Lagunitas Brewing Company Brings CitruSinensis Pale Ale Back for the Summer

Lagunitas_CitrusinesisLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has announced that CitruSinensis Pale Ale has officially returned and this time around it will be available all summer long in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles.

With a name derived from the Latin scientific name for blood orange (citrus x sinensis), CitruSinensis is basically a slightly imperialized, “wheatier version of [Lagunitas’] DogTown Pale Ale” that is dosed with – you guessed it – blood oranges.  To make sure this blood orange infusion influences the beer’s aroma and flavor as much as possible, the brewers took fresh Sanguinello blood oranges, “juiced ’em, concentrated ’em (sans heat), and then threw ’em” in during secondary fermentation.  This approach results in “a refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!”

CitruSinensis Pale Ale is rolling out now and will be available throughout the summer months of 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas’ distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for CitruSinensis Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, Summer 2018
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 49
Added Ingredients – Sanguinello Blood Oranges
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://lagunitas.com/beer-finder

 

 

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Tasting Notes: The Waldos’ Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

aviary-image-15241871400464/20 is officially upon us and we are joining the party by getting into some Tasting Notes on The Waldos’ Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California).

Inspired by the Waldos and the “unbelievably-heady-but-totally-true story of” their daily, 4:20 search for a “Secret Garden” (click here to read more about those shenanigans), The Waldo’s Special Ale is brewed with the help of the Waldos and is Lagunitas’ only official Triple IPA.  Tipping the scales at 11.3% ABV and 100+ IBUs, The Waldos’ Special Ale is a 4/20 – or 4:20 . . . whatever works for you, man – appropriate beverage that is meant to be all things “Herbaceous. Botanical. Dank. [and] Resinous.”

The Waldos’ Special Ale is available during the month of April in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect this One-Hitter Release to be on shelves and taps “in HIIIIIIIGHly limited areas” located within Lagunitas Brewing Company’s distribution footprint.

Now that we are all caught up on this beer’s backstory, let’s pass thing around and start working on these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for The Waldos’ Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance: Waldos’ is a hazy, dark orange in color and is wearing well over a finger of tight white foam.  Held to direct light, those orange tones burst with vibrancy as some sunshiny yellows push through.  Although the haze makes this beer almost opaque, a slow and steady carbonation presence can be seen ambling about in there.  Head retention is pretty fantastic, and the only reason the foam cap reduces in size is because of the mind-blowing amount of sticky lace it leaves behind on the glass.

Aroma: The first thing to come to mind here is a huge amount of . . . let’s just be blunt . . . skunky, dank-ass weed.  It so blatant and abundant that is just beautiful.  That herbaceous, earthy note eventually shifts into more of a resiny pine quality.  Citrus and tropical fruit notes do attempt to push their way through the dankness, but they are pretty much sequestered in the background with a little caramel maltiness.

Taste:  The script flips a bit here as pineapple, mango, apricot and orange peel find their way to the palate first.  A grassy quality then slides through and brings that raucous, dank character with it.  This builds to become a pure danknesss that is filled with straight weed, pepper, oregano, various herbal and floral tones, and sticky pine resin.  A sweet honey and caramel sweetness sits underneath all of this, but it simply cannot compete with these hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a soft carbonation, this beer has an almost creamy texture that possesses a good amount of coating stickiness.  Bitter hoppiness is the name of the game here, but the malts do what they can to loosen the hops’ hold on the tastebuds.  The ABV is nearly unnoticeable and that is absolutely shocking considering this beer sits at 11.3%.  The aftertaste is all honey-laced bud.

Final Thoughts:  Well . . . it is incredibly easy to confirm that The Waldos’ Special Ale lives up to its billing as a 4/20 tribute beer.  The hops are just off-the-charts dank, and they certainly grab a hold of the palate with authority.  That said, this beer is definitely more than a one trick pony.  For instance, the malts are dialed in nicely to impart just enough flavor and balance to keep this lip-smacking, jaw-numbing, enamel-stripping experience manageable.  Also, we still cannot wrap our heads around how the brewers were able to completely hide an ABV of this height. It is simply mind-boggling.  Once you get beyond those pungent hop notes that may conjure up some memories of your college apartment, the level of craftsmanship in this beer becomes so clear that you could literally spend hours contemplating its beauty.  Considering the date, I think many of us have the time to do just that today.  If you can, get yourself some of The Waldos’ Special Ale and settle in for one hell of a ride.  Prost!

Dark Swan Makes Limited Return for Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas_Dark_SwanLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has announced that Dark Swan Sour Ale is officially back on shelves and taps for a limited time.

Sauntering in as the latest release from Lagunitas Brewing Company’s One Hitter Series, Dark Swan is a “deep and rich purple” American Sour Ale that gets its color from Petite Syrah grapes added during fermentation.  Finished off with “the signature Lagunitas treatment with a healthy dose of experimental dry hops”, Dark Swan (8.5% ABV) is released into the wild as a unique hybrid ale that promises to be “smooth, slightly sour, and superbly strange.”

“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…”

Dark Swan is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this “HIIIIGHLY Limited” offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dark Swan Sour Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited/One Hitter Series, March – April 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 22.6
Featured Hops – Pekko, Centennial & HBC 344

Added Ingredients – Petite Syrah grapes
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://lagunitas.com/beer-finder

Tasting Notes: Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

LagunitasUndercoverPour1000In order to get a head start on St. Patty’s Day weekend, we are shutting down the office early and getting into some Tasting Notes on the infamous Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California).

Brewed in “remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of the 20-day suspension that followed” (click here to get more info on that event and an explanation of the featured photo above), Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is Lagunitas Brewing Company’s “especially bitter” response to the ABC’s claim that the brewery was operating a “Disorderly House” on that fateful day.  Best described as an American Strong Ale, Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is a “malty and rich beer with a snappy hop finish [that] truly defies style…Imperial Mild?…Uber ESB?” Who knows?! What we do know – besides the fact that this beer’s name is incredibly long – is that Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale clocks in at an unruly 9.6% ABV and 66.6 IBUs and cannot possibly be held accountable for its actions.  Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is available now as a Limited Release offering, and you can track it down in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s vast distribution area.

Now that we have covered the background on this subject, let’s dig deep and crack the case on this Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale with some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance: This brew presents itself as a dark amber in color with just a slight orange hue to it.  When held to direct light, that orange tone gains intensity and the liquid takes on more of a bright, shining copper appearance. The beer is impeccably clear and displays a bountiful carbonation presence dedicated in its mission to feed the perfect finger of frothy white foam resting above.  Head retention is quite good, and that foam provides a huge amount of lace that utterly coats the Mason Jar-style glass by the end of the experience.

Aroma:  Pine confidently steps forward first and fills the nose with resiny hop goodness. This eventually takes a gentle turn to the floral before a countering presence of caramel and grain settles in.  Not to be outdone, the hops surface one last time with a parting pop of citrus zest.

Taste:  The script flips in this arena as the flavors lead with a soothing presence of caramel and toffee.  To keep things from getting overly sweet, the hops follow closely behind with a resinous pine note that is accompanied by grassy and floral tones.  A fruit-filled character then surfaces in the form of tropical mango, candied orange and a bit of grapefruit zest.  Still, even as all these hop notes gain momentum, there remains a composed layer of sweet grain and malt interwoven throughout to keep the bitterness in check.  Really nicely done here.

Mouthfeel:  With a spot-on medium body and a moderate carbonation level, this beer has a creamy feel and a somewhat long finish that leaves behind notes of orange and grapefruit zest.  Although it puts in some serious work on both the bitter and sweet sides of palate, this beer’s level of balance is simply stunning. Combine that with an ABV that translates much lighter than its 9.6%, and you are left with a big ol’ brew that is dangerously drinkable.

Final Thoughts: This may be another beer that steps outside the norm to defy style guidelines, but somehow it is blatantly obvious that Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale nailed the brewery’s intentions and expectations.  We say that because every aspect of this beer is synced up. Its look is absolutely gorgeous and coyly lures you in for sip after sip.  The aromatics and flavors have achieved a brilliant level of balance.  The feel is so damn smooth and has just enough weight to properly carry the experience. And then there’s that hidden ABV . . . We wracked our brains but could not come up with another beer that exceeds 9% ABV and drinks this easy and refreshing.

All in all, we had a hard time deciding whether this beer was more dumbfounding or sensical, and then it hit us. Not only does this beer properly commemorate a moment in the history of Lagunitas, but it also lives up to its name (especially the “Undercover Investigation” portion) by being a well-orchestrated, sneaky brew that will get you into trouble if you let it.  It warns you to proceed with caution while still encouraging you to enjoy the hell out of every moment spent with an Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale in your hand.  If a beer could be a maniacal genius, it would be this one.  Be sure to check it out.  Prost!

Tasting Notes: Dry Hopped Censored Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

LagunitasCensoredPour1000For this edition of Tasting Notes, we ease into the workweek with a little help from the “kroniky krunk” Dry Hopped Censored Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California).

Born out of a happy accident, the aptly named Dry Hopped Censored Ale entered this world as a normal batch of the classic Censored Ale and was then given new dimension when it was unintentionally “brightened up with a generous dry-hopping of Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, and Citra hops” meant for another tank.  Being the laid back, cool kids that they are, the folks at Lagunitas decided to roll with this “mistake” and ultimately discovered that the additional hops supplied a pleasant bite to the beer’s “malty, roasty, and deceptively smooth” character.  It was so good that they eventually brewed more and sent Dry Hopped Censored Ale out as a Limited Release.  This tasty little number is available now for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s distribution network.

Now that we have cleared our way through the background information, let’s get an uncensored look at this brew with some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Dry Hopped Censored Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance:  This brew pours a caramel laced amber in color and has over a finger of slightly off-white foam resting on top.  When held to a light source, deep orange tones push through to create a vibrant copper look.  The beer is completely clear and displays a bountiful carbonation presence streaming within.  The head has fantastic retention and coats the glass with some seriously chunky lace patterns.

Aroma: The dry-hopping has worked wonders here as the aromatics lead with incredibly inviting notes of citrus (aromas of orange peel and grapefruit) and floral hops. That hop presence does soften a bit to expose a lightly sweet malt character of caramel, honey, and toasted bread.

Taste:  The malts take point in this department and treat the taste buds to notes of lightly roasted grain, caramel, toffee and just a slight undercurrent of chocolate.  The hops advance at the perfect moment and balance the experience out with floral tones, resinous pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, and a touch of earthiness.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of medium in body with a bright carbonation, this beer is just a touch creamy in texture but retains an incredibly easy drinking nature.  Sublimely balanced and clean, this experience teeters gracefully between sweet and hoppy/bitter on the palate.  The ABV is deceptive for 6.7%, and it drinks like a much smaller beer.  Aftertaste leaves behind some notes of pine and caramel.

Final Thoughts:  Dry Hopped Censored Ale is a happy accident indeed as its dry-hop addition is dialed in to perfectly interlace with the malty goodness that was lying in wait within the original Censored.  The piney and citrusy hops are definitely there, but the toffee and caramel-filled malt notes are still allowed to step forward and own an equal share of the overall experience.  This beer’s balance is a thing of beauty and it results in a dangerously drinkable brew that simply should not be missed.  Make sure you get your hands on some Dry Hopped Censored Ale before its Limited Release runs its course.  Prost!

 

Lagunitas Brewing Adds Sumpin’ Easy to Year-Round Lineup

LagunitasSumpinEasytapLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has announced that it will soon introduce Sumpin’ Easy Ale as the newest addition to its line of Unlimited Releases.

Arriving as a smaller sibling to Lagunita’s A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Sumpin’ Easy Ale is meant to “dip beneath the flotsam of categories.”  It doesn’t really matter whether you call it an American Pale Ale or a Pale Wheat Ale or whatever. This offering just wants to be a “hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice.” With a soul made up of “a healthy dose of 2-row malted barley, a bit of wheaty-esque-ish-ness and loads of Ekuanot hops”, Sumpin’ Easy reaches its goals by rocking the quiet confidence of “a super smooth and velvety ale [that has] a fruit and resin-y- finish like biting into a freshly picked peach.”  All in all, you can expect the 5.7% ABV Sumpin’ Easy to be “pale, cold, slightly alcoholic, and bitter.”

Lagunitas Brewing Company claims that Sumpin’ Easy Ale will officially release “soon-ish”, but check-ins on Untappd and other beer reviewing sites seem to indicate that this brew has at least started a soft rollout.  Once it does fully release, you can expect to find this Year-Round available in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sumpin’ Easy Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round/Unlimited, launching somewhere around late December 2017 and January 2018
Style – American Pale Ale/Pale Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 50.8
Featured Hops – Ekuanot
Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Lagunitas Brewing and Buffalo Wild Wings Partner on Fandom Ale Release

fandomaleCreated as the ultimate craft beer pairing for wings and sports, Fandom Ale (Fusion XXXIX) from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) is a limited release offering currently available nationwide at all Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

In an effort to constantly improve and provide guests with the best experience possible, the Buffalo Wild Wings team recently surveyed patrons to better understand what beer options they most enjoy while visiting the restaurant.  The results: “guests showed they enjoy balanced, easy-drinking beers with full flavor, specifically wheat beers and pale ales.”  The restaurant shared their findings with the folks at Lagunitas Brewing Company, and it was then decided that the brewery could put this information to work in the creation of the 39th installment in their Fusion Series, Fandom Ale.  Dark golden in color, this offering is a full-flavored hybrid of the American Wheat Beer and American Pale Ale styles.  The beer’s citrus aromatics and balanced malt presence and hop notes have been carefully crafted to be the perfect combination to stand “up to hot, spicy wings without overpowering the palate.” At just 5.5% ABV, the easy-drinking Fandom Ale can be enjoyed either as an accompaniment to your favorite meal at Buffalo Wild Wings or on its own while watching the game.

“Everything we do, from our food to beverages and in-restaurant viewing experience, is for our love of the sports fan,” said Todd Kronebusch, vice president of guest innovation at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We’re upping our game in craft beer innovation by offering this limited release from Lagunitas Brewing Company, which was designed with the sports fan in mind.”

 

“Fandom Ale is the 39th of our ‘Fusion’ craft beers, a special series in which we brew unique recipes in batches with very special limited releases that reflect a true fusion of the creativity and ideas of our brand,” said Karen Hamilton, director of communications for Lagunitas Brewing Company. “We worked to come up with something approachable, interesting and fun for sports fans. We’re excited that Fandom Ale will be the first Fusion to be distributed to every state in the country.”

Fandom Ale is available now on draft at all Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States.  This beer is only available for a limited time, so be sure to order one up the next time you cheer your team to victory at your local Buffalo Wild Wings.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fandom Ale (Fusion XXXIX) from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited, Fusion Series, exclusively at Buffalo Wild Wings locations beginning November 2016
Style – Hybrid of American Wheat Beer & American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Availability – Draft
Buffalo Wild Wings Locator – https://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/locations/