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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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2,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,018
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 179
Gots: 200 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

FinchSCF, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JohnnyMc, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Bonis, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Skud, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev -2.9%

wellsnb, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bit too light and clean for an Imperial Amber but the head was a majestic cap of densely thick foam.

The nose is rather fruity with a deep backdrop of malt. I caught aromas of grapefruit, oranges and tangerines with a hint of bitter pine.

The flavor is fruity as well as the tangerines seem more dominate. The orange and grapefruit comes next but the malt backbone is more solid through the flavor. It ends with just a bit of hop bitterness.

This drinks very well, smooth, clean and substantial.

I love Lagunitas and this just reinforces that love!

KYGunner, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DeutschesBier, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of BeErGoD7407
4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeErGoD7407, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear deep amber with copper highlights and a frothy cream head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam.

Dank cannabis, resin, grapefruit, pine, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. There's a hint of caramel malt sweetness underneath the barrage of hops.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of grapefruit, which fade to bready, toasted, slightly sweet caramel and fruity specialty malt that leads to a lightly bitter, resiny finish. Notes of pine and grass add complexity, but the grapefruit dominates the hop character.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Decent balance of hop and malt presence. The hop character is somewhat complex, and the malt is a welcome counterpoint. Not overly bitter. Very tasty! Could possibly use a touch more specialty malt for the style.

barczar, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

blackmathdavey, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

sunofneurot, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

EConnOG, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev -2.9%

peabody, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/7/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine. pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial red ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JakerLou, Aug 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Therealfootball, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BCPope, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerGreg, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Austin_Cohen, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

dwtyler, Aug 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

nickrossello, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. There are about two fingers worth of off-white colored head, featuring a bubbly density that lasts a long time in the glass. The head seemingly sticks to the glass, creating almost a wall of lacing on its sides.

S: Compared to the last Lagunitas offering I had (Little Sumpin' Extra), this has less in the way of citrus and more in the way of pine, weed, and general dankness. Make no mistake, though, it smells exactly like I'd expect a beer from these guys would. Some caramel-laden malts poke through, thankfully staying in the background. It's even a bit savory at times.

T: It starts off with plenty of piny, dank flavors, without much of any flowery bitterness to finish it off. Rather, it's finished off with a sweet-yet-toasty malt backbone. Bitterness increases slightly after a few sips, but it's not what I'd call complex. Even if this isn't my favorite style, it's still a solid beer.

M: This definitely isn't some bone-dry IPA - the caramel malts give it a healthy sweetness which lingers throughout. In fact, the texture is even soft. Carbonation seems rather low, making it seem somewhat syrupy at times. It goes down nicely, it just doesn't go down very easily.

O: While it doesn't thrill me the way other hoppy Lagunitas beers do, that's more to do with big amber/red ales not really appealing to me instead of this not being a good beer. It definitely is good. Sure I'd rather drink Sucks, but this redhead would never be thrown out of bed for dropping a slice of pizza cheese-down on the duvet.

3.55/5: Definitely one of the better red ales on the market

ThisWangsChung, Jul 31, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dug this one. The pour was dark red with a nice white head. The smell was a bit subdued but I was able to pick up on citrus and floral notes from the hops as well as a lot of sweet scents from the malt. The taste was great with a little burst of hops in the beginning and then a long smooth toasty flavor from the malt. Very tasty. I also liked the mouthfeel, a bit heavier than your average red but not overly thick. Would definitely recommend.

WhiteHillsStore, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body itself is a pure red-amber color with medium bubbles to the body. White head that rose to maybe 1/2" off the body with the initial pour.

Smell: Light hops, honestly it best it smells your an above average pilsener. Not bad, but no where near greatness.

Taste: A little bitter but still smooth, has a slight sour feel to it that resembles citrus with a gulp-full of hops. Malts galore, but like I said...smooth.

Mouth: Medium bodied and slightly sticky. Has like a toasted feel to it, bit chewy.

Overall: Pretty good brew, honestly I have to put Lagunita's in my top three overall breweries. First time I have had this and not the last. Craving something to cool you off this summer, this might have been the best 5 bucks I spent. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jul 31, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,018 ratings.