Cruising With Ruben & The Jets - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by bovinecrusader:
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(22oz bomber in an oversized wine glass)
I love Zappa.
I love Lagunitas.
I love the 40th Anniv. releases, so far..
Just couldn't get my head around this one though.
Don't get me wrong, its good... Decent molasses/maple/mahogany color. Thin, yet present layer of caramel colored head (probably due to the wine glass). Mouthfeel starts a bit lacking, but finishes with a nice peppery spiciness to lift off the mid-back palate. And taste? Deep dark roasted fig, molasses...I almost get a Mother's Brand Oatmeal Cookie (ya know...with the vanilla icing).
However, considering I've loved the style choices for the last several releases (Brown Ale for "Lumpy Gravy" and a triple for "We're Only In It for the Money"), I think this one comes up a tad short.
"BoppaDoAyDoo Style Ale"? I can see it. But I think that considering the FZ quote on the bottle, " ...I would do anything just to sing the songs that was turning me on in high school," I think it would've been cool to get a sessionable lager of some sort...something we all started with in school, kinda embracing the rebellious 50's youth the album nostalgically reflects.
I know, not the point of the review, but if you're gonna pair the beer with the experience of listening to the album, I think you have to take that into account. Don't get me wrong, its a GREAT beer...I just think they didn't quite nail it on the head with this one. That being said, I'm still hanging on the edge of glass waiting for the next release, Uncle Meat.
LAST 5 SIPS EDIT: Definitely better as it warms. Finally getting some chocolate and pepperiness. Still rate it a B, but its really really really drinkable..deceptively so.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2009 00:04:43 | More by bovinecrusader
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3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Found this '08 oddity randomly. "BoppaDooAyDoo Style Ale," poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: Pours a brownish-black with a small tan-head. A little bit of lacing.
S: Molasses, brown sugar, a bit of mushy dried fruit like prune, a bit of chocolate.
T: Tastes more like a dark barleywine than an RIS. Smooth dark fruit (fig, prune, raisin), roasted grain, brown sugar, subtle chocolate, a little bit of alcohol. A bit of oxidation and metallic notes in the middle.
M: Very fine carbonation with a relatively thick body.
O: Not nearly as bad as I expected. Obviously past its prime, yet still pretty tasty.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2012 23:07:47 | More by Etan
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.