JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
22oz from Immy - thanks, Tim! Very handsome ruby pour, with a big creamy head. A trace of hops in the nose, with some caramel too. But the taste is a real face-wrecker, all bitter hop aggression, like Arrogant Bastard on basement meth. Some sweet malts raise their hands in the back of the class, but this beer lets you know who’s boss. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
22oz bottle from SoLan. The nose is a bit light. Grassy hops with a bit of citrus. Some mild caramel and toffee malt. Inoffensive but really nothing spectacular. Pours a nice looking dark copper with a frothy white head leaving excellent lacing. Fairly aggressively hopped for an ASA. Lots of bitter, oily hops with just a bit of malt to back them up. Bitter across the entire tongue. Not quite palate shredding, but close. Medium bodied and fairly creamy. Finishes bitter with some alcohol astringency. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 4, 2009
11/15/07. thick creamy light tan head, copper colored body with some yeasty chunks. aroma is fruity like orange peel and floral hops. flavor starts out with toffee malt and goes quickly to a piney hop. a little boozy bite, sort of rummy & ginny at the same time. dry & bitter finish/aftertaste. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
Amber pour, off white head. Caramel malt, spicy hops, and citrus make up the nose. Flavor is an odd malt taste with some muted hops. Something doesn’t sit right with this beer. It is almost really good then almost not so good. Enigma. Oscbert (1313) - Lincoln, California, USA - APR 18, 2009
~Pours a dark amber color with small brown head.
~Light citrusy scent with malts and alcohol, some corriander.
~Burnt malt, biscuity flavor, some bitterness. Hides alcohol well.
~Medium feel. Bitter finish.
~This is a dangerous one. Can’t even detect alcohol in taste.
glennmastrange (2884) - 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. slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
This beer smells a lot better than it tastes. This is an overly hopped and unbalanced IPA. It is surprisingly simple for an imperial, with the hops dominating every part of the flavor. The quality of the hops are obviously very high, and the flavor is nice, but there is very little malt to be tasted, the mouthfeel thin, and the flavor is short-lasting. I am beating this beer up a bit as I have high standards for imperial IPAs, and also for this brewery in general. It is not terrible, but I can think of a long list of imperial IPAs I’d rather have than this one. flyingshoes (100) - USA - JUN 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. I thought this one tasted pretty similar to the Brown Shugga and Censored Ale, but luckily it wasn’t as sweet as the former or as watery as the latter. Taste was very syrupy with hints of caramel and molasses, but fortunately there’s a nice subtle hoppiness to balance it out. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle. Aroma shows piney hops, notes of citrus as well as some caramel. Reddish-brown color and pours with a thin off-white head. Spotty lacing at best. Flavors are sweet and malty initially with some toasted caramel, then the hops show towards the finish. Perhaps a tad thin and toned down. Overall pretty good but kind of ho hum and didn’t have the huge hop profile I’d expect from Lagunitas. Strykzone (7431) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2009
This beer pours a clear dark copper. It has a one finger tan head and light carbonation. Layers of lacing. A sweet balanced aroma of caramel malt and pine. Flavor is bigger than the aroma would suggest. Big biting rye and very sweet hops. A bit of spice and lots of sweet notes. This could be a double IPA, but a sweet one. The alcohol is well hidden. Sweetness is almost cloying. Still, this is a very tasty beer.