s syrup, grapefruit, and dryer sheets. Taste is musk, herbs, and dry grains. Definitely WTF.
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Peach’s in Yellow Springs, OH. A decent beer, but like many from this average brewer, nothing to write home about. The pour was reddish-brown, with little aroma. Flavors of malt and spice dominate this rather 1 dimensional beer with some fruity hops in the finish, but overall, an average effort.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle: Pours a clear medium brown with a small light tan head. The aroma is sweeter with notes molasses and caramel. The hops are subdued. The taste is malty with more caramel and brown sugar. The palate is actually very good for strong ale as a light medium body. Overall this is an okay beer. I don’t see myself buying more but I appreciate that Lagunitas brings out different beers.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Rating #81. Dark brown, burnt caramel color with a short lived whispy off white head. Kind of a fruity, floral aroma at first sniff, but then a slight toffee and some raisin in there as well. Nice hop bite to start it off followed by some caramel malts to finish it off. Pretty good, something I could make a regular drinker. (1155)
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep caramel brown with a cream head. caramel, piney fresh hops and sweet malts on the nose. decent palate, thick malts, caramel, hops, and a light bitterness in the end.
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours clear brown with a nice ring of bubbles. Nose of grapefruit, honeydew, ripe citrus. Taste of bittersweet grapefruit, juicy citrus, oranges, and bread. Finish is nice and creamy.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a transparent, deep mahogany brown with a creamy white head. Nice hoppy, citrus aroma, caramel, metal, flowers. Sweet flavor, more hops, citrus, caramel, nuts. Full bodied.