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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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1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 169
Gots: 136 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Iz-GOod, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper body, excellent clarity, no carbonation streams, topped by a level three finger slab of off-white micro bubbles. Very stretchy lacing.

Bready, yeast aroma. Bit of sweetness around the edge.

Taste kicks off with a huge hit of caramel, sweet, but with depth, dark chocolate more than a pixie stick. The sweetness slowly erodes in the face of a rising tide of earthy herbal hops, with eventually rise to the top and deliver a nice bite before the swallow. Mild tingle in the aftertaste, along with mildly reassertive caramel.

Fairly thick mouthfeel ventures toward stout territory, but works well.

Maintains good drinkability throughout. A lot could have gone wrong, but doesn't.

Imperial red, like imperial pilsner, is a style open to a wide variety of interpretations still. This is a whole different animal from say Troegs Nugget Nectar, but definitely an enjoyable beer.

RonfromJersey, Feb 02, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

whittw, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/23/12 Lagunitas for the hop fix, once again. I felt like the Kool-Aid guy saying, OH YEAH when found this, promptly popped it and gave the bottle a little sniff as usual, before pouring it into a nice round flute glass.

Appearance is a very slightly clouded copper. A little white head comes up and dissipates to a ring. Medium carbonation runs throughout the drink.

The odor is a honey-hop balance, suggesting malt presence but still ensuring some California Love. I'm getting pine and grass, some cherry blow-pop in the background, and a faint citrusyness.

A taste follows suit nicely, with the hops playing a little bittering role as the maltiness comes up sweet and medium/large. Sure, it's a red. Its a Red IPA, there ya go.

Mouthfeel is medium- it's got gusto and a nice creaminess but still goes down easy. Lots of linger, and a good hop dryness afterwards.
3/25/ 2012: A really nice, translucent red copper, a big foamy 2" tan paper head that slowly fades leaving great, even ribbons of lacing. Lively carbonation, which persists through the whole drink.

Smells flowery, but with a dark orange kick that makes it anything but light and dainty. Some faint caramel notes come across as sweetness.

This beer goes down so wonderfully- a big malty body that carries "imperial-level" loads of hop character and bitterness. Less fruity than the aroma led me to believe, but, wow. Big smack in the face that nonetheless stays impeccably balanced. A lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste, love it or hate it. Not too sweet, but the maltiness makes it a filling one. Another bad boy from Lagunitas.

gustogasmic, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hops forward. Slightly sweet.

FoundingFather1, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kinger86, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

KevieJames, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Averwo, Sunday at 09:42 PM
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jbaker67, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BCPope, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jriggins6, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dtrain4, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

MaxPowers, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kushlash23, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

derkfromwi, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tykechandler, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

I really enjoy the style and thought the beer was thoroughly enjoyable, especially considering the $4.65 price for a bomber.

sperk12, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mcphish22, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bomber to an imperial pint glass

Pours amber in color, with a finger of slightly tan foam. High visibility, low carbonation, pretty good retention and lacing 4.5/5

Smell is upfront citrus- lots of pine and grapefruit that gets balanced out pretty evenly with a strong aroma of spicy caramel caramel. Finishes with some alcohol 3.75/5

Taste follows pretty close. Not as hoppy as the nose made me believe, but same pine and grapefruit flavor. Biggest difference is how much more balanced it is towards the malts, sweet spicy caramel with some doughy notes. Finishes with a spalsh of booze 3.75/5

Feel is moderate / heavy body, moderate bitterness. Alcohol is concealed alright, it's not hard to drink 4/5

Overall solid red, good for the price 4/5

lordofstarside, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

udubdawg, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

roblund, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

schnarr84, May 11, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9/7...bomber pours. Heavy dark crimson red. Foam settles and then stays. Burnt bready malt. Pine wintergreen trees too. Taste opens caramel, malt, little sweet. Takes a right turn to push a heavy hop bitter. Hearty but drinkable. Full of flavor.

KTCamm, Sep 20, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.