Lagunitas Sirius Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Sirius AleLagunitas Sirius Ale

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85
very good

355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
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 sirius
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A damn fine beer, I looked forward to it every summer. This wasn't what I used to think of when I heard the words "Cream Ale", but for me it redefined the style. I first picked up a six pack because of the name (and well, it's Lagunitas), and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

The color is a golden caramel, with a mild head of uniformly small bubbles.

The aroma is a blend of creamy hoppiness, with some citrus notes.

The taste, aah the taste... Initially malty, then a mild citrus profile comes through, with a subtle hop finish. Don't rush this one, you've got to let it ride.

The mouthfeel is where the cream ale label fits. Very smooth.

In spite of the relatively high ABV, this was a very drinkable beer. It's a shame Lagunitas retired it, I wish I'd cellared some the last time I had the chance.

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from the night before last...

This brew pours into the glass a slightly hazed golden-orange color with a soft yellowish-tan head at about 2 fingers. The head is slow to fade, leaving behind some respectable lacing.
The nose is interesting. It's almost a pale ale base, with bright, leafy and citrus hops presence underneath a sweet note of candied sugars and bright undertones of light fruits. Malts are below the other aromas but certainly present, and a light whiff of alcohol comes and goes.
This is a pretty unique one to me, and the more I drink it the more I think this is what I was thinking a cream ale should be. The concept seems like it would make for a delicious beer, but I've never been blown away by one before. This is the closest I've come thus far in that respect. There's a nice underlying complexity to this beer, well blended and making for a nice concert of flavor. A candied sugar sweetness that isn't overbearing works with a soft malts presence and a variety of fruits to balance a nice raw, leafy, citrus tart hops flavor. Let this one sit on the tongue for awhile. I didn't get a full appreciation until I did.
This is certainly a smooth beer with a very nice creaminess to it, but I feel it would benefit from slightly more carbonation. Body is medium.
The ABV just creeps to the higher end, but this beer is quite drinkable and easy to appreciate.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: amber-brown with fluffy white head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass; beautiful flowing rising bubbly movement from carbonation

s: tangy spicy citrus hops; light caramel malts; some raw grain; very light scent

t: first warm sweet caramel and grainy malts hit the tongue followed by the slow rise of citrus hop flavors that fade back leaving a warm sweet hop/malt blend on the tongue

m: a little aggressive for me but i guess that keeps it refreshing

d: an interesting beer; not as flavorful as i was expecting it will be interesting to see what happens to this in the cellar
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well, this bad by has been chilling in the cellar for around 2 years, time to give it a second try

a: really beautiful deep hazy amber with about 1/4 inch of dense white head that has ok retention but eventually fades to leave just a ring of white and a few wisps

s: potent! first is fragrant floral hops; after that is kind of a warm caramel scent followed with lots of tangy citrus hops on the nose; a lot of spicy hop scent is still very present as well as some toffee notes

t: vanilla; warm caramel that slowly becomes buttery toffee on the tongue; light hopiness with spice and citrus on the finish but mostly the long buttery goodness is what defines the sip; very good and better than i remember it

m: smooth; very mellow carb with a creamy and slightly cloying sticky mouthfeel

d: i think this has gotten substantially better with age; much more mellow in some respects (especially mouthfeel) but just so much more buttery and smooth in taste; great

Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sirius Cream Ale was a hazy amber color with a modest off-white head that quickly faded away.

The aroma was first about malt, and second, a little citrus hops.

The taste was a nice balance of citrus and sweet, smoky malt. I found it to be a pleasing combination.

The mouth feel was medium bodied and oily, with reasonable carbonation.

Drinkability was good due to a respectable 7.00 ABV and a very palatable taste. I would happily drink Sirius again.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Orange/amber pour with a finger of quickly disappearing head. On the nose I'm quickly picking up some dairy notes on top of orange peel and sweet caramel malts. The taste follows suit...there is a nice orange peel hoppiness and a very balanced malt profile, but that milkiness keeps peeking through. The only other beer I've tasted this in is Apocalypse Cow, and I didn't like it there but I actually like it in this beer.

Medium to full bodied with very soft carbonation, this one drinks damn well but unfortunately is sitting at 7% which prevents it from being really sessionable, which is unfortunate because it definitely has the flavor profile to support that type of drinking. Good beer overall though, I haven't had too many cream ales but this one is definitely the best so far.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangish-brown with a fizzy off-white head. Head is onlky about 1/2 inch thick and quickly fades to a very thin cap. Solid rings of lace left on the glass though.

S - Surprisingly strong citrus hop aroma backed by lots of biscuity malt. As the beer warms the hops start to become buried by a clean malt aroma. A light graininess comes through as well as it warms.

T - Very malty taste on this one. Lots of biscuity malt with just a hint of grapefruit. Alcohol is very well masked (maybe the 6 months of age let it cool a little?). Again, as the beer warms a stronger graininess begins coming through. Finishes very clean.

M/D - A touch on the lighter side. Good carbonation. Very clean and easy drinking.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. It strikes a wonderful balance between all of its flavors and never gets boring...easy to drink in great quantity.

Color is a caramel hued straw golden color with a shining white head that leaves gobs of lace. Aroma is creamy. Its all on the forefront. Finish is clean and surprisingly hoppy. Creamy malts are the star here but they are well accompanied with a dry grassy hoppiness that blends quite well. People sometimes hate a bit on Sirius but I can never understand why. Its an extremely underrated beer. Cream ales get no better.

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.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass,the beer is a deep golden color with a nice head that dissipated but remained throughout the quaff.

smell is of herbal hop bitterness and cloying sweetness,almost kind of doughy as well.as in bread dough.

tastes clean with a cloying sweetness and nice bready malt flavor.sort of a grainy taste as well.finishes pretty clean.overall really nice.

nice amount of carbonation and a medium body complement the taste,which makes for an easily drinkable beer.the cloying sweetness is great.i could drink a few of these,except i don't think lagunitas released this beer this year.i'm pretty sure the single of this i got was pretty old.regardless,i liked it alot.gotta love lagunitas!

Photo of elniko
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium glass.

A: Luminous amber coloring with soapy head and thin lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Very nice nose, nice citrus hop tones with a little creaminess as well.

T & M: Wow, I really enjoyed this brew. Mouthfeel is full bodied with the creamy textures up front and a nice tart finish. My only complaint is that the carbonation is just a little overwhelming.

D: Very drinkable, if I ever see this beer in the area again I will definitely purchase again.

Photo of armock
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet creamy malt and hops

T - The citrus hops kind of dominate the malty sweetness has to fight through for the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this one a bit I think it would be slightly better if there was more sweet malt to it but still a good beer thats worth picking up

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've never had a cream ale before. I was expecting something between a popsicle and a milkshake. Oh well.

Slightly hazy amber with an off-white head. Lots of floaties...I like to pretend they're little micro-organisms having sexy time in my beer. Good retention and sticking lace. Not sure that a cream a should have floaties.

Smells of spicey citrus hops and peaches. Light butterscotch and caramel alcohol. Kinda like cream soda with hops.

Vanilla caramel malt with flowery and citrus spicey hops. Complimentary alcoholic ending. Farily crisp and refreshing for such a high abv beer. Chewy mouthfeel.

Overall good stuff. I particularly like the balance of caramel/toffee vs. citrus/fruit flavors. A bigger cream ale than I've ever had, it probably doesn't fit to style- but is delicious just the same.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.
*ABV on bottle indicates 7.0%, as opposed to the 7.6% listed here.

A- Pours clear and golden, with 2+ fingers of creamy light tan head. Head fades slowly into a nice cap- excellent retention. Massive amounts of sticky of lacing.

S-Caramel maltiness mingles with solid herbal / pine hoppiness and a touch of bread dough.

T- Solid sweet caramel maltiness mixes with tea-like and piny hop notes. Moderate bitterness on finish with feint hints of alcohol.

M- Fairly crisp with medium carbonation. Smooth and fairly full.

D- Quite good. Tasty and easy drinking. Nice and sessionable.

Future outlook: I've never seen this other than the one time that I purchased it, but I'd be happy to have it again.

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy noney colored with a thick orangey-beige head that lingers along. Very low aroma of sweetish malt.

Flavors of rich malt, honey, toffee and cinnamon. Very subtle hop flavors. Some floral and ripe fruit notes. Slight warming of ABV in the finish.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel, very satisfying. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

Photo of Frosty80
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: sits clear, golden brown

Smell: great citrus and pine hops. there is a rich sweetness backing it up

Taste: a little bitter. great citrus and pine notes. slightly yeasty, sweet and bitter in the finish

Mouthfeel: med body. moderate carbonation

Notes: i dont know what happened to my tastebuds. the first time i had this a while back i remember not tasting much, or at least not being impressed. ive often said that lagunitas lacks intensity, but for a cream ale that is certainly NOT the case! in fact, for the style, its too intense. great beer, just not a good representative of the style. from what i understand of the style is its a perfect segue from lagers to ales - drinkabillity of a lager with more of the fruity notes from ale yeast. this would be a bit much for someone looking to make the cross-over

Photo of Offa
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a stronger, hoppier version of a cream ale and is mostly hoppy in taste and charscter but with little bitterness.

Golden, faintly hazy, and a bit bubbly, it has a medium-large off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin foamy ring and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma primarily hoppy, flowery citrus (esp. grapefruit but mixed) and pine, with hints of yellow raisin and cracker.

The taste is similar, mostly floral, citrusy hops but not quite one-dimensional and not too grapefruity. The bitterness is rather light, esp. considering the very hoppy aroma and taste, and it is balanced with sweet, alcoholic grape and raisin and the finish has a bit of a cracker-grain quality before the alcoholic heat takes over a little roughly. It tastes a bit like a grapefruity-hoppy strong pale lager. It's fairly good but not great. It tastes like a lighter, less full-bodied, less interesting version of a lot of Lagunitas beers (one of my main complaints about Lagunitas beers is that most of them taste really similar and seem mostly like different variations on the same theme).

Photo of jbphoto88
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sirius is a hazy orange color with a pitiful display of head. Just a small film of off white bubbles that eventually form a thin collar.

Smell is caramel apples spiked with vodka. A boozy scent that doesn't linger but every now and then attacks your nasal cavities. Clean simple scents that lean more towards the malt side then anything fruity or bitter. It's really kind of nice.

Taste is equally as simple. Corn and malts that move towards the caramel side of things mixed with some light orange/watermelon liquor. Clean, simple, just what a cream ale should be.

No sign of a hop profile therefore not much in the way of bitterness, you do however get a little bite from some firm carbonation. The beer still stays in a creamy, slick range which feels nice and makes it's easy to drink. Not a bad brew but a little high ABV for the style. I am all for some big beers but in this case I think it distracts from the tastiness.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange in the glass. Frothy head. Nice retention. Solid lacing as well.

Smooth hops, creaminess, smooth milkshake smell.

Wow, I have never had a cream ale I have enjoyed as much as this one. Smooth creamy edge surrounds the hops and bitterness. A bit of floral, spring flowers kind of zing as well as a dash of pinetree and biscuit.

Smooth finish, excellent balanced flavor.

I highly recommend this one.

Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with a moderate one-finger head and light lacing left behind.

Nose is very creamy. Straw, grass, wheat - alot like being out in the field on a nice day.

Very big presence in the mouth. A lot creamier than expected and the high alcohol content really gets noticed. Good bitters in the finish as well.

Drinkability comes down a notch for me from the overall heaviness of the beer.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into tulip pint glass. I've had this beer several times over the years, but this is my first review of it. No freshness dating can be found.

Appearance: cloudy copper colored body with dense, mocha cream head. Carbonation is visible at the top with sticky lacing throughout the entire beer.

Smell: intense sweetness of honey and caramel followed by resinous juicy hops. Flowery scents and alcohol are definitely present.

Taste: the sweetness of honey is immediately kept in check by piney hops. Alcohol is very noticeable.

Mouthfeel: fairly thick and full-bodied. The sweetness, alcohol and heavy-handed hops make for a chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: there's no subtlety in this beer. Everything is out in the open and in your face. Alcohol could keep drinkability down.

Photo of curasowa
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sine I'm a big fan of Genny Cream Ale, I was excited to try this, especially since the bottle said special release. It poured a nice, golden color, with just a touch of head that faded quickly with little lacing. This beer seems to be particularly fragrant - I could smell it sitting on the desk in front of me. I get a lot of floral hop notes in the aroma. They aren't kidding about this being high gravity - quite a lot of body. This has a lot of bitterness as well, and its a bit harsh with a lingering finish. It's well carbonated which helps offset some of the bitterness. All in all, not quite what I was expecting from a Cream Ale.

Photo of KeefD
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange/copper color with a smallish white head that left behind some light lacing. Looks like a standard pale ale to me. Some earthy hops and pale malts is what I get from the nose. Flavor is lightly sweet, nice balance between the bready, grainy malt and earthy/herbal hops, a dash of citrus peel, light bitterness on the finish. This tastes almost like and English pale to me, but I'll take their word for it that it's a cream ale. It definitely has a creamy body and the alcohol is completely hidden. Rather tasty and would be a great session beer if the alcohol was a little lower. The more I drink it, the more ABV shows itself to my head.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a dimpled beer mug.

L - clear orange color with a small white head that thinned to a layer/ring and left some spotty lacing.

S - sweet and malty aroma with a bit of earthiness and some piney hop smells.

T - sweet upfront with a nice hit of bitterness on the backend.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - a tasty treat, but one or two should suffice.

Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.