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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

1,459 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 155
Gots: 83 | 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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Greywulfken

New York

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
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utopiajane

New York

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
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-22-2014 15:59:41 | More by WesMantooth
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-22-2014 15:33:09 | More by JMUbrewz
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BrewThru_29

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-22-2014 05:07:11 | More by BrewThru_29
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-22-2014 00:05:14 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-22-2014 00:05:13 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Ri0

Wisconsin

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
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kwa357

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-21-2014 19:22:41 | More by kwa357
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-21-2014 02:15:25 | More by jsurfs82
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wc94wc

California

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

08-21-2014 01:50:14 | More by wc94wc
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tmcarter23

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-21-2014 01:46:04 | More by tmcarter23
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Faroveryonder

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

08-20-2014 23:07:29 | More by Faroveryonder
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jplopez21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-20-2014 21:18:56 | More by jplopez21
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SamuelR

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-20-2014 02:10:13 | More by SamuelR
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Andrew24

Washington

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

08-20-2014 02:03:02 | More by Andrew24
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calcutron

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-20-2014 01:24:12 | More by calcutron
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

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
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cherche

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-19-2014 20:19:05 | More by cherche
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smanders

Virginia

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
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ronricorossi

California

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
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samtrillo

California

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

08-19-2014 00:46:06 | More by samtrillo
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jimba


2.12/5  rDev -48.7%

08-18-2014 22:47:36 | More by jimba
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ScottK22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-18-2014 17:25:52 | More by ScottK22
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th3d1ck

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9%

08-18-2014 03:49:52 | More by th3d1ck
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.