Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
A: ruby brown ale, faintly hazed, with a couple of fingers of pale foam that left some small lacing down the glass
S: warming bready malts under resinous pine and citric hop aromas
T: warm brown bread and biscuit, slightly sweet; muted fruitiness; grapefruit and orange citrus elements as well as piney wood
M: medium-weight, enough chew that you're not likely to down it, but not so much that you couldn't if you wanted to; moderate carbonation
O: a nice take on the red/amber ale, IPA-like hops, but the malts give it a heartier, rustic character. Solid.
08-17-2014 14:21:56 | More by Greywulfken
3.84/5 rDev -7%
pours orange and clear with only a few bubbles wafting toward the top to meet a creamy head of off off white foam that fell slowly and left lace. The nose is pink grapefruit with it's sweet little backing, earthy pine, some fresh orange and a biscuit like malt that promises a bit of sugar. Taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is pristine. A touch of weight from that malt and then airy lightness but smooth. Good carbonation that goes largely unnoticed. The beer is a touch sticky and lip smackingly so with a bit of resin that coats the tongue and lets a bit of the grapefruit pith and the earthy pine come through just a bit more before the creamy smooth malt rolls through to the finish. Finishes with a slight bitter that is a lovely accent to all the fruitiness of this beer.
08-13-2014 15:20:32 | More by utopiajane
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
I normally base my beers off of my favorite from that style and go from there. This one is good, but not my favorite. Some might say I'm crazy but I think it could be a bit maltier. It's no where near as hoppy as green flash hop head red but I want a bit more sweetness. If I'm going to drink an amber ale I'd rather it not taste like an ipa with a touch of malt. The taste is decently bitter and it lingers more on the hoppy side. This beer is very easy to drink and quite tasty but it is not how I would represent the style. Overall a good beer that doesn't disappoint but doesn't wow me either.
08-26-2014 04:12:49 | More by Flight317
3.75/5 rDev -9.2%
This is often compared to Nugget Nectar, and I'm not sure why. Anyway, this brew has a great appearance--not an exceptional color, but a very nice, thick head and sticky lacing. The smell is unremarkable, but the taste is pretty nice. This is also highly drinkable, as the mouthfeel is spot-on for the style (whatever style you want to call this hybrid). Anyway, adding a lot of hops to an otherwise successful red ale just doesn't work--even though I love hops. I love the great bomber price, but the "Imperial" red ale falls short as the balance is lost and the style is compromised in an effort to appease hop-heads (including myself).
08-24-2014 04:40:13 | More by DeFaz
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.