Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 2,274
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 16.55%
Wants: 240
Gots: 323 | FT: 2
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 elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a warming amber-red with a sticky piney aroma. There’s a piney hop presence, with a touch of caramel stickiness on the finish.

It’s all right by me.

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Photo of rangerred
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear red with a one finger thick off-white head. Very good lacing and head retention.

Very malty aroma with some spicy pine and earthy notes. Almost seems like there is a touch of rye in there.

They malty pine carries over into the flavor. Wonderful balance between malt and hops with touches if rye and roasted malt. Bitterness is on the high side but it works well here.

Overall, this is what a red ale should be. This beer hits all the marks.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - good head with a reddish brown color
Smell - piney sweet hop smell
Taste - taste like it smells but much stronger.
Feel - slightly creamy but also with a big bite and quite a bit carbonation.
Overall - fantastic strong imperial red!

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper red colour with a white head that mostly dissipates and leaves a little lacing but not much.

Nose has piney hops and malt and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste follows nose. Bitter hops at the front with a sweet finish.

Excellent beer!

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is beautiful kind of a dark copper and I love the roasted malt not a lot of hops which was fine . Not as good as there old lucky 13 and if you had lucky 13 then you know what I mean lol

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Photo of fps_dean
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-orange color with moderate head that never fully dissipates.

The smell is rather mild, but pleasant. Some hops and sweeter malts are noticeable.

Tastes very much like it smells, but with a feint touch of alcohol. Definitely tastes like a red ale.

The body and carbonation on this is on the lighter side and it certainly goes down the smoothest I've had from Lagunitas. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a very solid red ale overall, and something I will definitely pick up again.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though I'm drinking it from the only glass available - a hotel room highball - I'll do my best.

Amber orange, with a hearty, pocked, white-tan head.

Bright, fresh tangerines are most apparent, giving a lively hops aroma.

Big citrus, some pine, very light malts and low bitterness.

Low carbonation, so it doesn't heighten the profile of the hops much.

A really nice red - big hops, but relatively subdued because of the carbonation level.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle pour

Clear reddish orange body and a big fluffy off white head.

Hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus fruit.

Nice bitter bite and pine overlaying some grapefruit.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 2 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: hoppy - pine, floral, a little tropical fruit;

T: well balanced; earthy, piney hops, toffee, fruit cake, malt sweetness; low bitterness;

M: medium bodied; coats your mouth; moderate carbonation;

O: smooth;

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, rust-red appearance, bubble streams, lots of white, cottony sediment, and some lace curtain left behind. The aroma is of pink grapefruit, medium-roasted malts, and bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with sweetness and a touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale finishes semi-dry and quite refreshing. No alcohol pick-up in the flavor.


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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date I could find on the bottle.

APPEARANCE: pours a deep and clear amber color with 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thin broken layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: the smell of pepper dominates, some pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, liquid pepper and some pine, the taste really lingered, the 7.8% alcohol is perceptible.

PALATE: this is a full bodied beer with slightly below average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good but not terribly complex beer, a little too boozy for my liking, I would probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not as malty as expected in a red, but that is why the imperial comes in. I was actually hoping for more maltiness, but enjoyed this beer. The color and head are wonderful with a wonderful IPA smell. The finish is smoother than most imp IPAs.

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Photo of ricke49
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

great balance of hop, malt, and alcohol (never too much of either) to produce a easy drinking stronger brew. label sez it's an "exhumation" of their very first ale. hitting that perfect balance may have something to do with this solid brewery's consistent standing and respect. thanks for a real enjoyable, well-crafted bomber!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Arooga's on 22. Served chilled in a pint.

The color is dark copper with hazed appearance and thin cream head with fine bead lace sticks well. The smell is mostly hops with a strong pine odor and light citrus scent with mild aroma of herbs and alcohol. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and slight sweetness with medium carbonation and mild alcohol influence with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with a bitter pine hop flavor with slight grapefruit accent and mild tangy yeast with subtle tangerine and a light caramel from the malt in the taste. Overall I really enjoyed this it has plenty of hops with noticeable alcohol, but not out of the ordinary for the strength. I would drink this again -very good example of the style.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, citrus, grapefruit, oranges

T: very sweet up front, heavy citrus fruit flavors, mango, orange

M: full, thick, sticky

O: sweet and hop forward

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Photo of anthony-martinez
4/5  rDev -2.7%

i got this 22 oz bomber yesterday and i pour the brew into tulip glassware...thick 2 fingers foam stay atop for 30 to 40 seconds. while the aromas relieve sweet fruity. i tasted it and it tasted really good -hazy red amber bodied with sweet note on the end great beer for amber ale.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - blood orange, swirling carbonation bubbles that builds a fluffy, off white head. Lacing is thick along the back of the glass!
Smell - a bit of sweet and spicy hops blended with candy malts.
Taste - floral and earthy hops, along with some sweet Hawaiian bread.
Feel- mild, creamy mouthfeel; nice hop bitterness, but a sturdy malt backbone balances this out tremendously!
Overall - well built red ale that should please hop fans...I sure enjoyed it!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bomber, this red ale pours a thick copper red color with a firm off white head and solid lacing. Nose of biscuit, sweet malts, as well as citrus and pine hops. Flavors follow the taste with grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and biscuit like malts, and a bittering hops in the background. A decent imperial red, although more of a red ipa.

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Photo of brurevu
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

The beer poured a deep copper mahogany color with a substantial off white head. The aroma was of a piney and citrusy hop with a bit of toffee malt underneath. The taste followed with an initial sweet malt that quickly jumped into a mega hop dose of slight resinous pine and more citrus and tropical fruit bitterness. It leaves a burnt toffee and hop bitterness on your tongue between pulls and even has hints of floral hops as the flavor lingers. This Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas has me back on the red ale fence.

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Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured in pint glass. Beer is red amber, as promised, with a thick, orange-ish head. Big, piney C-hop aroma. Could be an imperial IPA if the color didn't push into into the red ale category. Flavorwise, too, this is hop-forward, full of left coast sensibilities. Finish is pretty dry, and light. For what an imperial amber could have been, this is not too malty or syrupy. There is a little nuance of residual sweetness, but it works quite nicely here. Overall this is a well balanced West coast Red Ale and well worth enjoying.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Lagunitas that I'd have another of.

Deep caramel notes in the nose with almost none on the tongue. A slight toffee sweetness giving way to a big spicy, citrusy hop tang.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brownish red with a one-finger off-white head. The head leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of citrus, piney hops, and sweet bready malts.

T - Folows the aroma fairly close. Lots of citrus and piney hops are balanced by sweet caramel malts. The finish is pine hops and grapefruit.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - A very above average red ale. Smooth and very well balanced.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance (4.5): Clear dark red color, almost brown with a creamy off white head

Smell (4.25): Pine and citrus hops along with bready and caramel malts

Taste (4.5): That bready, caramel malt hits you upfront then comes the citrusy and pine hops that linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium body; Silky smooth yet coats the mouth with slight bitterness

Overall (4.5): This is a textbook red ale if I've ever had one, bordering on perfection in my opinion. The flavors and the way they are balanced is superb. This and Nugget Nectar stand out above all the other red ales that ive experienced. Another amazing beer for the price. Probably towards the top of my favorite Lagunitas beers.

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Photo of Saison_Tickets
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Good stuff. Like the other reviewers say, healthy, full, rustic, still got the grapefruit, strawberry, other fruity and slightly tart notes. And 6.8% is sort of perfect ABV.

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.