Lagunitas Sirius Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by hunteraw:
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not quite sure what to expect from a "hi-gravity cream ale" but we'll see.
Appearance: Pours a pleasant amber, very clear, with a thinnish head that fades fairly quickly.
Smell: Smells a bit like a double IPA with all the rough edges sanded down. Hops are mostly pine resin. In the background, reminiscent of malted milk balls, or a just-opened bag of dry malt extract, used for homebrewing. Nice.
Taste: Quite smooth, piney hops and caramel malts playing nicely. A bit of an alcohol bite on the finish, however, which calls to mind malt liquor. That unpleasant finish gets more and more noticeable as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Fairy light body, surprisingly so. Carbonation is moderate, and hard to characterize as "creamy" despite the label.
Drinkability: Moderate. A decent beer, but for me seems trapped between styles.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2008 03:00:55 | More by hunteraw
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4.75/5 rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A damn fine beer, I looked forward to it every summer. This wasn't what I used to think of when I heard the words "Cream Ale", but for me it redefined the style. I first picked up a six pack because of the name (and well, it's Lagunitas), and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
The color is a golden caramel, with a mild head of uniformly small bubbles.
The aroma is a blend of creamy hoppiness, with some citrus notes.
The taste, aah the taste... Initially malty, then a mild citrus profile comes through, with a subtle hop finish. Don't rush this one, you've got to let it ride.
The mouthfeel is where the cream ale label fits. Very smooth.
In spite of the relatively high ABV, this was a very drinkable beer. It's a shame Lagunitas retired it, I wish I'd cellared some the last time I had the chance.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2011 23:40:42 | More by sirius
Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.