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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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1,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 155
Gots: 81 | 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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1.15/5  rDev -72.2%

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.

07-20-2009 23:35:00 | More by Bluetick
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1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

03-06-2012 13:09:05 | More by chelseadanny
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1.75/5  rDev -57.6%

06-17-2014 00:34:59 | More by riggiesmalls
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

02-15-2012 23:48:02 | More by serottaboy
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

03-31-2012 00:47:17 | More by rah1734bones
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

06-09-2012 01:53:42 | More by JrPrado
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2.12/5  rDev -48.7%

08-18-2014 22:47:36 | More by jimba
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2.13/5  rDev -48.4%

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.

12-15-2009 03:21:06 | More by darklordlager
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2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

02-09-2012 14:19:53 | More by mctizzz
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New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -40.7%

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.

09-01-2009 16:20:50 | More by njmoons
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

02-17-2012 12:12:41 | More by jk3
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

03-09-2012 05:05:20 | More by abmhighrise
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

05-04-2012 22:39:40 | More by cralyanne
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2.53/5  rDev -38.7%

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.

06-19-2012 22:13:21 | More by Minkybut
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

09-13-2012 15:13:06 | More by ChanChan
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

06-28-2014 20:29:44 | More by Carlwalker
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2.8/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

03-26-2012 15:28:54 | More by harrymel
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2.93/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

03-02-2008 22:56:25 | More by charlzm
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2.93/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

02-22-2008 06:01:15 | More by JDV
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -27.4%

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.

12-23-2009 04:18:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

05-23-2012 23:48:37 | More by Shineonsolar
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

06-07-2012 12:45:44 | More by BlakeL
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

06-04-2012 15:10:08 | More by tree777
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New York

3/5  rDev -27.4%

01-23-2013 14:23:57 | More by phishbone23
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

02-27-2012 03:31:48 | More by stuttg4rt
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.