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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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1,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 164
Gots: 124 | 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 Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Jamison85, Today at 06:06 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Booner818, Today at 05:58 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Zetcha7x, Today at 02:52 AM
Photo of mj81
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mj81, Today at 02:09 AM
Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

pstam87, Today at 12:46 AM
Photo of Nugganooch
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

22oz bomber split in two standard pint glasses
Notes taken on 08/16/2014

A: Pours a beautiful auburn color body. A true amber that perfectly blends together red and brown tint. Nice clarity to it as well with a thick spongy mass of dark tan head. Stubborn as all get out this one hangs forever leaving the glass a sticky mess full of lacey webs.

S: Super fresh hop aromas carry a resinous punch of pine oils paired with some dank herbal elements, melon fruit, and a bit of tropical spice. I get a fistful of biscuit malt secondary to the hops with some raisin like fruity esters and light alcohol about. This smells ridiculously fresh and chalked full of pungent hops which I am loving!

T: Danky fresh nuggs! This brew boasts a big hop presence with flavors of sappy pine, tropical flowers, grapefruit, and spicy melon all the while cutting through the malt sweetness with an upper level of perceived bitterness. Light toffee and malt biscuit pairs with notes of dried fruit and cocoa in the background. Finish is dry and resinous with the alcohol kept in a good manageable condition. Feeling it with this one. Doing the happy dance.

M: Moderate filling body with ample carbonation to provide a nice bouncy feel on the palate. Upper amounts of hoppy bitters that linger long after the finish. Dry and crisp in the end.

D: This is a solid American Amber and well worth checking out for the price. Great hop flavor with a nice resinous bitter bite and plenty of malt to balance. Lagunitas kills it when I need my hop fix on a budget. This Imperial Red is far better than others priced at twice as much sitting on the shelves. Will be another go to for me no doubt.

Nugganooch, Today at 12:25 AM
Photo of Bear1964
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Bear1964, Today at 09:28 PM
Photo of Ryan82
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Ryan82, Today at 08:06 PM
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

JVan, Today at 01:13 PM
Photo of The_Bob
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

The_Bob, Yesterday at 02:08 AM
Photo of Dwreck
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Dwreck, Wednesday at 05:41 AM
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Glad to see this big brute reach Alberta (non)shores. Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown-bronze color with a light stippling of light brown foam. Huge citrus hop nose as expected, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, along with some tropical pineapple and mango, pine needles, black tea bag, caramels. Taste is initially huge huge citrus bloom, followed by a bready/toffee middle section, and ending with some tropical fruit leather and strongly tannic tea bag. Pretty pungent and powerful but not completely overbearing. Little alcohol flavor. Fresh orange juice, brown spices, and raisins winking through. Quite fizzy and this potentiates the spicy resin effect on the tongue. I like that this stays more anchored in toffee/citrus/tea territory as opposed to the tropical realm, although the latter is certainly there. There is considerable sweetness here ... Even the head tastes sweet (said your mom). The aggressive hop regime keeps this in check, however, and the finish is decidedly tannic and bitter with a lingering fruitiness. Wonderful.

CalgaryFMC, Wednesday at 01:12 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Fettpopps, Wednesday at 01:03 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Skillz, Wednesday at 12:55 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

frankb34, Tuesday at 04:13 AM
Photo of hoppy91
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

hoppy91, Tuesday at 02:31 AM
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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.