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SF Fusion 27 - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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SF Fusion 27SF Fusion 27

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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 86
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 1759Girl on 02-15-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 86
Photo of marksweiner
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

had it on-tap at Toronado during beer week. Asked the hobeled bar-keep what is was and he pretty much ignored me - so I ordered one. Liked it to say the least - felt like I could drink them all day long (was surprised to hear it was 9%). Kind of odd to hear some fellas on this board saying it was hard to drink....
Had another "Fusion" in Sac and it was totally different - I guess this is the name they give to their line they push out for beer fests.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Toronado SF

Heard good things about this beer throughout the last few weeks for SF Beer week and Strong Beer Month. Was excited to try it.

A - Dark copper in color, slight reddish tint. Different and darker from your typical WC IIPAs. Looked OK. Decent lacing throughout the glass.

S - Earthy and bitter smelling. Tons of hops. On the board it says "SF Fusion Hop High IPA." Smells highly hopped. Dark Pineapple and citrus twisted with earthy and leafy bitterness in the nose. Smells like a HUGE IPA and powerful dank notes arise from a swirl of the glass.

T - Wow. I immediately started wondering if this was a Lagunitas attempt at a TIPA. I had no idea the ABV while drinking it but it tasted like a Over Hopped double or TIPA. Taste matches nose exactly. This one was very bitter. Great for hop heads but the bitterness would have been a huge turn off for a novice to hops. As this beer warms, sweet malts come out which I found off putting and took away from the citrus.

M - It's a big resinous bitter IPA. Tastes every bit a 9+% DIPA
A sipper for sure.

D - Wouldn't order another. One pint was enough. Not highly drinkable as there are countless other 9+% DIPAs available easier drinking than this beer. But hey, maybe that's what Lagunitas was going for here.

I was a bit let down by this beer. Great to have tried it but will not be ordering again I don't believe.

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Photo of veinless
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Bobby G's Pizzeria shortly before the PtY madness started.

Poured a pure amber with above average lacy white head that retained pretty well for the style. Was pretty clear as well, which was good to look at.

Nose was very floral and citrusy, with an assortment of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and tropicals, mainly pineapple to my olfactorys. There was some sticky malt in the back too, but it was nothing to the other notes.

Taste was way different, as strong bitterness was tasting of plants and earth, with lots of oils and scents not unlike Triple Rock's IIMAXX DIPA. Lots more grapefruit and lemon citrus come out in this one though, and it's better for it.

Finish is a bit sticky, and bitterness is nice for the drinkability. Lagunitas hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Photo of
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at First Street Alehouse in Livermore.

Color borders on orange. Very limited head. I think all the hops killed it.

Aroma was almost non-existent. Lagunitas makes hops bombs, not complaining, but this had no aroma.

Shocked by massive hop flavor. Extreme citrus. I'm still burping pineapple. It's difficult to balance a 9.3% beer to the hops insteAd of malt, but the geniuses at Lagunitas figured it out. Beer is light bodied considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is light considering the ABV. I could use more body in this beer. I love the massive, citrus hops, but I would like more backing it up.

Drinkability is great for a 9.3% beer. Could be dangerous.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed for the 2011 SF Beer Week, SF Fusion is a 280 IBU Imperial IPA. And it is GOOOD!

Appearance>Slightly hazy. Super lacy. Dark peach in color with a white head. Low liveliness. Average looking.

Smell> Smells wet hopped. The hop nose is so strong that it's hard to detect anything else, which isn't to say that it's uncharacteristic for the style, nor that it isn't completely enticing...

Taste>Not wildly complex, but holy heck is it good! Unlike many other doubles, it has a caramel finish that moves into a huge resin hang. Maybe it's my norcal roots, but this is nothing if "hella" good.

Mouf- tingly but decent.

Drinkability- om nom nom

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SF Fusion 27 from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.