0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ sweet spot. Honey colored small white head, ring, rings and dots of lace. Big fruity, floral hop nose. Medium body, foamy Carb and a dry finished. Flavor is lightly sweet, fruity hops, pineapple, pine, honey. Really good fresh!
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As light and smooth as this is, believe it or not this is actually a 64IBU IPA. Sure, on the lighter end of the style but despite its easiness on the palate itís also bold. When I first drank this I had no idea it was an IPA... it felt to me like a smooth, earthy pale ale. Letís just say this is one beer, as the brewer suggests, thatís great for welcoming in the summer. Although in Texas we tend to dread the coming of summer, I always look forward to the refreshment that beer brings - and this tops the list. This is a great beer to satisfy your hop cravings while keeping you refreshed - and without sacrificing body. It has a full, thick, dense, frothy off-white head with a clear, pale golden/yellow color and slow, steady carbonation. In the nose... amazing. The aroma is probably the best feature of this beer. It smells extremely fresh and floral (and a little citrusy) - like youíre shoving your nose in a bag of hops. A beautiful nose. In the mouth you get more of the same hop character as experienced form the aroma. Full-bodied and creamy, but smooth and light. Hops are definitely taking the stage with this beer, but the malt foundation is also quite succulent - a great balance in my opinion. Alot of local Texas IPAs that are light, sufficiently hopped, and refreshing, Iíll tag them as a good Texas summer beer... but if a Texas brewer could make an IPA like Little Sumpiní Sumpiní Iíd have to recalibrate my standards. It does have a slight earthy, almost biscuity character with a finish thatís thinly bitter with hops dominating. As much as Iím talking about hops, this is actually incredibly easy and smooth. Iím very impresed with this beer. This definitely tops my list of Lagunitas IPAs.
BenDover (228) - Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light orange, with a half inch of dense, creamy white foam. Aroma is wonderful -- light and hoppy and flowery, with a bit of citrusy fruit. Taste is floral and hoppy with some fruit, and just a tad bitter on the end with a noticable taste of alcohol.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice. lots of citrus and earthy malt. sweetness reminds me of a DIPA. very flavorful while still being balanced. really big for a single IPA but goes down easily enough. seems higher than 65 IBUs. seriously tasty stuff
Lehighbri (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy yet smooth IPA with a clean finish. Drank out of bottle so couldnít fully rate but looking forward to having more!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thoughts: Smelled like most Lagunitas, but tasted unlike most Lagunitas beers. It was way less extra sweet and packed with darker malts than normal There was tons of hop flavor without extreme bitterness. Very light in color for an IPA. Decent.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. The label on my beer clearly stated 7.5 not 7.3% ABV. Poured a clear, medium to dark golden yellow with a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma was light to moderate pale malts and lighter caramel malts; moderate to heavy pine, resin and orange among other citrus hops; apricots and slight alcohol. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a little longer than average duration. There was ale malt, a hint of honey, citrus hops, slight caramel, and orange rind. The just about medium body was slightly syrupy with fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metalic finish.
scarletfire65 (1443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange color with a medium, quickly dissipating head. Big summery nose with aromas of apricots, pineapple, flowers, and pine. The flavor is bitter grapefruit, fresh hops, and a solid wheat malty sweetness. A little less sweet than most Lagunitas high IBU offerings, they tend to over do it. This is actually nicely balanced for an IPA. Overall it is a big, bright, sunny flavorful beer. Highly and dangerously drinkable at 7.3% ABV.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pine, flowers, a hint of mango. Appearance is pale, loose white head dissipates quickly leave a nice lacing. Taste starts flowers, spice hops, then a wheat malt background plows through. Really refreshing. Palate is thin and a bit boozy. overall a really nice summer beer for BBQ and get togethers.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Lightly hazed golden hue, moderate head formation. Big hoppy nose, floral, citrus and strong herbal aroma. Dryish citrussy palate, light malt body, plenty of bitterness in the finish. Tastey and plenty of hop character but just seemed a little unbalanced.
highibus (819) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly light straw with bright white head. Beautiful floral almost herbal aroma. Flavie is fairly light but plenty of balance and charecter. Nice!