KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Reddish color. Smell of malt, bread/burnt toast, copper, a ton of hops, grapefruit, sugar, hints of pine and sugar. Taste of pine. citrus, syrup, wood, alcohol, bread, zest, hops, syrup, honey and caramel. Nice hop bitterness at the end. Love the hops in this one. grant (843) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2007
22 oz. bomber. Dark orange with medium rocky head. Strong, hoppy aroma with lots of pineyness and grapefruit - seems like some Simcoe and maybe a rough hint of Chinook in here. Generic crystal malt notes in aroma, overshone by the quite massive hop presence. Somewhat sweet initially in flavor, transferring to a hearty drink infused with more funky, dank hoppiness. Finishes with less carbonation than expected, smooth yet bracing bitterness and a sort of malty creaminess. A nice one that I’d readily buy again. It’s an IIPA, and one of the better ones I’ve had in recent memory. For once one of Lagunitas’ good but predictable strong hoppy beers stands out a little. In my opinion, people are so used to rating everything Lagunitas makes a 3.6 that they may have glossed over this one a little. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 22 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a semi hazy dark reddish brown with an average sized chunky beige head. Not getting much in the nose here, just a little vanilla and some subtle grassy hops. Tastes starts sweet and then quickly turns hoppy, mostly earthy/grassy hops, also taste some rye? Light body, medium carbonation. Not bad, but it needs a lot more body. 1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
The beer pours to a very clean brassy mahogany body with a creamy beige head and spotty lacing. The aroma is very hoppy. Citrus, grapefruit, and pine. The flavor is richly malty. Toasted malts, spruce, pine, grapefruit. Average palate. DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle shared by Blake. Clear red body under a small wispy head. Great hoppy aroma - juicy lime juice and berry-like crystal malt. Sort of a typical ASA flavor - big sweet raspberry/cherry crystal base with zippy, juicy grapefruit hops on top. Resinous, effervescent finish of hops and a touch of alcohol.
This beer is tasty but in the end not all that interesting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Clear shiney copper body. Thin light-tan head. Very nice hop-forward aroma. Full citrusy pine, very simcoe-like. Very sweet too though.
Very first taste that hits the tongue is black peppery hops. Dry sweet hops. A little too fizzy. Very well rounded hop flavor... it is there throughout the drink, but not "overdone". Finish has some dry bitter tar-like character. SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Right out the bottle is a undeniable floral and citrus hop aroma. Nose also detects bread and caramel. The drink is somewhat thin and watery but has sweet malt flavoring as well as bitter taste of hop and pine. I think the hop drowns out any chance of balance or malt to be displayed. Dry finish and an aftertaste of wheat oatmeal bread. Mahogany color with foamy head and sticky lacing. More of an ipa in my book. willblake (2655) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2007
12-Mar-07 Bomber Pretty, cherry-tinged teak color with lasting and lacing beige head of fine, tight bubbles. Aromas reek of resinous pine, pink grapefruit, and distant fruit punch. Some fair graininess emerges with temp, along with a punch of alcohol. Flavor is almost singularly pine up front with somewhat harsh bitterness but not as scrapingly resinous as the aroma suggested it might be. Throughout the middle, the beer mellows to a sweeter, roundly malty (nutty, briefly toasty), more balanced beer that might be thought of as an imperial amber, but ends up right back where it started...bracing, bitter, piney, and boozy. The palate throughout is unctuous but thin, or, maybe not thin, but not as lithely effervescent as might be necessary to free up the heaviness of the residual sweetness. Wow, what a rambling pile of nonsense.
It was good stuff on the cheap. I think I’ll buy a few more to break up my usual routine of an Arrogant Bastard a day. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Coppery orange. Thin but creamy head laces thickly. Forceful pine needle aromas leap from the glass and are echoed by tangerine peels, resin-soaked strawberries and hints of mango. Mild scent of lightly kilned malt. Fuzzy carbonation. Pine needles unleash a brash sting which is soon displaced by an ensuing rush of dry, bright alcohol and gentle textures of coarse roast. Conifer-laden bitterness briefly subsides before giving way to a juicier core of plummy esters and grapefruit, but the pine reemerges and exerts its tight clasp. Delightfully oily hop character. Syrupy residual sweetness pummels some of the brighter hop nuances, and does little to counteract the aggressive sap-drenched hops, but the malts hold steady. Deceptively dry, due to the piney intensity. Well balanced, despite the weighty sappiness which slowly wears on the palate. Finishes intensely bitter with piney hops and slightly flabby due to the high concentration of sappiness, but sufficiently malty with a bouncy edge of nuttiness kissed with a firm Crystal sweetness which lingers. A bit too sweet, but has a good amount of hop flavor to accompany the bitter assault, and it isn’t particularly flawed. About what you’d expect from Lagunitas. Of course it suffers from excess filtration and forced carbonation, but it’s fairly well-made. Just not overly individualistic, but solid and enjoyable. Reid (2736) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2007
A furious pour leaves a rather attractive ale, clear dark copper with a lovelly eggshell/creme head thats large and creamy.
very spicy hop aromas, with a good hint of fruitiness
mmm tasty beer, its fully hopped ,yet very good malting mellows the raging hop a bit and leaves a nice fruity ,sweet beer, bitter finish.
Very nice and smooth mouthfeel, makes avery drinkable ale for its strength.
I liked this beer a lot.