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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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2,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 184
Gots: 202 | FT: 1
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 Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Erik-P, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of assman79
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

assman79, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of dmgallag
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

dmgallag, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of caahare
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

caahare, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of spacebear09
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Amber colored brew with good carbonation. Very thick head with good retention.

Smell- Bready sweetness, citrus, pineapple.

Taste- Citrusy and hop forward but not to the extent of most other Lagunitas beers. Biscuity malt backbone with a nutty finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and full bodied.

Overall- A fairly good beer. Nowhere near as good as Nugget Nectar though.

spacebear09, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy anything that Lagunitas brings forward. They have never been afraid to put together a beer that might not 'sound' right but comes forward with a nice brew.

Red Ale? What is it really? Deeper in color than a normal ale, reddish in color with a not too shy amount of hops coming around.

This one could sort of be a sleeper for me. Sounds as if many others should read the report about this one and then start to make their own positives as well as negatives.

When you start to drink and ask for the next one, you realize that you are basically happy with what has been presented to you already.

rdilauro, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

WesM63, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DavidHume, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

meehandennis, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Canada_Dan, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of RangnaR
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

RangnaR, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of RichieB12
4/5  rDev -2.9%

RichieB12, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of FinchSCF
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

FinchSCF, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JohnnyMc, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Bonis
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Bonis, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Skud
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Skud, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev -2.9%

wellsnb, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bit too light and clean for an Imperial Amber but the head was a majestic cap of densely thick foam.

The nose is rather fruity with a deep backdrop of malt. I caught aromas of grapefruit, oranges and tangerines with a hint of bitter pine.

The flavor is fruity as well as the tangerines seem more dominate. The orange and grapefruit comes next but the malt backbone is more solid through the flavor. It ends with just a bit of hop bitterness.

This drinks very well, smooth, clean and substantial.

I love Lagunitas and this just reinforces that love!

KYGunner, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DeutschesBier, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeErGoD7407, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear deep amber with copper highlights and a frothy cream head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam.

Dank cannabis, resin, grapefruit, pine, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. There's a hint of caramel malt sweetness underneath the barrage of hops.

Flavor reveals underpinnings of grapefruit, which fade to bready, toasted, slightly sweet caramel and fruity specialty malt that leads to a lightly bitter, resiny finish. Notes of pine and grass add complexity, but the grapefruit dominates the hop character.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Decent balance of hop and malt presence. The hop character is somewhat complex, and the malt is a welcome counterpoint. Not overly bitter. Very tasty! Could possibly use a touch more specialty malt for the style.

barczar, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

blackmathdavey, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

sunofneurot, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

EConnOG, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev -2.9%

peabody, Aug 02, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.