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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 47
Gots: 247 | FT: 1
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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 PEIBeerGuy
3.97/5  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
3.97/5  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 Bighuge
3.97/5  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 LIbeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange with a small head that dissipates quickly. Small amounts of carbonation can be noticed. not much lacing.

S: Toffee, toasty, somewhat reminiscent of a doppelbock's aroma, dark caramel, malt forward, dates.

T: Toffee, biscuit, assertive bitterness but not very hoppy, again malt forward, medium-bodied with a very slight tingle on the palate, sweet aftertaste.

A good offering by Lagunitas. Pretty good job balancing the maltiness that can be expected of this beer with a bit of bitterness. Would make a nice pairing with some grilled caramelized meats i think.

Photo of mike24
3.97/5  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
3.97/5  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
3.97/5  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 schoolcb
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich but somewhat hazy copper/dark amber, with little tan head. Rich malty aroma. I was shocked when I opened this beer, this team is legendary for their hopped up the wazoo beers. Flavor is rich malty sweetness, but the hop bitterness is high enough to keep it from being too sweet. Caramel/toasty malt flavors dominate the flavor profile. Carbonation is actually on the high end of medium. Finishes fairly even for such malty sweetness upfront. Medium mouthfeel. I will end up drinking a BUNCH of this beer...

Photo of richkrull
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color with quite a bit of beige head on it.

Smell is mostly caramel malt.

Taste is largely malty and spicy upfront. A little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. This is a pretty smooth drinking beer that went down pretty quickly.

Overall a good quality beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

Photo of Feelin_Tipsy
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Riccymon
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This "Rich Copper Ale," as the bottle proclaims, pours a--wait for it--copper color with a nice finger and a half of pillowy head. Smell is a touch hoppy with herbal notes. The taste follows suit with light herbal hops, a balanced amount of malt, and some orange and lemon zest in the finish. The balance makes for a nice mouthfeel and a pleasant, leafy finish. As smooth and easy as this bottle went down, I found the drinkability to be excellent. What a great surprise from Lagunitas!

Photo of trep
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me so much of the esteemed arrogant bastard.

Looks awesome. Deep, rich golden brown with a creamy white head. Dissipates to leave beautiful lacing.

Sweet juicy hops in the nose, however not dominant. Light malt backbone and alcohol presence.

Very malty tasting. Sweet caramel malts with very little hop flavor surprisingly. A little hop bitterness but not much. Sugary tasting almost like a Nukey Brown. Alcohol isn't present at all.

Very nice mouthfeel. Almost perfectly in balance with the rest of the beer. A bit oily feeling as it coats your mouth.

Pretty drinkable considering the 7.something% abv.

A solid beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of jkc88
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, almost ruby

S: Fruity sweetness with a hint of citrus

T: Sweet, almost strawberry flavor, with a slight kick of hoppy bitterness at the end.

M: Carbonated and light

I enjoyed the beer, and it was very easy to drink. I only wish that there would have been a little more early bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this beer is copper colored. 1 finger's width of head that has a long retention and leaves a fair smattering of lacing.

S: Very sweet and malty smelling, some nice toasted grains and a hint ofcitrusy hops on the finish to round out the aroma.

T: Once again, the sweet malts are at the forefront on this beer. There is a gentle flavor of toasted grains, toffee and a slightly biscuity flavor. The finish is citrusy and slightly bitter, helping to balance out the intense sweetness that comes up front.

M: Moderately heavy body, aided by a fair amount of stickiness that coats the mouth. Carbonation is very prickly.

O: A solid beer. Well-balanced. Sweet, but not overly so with a bitter kick on the finish to keep it from getting cloying. Not the most interesting or exciting beer in the world, but easy to drink.

Photo of tito42
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. No date.

A: Rich copper with foamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves very nice lacing.

S: Faint aroma of biscuit and toasted malt.

T: The taste makes up for the lack of nose. Toasted malt and biscuit up front with grassy hops throughout. Milk caramel and fruit notes. Very well balanced and pleasing. A nice hops bite at the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with creaminess throughout until a dry, carbonated finish. Pleasant and easy-drinking.

O: Very enjoyable copper ale. Probably the best I've tried to date.

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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 merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear amber gold with a small but thick beige head.

Malty aroma with kisses of caramel and toffee. Hops are floral but very light.

Nice taste of sweet malts and toffee. Again, hops are present but very light.

Medium bodied, smooth, with a light carbonation.

A solid amber ale from Lagunitas. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

whispy disintegrating head...

blaze copper amber color, mildly carbonated...

citrus pine aroma, caramel, and sweet toffee

well-rounded flavor profile, only slight tannin flavor in finish

medium to light bodied, but very drinkable indeed...good session ale

Photo of bfields4
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 BucBasil
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. This doesn't contribute to the rating, but I must say the pack that this comes in is one of the most hilarious things I've seen in a while. The beer is a bright, clear orange color with reddish hues. Offwhite head grew to two and a half fingers and stuck around for a good while.

Smell: Caramel malts balanced nicely by a refreshing citrus hop aroma.

Taste: The beer is quite hoppy for the style, in a good way, starting out with fresh citrus (grapefruit?), balanced with a light malty note that seems slightly caramelly. Finishes with a big, fresh, somewhat floral hop character that I expect from a brewery like Lagunitas.

Overall a nice refreshing beer. Nicely hopped but well balanced.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 CaptDavyJones
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the name suggests, poured a dark, clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV (6.75%) on the label.
Nice one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with good carbonation.
Aroma is all malty and bready with hints of fruits, some sweetness and yeast coming through.
Taste is close to the aroma, malty and chewy with just a little lingering bitterness in the finish.
Easy to drink and leaves behind some decent lace. Worth a try.

Censored from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.