Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by marchoftheclouds:
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I DO NOT like hoppy beers. And I don't think I've reviewed a hoppy beer on the site because of that. I don't think a hop hater should bring down the rating of a category that I usually stay away from ... BUT ... I was at my local Hy-Vee the other day trying to pick up some more World Wide Stout from Dogfish head ... a story for another day, but it was only $7.79/bottle and I only bought 2. When I got back they were all gone and they weren't getting any more. So after the disappointment wore off, I decided to try something new. The young kid working the department suggested a "different" hoppy beer. The thing that got me was "LIMITED RELEASE". Well I'm a sucker for limited release anything, so I picked up a Lagunitas GnarlyWine. My first reaction ... smells like Grapefruit ... and in my opinion ... beer should not smell like grapefruit juice. But the mouthfeel ... thick and chewy like 10w40 motor oil. This has the mouthfeel of a good stout. I stuck with it and tried to enjoy it on its own merit instead of "If it's not opaque, chewy and smells like coffee/chocolate I won't drink it" ... and I found out something. I can like a hoppy beer. It's not my favorite, but I like it. And if there are any hop haters out there that love stout, imperial stout, high ABV beers ... give this a shot. Heck, give it a couple of pints. You might change your mind. This changed mine. ABV 10.12% IBU 69.39 (hot and heavy and hoppy)
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2011 00:30:08 | More by marchoftheclouds
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4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2011 keg. 32oz growler fill from Green's PG, poured into a Conquest snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, rich auburn body, with a half-inch of beige head. The head dissipates to just a ring, but laces through the life of the beer.
S: Caramel, and a lot of pine. Way more pine than I would have expected for a 3-4 year old beer.
T: The hops are not as bitter as might be expected from a fresh American barleywine, but they still take center stage here. Lots of pine, then caramel, followed by a little dark fruit mingling with pine again in the finish.
M: Big, lush, without being syrupy.
O: This is a really good, still hoppy barleywine after all these years. It reminds me of how Old Ruffian ages--very well.
Serving type: growler
05-25-2014 00:06:00 | More by Craigory
Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.