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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,636 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,636
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 164
Gots: 123 | 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:
54.2 IBU

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into an IPA Spiegelau glass from a 22oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with a two finger off-white head. Doesn't leave much lacing. Smells citrusy and piney with caramel notes and a little burnt toast. Taste follows the nose. A nice amount of bitterness. 54 IBU might not seem like a lot but it's just right for this brew. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit in there as well and some malty sweetness. Not a trace of alcohol in this but at 7.8% it's pretty potent. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Not a sticky beer though. Carbonation is great, fits with the style. Overall, a fantastic beer and excellent example of the modern Red Ale. Is it an IPA? Is it a Red? No, it's somewhere in between and I love it just the way it is. Lagunitas never disappoints.

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Bottle (no noticeable date)
Pours quite clear auburn-red with a lingering head that provided a modicum of lacing. The nose is of a fairly common Lagunitas pine-woodiness with what I will describe as a cherry-wood type sweetness that I also associate with Lagunitas. With some warmth I get indistinguishable pitted fruit.

The taste starts out English-bitter style [that I describe as] caramel-copper taste. The taste has a classic apple-grape fruit impression that battles and eventually loses to an alcohol-tinged woodiness. The feel is somewhat light initially, but given time, there is a drying effect that might not be typical, but that I notice as quite strong.

I have somewhat unconsciously enjoyed this style for a while, and I can't say this interpretation fails, but the drying nature of this beer battles what I have generally enjoyed about the style I the past.

cjgiant, Sep 11, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,636 ratings.