SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
draft @ uber - finally a crack at this IIPA thanks to after4ever; clear orange with foaming white head; wow, just dripping with sweet, candy hops; body on the thin side and maybe the only drawback of this one; even with that, there are lots of malts to mix with the overload of hops; smells great and drinks with much more sweetness than bitterness; along the same lines flavor-wise as pliny the elder, but just not quite up top that level trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Tap @ The Local. Pours clear orange-gold with a bubbly white head. Rich hop aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and lemongrass. Bold, fresh taste. Lots of citrus, with the tangerine taking the forefront. Very crisp and refreshing without overpowering. Love the resiny hops with the caramel malt taking a backseat and not making this some syrupy sugar nightmare. Dare I say, one of the best DIPA’s I’ve ever had. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Draft @ Uber. Amber with a nice white head. Aroma is about as perfect as a IIPA could be for me... Loads of piney hops with the accent of floral hops. Taste is a wet hopped like freshness with basil, honey, and bubblegum. kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle pours clear golden with thin white head. Aroma is citrus. First taste is sweet but the bitterness takes over quickly with a citrus burn. The burn lingers into the finish. Pretty good DIPA. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 Part One: Draft at the san diego beer fest - poured a clear diluted bronze with off white turning slightly orange head. Hop painted ribbon-candy in the nose with big piney waves. Syrupy candy-like hop flavors. Not too syrupy but just slightly so...Nice christmas-like pine hop profile...balanced. Actually quite tasty though still has a hint of lagunitas house character, and that’s usually a negative thing.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Part Two: Bottle from the liquor store down the street: Pours amber with just a slight haze, thin tiny bubbled head. Aroma this time was caramel and citrus and a little pine. Bitter flavors, grapefruit rind and pine needles. Not much in the way of balancing malt character unfortunately. The hop flavors are nice, but the bitterness in the finish is uncontrollable. Not bad though...and the bottle version had less lagunitas house character than i was expecting after reading part 1 of my rating from a year ago.
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 On-Tap, Brouwers Hop-Fest. Finally got my hands on this. Clear golden amber body. Looked heavy in carbonation but disappated rather quickly. Big sweet floral hop nose. Lots of sweet, smooth caramel with a very robust malt backbone. Big resiny floral hop presence. Soft and mild pine. Very smooth drinker.
4/25/2009 - A tad more astringent than I remember - still amazed how well constucted this IPA is - Hop Extracts? Who cares! Delicious full hop essence without super vegetative overtones. I was worried when this went to wide-release it would go off the cliff like Maximus did. No compromising going on here. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Apparently I got the last of the keg at Stone Brewing Co. Damn glad I did. Fruity hop scent. Fruit hop taste. Not a bitter hop bomb. Nicely rounded flavor. Gotta find some bottles of this. Rerate. I did find some bottles of this and I love it. Farmhouse and IPA. Sharp and musty. I drove two hours to buy a bunch, and I’ll do it again when I run out. If I had a kegerator this is what I’d keep around. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Bright amber/orange appearance with a small, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Citrus hop aroma that blossoms after setting a bit, with resinous notes chiming in as well. Modestly sweet maltiness sets the stage for the star of the show - fruity, citrusy, piney hops. Not tastebud numbing, but delicious. Full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel, with a lingering, lasting, dry finish. A great value. can8ianben (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
On a cold and damp bike ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, we stumbled upon a small grocery and deli that had this in the back cooler. I knew what I was having for lunch! Dang this one was one tasty beverage. Big and robust in terms of the hop presence and the thick and sweet malty backbone. I know, some say that adding tons of hops is like adding tons of pepper to a soup - it’s just about shock value and nothing more. However I found this one to be tatalizingly drinkable. The 22 went down SMOOTH. I couldn’t believe the bottle was finished. It left me wanting more. The label is tricky - farmhouse usually makes me think of a saisson or something, yet this was a delicious double IPA... I like, I like it a lot. DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle from Ledgers in Berkeley, CA. The beer is all citrus hops. Another outstanding beer from Lagunitas. Had no idea it was supposed to be so bitter. Went down smooth and easy on the palate. Outstanding!!