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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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1,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 173
Gots: 161 | FT: 1
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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1/5  rDev -75.8%

LodiRigglesbee, Sep 18, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Rlhinson2104, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Deezkneez69
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Deezkneez69, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Bluetick
1.15/5  rDev -72.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Perhaps I got a bad 6-pack/batch as I rarely trash a beer.

The very first taste & smell of this beer reminded me of gasoline and finished with diesel notes. I could only drink two out of the 6-pack before giving up.

I am very perplexed as to why my experience with this beer was radically different from other reviewers. I had other Lagunitas Brewery beers and have enjoyed them, not sure what happened with this one.

Bluetick, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of chelseadanny
1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

chelseadanny, Mar 06, 2012
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1.72/5  rDev -58.4%

Kurgen175, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of serottaboy
2/5  rDev -51.6%

serottaboy, Feb 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

rah1734bones, Mar 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

JrPrado, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jimba
2.12/5  rDev -48.7%

jimba, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of darklordlager
2.13/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a dark ruby red with a healthy head of foam which tantalizingly coats it. Looks great.

Smell is overtaken by a sugary sweetness, with sweet citrus hops. Reminiscent of other Lagunitas brews that are very sweet but lacking depth. Slight bready/biscuity aroma, but is covered by the cloyingly sweet smell.

Taste is intensely sweet--some hoppy bitter citrus makes an attempt to tame it, but fails and is lost in the overly sweet layers...

M- The carbonation keeps it from being too syrupy, but doesn't make up for the taste.

D: Incredibly sweet with no depth of flavour. This one was a big letdown. Drain pour after a few sips.

darklordlager, Dec 15, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

mctizzz, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of njmoons
2.45/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Well I have to go counter public opinion on this one. Way too hoppy and bitter. The hops over-power the beer in all aspects.

Poured a bottle of dark reddish brown with a thin head that quickly dissapated.

In the smell I could immediately smell the heavy malt, and Hops (Cascades I would guess). Both were very strong in the aroma.

Taste, for me is all in the balance. I got some hops in the aroma, hops up front with the malt, and heavy hop flavor and bitterness on the back end. Not a beer I enjoyed, nor would I drink again.

I know the hop heads may disagree, but I have had much better beers from Lagunitas.

njmoons, Sep 01, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

sean_paul, Sep 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

jk3, Feb 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

abmhighrise, Mar 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Totalpackage411, Sep 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

cralyanne, May 04, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this overly hopped beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice red color. The head poured was also pretty nice. The beer had a heck of a hoppy smell and indeed had a heck of a hoppy taste. Tasted like eating a blended Christmas tree. Had a decent malty after taste that would have been nice if the spruce flavor would not have annihilated it. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Jun 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

ChanChan, Sep 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Carlwalker, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of harrymel
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled 25JAN12

Pours a brown red with a finger of lighter caramel foam and some nice grainy lace. Smells of rich malts and some herbal hops - atypical for Lagunitas's style, but welcome nonetheless. I like it as a traditional red ale. Medium sweetness countered with bitterness and some herbal notes juxtaposed with a slight bitter orange peel flavor. A little more bitter than I'd like. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb and a dry finish. Decent beer, but nothing outstanding.

harrymel, Mar 26, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft, consumed at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena on 12/03/07.

Dark, coppery color with modest carbonation and thin head. Aroma: grapefruit hops. Strong malt flavor initially that phases into strong grapefruit hop finish. Well balanced. Almost no aftertaste. Only problem was, when the beer warmed up a bit, it turned into pure hop juice as the malt flavor vanished. Ack!

Couldn't finish the pint.

charlzm, Mar 02, 2008
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2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep reddish color, with a very inviting bright, fresh floral hop smell. Light beige head. Taste is as expected I'd guess, and is a "big" red ale. Quite well hopped, with a semi-strong rich lasting alcohol and hop aftertaste making it a bit difficult to drink. Not my preferred style, but good nonetheless.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
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3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a bright amber color ale with a relatively small foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is not bad but pretty standard compared to some other West Coats hop bomb. Taste is also dominated by loads of citrus and piney hops and a medium caramel malt backbone. Not the most interesting beer out there.

Phyl21ca, Dec 23, 2009
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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