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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

1,304 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 142
Gots: 37 | 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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malcontent

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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant deep ruby body hosts an immovable, off-white head. The lacing is like paste.

Strong citrus hop presence collides with a simply outstanding earthy-sweet malt nose reminiscent of caramelized onions mixed with brandied cherries and rye. Sounds gross, smells sublime.

Well, it's really sweet, bordering on cloying in fact...but it's saved by the hops. Actually, it's more than saved as it's quite good, especially once it settles in and you're able to adjust to it. Tons of fruit right up front with tangerines, sweet cherries and lime peel smothered in brown sugar mid-palate. Finish is rye and caramel with a lingering bittersweetness. Layered and rewarding and, oh yes, sweet; this is a real malt load.

Body is perfect for the style, rich and semi-thick with restrained carbonation. Obviously, a strong ale will always have somewhat limited drinkability and the sweetness doesn't help the cause but at "only" 7.2% ABV this is pretty manageable.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:03:49 | More by malcontent
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.