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RATINGS: 1091   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re in the Brown?

A big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.

Alc. 7.83%
O.G. 1.072
64.20 I.B.U


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cokemonkey11 (505) - - SEP 19, 2016
Big American brown bottle. Pours medium dark brick red/brown with a medium tan head subsiding average slow. Scent is brown ale, chemicals. Little sourness. Taste is medium caramel and light early hops. Medium sour kind of chemicals. Finish is a bit peppery. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (574) - SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2016
The beer pours clear, dark mahogny colored with a beige, two finger high head.

Nose: Caramel malt, hops and a little bit of coffee.
Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, citrus, coffee, malt, hops and chocolate.
Mouth: Full, dry body. Bitter ending.

Very well hidden ABV! Great, full body. Very malty and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4669) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/12/2016. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color, with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate/coffee, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malts; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate/coffee, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy and light roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Very well hidden alcohol with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great American brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malts; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (763) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Mahogany color with a beige head and lacing. Roasted malt aroma. Medium bodied. Sweet finish. Nicely priced at Old Town Beer Exchange.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2016
This is very much a Lagunitas beer: poured a deep brown, had a balance of hops and malts and was easy to drink. I thought this tended to be a bit heavier on the darker flavors side with more of the malt undertones than the usual hop presence though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (1267) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Tap at Brown Iron Brewhouse. Pours deep orange, malty color, white head. Lacing clings. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, some mild orange notes, citrus sweetness, sugar. Flavor is caramel, pretty big bitter notes. Not that complex. Underwhelmed for a Lagunitas offering.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (139) - - SEP 6, 2016
My best experience with Lagunitas yet! The appearance is a rich/clear mahogany color with a thin white head. The aromas consist of toast, caramel malt, earthiness and spicy hops with a slight barrel aged characteristic in the background. On the taste there are big malt forward flavors of toffee, caramel, and some whole grain bread. The finish is dry contributed by a spicy/earthy/floral hop combo.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (370) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Pours a dark brown with tan head that clings and lasts. Aroma is pungent - more so than expected for the style with a hop presence that’s more like a strong ale. Flavor is similarly hoppy. Not bad, and pretty smooth as is usually the case with this brewer, but not what I want for this style. The malts are there in the background, just unbalanced. Finish is lingering bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1560) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Pours a deep brown with a dark roasted malt aroma. Taste is dark fruit mixed with a chocolate malt flavor. A nice complex brown beer that had a good malty bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pershing (524) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2016
$4.00 Bomber from Costco. Dark amber with a lasting beige head. Roasted malt and some sweetness in the aroma. Upfront malt on the first sip with a fair amount of hop bitterness to balance the sweet malt with a roasted barley taste. Medium to full body with a good amount of carbonation in this one. Sweet finish that is filling.


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