Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Co

USA

I picked this up because I had never heard of an Imperial Red before. Frankly I don't think it actually exists, but if you want to jam more alcohol and hops into a red then I'm all for it. This beer was decent, above average even but it seems like it could have been better. The sweetness of the red and the hop bite are struggling for control in this and I'm not sure it really works. It's like a basketball team ith one too many big name players who like to score, like the Denver Nuggets were with Melo and A.I. In fact, I'm pronouncing this the Denver Nuggets of beers. They're not crap, hell in the East they'd be dominant, but they just can't get over the hump. Probably should have traded some of the hops for better role players. (P.S. Watch out for the Nugs now that they unloaded A.I.)

Reviewed: July 19, 2009

Rating: 6/10

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