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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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1,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 164
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of BigRob329
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BigRob329, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rekrule, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

whittw, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

RandyBoBandy, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

dsauter, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DLS168, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

CarolinaKev, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of JrPrado
2/5  rDev -51.6%

JrPrado, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -3.1%

whatname, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.75/5  rDev +15%

SammyJaxxxx, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of kennethkearns
4.5/5  rDev +9%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of BlakeL
3/5  rDev -27.4%

BlakeL, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of tree777
3/5  rDev -27.4%

tree777, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

yergermeister, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of somestranger
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer well chilled and poured from a bottle into a shaker glass.

A: Crystal clear with a copper/rust brownish color and a thick foamy head that stays for long. Giving the glass a twirl shows lots of carbonation bubbles underneath the foam head.

S: The smell is very sweet and hoppy getting that nectar like tone telling you that there probably are loooads of hops in here.

T: Just as the smell does tell you, there are loooads of hops in here, yet balanced. The hops are doing a good work and leaves you with a bitter after taste that has that alcoholic-warming feel.

M: The loads of hops gives you a smooth silky feel that turns a little bitter at the end. The carbonation spotted are overwhelmed by the hops and does not kick in as you would expect.

O: This is an imperial (and pretty red) hop bomb. Well balanced smell and taste, giving you a nectar like experience with a little alcoholic warming effect.

somestranger, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JSchock7, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of tijuas
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas has never let me down, this beer was no exception.
first of all let me praise the artist they have because even the word red looks great in this bottle. Opened the beer pored into glass and was amazed with its strong red color. Head was about inch high,but did not stay for a wile. Smell was great with the classic laguntitas hop, hints of citrus pine and herbs. Mouthfeel was a little bit harder than smooth. Taste was great with hints of toasted malts and the classic lagunitas bitternes feel. Overall had a great experience and will get beer anytime i see it on a shelf.

tijuas, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

strongaf, May 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

hardcor33, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

drjman, May 30, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear copper, with red hues in the light. A big khaki head leaves spotty thick lacing, and clings forever.

Smells of a pine forest, and caramel rich warms malts.

Tastes very similar with lightly toasted malts, and a piny hop finish.

Feels almost smooth, but has a bubbly bit on the finish. Medium-light body with high carbonation, which evens out as it sits.

One of my favorite styles, but not as smooth as it could be, flavor is above average, but I am always looking for something a bit more.


Drinkerofales, May 30, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -3.1%

UltimateLivewire, May 30, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from my brother. Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber hue wih nice clarity. A one finger beige head. Leaves a ring of rentention. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops. Caramel malts.

Taste: Citrusy, somewhat sweet hops. A little bit of piney bitterness. Excellent balance with smooth caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, Perfect mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering hoppy yet balanced finish. The malts and hops just blend seamlessly. This is truly a beer with balance.

Will probably buy my own sixer of this.

nimrod979, May 30, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is golden orange with a half inch of tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma offers a bouquet of citrus, followed by malt and a bit of alcohol. Nice flavor. Hop forward, but still a strong malty foundation. Balanced and enjoyable. Medium bodied with a light bitterness in the finish. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I definitely see a sixer of this in my future.

Huhzubendah, May 28, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 7.8% abv. Slightly hazy reddish, copper color. White rocky head holds very well, and leaves some great patches of lace.

Citrus, pine and herbal hop aroma is nice. There is a great malt character in the nose as well, so this won't be too one-sided.

Some sweetness up front. Loads of caramel malt, hints of toffee. Sugar coated hops with some nice piney and herbal qualities. A bit of juicy fruit. A characteristic Lagunitas feel to this one.

Medium body, nice feel in the mouth. Slight warmth from alcohol, but not overwhelming. Pretty nice beer.

Bierguy5, May 28, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.