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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
One hitter series. This Scotch Ale is sweet, but not cloying. It’s strong, but not brash. It’s smooth and smokey, like a good dram among friends. Cheers!

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2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2017
This is not even close to tasting like a Scotch ale. More like an average IPA. For a brewery that makes some amazing beers, this one is a bust.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber to medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, bread), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot), with light notes of smoke, earth, plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Really not a fan of the aroma...despite a nice little smoky note and ok malt, the rest is strong Americanized icky hop odor and some plastic. Ok flavor balance for this sorta thing but still pretty fatiguing, and the poor mouthfeel doesn’t help at all. Ultimately acceptable, but it certainly underperforms.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2797) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2017
Bottle from Brewtopia. Dark reddish brown with lasting head and lace. Caramel cherry woody earthy aroma with a hint of smoke. Burnt caramel cherry medium-heavy sweetness with medium woody earthy spicy bitterness in long Finnish (spell checker) with a hint of smoke. Medium-full body nice and soft. No cough syrup cloying. Dangerously quaffable for abv. Nice American representation of the style. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (8477) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2017
4/26/17. 12oz bottle from Five Points. Amber brown pour with nice ruby edges under a nice khaki head, good lacing. I’m about halfway through my first glass/bottle and I have to say, this beer is quite good. Smooth aroma of sweet fruits, biscuits, and caramel. Great flavor, sweet with caramel, but not too much, some biscuit, toast, a hint of hoppiness and bitterness, but not too much. Balanced, and the ABV is hidden well. Delish!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (3168) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - APR 24, 2017
Bottle from West Side. Pours a deep copper to light brown with a finger of beige foam. Light dried toffee and grapefruit citrus nose. ruby red grapefruit, dried caramel and orange on the palate. Dry finish w/ zesty bitterness. It’s a scotch ale from Lagunitas and it does what you think it would!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (6604) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2017
Aroma is malts, mild caramel and somewhat out of place West Coast hops. The flavor is malts, slight caramel, fruit and hoppy/slight heat in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2017
Blind tasted with 1 other scotch ale which was Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Scotty Karate Scotch Ale. All 3 raters ranked the beers 1, 2.

355ml bottle. Amber pour. Sweet hoppy aroma. This is overly-hopped for a scotch ale. Typical Lauguinats, they are now incapable of making a unique beer.

Post tasting thoughts:
Typical lagunitas, all of their beers use the same ingredients. It might save them a lot on cost but they are the least innovative brand on the market right now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2017
12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a clear, deep garnet-hued body with an inch of loose, ivory-toned froth. A few small blobs of lacing on the way down. Smell: Darkened toast and coarsely chopped nuts with some grain, just a bit of dry caramel and a cool waft of smoke. Subtler hop aspects of florals and citrus which, when adhering to the up-nosed alcohol, give it a hint of a citrus liqeuer. Taste: Deeply toasted with almost an edge of roast about it. Lightly smokey, peaty accent, touches of caramel (though not particularly sweet, really) and somewhat nutty throughout. Lightly floral, lightly citrusy (and a mite bit oily) hops await underneath that maltiness and yield a bit of bitterness. Near dry, smooth finish with some belly warming alcohol tones. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-soft carbonation. Overall: It’s fine. Not your typical Lagunitas beer, though it’s also not your typical Scotch Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 20, 2017
A sticky sweet aroma. This is a pretty standard good scotch ale. A bit too sweet for my taste (par for the stlye). Sticky but a lasting flavor that’s good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2017
$2.59 bottle, Whole Foods. Amber-brown with a large beige head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, caramel, pine, citrus peel. Flavor is dark fruit, leather, citrus peel, lightly smoked. Tasty!


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