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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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2,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 199
Gots: 257 | 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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005

54.2 IBU
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Photo of Dools9
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Dark amber brownish red, go figure. Nice finger of slightly off white head head, good lacing, solid retention.

S: Lots of hoppy herbal and citrusy pine. Also, supported by a toasy wheaty malt backbone.

T: Excellent flavors goin on, spicy piney hops upfront with some bitter citrus and light grapefruit. Toasty, sweet maltiness as well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth slick oily feel, not overly carbonated, lots of coating on the mouth. High abv makes this tough to have more than a few.

O: Very solid red, up there with Nugget Nectar imo. Really like the hoppy reds that are on the shelves this spring. Will probably try and pick up a sixer before the end of the season.

Photo of threeviews
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (B.O.D: February 6, 2012) into a 14oz Libbey snifter.

A- Pours a clear, erring-on-the-orange side of copper/amber with a healthy, 2-finger, off-white head. Although it looks great in its own right, I was expecting more of a deep ruby red hue from an Imperial Red (and thus my somewhat conservative score)...looks more like a DIPA like Maximus.

S- Complex...copious amounts of orange citrus and pineapple dominate with hints of other sweet tropical fruit (mango/papaya) and grapefruit rind . As the head subsides to a thin film, some spice and caramel push through for a moment but the citrus and tropical fruit pushes it back...awesome.

T- Congruent with the nose, orange and pineapple are immediate followed by a dry and pleasant, white grapefruit rind bitterness. The malt backbone plays only a supporting role to the hops, as they are (like many of Lagunitas' offerings) the star of the show.

M- Standard ale yeast yields a predictable, clean finish with decent carbonation. Very pleasant.

O- Another hop-forward and winning offering from Lagunitas. This one certainly blurs the line between an West Coast IPA and an Imperial Red and would consider this closer to the former (and hence my 4 out of 5 scoring)...but I'm not complaining and will purchase again!

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A two finger head that is slightly creamy is made, off tan in color, sitting on a very crystal clear body and dark red brown amber. Not much visible carbonation here stuck to the glass, and some slow rising bubbles can be seen.

An airy sweet malt, mixing in with a faint hop. Smells more akin to strong ales with a little bit of fruit ester. Nice but rather simple.

Taste brings a hint of soft malt and also a fleeting hop finish. Dry sticky rooftop malt and powder. Not much unique flavor to this behind a solid malt body.

Overall it's tasty, but I am not exactly floored by this or desiring it as much compared to other Ambers I've had.

Photo of gustogasmic
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/23/12 Lagunitas for the hop fix, once again. I felt like the Kool-Aid guy saying, OH YEAH when found this, promptly popped it and gave the bottle a little sniff as usual, before pouring it into a nice round flute glass.

Appearance is a very slightly clouded copper. A little white head comes up and dissipates to a ring. Medium carbonation runs throughout the drink.

The odor is a honey-hop balance, suggesting malt presence but still ensuring some California Love. I'm getting pine and grass, some cherry blow-pop in the background, and a faint citrusyness.

A taste follows suit nicely, with the hops playing a little bittering role as the maltiness comes up sweet and medium/large. Sure, it's a red. Its a Red IPA, there ya go.

Mouthfeel is medium- it's got gusto and a nice creaminess but still goes down easy. Lots of linger, and a good hop dryness afterwards.
3/25/ 2012: A really nice, translucent red copper, a big foamy 2" tan paper head that slowly fades leaving great, even ribbons of lacing. Lively carbonation, which persists through the whole drink.

Smells flowery, but with a dark orange kick that makes it anything but light and dainty. Some faint caramel notes come across as sweetness.

This beer goes down so wonderfully- a big malty body that carries "imperial-level" loads of hop character and bitterness. Less fruity than the aroma led me to believe, but, wow. Big smack in the face that nonetheless stays impeccably balanced. A lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste, love it or hate it. Not too sweet, but the maltiness makes it a filling one. Another bad boy from Lagunitas.

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheBigE5
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of BigCheese
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Goulash
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of asafarc2
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MikeConklin
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jstewart1130
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of WMEugene
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of UHCougar12
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of chickenflea
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dpmacd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Conor
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,158 ratings.