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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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1,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 168
Gots: 135 | 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%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jbeezification, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Ultraman9000, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this squatty 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. No freshness date, but the website says they were released in January and this is August, so I'm assuming my bottle is around 8-9 months old.

The beer poured a clear red/amber color but only produced a half finger of off-white head that didn't last very long, but despite the lack of head, there was still a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Very fruity smell with pine hops and caramel malt aromas.

More hoppy than malty flavor, but still nicely balanced. Caramel malt, a kiss of honey, and a pineapple fruit flavor all lie underneath the dominating piny, citrus, and oily hops. There is also a bit of alcoholic flavor in the finish.

Medium body with fairly high carbonation. Finish leans towards the dry end.

Not a bad effort from a really good brewery.

matjack85, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Acoma, Aug 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

papacrowe, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

noahfree, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ltdantheman, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MrJolly, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a rich red brown brew. It holds a two finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving spots and patterns as it goes. Carbonation appears active, and there is a chill haze but no sediment. The aroma shows a nice mix between spicy and caramel malts, with fruity and citric hops. Pineapple, strawberry, and raw honey add sweetness, while a muddy mineral quality comes with warmth adding bitterness. It is bright, with a nice balance. Our first impression is that this beer is sweet at first, but has a very earthy, dirty back. As we sip, bitterness of lemon rind and citric hops start things off. There is a dryness of malts with toast and bitter toffee, while a tannin-like quality keeps things dry. It fights the juiciness and wetness of the hops. The middle peaks with more caramel malts, but they are sweeter here. The grain is rich, with faint chocolates somewhere in the distance, and dirty, metallic grit. The finish is spicy with booze, black pepper, chalky malts, mustard seed, grassy hops, citric hops, and tin. The aftertaste breathes more of the same, with bitterness of rind and earth. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, froth, cream, and smack. The mouth is coated with resiny hop oils, and there is a warm sting to the tongue thanks to the booze. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the citric qualities in both the nose and the taste. It really gave things a fresh, live, and organic quality. We were a bit disappointed that the great fruit from the snout didn’t translate well through the flavoring, but the hops did the trick and made them easy to forget with their juicy, citric, and fruity qualities in and of themselves. This is yet another tasty beer from a great brewery.

TheBrewo, Aug 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

pkmnzach, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

wmc0005, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of confer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with red tints. Small head made of bigger soapy bubbles fades quickly. Crystal clear.
Nice blend of pine and sweet citrus in the aroma.
At different temperatures the flavor changes. First opened and fridge temp the bitter hops are prevalent. As is warms the citrus flavor as well as a caramel malt dominate.
The feel is on the thick side. Low carbonation and a bit oily.
Overall another winner from Lagunitas. They do it right and for a decent price.

confer, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

eawolff99, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

H0rnedFr0gs, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

gkob, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Nage37, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

whiskey, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

JohnnyP37, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

luvbier, Jul 15, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in tulip

A - 1" of head, after much prompting. Generous lacing. Dark amber in colour

S - Sugary malt, with pine hops in the background. Delicious.

T - Hard malt backbone, with good amount of hopping. Brown sugar. Could really do well with some oak. Booze is definitely present, not terribly hidden, but quite enjoyable

M - Great. Nice density, medium carbonation.

O - Not too bad. Wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't kick it out.

Beelzebeer, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Onemic, Jul 12, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.