This imperial IPA consists of a great deal of malt, counter-balanced by an equally heavy, resinous hopping. Malt is pale, cereal grain based. The dominant hop flavor is pine, with an additional note of over-ripe pineapple. It features more prominent yeast character than the average double, which adds to the fruity character of the beer, but also gives off a funky accent to the mix. It ends things off with a thirsty feel, growing progressively dry with mouth coating hop oil. There’s a lot going on with this beer, but somehow it doesn’t manage to come together very well. To top it off, alcohol comes across a tad too much, with a solvent character to it.
Overall, I’m not terribly thrilled with this offering. I find the candy-like sweetness a bit too cloying and sticky, with too much caramel. The hop combo really doesn’t seem to be working too well together. For some odd reason, Lagunitas does a great job with seasonal selections, while many of their standards seem to be lacking. There are better options out there. Not recommended.