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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Reviews: 877 | Ratings: 2,677
Photo of Albianfire
1.46/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Look- pours with a copper hue and 1 finger head dissipating quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. The particulate matter (oh my!) I wish I could post a pic here. Looks like when you feed aquarium fish! Seriously, for a professional brewery there is no legitimate reason not to filter a copper ale. This is where the majority of the points are lost for me. I have to go into it reminding myself that it won't hurt me to drink it. So, here goes. . .

Smell- some Carmel malt. Nothing else.

Taste- Hmm . . . Sour, is this a bad bottle I wonder? Malt backbone is there but the sourness or possibly the hop bite kills it. I'm half way through and will be a struggle to finish. There are some Busch Signature Copper Lager series in the fridge from marinating some ribs. And, THEY, are calling my name over this stuff.

Mouthfeel- light with moderate carbonation. No issues for me here.

Overall- I may try one more in the future to see if this was a bad bottle. I generally like what Lagunitas puts out and appreciate their hops profile. But, this falls wayyy short of the mark.

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Photo of twage04
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep gold, not really anything approaching copper or amber. Aroma is a vegetal thing with flavor being the same. Wholly forgetable and unremarkable. Kinda reminded me of undercover shutdown strong ale but I'm not entirely sure how. I drank it and it wasn't offensive to the senses or anything but a little disappointing.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as ambers go this is leans more on the hoppy side. Not overly bitter but not a super sweet. Aroma is very bready, some butterscotch for sure, almost smells like a big lager - I wonder if they used lager style yeast for this one? Carbonation is about right. Mouth feel is real nice, a bit creamy but definitely not overly carbed. Taste is very malty on the front end, bright/sweet hop finish. This might be a good gateway beer for those who are trying to ease into the IPA craze. Overall a great beer although not sure it's a true amber due to the bittering hops.

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Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a copper color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and sugary sweetness with fruit. The taste is very fruity with caramel malt. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/12/2016. Body is clear, a duller amber orange, copper color with slow streaming carbonation floating towards a rocky off-white head. The smell is very atypical of Lagunitas, much more malt forward but the hops are certainly there, fighting to keep a balance. Caramel malt sweetness, clover honey, fresh baked bread, yeast fruitiness, and the hops contribute a spicy earthiness like black tea, some citrus, and pine. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated, pleasantly easy drinking, and has a clean, sweet finish. The taste follows the aroma with its sweet breadiness, caramel, toasted grains, slight oakiness, floral hops, and citrus. This has been one of the only widely distributed Lagunitas beers that I have had yet to try.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, code 301 5 2 - poured into a teku)

L: beautifully crystal clear, except for some speck-y sediment that made it in - kept out most of it... amber color liquid, slight tinge of red... wonderful, bouncy tuft of creme-colored spongy suds... foam falls, but stays rocky, sticking in clumps around the glass... very pretty

S: soft, fleshy sweet orange peel-y hops... hard candy, of a generic red berry fruit... hint of mildly-crystal-ed malt, only a passing whisper of cereal graininess... overall intensity moderate... no overt booze

T: unexpected depth in vibrancy and sustain to the hops - their copious resins supported by a subtly supple-y-sweet syrupy malt combine to create a sort of fruit n' honey hard candy flecked with shards of lemon zest... watch for the swift, smooth sweep of malt in the finish underneath the glowing green-yellow above

F: curvature, for certain, but disgustingly (delectably) light-bodied... creeping, subsonic hum of alcohol... deadly drinkability, period

O: could use a smidge more balance with the malt, but that ain't what they does... really a love or hate thing with these guys, but they hit a grand slam on this one - or maybe a 6-run dinger, as in, I will buy a six pack of this... harharhar..... har

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color, with moderate-to-high visible carbonation.

Strong smell of toasted malts and hops. In addition, there's also herbal flavors, and a biscuit/sweet bread scent emanating from this brew.

Taste is full of grainy malts, floral tones, and subtle citrus. Quite a bit of hops as well. Mouthfeel is quite light, which contrasts the rich taste in an interesting manner. Carbonation is relatively subtle, and texture dry.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear copper pour with a slight chill haze. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nice nose of rich malt (biscuit, caramel) with a slight nuttiness, floral notes and very subtle hints of prunes/dates. As it warms, bready notes become evident.

Nice light medium body that is quite smooth in texture. Normal carbonation level with a subtle middle effervescence and a stronger finish.

The laid back flavor profile is outstanding and quite complex. It begins with rich bready malt that has caramel underneath. The middle delivers the strongest sweetness, which is moderate and well balanced with a very subtle tea like floral bitterness. Tea hop flavor is also present in the middle. After the middle, the flavor takes on a slightly nutty baked bread character that hints at being ever so slightly over baked. As the finish approaches, the dark fruits arrive and assume the forefront - dates initially that flow to prunes. The finish is a slow slightly sweet fade of caramel and prune.

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Photo of MACrist
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Darker amber/red, not quite rust colored, clear. Nice steadily rising small bubbles. Poured into a Nonic pint glass, about a finger of khaki head. Pretty good head retention, nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet bready malt, Some dark dried fruit-raisin like. A little nutty, a little black pepper. I want to say just a tiny bit of chocolate.
TASTE: Lots of bready, sweet malt, dark dried fruit. No hop bite or citrus/pine quality, but there is a pretty good balance to the beer. It's not overly sweet and is not really bitter at all...middle of the road
MOUTHFEEL: Very nice, adequate carbonation, medium light body...a little watery but not in a bad way. Very smooth beer that finishes pretty dry.
OVERALL: A decent amber ale, bordering on a light brown ale. Similar to Fat Tire but less obnoxious :)

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Photo of Gajo74
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a copper and amber color with a nice foam head and good lace retention. Aroma is quite sweet with caramel malts prominent. Also, some floral aroma and tea. The taste is equally as sweet and also dominated by caramel malts. However, there is some good balance; modest bittering hops, grapefruit zest, tea leaves. The finish is sweet but becomes drier and more bitter throughout. Medium bodied, almost syrupy and softly carbonated.
Overall a solid, tasty and drinkable offering.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Price Paid : $1.49

Pours a gigantic and fluffy webby head like all signature Lagunitas beers. The body is copper colored as the bottle says, and 60% opaque.

The aroma is of peppermint, and some roasted malts. Can this be right? Agitating the glass brings out some fresh oranges, and a little pith. Faint to nose.

Taste is hoppy, to be expected, but has a wonderful balance of perfectly roasted cereal grains, ending with a squirt of orange and some peel.

Sharp carbonation pricks the tip of the tongue and gradually mellows out into a softer cactus stab as it fades on the palate. Semi-dry and semi-sticky finish.

Overall impressions : Lagunita's makes great beers. I can never see myself buying a six pack of any kind though, as they are almost always sippers and my sippers are stouts. This amber should be imbibed slowly and comfortably. It's a fabulous representation.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copperish color with a 1 finger head.

Smells of toasted malts and a bit floral.

Taste malty and biscuity.

A solid beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Clear amber. Medium foam and retention.
S: Toasted malts. Grassy.
T: Tangerine peels. Slightly grassy. Medium bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Fair.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear copper with a thick white head. Smell is amber malt, very clean. Taste is hoppy, slightly sweet. The feel is well suited for this beer. I continue to come back to the Lagunitas core lineup when I need a break from beer exploration, never disappointing

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out with a velvety, creamy head, dark copper color and lots of fine carbonation . Nice malty aroma and Tate with some hop dryness at the finish . Wonderful !

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear and dark amber with copious white head. Pleasantly effervescent. Smells of bread, roasted malts, citrus, some floral notes. Tastes sweet malts forward, bready, yeasty, pleasant hoppy pine mid to end note with a clean finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not syrupy despite its sweetness.
Overall, quite good. This is not a style I would expect to like, but this is a solid, highly enjoyable exemplar of a copper/amber ale. Well balanced. Grows in complexity as it warms

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Photo of leantom
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, a very rich and bready brew. Here goes:

A: Beautifully dark but clear copper color. Pours a massive, fluffy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Superb.

S: Very bready. Lots of baker's yeast. Also a fair amount of toasty caramel malt. However, the yeast absolutely predominates the smell.

T: Follows the nose. Taste predominantly bready yeast with faint hints of caramel malt. Wish the malt was a little less subtle, but the beer is still good. I also wish the body was slightly more carbonated.

F: Good, but a little undercarbonated.

O: A good beer. Would have again.

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Photo of byronic
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a beautiful copper with minimal head. Smells fantastic, a balance of sweetness such as caramel and maltyness. Tastes fantastic, a bit on the sweet side but goes down smooth and a little bit dry. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Tastes of cocoa and dark fruit in an ESB ("English") body (low head, high clarity). Low hop presence; light, dry, crisp, with hints of honey malt. Good evenin-time easy-drinker. Not my favorite style, but has it's place.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden copper with a massive head of creamy off-white suds. Attractive spoke lacing.

Aroma is caramel malts, bready and subtle.

Taste: Sweet up front, with notes of caramel, honey, toasty bread being most prominent. A hint of fruity hops bitterness materializes at the finish. This is a standout amber ale with tons of flavor.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really nice ale. Citrus and malts flavors combine really well here, letting both have a presence and compliment each other really well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Daily Growler. Boston Shaker.

Appearance: Dark Copper with 1 finger off-white, foamy head. No visible carbonation. UNREAL lacing, fair retention: thin skim of white and a ring.

Aroma: Very English; bananas? Butterscotch? Mild; grows more malty and butterscotch as it warms, but never really overpowers the senses.

Taste: Hefty, mild arrival; esters appear midway. Bananas and butterscotch; turning to a soothing bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness seems to strengthen.

Mouthfeel: Midweight, little carb., but more than some ambers. Quite slick on the finish, but not as slick as Bell's or Mt. Carmel. More slick than Sixpoint, Jackie O's Firefly, or Fat Tire.

Overall: That may be the best Amber Ale I've had. Really balances the hops and malt perfectly. I'd put this above Bell's and Mt. Carmel; barely below Sawtooth (or what I imagine non-nitro Sawtooth would be, I though the nitro took away from the experience). Could easily substitute for a pale ale in my rotation (actually, remarkably like Sam Adams Boston Ale). Some amber ales are over-hopped cream ales; others are sickly sweet malt bombs; others are IPAs in disguise. This is a perfect amber ale, balancing all sides: malty, estery, and clean.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of Lagunitas and I have tried most of their IPAs, but have not tried this one so I grabbed some from the shelf and popped it in the fridge. It has 6.75% ABV and 35 IBUs. It is a Rich Copper Ale which is a great beer type to stumble across.

Look-It pours a reddish copper amber color that is absolutely beautiful and a creamy thick white head. The lacing is persistent and foamy. The clarity of this beer is substantial and one can easily see the carbonation trails. I cannot stress enough how beautiful the red hues are in this beer, even without a strong backlight.

Smell-I get a nice variety of malt components to this beer. I pick up on caramel and cereal grain oats as well as some earthy notes and maybe cider and even applesauce which make for an excellent and unique aroma!

Taste-The flavor is more spicy and rich than the nose foretold, but it is neither overwhelming nor overly sweet. The malts are present the whole way through and can be described as toffee, orange, and a hint of pine. I also get some toasted oak, bread, and grains from the malts which are amazing. Biscuit flavors abound also.

Mouthfeel-It has a medium-bodied and creamy feel, but neither syrupy nor overly sweet. The carbonation is medium as well and the bite from the alcohol is appropriate and well placed. It almost has like an oily texture and finishes moist and clean. Very nice!

Overall-This is a very drinkable session red ale, as I would describe it and is so well-balanced. It came from Lagunitas so it should come as no surprise that it is delicious. The alcohol and carbonation play together perfectly and each shows up at the end primarily. There is a mild lingering coating on the tongue which is definitely from the grassy hops, but no bitterness gets through. You must try this beer at least once!

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Photo of jhartley
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee glass. Julian dated: 077 5 2

Dark orange to golden brown body with a light white head that leaves a faint amount of lacing in the glass.

Kind of a butterscotch, burnt sugar aroma. Nothing too overwhelming.

Sweet, slightly spicy malts come through with a nice light finish.

Overall, not an awesome beer but an easy drinker that would be a great on a cool fall day.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at my local Trig's grocer. No bottled on date, but the fact that I pulled this one out of a box that had just arrived and was awaiting placement is a pretty good indication that this is fresh. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber with about a half-inch of off-white head that sticks around for a bit, falls to a healthy film, and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with a moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts define this bouquet. There's a bit of a cider quality, as well. Some more subtle toasty malts, as well as some other earthy notes in the mix.

T: Sweet caramel malts, along with some toasty malts right out of the gate. Nice malt profile, in general, on this one. Again, I'm getting a bit of a cider flavor from this. The middle sees the introduction of some earthy tones, along with a touch of raisin and cracked pepper. There's a tart that builds in the middle and continues into the back end. The close has more of that nice balance of malts, with the addition of a nice resinous hop presence--not overtly bitter or overpowering, but providing some balance.

F: Medium-bodied, crisp, a bit creamy in the middle, and quite clean-finishing, though there is a bit of tart/bitter from the hops that lingers on the palate. This one has a very nice level of carbonation.

O: This is a tasty amber from Lagunitas. If you're expecting some of that familiar Lagunitas hop profile and taste, this one might disappoint a little. This is a very malt-forward beer, but the hops do provide a nice balance. While this isn't one of my favorite offerings from the brewery, I would probably come back to this one again.

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