Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
A: ruby brown ale, faintly hazed, with a couple of fingers of pale foam that left some small lacing down the glass
S: warming bready malts under resinous pine and citric hop aromas
T: warm brown bread and biscuit, slightly sweet; muted fruitiness; grapefruit and orange citrus elements as well as piney wood
M: medium-weight, enough chew that you're not likely to down it, but not so much that you couldn't if you wanted to; moderate carbonation
O: a nice take on the red/amber ale, IPA-like hops, but the malts give it a heartier, rustic character. Solid.
08-17-2014 14:21:56 | More by Greywulfken
3.84/5 rDev -7%
pours orange and clear with only a few bubbles wafting toward the top to meet a creamy head of off off white foam that fell slowly and left lace. The nose is pink grapefruit with it's sweet little backing, earthy pine, some fresh orange and a biscuit like malt that promises a bit of sugar. Taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is pristine. A touch of weight from that malt and then airy lightness but smooth. Good carbonation that goes largely unnoticed. The beer is a touch sticky and lip smackingly so with a bit of resin that coats the tongue and lets a bit of the grapefruit pith and the earthy pine come through just a bit more before the creamy smooth malt rolls through to the finish. Finishes with a slight bitter that is a lovely accent to all the fruitiness of this beer.
08-13-2014 15:20:32 | More by utopiajane
4.64/5 rDev +12.3%
poured 22oz bottle into snifter.
A - Very dark amber, with a 2 finger sandy head. Very nice retention, but minimal lacing.
S - Juicy, sweet malts and bitter hops. Really great aroma.
T - This is the perfect tasting beer for me; my palate goes crazy when it hits. The tropical, bitter hops compliment the sweet amber malts to perfection. It's hard not to drink quickly.
M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. It is refreshing, malty and bitter all at once.
O - This is like the west coast version of Nugget Nectar and I will be purchasing more bottles.
08-21-2014 23:57:42 | More by Ri0
3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
Appearance: deep blood red almost brownish. one and a half fingers of a whitish head that fades slowly and leaves a pretty strong lacing. has a brightness to it but still a little bit hazy. 4.25/5
Smell: super strong and sweet caramel, darker caramel malts that hint at dark fruits. lots of bitter hoppiness coming through with resin, pine and citrus. some additional candy sweetness. 3.75/5
Taste: opens with a mix of dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar. the initial sweetness is quickly muted by a good dash of hop bitterness. hops include resin, pine and some citrus. Not quite as good as the smell due to the lack of balance. 3.25/5
Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. good bitterness but does not linger. almost not enough bitterness for all the sweet in this beer. 3.5/5
Overall: not quite the level I expect from Lagunitas and certainly not in the same ballpark as their other imperial red they release in bombers.
08-19-2014 22:57:07 | More by SportsandJorts
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Picked up a bomber of this from Whole Paycheck in Fair Lakes for $6.35; pretty decent price, really.
Appearance: dark copper with nicely firmed head. Significant lacing throughout.
Smell: remember when Nugget Nectar was good? Yeah, it smells like that! You can still pick out the sweetness from all of the bitter, citrusy hops.
Taste: perfect balance of sweet malt and floral/bitter hops. Nothing is "off" with this beer. If you like malt--check. If you like hops--check. If you like the taste of your beer improving as it sits in your glass--check.
Drinkability: High. Well priced, limited availability Imperial Red from a much-respected brewery. These folks have their priorities straight; thanks Lagunitas!
08-19-2014 19:59:54 | More by smanders
4.5/5 rDev +9%
A beautiful amber orange and yellow color, a perfect blend of hops and malt in the nose and in the taste, with the smooth and creamy mouthfeel anything claiming "imperial" status really should have. Really, just about a perfect imperial red. Is there a better red? Until further notice, my answer's "no".
08-19-2014 04:08:46 | More by ronricorossi
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.