tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
22oz bottle Poured into a tulip glass.
Amber/gold body that is perfectly translucent.
Tight small bubbles form a creamy head that is thick, sits long, and leaves impressive lacing.
Smell is of powerful piny hops. But not much else.
Taste up front is strong on the hops, dry,m and piny. Back end of it is sweet and not too hoppy. The hop resin is not as strong as the aroma would make you think.
Delicious, fairly balanced for a DIPA, and a great value. phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Just had this last night with high expectations. And why did this not meet them? I’m picturing a pretty big IPA with a stoopid amount of hoppiness to it, but that’s not really what I got. A nice beer yes, but I don’t know man, I just wasn’t feeling this on an imperial level. Poured a bright clean orange colour with a small sticky white head. Noticeable sticky lacing. While aroma is dank and hopped with notes of pyne- it doesn’t pull through on the flavour part. Juicey tree bark is what im tasting. I really wish this would have been as astringently hoppy as i was hoping for. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Floral, citrus, pine tons of hops in the nose. Sticky malts, oily hop flavor. Hops are all over the place. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 Bottle.
thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Dang, beer has one dank aroma. Huge, leafy, lupuline awesomeness. Really impressive. Unfortunately, the aroma is the highlight. The flavor isn’t bad, but it’s a Lagunitas IIPA. At least it’s not burnt or too sugary, but there’s an overabundance of chewy malt here with some underlying vegetal character that simply doesn’t help matters. It’s got that IIPA stickiness despite only running 8% (how do Green Flash IPA and SN Celebration and Two Hearted get so close in ABV and yet avoid this curse entirely?). Now all of this sounds like I’m complaining, and I guess I am (whiny-ass bastard) --- but it’s really a pretty darn good IIPA. I’m really enjoying it, not the point that I’m going to be buying lots of it in the future, but it’s good stuff and Lagnunitas deserves the props they’ve been getting for this one.
Bottle sent to me by Solan, I’m pretty sure...
This is a very good DIPA. The pour is a nice straw color with a huge frothy white head. Big piney hop nose with some floral and spice accents. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit sticky, and great carbonation for me. The taste is plenty of grassy hops with a hint of caramel malt in the background. Good balance and nice finish.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Aroma is spectacular - smells of pepper and fresh hop pellets. Taste is pine, grapefruit, and pehaps a touch of caramel for balance. Not as bitter as I expected, but the flavor is great. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation. Very drinkable, and enjoyable. lipscomb216 (80) - USA - MAY 2, 2009
Is that centennial hops in there? Well, whatever it is, it is a fantastic hop showcase in a beer. Piney, citrusy, and mellow malt flavor balance out this beer. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Pours a clear, orange color with an moderately full, pillowy, creamy, off-white head which settles to a small, pillowy layer in time and leaves some tight, drippy lace. Nose is full of white grapefruit, very resinous pine, almost sappy, a bit of white pepper, and hints of tropical fruit; very hoppy but one-dimensional. The flavor is similar but with a subtle malt presence of sweet, honeyed, toasted biscuits; hops bring a high bitterness and notes of white grapefruit, light mango, resinous pine, white pepper, and light bitter orange peel. Palate is medium, lively, watery, and sticky. Finishes fairly long with increasing bitterness and dryness and notes of lingering grapefruit, lots of resins, and white pepper. Certainly not lacking for high alpha hops and lots of them. For the bitterness and hop intensity, the beer is actually very drinkable. While I usually like more balance in my IIPA’s, but this was enjoyable. Lagunitas does great work. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bomber, shared with Alex. Pours clear gold-orange with a nice white head. Heavy lacing also present. Aroma is a pungent blend of fresh citrus, tart green apple, and fragrant soap. Palate is crisp, “light,” and prickly carbonation. Flavors start on a sharp and refreshing citrus, focusing on tangerine, fresh navel orange and grapefruit. This is definitely a hop-centric DIPA, which is nice. Finish has more citrus, but also with soapiness and an interesting herbal character. This is absolutely delicious, and unique for lagunitas. This tastes nothing like Maximus, in a good way. Though a too-lofty comparison, the only beer that I can compare this to is Pliny the Elder. But that does tell you something. BusBoy (38) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Poured a light copper. thin head that sank to lace on the surface. Overwhelmed by citrus and piney hops. Bright hop flavor. Bold and piney. Malt in the tale end and a lingering bitterness. Smooth.