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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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1,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,824
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jharris0624, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Radome
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0- Beautiful dark red color. Very clear. Head initially thick and off-white; made up of large bubbles. A layer of large bubbles remains to the end and coats the sides of the glass on the way down.

Aroma - 3.5 - Fairly one-sided aroma, dominated by American hops (Chinook?). Malt is just a tiny hint in the background.

Flavor - 4.0 - Lots of big, bold flavors. Somewhat balanced between the strong hops bitterness, hops flavor and malt, but the malt seems to play second fiddle. Some alcohol burn .

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - Moderate body along with moderate carbonation. Mouth-coating and sticky, but seems appropriate for a large beer like this.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - A satisfying, easy-drinking strong beer. I would prefer some more emphasis on the malt, but hop-heads will rejoice in this one.

Radome, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Mikexw, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark reddish copper with a one finger beige head that held well and settled to just covering the beer and a fair amount of spotty lace. strong aromas of hops, alcohol, pine, hints of caramel and roasted malt. its all about the hops lightly sweet up front with a bready malt then bang hops take over finishing with a bitter after taste. too hoppy for my taste.

billybob, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear, copper/red color with a slightly thin white head.

Smells hoppy with some sweet fruit, maybe even apple.

Taste is complex. Bitter, rust flavor without the fruity taste from the smell.

Great full mouthfeel that carbonates when it hits your mouth.

Alcohol is very present, and taste doesn't do too much for me, but he feel and smell alone make this a very good beer. Classic Lagunitas character.

aubuc1, Jul 13, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby-amber-brown with a small off-white, light tan head that doesn't last long but leaves behind a nice amount of cling on the glass.

Very fruity and floral in the nose with a wonderful citrus nature.

Body is medium, with a bright palate of citrus fruits, with grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot flavors dominating. A slight hint of malty sweetness peeks through as the beer warms up a little, and the finish is somewhat bitter-sweet and medium in length.

Drinkability is hindered by alcohol content, but this is one delicious beer that leaves you screaming for another despite it. Distinct in character compared with my most recent Imperial Red, Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, but brilliant in its own right and massively delicious.

superdedooperboy, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a really nice nose of citrusy hops and doughy malt with just a touch of alcohol. It's got west coast written all over it.

Bready malts carry throughout the taste with cherry and orangey hops fading in and out, leading to a balanced finish with the hops just taking the edge.

This is s rich, well-crafted beer that doesn't lack character, as most Lagunitas brews are.

brownbeer, Jan 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

sunofneurot, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Brushkanna, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of loren01
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from 22oz bomber an amber color with 2 finger width head. Lots and lots of lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is sweet/malty at first
T: Lots of piney flavor. Bitter aftertaste, however not overwhealmingly so.
M: Medium bodied, slighly dry
D: Pretty good red. Slighly on the heavy side, does not go down as easily as some. Nevertheless good tasting beer.

loren01, Jun 22, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

dgeebs07, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle picked up from who knows where

A - A deep amber, with a finger of head, and nice sticky lace all over the top of the beer. Light sediment floating around.

S - Sweet molasses and fruity, lots of hops

T - Huge malt up front, and a huge hoppy kick at the end. So well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O - An excellent imperial red. Such an amazing beer to find in a 6 pack for a reasonable price. I will be looking to buy it again soon!

BeerDawgs, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Googs, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

AndyEdgar, Jul 26, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear, reddish dark amber with light amber feet. Off white little head that has pretty poor retention but leaves nice lace and keeps a thin layer of foam. Smell is predominantly hoppy with a nice caramel and bread malty scent that compliments the hops really really well. The taste is just like what the nose told me it was going to be. What is really impressive is that the flavors blend flawlessly, creating one flavor. Nice. Medium body with great tasting water. Pleasure. I don't know about imperial, but this is really a nice beer. Not overboard, and not quite as good as my favorite - Red Rocket - but a fantastic beer nonetheless.

timtim, Oct 26, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this At Cloverleaf when the Lagunita's rep was there.

A: Pours a deep red body color with a thick white head with decent retention. About halfway through the beer, slows to a nice lacing with solid lacing on the glass through the finish.

S: A fairly hoppy, bitter, earthy smell.

T: A smooth, crisp grapefruit taste with a hoppy aftertaste that sticks to the back of your throat. Hops do well to balance the malt taste.

M: Full-bodied and very smooth.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Great, well-balanced taste with a very smoothe mouthfeel. Definitely an excellent beer.

maddogruss, Jan 04, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ltdantheman, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

assman79, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber red in color and pours a massive, frothy head.

Slight caramel, spicy hops, some pepper and a faint malt waft.

Flavors of the hop spice is instant, sweet caramelly malts, and a hop finish.

Hop bitterness all the way through, faint caramel malt backbone.

Overall, not my favorite from 'nitas, but I'd drink it again if offered.

larryarms847, Jul 20, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

AMCimpi, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nage37, Jul 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

MrDave, Aug 26, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.