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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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

A: Amber, filtered, lots of scattered lacing and a thin cap of foam stays until the very end.

S: Grapefruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, spicy, a bit of a vegetal note too.

T: A good wallop of tropical fruit hop flavors, pineapple, papaya, burnt caramel.

M: Smooth, silky. Not much lingering bitterness or hotness despite the relatively high abv.

O: 'nother good hopped up beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a brilliant clear bronze. The head looks thick and with a foam top. Retention that won't quit. Lacing is abundant and sticky.

S - Pine needles in the nose, grapefruit and pineapple as well. All balanced out but a caramel/syrup sweetness.

T - Mostly bitter tropical fruits and hop spice with a sweetness stemming more from molasses and candy sugar. Very flavorful all in all.

M - Thick and full bodied. Carbonation is a bit high which I think keeps it from feeling to syrupy.

O - Basically pretty much a badass huge hoppy brew. You'll get your hops fix with this one. Lagunitas never fails to impress.

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

A:Obviously, amber, red, huge frothy head, looks great!

S: Grapefruit rind, some sweet bready malt scents, strong pine as well. The hops really shoot through the heavy maltyness of this.

T: What can I say, it tastes like a really good hoppy Lagunitas brew, Immediate grapefruit oils and then a sweet malty typical amber malt profile flavor. Whats unusual though is how the hops just explode throughout, never does this meander or "taste" malty even though there is a strong malt presence, thanks to the dank hops in this baby. Piney bitter closing. Excellent.

M: Medium mouthfeel, surprisingly light for 7.8 amber IPA. Totally balanced, the dry bitter hops are invigorating.

O: Overall, this is one of the best if not the best Amber IPA I've had. I like Lagunitas, I like this beer, you will too if you enjoy super hopped amber ales, a no brainer!

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly chilled in oversized glass (good thing too because of the huge head)

A: crazy huge head, clear copper red color; abundance of carb beads; beautiful lacing; couldn't be better
S: piney resinous; lovely, inviting aroma
T: all grapefruit; sweet, sour and hoppy; the copious hop profile makes this a very flavorful beer

What an exciting, rebellious beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear deep amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with a good balance of hoppy and malty flavors and also hides its alcohol very well.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale last week for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I was happy to see that Lagunitas decided to bring back their Imperial Red Ale, I haven't had a chance to try this beer before so I thought I should get a six pack and check it out, Lagunitas never disappoints, so lets see how it goes. 2012 release. Poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, the different types of fonts they used make it look nice while still being pretty simple. It poured a pretty clear golden amber color that took on a nice and bright amber red color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some lacing. This is a good looking beer, I got no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off nicely and is heavy on the hops with tons of citrus hops that impart lots of grapefruit aromas along with a little bit of pineapple and there is also a slight bit of piney hops that mixes well with the citrus. Towards the end I get some light malty flavors with some bread and biscuit like malts showing up a little. The aroma was nice and hoppy, I liked it.

T- The taste has much more balance to it then the aroma did but the main focus is still on the hops. It starts off with all those cirtusy, and slightly piney hops that I picked up in the aroma with grapefruit being the flavor that sticks out the most. After that I get some pretty sweet malts that impart a brown bread and caramel flavor that helps bring out some balance. It had a medium amount of bitterness at the end with a nice citrusy, and slightly bready aftertaste, that seems to stick around. This was a good tasting beer, but I thought it was a little on the sweet side and if that was toned down the flavor would be pretty perfect.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it suits this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and it was a pretty good and flavorful Imperial Red Ale, it had a pretty strong hop profile but there was just enough malts to impart some of those good Red Ale flavors. I thought this beer had pretty good drinkability, I always drink it quicker then I expect, it's smooth and has more then enough flavor to hold my interest, two or three of these would be nice on a warm day. What I liked most about this beer was pretty much everything, all aspects of this beer were well done. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness in the flavor, the flavor was still good, but if the sweetness was toned down a little it would be a 4.5. I would buy this beer again, this six pack isn't lasting as long as I thought so I can see getting another one before they are all gone. I recommend giving this beer a try, I think it will appeal to Red Ale lovers and hop heads. No surprise here this is another good brew from Lagunitas, they never seem to disappoint me and that's why they are one of my favorite out of state brewerys, they make really good beers and this one is no exception, keep it up guys, I would like to see some other brews you got that haven't been made in a while.

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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%

Photo of babaracas
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with one finger thick offwhite head, settling to a thin ring. Spots of lace left on the glass. Smell: tropical fruit and candied citrus, leafy, pine resin. Taste: pineapple, papaya, caramel, then into biting citrus finish. Medium bodied, creamy feel; sticky pineapple juice finish. Delicious at 7.8% abv, 54 ibus.

Photo of imasloth
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into pint glass- highly carbonated, visible through light amber to orangish brew. Cream-coloured thin head, moderate lacing.

S- All hops, nothing else. Get citrus and floral notes.

T- All hops- similar to smell.

M- Light to mdeium body. I'd like mine a bit heavier. Some bitter afterfeel.

O- A red ale?! Tastes like an IPA to me, and a one note one at that.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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