Lagunitas Gonzo

Lagunitas Gonzo

Rated 3.400 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Petaluma, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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It is just a plain old 'punch-in-the-mouth' of a beer, meaning that it is SG of 1.075 or so and a robust bitterness... The beer is, in a word; Dark, Alcoholic, Bitter, and Unapologetic. Brilliant. Hunter has long been one of my personal heros and inspirations. From the label: Hunter S. Thompson occupies an honored seat in the pantheon of our heros. We have appropriated much from him, both stylistically and literally. From a direct and unattributed quote on the BrownShugga about "...The short-changed children of the eighties..." to the tone from the Imperial Red Ale story. We didn't ask permission to use this image or make this beer but Hunter did not ask permission to spray-paint "F---the Pope" on the America's Cup boat in Newport Harbor way back when either. Hunter looms as large as Kerouac, Hemmingway, Baudelaire, and Dylan in our thinking. His subersive Thursday columns in the also gone Examiner propelled our own processes and in that were changed. Gonzo is dead. Long live Gonzo!

ID: 15789 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank5692
Overall Percentile87.9
Style Rank188 of 720
Style Percentile73.9
Lowest Score3.4
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.800
Weighted Score3.400
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A friend of mine who is a Hunter S. Thompson fan secured this bottle which we enjoyed on his birthday. Please note this rating reflects the current conditions of a 5 year old bottle. Held up surprisingly well over the years. A deep amber copper pour with a minimal head and bits of lacing scattered about. Familiar Lagunitas house flavors abound with a trace what was once likely a massive hop content. Sturdy with a mellow sweetness and a candy sweetness. Medium bodied with minor signs of oxidation.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a reddish amber color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, butter and some light floral hops. Taste of caramel malt, some smoke, citrus fruits, orange peel, raisins, and some light alcohol as well.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    22oz bottle. Dark red color. Medium sized white foamy head, long lasting strong lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of chocolate and some hop aroma that seems to dissipate rather quickly. For some reason I feel like I should be drinking and reviewing this beer wearing a smoking jacket and sunglass with a warm 45 by my side. I would have some vials of ether nearby but this swarm of bat came by and stole them all. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet with some chocolate and cherry flavors. A medium bitter hoppiness that’s kind of hard to define, sort of grapefruity and earthy but… A big bold beer, but the flavors are not quite an assault to the taste buds. Very smooth taste. Nice beer. As usual an interesting and hard to analyze beer from Lagunitas. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. I’m feeling a little lightheaded, maybe someone else should finish this rating.

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