RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.

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hman43 (1747) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2015
It pours a ruby color with a slight bit on clouding. The head is off white with a small bit of lacing. It has aromas of caramel, cherries, and other dried fruits. The sweet taste is that of cherries and dried fruits. It is sweet on the plate as well.

bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bomber into Spiegelau IPA glass. Strong head that dissipates moderately quickly. Leaves a bit of head on the top of the beer. Little lacing. Nice ruby color. Strong carbonation. Moderately opaque. Nose is great. Fruit and pine. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a bit of a carbonated bite. Taste is nice with mild sweetness. Strong hop bitterness, though not much aftertaste. Good maltiness. Pine, orange juice, raisin, and biscuit. A very enjoyable beer.

BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Beautiful scarlet brew with a nice eggshell head. Ample carbonation. A nice malty, caramel-laden, brown-sugar infused brew with honey, hops, and citrus that add depth. Solid but not mind blowing.

GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, which carried the beer throughout. Smooth with just a little bite to it. Another solid Lagunitas beer. as stated on the bottle- Doggone Good! Great lacing.

Onslow (1521) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Clear deep reddish brown ail with generous tan head. Aroma of resin, brown sugar, malt. Taste is sweet malty with a solid resin hops, a bit of earth and molasses. Heavy deep and flavorful.

PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours gold amber with medium-coarse head, moderate rate of decay. Aroma is caramel, whole wheat flour, touch of orange juice, floral notes. Body is oily, syrupy, medium weight. Flavor is bitter orange peel, a touch of dark caramel with lots of sap underneath. Not a huge hop flavor, surprisingly malt dominated beer.

probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Bomber from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep clear copper with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma: Strong pine/resin, deep dark toffee and brown sugar, burnt sugar, somewhat peppery, a bit of dark dried fruit, big and good. Palate: Medium++ body, fine carbonation. Flav.: Quite malty with big resinous/pine hops, peppery, berries, brown sugar, more peppery-ness; dry with fairly good bitterness and a long, resinous/dank and rich yet severe malt finish.

Well-made and not to be taken lightly.

AndySnow (7971) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber-red colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, fruit, berries, caramel, citrus.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, berries, fruit, caramel.

fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2015
This is just an overall solid beer. Pours a dark ruby/copper color with a thick, eggshell head that lasts. I don’t get a lot out of the nose (might be a cold though), but I get a IPA like smell - floral and pine. I like it a bit more as it warms, as I get more malt that way. Smooth mouthfeel. Malt with a hops (citrus hops? as I occasionally think of grapefruit), and pine taste. Bitter but not an overall bitter bomb. Great balance. Nothing extreme about it, just a solid beer that I will drink again.

Livendadream (244) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Btl pours slightly hazy shimmering ruby color, with a thick tan head that hangs around for a while leaving lots of lace on glass. Smells of sweet candy, pine, evergreen tree sap,grapefruit, bread and an alpine valley after a rain storm.Tastes of caramel, pine,grapefruit,toffee and holiday cookies?Medium body, lively carbination,tingly yet smooth mouthfeel and a mildly bitter sweet finish. This is a spectacular red! The alcohol is hidden well, does not taste like %7.8abv. The hop flavors taste fresh and bold. The hop aromas are glorious. A very drinkable,well balanced red. I don’t know why but this beer reminds me of Christmas time.My new favorite!

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