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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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2,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,096
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 189
Gots: 214 | 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%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of fmccormi
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my trusty Bruery tulip, a Luettich balloon. Bottling date of February 6, 2012 printed in black ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“03731310”), so just under five weeks old at the time of consumption. Hooray for hops!

Appearance (4.0): Comes up to about one solid finger of off-white head, sitting on a dark, honey-colored amber (but darker, maybe like maple syrup). Spotty lace on all sides. This is a pretty good-looking beer, without a doubt.

Smell (4.0): Nice, brightly fruity—pineapple and tangerine, maybe—with a moderately dank and resinous undertone. There’s a solid but not cloying or thick caramel malt presence underneath the hops, which anchor them well.

Taste (4.5): Goddamn those are bitter hops. It’s not tongue-scraping bitterness, but the particular brand of piney, resinous bitterness that comes along first is exactly the RIGHT kind of bitter. Pine sap mixing with a serious pithy character, like you peeled a grapefruit and are just eating the rind. The malt sneaks along quietly here, but it’s rich and bready—but the hops also kick in a spicy note, which melds with the darker, toastier malt body, which turns more into a slightly darker caramel as it warms. Very, very nice. I am enjoying this a lot, and it only gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Lagunitas’ mouthfeel is very, very consistent. Not prickly at all, covers every part of the mouth with a good, moderate level of carbonation, foams nicely going down (sounds dirtier than it should), with a dry finish and a medium, oily body. Very nice.

Overall (4.0): We have a winner! This is such a nice break from these IPAs that don’t give a second thought to the malt body. Believe me, I want boatloads of hops in my craw, too, I just wish more breweries would pay a little more attention to the malt body, the core of the beer. Lagunitas did, and it paid off very, very well.

Photo of aorloski
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured gently into a tulip yielding little head. What head is there is off white/khaki, the color is a fantastic deep amber to brown.

Smell - This smells like the juiciest IPA I've ever smelled, actually very reminiscent of lagunitas sucks, I'm sure there are a lot of the same hop profile in these two beers. Grapefruit, muster, tropical pineapple and mangos all wrapped in some resin esters.

Taste - Big hop bite right up front, very piney like an east coast brew but its wrapped up in the middle by juicy mangos and passionfruit that ends on a bready malty backbone. SO good.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, dry and thin

Overall - Jesus this beer is fantastic, i didn't get nugget nectar right away because of all the hype but honestly this stacks up with it JUST as good, i can't say one is better than the other but that says a lot about this one, its incredible and for the ABV and price WHOAAAA. i usually am not a red ale fan because they are more malty than anything but this is like a fantastic DIPA. incredible beer here.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber color with reddish tint. Nice 1 finger off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Good amount of hops in the nose, mostly grassy, with a touch of floral and grapefruit notes.

T - Packs quit a bit of a hop wallop right up front. Starts very bitter and resiny. Fades into a sweet malt bill and finishes with just a bit of sweet fruit hop.

M - Well carbonated, yet smooth. A little thin, but still very good.

Overall - A very well crafted red ale here. It almost gives a bit of a "western" feel to a Nugget Nectar. Well done.

Photo of codynevels
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Pours a deep amber color into a Pint glass. 1 inch head dissipates quickly into a lacing.
Amazing bouquet of hops, grapefruit and pine comb!
Extreme hop kick in the face, with a malt backbone to boot.
Again the citrus hops on the tongue, with some malt sweetness all in the presence of the 7.8% ABV!
Ok, I get it now why they put the IMPERIAL in the name!
What an amazing beer! Highly recommended!

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a thin off-white head, but fantastic sticky lacing.

Heavy caramel malts in the aroma with a little underlying citrus and earthy hoppiness.

Starts out with equal parts earthy bitter (maybe Nugget) and sweet caramel malt. Finishes sticky with an amped up bitterness.

Medium thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

One of my favorite styles. This one is good, but far from the best I've had. Very glad it came back, but would still prefer Sucks by a landslide.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A big, hoppy aroma, with notes of caramel there as well.

T: Tasted of hops - a pretty big shot of them - malt, caramel, and a citrusy component. This beer is almost like a IPA in its character, but that's not a bad thing. It's complex, powerful, and flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the best ambers you're apt to find. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a amber with crimson and golden hues body. Very aromatic with lots of hops, citrus and pine. More than I expected. Flavor is more malty with a barley wine note, bitter hops with the sweet balance coming from a distinct caramel malt. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall very drinkable with a full and complex aroma. A must have a second time brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a reddish brown color with a smaller white head. The smells are of hops, caramel malts, and alcohol. The feel is medium and creamy from the carbonation. The taste is good, high hop bite up front, caramel, alcohol and some circus sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. I got a six at bottle revolution, it was $10 or so I think.

Appearance: A brilliant orange-red, perfectly clear. Thin white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops (candy orange slices) and caramel malt. Its OK, but truthfully a little muted.

Taste: Tasty sweet citrus hops and less pine. Big sweet caramel malt in good balance with the bitterness from the hops. Its really good.

Mouthfeel: Goes down too quick. Soft, with some sticky resin at the end.

Overall: Great beer. A little unfair to call it a red ale, since its basically a sweetish IPA. But they called it a red, so here we go-- a really good red ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,096 ratings.