11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep copper color, clear. Nice sized off-white head develops and fades to a slight layer and ring. Fantastic lacing. Aroma is well hopped, moderately piney, some caramel and lightly toasted grain. Medium bodied. Well balanced with a lingering hop presence that pleases. Modest initial caramel. An easy drinker for 10%. Well crafted. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle. Amber-ruby color with an off-white head. Grapefruit aroma with pine and some malt. Pine, fruity (mostly summer fruit - simcoe?) flavor with rich malts. Great fruity aftertase. Alcohol is noticeable. Full flavored and fuller bodied. You can keep drinking this for a long time and not grow tired of it. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
This American Strong Ale pours a deep cooper color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is floral hops, caramel malts and sweet. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. This beer has been described as an Imperial Mild. If it is not that it’s a Imperial ESB/Bitter. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are mostly grapefruit and floral, but there is a strong earthiness here as well. Despite all the hops and malts, and it does have a very strong hop bite, it is very smooth tasting. Not that I would expect anything else from Lagunitas. It does have the longest beer name I have ever seen, and I am sure that there is an interesting story behind the name. There is but I won’t go into it here. Lagunitas continues to break the envelope of beers. Keep it up guys. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.