Early last Spring, when I had my first Lagunitas Imperial Red—ironically just a couple weeks after finishing the one six pack of Nugget Nectar I could get my hands on—I knew I'd just HAVE TO do a head-to-head comparison when NN was released this year. Same style, comparably awesome citrusy hop aroma and taste, both perfectly balanced by ample malt backbones. Little did I know before I went out to pick up a six of both beers today that Lagunitas IR is limited release only (last released in late January of 2012) and won't be released at all in 2013. I was able to get both beers, but unfortunately my comparison won't really be valid because while the NN is nice and fresh (bottled 1/24/13), the Lagunitas IR is a year old. Has anyone had them both fresh, head-to-head, at a tasting party or at a bar? If so, kindly mention which you preferred (and why). It would be much appreciated.