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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
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2,205 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 2,205
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 208
Gots: 277 | 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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005

54.2 IBU
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Ratings: 2,205 | Reviews: 780
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark red color with a fluffy off white head.

The aroma has a similar character to Sumpin Extra, with that slight dank and pine in the back. Then there’s fruity hop notes of tart berries, some citrus, caramel sweetness and earthy pine.

The beer in the front is very earthy. Big piney and rich dark earthy flavor, almost like an American barleywine with huge spicy drying on the back. This is a very clean drinking beer, but it has some alcohol on the back. Hints of sweetness to counteract that bitterness, but not much body in the middle to interfere with the hops.

The finish is heavy bitterness with a bit of bready towards the end. This is for those who like American barleywines and oily resinous hops. And as the beer warms up, that sweetness comes through more to balance the beer out.

Not my favorite hop profile, but still constructed.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much more hops than expected from an American Red Ale; that's why is characterized by an American Strong Ale. Hop aroma is evident even before the glass reaches the nose. Pine and flowery aromas swirl around a bready, malty sweet smell. Tastes boldly of sweet malts: bready, caramelly, lightly toasted, and a tad grainy. The the hops...more than just bittering. Flowery flavors, herbal, grassy, earthy, and a little dirty (for extra measure). The taste is muddled a bit, but certainly adds character to an otherwise unappealing brew. Finishes dryer than expected from Reds because of the hop character and alcohols that go largely forgotten. I look forward to having another.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on May 10, 2012. Did not find a date on the bottle.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a poco grande flute glass.

A-Red-amber, bubbly 2 finger head that left great lacing. Carbonation just kept streaming up from the bottom.

S-Pineapple, mango, citrus hop smell. Tropical fruits.

T-Tangy, citrus astringent hop bite up front, nice clean malty finish.

M-Nice amount of hops that coat the tongue.

O-Another great beer from Lagunitas! Reminds me a lot of Troegs Nugget Nectar, which is a winner! Would definitely like to have this one around A LOT.

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,205 ratings.