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Lagunitas Sirius Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Sirius AleLagunitas Sirius Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

353 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 21
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 02-28-2004)
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Photo of BeerBelcher
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There aren't supposed to be floaties in a cream ale, is there? Yet there is no date code on this beer, so I'm forced to assume it is fresh from the brewery. Other than the floaties (which is tough to get over), appearance was pretty nice...an orange color with decent head. Aroma was oddly hop-ish, but flavor was like a mix of hops and benzene; so there was something to like and something to not like. Definitely not recommended.

BeerBelcher, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of MrNuggets
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Big white head that soon recedes into ridged lace. Bright amber colour. Alcohol detected on the nose. Quick hops roll into smoothness. But im left with an unpleasent taste in my mouth. That alcohol has something to do with it, not sure what else. I am not looking forward to the next half of the bottle.

MrNuggets, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I have been into most of the Lagunitas beers I've sampled however this Imperial Cream ale isn't doing it for me...I don't the think the dog star is shining bright on this one. Appears a honey golden hue with a thin off white cream head leaves scattered lacing all around my pint. Aroma contains upfront maltiness with a hoppy sweet syrupy notes really nothing notable here. Taste is harsh grainy offness does no justice to this cream ale hop bitterness doesn't mesh well although there are at least some promising hop flavor in of all things a cream ale...some pleasant floral citrus hop tones. Mouthfeel is thin bodied high in carbonation just rough with each sip. Drinkability for me I'm not revisiting this brew just was a bad drinking experience flavors weren't meshing at all.

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

App: Sunset gold color with 1 finger of white head. The head disappears down to a thing layer that laces the sides minimally. It's nice looking, especially for what I thought would be a cream ale.

Smell: Very heavy hop aroma for a cream; both floral and orange citrus coming out and taking over the nose fully.

Taste: It's hard to find the malts in this one. The floral hops are very intense and cover up the nuttiness I'm used to, even though it's slightly noticeable. The aftertaste consists of sour grapefruit and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the front of the palate, but quickly turns bitter and alcohol. Not what I want from a cream ale.

Drinkability: If you haven't gathered, I don't think this fits the style, but I don't like it anyway. The hops are way to overpowering keeping any amount of balance from even being imaginable. It's way to intense for my tastes.

dbalsock, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of midaszero
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Clear amber with 1 finger of white head with a little bit of lacing.

S - citrus, sweet (caramel), and hops.

T - Fruity and bitter and even a touch of smoky flavor but very small. A bit sour.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - I won't be buying this again

midaszero, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of disastermouse
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is this beer perhaps mis-classified as a 'cream' ale? It avoids the Johnny-One-Note nature of most of the beers of this class that I've tried, but it replaces it with some harsh hop bitterness that I just wouldn't expect in this particular style. The head is nearly non-existent, even with an aggressive pour. The smell has a grassy, or 'salad' aspect. The taste is similarly 'salady' - like bitter arugula. There's almost no mouthfeel to this ale - it's very light.

That said, it's not a bad beer - it's just a bad cream ale. Somebody at Lagunitas is way too in love with hops to think clearly in this brew - and that would be excellent in a different style. Unfortunately, as evidenced here, it's just too thin and astringent for the style.

disastermouse, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of nouseforotacon
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy, carbonated, light peach orange pour. Big, billowy head that's a welcome surprise. Very pale with a modest head considering the ABV.

Sweet, nectar fruit smell with a touch of clean hops. Grassy and peppery. Smooth and simple aroma.

Intense carbonation with one strong, upfront, and personal, peppery/spicy hop profile. Tinge of alcohol. Bits of lactic-like sourness. Burning alcohol/scotch-like finish. Overwhelmingly spicy/hoppy. Citrus and grapefruit lingers on the tongue.

This one's a bit over-the-top for my tastes, and not quite what I expected. Not sure where to rate this, but drinkability is only average and flavors seem simple, yet a bit out of control. Can't recommend this one, even though I've enjoyed some other Lagunitas offerings.

nouseforotacon, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Curiosity killed the cat... hopefully I'll live to tell.

12 oz. bottle served at a few degrees above fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful beer! Gold, leaning almost into a cognac tone, the monstrous three to four finger crown billows and slowly begins to pop away. Incredible, massive lacing.

Smell- Holy Hell! I'm being thrown here, not knowing exactly what to expect from this style. Lemony hops, but more of a dessert-quality like lemon merengue pie dominate the nose. There's some malt in there, I can detect it... as straightforward as the nose is, it's really nice.

Taste- I'd love to sing hymns and praises right now, but this is a testicular approach to a "cream ale". I'm no expert on the style, but smoothness and a touch of sweetness would be appropriate here... instead, this is a hop grenade, assaulting the tongue on all fronts without even any balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Relatively slick and moderately carbonated... but this taste is impossible to negotiate. I can't, and won't, finish this one.

yelterdow, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of nlmartin
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer really looked good in the glass. The beer has a clear golden/ amber coloration. The tight carbonation practically boils. The head was a creamy biege color two fingers high. The head never went down on the beer.

Smell: The beer has a very nice pine citrus hoppyness. The maltyness is thin. The maltyness is not heavy enough to fend off the alcohol.

Taste: The beer is nicely hopped. The thin maltyness doesnt stand up well. The alcohol is seriously dominating the flavor here.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Hi Grav cream ale? There are some things that shouldnt be Hi Grav. The beer is just slightly less than medium bodied. The alcohol is loud. Fusel alcohol is dominate. For me the flavor of the beer never really arouses itself beyond alcohol. The beer was drinkable but not enjoyable. The beer was never in any danger of a sink pour. This beer needs a bit more maltyness to help the beer along.

nlmartin, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap somewhere and remember liking it so i thought i'd try it in bottles too. Pours a sort of golden brown and extremely clear with rising bibbles. Short film of a head. Sticky lacing. Pungent spicy hop odor, slight note of cat urine, lemons. Sweet caramel malt aroma too, along with some farily obvious alcohol. Taste is a bitter and sweet hop kick up front, with lemons and fennel. Caramel malt backbone and hot alcohol hold the hops of decently. Bitterness is still a bit big and even overwhelming and hurts the beer a bit. Sticky and thick, quite full bodied, almost syrupy, which i think is a detriment. I enjoyed this far more when i had it on tap.

aforbes10, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of BeefyMee
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very pretty in the glass and then a spectacular lacing effect all the way down. The smell of this beer immediately turned me off. It's just an overwhelmingly pungent aroma of citrus/floral hops that doesn't agree with me at all. Surprisingly enough, the rest of the beer manages to overcome this aggressive smell. The same hoppy characteristic is still present in the taste, but it is a little sweeter thanks to the welcome malt presence. Reminiscent of a maibock and a dopplebock at times, this is a unique beer that I'm glad I ended up enjoying.

BeefyMee, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of mcallister
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a penny copper color with wicked ruby hues when held to light. Thick creamy cap of off white rests atop and possesess moderate retention. Thin layered lace follows the leader.

Nose is good if not odd. Red apple, anjou pear, alcohol, yeast, rum soaked raisin, some earthy spicey qualities and hints of caramel.

A pretty one dimensional brew with a terrible sand gritty finish that makes me really not want to drink much of this. Rum soaked raisin and cherries seem to be the dominant flavors with semi-sweet caramel. Dry alcohol finish with that gritty mouthfeel that is very unappetizing.

mcallister, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Pooba001
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good looking beer, poured into Sierra Nevada "tulip" glass, has a nice light amber color to it. My notes say "head dissipates more slowly than expected. Yay head." Scent is faintly of citrus, fruity. This tastes like a Cream Ale that someone tried to turn up to 11, and along the way it lost its essential qualities that make up a good, drinkable Cream Ale. Looking at the stats on this beer I don't think there's anything wrong with the O.G., but maybe if the yeast hadn't eaten as much of the sugars this might have a maltier, creamy side to it that could save the beer. But really, I don't think things come together well here. Mouthfeel is good, smooth enough, but I rate drinkablity moderate because I could drink a few of these, but I don't want to.

Pooba001, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Amber brew with a faint haze, foamy head and copius thick rings of lacing.

S - Roses, sweet malt, caramel.

T - Sweet caramel malt. A bit of pine and floral hops that round off to a very, very bitter finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a little refreshing.

D - Something about this actually killed my mood for more beer. I was planning on ordering another, different beer, but this completely ruined it. Utterly bizzarre.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of mjc410
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first review in 8 months! This bottle has been warmed on the walk over from the local Whole Paycheck...

The pour into my Beamish glass raises a thin light-tan head, that fades with a fair amount of haste. Below, the beer has a translucent copper hue. The head shows a slight stickiness.

The bottle emitted faint hoppy hints from afar when opened, and this is confirmed with my first real sniff of the glass. There's also a caramel, vanilla, and strawberry mix here. Nice.

Taste: not too exciting. There are hints of the nose, but not much impact. There is, however, a hefty booziness that grows with every sip, and lingers in the back of the throat. Not so hoppy, either. It's pleasant, I suppose, but unremarkable.

The mouth is fairly light, with a pleasant carbonation.

Bought on a whim, and I suppose I'll enjoy it, but I should be careful to research before buying any new ones.

mjc410, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of their best. They make a very serviceable IPA and red ale, but this one did nothing for me. Not much lacing, very bland, with massive alcohol shining through, almost excessive. Flavor was average, with a few decent hops. Not one of my favorites.

bigdeuce, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is not strong but has a hoppy nip to it. Color is a transparent golden amber, typical for this kind of beer, with a fairly thick white head that does persist some. Flavor is strong and hoppy with some malty undertone and a fair amount of bitterness. An average and enjoyable ale.

Cyberkedi, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper color with a rocky white head that leaves shards of lacing all over the glass

Smell: Caramel malt, a touch of honey and some raw graininess in the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice toffee flavor but, after the swallow, some harsh grain and fusel alcohol flavors build and create a rather astringent, unpleasant finish; cream ales often have some corn in them that makes, for me, a rather disagreeable flavor and I am picking that up in this ale

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I am not generally a fan of cream ales (although I do like Anderson Valley's) and this one just has the disagreeable flavors amplified by the high gravity alcohol; I'm one and done

brentk56, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich amber color with some white head. Smell is big piney hops at first, which mellow out a big, and give way to a bit of sweetness and light alcohol in the aroma. Taste is a nice hop flavor, fruity sweetness, and some noticeable alcohol, but not overwhelmingly so. Good flavor, and a nice beer, but I'm not a big fan of tasting the alcohol. But for the style, this is defintely pretty good, for me, and I imagine much better for others who really like the style.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of TechMyst
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow. Very filling. Like a hopped up maibock. spicy/herbal/citrus notes throughout. Didn't catch the creamy part though. Good, not Great. These guys are doing a decent job in my opinion. Much rather have this than an Arrogant Bastard. This is much more under control.

TechMyst, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of capra12
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed without the trifecta out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: 3 1/2 fingers offwhite head. Dark wheat colored.

Smell: The most prominent aromas present were the hops and subtle hops

Taste: this brew opens with a simple tanginess, with some mild sour notes which come about in the middle. As this approaches the end the hops and very subtle malts come to finish.From the middle to end there is a slight musty hop which carries over into the after taste.

Mouthfeel: this bree is light bodied and is in no way smooth and has a very inconsistent flavor profile.

Drinkability: As for as this brew is concerned I'm not a fan, the mustiness definitely turns me away from this brew.

capra12, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking, crisp copper colour with a mid-sized, creamy white head that has a bit of stickinesss to it and good retention.

The aroma has a nice hop blast to it, along with some caramel malt and a bit of bread in the mix for sure. There's some fruit present here as well.

Hops gave way more than expected in the flavour and the caramel malt took over, but a bit of tin-like flavour is present as well and it just doesn't sit well, along with a bit too much alcohol taste. Not bad overall, but could use much more balance. Mouthfeel is, as mentioned, very tinny and just not pleasing.

This one isn't that great overall. I'd call it average. Needs work and is not something I'd look to drink again anytime soon. Aside from the appearance and aroma, there's not much going on here...

SixpointJMH, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Im not big on over hoppy beers but this wasn't too bad. I was definitely mislead by the 'cream' ale. I was expecting a smooth lighter style beer, but then I remembered it was a Lagunitas.

Hoppy upfront, you can taste the spices. It does has a smooth creamy texture though as it goes down. The beer got a lot better as it went on. One was enough for me, but I'd say try it.

nrpellegrini, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of jhammerly
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this from Imstillthegman as part of Secret Santa '07.

A clear, golden body with some orange highlights. A thick, frothy, white head that sticks to the side of the glass. A slight citrus scent after the pour along with some sweetness in the nose. Medium-bodied ale with mild hop bitterness and lingering sweetness on the tongue. No heat from the %7.6 ABV. Not a bad beer, it's just not my favorite style. A drinkable beer for those who love golden ales.

jhammerly, Dec 24, 2007
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Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.