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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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1,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 166
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: ruby brown ale, faintly hazed, with a couple of fingers of pale foam that left some small lacing down the glass

S: warming bready malts under resinous pine and citric hop aromas

T: warm brown bread and biscuit, slightly sweet; muted fruitiness; grapefruit and orange citrus elements as well as piney wood

M: medium-weight, enough chew that you're not likely to down it, but not so much that you couldn't if you wanted to; moderate carbonation

O: a nice take on the red/amber ale, IPA-like hops, but the malts give it a heartier, rustic character. Solid.

Greywulfken, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours orange and clear with only a few bubbles wafting toward the top to meet a creamy head of off off white foam that fell slowly and left lace. The nose is pink grapefruit with it's sweet little backing, earthy pine, some fresh orange and a biscuit like malt that promises a bit of sugar. Taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is pristine. A touch of weight from that malt and then airy lightness but smooth. Good carbonation that goes largely unnoticed. The beer is a touch sticky and lip smackingly so with a bit of resin that coats the tongue and lets a bit of the grapefruit pith and the earthy pine come through just a bit more before the creamy smooth malt rolls through to the finish. Finishes with a slight bitter that is a lovely accent to all the fruitiness of this beer.

utopiajane, Aug 13, 2014
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
Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev -3.1%

TrojanRB, Today at 03:56 AM
Photo of Cook82
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Cook82, Today at 01:04 AM
Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Jack_Frost79, Yesterday at 09:22 PM
Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

jaydoc, Yesterday at 05:26 AM
Photo of jroberts8811
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jroberts8811, Yesterday at 01:13 AM
Photo of kevintaraross
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kevintaraross, Sunday at 11:36 PM
Photo of FoundingFather1
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hops forward. Slightly sweet.

FoundingFather1, Sunday at 10:34 PM
Photo of sjones5045
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

sjones5045, Sunday at 08:55 PM
Photo of DudMan
4.5/5  rDev +9%

DudMan, Sunday at 07:38 PM
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Very deep mahogany colored body. A foamy light cream colored head stays thick for awhile, and lacing is thick and sudsy on the glass.

Aroma: Faintly fruity sweet with some cedar and pine aromas from hops.

Taste: So well balanced and blended with pear sweetness, woody, earthy cedar, and a touch of grapefruit rind bitterness in the hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, yet creamy and smooth.

Overall: Really delicious to sip on. Very impressed with the sweetness that comes through.

JuicesFlowing, Sunday at 07:09 PM
Photo of mlefebvre7
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mlefebvre7, Sunday at 06:21 AM
Photo of BigJim5021
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

BigJim5021, Sunday at 06:09 AM
Photo of OsoRojo
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

OsoRojo, Sunday at 05:34 AM
Photo of KShophead
4.5/5  rDev +9%

KShophead, Sunday at 05:32 AM
Photo of cody4prez
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%

cody4prez, Sunday at 01:56 AM
Photo of Apellonious
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a cloudy mohoagany head with brown highlights. One finger head that dissapates into a creamy lace.

S - Delicious. Orange/citrus. Biscuits.

T - Hops in the nose and bready malts. A Little Sumpin Sumpin with some dark fruit, and bready grains, and classic amber.

M- Carbonation is slightly on the low side with a creamy mouthfeel.

O- As far as ambers go, this is one of the best. Nice twist mixing the citrus with the classic amber flavor.

Apellonious, Sunday at 01:43 AM
Photo of Jensinho78
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%

Jensinho78, Saturday at 11:01 PM
Photo of KTCamm
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, Saturday at 10:14 PM
Photo of Cohasset
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Cohasset, Saturday at 12:28 PM
Photo of Itis142
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Itis142, Saturday at 06:15 AM
Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev -3.1%

slavall, Saturday at 04:49 AM
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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