Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale

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2,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 228
Gots: 306 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005

54.2 IBU
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Ratings: 2,253 | Reviews: 786
Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a bronzish red with one finger of off-white head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Pine, caramelized malts, cracker, and some fruit undertones.

T: Pine, earthy hops, rich malts, citrus, rye, barley, and some bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes wet and slightly oily with a kick of bitterness.

O: A very solid and delicious red ale. The nose left a lot to be desired but the taste more then makes up for it. Definitely a re-visitable ale.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew offering from Lagunitas, again. Pours dark golden brown with ultimate off white frothy head, gorgeous lacing thru out. Smells of sweetness. Taste is expected from a Red Ale, yet with a Lagunitas twist. Very tasty... Up front with brown sugar sweetness followed by a slight bitterness after taste thats not too strong but accustomed to the brewery style. Light hops but enough to say HI!
After taste is short lived but tasty.
Delectable Drink if I say so. Cheers to Good Beers!

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and lacing, cloyingly sweet, strong malts, ragged hoppy edge. Recommended if you like sweet and hoppy.

Photo of Coni
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very tasty but I have to limit myself to TWO pints!!!

Photo of NHJimD
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very crisp, very bitter. Rich smell and robust taste. This is a really distinct red ale.

Photo of Gear54
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a snifter.

Pour is clear red with one finger of thin foam that fades quickly and no lace on the glass

Smell is some pine and fruit. All very faint. Leaves a bit to be desired.

Tastes is more pine and malts. Not overly bitter or sweet. Nice balance between malt and hops. Undertones of citrus sweetness and some rye.

Feel is light and easy to drink. A nice refreshing beer that's not too heavy to enjoy on a hot day. Exactly what a red should be.

Photo of founddrama
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy shit this is what I want Felicitas to be when it grows up. Silky mouthfeel; almost creamy. Perfect hop/malt balance. And oh that amber.

Photo of Grizz_Dayly77
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I great beer. Smooth hoppy taste with a great amber red color. Had a good 1.5" head and was very crisp. Definitely adding this on to the top favorites list.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Red pours a reddish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a very earthy aroma, and very earthy taste, with some big hop flavors. Nice flavors, good body, but the earthy flavors are just too much.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 2/18/15

Imperial Red Ale by Lagunitas
poured from a 1pt 6oz. bottle into my Guinness pint glass

word heavy label with large Imperial Red, and the Lagunitas Dog (3.75)

dull amber, good retention of a medium tan head, some lacing (3.5)

mostly pine and faint sweetness (3.75)

pine hops with faint burnt sugar and earthy tones (3.75)

velvet like and smooth (4.25)

smooth and fulfilling (4.0)

very good offering by Lagunitas. wonder when I'll see this 'limited release' again (4.0)

wanted to try, like Lagunitas beer, hoping it was similar to Great Lakes Nosferatu
---- J

Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a warming amber-red with a sticky piney aroma. There’s a piney hop presence, with a touch of caramel stickiness on the finish.

Photo of rangerred
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear red with a one finger thick off-white head. Very good lacing and head retention.

Very malty aroma with some spicy pine and earthy notes. Almost seems like there is a touch of rye in there.

They malty pine carries over into the flavor. Wonderful balance between malt and hops with touches if rye and roasted malt. Bitterness is on the high side but it works well here.

Overall, this is what a red ale should be. This beer hits all the marks.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - good head with a reddish brown color
Smell - piney sweet hop smell
Taste - taste like it smells but much stronger.
Feel - slightly creamy but also with a big bite and quite a bit carbonation.
Overall - fantastic strong imperial red!

Photo of JohnParadee
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely Lags nose, but the amber on the palate ruined this for me.

Photo of Mlkluther
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper red colour with a white head that mostly dissipates and leaves a little lacing but not much.

Nose has piney hops and malt and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste follows nose. Bitter hops at the front with a sweet finish.

Excellent beer!

Photo of CJNAPS
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is beautiful kind of a dark copper and I love the roasted malt not a lot of hops which was fine . Not as good as there old lucky 13 and if you had lucky 13 then you know what I mean lol

Photo of rynej23
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

yummmmmmmmmyy hoppy bitter red ale

Photo of fps_dean
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-orange color with moderate head that never fully dissipates.

The smell is rather mild, but pleasant. Some hops and sweeter malts are noticeable.

Tastes very much like it smells, but with a feint touch of alcohol. Definitely tastes like a red ale.

The body and carbonation on this is on the lighter side and it certainly goes down the smoothest I've had from Lagunitas. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a very solid red ale overall, and something I will definitely pick up again.

Photo of Mentalpulse
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So good. Like a red IPA

Photo of mdcrouser
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though I'm drinking it from the only glass available - a hotel room highball - I'll do my best.

Amber orange, with a hearty, pocked, white-tan head.

Bright, fresh tangerines are most apparent, giving a lively hops aroma.

Big citrus, some pine, very light malts and low bitterness.

Low carbonation, so it doesn't heighten the profile of the hops much.

A really nice red - big hops, but relatively subdued because of the carbonation level.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle pour

Clear reddish orange body and a big fluffy off white head.

Hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus fruit.

Nice bitter bite and pine overlaying some grapefruit.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 2 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: hoppy - pine, floral, a little tropical fruit;

T: well balanced; earthy, piney hops, toffee, fruit cake, malt sweetness; low bitterness;

M: medium bodied; coats your mouth; moderate carbonation;

O: smooth;

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, rust-red appearance, bubble streams, lots of white, cottony sediment, and some lace curtain left behind. The aroma is of pink grapefruit, medium-roasted malts, and bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with sweetness and a touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale finishes semi-dry and quite refreshing. No alcohol pick-up in the flavor.


Photo of beaulabauve
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Well-balanced flavor, but I like more of a chewy, malty mouthfeel with this style.

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.

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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