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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
clear. looks dark brown. tastes pretty creamy, doesnt have any aroma. kinda watery, but pretty good. malty. bitter back end, pretty alcoholic. i guess i like it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Not as strong or syrupy as i was expecting. A very nice hop scent and taste of hops, hay and celery with slight spices and a very fruity malty balance. Medium body with a crisp yet smooth palate. Finishes a bit flowery but not overwhelming. The finish could be longer and more pronounced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (2836) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2007
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Dark amber/red color with flat tan head and lace. Strong fresh hop aroma. Very fruity malt taste with clean dry finish hoppy, slightly cinnamony finish that almost hurts. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Pretty tasty, a little different from the usual IPA glut.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
tap- big centennial hop aroma, and nice hop flavor (fruity, not super citrussy though) which is not overwhelmed with alcohol or hop bitterness.Not carmelly or overly malty which tends to bother me in ambers. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6197) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Copper pour. Small fizzy tan head. Aroma is spicy hops, caramel, flowers and raw nuts. Taste is hoppy and semi-sweet with caramel, nuts, citrus fruits and spicy hops. Some flowery notes there as well. body is medium with a strong carbonation feel. Lots of burping with this one. Ends with more spicy and floral hops, citrus fruits and oils, caramel and doughy malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
NW hops on the nose, piney and citrusy, caramel malts hidden in there too. Pours a dark red/amber with a dense white head. Very hoppy, not that balanced up front, there is a malty sweetness in there, and i get some good malt flavor on the back end. Its an IPA thats red. Still very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (7669) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2007
"Red" is the wrong word. This is a strong ass ale that is full of flavor. Nice hops. Strong taste. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Tap at Pizza Plant. Red amber body, off-white head, fruity hop aroma. Peach, juicy fruit and hops, balanced, nice finishing bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottled. Purchased in Olema, CA, not far from Lagunitas. Served in a pint glass with small 1/4 in. vanilla head that dissipates quickly into a thin coating with some lace. Big hoppy aroma for sure with burnt wood and caramel. Lots of carbonation but it finishes surprisingly smooth. Definitely one of Lagunitas better beers.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Deep reddish color, with a very inviting bright, fresh floral hop smell. Light beige head. Taste is as expected Id guess, and is a "big" red ale. Quite well hopped, with a semi-strong rich lasting alcohol and hop aftertaste making it a bit difficult to drink. Not my preferred style, but good nonetheless.


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