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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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1,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 173
Gots: 161 | 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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Photo of serottaboy
2/5  rDev -51.6%

serottaboy, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jeffthepony, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two finger white head that slowly fades away leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with a slightly sweet caramel malt beneath it. Smells clean and crisp. Inviting.

Taste: A lot like the smell with big pine and citrus hops up front that are well balanced by big medium roasted malt flavors of caramel and biscuits. All of the flavors are big and bold, but extremely well balanced. It's really a flavor explosion, and not for the timid beer drinker.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a noticeable but not over the top hops bitterness. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: One word describes this beer...BIG. It's like an American Red or Amber beer on steroids. More hops, more malts and more alcohol sweetness than a typical American Red or Amber, and that makes it pretty darn good in my opinion. Will buy this again as long as I can.

ChopperSmith, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of xraided81
5/5  rDev +21.1%

xraided81, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice copper pour with great head and good lacing.

S: Aroma is out of this world, if you like any of the Lagunitas beer menu you will definitely love this one, something about the hops they use is awesome, they always smell incredible.Lots of grapefruity and piney twangs to capture the nose and entice the mouth.

T: Taste is also an incredible feat for the company as they always have a huge and incredible taste going in conjuncture with the aroma of hops.

M: Mouthfeel is and incredibly smooth and mellow offering to the pallet with an awesome mix of light and smooth taste and great carbonation levels.

O: Overall this one is a big winner and a great drinker as far as I'm concerned. cant wait for more of this .

nukem5, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

bcsbeer, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mater, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of SmokeyJoesCafe
5/5  rDev +21.1%

SmokeyJoesCafe, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

GehenHerzog, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

bigeyedfish89, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

brentusaurus, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

DaveONan, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 13, 2012
5/5  rDev +21.1%

MITCHELLMPLS, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

HoistinBrews, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

PthPndr, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Swervine44, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of vande
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz limited release bottle [boo on the limitted]!

a - a very clean,almost shiny colored tannish-orange pour w/ little head/rention...activity bubbling from the bottom the entire time it sits..

s - grapefruity hops, bit of malts, and more hops.. just a fresh smelling beer that quickly creates a smile!

t - bitterness mixed in with grapefruit, resiny sappy buds... quite tasty

m - quick, clean and smooth -- a dangerous combination

o - a beer I've missed and was happy to see land again recently. Enjoyable, and would love to have in the fridge year round..

vande, Feb 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

BSW, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Spamsammich, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Reddish-copper with nice sized head and light lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits with some caramel-like malts. Sweet, sticky and tart smelling.

Taste: Malty upfront with caramel and some rich dark fruits. Nice hoppy overtones of grapefruit, orange and pine. The finish is spicy and just somewhat bitter. Pretty balanced overall.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with a medium to full body. Moderate carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: Another winner from Lagunitas, and a great example of the Strong Ale / Imperial Red subcategory. It is hard for me to pick a favorite brew from Lagunitas, as Olde Gnarleywine, Sucks, Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Undercover Investigation and Hairy Eyeball are all great. Now I can add this to that list as well.

bsp77, Feb 11, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite transparent. Orangish-ruby with a pearl-white head. Really strong pine scent. Really strong. Thick at first. Malt up front that blunts the hop onslaught that's coming. The hops carry the middle through to the end. Finish is very clean and invites another sip. Very much enjoy these hoppy reds and this is near the top. Very good.

Like It? Quite

wrycon, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a reddish-tinted copper with a smallish white head that quickly recedes to one finger's height but laces very well.

aroma is very piney and a bit grassy with a bit of caramel sweetness behind that and a lot of bitter citrus.

flavor starts with the piney, but mostly bitter citrus hops a slight caramel sweetness and a decent amount of alcohol heat.

light/medium bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation and a long-lingering bitterness.

It's decent, but it's nowhere near Zoe or Nugget Nectar in terms of hoppy/imperial reds.

silentjay, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ssimpson89, Feb 11, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.