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Ratings: 2,404
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 46
Gots: 216 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Photo of singtothesun
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper color, just like the name says. Head dissipates into extremely thin layer of foam
Smell- earthy, floral and hoppy
Taste - Earthy, caramel, somewhat bitter, malty
Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall - Enjoyable copper ale.

Photo of bfields4
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light crystal clear amber with a constant effervescence and large frothy head.

Rich and roasted malt aroma toffee sweetness.

Crisp flavors toffee flavor is abruptly met with a nice citrus hop. Nothing too exciting, but good nonetheless.

A real refreshing high carbonated balanced beer. Very smooth likable beer. Would be nice for a light session beer.

Photo of clabaugh
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-yellow topped with a thin, greyish-white head. Retention is labored, as the head just manages to hang on post pour. Lacing is relatively weak.

Smell: Caramel malts, floral hops, a bit yeasty, and emitting aromas of peach. Perhaps some brown sugar, but in any case, sweet-smelling.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front, followed up with a mellow, malty bread character. The peach is still there without question, as is the brown sugar. A sweet beer for sure, but still cool and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sticky. The carbonation is strong, and the finish is pretty clean. Somewhat drying on the palate.

Drinkability: A strong attribute of this beer. Goes down easy, and supplies a lot of flavor. Lives up to the billing of "rich." I'm pretty pleased with the experience.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Very floral hop aroma with some roasted malt background. Smells like a hopped up amber ale.

T - It tasted of bready, sweet malts. A spicy hop bite added balance with a hint of citrus to go with it.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice amber ale. All the hype and the name had me thinking it would be a super-hoppy ale, but it is really quite balanced.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice copper hue with a pretty clear body and nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam, which is not really interesting.

Smell: relatively big malt aroma with caramel and some sweetness, but the caramel is not overdone. It reminds me of a well-crafted Scottish ale.

Taste: good malt with a little caramel and a bit of dry biscuit toward the end. Bitterness is good and balanced; hops are earthy and tasty. It's a well-formulated beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it -- it especially works well with the malty flavor.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. Lagunitas never fails to deliver beer that I enjoy.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a fine red amber ale,with a nice lil head on it that fades away.SMELL is sweetly caramel and refreshing,yes absolutely blissful.TASTE has a small hint some hops but what makes this a fine beer is that sweet caramel and lightly fruity taste. Mouthfeel has a slight aftertaste too it.OVERALL I really enjoyed this beer.I would definitely buy a six or twelve of this.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz stubby bottle:

Appearance: Pours deep copper in color with a slight haze, iced tea like in appearance. Rather small frothy head fades quickly to a sheer lacing. Nice rings of lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Aromas of ripe, dark, fruits with plenty of caramel and brown sugar thrown in the mix. Very slight hints of citrusy hops make a brief appearance.

Taste: Starts with plenty of caramel malt with a somewhat fruity edge, the middle is crisp and lively then transitions to a finish that is more caramel and brown sugar but this is also where the hops finally shine through with a nice citrusy twang that lingers on the tongue leaving behind a combination of sweet and bitter. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy for an Amber with a nice amount of carbonation that makes for a lively and somewhat dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A really nice, everyday drinker. Plenty of malts upfront but also nicely balanced with a citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. A true session beer in every sense of the word with a moderate abv and plenty of flavor. I could see this making a home in my DBF. Definitely recommended and one I will buy again. Seek and enjoy.

Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown 12oz glass bottle with a twist-off cap. The label has been 'CENSORED'.
Transparent copper body with low carbonation. Light tan head of tiny to medium bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Good strong hop scent with a swirl of butter and bread.
Taste of butter and harsh hops, a hint of licorice and salt. Aftertaste of lingering soft buttery salty hops.
Medium body and good coating, buttery sensation.
Good drinkability and a nice fix if in the mood for hops.


Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good thing they call this a "rich copper ale", as it's too pale to be called a red, in my opinion. For some reason, I was kind of expecting a darker beer to come out of the bottle, but was reminded by the label that I shouldn't be surprised. There was a fair bit of loose, large sediment at the bottom. I left the last little bit in the bottle, because it just didn't look right to me. There was a bit of head, which reduced to a creamy skim. Lots of lacing.

The smell is like a combo of an IPA, cream ale, and a red ale. Fruity, malty, smooth.

Interesting taste... the IPA smell is misleading. I would definitely put it in the cream / red ale category now. It reminds me a bit of Innis & Gunn and Greene King. It has that sweet red flavour... with the toffee and sugar notes. It has a bit more going on, too... a little earthy.

The feel at first is smooth and creamy, with a bit of a lasting tingle from the carbonation. The finish is a bit dry, and a bitterness kicks in that leans towards the IPA side of things.

A pretty drinkable brew! That odd-looking (and unexpected) sediment threw me off, but this is a good beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with bread and caramel aromas. Taste is also very malty with caramel and some herbal hops on the finish. A medium bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very malty but still has a nice hop presence to balance things out.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a small off-white head that left some bits of lacing.

S - toasted malt aroma.

T - a very pleasant sweet malty taste with very mild bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a very smooth feel.

D - highly drinkable beer.

Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. A 7.7% Amber Ale. Cool.

Slightly hazed copper tone. Thin off white head. Lace comes in not so frequent rings. Aroma is sweet and malty. A little bready as well. The first thing I notice on the palate is a nice caramel malt base. Sweet and malty. The hops balance, but really don't add a lot of flavor or bitterness. Maybe there's a shimmer of spiciness coming from them. The alcohol is hidden well. The body is damn near full and the mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Pretty solid Amber overall. I would drop $8 for a six pack of this every now and then if it was available here.

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a tan label and with (I'm assuming) the word "Kronic" in big purple letters, except the word "Kronic" is covered with a big black Censored sign. Below that they call this a Rich Copper Ale in red letters. Also on the label is the Lagunitas symbol of a big white dog with a black ring around his eye and what appears to be a monocle in the next eye, and in the bottom corners are two hop plants. If look closely, next to the hop plants is where they tell you the O.G. (1.065) and the number of IBUs (25.08). On the side of the label is the Govt. warning and the contents and their slogan Beer Speaks. People Mumble on the other side. No date or batch number anywhere on the bottle. It should also be mentioned that it was capped with a twist off cap.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer was a rich copper color (of course) with just the tiniest amount of white foam. When it receded away too fast it left a few rings and little or no lace around the glass. They weren't kidding why they say it's a Rich Copper Ale on the label. :-)

Smell: It's the type of smell you can expect from a Strong Ale. It had a nice not too strong aroma of sweet caramel malts, fruits like apples with a hint of grapefruit, and all of this ended with a slight piny hops aroma. After I saw on BA that it was called "The Kronic," I thought maybe there could be a slight smell of hemp, but there wasn't. It's ok!

Taste: I was surprised by the taste because here I thought there was going to be a strong presence of strong piny hops and not much else. What I got instead was a nice balance of sweet caramel mats to bitter hops. There was also some fruits in there as well too. Not too strong and not to mild either, it was very good.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, nicely carbonated, a slight piny hoppy aftertaste, and the alcohol in this beer was very well hidden.

Drinkability: Like I said before it wasn't too strong and it wasn't too mild either, it was just a nice balanced beer. It's something I will drink again in the near future. This was my first Lagunitas beer and after this one, I will be sure to try more from this fine brewery!

Photo of mike24
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear copper with a slight head that dissipates, very little lacing.

S: toasted sweet malts in the nose with a background spice.

T: nice toasted malt flavour. hops come in with a little bitterness, but the sweetness stands up to them for a nice balance. a little juiciness somewhere in the middle, maybe some apple skin.

M: good medium body to hold up the flavours, but still crisp.

D: very nicely balanced red ale, could easily have a few of these.

Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Bright copper, with mild carbonation and a fair amount of particulates. A fizzy cream head starts small, but has OK retention. Leaves a little lace.

S: Caramel sweetness, plus a fair amount of lemon and grapefruit.

T: A sweetbread flavor starts things out. A little cracker flavor as there too. Bitterness is moderate and has a nice citrus and pepper complexity.

M: The medium body is oily, slightly dry and has a nice level of carbonation.

D: This is a nice easy drinking beer. I'm quite glad I finally picked it up.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, brown bottle poured into pint glass. No bottled on dating can be found. This is the last of my six-pack purchase.

Appearance: as you'd expect, a deep copper-red color with a 1" creamy small-bubbled head, which breaks down to form nice lacing. The carbonation is a bit difficult to see in a rather murky brew.

Smell: the scents are rather sweet as in caramel and overripe plums. The hops are floral and secondary to the malts.

Taste: the flavors are upfront, sweet fruit, maybe plums and dates along with caramel and equalled by a floral hop bitterness. A bit of alcohol can be detected towards the finish. Known for their hoppy brews, Lagunitas comes back with some decent maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium in body with adequate carbonation. The balance of sweet maltiness to hop bitterness is pretty spot on.

Drinkability: good all around red ale. Nice balance and good flavors. Where this style rarely stands out for me, this one stands out within the style. I really wish I knew how fresh this bottle was.

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:Pretty copper penny colour. Slightly hazy. Head was thick and retained nicely.

S: Reminded me of hot cross buns.

T: Hoppy and fruity on the front side balanced nicely into the bready malts.

M: Best feature of this beer. Present, yet delicate. Lingered on the back of the tongue, releasing the malts.

O: Probably the best of its style I've had the pleasure to try.

Photo of Feelin_Tipsy
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep orange amber body with a sticky, one finger beige head. Excellent head retention and a generous amount of thick patchy lace adorns the glass.
Aroma has a strong malt profile that is bready, with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. Some orange blossom citrus hoppiness manages to pierce through the malty veil and lend a bit of hop balance to the nose.
Surprisingly light bodied in the mouth for such a full strength brew, but the carbonation is smooth and ideal.
The taste kicks off with a presence of toffee, grapefruit, and apple cider. Plenty of maltiness is apparent in the taste, but the hops become more assertive as this ale reaches room temperature. Some grapefruit rind, lemon, and grassiness lend an excellent hops balance to the malt backbone as this warms. The finish has more grapefruit than toffee and caramel maltiness.
Very well balanced, overall, and dangerously drinkable. The abv is cleverly disguised. An excellent American strong ale.

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on Julian date 108 (April 18, 2011).

Appearance: Rich color that is more amber than copper. Thin off-white head with very minor lacing.

Smell: Caramel, sugar, bread and a very slight spiciness.

Taste: Nice malt backbone of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Some dry spiciness and citrus hop bitterness creep in at the end providing great balance. That signature Lagunitas sticky-sweet citrus hop taste lingers a little.

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy body with a fairly dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Unique amber ale with great balance due to the pretty complex malts and that signature Lagunitas hop taste. Top tier amber ale overall.

Photo of Tilly
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a copper color. Very little head which is a khaki froth. Smells like carmal, malt, some floral, just atiuch of citrus. Tastes if malt, pine and of course, orange. Mouth feel is carbonated with a real nice back of the tongue bitterness. Dry. Not a bad beer.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this nice copper ale brilliant copper color with a thick white head that lingers to a thin pooling layer and great lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, spicy hops, and figs. Flavors are delightful for the style, sweet malt up front with hoppy bitterness to the rear. Flavors of fig and as it warms vanilla become pronounced and vying for pole position over the hops. A great session ale with a lingering bittering hops aftertaste. Very sessionable. Worthy.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque and hazy rusted copper with a gooey white head that sticks some pieces of lace to the side of the pint.
Aroma of brown sugar coated toffee and some oily, floral hops. Just a touch of green apple in the nose.
Flavors of chewy caramel, slightly burnt toffee and brown sugar emerge with a lightly hopped finish more on the floral citrus side.
Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with some fullness on the palate.
Just a hint of alcoholic on the backnote causing it to finish with just a little bit of tongue puckering dryness.
Drinkability is good. Can see it earned it's name of nickname. A siz of these puppies would glide down the gullet effortlessly and casue me to reach for the cellpone to call a cab. Mellower than some of the other Lagunitas range that I've tried.

Turns slightly herbal (savory) in the aroma and initial taste as it warms. Remains balanced with a pungent but backdropped hoppiness. Finishes mildly hoppier, sprucy and with a mellow dryness. Another great bomber from the one-off specialists.

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden-amber pour, though the head was a little insignificant. About a finger tall, and a bit quick to recede to a thin sheet.

S: Some lightly toasted malts, hints of cherry and apple + light caramel scents.

T: A rather nice caramel malt flavoured complimented quite well by the hops.

M + D: Wet and refreshing, though I could stand for a little more body. Nonetheless, it is a decent summer amber, and I could go back to it over the season without hesitation.

Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice dark rich copper color with about a half inch of head that has fairly good retention time leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet caramel malts with citrusy and floral hops that balance this brew out
t: sweet caramel malts with the nice floral and citrus hop bitterness really is very enjoyable
m: medium bodied beer with good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this

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