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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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2,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 267 | 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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005

54.2 IBU
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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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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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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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.