Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. Wow, there is a lot happening on the label. This is "A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale" and "not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean [they're] in the Brown?!" In about 6 pt. font size there is a really long story. I took a picture--hoping it's clear! (Look above you; I am very pleased with the photo, click for bigger too). Finally the name is an obvious WTF reference, which I probably used at least half dozen or more times today, legitimately!
Alcohol aroma with a hint of fruit. WTF? This is not very good! Bread and toasted malt flavors start things out, but those are mainly disguised by some alcohol brutality. Surprising since the alcohol content is only 7.83%. Since I couldn't deal with that, I let it sit around while I played around on Twitter for a while, hoping some warmth would take that edge off.
OK. So I'm back now. Please, God. Don't make me dump two in a row. Again, the big malts and breads, not bad. Sweet, but medicinal. Perhaps some fruits lingering in the background, and a distinct nutty flavor poking its head out. Shiver--yeah, it's not gone, but more manageable. Some herbal tea qualities accompany more off flavors. Sweet and bitter and alcoholic at the same time, all over the place. Creamy carbonation and smooth; it's the flavors and the dry, bitter ending that are killing this beer (which are pretty important, don't you think?). I'd give my right for a New Dogtown Pale Ale right about now. Definitely Pass!
BTW, for those of you that think I forgot a word in that last sentence, use your freaking imagination!
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Here's a picture of the bottle. That messed up lower left happened after I tried to scrape the store label off rather unsuccessfully. Why do they do that?