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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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2,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,178
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 202
Gots: 269 | 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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Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Appearance: deep blood red almost brownish. one and a half fingers of a whitish head that fades slowly and leaves a pretty strong lacing. has a brightness to it but still a little bit hazy. 4.25/5

Smell: super strong and sweet caramel, darker caramel malts that hint at dark fruits. lots of bitter hoppiness coming through with resin, pine and citrus. some additional candy sweetness. 3.75/5

Taste: opens with a mix of dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar. the initial sweetness is quickly muted by a good dash of hop bitterness. hops include resin, pine and some citrus. Not quite as good as the smell due to the lack of balance. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. good bitterness but does not linger. almost not enough bitterness for all the sweet in this beer. 3.5/5

Overall: not quite the level I expect from Lagunitas and certainly not in the same ballpark as their other imperial red they release in bombers.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I should have known to expect this from Lagunitas, but this thing was much hoppier than I was anticipating. It poured up a clean, medium dark red colour with a fairly large two and half finger slightly off-white head. Thick, glue-like froth heavily coated the sides of my glass. Smell, to me, is grapefruit rind oil and not much else. If you're in the mood for hops, but don't really want to go the route of your standard American IPA, this'll fix ya' right up. Taste, too, seemed to be very assertive hops with little else to accompany it. This is good beer, for sure, but alas, yet *another* over-the-top hop bomb. Still glad I was able to try it.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Imperial Red. Purchased at Boo's in Columbus Ga.
Poured into a Spiegelau Pint. Slightly cooler than room temp.
appearance - Deep brownish red with a substantial head.
smell - Citrus and lots o hops.
taste - Nice and tasty balance of hops and malt.
Medium mouthfeel.
Another fine Lagunitas

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois 16 oz glass, bottled on 25th day of 12. Pours a clear bright red, with a 2 inch fluffy white head, lots of lacing. Smell is tangerine, carmel, pine, and grass. Taste is all of those things, with grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, easy drinking, and lush not dry. This is a very nice hoppy red ale.

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a fully translucent perfect amber color with 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves a small amount of spotty lacing 4.5

S: Citrusy hops in the form of grapefuit, orange and lemon zest, some caramel malts and piney hop bitterness.  Really nice.

T: A firm malt backbone balanced by piney hop bitterness, grassy floral notes, and a bit of spice, solid.

M/D: Medium bodied, on the heavy side of moderate carbonation, with a decent drying finish.  ABV is hidden well.  Decent drinkability

O: Overall, very nice.  I grabbed this beer without huge expectations, but it was a really pleasant surprise. Seems like I find myself saying that about lagunitas offerings a lot.  Maybe I should stop being so surprised.  Certainly one of the better imperial reds I've had, I think I may even like it more than nugget nectar. Definitely worth a try.  

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into my Sam Adams turbulator.

Pours a trasparent copperish red in color. A nice fluffy 2 finger off white head that slowly falls to t hin cap of retention.

Aroma is quite sweet with a malty hoppy union. Hops due sing out with pine and touches of orange peel.

Sweet and hoppy up front with a nice creamy dose of carbonation zing. A touch of cereal grains, but mostly a malty sweet flavor with sweet pungeant hops. Becooming more and more bitter as the hops take things off auto pilot and into hop warp speed.
Alcahol warming into and through the swallow, but hops push this outta the way and dominate after swallowing.

This is much beeter from the bottle. I must have gotten a wall pour at the bar when I had this on release night. There was hardly any head and it was served far too cold.
I like being able to control my own pour and serving temp.

Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ruddy copper colour with a perfect creamy two finger head formed after a quick pour. Receding starts quickly, but lacing sticks all around.

Smell is dominated by citrus hops. Sharp grapefruit and lime aroma. Underneath is a little bit of sugary sweetness and baked bread. Keeps you coming back for another smell.

Some caramel is first to touch the tongue. Sweet cherries flash in the middle. Finish with a hoppy citrus burst and pine resin. Quite good. Only drawback is the sweetness seems a little artificial in some mouthfulls, but that is a minor complaint.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel, with a restrained carbonation. Does a good job of smoothly carrying the flavour.

Best I've had so far from Lagunitas. I like it much more than I expected.

Photo of geexploitation
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one lives up to its name. Pours a deep red, rusty brown with a thick, two-fingered head that leaves lacing on the glass. The nose is quite fragrant, with piney hop aromas and earthy hop aromas intermingling. It's quite a big hop nose -- what you'd expect from an imperial red from Cali. Tastewise this one starts off with bitter hops. The hops are briefly interrupted by sweeter malt notes before the hops come back in the finish. The flavors and body of the beer are very full and well-rounded. This is a very well rounded beer; its only drawback is drinkability, which is diminished by its weight in the stomach, which is pretty substantial. That fact makes it a beer that wouldn't be "sessionable".

Photo of Ri0
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%

poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Very dark amber, with a 2 finger sandy head. Very nice retention, but minimal lacing.

S - Juicy, sweet malts and bitter hops. Really great aroma.

T - This is the perfect tasting beer for me; my palate goes crazy when it hits. The tropical, bitter hops compliment the sweet amber malts to perfection. It's hard not to drink quickly.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. It is refreshing, malty and bitter all at once.

O - This is like the west coast version of Nugget Nectar and I will be purchasing more bottles.

Photo of JackieTH
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottling. Pours a clear ruby red with a cap of khaki foam that recedes quickly but leaves excellent lacing. Smell is handfuls of grapefruit and tropical paradise..mangos, papaya, pineapple. Taste is exactly pleasantly bitter, again, there are grapefruit citrus elements, also mango, papaya, maybe even a bit of star fruit, it's juicy, delicious. Well crafted body holds together well with ample carbonation. Finish is clean, refreshing, luscious, and dry - not cloying. Very, very good. More please. I will be seeking this one out by the case.

I don't get the category this is in. In my opinion this tastes like a world class IPA or DIPA.

Photo of therica
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= red-mahogany, yellow-white modest foamy head, lots of lacing.

S= oh my gosh this stuff is heavenly. Nice florals, amazing toasted caramel and slightly grassy dry malts forever.

T= bountiful flavor, nicely balanced between hops bitters, carbonation, candy, roasted malts.

M= intricate blend of hops bitters, candy, toasted malts lingering for some time, quite enjoyable to savor.

D= amazing, possibly even a great "starter beer for the uninitiated," should go great with most red-meat meals especially a juicy burger and fries.

Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Walkerjgt
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,178 ratings.