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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,321 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 142
Gots: 41 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dee's. Hoppy piney aroma and variety of hops in citrus taste that worked. Tasty.Spicey and fruity finish. Medium and good mouthfeel. Good understated carbonation. resin-works. Drinkable, could stay on it all evening. Another winner from Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2006 05:54:07 | More by Sammy
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy reddish brown color. Nice two-finger beige head. Good tight lace.

Attractive malty aroma. Slight hop for balance. Creamy.

Strong hop presence. Strong alcohol notes. Very full bodied with proper carbonation. Similar to an excellent IPA. Delicious.

This is a great beer, well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 20:58:36 | More by smcolw
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one just came in off the boat at the Kensington Wine Market, which I grabbed while picking up their new Rogue selections as well. I'll be jiggered, I've never fathomed an Imperial Red. And the small blurb on the side of the label this time around is absolutely priceless! "We often describe our ales as having the luxuriant aromas of broccoli, kerosene, and burning tractor tires while bragging about their stagnant pond-water flavours." A nice poke at the market, and us beer geeks who dissect and write down every nuaunce of what we sample and review, be they real or psychosomatically induced. Cheers to Lagunitas on that point alone.

But there's an Imperial red ale sitting in front of me here to review. Pours out of it's 22 oz brown bottle a brilliant clear dark burnished coppery hue, indeed bright red when held up to sunlight. Big creamy cinnamon head with good retention that settles to a cap and leaves a hell of a thick layer of lacing on the glass.

Sweet grapefruit and pine from the hops smacks me first upon inhalation. I dive down deeper and come up with a bottom-dwelling chewy malt presence as well. No kerosene though, or broccoli....

Massive flavour, perhaps "Imperial" IS the correct term for this stuff, as it lays seige to and quickly colonizes the palate, and isn't budging. Already the tongue is trying to plan out a peaceful coup while trying not to rock the boat in the mean time. Right from the beginning it's a huge whallop of chewy caramel malt and big Cascade hops, side by side in step for a casual friendly race to the finish. The hops do eventually win, as can be determined in their lingering on in the aftertaste doing a victory lap. Very balanced for such a big beer, the flavour is intense, but in tune as well.

Stellar mouthfeel for a red as well, full and creamy and smooth texture, like the robes of monarchy, and incredibly easily quaffable for such a big beer.

Fantastic stuff, I am thoroughly impressed. Most reds are either too cloyingly malty or too hopped up or simply too bland and watery, but this bad boy is beautifully balanced along with it's high octane hepped up flavour profile. I'll be stocking up on more of this, a very welcome limited release from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 17:05:30 | More by IronDjinn
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had an "Imperial Red" before...most likely a highly-hopped amber ale? Let's see: Poured into a standard pint glass, the beer is a shimmering transparent copper with a thick, clinging ecru head. Detectable aromas of pine sap and bitter citrus pith -- confirmation of extra hops, I imagine. Indeed, the hop content of Lagunitas' Imperial Red Ale is certainly on the high side: notes of grapefruit rind and sweetish blood oranges. Malt presence is discernible, but only just, and primarily as a caramel/toffee flavor fighting for survival in a sea of hop juice. Bitter piney finish -- Chinooks maybe? Sticky lacing clumps around the glass in a web pattern. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and smooth. Thicker body than most red/amber ales, but nothing too hefty. In fact, this is quite drinkable -- at least for a slave to the hop like me.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 03:15:16 | More by orfeu
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark amber coloration. The head is a massive three fingers high. The head has incredible staying power and never really goes away. The beer leaves lacing on the glass like pancake batter.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing caramel and brown sugar smell. There is ample pine resin hoppyness with a bit of citrus to provide a nice counter note to the malty sweetness.

Taste: The beer has a very upfront pine resin peppery hoppyness. The beer then has a malty caramel and brown sugar combo. This gives way to a dry citrus zest flavor. The flavors definately compliment each other and meld nicely.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very extra medium mouthfeel. The carbonation provides a good lift on the taste and drinkability of the beer. The beer is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. I wish I had more of this to drink later.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 13:49:05 | More by nlmartin
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one lives up to its name. Pours a deep red, rusty brown with a thick, two-fingered head that leaves lacing on the glass. The nose is quite fragrant, with piney hop aromas and earthy hop aromas intermingling. It's quite a big hop nose -- what you'd expect from an imperial red from Cali. Tastewise this one starts off with bitter hops. The hops are briefly interrupted by sweeter malt notes before the hops come back in the finish. The flavors and body of the beer are very full and well-rounded. This is a very well rounded beer; its only drawback is drinkability, which is diminished by its weight in the stomach, which is pretty substantial. That fact makes it a beer that wouldn't be "sessionable".

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 01:18:51 | More by geexploitation
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An imperial red? I've had lots of beers, but I don't think I've ever had an impy red before. This brew pours a clear copper color into the glass with a thick creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowy to a thick sheet on the beer while leaving behind a fair amount of clumpy lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mainly hops. Grapefruit, lemon and pine with just a hint of toasted malt mixed in. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The soft carbonation leaves just a bit of a tingle on the tip of the tongue, while bringing out all the flavors on the rest of the palate. The flavor begins and ends hoppy. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine. However there is some nice caramel and toasted malt blended in to help balance out all the malt. At the end there's just a hint of alcohol. Once the beer is gone some of the malty sweetness remains, but it's mainly hops that linger on.

I really enjoyed this beer, but found it more like an IPA or Imperial IPA than a red. I'm still not sure what the difference is.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 21:28:03 | More by WanderingFool
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper/amber with a well established of white head that took quite awhile to subside leaving a sheet of lace behind.Grapefruit and and other citrus fruit dominate the aromas with a lighter pine notes and caramel,lightly roasted malt.The hop profile is nice on the palate but I dont think there is quite enough of malt base for a red there is a light roasted and sweet base but not qite enough to hold up to the hop attack.Saying that it is a nice beer and I like the hops,its close to being very top notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 01:04:44 | More by oberon
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Gusler

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the 22-ounce brown bottle a sparkling burnished copper color with a behemothic semi-creamy light tan head that ever so slowly erodes leaving a thick and clinging sheet of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose has a spicy hop floral aroma, chased by the sweet malt, citrus crisp, and as clean as the air after a sprint rain, absolutely mouthwatering, start is lightly sweet, the grain presence noticeable, the top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is kind in its acidity, the hops are dynamic in their spiciness, making themselves known quickly and lasting to the very end, leaving a fresh tangy aftertaste, “Whoa Nellie”, this ain’t your normal Red Ale, and another treat from those fine folks at Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 23:05:11 | More by Gusler
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bodybyadam

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops On Equinox 06 is the time I enjoyed this one. I've always seen it in the local market but have always ignored the dog on the box, I'm not sure why, but not anymore.

Poured into a small 6oz pilsner sampler that appeared reddish-light brown in color. A mellow 1/4-inch head, with a nose that let you know it was hoppy. First taste was a strong sweetness, probably the alcohol. I enjoyed its very hoppy character, with a mix of fruity pears and grapefruit made for a great mouthfeel. The finish had a well-balanced bitterness that made this a very drinkable beer.

All in all, you should be able to enjoy IPAs to truly appreciate this yet not too bitter to prevent you from having another that night.


Elbows Up,
Adam

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2006 04:56:47 | More by bodybyadam
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waldowin

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden amber, with a thin white head that sticks around. Excellent lacing.

Smells of oats, cinnamon, and a bit of grapefruit.
Tastes of almonds, cinnamon, and grapefruit. Finish is fairly bitter and astringent, but this is a tasty, crisp clean beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, pretty carbonated, but a bit astringent on the finish.

If it weren't for the bitter finish, this beer would be extremely quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 04:25:51 | More by waldowin
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NolateM

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap on two different ocassions, at one of my favorite local restaurants (a place I pretty much go to because of the bar). Poured into a regular pint glass... very attractive and somewhat translucent red color, with a rich white head. The first thoughts I had were "this tastes like an IPA" and "this tastes like cranberries." And despite not being a huge cranberry fan, I was definitely a huge fan of this beer. Very hoppy, sort of piney flavor to it. Definitely tasted like a high-alcohol beer, but in a good way. If you like strong bitter ales and/or IPAs, give this a try!

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2006 17:01:19 | More by NolateM
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KingofNoPo

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
No mistaking the red color. High carbonation feeding a huge head that lasted. Clear and transparent. Appetizing.
Smell
Bright and grassy hop character.
Taste
Herbal, astrigent hops dominate initially then give way to semi-sweet malt finish.
Mouthfeel
Medium body. Good amount of carbonation, but not too much.
Drinkability
Striking red color and creamy head give this ale a complete package for looks. Smooth transition between hoppy start and soothing malt finish. Flavors in lock step with IBU listed on label. Not sure where this fits in style, other than it has 7%+ ABV for an American strong ale. I would need some grilled meat with a heavy sauce to stand up to the hops in this brew. Overall a happy hoppy experience although 40+ IBU's are a little much for me unless enjoyed with a balancing meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 04:15:10 | More by KingofNoPo
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germaniac

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big red Ale from Lagunitas. Pours a cheery reddish brown, topped by a bit of creamy off white head.

A whole bunch of hops in the nose- a solid hit of citrusy, resiny goodness.

Tastes surprisingly sweet, at first. But after a pregnant pause, the hops shine thru, providing an earthy, piney bite. Malt wrestles tastebud control away from the hops and lays down some caramel sweetness chock full of woody, bark-like overtones. Finishes with a diminished lingering bitterness.

Lots of body to be found here, with the mouthfeel winding up fairly thick, but avoiding any heaviness.

This seems like a perfect beer for the "American Strong Ale" tag. It's not an IPA, and it has alot of the qualities of a Barleywine, on a smaller scale. Whatever it is, it's a pretty great beer, one I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 02:50:21 | More by germaniac
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like the style that Lagunitas was shooting for, and I thought they pulled it off very well. Red body, but what were you expecting? Taste was very interesting. Carmel sweetness is present, but a lot of the experience was the alcohol coming through. Made the taste full and raw, with some grassy grain to boot. I would like to see more in the style of DRA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:44:53 | More by TastyTaste
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A broad spectrum of autumnal reds, oranges, and browns lie beneath a thick, beige, soapy head with good retention.

Smell: Raw hops, remniscent of a freshly mown lawn with some woody, piney, and citric notes. A fine yet bracing smell without much depth.

Taste: Not bad, not bad at all! Toasty malts cry out for attention from behind a brick wall of hops. This might be better classified as an IPA or a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Just right for the flavor, thick yet airy.

Drinkability: Hmm. I don't know... maybe it's just because I'm damn full from the dinner I had a little while ago, but I'm not finding this exceptionally drinkable. Goes pretty well with Japanese "Rich Harvest" cookies (almond-sesame-chocolate flavor).

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 06:19:11 | More by soulgrowl
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much more hops than expected from an American Red Ale; that's why is characterized by an American Strong Ale. Hop aroma is evident even before the glass reaches the nose. Pine and flowery aromas swirl around a bready, malty sweet smell. Tastes boldly of sweet malts: bready, caramelly, lightly toasted, and a tad grainy. The the hops...more than just bittering. Flowery flavors, herbal, grassy, earthy, and a little dirty (for extra measure). The taste is muddled a bit, but certainly adds character to an otherwise unappealing brew. Finishes dryer than expected from Reds because of the hop character and alcohols that go largely forgotten. I look forward to having another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2006 02:22:12 | More by BEERchitect
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pjwilson

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark copper color and quite transparent, isn't a dark red at all and i've seen ipa's darker than this. not a complaint however. the head is thick and fluffy and chunky. carbination looks strong for an american style ale.

smell: mmm resiny hops. this is headin' into ipa territory very fast and i'm digging it. sonoma county keeps it real when it comes to that piney resiny hop smell. mabey a faint hint of bisquit. lots of grapefruit kids.

taste: very, similar to Drake's IPA, which was actually darker than this. This beer isn't quite as delicious as that beer, but it is still quite good. same sort of blended mix of piney hops and caramal malts, with some nice bisquit. getting some grapefruit here as and the beer is not as bitter as a true Ipa, which makes it nice to drink down, actually the only reason this isn't an IPA, is the relativly low bitterness 40.63 IBU's. it's still got some bitterness for sure, though

mouthfeel: very lite considering, lite to medium mouthfeel. works here

drinkability: kinda silly good for a beer of this strengh. this one is a keeper.

Ok the imperial red name is kinda silly, and they give you no actual descrition on the bottle, however I buy everything Lagunitas puts out at least once. This one is a winner. If you like this try Drake's IPA, it is very similar tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 01:49:05 | More by pjwilson
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Ego

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
amber brown in hue, no head to speak of, lacing is more like film but it is clingy like wine (it has legs... not like zztop...)

nose...
subdued, very mild for a strong ale, smells like a tamed DIPA, uncleaned wet mushrooms, some hop florals that drift slightly into the ethereal pine realms and finish with a touch of lime, hints of sweet toasty malts also linger, nice but a bit too mellow imo.

taste etc...
the subtelty in the nose works here. you get a real plate of flavor. The red sparkles and fades into bitter and there is a linger to it all. The sweetness of the malt kicks in just before that "Red" flavor does. And this is an easy sipper for sure (easy like a sunday morning? if you are drinking this shit in the morning.. you have a problem...). mouthfeel is good, not great. This has a nice bitter finish with the piney side bitters really doing a river dance on your tongue. The alcohol is perceptable but not distracting to this reviewer. The sweetness makes this very drinkable... almost reminds me of some IPAs (specifically the Pizzaria Uno IPA I get here locally)

verdict?
tasty but nothing I will go ape looking for. for $5 a bomber it is pretty good though if you have it available locally.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 04:43:52 | More by Ego
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rustic copper in color with full shades of auburn. Creamy, off white head that slowly mellows to an intact sheet. Patterned, ringed lacing with good strength.

Rustic and earthen, floral hop aroma; bright lemon citrus aromas as well. There's a semi-sweet creamy, toasted malt character; slightly bready.

Creamy, toasted malt character; biscuit flavors. Touches of semi-sweet caramel. Big, earthen hop flavors with light hints of citrus and pine. The gritty, bitterness is sharp and rather intense, but the smoothness of the toasted malts makes for a creamy finish. The aftertaste is filled with citrus and burnt, floral hops.

Medium bodied; creamy and smooth, yet earthen, gritty and full. Reminiscent on the palate of what you would expect from your bigger, hoppier beers.

The alcohol presence is detectable, but doesn't overpower all of the flavor complexities of this brew. A unique take on the style; well balanced and a good flavor profile. My favorite Lagunitas offering to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 00:03:12 | More by NEhophead
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty pretty red color. The nose is pugent hops. Potent, pungent hops. The taste isn't quite as potent as the smell suggests but it's still pretty potent; ruby grapefruit juice comes to mind.
Very very drinkable for the style. Goes down very easily. Much more accessable than arrogant bastard for the style. Almost between an IPA and a double IPA... with some citrus flavor added... lime, maybe.
Hits you pretty quick and dirty.
Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 06:38:42 | More by ommegangpbr
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had a couple of Lagunitas bombers, both of which were forgettable. However, this one caught my eye recently, looking like a standard Lagunitas 'dog's head over a very large capitalized block letter name' - except that the block letter name was splashed over with hasty graffiti-like writing, Imperial Red.

I think it was the words "muscular malty thorax" on the bottle that really perked my interest, and I started laughing aloud as I read Lagunitas' usual sneering rant in tiny letters on the side. I had to buy it.

All the pint glasses were warm after coming out of the dishwasher, so I opted for a bulbousy Gulden Draak tulip to savor this "Imperial Red". It pours a deep, rich ruby brown which is clear in color and alight with rising bubbles. A thin, liquidy head clings to the surface for a little while, then fades, leaving behind soapy lacing from the ring that remains.

The scent is all hops, baby - Burly, beefy, grapefruity hops! Da-yum! I haven't had this much grapefruit in the nose since Ruination a few months ago. Serious, serious grapefruit. it stings the eyes!

The flavor hits with a rumbling, metallic alcohol blended into a roaring yank of hops, a bitter, bitter, grassy, floral jerk on the tongue. Hops dominate the beginning of each mouthful, sending your tongue shrivelling from the bitterness as though it were a salted slug - then, suddenly, a wonderful thing happens. Rosy, caramelly malts come out to play! From behind, the formerly no-show malts rise to the fore upon swallowing, sending the hop bitters on their way, and the tongue is coated with a sticky, sweet, almost rye-like layer of malt.

The mouthfeel begins as what I - and this is a word I've never even thought of to describe a mouthfeel - would consider 'bright'. It's not zippy - it's not oily. It's bright. it's light. The carbonation is of such quantity and bubble size that it draws out all of the flavors and contributes a tingling sensation without being obnoxious. Alcohol is present; bitterness and some saltiness assault the tongue's regious. Swallowing leaves a sticky, mucousy (mmmm) layer of malty goodness on the tongue and throat.

Final thoughts - Lagunitas' other beers may have been forgettable - this is a smack outta' the freakin' ballpark for any self-respecting, hop-adoring American. It takes a seriously good beer to get me to write reviews like this one these days! :)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 04:13:07 | More by Tupperwolf
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Zorro

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany colored ale with a tall thick tan head.

Smell is woody and a bit sweet with a good aroma of fresh citrus hops. Aromas of grapefruit, menthol, black pepper, and brown sugar are fairly strong but this beer is distinctly woody in aroma. Fainter whiffs of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is mild and on the sweet side at first, and noticeably thick. Hops kick in after the first sip and are strong but not harsh. Base flavor is malt and oak woodiness from the hops. Higher hop flavors of pineapple and grapefruit mix with an agreeable bitter edge.

Mouthfeel is notably thick here, didn't expect that, but it is pleasurable.

A pleasant and strong ale here that I liked a lot. Hoppy but accessible for both hopheads and non-hopheads. I could almost say that this is a really mellow barley wine; but the brewer says it is an Imperial red Ale so I guess that it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 02:21:42 | More by Zorro
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red and brown color with a dull, but thick white head with some serious staying power.
Aroma is caramel candy corn, brown sugar, some honey and dark citrus fruit tones. Relatively large sweetness is balanced with a gritty but light bittering that acts as a nice accompaniment.
Flavor is strong on the malt and brown sugar side, some roasted notes in mid-mouth followed by nicely fruity hop kicker on the end.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a hint fo the alcohol kicks in as it warms. With all the caramel, sugar sweetness going on this beer could have been too much but the bitters used give it really well done balance.
Drinkability was rather high, really well balanced and enjoyable, big step up from all the generic red ales out there, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 16:35:55 | More by CRJMellor
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones 3/21/06

I am really starting to like some of Lagunitas' offerings quite a bit. This one was especiallly good. It beers a deep red inviting red. It has a strong malt profile, no doubt, but has an even stronger fruity hop bite. As the previous reviews state, it is quite smooth going down which makes it fairly drinkable despite the fact that it tastes bigger than its actual alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2006 04:12:10 | More by bignick
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.