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RATINGS: 1073   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
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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


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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a towering four-finger pale brown shade. It features an incredibly thick, soapy texture, along with some beautiful lacing. S: Citrusy hops befitting a Lagunitas product jump out at me first. Sadly, I kind of wish more of the brown ale qualities jumped out at me. Still, it has a decent nutty tone beneath all the grapefruit - but there’s also an acidic note to the hops that’s somewhat overbearing. T: The first sensation on the palate is tons of citrusy hops. It comes across as if you’re biting into a grapefruit. Just like I feared in the aroma, there isn’t much ’brown ale’ to be found (maybe a touch of caramel, toffee, and nuts in the middle of the palate), yet there’s just enough to balance out the (excellent) hops without overshadowing them. M: I love the crisp lightness of this. I really thought this would be sweet and heavy, and instead it goes down superbly. It does become a bit sweeter as it warms up, though - nothing that’s a dealbreaker, though. O: This drinks more like an IPA with darker malts instead of a brown ale with a bit of hoppiness. The aroma threw me for a loop, but once I accepted it was the former instead of the latter, I really grew to like this one a lot. I have to wonder: does Lagunitas make anything that sucks? Don’t answer that.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a lasting beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is full of toffee malts with some pine resin and earthy herbs. Taste is sweet to begin with before a bitter finish kicks in. The aftertaste is almost smoky, making you wonder what hit you: rye? resin? the bandoneon player from a tango band? Body is medium to full with noticeable carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I’m a big fan of Lagunitas’ nice-priced bombers, and this is one I’ll seek again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fujimo2000 (88) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Pours dark copper with lasting off white lacing. Ample carbonation and a malty initial taste is followed with dry finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (654) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2016
bottle. very cool beer! so much going on with this one. Imperial Brown? New one on me - but i really enjoyed it. great beer

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1922) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Appearance: Darker Red Brown. Opaque. Finger of white foam. Nose: Caramel, pine hops with some grass and citrus. Taste: sweeter malt with caramel notes. Good pine hops with a bit of grapefruit as well. Body: Medium to fuller. Good carbonation Parting thoughts: Very nice beer. $5 at my local grocer for a bomber. Time to stock up.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2016
A nice sweet malty, pine hop aroma. Taste is a bit of caramel malts with some pine hops balanced in. Good brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (991) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Tap at Pizza Luce. Orange brown with foamy beige head. Toffee, resiny hops, wet grass and biscuit aromas. Mild sweetness with a day old wet grass aftertaste. Medium body with a fizzy feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2012) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2016
$5.79 bomber from Wine Warehouse. Pours deep red with an inch of beige head. Lovely aroma of grapefruit peel, pine, sweet unburnt caramels. Flavor is roasted nuts, pine, grapefruit, light sweet caramels. Tasty without being too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Clear Amber brown, medium tan head. Caramel, maltiness. Some pine. Somewhat bitter, strong malt forward Heavier body, long finish. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2016
On tap at Brunzies. Nutty roasted malt, light caramel, and a good burst of floral hops. Coppery brown clear with light haze, topped with foamy lacing off-white head. Medium body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with moderate roast and caramel, big bitter hops and carbonic tang. Dry nutty fizzy finish with moderate bitter after.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkeh (427) - Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Pour is deep mahogany. Tannish head that has nice lacing. Aroma is pine, lush caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel, taste of pine, resin, earthy and mild spice notes. Nice


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