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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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1,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 162
Gots: 123 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

adxss, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jesus808, May 20, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours into a becker.

Pours a clear with haze, deep amber color. Huge off white fluffy dense head. Nice dense layer stays and tons of lace. Great looks here.

Brew smells of lots of caramel malts and even more oily resin hops. Very good mouthwatering nose.

Brew tastes of smooth caramel malts, very full body, has very nice hops in the finish. Lots of grapefruit, citrus and oily resin. The finish coats the tongue dry and feels great. The tastes are perfectly blended here. Great abv here as well, nice mellow burn after a few big swigs. Great stuff here.

Perfect balance; flavors, mouthfeel and drinkability are all top notch here. Great stuff here. Would love to sample this next to Nugget Nectar and Red Rocket. Another world class brew I have tried from Lagunitas.

magine, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jmccraney, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

TedSneakman, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

quetzal013, May 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

yeti123, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Thunderchief, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Googs, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

setexascustoms, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BoRaeCho, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

SalukiAlum, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

sbanacho, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Ozurr, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

syntheticwings, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of big piny hops with some light sweetness.

Tastes of the hops upfront layered over a nice malt foundation. Starts with a wave of hops that gives notes of citrus and pine. Fairly bitter. Malts come through with some caramel sweetness and toffee. There is a good bit of sugar that balances out the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is another solid addition to the Lagunitas lineup and I find it to be well put together.

ocelot2500, May 13, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

A Beautiful clear amber a small egg shell head

S Wonderful smelling beer. Hops, pine, citrus and a slight malty sweetness

T Outstanding! I'm getting the hop oils and grapefruit. Middle of the tongue comes the malt profile that is so harmonious with the oils, pine and citrus. Slight bitterness lingers.

M Nicely carbonated. Very refreshing beer. Medium viscosity.

O Very impressed by what Lagunitas is pumping out. This is a delicious beer and an outstanding value as well. If this exact beer had a Three Floyd's label on it, people would be going gaga over it. Pro's and con's to that. Good for me that it's low on the radar. Bad for Lagunitas for not getting the true respect they deserve. I'm sure they don't care about that anyhow. Cheers!

mikul93, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid copper amber color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing considerable dry citrus and light sweet malt. On the palate, this is pretty impressive, as I get considerable hoppy bitterness that overwhelms the malty sweetness almost completely. There's also something of a biscuit flavor in the finish that is interesting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and bitter, hint of sweetness finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but you can tell it's in the 7% or 8% range.

Typical well crafted beer from Lagunitas, and another absolute treat for hop heads.

John_M, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

tbizzle0, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Zaphog, May 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%


Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Pretty amber and visibly creamy in texture with a thick, whipped-creamy light khaki colored head that leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous cask beer.

Aroma is a pleasant combination of sweet caramel malt along with some orange and grapefruit flesh and zest. Very nice.

The flavor follows the aroma, and this is most certainly a nicely hopped amber. There's enough bitterness and grapefruit presence to put a little excitement into an otherwise malty, somewhat boring style.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

Somewhat creamy, nicely hopped amber, though nothing particularly exciting or new here.

ehammond1, May 11, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%

An inspired rejuvination of their first-ever brew, this bold American red ale from Lagunitias is a divine gift from the gods. Beer simply doesn't get much better than this. It is abusively strong in color, appearance, alcohol content, hops and attitude and will launch a full-on assault on your trembling senses. It is caramelly and spicey and smooth and tender and smacks of everything that is good about beer in general and life itself. It is obvious that the guys at Lagunitas hit a home run their first time up and we, the people, are blessed to be counted worthy to share in that first success.

Maximusmaximus, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

schnarr84, May 11, 2012
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.