StefanSD (2087) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a amber-brown color with a small khaki head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is soft with sweet roasted malts, rye and yeast. The flavor is hops forward with biter walnuts, sweet roasted grains, brown sugar and lightly salty crackers. The palate is full and smooth, with lively carbonation. The finish is long and biter-sweet. Overall: A very fine ale, thanks Lagunitas.
popery (1365) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, home. Good strong ale. Lagunitas decided to go maltier than usual with this beer, and it works pretty well, though I prefer their hop-centric offerings. The beer pours a deep reddish brown, maybe ruby... is that a real color? There’s not much head on my pour perhaps because I’m drinking it a bit warm. The aroma has a whole mess of well-developed malt notes with some nice piney, citrusy hops. There’s a bit of chocolate, but I’m getting more caramel fruit flavors with touches of rye spice and nuts. The flavor is a rich and could have easily gone too sweet but hops and yeast keep the malt in check. Full, thick feel. This beer drinks bigger than its abv. Another nice one from Lagunitas.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at a local beer tasting event -- served in a champagne flute. The website classifies this as an Imperial Brown Ale. Dark mahogany brown color, thick head, good lacing. Citrusy grapefruit hops smell. Initial taste is of citrus, grapefruit hops similar to an IPA, but evolves to an caramel malt flavor as well. Medium bodied, well carbonated. The malt and hops interaction makes this a very interesting beer, something complex enough to sip slowly, yet bitter enough to drink in lieu of an IPA.
PorterPounder (5367) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour with a sticky, khaki colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Fresh, floral aroma with hints of spruce and passion fruit. Flavor has that patented Lagunitas citrusy IPA flavor with a a little more sweetness than bitterness this time around. Pick up the same passion fruit I found in the aroma, finishes just a tad weak and artificial. Keep pumping ’em out Lagunitas - I’ll keep buying ’em!
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Dobby’s Worldwide Liquor. Pours dark amberish brown with tan head. Aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, toffee, and chocolate malts. Flavors of bitter hops, tropical fruits, citrus, chocolate, caramel, and malts. Full flavored malty beer with nice citrus and hoppy qualities. No real classification as far as style. Just a nice solid hoppy beer that Lagunitas tends to do very well. At $5 a bomber you cannot go wrong.
nsquishee (594) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a Lagunitas, this beer is pretty average. Against a typical domestic, it’s not worth comparing- this beer is still tasty. Very malty...tastes like a Hop Stoopid, without the deep sweetness and with less hops. I told my friend it was middle+ of the pack in Lagunitas. Give it a try so you can be more impressed later on by a Lagunitas Gnarly Wine, Hop Stoopid, or a Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale. Keep it coming Lagunitas...I will try them all!
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with medium off white head. Aroma is intense citrus hops, tropical fruit and mild malt. Taste is citrus hops, light chocolate malt, roasted grains and mild fruit. The palate was a bit too thin and lacked complexity. Still good stuff.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is brown with orange hues and thin tight head that dissapears to a film on top. Scents of roasted malts spice and hops. I get a mixture of grapfruit dirt like malt and some sweet flowers honey too. Palate is a real chaulky feel kind of sticky and dry swallow.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is another solid beer at a very reasonable price from Lagunitas. I’m always amazed how good these beers are for how low-priced they are. Best value of any brewery. This one is a dark amber/brownish color, not much head to it. Describes itself as malty, but there are plenty of hops in here too. Caramel malt flavor is first, then a piney hops flavor comes through toward the end. Fairly unique, but very solid.
UncleTomCobley (7) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gorgeous deep, rich dark amber colour with a moderate head. Lots of caramel and hops in the nose, plus a little spice I think. Nicely balanced with a decent bitter finish but overall there’s something missing... that indefinable ’it’ that makes a good beer a great beer.