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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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1,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 156
Gots: 87 | 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 leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance - Pours a light copper hue with 1/2 finger width of bubbly off-white head. Nice clarity with bubbles present.

Smell - Pine/earthy hops, citrus notes, caramel.

Taste - Nice bold earthy and pine flavours from the hops. A touch of caramel sweetness is noticeable at the end, as well as a lemony citrus flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy with a dry finish.

Overall - A nice representation of an imperial red ale by Lagunitas. Definitely a hop bomb for those who are a fan of intense hops flavour.

04-09-2012 02:43:08 | More by leaddog
Photo of TravisD

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-08-2012 21:19:00 | More by TravisD
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-08-2012 18:53:14 | More by Mick-e-d
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-08-2012 16:38:05 | More by rwilde
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

A ruby amber with a large long lasting thick foamy off white head on the pour, with good lacing throughout. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel malt, piney earthy hops, grains, spicy rye and fruity esters fill the senses. Taste is toasted caramel malt, piney earthy hops, with a bit of spicy rye grains and fruity. Palate is a med to full body, with good carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is toasted caramel malt, some light yeast followed by some earthy piney hops for balance, ending long dry hopped finish with some lingering nutty earthy hops. Hops are not overpowering and some pleasant sweet fruity alcohol ester come thru. Overall a very good well balanced and tasty brew with a complex nose and taste.

04-08-2012 12:47:48 | More by Samp01
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-08-2012 05:08:58 | More by downtown720
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-08-2012 04:34:26 | More by stortore
Photo of shand


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial point.

Pours a hazy red color with a finger of persistent head. The aroma is part typical Lagunitas tropical fruit hop bomb, and half rich, malty base. The taste is aggressively tropical-hoppy at first, but has a sweeter, maltier finish than an IPA would have. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and well-carbonated. Overall, this is a solid hoppy red. It's not as good as the local favourite Tocobaga, but it's still a worthy drink.

04-08-2012 03:57:45 | More by shand
Photo of tlazaroff


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Beautiful bright, resiny, floral, and pine aroma. I am beginning to thing that there is nothing better in this world than a hoppy Amber. There is some sweetness coming through too and upon further examination of the olfactory qualities, I believe I smell tangerine too. I want to continue to the taste, but I just can't stop smelling this!

Brilliantly clear amber in color with some nice (few) carbonation bubbles supporting a thin white head. The only issue here is the head, lacing is somewhat thin and it dissipates quickly. Otherwise its a solid looking beer.

Tastes like freshly squeezed orange juice combined with a wheat grass shot! It has a floral quality to it but the tangerine part of the flavor won't be denied! On the backend it has a doughy kind of taste, like a fresh bake-shop might smell. Bitterness is firm upfront but quickly fades, making this a nice beer to have with something sweet for desert.

Moderate body on the low end, and medium carbonation help this beer's drinkability despite the ABV being on the higher end of "safe." I really really am enjoying this, but what else would I expect from Lagunitas, am I right?

04-07-2012 23:32:54 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of mschind


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz bottle, no date.

A- Poured into a pint glass giving a 1.5 inch off white head which dwindled down to nothing but still managed to coat the glass. I'm seeing more amber than red but if I squint just right I can imagine a reddish hue. Clear with barely any discernible bubbles.

S- Nose is pine, grapefruit and vanilla.

T- Slightly sweet up front with a carmel flavor which transitions to a nice mildly bitter hop kick and a tart citrus finish. Very well balanced and smooth over the palate.

M-The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. I almost want to chew it. Beautiful carbonation.

O- Another fine offering from Lagunitas. There is much to enjoy here, especially the presentation of the hops. Rich and robust.

04-06-2012 22:21:34 | More by mschind
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-06-2012 21:45:30 | More by GJDitzler
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-06-2012 05:51:52 | More by bigred89
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-06-2012 03:55:25 | More by TheBishopco
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-06-2012 02:05:40 | More by hoppymcgee
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Amber, filtered, lots of scattered lacing and a thin cap of foam stays until the very end.

S: Grapefruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, spicy, a bit of a vegetal note too.

T: A good wallop of tropical fruit hop flavors, pineapple, papaya, burnt caramel.

M: Smooth, silky. Not much lingering bitterness or hotness despite the relatively high abv.

O: 'nother good hopped up beer from Lagunitas.

04-05-2012 01:49:33 | More by diamondc
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours out a brilliant clear bronze. The head looks thick and with a foam top. Retention that won't quit. Lacing is abundant and sticky.

S - Pine needles in the nose, grapefruit and pineapple as well. All balanced out but a caramel/syrup sweetness.

T - Mostly bitter tropical fruits and hop spice with a sweetness stemming more from molasses and candy sugar. Very flavorful all in all.

M - Thick and full bodied. Carbonation is a bit high which I think keeps it from feeling to syrupy.

O - Basically pretty much a badass huge hoppy brew. You'll get your hops fix with this one. Lagunitas never fails to impress.

04-04-2012 23:37:19 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A:Obviously, amber, red, huge frothy head, looks great!

S: Grapefruit rind, some sweet bready malt scents, strong pine as well. The hops really shoot through the heavy maltyness of this.

T: What can I say, it tastes like a really good hoppy Lagunitas brew, Immediate grapefruit oils and then a sweet malty typical amber malt profile flavor. Whats unusual though is how the hops just explode throughout, never does this meander or "taste" malty even though there is a strong malt presence, thanks to the dank hops in this baby. Piney bitter closing. Excellent.

M: Medium mouthfeel, surprisingly light for 7.8 amber IPA. Totally balanced, the dry bitter hops are invigorating.

O: Overall, this is one of the best if not the best Amber IPA I've had. I like Lagunitas, I like this beer, you will too if you enjoy super hopped amber ales, a no brainer!

04-04-2012 23:35:01 | More by Avantyawn
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured slightly chilled in oversized glass (good thing too because of the huge head)

A: crazy huge head, clear copper red color; abundance of carb beads; beautiful lacing; couldn't be better
S: piney resinous; lovely, inviting aroma
T: all grapefruit; sweet, sour and hoppy; the copious hop profile makes this a very flavorful beer

What an exciting, rebellious beer.

04-04-2012 13:22:08 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

04-04-2012 05:15:04 | More by justinlaz
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-04-2012 02:19:54 | More by The22Lou
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New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer is clear deep amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with a good balance of hoppy and malty flavors and also hides its alcohol very well.

04-04-2012 01:15:44 | More by metter98
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-03-2012 23:25:35 | More by RWNay
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-03-2012 19:18:40 | More by funkel81
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

04-03-2012 01:29:24 | More by fartmaster
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-02-2012 23:00:29 | More by mikepcarney
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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