Lagunitas

LAGUNITAS

“From points distant and beyond we all converged on Petaluma in 1993 and ’94 with an unenunciated desire to be more than we were before. The core of Lagunitas came from Chicago, St Louis, Memphis, Walker Creek, and the highlands of Quincy. The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was not so much an act of ordinary ‘foundling’ as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. It is good to have friends”

www.lagunitas.com

Year-Round/Seasonals:

Limited Release/Specialty:

BROWN SHUGGA: 95 Points

Highly Drinkable

Highly Drinkable

This American Strong Ale is released seasonally in October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Originally a failed attempt at our 1997 batch of Olde GnarlyWine Ale resulting in an all-new-beer-style we like to call…Irresponsible.”

My Description: This beer is so smooth and highly drinkable. It starts with a good sized, off-white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a wall of lacing. Immediately, the aroma delivers a blast of grapefruit hops accompanied by a pleasant sweet note that creeps in. Brown Shugga is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Sweet sugar notes swim throughout the dominating grapefruit and floral hop flavors. Caramel malt and hints of hop spice are also present. The alcohol is minimally noticed and adds character. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and very clean. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled duck, baked venison, or strong cheeses.

ABV: 9.99%  Color: Dark Copper  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 6.5/10

CAPPUCCINO STOUT: 90 Points

A sweet cappuccino

A sweet cappuccino

This Imperial Stout is released in some years in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We get some help from our friends/neighbors at Sebastopol’s Hardcore Coffee just up the road. The coffee beans are freshly ground when we drop them into the brew kettle and whirlpool, giving that deep coffee flavor without taking away from that even deeper beer flavor.”

My Description: This is a really nice stout for those who love coffee, however I just feel that it is a bit too sweet to drink more than one whole bottle. It begins with a decent sized, beige colored head that fades rather quickly to a thin film that holds for a while and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma has a bold coffee smell that is accompanied by some sweetness and notes of roasted malt. The aroma is pleasant and expected from the description. The beer is full bodied with slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The balance of the beer is slightly more on the sweeter side but not to the point of dissatisfaction, this beer is still very drinkable. Upfront, there are notes of dark coffee, roasted malts, tobacco, and the slightest hint of vanilla. This transitions into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter and does not linger for too long. The alcohol is nicely hidden and only noticed from time-to-time. This ale is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, deep fried fish, or grilled steaks.

ABV: 9.2%  Color: Very Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

CENSORED: 90 Points

Amber Goodness

Dr. Dre would be proud

This Amber Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Originally called the Kronik, this beer was censored by the federal label-approving agency, the BATF — they claimed the word had some sort of Marijuana reference. We slapped a “Censored” sticker on it as a joke and they accepted it. Whatever.

My Description: The Feds may have censored the label but they did not censor the flavor; this is a tasty amber ale that is definitely on the bitter side. It begins with a large, off-white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma is rich and inviting with notes of malt, citrus and floral hops, some light fruit notes, and a touch of nuttiness. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level, and a dry finish. This beer has a great malt backbone accompanied by notes of citrus/earthy hops, caramel, and hints of light fruits. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and will linger. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with BBQ chicken, cauliflower pizza, or a hearty stew.

ABV: 6.75%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

DAY TIME: 94 Points

All the time

All the time

This Session IPA is available for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Sometimes you want a beer, then you realize how much crap you need to do before you call it a day. This is it. Nicely dosed with Big, Round Hop Flavors and a Toasty Malt Foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done. Yup.”

My Description: Day Time leaves you wanting more because not only is it delicious, but it does not taste watered down or like any other light beer. It pours a large, white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma smells like I’m in the middle of a hop farm. It is fresh, strong, and clean with notes of grapefruit hops and some tropical hop notes as well. Day Time is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The thing with this Session IPA is that it has body even though it is light in alcohol, it makes this beer satisfying and enjoyable. Upfront, there are flavor notes of pale malts, bread, grapefruit hops, and some light tangerine notes. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and slightly prickly that lingers for some time. Resiny is a good word to describe how the hops feel in this beer, real nice. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with burgers, blackened grilled fish, or grilled asparagus.

ABV: 4.65%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

HAIRY EYEBALL: 93 Points

Nothing's Sexier

Nothing’s Sexier

This Winter Warmer is released seasonally between October and December in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A roasty, toasty, malty, hangover-halting beer. Especially formulated for when you wake up feelin’ like you need to shave your eyeballs to see the new day.”

My Description: This beer tastes so similar to a Barleywine, just toned down a bit. It has a deep malt backbone with warming alcohol notes and a big body. It begins with a large, light beige colored head that is fluffy and lasts forever leaving behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toffee and caramel malt along with some fruit notes like figs. Hairy Eyeball is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A remarkably smooth texture allows the beer to glide easily and deliver delicious flavors. A strong malt presence dominates the flavor profile along with notes of caramel, molasses, hints of brown sugar, and tobacco. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great overall balance and the alcohol flavor is nicely hidden.  This is a great beer for when the temperatures really start to dip. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, grilled spicy sausage, or your favorite cigar.

ABV: 9.4%  Color: Mahogany  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

HOP STOOPID: 95 Points

Hop Stoopid

Hop Stoopid

This Imperial IPA has an IBU of 102 and is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!”

My Description: Hop Stoopid uses hop extracts instead of the actual hop itself. I’m not sure if it affects the flavor or the overall presence all that much but I feel that some characteristics are missing such as the grassy/plant-like flavors that come from using the actual hop flower because this beer tastes remarkably clean. Either way this beer is terrific. It pours a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a really nice amount of lacing. The aroma is all hops and smells woodsy with notes of pine hops, citrus hops, and a touch of floral; the aroma is very aromatic and a great indicator of what’s to come. Hop Stoopid is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is smooth and the alcohol is detected slightly but not enough to get in the way of the delicious flavors. With a solid malt backbone, juicy hop flavors dominate the flavor profile with notes of citrus hops and some tropical hints. The aftertaste is bitter and lingers for some time. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, Cajun shrimp, or a Hawaiian pizza.

ABV: 8%  Color: Golden/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 7/10

IMPERIAL RED: 95 Points

Excellent Balance

Excellent Balance

This American Strong Ale is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This Special Ale is In Reality, the Exhumation of the Very First Ale We Ever Brewed Way, Way Back, in 1993. Brewed With a Big Head, a Muscular Malty Thorax, a Silky Texture & All Strung Together With a Hoppy Sweet Nerve Sack… Ick. A dank and roasty treat. Back again in bombers. Cheers!”

My Description: This ale is extremely smooth with an excellent balance of flavors and almost refreshing-like presence. It pours a large, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level that lasts the whole way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma smells pleasant and inviting with notes of pine hops and malt. Imperial Red is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A delicious bready malt backbone holds up notes of pine hops and sweet caramel notes. Citrus hops can also be detected but the pine hops are more dominant. The moderately bitter aftertaste is a great finish because it combats the sweetness nicely without demolishing the palate. This is a great beer and I’m glad it is a year-round. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, beef stew, or Thai noodles.

ABV: 7.8%  Color: Brownish/Red  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 4.5/10

IMPERIAL STOUT: 86 Points

Decent Imperial Stout

Decent Imperial Stout

This Imperial Stout is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Made with Highly roasted malted barley, and plenty of it, to give the beer an uncommon richness and smoky, roasty depth. Just the way the 18th century Russian royalty liked it.”

My Description: This is a very drinkable and enjoyable Imperial Stout but to me it lacked body, flavor, and bitterness. The flavors are just too faint for me to sit back and enjoy a whole bottle slowly; which is surprising considering the IBU count. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head that fades rather quickly to a thin film leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and welcoming with a faint roasted character accompanied by notes of chocolate and alcohol. The beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the texture is fairly creamy. Upfront, there are roasted coffee notes and some chocolate. Roasted malts are also present but not too bold. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a not so welcoming metallic note. Overall, this ale smooth and enjoyable but nothing worth saving. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled steaks, baked potatoes, or a light chocolate dessert.

ABV: 9.9%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

IPA: 93 Points

Grapefruit paradise

Grapefruit paradise

This India Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Lagunitas IPA was our first seasonal way back in 1995. The recipe was formulated with malt and hops working together to balance it all out on your ‘buds so you can knock back more than one without wearing yourself out. Big on the aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish that’ll leave you wantin’ another sip.”

My Description: This IPA is very tasty and not overly bitter compared to others on the market. It has a decent sized, off-white colored head with a good retention level and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh with notes of citrus/grapefruit hops but it is not too pronounced, the aroma is rather subtle and shy. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Of course, hops dominate the flavor profile with notes of grapefruit and pine hops with some hints of tropical fruit hops. There is also a welcoming sweet malt addition that creeps in on every sip making this a very easy drinking IPA. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and very smooth. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, jerk chicken, or a Hawaiian pizza.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Light Bronze  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

LAGUNITAS SUCKS: 99 Points

Sucks? I don't think so

Sucks? I don’t think so

This American Strong Ale/Double IPA is released seasonally in November and December in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over… So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.”

My Description: What a beer! It is so smooth and delicious that it is dangerous how quickly this beer can be drank. It pours a large, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is enticing with a strong grapefruit hop note that smells fresh and pungent along with hints of pine hops; one of the best beers I’ve ever smelled in terms of hop aroma. Lagunitas Sucks is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A delicious malt body carries addicting flavor notes of grapefruit hops and tropical notes. The rye adds a hint of spice in the finish giving this beer complexity and more character. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but overall this beer is balanced beautifully. Alcohol notes are almost completely hidden and it is worth noting how clean this beer is. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with raw tuna, shrimp salad, or Thai noodles.

ABV: 7.85%  Color: Golden  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 5/10

LITTLE SUMPIN’ EXTRA!: 96 Points

More than little

More than little

This Imperial IPA/Strong Wheat Ale is released in limited quantities in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Lots of wheat for a curious malt complexity and leaving it light in color, but huge in flavor and satisfaction.”

My Description: A little extra doesn’t hurt the Sumpin’ series at all. This beer is loaded with hop flavors, it is smooth, and is easy drinking. It begins with a large, white colored head with a good retention level that hangs around for a while leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is strong with hop notes like tropical, citrus, and resinous pine. The aroma smells great and inviting. Little Sumpin’ Extra! is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is loaded with different hop flavors that tastes juicy with grapefruit standing out the most along with pine and other citrus notes. A malt body can be detected through the hops and the alcohol flavor is beautifully masked. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but not as bitter as other IIPA’s. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled scallops, Thai noodles, or burgers.

ABV: 8.5%  Color: Orange/Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 6/10

LITTLE SUMPIN’ SUMPIN’: 96 Points

IPA + Wheat Ale

IPA + Wheat Ale

This American Wheat Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A filtered pale wheat ale that is great for both IPA and wheat beer fans.”

My Description: The flavors and the texture of this beer are so delicate and addicting, this is a must try for any hop lover. It pours a big and dense, off-white colored head that lasts forever and produces a magnificent amount of lacing that build a wall on the glass. The aroma is clean and hop forward with notes of grapefruit/citrus hops along with some pine notes. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer has a nice balance of flavors with notes of grapefruit hops, sweet malt, some wheat malt notes, and a very minimal amount of alcohol. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and satisfying. This beauty is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled snapper, black bean burgers, or heavy salads.

ABV: 7.5%  Color: Straw Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

LITTLE SUMPIN’ WILD: 97 Points

Amazing Taste

Amazing Taste

This Belgian IPA has an IBU of 72.5 and is released seasonally around July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A higher gravity seasonal version of the year-round Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. It’s made with Westmalle Trappist yeast that creates those curious phenolic off-flavors that are freakin’ everyone out these days. Massively dosed with boatloads of wheat and pale malt and finishes with a big, hoppy ending.”

My Description: Little Sumpin’ Wild is a great treat and must be purchased when it becomes available. It pours a decent, off-white colored head that dissipates quickly to a film that holds nicely the rest of the way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is enticing and complex with notes of pale malt, tropical fruit, citrus hops, lemon, and mandarins. Wild is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Clean spice notes tingle the taste buds with grapefruit and earthy hops adding a welcoming element. The pale malt notes come through nicely with a touch of sour and pineapple flavors. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and easy to swallow. The alcohol is dangerously hidden and the overall flavor profile is nicely balanced. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, grilled shrimp, or rice dishes.

ABV: 8.8%  Color: Honey/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5/10

LUCKY 13: 95 Points

I'll take this 13 anyday

I’ll take this 13 anyday

This American Amber Ale is released seasonally in the month of May in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An ultra-mega-mondo red ale first made in 2006 to celebrate 13 years of brewing ultra-hoppy-mega-malty-mondo ales. Now it’s 2013 and we’re 20 years in. Whoa.”

My Description: I immediately fell in love with this beer because of how delicious and smooth the hop flavors are. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma smells great and invites you to immediately take a sip with notes of pine hops, some citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops that is beautiful. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is remarkably smooth for the alcohol content and the amount of IBU’s. There is a soft grain backbone with notes of caramel but this ale is dominated by hop flavors that include pine and citrus. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and addicting. I drank this so fast because it was so good that the alcohol definitely crept up on me! It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with fried chicken, steak & fries, or your favorite burger.

ABV: 8.65%  Color: Amber/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 6/10

MAXIMUS: 91 Points

Maximum Flavor

Maximum Flavor

This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Originally made in 1996(and continuously) to be a bigger, badder version of our favorite style.

My Description: This tastes very similar to Lagunitas’ IPA but it is slightly more complex and definitely stronger tasting. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a nice retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is a huge grapefruit hop blast that is accompanied by some pine notes that smell real pleasant and inviting. It is roughly medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This smooth ale has delicious grapefruit and pine hop flavors along with some tropical notes and a hint of peach. Also, some sweet malt shines through but it tastes a little too sugary for my liking. The alcohol is hidden nicely enough and the aftertaste is moderately bitter with some floral notes. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with blue cheese burgers, steaks, or grilled White Fish.

ABV: 8.2%  Color: Orange/Copper  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 5/10

NEW DOGTOWN PALE ALE: 92 Points

Bitter like an IPA

Bitter like an IPA

This Pale Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We took our original brew — Dogtown Pale Ale — and hybridized it with the Kill Ugly Radio, a 22oz seasonal we released commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of Frank Zappa’s second album. The flavor was too good to let float in the abyss, so we revamped our original recipe and never looked back.”

My Description: This is a great American Pale Ale but the bitterness level is similar to that of an American IPA, not that there is anything wrong with that. It has a nice sized, white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is a huge hop bomb with notes of grapefruit hops and floral hops. This beer smells real nice and fresh, definitely inviting. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile has a slight note of grains upfront but this is quickly taken over by citrus hops that taste very pleasant and not harsh at all. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and will linger for some time. The alcohol content is hidden beautifully making this a very easy drinking ale. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with burgers, BBQ pizza, or Thai noodles.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Deep Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 6.5/10

PILS: 88 Points

Hoppy Pilsner

Hoppy Pilsner

This Czech Style Pilsner is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it a bit lighter with a lot of smoothishness.”

My Description: This is a great Pilsner option for those hop heads that always like it more bitter. It begins with a large, bright white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is clean and simple with notes of light grains and earthy/floral hops. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a very dry finish. The flavor profile is dominated by earthy hops and the Saaz does provide a touch of spice. Grain notes help bring a slight sweetness but nothing to balance out the bitterness. The aftertaste is slightly harsh and the bitterness will linger. The alcohol is slightly higher than most Pilsners but the hops cover it nicely. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with burgers, BBQ ribs, or grilled chicken.

ABV: 6%  Color: Golden  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4/10

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION SHUTDOWN: 97 Points

Ridiculously Clean

Ridiculously Clean

This American Strong Ale has an IBU of 66.6 and is released in April in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of our 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” We did the crime. We did the time. We got the bragging rights.”

My Description: What stands out the most in this beer is how clean and smooth it is. The hops are not harsh, the alcohol is kept nicely in check, and the texture is remarkably gentle. It begins with a very large, off-white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind an amazing amount of lacing. The aroma is pungent with notes of grapefruit hops and a touch of caramel. It is roughly medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors are nicely balanced with some caramel malt notes upfront accompanied by grapefruit and pine hops. This transitions beautifully into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and very tasty. I loved this beer, it is made with great quality. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with burgers, Thai noodles, or cigars.

ABV: 9.75%  Color: Orange/Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

BITTER OATS: 96 Points

Dank

Dank

This Imperial IPA is a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This big boozy blonde was brewed with a boatload of oats, giving it a creamy, sweet mouthfeel with a hoppy blast. It’s like a powdered sugar doughnut topped with deliciously bitter, danky resinous hops. Chow down!”

My Description: This ale is delicious with dank hop flavors that delight the senses. It begins with a very large, beige colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and inviting with notes of citrus hops, pine hops, some tropical notes, and what smells like orange marmalade. Bitter Oats is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean and complex with an earthy element present throughout along with notes of Citra hops, tangerines, pale malts, caramel malt, and a touch of sweetness. Pine hops can also be detected along with a touch of alcohol. This transitions smoothly into the aftertaste that is moderately bitter with lingering hop notes. This beer has a great mouthfeel that satisfies. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted chicken, spicy fish tacos, or a mild beef stew.

ABV: 10.5%  Color: Copper/Orange  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

OLDE GNARLYWINE (2015): 100 Points

Slendid

Splendid

This Barleywine is released throughout the years in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Making a Mondo Ultra Mega Super Premium Barleywine Ale is a little like having a kid. The first part is fun and messy, it takes a while to ferment, and then a whole longer to mature. It is expensive and takes up a lot of space. You worry about how it’ll grow up and whether or not you’ll still be friends. Eventually it stays out all night and comes home with it’s skirt on backwards. You know how it is. Usually we package our ales within 15 days of brewing. This one we aged in tanks for over a month. Why not buy three-? Drink one now, keep one in the ‘fridge for a month, and one for another year! Yummy. . .”

My Description: This Barleywine is clean, delicious, and leaves you thinking about it the next day. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with warm caramel malt notes, citrus and pine hops, and a blend of dark fruits. GnarlyWine is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The complex flavor profile is nicely balanced with all the notes blending cleanly. A caramel malt backbone is also accompanied by biscuit malt notes. Pine hops, tropical notes, and hints of light fruits are welcoming additions. The transition to the aftertaste is wonderfully done as it introduces a hint of black pepper that delights. The finish is slightly bitter and satisfying. The alcohol is nicely hidden here, if detected it only adds to overall experience. This beauty is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with pineapple cake, roasted lamb chops, or a mild cigar.

ABV: 10.6%  Color: Amber/Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10