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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

2,038 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,038
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 184
Gots: 204 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Greywulfken, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

utopiajane, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to an imperial pint glass

Pours amber in color, with a finger of slightly tan foam. High visibility, low carbonation, pretty good retention and lacing

Smell is upfront citrus- lots of pine and grapefruit that gets balanced out pretty evenly with a strong aroma of spicy caramel caramel. Finishes with some alcohol

Taste follows pretty close. Not as hoppy as the nose made me believe, but same pine and grapefruit flavor. Biggest difference is how much more balanced it is towards the malts, sweet spicy caramel with some doughy notes. Finishes with a splash of booze

Feel is moderate / heavy body, moderate bitterness. Alcohol is concealed alright, it's not hard to drink

Overall solid red, good for the price

lordofstarside, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new affordable bomber from lagunitas, pushing the red ipa style here, but still probably more malt driven than a red ipa would be. clear brick red in color with a tall and wispy off white head with a ton of rising bubbles collecting at the surface, very alive looking brew. the nose here is piney hops and a lot of breakfast coffee cake type red malt giving it both some lingering sweetness and plenty of body. the hops are mostly all in the finish, leaving the first half of the beer for the grain, which is sweeter but not at the expense of the hops or the finish. pine needle hop complexion is bold but not over done, we all found this to be an exceptionally easy drinking brew, especially for one almost 8% abv. clean finishing, quite refreshing, and a well made take on the style. I prefer it to the lucky 13 red beers they make, its more lively and unique. the price makes it that much better too!

StonedTrippin, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of jmulroy
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%

jmulroy, Yesterday at 08:54 PM
Photo of Fremont897
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Fremont897, Yesterday at 07:26 PM
Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date I could find on the bottle.

APPEARANCE: pours a deep and clear amber color with 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thin broken layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the smell of pepper dominates, some pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, liquid pepper and some pine, the taste really lingered, the 7.8% alcohol is perceptible.

PALATE: this is a full bodied beer with slightly below average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good but not terribly complex beer, a little too boozy for my liking, I would probably not seek this one out again.

HoppyBastard, Yesterday at 04:31 AM
Photo of PGVG
4.12/5  rDev 0%

PGVG, Yesterday at 12:49 AM
Photo of kwkurdziel
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

kwkurdziel, Tuesday at 03:20 AM
Photo of bdk1417
3.75/5  rDev -9%

bdk1417, Tuesday at 02:02 AM
Photo of McMatt7
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

McMatt7, Tuesday at 01:13 AM
Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

spicyvelveetas, Monday at 04:36 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Trashcat, Monday at 01:20 PM
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Sspeer1, Monday at 10:51 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

cletusdog, Monday at 04:11 AM
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

aflies, Sunday at 03:38 AM
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

jakeusa, Saturday at 04:17 PM
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4.16/5  rDev +1%

Nickgiraud, Nov 22, 2014
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.