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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

1,655 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 166
Gots: 125 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

smogfood, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ThirdEyePA, Jul 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

beerdedbiker, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A birthday brew courtesy of my western connection joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, solid red hue, finger of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of sweet caramel, sweet citrus, pine and earthy cedar notes, with a burnt sugar finish.

T - Sweet cotton candy hops flavors, the earthy cedar and pine come through alongside sweet lemon citrus. Solid caramel flavors comes through and lingers with a bittersweet hop flavor.

M - Medium bodied, smooth going down and finishes wet.

O - Solid imperial red with the trademark Lagunitas hop flavor profile. Loads of flavor and super stoked to have gotten a chance to try this brew. The abv is dangerously hidden making this a sneaky treat!

andrenaline, Jul 08, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, rich amber colored brew which boasts a creamy, solid two-finger thick yellowish-white head. Chunky and plenty floaters, tons of lacing to go around here too. This is the sort of sticky lace that cakes the side of the glass and would just stay there if left alone. Nice.

Smells oily, resinous pine, citrus, floral, earthy hops and caramel malt.

Big hops, spices, bright fruits - maybe apricot, mango. Nice malt balance, but the hops prevail. Cracker/toasted bread in there as well. Lots of things going on here, but nothing is overdone - great tasting brew. Really another hit for Lagunitas.

Medium bodied, thick hop coating on the tongue. Silky smooth and creamy.

Easy drinking hop delight. Can't believe this is 7.8 abv. Thanks bro for this one. Truly not one to miss. Sadly I have only this one, but I will keep my eye out for this - even though it is a limited release. Unbelievable drinkability in spite of the abv.

ujsplace, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BMart, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tsm2011, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

hophopandaway14, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

fishkab, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

craigreno, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

BYAHHHHHH, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a medium amber / copper tone while yielding and finger and a half od frothy off-white head; modest retention and lacing. nose is fairly aromatic, delivering notes of pine, citrus (notably grapefruit), and some tropical characters.

flavor follows well with a strong hoppy citric/pine presence flanked by secondary notes of tropical fruit and some balancing malt. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall another winner from lagunitas, a brewery that continues to impress with fantastic yet reasonably priced beer and widespread distribution. this one wasn't my favorite from them but very good nonetheless. keep 'em comin'!

BostonHops, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

wo87810, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ms11781, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

wilkinswesley, Jul 01, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice copper color with a finger of off-white head.

S - Has that classic Lagunitas aroma, incorporating pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop aromas. Sweet caramel malt.

T - Sweet and bitter attempt to balance each other, but the beer ends up too hoppy for a red ale. Needs to show better balance. Grainy, toasted, caramel, sweeter citrus, bitterness, brown bread.

M - Medium in body, a bit lingeringly sticky. Overall it works well for what the beer is trying to be.

O - I don't like it all that much. Unbalanced and just unnecessary. It isn't undrinkable, but I won't buy it again.

greenmonstah, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on May 10, 2012. Did not find a date on the bottle.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a poco grande flute glass.

A-Red-amber, bubbly 2 finger head that left great lacing. Carbonation just kept streaming up from the bottom.

S-Pineapple, mango, citrus hop smell. Tropical fruits.

T-Tangy, citrus astringent hop bite up front, nice clean malty finish.

M-Nice amount of hops that coat the tongue.

O-Another great beer from Lagunitas! Reminds me a lot of Troegs Nugget Nectar, which is a winner! Would definitely like to have this one around A LOT.

jhartley, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

beerman999999, Jun 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Nofear048, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Element1290, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TexasMartin, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

dgeebs07, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

creez, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy ruby, one finger of tan head retained at a thin covering with some lacing
S - molasses and candied fruit, herbs and fresh grass, with a mild booziness
T - toffee and molasses malt, light cherry, strong pine and grass hop notes, finishing with a alcohol spice and sweetness
M - medium to big body, creamy and full, finishes sticky and bitter
O - a well done big amber, both big and balanced in flavour, Lagunitas delivers as usual

joemcgrath27, Jun 25, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.