bhensonb (15094) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
From file last updated 2010. Bomber. Pours amber with slight head. Floral/caramel aroma. Fruity/floral/caramel flavor. Good. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Lagunitas Brewing Company--XS Ale--Extra Special Ale--Non-Compliant--Guaranteed Fad-Diet Free--2004 Release--22 oz. Bottle --6.90% ABV--44.62 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) ESB--Mild lacy head. Clear amber color. Malty mild floral hop front. Thin crisp dry toasted caramel mild earthy ESB body. Clean dry mild hop balanced end. Rich dry ESB.Smooth tasty and easy to drink. Sampled 7/17/2004. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
22 oz. bottle pours a reddish brown hue with a one finger head; decent lace. Big floral, perfumy hop smell. Taste is a mild butter scotch sweetness quickly followed by a nice tart grapefruity bitterness to finish. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. not bad. sept 2004
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Distinctve dry ale with a bit of larger moutfeel. Maybe it is just the hop combo but you gets hints of biscuit, apricot or corriander. Super fluffy head. Session brew. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Deep copper with some orange in colour, lingering creamy tan coloured head, good lacing, lots of sediment. The aroma is nicely balanced with the citrus hops and caramel malts, some pine in there as well. The flavour has lots of citrus - mainly oranges - lots of pine, quite bitter, some caramel sweetness, very small amounts of alcohol detected. Dry bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long and bitter, very dry. I like the balance in this one, enjoyable.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>DarkElf, thanks Stephen.
No best before date.
22 oz bomber is what I had on hand to taste this with my brother, while visiting on Labor Day and charring up some cow meat. Aroma was just a bit better than average with an up front malty aroma, but there was some hops in the background. They were faint, but there if you dug a little deep. Appearance for me could have been higher, but we had a TON of floaties in my bottle so that took a minor hit. It was dark amber colored, nice off-white head so not bad. Mouthfeel is what really I found intriguing with this beer because of the creamy nature of a strong ale at 7% (okay, okay...6.9% precisely) but it wasn’t overly harsh in any way. Flavors were slightly sweet, but nicely balanced between hops and malts with a bit more bitterness coming around going down. My overall impressions with this beer is that it IS good and very drinkable. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Pours amber and cloudy with a nice white frothy head. Smells of of cookie dough, yogurt, and grapes. Taste is sweet with a nice warming bitter finish. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle poured orange with a huge thick creamy head that lasted the life of the beer and sticky lacing..Tons of floaties!!.
Aroma is malt, hops and citrus.
Flavor is hops and caramel with a bit of a watery body but good overall.
Ernest (7662) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted bread), moderately hoppy (apricot, resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Perhaps a little old (presumably from last May/June, but not oxidized smelling at all yet), but still enjoyable...just not extra special. Will likely re-rate when a fresher batch arrives. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Ho hum boring beer. Same lagunitas signature nose. "not a fan", some diacetyl off flavor sweetness and odd spice.