Lagunitas Brewing Company Olde Gnarlywine (365 Day 184)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine

Thursday night get together have been sparse in the month of May but Rich and Steve made it out to kick off June. Much better.

I have always had the opinion that the more guys that can make it the better. This gives us all a chance to taste and try more American craft beer; what could be better?

I picked up Olde Gnarlywine by Lagunitas Brewing Company a few months ago. I have wanted to review this beer, especially fresh, so that I could experience the hop profile fresh. Steve has another bottle that he is going to cellar for a year so we can sample the beer with some age also. In spite of trying to have this beer fresh, I would say some of the hop profile has fallen out of the beer. It seems that it was grapefruit while the there is a big, chewy, thick toffee and butterscotch sweetness. The amount of sweetness keeps this beer from really being an easier drinker. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 7.8

Useless Fact: In sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Peking, one took revenge against one’s enemies by placing finely chopped tiger’s whiskers in their food. The numerous infinitesimal whisker barbs would get caught in the victim’s digestion tract and cause hundreds of painful sores and infections.

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