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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

1,310 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 142
Gots: 39 | 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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Reviews by germaniac:
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germaniac

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big red Ale from Lagunitas. Pours a cheery reddish brown, topped by a bit of creamy off white head.

A whole bunch of hops in the nose- a solid hit of citrusy, resiny goodness.

Tastes surprisingly sweet, at first. But after a pregnant pause, the hops shine thru, providing an earthy, piney bite. Malt wrestles tastebud control away from the hops and lays down some caramel sweetness chock full of woody, bark-like overtones. Finishes with a diminished lingering bitterness.

Lots of body to be found here, with the mouthfeel winding up fairly thick, but avoiding any heaviness.

This seems like a perfect beer for the "American Strong Ale" tag. It's not an IPA, and it has alot of the qualities of a Barleywine, on a smaller scale. Whatever it is, it's a pretty great beer, one I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 02:50:21 | More by germaniac
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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.

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.