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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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2,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 203
Gots: 267 | 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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 03-05-2005

54.2 IBU
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Photo of calcutron
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Appearance: deep blood red almost brownish. one and a half fingers of a whitish head that fades slowly and leaves a pretty strong lacing. has a brightness to it but still a little bit hazy. 4.25/5

Smell: super strong and sweet caramel, darker caramel malts that hint at dark fruits. lots of bitter hoppiness coming through with resin, pine and citrus. some additional candy sweetness. 3.75/5

Taste: opens with a mix of dark caramel malts and caramelized sugar. the initial sweetness is quickly muted by a good dash of hop bitterness. hops include resin, pine and some citrus. Not quite as good as the smell due to the lack of balance. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. good bitterness but does not linger. almost not enough bitterness for all the sweet in this beer. 3.5/5

Overall: not quite the level I expect from Lagunitas and certainly not in the same ballpark as their other imperial red they release in bombers.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of smanders
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Picked up a bomber of this from Whole Paycheck in Fair Lakes for $6.35; pretty decent price, really.

Appearance: dark copper with nicely firmed head. Significant lacing throughout.

Smell: remember when Nugget Nectar was good? Yeah, it smells like that! You can still pick out the sweetness from all of the bitter, citrusy hops.

Taste: perfect balance of sweet malt and floral/bitter hops. Nothing is "off" with this beer. If you like malt--check. If you like hops--check. If you like the taste of your beer improving as it sits in your glass--check.

Drinkability: High. Well priced, limited availability Imperial Red from a much-respected brewery. These folks have their priorities straight; thanks Lagunitas!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A beautiful amber orange and yellow color, a perfect blend of hops and malt in the nose and in the taste, with the smooth and creamy mouthfeel anything claiming "imperial" status really should have. Really, just about a perfect imperial red. Is there a better red? Until further notice, my answer's "no".

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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2.12/5  rDev -48.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Can't go wrong with Lagunitas. ever.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.24/5  rDev -21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.16/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: ruby brown ale, faintly hazed, with a couple of fingers of pale foam that left some small lacing down the glass

S: warming bready malts under resinous pine and citric hop aromas

T: warm brown bread and biscuit, slightly sweet; muted fruitiness; grapefruit and orange citrus elements as well as piney wood

M: medium-weight, enough chew that you're not likely to down it, but not so much that you couldn't if you wanted to; moderate carbonation

O: a nice take on the red/amber ale, IPA-like hops, but the malts give it a heartier, rustic character. Solid.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.