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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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2,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 189
Gots: 213 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warington, PA


Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours with a hazy, deep amber/reddish/cooper color. Mostly translucent. A one finger, quickly dissipating white head on the initial pour. Good amount of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - This is where Lagunitas always comes through! Awesome grapefruit aroma mixed with hops and malt. I can tell just from the smell that this is going to be good.

T - A great tasting beer. A fantastic mix of sweet malts (not overly sweet) with the taste of citrus and bitter (but not too bitter) hoppines. A great balance throughout. The alcohol is barely noticeable. This is dangerously drinkable.

M - A medium consistency. Light to medium carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

O - Another winner from Lagunitas! This is an outstanding beer. I have yet to have a beer from Lagunitas that I didn't enjoy. After their Sucks, this is my next favorite. A top-notch effort that is well worth your purchase!


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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating but the bottle neck says 06735317

A= Pours what is certainly appropriate for the style with a deep amber color and a nice off white head that rises to a half finger and actually holds nice retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= A sweet hop aroma. Nice mix of caramel malts and citrus hops that I think Lagunitas does perticuaraly well making for a tropical fruit like aroma. Sort of overripe pineapple aroma that I enjoy.

T= The taste is again what I tend to love from the lagunitas boys. Great balance for a hoppy beer offering a unique mix of malt and hops that leaves you with a smooth tropical fruit sort of flavors that reminds me of pineapple.

M= Nicely done with a bit of a low carbonation profile.

O= Damn lagunitas does hops right and mix malt in just enough to bring together a unique profile. I had a friend tell me this was an imperial stout type of beer. No, not at all. This is a hoppy red through and through.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NODAK
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Right upon opening, the aroma was very noticeable...holy tropical fruit and grapefruit Batman! Very strong notes of that come through...all hops basically. It belies its 54 IBU's that's for sure.

Taste is strongly grapefruit with some tropical notes present...perhaps more so than I'd expect for the IBU count. There's a bready contingent underneath that shows that it's a red ale after all but the hops really do rule this one and give this the taste of a very citrusy IPA for the most part.

Very tasty here. Many times in "imperial red ales" I'd decry it slanting so heavily towards the hop side of things but I found this delicious and worth it.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #4 on the "Top Beers - American Amber / Red Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Beer served in a Lagunitas mason jar. This is my life. Not horrible.

Beer is red and clear with a great white head of medium bubbles, some lacing, steady carbonation.

Aroma is sweet fruity and hoppy, hops are winning, this beer smells amazing.

Beer is medium in body and chewy on the palate, strong through with a nice finish. A little earthy with a good finish. I really enjoyed this beer. I've had 4 in as many days, I'll definitely have more of this. In general this brewery makes really nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- red amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine and some bready aromas

T-citrus and tropical fruit with pine and a nice malt presence, nice hop flavor and good overall balance

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a really nice imperial red with good flavor and balance

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I give this a good rating since I drank it out of the bottle. Lagunitas usually doesn't disappoint in the looks department.

S - Smells a nice level of citrus hops with equal balance of sweet caramel malts. Typical Lagunitas yeasts also noted.

T - Well it went down easy enough but didn't impress me as much as say "Nugget Nectar" but it was as good as most Lagunitas offerings. Not bad overall.

M - Light to medium dangerously drinkable.

Overall its definitely one of the better Amber ales I have had but nothing really sticks out to make me want to purchase it again.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Red opens with a nose that is mostly hoppy, though strong touches of sugars do shine through. The hops lend the beer an overwhelmingly grapefruit-based nose, with heavy pink grapefruits predominating, as well as touches of grapefruit zest; in fact, the beer bears more than a passing resemblance to a grapefruit spritzer because of the potency of these aromas. Some pine and a hint of mint do add a bit of nuance, but are deep in the background. The beer does also bear good droppings of sugar, with orange and orange zest, lemon, white grape, and apricot rounding out the fruit esters, and brown sugars and vanillas adding complexity. The faintest touch of rising wheat dough helps ground the brew slightly, but for the most part the nose is heavy on citrus and sugary aromas. As a whole, because of the high levels of these aromas, the beer does come across as well-made and appealing, but does seem slightly overly fruity, and reminiscent of wine coolers or spritzers.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a fraction-of-a-second grapefruit spritzer sweetness, then delves immediately into deeper, darker hop flavors, with heavy vinous, stem-like flavors rising and bringing dandelion stem, rose petal, and pine resin overtones, as well as peppery oils and touches of anise. Sugars once again largely take a backseat, but do offer apricot and orange notes, and the grains do come through more strongly in the mouthful, bringing toast crust and biscuit. The 54.2 IBUs tingle playfully on the tongue and soft palate, but do not get in the way of the beverage’s flavors. The aftertaste is largely hop-dominant, with the darker flavors from the main mouthful carrying through almost exactly, and lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a slightly syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I do like the hop flavors present in this beer, and am glad that the grapefruit spritzer aromas didn’t translate into flavors. I do, however, question an Imperial Red that has so many hop flavors that the sugars are somewhat lost; I would have been happier with this beer tasting it blind, rather than knowing its supposed style. As it is, the beer comes across to this drinker as overly-hopped and therefore out of balance, and needed a stronger sugary backbone to better showcase the Imperial Red flavors. Still, it is worth trying, for the hops are rather nice; think of it as a strong IPA, and you’ll be fine.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.