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New DogTown Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Super early review as I will not be around for most of the day as we celebrate out Turkey Day today.  So lets get drinking…before noon…

Beer #362 is New DogTown Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company.  This American Pale Ale is brewed in Petaluma, California and has an ABV of 6.2%.

Looks good…sporting a clear amber color with a small white head.  The nose was quite fruity, citrusy and floral…nice and hoppy.  Wow…quite tasty with pink grapefruit being the star here.  Pineapple, a light semi-sweet caramel flavor and bread crust near the back end of this medium bodied with a moderate amount of lightly stinging carbonation make this brew an easy drinker.  And that is what I needed drinking this at 10 am.

Overall…a very tasty brew that I enjoyed on this fine morning.

And then there were 3…

Rating: B+

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A Little Sumpin' Wild Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Heard a really good song today…Watch Over You by Alter Bridge.  It is amazing how a song can make you feel or the memories it can invoke.  For me, the singer is the key…with the voice being, in my humble opinion, the greatest instrument in the world.  I really appreciate when I can truly feel the emotions a singer is trying to express with their voice…couple that with a nice melody and for me you have a winner.  Of course it doesn’t hurt if there is a soaring guitar (2nd greatest instrument) solo or crunchy, chunky overdriven rhythm guitar parts…the louder the better.

Beer #326 is A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.  This Belgian Strong Pale Ale has an ABV of 9.4%…yowzers!  Lets see how it compares to A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin Ale that I had a few days ago which was absolutely fantastic.

Appearance -Golden orange color with a tiny white head.

Nose – Citrusy…nice orange aroma.  Some honey and pine and spices such as cloves.  A tiny bit of banana.  A funky Belgian style yeast smell also.

Taste – Spicy…pepper and cloves come to mind in the taste first.  There is a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone here that I didn’t get in the nose.  Pretty fruity mid-drink with orange and even the rind of the orange flavors.  The bitter pine goodness of the hops is apparent towards the back end.  Lots going on here but it all mixes really well.  The alcohol is hidden really well also…I wouldn’t have guessed it was 9.4% ABV.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, slightly sticky.  A decent amount of tight, tingling carbonation.  Excellent bitterness throughout.

Overall – Another delicious brew from Lagunitas…man they are making some good beer in Petaluma!  I like the citrus qualities infused into this Belgian Strong Pale Ale.  If you can find it…definitely give it a try!

Rating: A

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A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Beer #324 is A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.  Their version of an American Pale Wheat Ale has an ABV of 7.5%.  There is just something about the name of this that makes me smile.

Appearance – Golden in color with a small cream colored head.

Nose – This smelled so good…very hoppy with lots of citrus.  Pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oranges…right up my alley!

Taste – Very fruity…with the pineapple, orange & grapefruit (both white and red) being the stars here.  There was a decent pine flavor and bitterness here also more near the end. Add in a bit of bread like wheat flavors and this is one delicious brew.

Mouthfeel – Medium body leaning a bit towards being sticky and syrupy…in a good way.  The carbonation was fairly low and that made this quite creamy.

Overall – This was one of the best beers I have had.  It was absolutely delicious.  It was like an American IPA mixed with a Weissbier.  I’ll tell you one thing…I’m going back to where I got this and buy up whatever they have left…it was that good!

Rating: A+

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Bavarian Styled Doppel Weizen by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Short and sweet today…I have one of those family gatherings and have no idea when I will be back home tonight.

Beer #301 is Bavarian Styled Doppel Weizen by Lagunitas Brewing Company brewed in Petaluma, California.  This Weizenbock has an ABV of 9%.

It had a lovely color to it, a pale orange and was quite cloudy.  Just a tiny white head sat atop it.  The nose was light with cloves, wheat, and Bazooka bubblegum.  That bubblegum flavor was up front in the taste. The wheat mixed nicely with the spiciness of the cloves. The alcohol was apparent here in the taste also…not overwhelming but it was noticeable.  This was fairly bitter and had a nice spicy aftertaste along with banana.  The body was somewhere between medium and heavy with almost a sticky, syrupy consistency.  Not overly carbonated…it was just right for this brew.  The alcohol makes itself even more known as it warms up.

This was a solid Weizenbock, not the best I have ever had but good and most definitely an above average beer.  Off to the relatives now…

Rating: B

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Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Summertime and the living is greasy…sure felt like summer today…and I love it! Sweat, sweat and more sweat.  So much better than 8 inches of snow or 15 degrees above zero.  The heat makes me thirsty…so lets drink!

My drink of choice today is  beer #179, Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company from Petaluma, California.  An American Double IPA or Imperial IPA, this brew has an ABV of 8%.

The color of honey was the best way to describe this and look at that head…huge and white and frothy.  It left some of the best lacing in the glass of any beer I have had to date.  Excellent nose…hops, hops, hops, and a bit of sweet malts with aromas of grapefruit, flowery scents, caramel, and a bit of lemon. Talk about a hop explosion taste wise.  The taste was all about hops, grapefruit, pine…you get the picture.  Even know I smelled the malts, they really get masked in the taste.  This was one bitter brew with a lovely bitter aftertaste that lasted quite a long time.  It had a body somewhere between medium and heavy with lots of carbonation.  Beware…it is easy to drink (at least for hop heads) but the alcohol, hidden well, rears its ugly head.  I think I drank this too quick as I was quite parched and was feeling slightly tipsy from it.  I know…call me a lightweight.

Yum! This was really, really good.  Me likes quite a bit.  A Kingly brew indeed! This one goes out to a fellow co-worker who once visited Petluma with another co-worker (both men) on a business trip and visited a winery…together.

Rating: A

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Hairy Eyeball Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

TGIF…Thank God It’s Friday.  Let the drinking begin!

Beer #40 is Hairy Eyeball Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company.  Hairy Eyeball, very interesting name.  Could this be an interesting brew?  We shall see.

Hairy Eyeball, don’t you just love saying that, is an American Strong Ale.  Strong indeed with an ABV of 8.83%.

This eyeball looked back at me with a deep dark brown stare with just the tiniest of heads.  Brown sugar was what this smelled like and tasted like.  It also had the aroma of cola, an odd smell to me in a beer.  Mouthfeel was on the syrupy side with a bitter bite  that gets you in the end.  It wasn’t an easy beer for me to drink, much too sweet.

This wasn’t for me.  The odd smells, the weird taste, the whole package (other than the name) was just…not good.  It was the second beer in the 40 that I didn’t want to finish, but I managed, barely.  Never again.

Rating: F

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