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Electrostatic | Lightning Brewery

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3.71/5
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47 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery
California, United States
lightningbrewery.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by radshoesbro on 10-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,485
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
47
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Photo of Dijeriduster
2.33/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Small Bar in SD

A - Amber colour with an off white head. Chill haze is present.

S - Hard to really get anything. Some spice but not much complexity.

T - Eh, its got some booze in there and the large grain bill makes this kinda syrupy. Overall kinda dull and overwhelmed by the alcohol.

M - Somewhat syrupy as above.

O - Not my cup of tea for a farmale. I was looking for more yeast character and complexity. This was a bit of a mess with garbled flavours.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GatorCoop
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very strong tasting ale. Gave me a headache after one drink.
Very different.

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Photo of number1bum
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle awhile back from BeerTruth. Shared with myrmnngjckt and I'm glad I did because a whole bottle would have been hard to finish on my own.

Pour is a hazy golden color with about an inch and a half of off-white head. Keeps pretty well - mostly full lace and some webbing on the sides.

Smell is sweet, musty, spicy. Sweeter than I'd like, although there is enough spice and herbal qualities to compensate. Interesting...

Meh, ok, the sweetness in the nose translates into more sweetness on the palate. Too much. It's cloyingly sweet at times, with some herbal, grassy, spicy and yeasty qualities that poke in enough to save it somewhat, but at the end of the day it's just too damn sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and the sweetness is just too much. None of the crispness or dryness that a saison should offer. It's sticky sweet like an overly sweet tripel.

This was a tough one. Way too sweet, and a good example of why 'imperial' and 'saison' don't belong together. None of the crispness or dryness that makes a saison so refreshing and cleansing. If this were toned down it would be somewhat drinkable. As it is now, the sweetness kills it and it's just too much. I wouldn't come back.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of zonker17
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of yokken
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body infused with some fine particles and topped with a thinnish, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweet-scented aroma of cooked caramel, dried citrus peel, and a dash of dried herbs and flowers.

Taste: Abundant caramel maltiness with a distant touch of tangy wheat. All the while there's this thriving sugary sweetness. Hint of clove. A bit of orange peel. A handful of dried herbs. Minute amount of hops and even less bitterness. Slight earthy yeastiness. Finishes a tad cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Drinkability: Is it different? Sure. Did I enjoy it? Not so much. With a heavy, heady maltiness, a syrupy body, a dialed up alcohol component, and a severe lack of balancing hops, they seem to have completely bred all of the refreshing, quenching qualities right out of the saison.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BeersNBars
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber color. Really malty with spicy notes, higher ABV without the higher ABV finish.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, Winter '12
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a fairly clear amber orange color. Basically only a ringer around the edges off white head. Carbonation seems minimal.

S: Nose is strange, almost vinous. Very white grape and apple notes. And alcohol.

T: Flavor follows the nose. It's not that great. I get that strange alcohol laden white grape and apple cider flavor.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's quite a mouthful of flavor and the sugary-sharp-bitter-funk is powerful along with the alcohol. Orange amber in the big tulip glass with a lovely creamy head. Quite carbonated in the mouth, perhaps more than I really want. Adds a little much of the seltzer flavor, but it helps the medicine go down. This is so sweet, and it seems to get sweeter as you sip. Maybe the sugar is accentuated by the yeasty, fruity flavors. Scent of leather, stewed fruit, sweat.

Fine for sipping slowly. And not a lot at a time. I am unconvinced that this is a style that needs the Imperial treatment.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2009

The beer pours an apple cider brown with various hues of light browns and absolutely no head. There is tons of sediment at the bottom that adds to the beers cloudiness. The nose is yeasty and boozy with an initial tartness reminding me even more of drinking cider. The tasty is just as boozy and yeasty as the nose. There is a lot of fruit including apples, rainier cherries, and a slight tobacco-y fig. The mouthfeel is too boozy for being 3 years old and there is almost no carbonation. Not a god awful beer, but definitely didn't blow me away either.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is boozy, caramel malt, some fruit. Taste is alcohol, malts, spicy, more alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but a bit heavy on the alcohol.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear caramel color. Not much head.
S- Tang of wood, slight bite, vanilla.
T - Tropical fruit, banana, malt, slightly sour, a little wood.
M - Medium body, fair finish and balance.
D - Good to try once.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 OZ bomber for $5.99 from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with golden edges, a light effervescence, small amounts of sediment, fluffy off-white head, with some lacing.

S: Big blast of sweet malt and spice up front, banana and other tropical fruits, farmhouse yeast with a slightly boozy and bready finish.

T: On point with the nose - banana bread with spices, sweet biscuit, with a bit of hot booze at the very end. Good but not all that interesting.

M: Medium to full-bodied brew, very well carbonated, slightly syrupy and chewy, finishing with some heat from the booze - they're definitely not hiding that 10%!

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Photo of shutter
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ThinkRedEsq
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JxExM
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of wulfie85
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Electrostatic from Lightning Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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