RATINGS: 1579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the worlds would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patricks Day Massacre on the Brewery Party Grounds and also in joyous celebration of our 20-day suspension that following January. Do the crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2007
THOUGHTS: Nothing special, but a nice beer. Could just about be called a double IPA. Hides alc. fairly well. nice balance in flavor. Flavor increased as it warmed. I really didnt see how this wasnt a double IPA. THOUGHTS: Bottle: Poured a clear, very dark amber with great carbonaton and a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma, which could have been a little stronger was light caramel malt, and moderate grapefruit hops. The e initial flavor was lightly to moderately swee and lightly bitter, while the finish was moderately sweet and havily bitter with a long duration. The dominant flavors were caramel and citrus. It tasted an awful lot like a double IPA with a slight twish but not much of one. Almsot like a little cherry or appple was there too. The medium to full body was dry up front and syrupy in the back with lively carbonation and a metallic, lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - SEP 5, 2007
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark brownish red with a medium creamy beige head. Lots of lacing. Citrusy aroma with hints of caramel, bitter hops and alcohol. Taste is bitter hoppy with citrus hints and a caramel malty finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2007
This is the "SNEAK RELEASE" not the "12th Anniversary" edition. Wouldnt put this in the IPA or IIPA genera; Id like it in the Strong Ale category. Yes it is a hoppy beer, but the spice profile in the malts give this a big big boost. Not as good as Mendicinos Eye of the Hawk, but better than Stones Arrogant Bastard. A bit chalky on the palate. Nice buzz though. Good, but I wouldnt rave about it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcb (86) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
dark red color, white head that fade almost immediatly. Strong nose of hop, caramel, lemon and some alcohol. First you taste the caramel then the strong bitterness bites with some wonderful grapefruit and finally, the swetteness wins (hints of mapple sirup). Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkBarnes (414) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Sept. 2, 2007; bomber. Ive yet to have even a "ho-hum" beer from Lagunitas. The story behind this beer is available on the net, and the recipe certainly matches the sentiment that inspired it. As for the beer, it reminds me of Arrogant Bastard (another Calif. ASA), but LUISA is a bit more slick & oily, and perhaps more bitter. Very well balanced, and incredibly drinkable for a 9+% ABV ale. Fun to sample and read about this one. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2007
22oz. bomber I lugged to Paso Robles. Nice clear copper color with a thin, thick head. Aroma is woodsy, with some malts and citrus backbone. Great full bodied creamy, mouth feel that shows grapefruit rinds, lime and hops....wonderfully bitterfinish that leaves me wanting more...which I dont have.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
Copper coloured beer with a nice dense head. Aroma is hoppy, mostly pines, grapefruit and citrus. Theres some sweetness in the aroma too. The flavour is moderately hopped in a nice and parfumed way. There is some caramel sweetness backing the hops up. The end is nice and bitter but leaves your lips a bit glued together. A nice one, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2007
bottle: pours a clear clean cooper colour with a large fluffy white head with some lacing. aroma of grapefruit and pine hops a caramel malt and very small amount of tropical fruit. flavour is bittering grapefruit hops, some floral notes. finishes with bitter pine hops not much if any malt presences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 Re-review May 20, 2010
12oz bottle, recent batch. 9.75% ABV. Pours amber/copper with a small off-white head, doesnt maintain much of a cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing. Aroma is strong citrus and pine, some bread and caramel malts to balance things out. Flavor is some resinous & pine hops, caramel malt, rye bread, some medicinal qualities that detract from overall flavor enjoyment, a bit of alcohol is apparent in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a bit sticky, medium carbonation. Very good, but not my absolute favorite from Lagunitas (ie Maximus, Hop Stoopid, Lucky 13...).

Original review Sep 1, 2007:
22oz. Sneak Release bottle poured into a pint glass. Another solid brew by Lagunitas. Im a big fan of their Maximus IPA, and enjoyed the Lucky 13 as well. Pours a dark amber, almost copper with a small head that retains well throughout with some nice lacing. Aroma and flavor is a nice blend of citrus/pine hops and caramel malt. Well balanced. Sweet and syrupy with mild carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and easy, and you hardly notice the 9+% ABV...well at least in the taste...you will feel it. You do taste the alcohol more as it warms. A great bang for the buck. Kudos, Lagunitas, youve done it again.
Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20: 3.9 avg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Undercover Shut-Down Ale
Date: 05/20/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog II

clear amber, whispy white head, big sweet piney aroma, sweet malt balanced by lots of bitternes leading to a long bitter finish, hop flavor shows up mid way through,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **4

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