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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

1,632 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 164
Gots: 124 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BrewSTL, Jun 30, 2013
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xnapshot, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The box is freaking hilarious. You must read the bottom of a sixer. Initial impression = very yes. Pours a beautiful dark amber/red with as much head as you could want (mine overflowed), excellent head retention, beautiful lacing, constant bubbling up through the brilliantly clear liquid. This is a pretty beer.

Aroma is of upfront hops, mostly resiny but with a hint of citrus. A complex American hop bill (bittering and serious aroma hopping) is accented by amber malt in the background, with its signature faint sweetness and light bready notes. A hint of alcohol is evident as well.

Flavor mirrors the aroma in large capacity... malt balance in the beginning with some biscuity notes, almost soft pretzel notes. Hops come in, much like the nose. finish has just a hint of faint sourness along with the bitter... the only thing I really don't like. Otherwise it's great.

Medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and med-full body, with a slightly lingering astringency.

I think I'm heading to the fridge to get another...

khiasmus, Oct 17, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

twelveinches, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Spiral517, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

chinmoosic, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

PickwickHopz, Mar 19, 2014
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Burkbom23, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

alexsergio, Feb 24, 2013
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WesM63, Aug 05, 2014
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M1A2, Mar 16, 2014
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Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

durrrr, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Attractive copper to deep copper red color, clear. White head dissipated quickly.

Smell: Malt aromas of sweet and caramel, some almost fruity aroma. No hop aroma.

Taste: Sweetness of the malt comes through to begin, with hearty maltiness to follow. A balanced bitterness emerges in the middle of this, keeping the sweet and malt under control. A pleasantly balanced aftertaste is complemented by evident alcoholic strength.

Mouthfeel: Chewey, but medium-light to medium feel in the mouth. Carbonation levels were good, medium low.

Drinkability: A strong brew, but very drinkable. I could probably drink several of these, as this is beer goes down very easily. Of course, then the high ABV would hit me :D

CHSLBrew, Oct 23, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

morrism1, Aug 24, 2014
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h4ger, Aug 09, 2014
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bellb, Jan 11, 2013
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mattyrubes, Mar 11, 2012
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calcutron, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

thinwhiteduke, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Lagunitas Imperial Red

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking red ale with a big rocky off white head. Nice retention and a shit ton of sticky lacing.

S) Bready with a little caramel sweetness. Some nice pine and floral hop aroma there too.

T) Yeah.... Um... Follows the nose, which in this case is a good thing.

M) Nice easy drinking medium bodied brew with ample carbonation. Piney, grassy aftertaste is enjoyable.

O) Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Like the hop profile in their Lucky 13 or whatever number it was, just a little more. Glad to recommend this mofo.

RoamingGnome, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

poppyjohn, Mar 13, 2012
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RoryOMoore, May 03, 2012
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Swervine44, Feb 12, 2012
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Auror, Jan 09, 2013
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.