RATINGS: 1107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re 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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ChimbleySweep (7) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2010 does not count
I have to admit, I had this pretty late in the night and it pretty much did me in. So all in all, it did it’s job very well. I have a bottle in the ole fridge I look forward to consuming at a later time.

jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
Dark amber with big, foamy beige head / Nose of caramel, citrus, and dry hops / Medium body, hint of sweetness, light malts with good hopping, and with long, dry finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, pine, and grapefruit / Nothing remarkable, on the light side, just another fine hoppy ale from Lagunitas.

DerWeg (1702) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
Immediate hit of full peachy and dimensional citrus hops puts my head back ("aaahhh!!") - a bit sweet but tasty fruit and pine - grapefruit - tangerine flavors. Very slowly builds a grassy hop dryness on the finish, with interludes of sweetness bursting through at each sip. A little more caramel and dark honey than expected but the it IS a darkly-pale beer.

ben4321 (6677) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Location: Tap at Hop Devil Grill, 4/10/10

Aroma: The nose has citrus hops, with some bread, caramel, and toffee
Appearance: Pours a mahagony brown body with a creamy beige head leaving lots of lace
Flavor: The taste is medium sweet (caramel malts) balanced by resiny grapefruit hops
Palate: The mouthfeel is smooth, with a relatively full body
Overall Impression: I found this beer to be very nice overall. Another very solid offering from Lagunitas. I enjoyed drinking this one.

hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle… Dark, clear, copper ale with a large, fluffy, white head. Good retention and interesting lacework. The nose is of evergreen and chocolate malt with an afterthought of nuttiness. Medium to full-bodied and lightly creamy with jovial carbonation. The flavor presents just a fantastic malt and hop profile – bittersweet pine sap and chocolate. Alpha Klaus-like brown ale. Bittersweet finish – with the bitterness pulling up a comfortable chair and hanging out a good while. Thanks to otakuden for sharing her bottle!

zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark copper pour with a thick tan head. Lots of hops, citrus and pine in the aroma. Some peppery notes underneath, but a lot of pine. Flavor starts off with a hop and pine combination with a mild peppery and flowery bite at the middle. The pine and citrus combine once again and leave a very odd aftertaste. Sweet and spicy yet tangy at the exact same time. Not bad and the hops aren’t overpowering.

thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. I had tried this offering at a local beer festival on tap and was quite impressed. Out of the bottle didn’t disappoint either. Poured a light brown with a one finger off-white head. Lacing was slight throughout. The aroma had hints of nuts upon first inspection. This brew has a medium body on the palate with average carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew from Lagunitas. I just hope that they come up with more offerings like this one.

jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bomber. Brown color, but it’s fairly pale, actually - not light, but not very opaque. Very clear, I guess, is what I’m trying to say. Nose is malty, chocolaty, and light pine/floral hops. The hops, mostly the floral variety, are forward in the flavor, preceding clean bready malt and a light chocolate note. A very clean beer - both the flavors and visuals are clear and precise. Not the type of beer I’d normally pursue, as I’m not generally a huge fan of brown ales, but this is very enjoyable. Lagunitas once again makes an interesting and engaging brew. Definitely not the biggest or craziest beer out there, but it’s very enjoyable.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
650ml. Not as dark as I thought! Picked up the glass and a dark copper-amber. Lasting off-white foam. Malt, woody hops and alcohol scent. Tasty alcohol and spruce. Tasty malt.

williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
The aroma is citrus and perfume hop. Tangerine with a roasted amber malt backbone. Flowery with rye bread. Balanced; excellent. The appearance is ruby red, hint of orange. Massive head, millions of tiny bubbles that move slooowwwwly. The flavor is burnt dark stoutish malt taste, but with a sweet hop (tangerine, blood orange). The malt dominates until the swallow. Aftertaste is beautifully bittersweet. Feels creamy, oily. A very malty beer, but one that doesn’t sacrifice hops. Roasted at first, but with a sweet respite. Top shelf.

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