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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! Were not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean were in the Brown?

A big Ol Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.

Alc. 7.83%
O.G. 1.072
64.20 I.B.U

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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
An interesting reddish brown color with swirls of orange and ruby. Aroma is a bit light, mostly grapefruit/citrus hops, a little roastiness. Mouth is fuzzy and fizzy - matches the overwhelming citrus hops. Less discernible than the aroma -- I dont get the same blast of grapefruit. The hops are more nondescript than anything and there isnt enough malt to balance it out for my tastes. I cant help but feel I got a funky batch -- its not bad, but nothing like I was expecting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2010
22oz. Pours a clear amber, thick yellowish beige head. Very good lace. Very nice aroma of fresh hops, brown sugar, spices, rye malt, tamarind. Taste is like a spiced up brown IPA. 22oz. Pours a clear amber, thick yellowish beige head. Very good lace. Very nice aroma of fresh hops (tropical notes), brown sugar, spices, rye malt, tamarind. Taste is like a spicy brown IPA. Pretty easy drinkin!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9538) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours dark brown with a foamy beige head and a toffee aroma. There is an intense dark malt flavor with lots of hop bitterness and a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours medium brown with a 2 finger, creamy, beige head that has good retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, malt syrup, toasted nuts, pitted fruit and faint earthy herbal hops. Flavor is sweet malt, pine, canned fruit cocktail, leafy hops, citrus and light sweet breads. Palate is medium bodied, somewhat sticky and a little over carbonated. Pretty much what I expect from a Lagunitas ASA, fairly solid, but nothing to write home about.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Dark ruby in the glass with a medium to tight head. Nose is malty, with some notes of alcohol and bubblegum. Fairly sweet in the mouth, like a scotch ale with none of the smoke. It is a good beer, that reminds me of a strong brown ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bomber from Bevmo. Pours murky brown with a medium sized, fizzy, white head that leaves specks of lace. Smells nicely balanced with some iced teamalts and sweet fruity hops. Tastes about the same. Fruity and sweet, balanced with some iced tea. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
From the bottle, pours dark crimson with a decent off white head. Aroma is quite malty, earthy, lending to some sweet flavor potential. A little rough in flavor, but smooths out as you drink it. Very clean finish, i wouldnt say this is so complex as to warrant a huge rating, but its a fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods in Durham. Under $5, so hells yeah. Pours clear, nondescript brown with orange tint. Small head. Nose of tasty hops, citrus, mild vanilla, and light, fruity toffee malts. More sweetness on the taste. Thin palate. For the price, this is damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Draft at Mexican Food Factory with James. Pours deep honey brown-amber with a thick, one finger, frothy white head. Aroma of barley, rye, figs, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and slight hints of chocolate. Thick, robust palate with a full, creamy body. Finishes with a slight warming. Very good American strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2010
The pour is a mostly clear, chestnut color with a fairly small, beige, frothy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal, frothy lace. The nose is a bit faint but pleasant with some nutty undertones, pine resins, pink grapefruit, and hints of caramel and floral. The flavor is better with more of malt backbone; caramel and toffee richness, almonds, pink grapefruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness from piney, resiny notes. The palate is a bit thin but seems to work well for the beer; a medium body, a thin/velvety texture, and a nearly lively carbonation. The finish loses some of the malt backbone but still nice with resiny bitterness, almonds, and pink grapefruit. A pretty typical Lagunitas beer; fairly strong ABV, pleasant hop presence/bitterness, and some malt to keep things in balance. I did find this one with a few flaws but still an extremely drinkable beer for the ABV. Nice beer but not my favorite from this brewery.


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