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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,494 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 156
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
54.2 IBU

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005)
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Greywulfken

New York

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
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utopiajane

New York

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
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ktenneydenver

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-27-2014 23:59:06 | More by ktenneydenver
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Simplykind

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-27-2014 21:15:32 | More by Simplykind
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Sparty55

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-27-2014 05:10:15 | More by Sparty55
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flynn1648

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-26-2014 19:21:41 | More by flynn1648
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-26-2014 18:32:56 | More by NumberNone
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MrDave

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-26-2014 15:08:07 | More by MrDave
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baklo

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-26-2014 10:39:51 | More by baklo
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JVStabile64

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-26-2014 06:53:03 | More by JVStabile64
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Flight317

Indiana

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
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lochef81

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-26-2014 02:36:34 | More by lochef81
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Hockey_Fan

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-25-2014 22:40:45 | More by Hockey_Fan
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sperk12

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

I really enjoy the style and thought the beer was thoroughly enjoyable, especially considering the $4.65 price for a bomber.

08-25-2014 22:10:58 | More by sperk12
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-25-2014 12:35:44 | More by atrocity
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-25-2014 06:50:40 | More by Falcone
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WillYellott

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-25-2014 01:46:20 | More by WillYellott
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GinDC

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +15%

08-25-2014 01:44:26 | More by GinDC
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2ellas

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-25-2014 00:22:32 | More by 2ellas
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%

08-24-2014 23:12:25 | More by Azpittil57
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DeFaz

Ohio

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
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bt931912

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

08-24-2014 01:57:15 | More by bt931912
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teraflx

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-24-2014 01:13:09 | More by teraflx
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-24-2014 01:05:24 | More by jwat
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morrism1

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-24-2014 00:21:52 | More by morrism1
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.