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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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92
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1,319 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 141
Gots: 40 | 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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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a nice blond amber and sits as a medium red with a pinkish hue at its fringes. Slight to no head with little to no lacing. Light carbonation.

Smell- Tart and hoppy, there’s a sweet tinge to the smell that suggests a fruitier taste. The malts definitely seem to be sweet, while the hops are tangy and sharp.

Taste- Sweet in its initial pull, almost like a sweet red wine or grape juice, the flavor pulls back into the more traditional bitter bite of a red with only a slight lingering dryness to the tongue and no trace of the sweet. The sweet tinge in the smell is leveled out by harsh bitters in the beer, leaving the hops as the only lingering taste. A solid red ale, its light for the imperial that its name claims but has a great red bite with its sweet malty front taste.

Mouthfeel- Bubbly on the tip and middle tongue, though harsher as it moves over the back of the tongue and down the throat. The dryness that it leaves upon the tongue seems ample for the beer’s type. It feels smooth and crisp in the mouth, as is expected of red ales, and the carbonation seemed fine.

Overall- Overall I’d say this beer was a success within its style. Personally, I love red ales, and this is a strong red ale with great characteristics, and a nice sweet twist in its smell and opening.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:40:21 | More by Maxwell
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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dug this one. The pour was dark red with a nice white head. The smell was a bit subdued but I was able to pick up on citrus and floral notes from the hops as well as a lot of sweet scents from the malt. The taste was great with a little burst of hops in the beginning and then a long smooth toasty flavor from the malt. Very tasty. I also liked the mouthfeel, a bit heavier than your average red but not overly thick. Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 13:39:42 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body itself is a pure red-amber color with medium bubbles to the body. White head that rose to maybe 1/2" off the body with the initial pour.

Smell: Light hops, honestly it best it smells your an above average pilsener. Not bad, but no where near greatness.

Taste: A little bitter but still smooth, has a slight sour feel to it that resembles citrus with a gulp-full of hops. Malts galore, but like I said...smooth.

Mouth: Medium bodied and slightly sticky. Has like a toasted feel to it, bit chewy.

Overall: Pretty good brew, honestly I have to put Lagunita's in my top three overall breweries. First time I have had this and not the last. Craving something to cool you off this summer, this might have been the best 5 bucks I spent. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 05:04:41 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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tykechandler

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-31-2014 04:43:20 | More by tykechandler
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-31-2014 04:23:22 | More by BarryMFBurton
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dar482

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark red color with a fluffy off white head.

The aroma has a similar character to Sumpin Extra, with that slight dank and pine in the back. Then there’s fruity hop notes of tart berries, some citrus, caramel sweetness and earthy pine.

The beer in the front is very earthy. Big piney and rich dark earthy flavor, almost like an American barleywine with huge spicy drying on the back. This is a very clean drinking beer, but it has some alcohol on the back. Hints of sweetness to counteract that bitterness, but not much body in the middle to interfere with the hops.

The finish is heavy bitterness with a bit of bready towards the end. This is for those who like American barleywines and oily resinous hops. And as the beer warms up, that sweetness comes through more to balance the beer out.

Not my favorite hop profile, but still constructed.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 03:50:18 | More by dar482
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Qbdoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-31-2014 02:45:27 | More by Qbdoo
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-30-2014 21:39:30 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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JonathanAnkney


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-30-2014 20:18:21 | More by JonathanAnkney
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Matthew1788

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-30-2014 15:19:04 | More by Matthew1788
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-30-2014 03:12:11 | More by Hallertau
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-30-2014 00:52:21 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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fleurdelou

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-29-2014 21:22:47 | More by fleurdelou
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new bomber to me from Lagunitas, my first encounter with one of their imperial red ales. Expectations are nice, since Lagunitas usually does great beers for a great price.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - It pours a nice dark coppery bronze colored body with about two fingers of creamy off-white froth.

S - The nose is comprised of smooth creamy sweet caramel / red malts. Some light trademark piney / resinous hop notes noticeable in the background. Herbal & earthy.

T - Remarkably well-balanced. Spicy bitter piney hop presence, grapefruit, stone fruits, and lots of bready red / caramel maltiness. Again, herbal and earthy. The hops are nice, but I think the malts are what makes this one a winner.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Sticky, bitter, resinous, and dry on the finish.

Overall, another quality bomber from Lagunitas. Very rarely have these guys let me down, especially when it comes to the bombers. Definitely recommended.

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 03:38:05 | More by mfnmbvp
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Whyt4243


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-28-2014 22:52:42 | More by Whyt4243
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-28-2014 22:52:20 | More by Syraquse
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MistyMountainHops

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-28-2014 03:32:59 | More by MistyMountainHops
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-28-2014 00:19:40 | More by Nachos4two
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Petegrieco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-27-2014 21:37:07 | More by Petegrieco
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SBoeckman72

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-27-2014 03:04:33 | More by SBoeckman72
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thetimhortonsman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-26-2014 22:28:54 | More by thetimhortonsman
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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-26-2014 16:57:46 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-26-2014 06:57:54 | More by jman005
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paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-26-2014 04:49:06 | More by paulish
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Aaron_Kerkvliet

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-26-2014 03:34:00 | More by Aaron_Kerkvliet
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,319 ratings.