brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2009
From a 12oz bottle at World Beer Festival in Raleigh NC. Hoppy brew with a citrus and pine nose. Taste is typical Lagunitas which comes off more like an IPA than anything - for those of us who love the trademark hoppiness of Lagunitas this is another solid brew - for those looking for something a little less hoppy then I suggest looking elsewhere. I thoroughly enjoyed it. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle poured into tulip
Poured a nice honey copper color with a dense white foam head.
Some lacing, and an iceberg of head floating in the center.
Smells of sugar and hops.
Tastes of bitter hops, somewhat earthy tasting, but not piney. Sweet malt backbone, some taste of molasses and bread.
Overall an OK beer, but not what I would expect given this beer’s story. It could be a lot bigger and brighter.
With that said, the alcohol is well hidden, but you still get a nicec warming effect after you drink it.
Good, not great. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
bottle. pours a light red with an average white head. there is a good amount of hops in here.... almost reminds me of a IIPA... could be an Imperial Red. citrus hops and sweet malt through the aroma. medium body with a big spicy hop character throughout. lots of sugar and some underlying caramel as well. nice bitter finish with a balanced malt back. Overall a solid beer... definitely will be buying this again. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz Bottle, at WBF in Raleigh. pours copper colored, with a medium white head, lacing. Nose is quite hoppy, with a nice caramel and toasted malt smell. Flavor is similar, bit bitter in the end, but overall hops and malt work well together. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Compliments of Steve-O, at Eduardo’s beer pimp palace. Pours caramel and with citrus tones, fruits-very fresh. Taste is of caramel, and dark crystal malts balanced nicely with citrus and mango, a nice bitterness throughout. Awesome beer, would love to try on tap.
glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop notes of cookie and caramel, and perfume and a little citrus, light soap for the yeast, and hints of vinegar, solvent, wine, pepper, alcohol and pineapple. Head is small, creamy, slightly off-white with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear light copper. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, creamy, has a lively carbonation and finishes lightly astringent. A good American Strong Ale, but a few harsh attributes threw the numbers off a bit. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Pours amber with medium head.
Aroma is nice citrus hop underlined by a pronounced caramel malt sweetness.
Flavoir is again nice citrus bitterness, smooth malt sweetness through the middle. Finishs with a crisp biterness.
Slight hint of alc in the finish but very well balanced overall.
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 On draft at Pourhouse Tampa. Pours amber copper with a small slightly off-white head. Nose is pine hops, spice, rosemary, some citrus, caramel, and booze with hints of sugar/ honey. Flavor is very interesting with caramel and malt throughout, but grapefruit, brown sugar, and spice join the mix. It has elements of several other Lagunitas beers, but is very unique and delicious on its own. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2009
Sixer purchased somewhere in Lakewood. for around 10 bucks. Not a bad deal for something that’s a) nearly 10% abv and b) really fucking good. This pours the perfect American strong ale dark amber with a thin cream head. Aroma is a nice simple balance of floraly ctirusy hops and some decent malt backing. Flavor is a very smooth and creamy malt with a nice ending bitterness. God, this is good and drinkable. I wish this was a year-round beer, I would have a sixer in my fridge on stand-by. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle from Beverages4less. Pours an amber-brown color with a fair size off-white head. The aroma is overtly hoppy with pine and caramel. The flavor is that of a big red with loads of caramel gobs of biter hops and some walnuts. The finish is long and biter with lingering saccharine. The palate is full and smooth. Overall: A very nice imperial red, but not my favorite in that unrecognized category. I’m picking up a trend of too many over-sweet beers by Lagunitas. Come-on y’all, easy on the sugar.