You had me at 'Wilco'...
Posted on 5/1/2011 (1248 days ago, 4 of 12 reviews)
9/10 Appearance | 8/10 Aroma | 8/10 Mouthfeel | 8/10 Flavor
It's been a long couple of weeks with no extra beer money so when payday finally came around I was at a total loss as to what to try first. Lagunitas has never failed me in the past and when I saw this limited release sitting in the cooler at Whole Foods, I couldn't resist. First off, it's WTF Ale. Need I say more? OK then,...it's description on the bottle is ''A malty, robust, jobless recovery ale''. I am not a girl to turn down a beer that bears the descriptors malty, robust or jobless recovery, so in I go.
The color is striking...beautiful red-brown that just LOOKS delicious. The head on it was creamy but not thick, like a dollop of cream cheese frosting on a pint-sized red velvet cupcake. The aroma is fabulous, although unexpected. It struck me as far more hopped than I was expecting. I was instantly nervous because of my ingrained aversion to big hops, but I was not disappointed. I found this to be perfectly balanced for my palate. Slightly spicy, perfectly malted and dark, with that kick of hops that was more delightful than off-putting.
While this was a great beer in the middle of an already fantastic day, it is not for the faint-hearted. It's a whopping 7.8% ABV in a 22oz bottle, and for a girl drinking alone, it was a lot to handle. This would be a perfect bottle to share with someone, as long as they can appreciate this as an 'OMG...this is GREAT!' beer as opposed to 'WTF??'