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517. Lagunitas Lucky 13

Lagunitas Lucky 13I picked up this beer at Whole Foods in Portland after The Festival. The bomber was fairly inexpensive $6 or $7 and well worth the money.

This is a hoppy red/amber ale which is a nice change from the typical amber ale. Color is red with a very nice white head. Aroma has plenty of malt but also some piney/floral hops. This beer is very appealing in both look and smell. The beer is very well balanced with plenty of sweet malts and enough pine hops to make it enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden and 22 ounces is just enough for a nice evening.

Easily one of my favorite red/amber ales. 
Pros:
Hoppy for a red
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 77
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 
Brewers Description: We made the Lucky 13 in 2006 for our 13th Anniversary Celebrations, but we liked that Mondo Large Red Ale so much we kept bringing it back year after year. In 2010 we switched up the recipe by swapping the more heavily roasted malts with lighter ones — lightening it up and making it more fitting for the summer months…we also changed her hair color. Who do you like better….Betty or Veronica?

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455. Lagunitas Brewing Company DayTime

Lagunitas DayTimeNot sure why it took me so long to try this beer as I generally like Lagunitas beer and a low ABV IPA is something I truly enjoy. I happened to grab a single of this from The Vault last week when I was in and opened it on a hot Saturday afternoon.

Beer pours a very clear pale yellow with a nice white head. A little lighter than most of the beer I drink but I expect that from a low ABV beer. Aroma has a lot of hops, kind of caught me by surprise how much aroma this beer had. Taste was what I expected, a fair amount of flavor but a slightly watered down mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation and a crisp, clean taste make this one quite refreshing.

Overall this is exactly what I expected from Lagunitas for a “fractional” IPA. Excellent stuff when you are going to drink more than a few beers. 
Pros:
Flavorful for a low ABV beer
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 4.65% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Lagunitas
Brewers Description: Sometimes you want a beer, then you realize how much crap you need to do before you call it a day. This is it. Nicely dosed with Big, Round Hop Flavors and a Toasty Malt Foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done. Yup.

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403. Lagunitas Sucks

Lagunitas SucksBefore I even start the review of this beer let me say this may be the best beer available in a 6-pack. If you can think of one that compares let me know as I cannot think of any as I write this post.

Lagunitas is new to Maine as they only started distributing here in 2012 and in the winter of 2013 we were treated to our first batch of Lagunitas Sucks. Mainers went through lots and lots of this beer with most beer stores selling out in days. Fortunately for us the cases kept coming and even today you may be able to find a 6-pack or two around.

This beer has a great color, thick white head and amazing aroma with loads of piney and citrus hops. Taste has lots of hops like the smell with only a hint of grainy malts coming in at the end. Alcohol is there but no burn and finishes slightly bitter. Overall this is an excellent double IPA that is drinkable anytime. 
Pros:
Very flavorful and inexpensive
Cons: Seasonal 
Alcohol Content: 7.85% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Lagunitas
Brewers Description: E.K. Ross would have enjoyed our suffering in 2010 when we saw we couldn’t brew our BrownShugga. But in that time of deepest despair, as is common to artists everywhere…. broke, hungover, abandoned by the muse and prepared to take a job at Arby’s, we found in that darkness the spark of inspiration that would yield up this nearly sanctified recipe!

Originally brewed in 2011 as a Brown Shugga’ substitute, due to construction-induced capacity issues. But we liked it so much it had to make a return trip.

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353. Lagunitas Brewing Little Sumpin’ Wild

Right after I finished the Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ I decided to open my bomber of Little Sumpin’ Wild. They use a Belgian yeast strain for this one.

Appearance is similar to the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ but that is where the similarities end. Lots and lots aroma with plenty of funk to it and some nice sweet candy smells. You also get a fair amount of citrus – basically there is a lot going with the aroma and it is all excellent.

This is certainly one of the more complex beers I have had with a little bit of everything in the taste. You have the flavors from the Belgian yeast, a nice hop character and just the right amount of funk from the wild yeast.  The taste lingers forever and with an ABV approaching 9% you definitely feel this beer.

Overall this is a very good beer and a beer that would work well to introduce others to the wild yeast beers. 
Pros:
Complex flavor and huge aroma
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Lagunitas Brewing
Brewers Description: Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale…. Lots of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Complexity & and Fermented with Our Belgian Yeast strain leaving it Huge in Flavor and Satisfaction.

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352. Lagunitas Brewing Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Lagunitas has been available in Maine for less than a year and I have only tried a few of their beers but overall I have enjoyed their offerings. This one is a pale ale but is very close to being an IPA.

Appearance is nothing special with a decent copper color and thin white head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass but again nothing to get too excited about. Aroma has lots of floral hops and is very pleasing. The taste has a bit more citrus than the nose but is balanced well with plenty of bready malts. Hops are definitely dominant in this one and for me that is not a bad thing.

The beer is quite refreshing and very easy to drink for a 7.5% ABV beer. A nice pale ale that nearly crosses the line to an IPA.
Pros: Floral aroma, easy to drink
Cons:
Very hoppy for a pale ale
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Lagunitas Brewing
Brewers Description: Sneaky Smooth with a Touch of What We Call Wheatly-esque-ish-ness. Crispy Wheat and Pale Malt flavors with a Big Round & Juicy Hop Finish. Everyone Needs A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Sometimes. You Can Get It All Year Now… in a Six-Pack!

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292. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

This is the second beer from Lagunitas and so far I am impressed. I have a bottle of A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ that I will review in the coming weeks. This is their double IPA which I believe is only bottled in bombers and I picked this one up at Bier Cellar in Portland.

Decided to have this one while enjoying an evening by the fire pit which was an excellent choice. Beer pours a clear orange with thin white head. Smell was a little subdued but that may have been because I was sitting by a fire outside, a bit of grapefruit and some pine notes. Taste follows the nose but is not overpowering like many double IPAs. Some citrus, pine and bready tastes but this is not a palate wrecker like many other big IPAs are. Finishes clean and quite refreshing for an 8% ABV beer. Enjoyed this one and certainly worth trying if you like this style of beer. 
Pros:
Not overpowering but still strong
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 102
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Lagunitas
Brewers Description: For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!

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264. Lagunitas Brewing IPA

Lagunitas is new to Maine and I purchased this one at Bangor Wine & Cheese last week. I had heard good things about this beer but decided to start with only one rather than an entire 6-pack and I am glad I did.

This beer pours a super clear gold with slight white head. Aroma has a bit of everything with some floral, pine and citrus hops but nothing overpowering and nothing too special. Taste is fairly subdued compared to a lot of other IPAs with some hop presence but not nearly what you get from Maine Beer Company Lunch, and so many others. This was easy drinking and would compare well with some of the pale ales I have reviewed but not quite up to the standards of other big IPAs. Give it a try as you will not be disappointed but I don’t think you will find it to be anything special.
Pros: Smooth and well balanced
Cons: Closer to a pale than an IPA
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Lagunitas Brewing
Brewers Description: This is our unique version of an ancient style. A style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries Great Ships. Not as old as the equator they had to cross twice enroute, nor as old as the 10,000 or so miles of Di-Hydrogen Oxide and Sodium upon which they sailed, but older than the Circulithium-4 Lentloid that binds the Lupulin Quartnate onto your taste buds. Weird. Think about it. Now stop. OK, go again, now stop. Think again, and stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you’re on.

Thanks for your trust, and as always:Think Globally, Drink Locally!!
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