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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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1,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,622
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 162
Gots: 123 | 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 RobinLee
4/5  rDev -3.1%

RobinLee, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of beergod1
4.13/5  rDev 0%

Pours a Deep/clear amber with a pretty good white head that retains well and leaves good lace. nose is a pretty big combo of grapefruit/citrus American hops, and sweet, caramel malts. Body is med/full, creamy but but a lasting hop finish. Mildly sweet malts, caramel, gentle graininess. Hops work well with the roasted malt.
Unbelievable Tasting beer, You can tell it's a Red Ale, but the flavors are all straight forward, so you can also tell it's an Imperial.

beergod1, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Neffbeer, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Rau71
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rau71, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Slynger
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

This laguni pours a deep, clear, rubied amber beneath a cap of finely creamy light tan.

Sweet darkish fruit aromas from malts and yeast accompany grapefruity, orange, pineapple, and piney hops.

Great flavor. Slightly sweet, bready, toasted, bittersweet toffee malts with lots of grapefruit, and pineapple fruitiness and fresh piney hops. Medium-full bodied and slinky, lightly melted buttery, smooth with a lightly full and creamy carbonation.

Really tasty stuff here. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

Slynger, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

gshak, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -3.1%

sunofneurot, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of BigCheese
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle, not date, dude at store said it just came in so hopefully its pretty fresh.

A: Pours a clear copper/red rust. Starts with a moderate off white head that dies down relatively quickly. Minimal lacing. A bit disappointing.

S: Whoa! Different. A very herbal/floral/salty hoppyness in scent. Some spice in there too, not sure what but a red spice. Very unique and pungent.

T: Some citrus/grapefruit hops, backbone of buttered toast, hints of maple/oak/honey malts, some light tobacco spiceyness. Also some piney floral hops towards end. Strong flavors. Lingers a bit dry on palate.

M: Carbonation a bit low. Not creamy, but has a syrupy/oilness to it. Coats the mouth. Not a session beer. Based on power of flavors (not booziness) tastes like it could be ~8.5%

O: An interesting beer. The smell is pretty insane, I enjoyed the taste, could be better though. Definitely something everyone should try and for the price its a great deal. Wont actively seek this beer out again but would love to be offered one again.

BigCheese, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev -3.1%

NumberNone, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

elec, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

A: Beautiful color, dark brown and red, but the head sure ran away fast. Just some big bubbly lace. As a red, this is a boo, but as an imperial, I can sort of let it slide. Coloring is clean and dark.

S: Extremely hoppy, mostly of the American West Coast varietals. Maybe a slight malty base, but based on the color, I would expect more.

T: Hmm, rather hoppy, but not a clean hop like the nose, but a mixed varietal. Much more malt, though it is roasted and toasted and not at all sweet. A very complex malt that is rather thin but powerful, balanced with a constant onslaught of hops.

M: Creamy for a red, but light for a imperial/strong ale, but the right balance of carbonation for both.

D: I wanted more malt from a red, not so much hops. It's a good compromise in general, but for the style, too hoppy.

mdwalsh, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev -3.1%

dtx00, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of berley31
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Poured an awesome dark amber color, with a slightly hazy body. The head is small, but the beer leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: Wow, there's a lot going on here. Malt is definitely present with hints of caramel, but the hops win out here. Heavily hopped with citrus (mainly lemon) coming out.

T: You can always count on Lagunitas to make some interesting beers. They don't disappoint here. Sweetness from the malts (again with the caramel) with some fruitiness as well. Finishes light-moderately bitter, but not quite as hoppy as you'd expect from the aroma. Can hardly detect any alcohol at all. Average duration... very, very nice.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This is truly a great beer; not one you could drink all evening, but an awesome example of a style that's hard to put your finger on, and great for sipping.

berley31, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev +9%

jakecattleco, May 31, 2013
Photo of Furley80
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Furley80, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of confer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours amber with red tints. Small head made of bigger soapy bubbles fades quickly. Crystal clear.
Nice blend of pine and sweet citrus in the aroma.
At different temperatures the flavor changes. First opened and fridge temp the bitter hops are prevalent. As is warms the citrus flavor as well as a caramel malt dominate.
The feel is on the thick side. Low carbonation and a bit oily.
Overall another winner from Lagunitas. They do it right and for a decent price.

confer, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

A reddish,amber with a nice sized head and lace.
I thought the aroma was sweet,full of malts with some fruit and hops.
The taste followed the nose as it was sweet and had a good amount of hops. Caramel notes and malts.
It felt medium in body and carbonation. Smooth as can be and just a touch of alcohol in the finish. Some mild bitterness but very well balanced overall.

Notes: It was a pleasure to have and next time I will have a few more.This had a nice ABV and still felt easy to drink.

Lexluthor33, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured ½ of a bottle into a snifter. Formed a single finger sandy colored head. Quick dissipation with no lacing. The body is a hazy amber-brown color with ruby hues.

The nose has caramel and hops up front. These sit on a backbone of sweet malt.

The taste is not as sweet as the nose would suggest...in fact, it is not sweet at all! Hops hit you right away and they linger throughout the drink...all the way through the aftertaste. Some of the malt characters and caramel flavor comes out in the middle. This gets more pronounced as the brew warms.

Medium mouth feel, slightly oily with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable for sure, but not as complex as the other Lagunitas offerings I have consumed.

mgbickel, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Imperial Reds/Amber/etc are becoming all the rage, and i'm all for it.

Brick colored with orange highlights. Fairly thin head until my final pour, which i let gravity take over and got a fingers worth of sticky tan head.

Bright citrus hops. Some pine notes in the aroma.

Yummy hops in the taste right away. The pine comes out strong, a cedar or redwood type of aroma. Alcohol is barely present, hidden nicely, but the warming is felt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body. It has a decent puckering bitterness that I enjoy.

Aftertaste is a biting bitterness and a tad resin coating.

Overall a great brew, I look forward to getting a 6pack. One bottle isn't enough!

SurlyDuff, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Much darker than expected, deep burgundy and about as dark as a brown ale or even porter; craggy dense off-white head

Sharp citrus hops and toffee

Taste & Body
Thick sweet malts dominate until they are cut with a sharp hop bite; notes of cinnamon and orange; malts are more toffee-like than bready/doughy; a bit astringent with sharp hops and burnt sugar-like malts

Really a big beer. Gotta be in the mood for a sipper.

JEdmund, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

This beer looks red, as it should, with a creamy foamy head floating on top. I love red ales for the balance, and this beer is no exception. Great malt profile, sweet and candy coated, along with some spicyness. Great hop profile, lots of sprucy juicy character and some Cascades I would guess. Some Lagunitas beers I've noticed have an odd almost grainy mouthfeel. This one has it, but it's not as pronounced as I remember is some others. Not a big deal really but I thought I'd mention it. All in all this is a great beer and very well balanced.

twelvsies, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of jucifer1818
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

jucifer1818, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

a: pours a dark ruby red color with orangish hues around te edge of the glass, an aggresive pour prodices about a quarter inch of head that dissapears relatively quickly leaving a good amount of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass that leaves notches as i continue to sip away.
s: strong citrusy and piny hop bitterness aroma very inviting mainly hops with little malt
t: strong bitter citrus piny hop flavor followed by sweet malts
m: medium bodied brew with little carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this and will get it again

happygnome, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Lagunitas Imperial Red

Appearance: light nut brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: fruity hops and a very light grain.

Taste: whole hop, nice malts, and a light citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is nice brew. The hops are up front and immediately followed by nice warm malts. The hops give off a whole cone flavor, while being very balanced in itself. The hops were added in the right amounts at the right times.

megahurts4, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

archero, Aug 28, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.