Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours from the bottle a nice clean, brown color with a huge creamy, off-white head. Aroma has a huge hop nose composed of mostly grapefruit with some orange citrus sweetness. A very sweet caramel maltiness sneaks in behind the hops and finishes with a mild toasted malt note. Flavor has a HUGE hop presence with a solid bitterness showing up along with notes of grapefruit and orange, all of which last through the entire tasting. A sweet caramel malt presence takes the middle while a toastedness shows up toward the end. Pretty bitter as your tongue puckers pretty early on this brew. Head retention is one of the best I have seen in a long time. Body is modest and the carbonation is a tad bit high. Overall for the price, a fantastic brew with a TON of hops with a solid malty backbone. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22oz bottle. Props right off the top to Lagunitas for making big, bold beers and still keeping the price-tag reasonable. Stained-glass red-brown color, with a foamy, lacy beige head. Earthy hops and caramel aroma. Full bodied and piny, but a moderate enough ABV to remain sessionable. A big, West Coast Brown Ale at heart, with some nutty, toffee brown malt tones. Steady, but not so astringent in hopping, lots of evergreen stickiness. Another good 22 from Lagunitas. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.
Pours a deep medium brown color with a nice lasting light beige head.
Aroma is hoppy - citrus and pine - with sweet malt, caramel and toffee.
Flavor is brown shugga, caramel, toffee, chocolate malt, and Lagunitas’ typical hop profile - citrusy, piney, and resinous.
Medium-full bodied and mildly syrupy and sticky on the palate.
Pretty good stuff overall. Tasty, if all over the place. Nice value at sub-$4. stolzejm (7) - USA - MAY 17, 2010 does not count
Overall it’s an alright beer. It gives off a really good aroma and some dark caramel undertones.
It’s a bit thick for my tastes, but a small glass is the perfect size!
This beer would go great with a hard, somewhat salty cheese! Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Had this right after the Stone Arrogant Bastard. Similar and easier to approach - but I can’t decide if that is a plus. Smooth and sweet with a rich malt flavor and slight alcohol presence. Very good
Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2010
This poured a brownish red color with a white head. The aroma contains some citrus, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is bitter but also sweet at the same time. It contains some lemons, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of alcohol showing through. Overall a nice beer but WTF indeed! Leighton (21265) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2010
Tap at Sunswick. Pours a dark copper with a staunch, off-white head. Big aroma of caramel malts, toffee, and piney hops. Big flavor, and pretty well balanced. Quite sweet, with more toffee and turbinado sugar, plus some citrusy hop notes. Medium to big in body, average carbonation. Finishes sweet, hoppy, and sticky. I enjoyed this a whole bunch. Oscbert (1305) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAY 17, 2010
~Aroma of citrusy and earthy hops, caramel malts in background.
~Pours a clear amberish brown with thick creamy head.
~More malty in flavor than in the aroma, getting chocolate malt, coffee, nuttiness with plenty of citrusy hop flavor.
~ Med body, med CO2, bitter finish.
~Could do without the citrusy style of hops. English earthy hop would have been better. The malt is great but ruined by the citrusy hops. VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAY 16, 2010
Pretty much smells and tastes like a thousand other Lagunitas.... but who cares! This is tastearific! Poured so silently that it would not be heard if it was poured inside the Get Smart Cone of Silence. Fairly dark brown and clear, thick light tan cap that lingers forever and leaves behind tons of sticky lacing. Sweet and hoppy and malty and no end of either of the three. Tangerines, lemon and ruby red grapefruit mix.. malts.....ack.. I don’t care! Gotta start drinking this asap! Caramel, light pine, ruby red gf, nectarine, maybe a light nuttty note (thx j12601), good and chewy. More pine but that mellows out quickly. I’m really digging the permanent citrus flavours from start to finish. Just a shitload of hops balanced out by a wack of malts and that makes a truly easy drinking brew. This is making me drool and I pretty much guzzled the entire bottle. It ain’t ground breaking in any means but, shit, right beer, right time. Got more and more malty as I finished it off but at the same time the hops never once backed off and let up. Very good carbonation, medium bodied, no oily feel what so ever. Good malty / bitter finish, more on the resiny and piney side, the malts give this appealing body. Enjoyability is way up there - I love this style of brew. Is 3.9 excessive? Go screw! Extra marks for making me happy. What’s not to love? Huge malts on the final swigs. 6 thumbs up. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bomber. Pours a dark, copper color with a small off white head. Nose is piney hops and toffee/sweet malt notes. Palate is fairly heavy, with a slickness and a pretty large hop bite in the swallow. Tongue is left stinging a bit. FLavor is piney hop notes, toffee malts, caramel, some sugar notes, bit of earthiness throughout. Pretty big amount of tingle on the tongue and roof of the mouth.