Monday, February 20, 2012

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Today I'm drinking Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. I haven't heard much about this one, but the story around the label border filled me in a little. "This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that 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... yum."

The label design is definitely Lagunitas, with a giant RED in edgy, bold, red, block-style letters. Colors and name reminded me of Cornell. You know, Cornell Big Red? No? OK! O.G. 1.072; Alc. 7.8%; 54.20 IBU.

Sweet fruit and caramel aroma with a huge hoppy hardcore pine topping that makes it difficult to stop sniffing. Terrific scent! Mmm. Mmm. Good. Hoppy pine start, yet quite the chewy, resinous malty backing is there in the beginning too. Nicely spicy, peppery, taking good little enjoyable nips at the palate. Tropical fruit and citrus fruits intermingle for an awesome fruit basket of flavors. Sweeter tangerines meet citric oranges for a wonderful balance. Juicy, bursting with flavor!

Good carbonation, nice body and texture. There is a little alcohol dryness at the end. Nothing else to say other than this is a fabulous beer! Check it out for sure. And I'd do it fast if I were you. I went back to Total Wine for more, and I had to help them hunt down the last two cases of it!


TJ Lubrano said...

Hello Hello!! I wanna sniff this beer as well :D This one sounds super tasty! Loved how you described all the flavors in this one.

Hope all is well over there! Here all is going fine and I'm working on a lot of things! I wished the weather was better though. It's all over the place now. We had snow, then rain, then hail, followed by sun, more rain and now we're forecasted with snow again. Oddness of the Weather I tell ya!


dale said...

I'm so glad that Lagunitas started brewing this one again. I've missed this one and the Lucky 13 Mondo Red Ale.

I'll have to run to TW to pick some of these up.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Tahira. Yeah, this one smells awesome. And tastes delicious. In fact, I'm drinking another one right now! Weird weather for sure. Keep up the good work with your art. I've been paying attention, as I subscribe to the blog.

Dale. The label says this is somehow a version of the first beer they ever made. I bet it's a better version too! Anyway, they made it again and it is fabuloso!