Lagunitas Super Cluster

It was really cold here the past few weeks, to the point that I had to wear long johns and even a jacket. My warehouse isn’t heated, but luckily, it stayed in the 50s. Even so, I had to wear a hat all day at work. At least I work in a warehouse that I can wear jeans in. I’ve never been a suit person. Anyways, this beer was picked up at Cranbury Buy Rite. It’s a rotating offering from Lagunitas that I had seen on shelves, but heard very little about. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Super Cluster is a Citra-Hopped Mega Ale of intergalactic proportions. Everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer: Pale, cold, alcoholic, and bitter.”

Random: This beer comes in at 60 IBUs. It’s available on draft and in cans.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow color and slightly cloudy. There was light carbonation visible. The nose was all citrus. I picked up grapefruit and tangerine, primarily. The taste was also citrus forward. I picked up grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind. It had some mango notes as well. There was a malt sweetness as well. The body on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus. This was a crisp, flavorful beer that hid the alcohol well. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Lagunitas Fusion XXXI: Mozango

Val loves Trader Joe’s. I like the products, but I hate going there since it’s normally insanely crowded and people hit me with carts. I do like that their beers change with relative frequency though.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A MOSAIC-HOPPED ALE BREWED WITH MANGO JUICE. The flesh is weak, but the spirit is willing. So, what’s at the heart of it? Is it the patient and diligent servant or the committed messenger, through their many routes and vessels? The salient soldier, slinging suds on the front lines daily, or the very brewers themselves? The answer is… we can’t tell you here. From seed to sprout to fruit, and back to seed, we’re all tangled on the same vine. And while fruit is momentary, the roots hold on for another season. It’s all just a matter of perspective…”

Random: This is a seasonal that is available in September and October. It comes in at 49 IBUs.

The beer poured with a small, half finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was all fruit juice. It was mainly mango juice, but some pineapple juice came through as well. I couldn’t pick up anything else. The taste was much of the same. It was a lot of mango and pineapple juice with a small amount of grass and bitterness. There was also some malt at the end, but this was a juice bomb for sure. The body was on the lighter side with aggressive carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with mango juice. Val picked this up for me from Trader Joe’s, so I’m not sure how much it was. Either way, I’m glad I got to try this, but this is a one and done beer for me since there was so much mango in it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lagunitas Aunt Sally

I haven’t had a bunch of Lagunitas beers lately, so let’s see how this one is.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You remember it like it was yesterday. The beer flowed like music. The music was all that mattered. What mattered most was that nothing else mattered at all and the world outside fell away as a dream disappears upon waking, ephemeral and vaporous. You cradled her in your hand, lips trembling, her citrus suchness a swarm of expectation in your mind, her carbonate beauty as satisfying as it was overwhelming. You were new to this dance but she was not. Taking her in completely she seized your senses and you were consumed by the luminous passion, her residual sweetness, and the tart earthiness of her grin… This brew is dedicated to the real Aunt Sally. You know who you are. And you know why.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from Lagunitas.

The beer poured with a loose, four finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color. There was aggressive carbonation visible. The nose was muted for the style. I picked up some sour lemons and light pine, but not much else. The taste had a slight sourness, but not true funk. There was also lemon pine cleaner. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pine cleaner. A bottle was $2.15, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. I wasn’t impressed by this beer in the slightest.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lagunitas Dark Swan

Tonight’s beer was one I was stoked to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN EXPERIMENTALLY HOPPED SOUR ALE FERMENTED WITH DARK RED WINE GRAPES. Observers of yestercentury once denied the existence of the Dark Swan as obstinately as flat-earthers once denied the shape of our spherical home. They insisted the species was confined to a singular snowy hue. But there is a fragile futility to such narrowness of thought. The broader of mind understood that light and dark must forever compliment each other as eternal counterpoints. And just as Aristotle convinced us of our circularity, so adventuring ornithologists eventually contradicted the misconception of the monochrome swan, astonishing the world and casting light upon the Dark. This beer may well do the same…”

Random: Trader Joe’s had a really nice cherry juice that reminds me of this beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, pink head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep red color, clear and had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with hops, which was actually surprising. I expected it to have a lot of fruit and oak, but it was very hoppy. There was a note of tart cherries along with vanilla and oak at the end. The taste was exactly what I expected. It had a lot of tart cherries, red grapes, vanilla and oak. It had some funk from the yeast as well. The body was lighter than I expected with plenty of carbonation. It had a lengthy fruity finish. A bottle of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This was a really nice beer and one that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout

Wedding planning continues to dominate our lives. We’ve picked a photographer, videographer, DJ and dresses. After all the wedding stress, I was excited to crack this beer open.

ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer couldn’t have been done without the help from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, UT and Chicago’s-own Metropolis Coffee. We brewed a rich, malty Imperial Stout with some of Metropolis’ Spice Island blend, then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels for up to 17 FREAKING MONTHS. It’s good to have friends!”

Random: I’ve gotten into rye lately. I’m glad it’s getting more popular.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head that went away slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a crown on top of the inky, black body. There was no carbonation visible because of how dark the beer was. The nose was filled with espresso, cocoa and bourbon. I didn’t pick up rye spice, which was disappointing. The taste started with a lot of espresso as well. Vanilla, booze and bourbon came through next with some smoke and toasted oak. Again, it was missing the spice from the rye, which I was looking forward to. The body was on the thick side, but didn’t get to the point of syrupy. It had light carbonation, making for a good winter sipper. The finish was lengthy and sticky with coffee. I picked this bottle up for $2.50 at my local beer store, which came to $.21 per ounce. I liked this beer, I just wish I picked up more of the rye.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lagunitas Tuberfest

My travel schedule at my old job was definitely something. I would fly back Saturday afternoons, after running a load out and field some calls on my ride home from the Philadelphia airport. I would have just enough time to do laundry, grab some food with Val and then head back to the airport first thing Monday morning. One of the Saturdays that I was home, we headed to a local pub whose food (and beer list) have really improved. This was the first selection that I had there.

tuberfest

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal.com, ” Lagunitas Tuberfest is a head-on collision of a malty fest beer you’re chugging as fall rolls around, with the unique Idaho 7 hop. The result in your glass is perfectly put by the brewery… Zing-y. Plus a little bit boozy. 7.5% ABV if you’re asking. This is one fall lager that won’t be blending into the shelve anytime soon. Lagunitas Tuberfest is available for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles and draft.”

Random: The first time we went to this bar, we sat by a fountain that kept splashing Val. Needless to say, we never sat at that table again.

This beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was hoppier than I expected for the style, although it shouldn’t surprise me coming from Lagunitas. It also had a touch of booze along with caramel sweetness from the malt. The taste was maltier than the nose, but still had some grassy hops. Notes of caramel, toffee and old leaves came through with alcohol. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with caramel and leaves. This beer was a different interpretation for the style and the alcohol was too prevalent for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lagunitas 12th Of Never Ale

The second beer that I had at Frankie Bones was this one, the first offering in cans from Lagunitas.

12theofnever

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tropically Hoppy. Light, yet Full-Bodied. Bright and Citrusy. Word. The magical, mystical 12th of Never is a blend of Old and New School hops that play bright citrus, rich coconut, and papaya-esque flavors, all on a solid stage of English puffed wheat. Tropically hoppy. Light, yet full-bodied. Bright and citrusy. The 12th of Never Ale is everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic and bitter. It’s all we know. These 12oz mini-kegs (AKA cans) are an exciting new option for us, and we are stoopid stoked at the opportunity for y’all to take us to all those new, nelophobic locations… ”

Random: This is a year-round offering that comes in at 45 IBUs.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly, but left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical hops. Specifically, I picked up mango, papaya and pineapple. Orange rind was noticeable as well. The taste was equally hoppy and tropical. I got a significant mango and papaya note. The pineapple note that was on the nose wasn’t as noticeable on the taste. It had a crackery malt note at the back to balance it out. The body was light with lots of carbonation, which made this beer super drinkable. The finish was bright with orange peel and papaya. I enjoyed this beer a lot and I appreciate that it’s their first offering in cans. I would search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0