Lagunitas Sirius Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Burnished orange-amber with a light snowfall of wispy flakes swirling within. They don't seem to be settling all that fast, perhaps the ascendant carbonation is keeping them afloat. The head is a cross between dark cream and light tan and is tacky enough to leave behind speckled, blurred, concentric rings of lace when it eventually departs. Quality appearance.
I haven't had enough cream ales to draw on previous experience in comparing noses. For that matter, I'm not sure what the hallmark of a good cream ale nose is. This one seems competent enough, but doesn't overly impress. Hops are a bit more prominent than malt. Earthy, slightly fruity; reminds me of an underhopped English pale ale.
My first impression upon tasting is... alcohol. It isn't overpowering, but it's more noticeable than I prefer. Making a jacked-up, relatively high gravity cream ale must have seemed like a good idea (and I'll give Lagunitas points for originality), but cream ales don't generally have enough strong malty or hoppy flavors in which to bury the alcohol. Some styles just shouldn't be Imperialized.
The flavor profile is relatively well-balanced and contains loads of blonde malt, some fruit (white rum-soaked oranges) and non-assertive hops. And alcohol. The body is medium-full with a sweet, slick character that I enjoy. To wrap things up, there's a longish finish during which the beer stays in character and in balance.
There's a good beer in here somewhere. Ratcheting the alcohol back a few percent would be a good first step in improving this big cream ale. As is, I'm not interested in acquiring more. Siriusly.
12-19-2004 22:50:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Light yellow gold with a decent ligh creamy beige head. Big fruity ale with a flowery piney hop aroma and flavor; leans a bit more bitter than sweet but not out of balance. Medium-full bodied with a light alcohol sensation and a dry bitter finish.
Nothing outstanding to buy again but just plain Good ! I'd probably make this an American Strong Ale instead of a Cream Ale.
Label states: "Hi-Gravity Cream Ale", OG 1.072, 40.63 IBUs
''03" embossed on bottom
10-22-2004 17:47:04 | More by RBorsato
4.1/5 rDev +9%
From a brown bomber, it's a vibrant amber with a thick white head. The most noticeable quality of the smell is the freshness: a nice summer fruit smell with a healthy dose of potent hops. The taste is just as enjoyable. Springtime in a bottle is not much of an overstatement. The alcohol is well-hidden, making for a very drinkable 7.6% beer.
10-13-2004 03:51:08 | More by mickeymac
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the golden amber brew. Head exhibits reasonably good staying power, and excellent lacing. Aroma is bluntly hoppy, as I have come to expect from Lagunitas brews, but this one does have some character to it. Taste is what I would expect from a slightly hoppy cream ale, smooth pale malts with a nicely hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is excellent for such a high abv cream ale, and drinkability is excellent for the style as well. Pleasantly surprised.
10-04-2004 22:18:30 | More by ppoitras
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a fairly clear, light copper-gold color. It is topped by a creamy, rocky, tan head. The aroma is of sweet grain, corn (is there even corn in this recipe), a bit of diacetyl, and a bit of hop aromatics. The beer is lightly sweet up front and nice and hoppy with a spiciness and a bitter bite in the finish. This beer is much more enjoyable than I remember. It is refreshing, yet it has a full medium body that helps to carry the flavors. As a double cream ale this certainly works, though in all fairness this is the only one I have ever had.
08-30-2004 18:46:43 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Presentation: Hell Yeah!! The sight of a new 22 ounce Cali Bomber from Lagunitas always induces a smile, I love their beers and will instantly pick up a new offering from them, if for no other reason than to read the complete and utter bollocks that is usually written on the label, though the scribes on the Sirius nearly make sense for once. Listed as Spring Release Sirius, and described as a Cream Ale, something different for once, neat. Technical portfolio is O.G. 1.072, 40.63 IBU, Alc. 7.6% Vol.
Appearance: This is a stunner in my handled Pint Mug. A gorgeous copper-tinged amber body that has a perfectly clear hue, giving serious depth to the look. Massive dirty white creamy mass forms clumps, ice (beer?)Berg floaties and some seriously nice rich thick honeycomb lacing. Top-ups reinstate the head and dissolve and reform the lacing, great stuff. Smooth conditioning and average fine carbonation.
Nose: A funky mix of sweet malts, toffee some caramels and a fresh airing of tropical fruits. Mix that with some acidic piney hops, grapefruits, orange and lemons and some freshly baked thick crusty French bread, and that just about sums it up nicely.
Taste: Starts with a copper bottomed fruit bowl of sinuous all that is good for you foodstuffs. Cracked malts, pineuous hops and a slick carbonated Shandy-Bass middle. Super pendulous synergistic balance of hops, malts, caramel and fruits.
Mouthfeel: As you may expect, this has a lovely creamy body and a bold smoothness, for the fuller woman, as the advert goes. Rewarding in the mouth
Drinkability: Nicely imbibed whilst I finish writing checks and paying the bills. A tasty brew that you dont really have to concentrate on too hard, but which like Mans Best Friend, will reward you with a wagging tail and a faithful libational thanks when you do.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one, not bad for $2.99 and 7.6%. A superb easy going weekday nightcap that will help me forget about the troubles of work for a few hours as I doze off, well until tomorrow anyways. Might get another of these.
08-19-2004 06:46:47 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Lightl hazed pale amber hue. Lean, but steadfast ivory whiye head leaves frothy, rough lace. Grapefruit and orange zest lain atop buttery toffee and trace biscuit in aroma. Subtle, but inviting. In flavor the prevalent malt character is surprisingly hellesbock like. Mild notes of caramelized pecan and brittle provide a solid backbone. Hopped judiciously allowing a stately light caramel malt presence. Subdued pink grapefruit and floral hop flavors. Virtually devoid of esters, save a trace, complementary white grape tartness. Full bodied, with ample dextrins lending a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a soft suggestion of caramel drizzled biscuit and marmalade. Not at all cream ale like, but rather agreeable in that respect. An rather enjoyable and unique American Strong Ale that sits somewhat softly on the palate. Definitely recommended.
06-26-2004 16:56:32 | More by marc77
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
After trying this beer, the only real cool thing about it is that it's called Sirius and has a dog on the label, which reminds me of Sirius Black of Harry Potter fame.
The beer pours a nice sunset orange with a fluffy white 1-finger head that sticks around. The smell is grapefruit and pungent, almost rotten fruit flavors. The first taste is bready and a bit too sweet, with a pretty firm body playing up a slightly syrupy character. Grapefruit hops carry into the aftertaste.
Lagunitas call the beer a high-gravity cream ale, and I'm not sure what that means. Adjuncts? I thought it was just too much malt, but something is providing a cloying sweetness that doesn't really do it for me.
It's nice and easy to drink, especially for the 7.6 percent ABV, but it really doesn't do much for me. It's labeled as a Spring beer and has some hints of Maibocks in its sweetness, but the maltiness isn't really tasty, the fruits are pretty strong and the hops do only a so-so job of balancing the flavor.
06-10-2004 02:16:05 | More by studentofbeer
4/5 rDev +6.4%
The beer poured golden with an off-white head that was moussy and fell to later lace the glass.
The aroma was malty and sweet with a fruity character and a slight spiciness.
The flavor was hoppy and bitter and creamy. The bitterness was substantial enough to couteract the sweetness from the malt. No sign of corn in this beer, or rice. Plenty of fruit in the flavor.
The finish was dry and plesantly bitter into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.
It is difficult to rate an Imperial Cream Ale. I decided with a 7.6 ABV rating it is in the wrong style and should be in Lager or Pilsener strong pale and rated as such.
22 ounce bottle.
06-09-2004 23:40:49 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
22 oz. Bomber bottle. Pours out a nice deep golden yellow with a great, thick and frothy white head. A nice lacing was present as this brew was consumed. A fruity sweet aroma came from this with an underlying hop kick to it. The taste had a good malt flavoring to it that is accompanied by some hop spiciness for the finish. This has a nice thin but creamy mouthfeel that would make it a great beverage to enjoy in the warmer weather. Good all around brew with an all around great flavor, plus it packs a good punch at 7.6%.
06-03-2004 18:10:11 | More by meathookjones
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
This high gravity cream ale is a deep gold with a puffy, creamy head. Initial aroma is slightly fruity and sweet, but upon further inspection there is definitely some mild, peppery hops as well. This brew starts out malty, then a wave of pepper with a touch of brown sugar, & finally a wave of wonderful driving bitterness with delicious vanilla notes. In the mouth, this brew does its best to imitate a cask conditioned ale. It is very creamy, but still surprisingly light. Finish is dry & almost herbal. Extremely drinkable and very well crafted.
05-24-2004 17:49:52 | More by garthwaite
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Appearance: Rich copper-orange with a thick, frothy white head. Good retention.
Smell: Strong bouquet of oranges with a noticeable undercurrent of malt and fruity esters (strawberry predominating). Also some hop spicyness.
Taste: Big malt punch initially, which broadens to include the citrusy orange character of the hops. A faint flavor of that generic white cake frosting also makes a brief mid-palate appearance before stepping wholly aside to let the IBUs storm the finish. A more grapefruity citrus note rounds out the finish to keep the IBUs company. The 7.6% alcohol is well-hidden by the rest of the beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: This beer is actually quite good. I wasn't expecting much given my previous forays with Lagunitas, but I was pleasantly surprised. The malt character balances well with the hops, and the mouthfeel isn't combative. A solid offering, and one that I would gladly drink again.
05-21-2004 00:08:19 | More by Afterburner
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Not much in the aroma. floral hops, but that is about it.
Taste is biscuity malt and honey, with a floral and piney hoppiness. The palate is creamy and medium bodied. Everything seems to mold together well.
This was a pretty enjoyable beer.
04-30-2004 06:44:08 | More by Crosling
2.3/5 rDev -38.8%
Big white head that soon recedes into ridged lace. Bright amber colour. Alcohol detected on the nose. Quick hops roll into smoothness. But im left with an unpleasent taste in my mouth. That alcohol has something to do with it, not sure what else. I am not looking forward to the next half of the bottle.
04-29-2004 02:03:14 | More by MrNuggets
4.28/5 rDev +13.8%
Well, here it is...a new ale from Lagunitas. As always, I'm more than satisfied with their latest release. Nice head that retained rather well and laces the glass nicely. Bold flavor that is really full flavored but not the typical hop or malt full flavor. This is probably what a "beer" should taste like. I'll definately look this one up again. Keep up the good work Lagunitas.
04-09-2004 01:50:11 | More by sinistersteve
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
With spring now in full swing (at least in SoCal) I decided the time was right for a foray into the spring seasonals. I opted to start with Lagunitas' cream ale presented in a 22oz bomber.
Poured into my trusty tasting glass, this brew showed off a warm honey color and a firm, creamy white head that had nice retention. Fine lace streaked the walls of the glass and plenty of fine carbonation lazily drifted to the base of the head.
The nose had a prominant pine-laden hops aroma, stronger than I anticipated. Also noted were aromas of dusty malts and light fruity esters. The taste had a hay-like malt flavor which was put to the test in trying to keep pace with the robust hoppiness. Full, round and creamy, this beer had a noticeable alcohol nip and spiciness in the dry finish.
Overall, this was a nice, if not spectacular, beer that was a good choice for enjoyment while relaxing out back on my deck after work.
04-06-2004 16:41:49 | More by Boilermaker88
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
Nice pleasant surprise to this cream ale from Lagunitas. The color was of a golden brown with some foam and a lot of lace from the first sip the the last gulp! The smell was of a malty brew, with a piney hop aroma. The taste was very pleasant. Not to bitter, considering the piney hoppy aroma, with a creamy feel on lmy palate. This creamy ale had a mild to medium after taste an I would no think twice about buying this brew again!
04-05-2004 00:03:06 | More by BeerManDan
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy thick and moderate sized head, the residual lace a thick and clinging sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, slight hint of hop floral also noticed, start is sweet, nice hearty malt presence, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its acidity and the hops purposeful in their spiciness, another fine beer from a great brewery, a long time favorite.
03-28-2004 15:28:25 | More by Gusler
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Clear bright orange appearance, sub amber. Frothy 1/4 inch head, slightly yellow. Laces in delicate and distinct dots. Bare honey aroma, a little yeasty, but noticeable pine hoppiness. Lower carbonation helps the lighter mouthfeel to seem fuller than it is. Starts sweet but with little malt distinction, a dry bitterness sets in and the finish has a decided bite to it, a little sharp and lingering without addiing much interest. A touch of alcoholic heat. A hard-to-rate beer, some complexity and a distinct close to the profile, but neither is stellar.
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03-24-2004 16:52:50 | More by ADR
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
An imperial cream ale? Could there be such a thing? This would be quite a nice, mellow beer if it weren't for the alcohol. Other reviewers didn't seem to mind it much, but it really stuck out to me. Perhaps I am overly sensitive to these things. A light, crystal clear orange gold with lots of puffy head and lacing. Endearing aroma of malts with a light sprinkle of hoppiness. Also some perfectly marvelous musty yeast characteristics, but they are laid asunder by invisible alcohol meanies. A lightly malty beer, with understated caramel sweetness and tasty bread crust. Hops are very quiet in the background but do their job adequately. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite nice. The finish is where the alcohol comes into play, and to me it's unmistakeable. It provides a somewhat shattering spiciness, followed instantly by numbness which would be cool if this weren't such a delicate beer. It undermines the great mouthfeel by lulling your palate to sleep. Not a failure by any means, but it seems to me to just veer off in the wrong direction. If Lagunitas is sirius (ho!) about making a big beer, they need to amplify the bright fruit flavors here, perhaps making it more evocative of oranges or honey, or grapefruity hops.
03-24-2004 07:09:19 | More by Thrasher
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
As with all Lagunitas products, you have to first get past the odd label. This one metions the dog star and backpacking, etc. 22 oz bottle, O.G. of 1.072.
Pours out very nicely into the glass with a pronounced head of tight foam. Dark orange/off brown in color.
Smells very malty. Almost no hop bouquet is present, which for a Lagunitas product is bizarre...
Solid, malty flavor of raisins, and, well, malt. A tad sharp perhaps, but not in a deal breaking way. Assertive is a better way to explain it. Really excellent moutfeel. Robust. Quite nice going down the throat with some definitive bitterness.
After two 22s, I am now very aware that Sirius is over 7%, though you would have no way of knowing this before your second bottle. A creeper. A good creeper.
03-18-2004 20:01:35 | More by jonnylieberman
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance - very light copper color with a medium sized head and lots of lacing
Smell - slightly sweet, mainly a hoppy aroma. Not a whole lot to it.
Taste - pretty light for being almost 8%. Not too sweet and slightly creamy. A nice bitter aftertaste that finishes the beer off well. Has some hints od caramel and honey
Overall a pretty nice beer to get you in the mood for the upcoming cummer.
03-14-2004 16:49:16 | More by Elemental
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.
Pours bright copper with a small soapy head. An arched strip of lace clings to one side of the glass.
Smell is a crusty bundle of restrained, grassy hops with a backbone of vanilla-tinged malts.
Taste opens with a deep kick of bitterness, very sharp, rapidly leading into a cotton-candy-coated caramel sweetness -- the bitterness sticks around, though, and doesn't allow the sweetness to dominate. Aftertaste is a nice, clean bitterness with a background of subtle sweetness.
This brew is very carbonated, and somewhat thin. Refreshing, overall. And just right for spring -- bright, rich, and cleansing!
03-13-2004 05:23:28 | More by RootedFool
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance Of course, the head was just monstrous. The heavenly, delicate pillows settled into an inch high topping to the liquid after lacing the heck out of my Ruination glass. The body was a bright and hazy orange.
Smell Lagunitas packed this one with some sirious hops. The piney and floral notes have a nice malt base to back them up.
Taste This reminds me of Rogue Honey Cream Ale without the honey. The hops are complex, solid, sharp, and of course creamy. The malt base cannot be ignored, offering a nice compliment to this rather complex ale.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied and exceptionally smooth and, yes again, creamy.
Drinkability This was more like a creamy pale ale. Very good.
03-13-2004 02:45:12 | More by RoyalT
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
Lagunitas Sirius was served from a 22 oz. bomber. On the label, this brew is called a special high-gravity cream ale, with an IBU of 40.63. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a brilliant and metallic golden copper hue, and was topped by a creamy and sticky white head that left excellent lacing. Beautiful! The nose was mouthwatering, with a creamy sweet maltiness and an assertive and full floral and orangey citric hop bouquet with a crisp touch. The taste reflected the nose closely. The body was full, rich, and lightly sweet, accented heavily with orange citric crispness. A zingy citric transition led to a wonderfully bitter and aromatic finish with the perfect touch of sweetness. Big and full flavored with imperial qualities, yet perfectly balanced and emminently drinkable...a kick-ass cream ale. An excellent way to greet the Spring. Bravo Lagunitas.
03-04-2004 21:56:54 | More by HiroProtagonist
Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.