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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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1,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 169
Gots: 137 | 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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Photo of Greywulfken
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.

Greywulfken, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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 4.5/5

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 3.75/5

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 spalsh of booze 3.75/5

Feel is moderate / heavy body, moderate bitterness. Alcohol is concealed alright, it's not hard to drink 4/5

Overall solid red, good for the price 4/5

lordofstarside, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
3/5  rDev -27.4%

MonkeyBread, Today at 05:30 AM
Photo of RobAnneDay
3.84/5  rDev -7%

RobAnneDay, Today at 02:41 AM
Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

M_chav, Today at 01:08 AM
Photo of Kurgen175
1.72/5  rDev -58.4%

Kurgen175, Yesterday at 10:58 PM
Photo of smurphy493
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

smurphy493, Yesterday at 10:48 PM
Photo of einman
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

einman, Yesterday at 10:40 PM
Photo of DKRowden
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Poured into a large snifter from a 22oz bomber. It has a light mahogany color with a small cream colored head. It has a sweet malty aroma with a light fruity note and a hoppy hint. It tastes great. Its very balanced with a sweet malty medium body and a light hoppy bite. It has creamy Mouthfeel. Overall it's a great red. Will definitely buy again.

DKRowden, Yesterday at 03:24 PM
Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

aasher, Yesterday at 04:08 AM
Photo of sean_paul
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

sean_paul, Tuesday at 02:55 PM
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

SoleBriety, Tuesday at 06:05 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

fuzzbalz, Tuesday at 05:57 AM
Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Jame515, Tuesday at 05:44 AM
Photo of kmshivel13
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

kmshivel13, Tuesday at 04:23 AM
Photo of Sndvl1999
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Sndvl1999, Tuesday at 04:06 AM
Photo of cwreay90
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cwreay90, Tuesday at 02:24 AM
Photo of Omnium
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Lagunitas Mason Pint

A - Semi-clear golden amber with a finger of frothy tan head, medium lacing.
S - Really nice aroma of a sweet lightly toasted caramel and nutty maltiness, some notes of pineapple, pear, papaya, light earthy hop notes.
T - Very nice flavor, sweet malt is there, but is balanced and is complimented by the tropical fruit notes and some underlying pine and earthiness from the hops.
M - Creamy but not thick, no trace of alcohol
O - Shouldnt be surprised that this is so good. Excellent hoppy red ale that is balanced.

Omnium, Tuesday at 02:14 AM
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.