HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2007
22 oz. Bottle: Deep copper color with a small ivory head. Great aroma, somewhat sweet but clearly hoppy. Starts out slighty sweet with some vanilla and caramel but transitions on the finish to a sharper, somewhat bitter bite. The body is medium and well suited for this beer. This is one of the best beers that I remember from Lagunitas Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Great copper hue with a lofty and packed head. Weighty body, but not too thick. Edgy sourness coated with tangy lemon and grapefruit. Fruity alcohol esters. Malts were toasty, nutty and bready. Light sweetness gave off hints of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness and some burnt as well. Another decent Lagunitas beer. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2007
22 oz bottle. Deep copper red with a nice head of tight bubbles. Aromas of citrus hops and some vanilla. Flavors were more bright fruit and caramel. Bitter finish is bitter, but has gotten away from the citrus grapefruit bitterness. Nice caramel finish even after the lingering bitterness. Pretty good stuff. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a decent off white head. Aroma is floral, light citrus, pine, caramel malt. Flavor is citrus, caramel malt, pine, orange, alcohol. Palate is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter, sharp and slightly spicy. Good stuff. Similar to a bunch of their other brews. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2007
This starts out smelling of hops... the beautiful smells of pine and citrus. It pours a dark amber with hints of red with almost no head. This starts with the taste of pine, with a touch of vanilla, and then has a nice long oily, bitter finish. I’m glad this one was made again.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Deep amber with a copper touch. Good clean head with nice lacing and all thew fun of a IIPA with a touch of B-Wine. Little bro of Hog Heaven is how I may describe it( a little). I like it and would like to pour it all over my face so it stays with me for a while. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2007
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear deep copper color with a one finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is floral, light citrus, pine, and toasted malt. Flavor is hops and caramel malt. Light to medium body. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a strong ale. A nice beer. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Damn nice beer. Straddles the line between IPA and Barleywine and does it well. I will definitely buy more of this luvcasks (178) - USA - MAY 28, 2007
Gorgeous the color of true amber... pours with a big fluffy tan head. The big piney resiny hop aroma jumps out along with the head... sure as the beer warms some alcohol peeks thru
Another Imperial Red like... or light American Barleywine?
Very well made beer... as the truck load of hop bitterness and flavor (resiny, citrus) runs the taste buds over... a good size malt note follows up to provide succor with caramel, toast to be beat up by the alcohol warmth and raked over the lingering dryness
I am torn...
Right now this beer is unapologetically out of balance and interesting in its own way ... some age may help tame the resiny hops and meld a little.
So do what I did, get 2 bottles taste one now and age the other
Cheers to Lagunitas for an interesting beer realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle (sneak release) poured amber in color with a tiny off white head. Aroma was caramel and alcohol with a small amount of citrus hop coming though. Taste was bitter yet faded quickly to a ton of malt and alcohol. Hopefully this will get better with some age, but right now it’s way out of balance even for a strong ale.