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RATINGS: 2384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!
IBU: 72.41

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4.2
JoeZasada (317) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Pours a dark amber colour with excellent white head.... tastes strongly of malt with a fruity hoppiness, not too thick lick many double IPAs... a brilliant concoction indeed!

4.1
dutch23mp (317) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
The hoppy aroma is perfect and I strongly suggest using a sniffer glass to enjoy this. Very strong on taste but balanced, robust is the perfect word. The appearance when first poured is also perfect with a rich white head on a golden platform only problem is the head dissipates quickly. Taste is perfecto for an imperial IPA just the right amount of bitter hops with a bit of sweetness. Full bodied on the palate with a soft carbonated taste and a long finish. A well crafted beer that would par with a steak or a burger.

4.4
bigcat03 (317) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A nice copper color and a sudsy white head that leaves some creative lacing. Aroma is purely hops with a little citrus and a lot of pine and floral. Taste is very well balanced with malt keeping the massive amounts of hops from being bitter. Palate is perfect for a big IPA; heavy but not thick. Im a huge fan! Too many IPAs now are just bitter assaults on my taste buds...like they have something to PROVE. This one has nothing to prove.

3.1
Bosco (316) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Orange amber, quickly disappearing thin head and decent lacing. Citrus peel, resinous, earthy. A bitter wallop up front with even more bitterness on the wash. At 8.2abv and 72.41 I.B.U. this is some serious brew. More great stuff from Lagunitas. $10.99/12oz bottle sixer at Publix Boca Raton Florida.

3.8
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2006
12 oz bottle, sixer. Cloudy golden pour, vicious chunky head that quickly faded. Very piney aroma, marked orange tones. Smooth and almost like it wants to be a little sweet with a kick in the ass of hops, hops are mostly sticky pine, but short aftertaste, fruity hops tones. Nice and even body. Not at all harsh, just very abrupt and punchy. Indeed, much better than I anticipated.

4.1
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
650ml bomber, shared with VeloVampire - pours a deep amber/golden shade, with a relatively small white head. Aroma is at first a big of citrusy, orangey hops, but then mellows a bit and you get a big dose of sweet malt as well. Mouthfeel is very buttery. Flavour is extremely well balanced, with lots of sweet, caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops in the mouth. The piney character of the hopping comes out mostly in the nicely bitter finish. Has a somewhat tea-like character. Much bigger malt presence in this one than most other dIPAs. Really nice.

3.9
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Bomber. Pours a cloudy coppery orange with a thick white head. Excellent lacing on the glass. Extreme floral notes with a bit of citrus. The flavor was initially bitter, but with a nice malt balance. Plenty of citrus in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Very well done brew.

4
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle, after a couple months in a fridge. Pours light and rich amber with a medium and lasting white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, some malt. Flavors are the same. Id had a bottle before that was fresher which had a strong hop presence, but after a couple months of rest the hops had settled and a nice maltiness set in, with no sign of stale hops or anything else undesirable. Very tasty.

4.4
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Fresh bottle poured in a teku glass A: Crystal clear dark orange with a pillowy, foamy substantial white head. S: Upon cracking it open huge fresh pine and bitter sugared grapefruit peel wafted out. As it settled the aroma became less intense, sadly; however, still great. Grapefruit and pine bitterness, tropical fruit sweetness, and some notable caramel to finish it off. Juicy but dry. T: Full of flavor. Smacked with pine and grapefruit bitterness first, then sweet citrus and caramel. Finishes dry P: Nice, refreshing, medium bodied appropriately carbonated ipa. O: This is a damn good beer when fresh. Well balanced west coast style

3.8
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
A strong hoppy opening within the light amber brew. Fairly balanced through the middle but a bit bitter on the finish.


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