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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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1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 172
Gots: 166 | 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 -3.1%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Peyton5410, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of dondeez21
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6pack of bottles this past week.
A: Deep Dark Ruby Red with a thin tan head that disapeared quikly
S: Bread like with a hint of hops.
T: Very sweet and malty. Almost tastes like candy. Very much like a lolipop with some nice bitter hops to round it out. No taste of alcohol
M: This beer is thick and sticky. The taste clings to your tastebuds.
D: This beer is perfect on a cool fall night. Very tasty and really sweet. Tastes like liquid candy.

dondeez21, Nov 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

wilkinswesley, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rekrule, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Element1290, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Shilt, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

theempire, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

victory4me, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jas45678, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of javenbohall
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark red. What little head there was disappeared quickly. Smells immediately of hops, with maybe a bit of citrus and then the malt. It tastes almost exactly as the smell would lead you to believe; clear (almost surprising) hops up front, then a little bit fruity and sweetly malty. Finishes dry with another little hop kick. Maybe the I shouldn't be surprised, as the ingredients are listed as "...hops, malt, hops, yeast, hops, water, and hops." If I haven't made my point by now, this is a special ale with some extra hops thrown in. Good stuff. This is a very drinkable beer, especially considering its ABV. It makes for a great change of pace, but I'd have to be careful with this baby.

javenbohall, Sep 30, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

RVR, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Skillz, Sep 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jwk7324, May 16, 2013
Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 7.50% and 84.2 IBUs. No bottling information but this is the just released summer 2009 release.

A-Pours a dark brown that looks a lot like Coca Cola. It is very clear in the light and has a really nice reddish glow. It has a one finger tan head that has some great retention; a splotch of foam remains in the middle and a nice frothy ring stays the whole time.

S-Great hop nose. Lots of pine coming through. Also gets whisps of cola sweetness. It smells like a sweeter version of Lil Sumpin.

T-Lots of pine upfront which turns bitter midsip and on the finish. There is caramel and brown sugar sweetness after it has gone down. The pine bitterness remains throughout the beer. As it warms I get a definite roasted taste. The ideal score for this category would be a 4.25.

M-Thicker bodied with good carbonation. Not at all sticky.

D-I love the pine hops, but the sweetness eventually would get to me. Great for one or two in a session.

Another great beer from Lagunitas that is both hoppy and well priced. Would gladly have this again, but by the time I get around to it they will have another seasonal in the beer aisle.

mjl21, Aug 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rust/copper body, finger white head,
fine lacing

S: big beautiful grapefruit, peach/mango, fresh pine
hint of caramel

T: grapefruit/orange peel/peach/mango, pine, caramel
smooth long bitter finish

M: med body, solid carbonation

O: Nice; another fine Lagunitas offering.
I love the nose and taste of their beers.
Highly recommend + will get again.


BeerLover99, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jdoncbus
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.2% ABV, 84.2 IBU, 12 oz. bottle

Pours a brown-ruby color accompanied by a fluffy biege head that clings heavily to the glass.

Initial aroma is sugary malt with plum, spice, dash of coffee and some pine hops; robust.

The flavor is molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt, with a finish of wild flower and astrigent, pine hops. Mouth is left puckery and overall bitter. A tad boozy like many of Lagunitas strong ales.

A solid offering and a red ale on 'roids. Quite flavorful and enjoyable to drink as the temps start to ger nippy in Central Ohio.

jdoncbus, Oct 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TX-Badger, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DLS168, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SteinTilter, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

2ellas, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Red pours a rich, thick reddish amber. When held to the light it almost looks brown with glimpses of nice ruby red. The head on this is about a half inch and quite thick. It leaves a nice "o" ring as it slinks away into the murky depths of this beer.

Initial aroma is sweet, lots of caramel and melted brown sugar. Their are some nice earthy and citrusy hop notes coming through as well but its definitely sweet up front.

That being said, the initial sip brings about lots of bitter hops and nice grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Its definitely enough to play a duet with the malty backbone that is well defined in the aroma. The tongue will be feeling the effects of the hops that is for sure. My mouth is drying out quickly. The sweet ness is not cloying as things are balanced out quite well.

Definitely a beer to sit back and enjoy as its pretty hefty and has a lot of flavor. Another nice release form Lagunitas...how many strong, hoppy beers will you guys brew? I say, there will never be enough so keep 'em coming!

indiapaleale, Aug 24, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

halo913, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jeffthepony, Feb 15, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.