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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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2,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 197
Gots: 255 | 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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005

54.2 IBU
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of somestranger
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer well chilled and poured from a bottle into a shaker glass.

A: Crystal clear with a copper/rust brownish color and a thick foamy head that stays for long. Giving the glass a twirl shows lots of carbonation bubbles underneath the foam head.

S: The smell is very sweet and hoppy getting that nectar like tone telling you that there probably are loooads of hops in here.

T: Just as the smell does tell you, there are loooads of hops in here, yet balanced. The hops are doing a good work and leaves you with a bitter after taste that has that alcoholic-warming feel.

M: The loads of hops gives you a smooth silky feel that turns a little bitter at the end. The carbonation spotted are overwhelmed by the hops and does not kick in as you would expect.

O: This is an imperial (and pretty red) hop bomb. Well balanced smell and taste, giving you a nectar like experience with a little alcoholic warming effect.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of tijuas
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas has never let me down, this beer was no exception.
first of all let me praise the artist they have because even the word red looks great in this bottle. Opened the beer pored into glass and was amazed with its strong red color. Head was about inch high,but did not stay for a wile. Smell was great with the classic laguntitas hop, hints of citrus pine and herbs. Mouthfeel was a little bit harder than smooth. Taste was great with hints of toasted malts and the classic lagunitas bitternes feel. Overall had a great experience and will get beer anytime i see it on a shelf.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear copper, with red hues in the light. A big khaki head leaves spotty thick lacing, and clings forever.

Smells of a pine forest, and caramel rich warms malts.

Tastes very similar with lightly toasted malts, and a piny hop finish.

Feels almost smooth, but has a bubbly bit on the finish. Medium-light body with high carbonation, which evens out as it sits.

One of my favorite styles, but not as smooth as it could be, flavor is above average, but I am always looking for something a bit more.


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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of nimrod979
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from my brother. Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber hue wih nice clarity. A one finger beige head. Leaves a ring of rentention. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops. Caramel malts.

Taste: Citrusy, somewhat sweet hops. A little bit of piney bitterness. Excellent balance with smooth caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering hoppy yet balanced finish. The malts and hops just blend seamlessly. This is truly a beer with balance.

Will probably buy my own sixer of this.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is golden orange with a half inch of tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma offers a bouquet of citrus, followed by malt and a bit of alcohol. Nice flavor. Hop forward, but still a strong malty foundation. Balanced and enjoyable. Medium bodied with a light bitterness in the finish. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I definitely see a sixer of this in my future.

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

12 oz bottle, 7.8% abv. Slightly hazy reddish, copper color. White rocky head holds very well, and leaves some great patches of lace.

Citrus, pine and herbal hop aroma is nice. There is a great malt character in the nose as well, so this won't be too one-sided.

Some sweetness up front. Loads of caramel malt, hints of toffee. Sugar coated hops with some nice piney and herbal qualities. A bit of juicy fruit. A characteristic Lagunitas feel to this one.

Medium body, nice feel in the mouth. Slight warmth from alcohol, but not overwhelming. Pretty nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep reddish amber color with a thick layering of soft beige head. Retains for a while throughout the pour, leaving patchy and spotty lacing tracked around the glass.

Bitter piny hoppiness in the nose, tempered with a soft caramel sweetness. Bready malt base comes right through with a soft buzz of alcohol.

Biting pine hops right up front with a faint fruit sweetness. Malty, bready backbone is pretty substantial on this one, tempering the heavier hop presence. Soft caramel and fruited sweetness on the back end. Finishes bitter and dry with a lingering warmth from the alcohol.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, fairly creamy and sticky on the tongue. This is up there with some of my favorite red ales - I really enjoy the balance of heavy duty West coast hops and bready malt.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep amber color with a nice off white head. Great clarity and garnet edges. Great looking beer. Nice resinous piney nose. Touch a citrus and grapefruit.

Much more subtle than expected which is nice. Very drinkable. Bit of a fruity hop bomb up front rounded out by bready and caramel Malts on the side of the tongue. Finishes smooth and slick. Amazing balance. Full body with good carbonation. Amazing combination of Malt and hops. Really well balanced and dangerously drinkable at 7.5. One of the best imperial reds I've had and so incredibly smooth. Not super complex but it doesnt have to be, it's just good. Just wish this beer was more readily available.

This beer is simply the best high abv session beer with amazing flavor i've ever had (I know high abv session beer doesnt make sense, but I could drink 6 of these easily, be drunk, and fall asleep happily)

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.