sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Pours clear beer bottle brown with a small cream/foamy head, lots of activity.
Nose: brown sugar sweet malts (6/10 aromatic strength)
Attack: creamy/tingly/fizzy mouthfeel, brown sugar sweetness(7/10)
Mid-palate: (MAIN) med-high heavy MALTS, caramel, citrus hops, alcohol (HINTS) cola, elderflower
Finish: medium grapefruity hoppy bitterness, long malty bittersweet finish.
Summary: An interesting balanced brew of sweet malts and bitter hops. Good complexity and drinkability.
Cool_Bond (1395) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good aromas of tropical fruit and sweetness. The taste is more bitter I still and quite dry. Not what I thought of this beer. Long aftertaste. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
ej (703) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, deep amber with a somewhat creamy light-tanned head. Awesome malty sweet aroma with some dark dried fruity notes. Loads of caramel and toffee. Taste has a very subtle toasted profile. Very malty but still rather balanced, as a light bitterness rounds it of. Close to full bodied and medium cabonation.
Chad9976 (1177) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was a bottling code, but I couldn’t decipher it. I was given this bottle at #BBC13.
Appearance: Seemingly a murky brown shade, but actually a beautiful ruby red color when examined closely. Forms a small, white, soapy head which retains and laces rather well.
Smell: Clean, floral-like aroma with a hint of cocoa powder.
Taste: As I’ve stated many times, I enjoy beers that blur the lines between styles. Though, simply being creative doesn’t equate to a great beer. That’s kind of how I feel about Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale, since it’s intended to be a hybrid between a red and a brown ale, but the net result is just plain good rather than amazing.
Since this is a Californian beer, it’s no surprise that there’s a strong hoppy presence to this palette. Red ales tend to be dry and bitter, but this one opts more for a flowery hop presence than anything else. The label indicates it’s only 59 IBUs, but it definitely tastes stronger than that. There’s a light sweetness through the middle of the palette, but it’s not a taste I would associate with a brown ale. Instead of a confectionery character, it’s close to that of an amber or pale ale with its malt base. There’s additional bitterness on the finish, followed by a slightly tangy flavor. While the overall taste to this beer is good, it’s not quite as special as I’d expect or prefer in a limited release brew.
Drinkability: Technically a big beer at 7.85% ABV, Lagunitas WTF Ale is not a challenge to drink or intimidating in any way. It has the crisp, well-carbonated mouthfeel of a pale ale, but the smoothness of a brown ale. Though noticeably bitter, the hops only linger momentarily and eventually fade away clean. This beer is probably best enjoyed with a meal like steak and sweet potatoes (like we had at #BBC13), though a single serving is fine on its own.
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big citrusy nose with hints of roast malt, pours deep amber with generous head and lacing, mostly citrus hop flavor with a slight roast malt backbone, nice body and mouthfeel, not a beer I’d like a lot of, but pretty solid.
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown / Dark Red Color, Huge Foamy Head, Lots Of Lacing. Strong Pine Aroma.Taste: Strong Pine, Hoppy, Sweet Toasted Malt. Medium Body. Well hidden high ABV. Hoppy, you know it is West Coast. Nice. Recommended.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a red-brown with a creamy off-white head that settled to a ring and left good lace. Aroma and flavor found caramel malts, nut, and light pine. Medium body, light bitterness, and a malt aftertaste.
jbrana (449) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy on the front end with flavors of citrus and pine and a slightly metally note. The hops are well balanced with roasty, rich, malt flavors with hints of caramel and coffee.
rollinsr (383) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear and brown with some frothy tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with strong prune and raisin notes. Taste is incredibly sweet and smooth with again a plethora of prunes. I also get some slight hops but they are completely overshadowed by the sweet character of this beer. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint.
SlackerMads (1606) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a small off white good lacing head. Caramel, toffee, fruity hops, nuts, rye bread, late grain notes, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Medium body, oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.