28 March 2009

Beer Review, Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale
Petaluma, CA
7.2% ABV

Appearance: Dark red color, mostly-clear body obscured by heavy effervescence with a thin off-white (almost brown) bubbly head. 4.5/5

Smell: Bitter hops and a touch of sourness are most prominent. Sourness? Just a hint, maybe, for upon subsequent sniffs it's just a sweet fruity maltiness. Very interesting. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet fruity maltiness up front, with a nice kick of hops on the back-end. Slightly yeasty on the aftertaste, also dry. No alcohol astringency. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-thick, with heavy carbonation and heavy hops. 4.0/5

Drinkability: The beer that most closely compares with this one is Arrogant Bastard, which is high praise indeed. It's a bit sweeter and less intense than AB, and I don't think it really stands out in the same way as Stone's signature brew, but this is quite a nice strong ale. 4.5/5

Overall: 4.25/5

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