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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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2,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 184
Gots: 203 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Kroller86, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Moose90, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jeffaroo95, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

cuy50, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

CorneliusBunker, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

dbauer, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

sprucetip, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jhb138, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

CommonRider, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

oldedog, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

oldvines, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for about $3 for a bomber at BevMo.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a thick, fluffy, and even head. The head is light tan and shows great retention. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very floral hoppy nose with notes of pine and some malty sweetness.

Taste: My first thought upon tasting this beer is that it is more roasty and rich than I expected. The hoppiness starts early and lasts through most of the flavor. The hop flavor is big and strong and dominates over most of the other flavors. It is oily and sweet with a touch of brown sugar and malt. Fruity tones creep up at the end that remind me of strawberries. A light bready malt aftertaste keeps the flavor alive.

Mouthfeel: Dry, velvety, smooth, and slightly creamy. The feel is comfortable and pleasant.

Drinkability: The hop flavor is a bit stronger than I would like, but it is certainly a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

BrewMaster, Jun 03, 2005
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

bmur112, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

seanchai, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, filtered, lots of scattered lacing and a thin cap of foam stays until the very end.

S: Grapefruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, spicy, a bit of a vegetal note too.

T: A good wallop of tropical fruit hop flavors, pineapple, papaya, burnt caramel.

M: Smooth, silky. Not much lingering bitterness or hotness despite the relatively high abv.

O: 'nother good hopped up beer from Lagunitas.

diamondc, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of lite yellow head, color of the beer is a brilliantly clear orange to red amber. Nice lacing left at the end of the session.

Smell - Wonderful hop aromas, citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, touch of pine.

Taste - Wow, a wonderfully complex combination of floral and grassy green hops, citrus flavors of semi-sweet grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit and mango, there is a touch of medicinal and mineral flavors along with a slight pepperiness. The green grassy hops and some grapefruit rind go long into the finish. There is a touch of both citrus sweetness and sweet malts that perfectly balance out the hops here.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, low to medium carb, the hop flavors are definitely mouthcoating, with the light carb cleansing some of the sweetness to leave a slight dryness, but there are still pockets of juicy hops left in the corners of the mouth.

Overall - This really tastes and acts alot more like a DIPA to me than an amber. There are no roasted malts here at all, there is some malt sweetness, but this beer is really all about the hops - absolutely a hop foward beer, with a nice balance of sweetness and loads of hop flavors. This really makes me think of Maximus and Southern Tiers 2XIPA, both of which I enjoy. If you enjoy hops, then this is a must try.

blackcompg, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

KevChiTown, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dark red-orange color. Good clarity. Cream-colored head retains well at a half an inch. Delicate wisps of lacing.

S: Green and oily hops. Tangerine and mandarin orange. Freshly mowed lawn. Sweet malt base of bread, caramel, and candy apple. Hints of alcohol and red berries.

T: Bread crust, toast, caramel, pinch of cocoa. Hints of sweet cherry and red berries. Hops are earthy and woody with a strong resinous bitterness that really clamps down toward the back end. Quick flashes of tangerine and tropical fruits. Oily. Spicy alcohol. Woody and resinous hops own the finish with a bitterness that doesn't quit.

M: Medium-thick body. Round, firm, and creamy in texture. Slightly weighty. Acute prickling carbonation.

O: The red ale was once the darling of the craft beer movement. No more. In fact, most hardened beer geeks tend to avoid them like a plague. The style has a reputation for being bland and uninteresting these days. However, if you are going to brew a red ale and expect it to sell, this is how you do it. You make sure it's big and plenty hoppy. There is nothing bland or pedestrian about this beer. It's worth your time and money.

ryan1788a5, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

RedArchitect21, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

midlifec, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jeezie, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ToddThompson, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Slipperyphoton, Aug 17, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.