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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,814 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 173
Gots: 162 | 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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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
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 splash of booze

Feel is moderate / heavy body, moderate bitterness. Alcohol is concealed alright, it's not hard to drink

Overall solid red, good for the price

lordofstarside, Sep 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%

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Photo of Kuaff
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one's reputation precedes it. And finally, I can experience it. At cellarish temperature. In my IPG (imperial pint glass).

Guess what? It's red. It also has a large, two~three finger light-beige head. Looks very good.

SMELLS very good. It's a typically hoppy, dank, piney, and citrusy Lagunitas scent, but, similar to Hairy Eyeball (which I adore), there is also a dimension of sweet, berry-like maltiness. Kinda like grapefruit mixed with cranberries and honey. QUITE nice to sniff.

The flavor follows suit. Vibrant (mainly citrus) fruitiness, dank and piney hops, and a honey or brown sugar thing going on. AND some real nice toast and nuttiness in the finish. Everything melds... and tastes harmoniously good.

I'm especially fond of the feel, which is admirably full. It lends support to the structure of the extensive flavor profile. Or to rephrase: it allows the flavors to stick around, unpack their complexities and make themselves comfortable on my palate.

As expected, another Lagunitas ale that rules. And this one can not only appease a hops-craving, but also placate a hankering for malts to an extent.

Kuaff, Saturday at 07:15 AM
Photo of Josh_951
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Josh_951, Saturday at 06:30 AM
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.