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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1781) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Nice strong hoppy aroma. This pours a dark reddish-amber, with about a finger of head floating on top. Nice sweet malt flavor to start with, then a long finish of citrus hops. Alcohol is very well hidden. A very drinkable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
On tap at Stone World Bistor and Gardens. poured a dark redish amber with little head. Citrusy hoped with a hint for fuitness. Flavor is sweet and hoopy, exactly as you would expect from and imp red. Like all Lagunitas brews, nothing to crazy, except the packaging, but an above average drinkable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Pours a clear amber brown. Definite orange hue going on there. No head after a minute or two, but there is a lot of lacing left. Nose is very mild with what seems like an alcohol infused apple. Flavor is a bit hoppy, but not too much overall. Alcohol is noticable on the palate, but not overpoweringly so. Mostly just gives a deep earthy flavor profile. Feel has a good level of carbonation to it and a nice liquid body. Overall it is pretty drinkable. Not the strongest of strong ales, but it definitely doesnt lack some kick. Smooth and even, but not showy at all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Tasted from a 12 oz. bottle at the Illini Homebrewers Club meeting. Deep red pour. Citrusy grapefruit aromas dominate the aroma with just a hint of malt. Its all about the hops once it hits your lips. Huge citrusy hop character. I wish I had a whole bottle of this to try and not just a small sampling.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle. Reddish copper with an almond colored frothy head. Tea leaf hop aroma with some strawberry esters. Flavor dominated by a hefty swath of hops-a combo of grapefruit, pine, and tea- which results in a smooth but assertive bitterness. A very fine hoppy quaff from Lag.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Pours a dark clean copper with a small head. Aroma is fantastic! Big grapefruit, piney hops, hints of floral and malt. Flavor is even bigger grapefruit. WOW!! Bitter and sticky. Pine, hops, malt. Finish is dryish and bitter. Top notch!!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Matt, God Bless you for thinking of me when you got the opportunity for getting this. (Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits). What a great beer, bright fruity aroma, deep amber color and the flavor like most Lagunitas beers is outstanding! I really hope that it loses the limited release tag.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 On draft, nice dark reddish brown. Not that much head from bartenders pour, but little head did retain. Aroma is nice and balanced and gets better as it warms. Mild scent of sweet hops. Nice hoppy flavor with some bitterness lingering. Onto Storm king, ready go.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3049) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Pours out a big white head with a great red color. Huge hoppy floral grapefruit aroma. Has a nice grapefruit dryness on the aftertaste. Very hoppy taste but balanced nicely by the malt. A very good offering by a great brewery.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/18/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog I

clear red, thin head, big sweet carmel malt aroma followed by lots of citrus hops, light sweet malt flavor with just the right amount of hops, nice bitter finish, tasty but a bit too light
-------- /> Date: 10/22/2006
Mode: bottle
Words: Greens

clear dark red, nice bit of lace, carmel sweetness, otherwise same as before
-------- /> Date: 10/24/2006
Mode: bottle
Words: Greens

drink it good and cold and it is not as thick but still has the big hop flavor on a rich carmel malt base, best colder than warmer
-------- /> Date: 11/05/2006
Source: tasting

when warm it thins out and the alcohol shows up and ruins the party

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4


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