RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This ale is released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of the second part of FZ’s 3-phaze masterwork.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Puffy off-white head ahbove a dark, glassy copper color. Massive upswim of tiny carbonation bubbles. Chunky, milky lace. Nicely balanced bitter-on-bitter aroma. First hops, then toasted malt. Hops are of the California, pine variety. In the malt, burnt dark chocolate and coffee notes. Smells dark; malt wins the battle. Burnt chocolate malt sets the table for all the other flavors. Some smokyness. Hops come out in the aftertaste. Could use a tad more sweetness for balance, but quite pleasant. Feels milkyh and leaves a nice malty layer. A good -- if not spectactular -- amber ale. Just a nibble of bitterness in the malt. Smooth and very mellow.

Sledutah (7762) - Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2017
RBSG Boise Grand Tasting
Pours clear dark amber with a small off-white head, light lacing. Cardboard, brown sugar and malty
Past its prime

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Rocky lite tan 1" head ... left nice rings of lace... deep brown beer .. with crystal clear dark ruby highlites. Not much in the way of hops (suprising for Lagunitas) .. chocolate and caramel and mild yeasty fruitiness... nice toasty elements. Flavor is all the malts ... brown malts ... more toasty than chocolate .. a little nuttiness. a little caramel... I wouldn’t call this an American Brown .. more like an amped up English ... there isn’t a whole lot in the way of hops going on... fairly thick for an American brown .. good carbonation.

Bule (2228) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2016
22oz bottle pours a reddy brown color with a bit of head. Nice malty aroma. Lots of malt and some fruitiness.

Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Pours copper in color with a sandy head. The aroma has pretty much died at this point, the yeast is mostly spent bringing some raw dough yeast. The flavor brings malts, sweetness has died. There is no hop profile at all either, obviously. The body has remained as it should.

vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This one probably got an extra point for the cool Zappa pic on the front of it, but not a bad american strong ale.

rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Thanks to coleman! Deep amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is tomato juice, sugar malts, and dark fruits. Probably a little oxidized. But it's not too bad.

brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
A dark amber beer with a bit of off-white head on top. There is a nice caramel and toffee sweetness with a touch of cocoa and dark fruit. Definitely a bit of oxidation, but not really the cardboard variety. Just a touch of citrus peel on the flavor to go with some other sweeter fruits like raisins. A bit of chocolate/cocoa, toffee, and caramel. Some subtle oxidation, but like the nose, nothing that really detracts from the beer.

reebtogi (6330) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
650mL bottle poured a deep amber color with a big off-white head that left some spotted lacing behind. Aroma of lightly roasted malts and caramel. Big malty sweet taste with some hints of chocolate and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nicely carbonated, but the body is a little thin leaving a little disappointing mouthfeel. A good beer, but nothing special.

oobawa (1589) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Fitfully off-kilter for a Zappa-inspired ale. The sweetness takes hold as soon as the liquid hits your palate, delving into near sweet-tea territory, before gaining a British fruit/nut/yeast backbone that does nothing to alleviate the cloying flavors piling up on your tongue. The American Brown Ale finish you so desire never comes along, leaving you with a pint much too sweet to savor. (1/09)

GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - Dec 22/08. Sunset amber-red with a small off-white head. Fairly sweet aroma - brown sugar and barley candy - with fruity, apricot-accented hops. Flavour is big and balanced, with interesting fruit notes, and a slightly astringent finish. Booze comes through a bit strong as it ends as well.

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