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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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2,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 184
Gots: 202 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Gatordaddy, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of TheBigE5
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Minimal, thin head. Perfectly clear amber color, a little more brwon hues than the red i expected

S - Wonderfully hoppy nose typical of a red

T - Distinct hop flavors with a malty background. Spicy hop finish.

M - Full bodied, but light for an imperial. Not much carbonation, smooth.

O - Very nice red ale. Well rounded and balanced.

TheBigE5, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a snifter glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a clear ruby red chestnut with a tight bubbled 1 inch head, just an absolute pretty looking beer. Brown sugar malts fill the nose, mixed with piny and grassy hops, so so juicy smelling. Juicy citrus hops swimming in a great sugary malt, dank resiny hops stick on the teeth and tongue as it ends on a bitter grapefruit finish. Medium on body, soft and smooth going down, bitter, sweet, rich, and delicious. Overall, this beer kills! Big hop presence with a big malt presence, both are mixed so well, just a good, good beer.

gabedivision, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1173rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Purchased for $1.99 @ The Grog Shop

App- A semi translucent burnt orange with some nice ambers mixed in. A bit lighter than NN since I have a glass right next to it. A small one finger khaki capped head with some medium lacing and cling.

Smell- This was a mix of earthiness, caramel, hops and some malt. Was more American IPA again like an amber. Same can be said for NN again.

Taste- Again, much like NN and Humulus Lager. Why arent these IPA's. I'm so confused on this beer. Very complex and bold. Assertive in flavor but malty and sweet. Big hop flavors leave me scatching my head saying this isnt an Amber at all! It was a bit sweeter than NN though. Just beating it by an inch

Mouth- Medium body with a medium/high carbonation level and it was slight bitter leaving me even more confused.

Drink- I could drink this all night. Very high on my meter. Not quite a 5 but almost. Crisp, delicious and well done.

FosterJM, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, not date, dude at store said it just came in so hopefully its pretty fresh.

A: Pours a clear copper/red rust. Starts with a moderate off white head that dies down relatively quickly. Minimal lacing. A bit disappointing.

S: Whoa! Different. A very herbal/floral/salty hoppyness in scent. Some spice in there too, not sure what but a red spice. Very unique and pungent.

T: Some citrus/grapefruit hops, backbone of buttered toast, hints of maple/oak/honey malts, some light tobacco spiceyness. Also some piney floral hops towards end. Strong flavors. Lingers a bit dry on palate.

M: Carbonation a bit low. Not creamy, but has a syrupy/oilness to it. Coats the mouth. Not a session beer. Based on power of flavors (not booziness) tastes like it could be ~8.5%

O: An interesting beer. The smell is pretty insane, I enjoyed the taste, could be better though. Definitely something everyone should try and for the price its a great deal. Wont actively seek this beer out again but would love to be offered one again.

BigCheese, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Goulash
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Goulash, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-orange hue with a crystal-clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam.

Smell: some caramel malt comes through, but mostly it's a heady melange of piney, resiney, citrusy and funky hops, with a dose of spiciness to it all. Quite good.

Taste: sweet malt with a touch of biscuity character. Hops are strong, resiney and citrusy, and there's a good bit of bitterness to the beer (though it's not overwhelming). More like a red IPA or something along those lines, or even a light strong ale. Sort of style-defying, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big dose of creamy carbonation. Works for me.

Overall: a very good red ale, due mostly to liberal applications of hops. Lagunitas rarely goes wrong in my book, and this is another example of a tasty, hoppy, drinkable brew.

flagmantho, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of asafarc2
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

asafarc2, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of MikeConklin
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

MikeConklin, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jstewart1130
3.75/5  rDev -9%

jstewart1130, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep amberish red color with a thick, slightly off-white head and great lacing.

S - Strong piney hops, a little bit of citrus and sweet amber malts.

T - Piney hops are strongest, but there is an excellent malty backbone with hints of caramel. There is all sorts of complexity in the hops (almost onion-y), but most importantly, this is simply a delicious beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth drinking, nice hoppy finish. Good carbonation.

O - I was very impressed with Lagunitas Imperial Red. It has strong hopped flavor that is really well balanced with the amber malts. Very pleasantly surprised and I highly recommend.

WMEugene, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of UHCougar12
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

UHCougar12, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of chickenflea
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a marvelously clear copper body with a white, diminishing head. The lacing was thick but uneven.

Smell: Caramel malts in the nose with a nice bit of toastiness and grain. A bit like sweet feed. The hops are piney with fruity undertones.

Taste: Light bready caramel malts joined by crisp, hoppy flavors of pine resins and grapefruit. Herbaceous hops round out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied, with a pleasingly smooth mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

Drinkability: Though the hops can be a little cutting at times its a rather likeable red ale, and quite quaffable. Perhaps now my favorite red because of the assertive hops.

chickenflea, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RichH55, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of dpmacd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dpmacd, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Conor
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Conor, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep red-orange, slowly dissipating head leaving behing a sticky lacing.

smells like a christmas tree. very piny. kind of sweet, like molasses.

very well balanced. hops are the predominant flavor, but not at all overwhelming. definitely a sweet malty backbone. has a little bit of that piny spiciness. its a delicious beer.

medium mouthfeel creamy with a sticky, resiny, coating for your mouth. not a session beer, but the alcohol content is not at all evident. very well crafted.

enjoyed this very much, probably more than OB gordon which i buy fairly regularly. i wish this style was better represented by more breweries.

PhatAtUT, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to red Solo cup on 3/7/12
*From notes

A: Amber-reddish in color. A good pour yields a fluffy 1.75 finger white head. A dense white collar and tons of thick lacing rim the cup.

S: Juicy mango and pineapple. Really luscious stuff. Rhettroactive likey.

T: Rich and hoppy from the start. It's uber-fresh, and tasty at that. The mid downgrades a bit to a firm, malty grip. And the finish washes the grains away with more of a floral hop quality. Slightly muted and it screams, "Lagunitas", but it's well done none the less. I'd call this an above average west coast answer to Troegs Nugget Nectar.

M: A tad thin on the front, but once it really gets in there, this gets the job done. Properly carbed and easy to drink.

O: Lagunitas has another hop winner on their hands, as their Imperial Red is a well done and reasonably easy to find amber ale. Like I said, it's nowhere near the level of Nugget Nectar, but it's a solid pinch hitter for all my bruthas (and sistas) on the left coast.

Rhettroactive, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev -2.9%

jminch, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Boitnott
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Boitnott, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A clear amber color with a very thick creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell – Pine, citrus, hops, a sweet spice, and malt.

Taste – A very hoppy beer with some maltiness, and a nice touch of pine.
Mouthfeel – Very smooth, the 7.8%abv is well masked.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, creamy.

Drinkability – A good red ale; very easy to drink.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice very clear amber with a one finger off white head.

It has a very tropical smell, mango, papiya, oranges with a good amount of malt in the back.

Taste is exactly the same as the smell big tropical fruits up front with a good malt background with a slight bitter finish.

Moutfeel is carbonated and medium.

I really like this beer. I got a six and enjoyed the other five before having the last and reviewing it. For the price I just do not see how you can pass it up.

nickapalooza86, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

BeerBucks, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Steimie, Mar 18, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.