I had just gotten to my new apartment in California when I went to the store to pick up groceries. I have a feeling I’m going to be spoiled here being able to buy beer in the grocery store! Everywhere else that I’ve lived you had to go to a special store to buy beer. Anyway, to celebrate our arrival I looked around for something special to toast with. I figured it would be nice to start with a beer that was brewed right here in my new home state, so I picked up this Lagunitas.
This is a big beer at over 8% ABV but I was going to share the bottle in a toast so I figured it would be fine even though I was exhausted from the trip.
The beer poured a hazy amber with a thin head that dissipated quickly. I could detect a bit of grapefruit in the nose. To get to the point, this one knocked my socks off. It was a huge punch of slightly sweet citrusy hoppiness akin to a Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA. There is something going on with the yeast here too that gives it a bit of a complex phenol flavor that is hard to put your finger on but spices up the experience considerably. This bottle set me back maybe four bucks, which was one of the best beer buys I’ve made recently. I’ll certainly pick this up again later on. It seems to be a limited edition so I’m not sure how long it will stick around in the stores.