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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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1,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 155
Gots: 83 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-31-2012 11:01:32 | More by StoicBeast
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-31-2012 03:31:18 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of heymikew


4.73/5  rDev +14.5%

Red! Red! We want Red. There's no substitute for Red!
Every time I drink this deep red-amber concoction I sing that old Sammy Hagar song in my head.

Evoking the 2011 "Lagunitas Sucks, Brown Shugga Substitute" but on a grander scale, this is a perfect balance of malt and hop. Weighing in at only 54.2 IBUs, it has a sticky resinous character that rivals some of the bigger IPAs.

As I buy up the dwindling stock that's getting harder to find, I hope that our dear friends at LBC will consider making this a staple

03-31-2012 03:06:44 | More by heymikew
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a lively amount of carbonation. A thin white film sits on top and leaves some scattered lacing.

S: Very simple aroma that consists of a strong bitter and slightly tropical hop profile accompanied by a solid caramel malt backbone.

T: Similar to the aroma with a bigger input of tropical fruits, mainly pineapple-like tastes. The caramel malts again provide a good backbone to the taste. It finishes with a significant hoppy bitter bite.

M: It is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that allows the flavors to travel across the palate. It finishes very wet and coats the palate with the bittering hops.

O: An above average amber ale. Definitely more hop forward than many others within the style, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

03-31-2012 02:44:53 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of IPAaron


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-31-2012 01:18:42 | More by IPAaron
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-31-2012 01:02:03 | More by halo913
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

03-31-2012 00:47:17 | More by rah1734bones
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-30-2012 22:58:50 | More by RTrain12
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-30-2012 22:31:51 | More by wolfeman007
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-30-2012 22:09:06 | More by keepitsimple1990
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-30-2012 21:49:59 | More by Ajlvt
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-29-2012 01:46:29 | More by jhb138
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Transparent amber body with a reddish tint. White head with good lacing.

S- Juicy hops come through on the nose. Citrus aromas with some light malt notes.

T- Hops come through from start to finish, but do not dominate. The malt balances it out and while still hop-forward, the balance is refreshing.

M- Crisp, clean and refreshing with some stickiness from the hops.

O- Very impressive offering. I like a good strong amber and this one does not disappoint.

03-29-2012 01:45:31 | More by stephenjmoore
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

03-29-2012 01:38:29 | More by gleemonger
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-28-2012 13:34:30 | More by Oboogie
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance - Pours a mostly goldish color with a slight amber red tinge. The bottle promises a big head, but was finger width on the pour and dissipated quickly into a fine, but sticky lace.

Smell - Wonderful citrus hoppy aroma with just a touch of pine resin, and some sweet malt notes come through as well.

Taste - Sweet and bitter ruby red grapefruit resulting from a wonderful balance of citrus hop and a sweet, sticky malt, slightly caramel but more bready. A bit of pine sneaks through, and there's a very faint bitterness that carries through well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Beautiful. Silky smooth, and a wonderful carbonation. It's almost criminal how easy drinking this beer is.

Overall - I'm noticing a pattern on the basic flavor profiles of the newer Lagunitas releases, and this one is no different. Citrus hop forward, anchored by a sweet malt backbone. I don't know if this necessarily fits the style of an imperial red (and per my understanding, "imperial red" is not a style that's currently recognized), but it sure is damn tasty.

03-28-2012 04:29:14 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

Fresh and new Lagunitas reviews are always awesome.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a dark amber-red body. Frothy white head forms to a nice size, which seems the norm for Lagunitas beers. Great head retention and big rings of lace.

S- Hop forward with hints of citrus fruit, berries, pine and slight peach. The rest of the aroma is fruity with a hint of caramel malt sweetness.

T- A balance of all the beer elements here with just a slight hop focus. Dark berries, peach and caramel malt come to mind first with notes of pine, citrus zest, bread, apricot and fruit pits.

MF- Foamy feel in a moderately thick body. Sweet and somewhat bitter feel left on the palate.

Sort of has a dark fruit-jam caramel ligther Barleywine feel after a while. The overall balance is very nice.

03-28-2012 02:53:41 | More by cbutova
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-28-2012 01:32:50 | More by cates1tg
Photo of bound4er


4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

A. Dark amber to crimson red appearance with an off white head of two fingers that breaks pretty quickly.

S. Malt and pitted fruit aromas with a dose of citrus hops and a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

T. Plenty of citrus and pine hops upon entry that is balanced out nicely with sweet malt. Finishes with a spicy, lingering bitterness

M. Creamy, just shy of being full bodied with adequate carbonation.

O. Lagunitas rarely disappoints and Imperial Red continues with that trend. This may be the best red ale I've had to date. Worth searching for.

03-28-2012 01:27:29 | More by bound4er
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-27-2012 19:36:06 | More by RyanPS
Photo of Lawl3ss


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured vigorously into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date 2.27.12.

Look- Clear medium amber with three fingers of pillowy eggshell head. Good retention, plenty of spotty lace.

Smell- Whoo-ee! Bold navel orange is the dominant player, backed up by strawberry, lemon, and a hint of cedar. Malt is there, somewhere, but only as the backdrop for a hopsplosion of aroma. Swirling brings out a nose-tickling spicy floral character. This is just the mix of sweet, citrus, and spice that I look for in a good hoppy American ale.

Taste- Starts like the nose, citric hops all the way. Dies down to a toasty base, with a final flash of lemongrass at the end. Sweet throughout, but not overly so. Aftertaste is leafy and herbal, something like mint tea. I wouldn't quite call it a letdown after the aroma, but it's quite a bit maltier than I was expecting, and the flavors are fairly nondescript, if appealing. Still extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel- Full body for the style, moderate carb. Silky feel. Moderately dry finish that leaves a need for another sip. Very easy drinking- goes down like lemonade.

Overall- It's straightforward, but man is it tasty. Nothing too complex, but everything is well-balanced and I wouldn't mind having a few of them. Another great offering from Lagunitas.

03-27-2012 03:33:00 | More by Lawl3ss
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-27-2012 00:59:23 | More by BFro
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +15%

03-26-2012 23:41:04 | More by tyjaman
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2.8/5  rDev -32.2%

Bottled 25JAN12

Pours a brown red with a finger of lighter caramel foam and some nice grainy lace. Smells of rich malts and some herbal hops - atypical for Lagunitas's style, but welcome nonetheless. I like it as a traditional red ale. Medium sweetness countered with bitterness and some herbal notes juxtaposed with a slight bitter orange peel flavor. A little more bitter than I'd like. Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb and a dry finish. Decent beer, but nothing outstanding.

03-26-2012 15:28:54 | More by harrymel
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Dark amber brownish red, go figure. Nice finger of slightly off white head head, good lacing, solid retention.

S: Lots of hoppy herbal and citrusy pine. Also, supported by a toasy wheaty malt backbone.

T: Excellent flavors goin on, spicy piney hops upfront with some bitter citrus and light grapefruit. Toasty, sweet maltiness as well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth slick oily feel, not overly carbonated, lots of coating on the mouth. High abv makes this tough to have more than a few.

O: Very solid red, up there with Nugget Nectar imo. Really like the hoppy reds that are on the shelves this spring. Will probably try and pick up a sixer before the end of the season.

03-26-2012 00:01:37 | More by Dools9
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.