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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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1,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 168
Gots: 135 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Agold, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

IlludiumQ36, Feb 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 02, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just bottled and kegged a new batch last week. The smell is really hoppy and taste has a hoppy back end flavor with malty front end. Has a ruby red color to it, with great clarity. Its not as malty as the last batch has more hoppy flavor to it. Not as many IBUs and ABV is a little lower but in my opinion has a much better taste and feel then the last batch.

lovebeer777, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

avaldivia, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

theempire, Jan 28, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Lagunitas Mason Jar.

Pours crystal clear copper color, 1/2" off-white head dissipated after about a minute leaving behind thin layer of foam, lots of lacing left sticking around the top of the glass.

Smell is more hops than malt with some spicy grapefruit coming through right away. A little yeast and caramel malt are noticeable but faint.

Taste is a bit more balanced but still has some prominent hops. Grapefruit up front, some sweet caramel and fresh biscuit, more yeast, earthy/piny bitter finish. 7.8% abv is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied (although lighter bodied for the style). Average carbonation and clean.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It's a red IPA. I personally would have liked the same hop presence with a little more malt sweetness to balance it out. Easy drinking for being a bigger beer.

BeerOnTheWall, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

zenwatts, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, my bottle says "Limited Release" on the side so I'm not sure if this was a pre-retired beer or a re-release of the old one. It didn't come in a 12oz longneck, but came in a stubby instead.

A: It has a medium brown color, with hints of orange. It's semi-transparent. There is a billowy off-white head about the thickness of my little finger and it leaves good lacing.

S: I get a light resinous smell to the beer, accompanied by an even stronger malt scent. It smells strongly of caramel and toffee. The scent is strong enough to smell the beer away from the glass.

T: I get some light bitter notes, like a strong tea. There is not as much sweetness as the scent would put on. There is very light bitterness.

M: The beer is medium-bodied, leaving behind light bitterness in the mouth. It is wet, and very refreshing, but not sticky.

O: Overall I thought it was a little better than average because of the good lacing and overall visual appearance. The taste and mouthfeel are so-so. This is a pretty good beer, but it's nothing to write home about.

teromous, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

generallee, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

brandoman63, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

litheum94, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

bmur112, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jeezie, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

modernartblues, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

victory4me, Nov 15, 2011
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.