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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale

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Ratings: 1258
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%


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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chinchill

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish amber with visible carbonation and a frothy off-white head. The head reduces rather soon to a partial cover, but leaves lacing on the glass.

As a prelude to evaluation, I gave the lid a sniff, finding an amazingly strong hop aroma; after a rinse, the aroma was subdued a bit, but still remarkable strong! Clearly, this is a very aromatic brew, as a whiff of the poured beer immediately confirmed. The smell is primarily of piney hops, but caramel, lightly baked bread, citrus and white pepper are also present.

Taste: Citrus-tinged piney hops with a generous malt base. The aggressive hop profile is tempered by the malts' sweetness, making this a strongly flavored and hoppy brew that is neither harsh nor overly bitter. Notes of tropical fruit and a profile that changes from start to finish give it some nice interest and complexity. The higher ABV affects the feel, but in no way impairs the flavor or aroma where the ABV seems lower and definitely not boozy. Long lasting finish and aftertaste with some malt, plenty of hops and a well-controlled level of bitterness.

M:Smooth. Medium-full body. Semi-dry finish. Some light alcohol burn.

O: This is an exceptional ale. It's nicely complex, aromatic and full flavored. The components have exemplary balance. With these traits and a delicious taste, it is a very drinkable brew that's easy to recommend. With the heavy hop load, it also can be readily recommended (if fresh) as an IPA variant for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:08:01 | More by chinchill
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Lagunitas Imperial Red

Appearance: light nut brown, medium head, and good lacing.

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Taste: whole hop, nice malts, and a light citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is nice brew. The hops are up front and immediately followed by nice warm malts. The hops give off a whole cone flavor, while being very balanced in itself. The hops were added in the right amounts at the right times.

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.