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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6946) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
Thanks Hayduke! Dark brown and clear with plenty of red, moderate carbonation floats up, a one and a half finger of tan head has strong retention. A nice hop/malt balance in the nose. Molasses, citrus, pine but nothing big or aggressive. The flavor is bigger and quite nice. Hops offer pine and tart citrus and there is a strong maltiness. A bit of chocolate adds some complexity. This beer moves cycles from the malt, to the hops, to the chocolate, and then it cycles again. A very tasty beer and a fun beer to drink. The sum is better than the parts here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1652) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Transparent light brown pour, with a mid-sized tan head. Nice and malty, but with enough hops to keep it crisp -- brown sugar and light molasses, with maybe a bit of vanilla in here... but really not at all overbearingly sweet. the alcohol is apparent, but only just - this is something like a blend of brown shugga with a hoppy barleywine. Tasty, and I really like how crisp it stays given the fact they tout the malt contingent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
Big tan head, clear brown body, aroma is clean hop fruit, flavor is rich malts and huge bitters, much more roasted than I expected, chocolatey and hoppy, quite interesting and very aggresive, some hot alcohols burn the throat as well, not an easy drinking beer but an experience, well worth your $4 even if you are jobless

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3527) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2010
This is still the standout brewery when it comes to value. I think this was 4.99 a bomber. A pretty deep brown but if you hold it up to light you can catch the mega carbonation going on here. Faint pine nose. Flavor is a lot of nut and caramel malt. Muted band aid kind of hops on the back end with a touch of pine again here. Yeast is adding a strange funkiness as well to the back of the palate. An all too easy too drink and slightly hoppy beer. Something I can get behind pretty much any time.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Red pour with a small white head. Aroma is earth hops, orange, tart, almost funky. Taste is orange zest, brown sugar, alcohol, and earthy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6233) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
Brown chestnut color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, citrus, caramel malts, tobacco, grass, and light alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, tobacco, citrus fruits, piney resin, and a moderately bitter hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
"Burgundy in color with a foamy light tan head and plenty of sticky lacing. Fresh hoppy aroma as one would expect from Lagunitas coupled with nuts and light roast. Medium bodied, nicely bitter with a sweet finish. Mild toasted malt flavors with a hint of chocolate and coffee which are soon washed away by a heavy American hop presence. "

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4153) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2010
Pour is a tea brown lookalike with a small white head. Aroma is spicy hops with some caramel malts lingering in the backround. Flavor is a nice earthy malt followed by a decent hop profile. Very heavy mouthfeel with a decent amount of hops. Decent beer and if there ever was beer to fit in the American strong ale category this would be it. $3.99 as with all Lagunitas bombers is also a plus.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (4030) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2010
On Tap at Kahootz, Meridian, ID. Clear deep chestnut brown, with a small light tan head. Thin wispy lacing. Lighty roasted aroma. Tastes similar. No surprises. Balanced with some nice flavorfull bitterness. Not much bite at the end. Like a brown Pale Ale. Calling it an American Strong doesnt really nail it. Tasty. Those crazy hippies at Lagunitas did it again with a weird but tasty concoction.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle from Halls. Pours a very pretty clear reddish color with a light white ring of head. Whoa hoppy nose. Unexpected! Very spicy and earthy hops with a big aroma of armpit. Taste is also totally different from the aroma. Sweet notes with an earthy amount of hops. Maintains a high level of hops on the flavors. Finishes decently enough with a bit of dryness. This isnt too bad. Odd that it would be classified as a ASA though.


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