steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
very nice and fresh aroma--prominently pine and somewhat spicy; lightly cloudy, golden body with white soapy head and fair lacing; excellent flavor--notes of grapefruit, orange zest, and dough; smooth; great drinking overall. SudsMcDuff (8387) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2009
the last sonoma farmhouse i had from Lagunitas was incredible (saison) and with what i have heard from a couple of people, I am looking forward to this ... pours out a dark kettle brown, with medium head issues, lacing is good too ... very flavourful hop bite, solid and rewarding, very clean, 5 iron huh? well you’re fired ... is super tasty! .. a very well made brew that is sure to please any hophead.... 102IBU4u! thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours deep gold into a shaker. Off-white head recedes to skim rim. Resin and pine aromas. Deep dark caramel upfront with a lasting grapefruit finish. drfabulous (7813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2009
I was surprised by the sweetness and overall fruity nature of this one. Almost barley wine in flavor. Very good overall. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2009
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 Clean light gold, brilliantly so, with an oily white head that left a uniform thin lacing down the glass. Clean concentrated hop aroma, crisp with orange peel. Light bodied, clean consistent focused west coast hop character. Not a lot of depth but plenty of flavor. Sessionable beer for hopheads were it not 8.2%. 040511 Liking this more than the previous 3.4. Abrasive blend of Summit and Simcoe. I think. Gives me my big resiny fix.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Great Aroma...Taste of grapefruit,pineapple, and mango. Fluffy head with a great orange hue.. One of my fav IPA’s Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
a beer with a full amount of flavor. both the taste and aroma has a combo of grapefruit and pineapple flavors. really hoppy with taste of pure pine needles. fantastic flavor all the way. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
The aroma has a wow factor with pineapple, grapefruit, biscuits, caramel, and an overall fruitiness. The appearance is deep gold with an amber hue. The head is large and fluffy. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is a great beer. I love it. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. This just hit the shelves so I’m drinking it quite fresh. Pours an orange color with a somewhat thick foamy off-white head that settles to a thin layer. Nice lacing. The aroma is a wonderful scent that is really just a whole bunch of fresh hops. Honey flavor, melons, mixes with a pretty good grapefruit and pine hop combo, although not as intense as the aroma, and there’s some sweet maltiness to keep this balanced. Sharp bitter finish. I’m not sure if the hops are really Imperial IPA level but this is still a nice drink, tasty, yet easy drinking and nothing really out of place. Maybe I’ll pick up another bottle or two of this, especially at the Lagunitas $3.99 discount. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Yeah...this beer is pretty special. Tons of hops wielded by somebody in a brewhouse who knows how to use them. The flavor is all hoppiness, but packaged in a very pleasant package. And since hops come in all shapes and sizes, I’ll describe the intense hoppiness in this particular example as "sweaty gym sock" and "candied fruit" which is to say delicious on both counts. I must say I hate candied fruit, probably wouldn’t otherwise describe sweaty socks as appetizing, but in a hoppy beer, these descriptors are high praise (I hate raisins too...but in beer...terrific!).
Color is orange, body is clear and brilliant. Head is minimal. Body is somewhat viscous for a non-stout beer. Flavor is very hoppy (of the variety I described above) and delicious. There is some backbone behind the hop...as while this beer comes across as hoppy and bitter, it doesn’t seem one-dimensional by any means. Mouthfeel isn’t tarry, but is definitely not thin either (which is to say, on-target). Really, really good.
This beer reminds me quite a bit of Moylan’s Hopsickle, which I also really like. I would highly recommend.
A bargain at $5.99 at Blacklick Liquor in Reynoldsburg.