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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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2,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,202
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 208
Gots: 277 | 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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Ratings: 2,202 | Reviews: 780
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Boyfriend: Hoppy goodness! YUM
Girlfriend: Apparently, i can't say "apparently" without the boyfriend giving me shit about the "apparently boy". Anyways, APPARENTLY I'm not too fond of the hops. I did not trade any of my Black Rhino's Black Ale for it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep copper-ruby color with a one finger head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite robust of hoppy smells with a great showing of pine and grapefruit citrus. Along with these aromas are some nice roasted malt and sweeter smells of caramel as well as sweeter dark fruit aromas of a bit of cherry and fig. Overall the aroma is quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a very chewy and lightly toasted bready flavor with some hints of caramel sweetness within. While the nose had quite a bit of caramel, upfront the caramel is very light with it only gaining a little bit of intensity as the flavor moves onto the end. The nose also depicted a more hoppy aroma, which the taste was not upfront. There was a little bit of citrus grapefruit hop at the start, but it was light. As the taste advances however, the citrus gets stronger and is joined by a good sum of a pine hop flavor, with the two melding well with the very bready and roasted flavors of the brew. With a little bit of a herbal hop and some cherry and brown sugar that come at the end, a very pleasant and decently hopped but still roasted and lightly sweetened “red ale” taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for the big bready and red ale flavors of the brew, with them accentuating the pine and citrus hop nicely but yet still maintaining enough effervescence and thinness to be good for the sweeter flavors of the brew.

Overall – Another great brew by Lagunitas with tons of fantastic flavor and at one fantastic bomber price. They are consistently one of the better (if not the best) breweries for the cost. Well done!!

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -24.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.64/5  rDev +12.6%

poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Very dark amber, with a 2 finger sandy head. Very nice retention, but minimal lacing.

S - Juicy, sweet malts and bitter hops. Really great aroma.

T - This is the perfect tasting beer for me; my palate goes crazy when it hits. The tropical, bitter hops compliment the sweet amber malts to perfection. It's hard not to drink quickly.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. It is refreshing, malty and bitter all at once.

O - This is like the west coast version of Nugget Nectar and I will be purchasing more bottles.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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