Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
Appearance: deep blood red almost brownish. one and a half fingers of a whitish head that fades slowly and leaves a pretty strong lacing. has a brightness to it but still a little bit hazy. 4.25/5
Smell: super strong and sweet caramel, darker caramel malts that hint at dark fruits. lots of bitter hoppiness coming through with resin, pine and citrus. some additional candy sweetness. 3.75/5
Taste: opens with a mix of dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar. the initial sweetness is quickly muted by a good dash of hop bitterness. hops include resin, pine and some citrus. Not quite as good as the smell due to the lack of balance. 3.25/5
Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. good bitterness but does not linger. almost not enough bitterness for all the sweet in this beer. 3.5/5
Overall: not quite the level I expect from Lagunitas and certainly not in the same ballpark as their other imperial red they release in bombers.
08-19-2014 22:57:07 | More by SportsandJorts
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Picked up a bomber of this from Whole Paycheck in Fair Lakes for $6.35; pretty decent price, really.
Appearance: dark copper with nicely firmed head. Significant lacing throughout.
Smell: remember when Nugget Nectar was good? Yeah, it smells like that! You can still pick out the sweetness from all of the bitter, citrusy hops.
Taste: perfect balance of sweet malt and floral/bitter hops. Nothing is "off" with this beer. If you like malt--check. If you like hops--check. If you like the taste of your beer improving as it sits in your glass--check.
Drinkability: High. Well priced, limited availability Imperial Red from a much-respected brewery. These folks have their priorities straight; thanks Lagunitas!
08-19-2014 19:59:54 | More by smanders
4.5/5 rDev +9%
A beautiful amber orange and yellow color, a perfect blend of hops and malt in the nose and in the taste, with the smooth and creamy mouthfeel anything claiming "imperial" status really should have. Really, just about a perfect imperial red. Is there a better red? Until further notice, my answer's "no".
08-19-2014 04:08:46 | More by ronricorossi
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,492 ratings.