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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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2,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,206
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 207
Gots: 279 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 2,206 | Reviews: 780
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.

Photo of MrMojoRising
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Hopmodium
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)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a Beer of the Month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep red color with a good 2 finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Smells of roasted malts and slight hint of hops. Tastes of sweetly hopped dark malted beer, with a slight hint of alcohol, very tasty. Beer goes down smooth for medium body, but definitely not a chugger. Overall, an exceptional beer.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a becker.

Pours a clear with haze, deep amber color. Huge off white fluffy dense head. Nice dense layer stays and tons of lace. Great looks here.

Brew smells of lots of caramel malts and even more oily resin hops. Very good mouthwatering nose.

Brew tastes of smooth caramel malts, very full body, has very nice hops in the finish. Lots of grapefruit, citrus and oily resin. The finish coats the tongue dry and feels great. The tastes are perfectly blended here. Great abv here as well, nice mellow burn after a few big swigs. Great stuff here.

Perfect balance; flavors, mouthfeel and drinkability are all top notch here. Great stuff here. Would love to sample this next to Nugget Nectar and Red Rocket. Another world class brew I have tried from Lagunitas.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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