Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
TEMP: Cellared at approx 55 degrees
A fine (12oz) extra from mrbubbler, I believe
A slightly darkened shade of auburn brown, with some light traces of ruby highlights. A creamy, light brown colored head that rises to almost two-fingers high, then settles down to a solid covering of surface film. The lacing is abundant with spots and they are quite sticky. Nice.
Loads of caramel and toffee notes eminate from this glass. Mild hints of brown sugars. A nice presence of citrus hops is still detected, even though I'm fairly certain that this bottle has seen close to a year of age, if not more. Nice hints of grapefruits and oranges with a touch of lemon zest. Some mild notes of pine. Lots of toast notes, as well.
I can tell that this one is aged, no doubt. At this point htough, it seems to have aged quite well. Let's see how the flavor department has held up.
The hops are still very prominent. They are overpowering the sweetness of the malts, though not in a demolishing sort of way. They just hover above the surface of the sweetness. Other than that, this folows the nose, nicely.
This one is full-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. It maintains a nice smoothness, with a touch of creaminess, and has a slight sharpness, thanks to the hops bite.
It's got a really nice flavor and is nicely drinkable. It could be ever so much more drinkable though, if the hops were balanced out, just a touch more.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2010 18:46:55 | More by coldmeat23
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