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Reviews: 855
Hads: 2,528
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 54
Gots: 320 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Reviews: 855 | Hads: 2,528
Photo of IntriqKen
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper color with a full, craggy, off-white head that disappears to fine lacing which coats the glass nicely.
Aroma is of toasted malt and honey with a touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, due to the nice fine carbonation. Only hints of the high alcohol on the back end.
Taste is surprising for such a big beer...smooth and mellow with lots of malts, brown sugar, and a tame hop bite at the end.
This beer is so drinkable, I think it can really sneak up on you if you aren't paying attention. Nice good solid beer. Very enjoyable. (572 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived in standard Lagunitas packaging consisting of 12 oz. brown bottles with the ubiquitous dog on the label. The pint glass I used was barely enough to contain the foamy head and the clear copper colored liquid. The smell was quite mild and sweet, with almost no hint of the hops typical in the offerings of this West Coast brewery. The taste was crisp, caramelized, and airy . The hops showed up as spicy overtones and citrus peels and were quite a bit more prominent than first hinted at by the smell, but the malt was clearly in charge of the whole taste. This was quite a deliberately balanced offering. As a result this beer felt full but subtle, and effect that is rarely seen in these days of ever bigger creations. This is one hell of a drinkable beer for being 7.7% ABV strong. Superb in most aspects, except for that dull smell. (851 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says pours a rich copper color with an slightly off white head that sticks around for quite awhile I was also suprised by the higher carbonation level wich I wasn expecting.Wow alot of difeerent melding aromas going on somecaramel and butter toffee with a nice underlying piney hop that made this very delectable on the nose.The taste is big and sweet up front but man do the hops come in to dry this out just enough to make a perfect balance,caramel and roasted nuts turn into pine and grapefruit in the finish.Now this was a joy to drink complex and flavorful,I will buy again in the future. (609 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy copper color. Off white head that is thin and disappears quick. Seemingly bursting with juicy hop aroma, piney, citrusy and floral. Very nice caramel like flavor, which seems to fit well, as it is not overwhelming but very flavorful. Hops seemed restrained compared to the aroma, however some piney flavors shine through. Low carbonation and medium in body. This is very enjoyable. Great malt flavor that stops short of being cloying, along with a great hop aroma and just anough bitterness to keep things in check. Very nice work. (541 characters)

Photo of grub
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice orangey copper colour with a dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. lots of nice caramel malt. bit of sweetness. mild alcohol. bit of resiny hops.

taste is great. nice malt. biscuity. mild bitterness. caramel. bit of raisin. hint of some and toastyness. resiny hops.

good mouthfeel. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is great. tasty and well balanced beer. i liked this one a lot, more than anyone else at the table. thanks eric! (568 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy orange; the look of freshly squeezed orange juice. Obvious yeasty, chunky sediments. Luxurious, thick off-tan head; stringy lacing. The nose reveals west coast piney hops, orange juice and hints of caramel during warming. Powdery sweet-n-sour creaminess with slick flavorings of caramel malts and grassy hops. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry, zippy grapefruit left to graze the palate. Slender cleansing; smooth and hopped up. Pretty well balanced as some dry malts are noticeable near the end. Darn nice. For an amber/red--one of the best! (560 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only thing that needs Cencored here is that this is one good beer to be had.
My second from Lagunitas and they seem to have a good handle on sweeter, brown sugar leaning brews. Thisone is right there.
It pours a hazed copper color, nice off-white head atop and a fair trail of lace from this complex, yet medium bodied brew.
The aroma is caramelized toffee. The taste carries that caramel, toffee, brown sugar and biscuit. A good hop balance is had toward the finish. The hop aids the beer in crispness, mouthfeel and drinkability.
The mouthfeel is smooth while the hop dries or cleans the palate. Though the malty sweet beginning, this beer is not overly sweet, but rather a D(censored)M good beer. Enjoy!! (717 characters)

Photo of DukeBedford
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, about an inch and a half of head. Smooth, good taste. Not bitter (which is good in my book). Long finish. Overall, a very good beer. Was given this by a friend from California, and I live in the Boston area. I'll have to look around and try to find it here. (269 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So my car died today!!! Piece of SH%T! In the middle of no-where Illinois!!! Thank the Lord for GPS....and Cell phones...it was the only way the tow truck could find me!!!! Anyway...the situation was made good by several individuals....and of course this beer! The color is defiinitely Red/Copper! Im not a fan of floaties....so watch out pouring the entire beer into yo glass! There is a thin head which looks like it will lead to a delightful lace. Something sweet in teh smell....perhaps some molasses, taste comes across a lil sweet as well. This is a very good RedAle/Amber Ale. Very well balanced and not too much booz! Session you betcha!!! I am raising my glass in salute to those that made this day tolerable!!! (720 characters)

Photo of kpoole25
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. I really didn't know anything about this other than past experience with the brewery (Hop Stoopid etc). This was a malt driven beer (!), kind of reminded me of Fuller's ESB. I really liked it. Copper color, adequate but unremarkable head. First clue this wasn't a typical west coaster was no fruity-piney smell. Tasted very malty and balanced. Really got going as it warmed up, the malt shined. Very impressed they brew this style, I will check out some of their other beers. (506 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try this one after it beat out some pretty choice beers in a blind taste test a co- worker of mine conducted with himself. I was not completely impressed with the appearance as the head retention was poor and lacing was almost non existent. The deep amber/copper color though was appealing. Aroma was fresh, bready, malty and slightly hoppy. A very nice nose indeed. Smooth did I say smooth taste? very nice and tilted towards the caramel malt with a alanced but back seat hoppiness. Very drinkable and could be one of the top ambers I have had, might have to do my own taste test soon. Suzanne liked it too. Upon trying a second bottle, said sample had a nice head and left good lacing, so I upped it's appearance a bit. (734 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful rich copper color as the label describes and I coulnd't say it any better. A solid quarter inch head forms and is everlasting. Aromas of plenty of hops with some bready background notes are really pleasant, a nice start. In the mouth a nice pillowy smooth mouthfeel almost like a nitro pour. Flavors are incredibly balanced: a nice hop flavor of citrus and mint followed by a delicious malty sweet flavor. At 25 IBUs, this is not a bitter beer like most of theirs, instead it is a session beer (at the upper ABV spectrum) that is so smooth and drinkable. The finish is so clean and begs for more sips, I wish this wasn't the only bottle for 500+ miles. (670 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours, well, copper! Bright, nearly opaque copper.

Smell is bright cotton-candy malts drizzled with rich, floral and citrusy hops.

Taste opens with a hook of hops, a slow hook, catching some peppery malt sweetness in the middle and through to the end. The sweetness is a milky caramel -- balances nicely with the mild hop kick. Very creamy, almost syrupy, and carbonated perfectly.

Aftertaste is a simmering sizzle of hops and some lingering alcohol heat. (542 characters)

Photo of dreedvol
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a pint glass.

A - nice head that diminishes slowly with nice lacing.

S - nice rich malty aroma. Nice fruity note - hint of raisin? toasty and sweet.

T - Dark fruit taste with raisin, cherry? and a nice grainy taste Hint of a floral to earthy hop flavor at the end was not expected. Also some yeast esters noted.

M - crisp carbonation, medium body. No ill aftertaste.

I was not sure if this would be another red ale like Killian's and normally avoid them, but this is nice. Sweet but enough complexity to make it a very worthwhile beer choice. (557 characters)

Photo of Surefire
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice copper color with no faults.
S: Very amotic with malts, fruit, and hops.
T: Sweet malts with a nice bitter hop to add balance
M: Medium bodied
D: Very good, easy to drink yet offers plenty of flavors.

Overall, a very good amber/copper ale. Well balanced flavors. (271 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours and exceptionally clear orange-amber hue. Creamy off-white head just reaches two fingers and holds well leaving spotty lacing. Toasty pale malt, crystal malt, and strong dextins make up the malt aromas, with a healthy whiff of herabl and grassy American hops. First sip is sweet with caramel and toasty Biscuit malt, with a background roasted note. Flavor becomes deeply dextrinous for a brief moment before slipping into a delicate buttery fruit taste. This quickly gives way to a semi-dry aftertaste of piney resinous and bitter herbal American hops. Balanced and complex flavor, a credit to the style. Medium bodied, with a light carbonation that gives the illusion of extra body while retaining enough fine bubbles to ward off cloying from the large malt base. Finishes with residual caramel and roast tones, a touch of pumpkin fruitness and a mellow but full pine cone hop flavor. here is an amber ale with enough flavor top keep your attention but drinkable enough to be considered a session ale; likely to change some people's opinion of boring Red ales. (1,067 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a copper-amber colored beer with a nice frothy cream-colored head. The aroma consists of faint fruit, fresh baked bread, and light hops with a citrus tone. The taste is slightly sweet with more of the citrus hop bite, and fresh bread malt. This is a light to medium bodied beer with a creamy smooth sweet finish. Delicious!

Note: This one is complex and balanced and hides it's abv very well. One might mistake this for a session beer, but that could turn into a dangerous one. Very good beer! Cheers! (512 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper, forming a modest off-beige head with average retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is punctuated by a clean ferment, moderate spicy floral hops, residual grainy sugars (akin to Dead Guy), some caramel when swirled. The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky with a medium-light body and clean, watery finish. The taste begins with floral hops, the middle is nicely balanced by grainy husk sugars, and there's a mild bitterness with a dry, toasty finish. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors and only a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

A very nice West Coast amber style ale. I could drink plenty of this were it available here. Recommended. Kinda like a better, nuttier version of Dead Guy Ale. (751 characters)

Photo of Duster72
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red-amber with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and brown sugar. Taste is sweet carmel malts and brown sugar with the perfect blend of hops to keep it from being too sweet. Remarkable. Creamy and moderately thick mouthfeel is extremely nice. Infinitely drinkable. A real pleasure and probably the best american red beer I have had to this point. (427 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber-red with copper highlights. Full, foamy cream colored head that has excellent retention and leaves some really nice lace. Very nice lightly fruity, malty and hoppy aroma. It's medium bodied with a soft carbonation that gives it a really nice creaminess in the mouth. There's some lightly fruity, sweetish caramel malt up front (even lightly toasty), becoming creamier and more mellow as it crosses the palate - revealing some nice floral & grassy hop flavor. It finishes with a good blend of sweet malt and light hop flavor amongst a gentle, earthy bitter dryness - (kind of herbal in a way). The alcohol is very well cloaked. This is an exceptionally well balanced and well brewed beer, especially considering its original gravity and strength. Full flavored but not overwhelming as might be expected. It's not complex, but has a rich characeter that's very drinkable. Exceptionally enjoyable. (912 characters)

Photo of sinistersteve
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review will be 'censored' free...... The Kronic had a decent head on the pour, but settled rather quickly. There was still a little there, but not enough to even tickle your nose. The Kronic is dark copper in color. The Kronic isn't a very hoppy beer, so hopheads will be disappointed in that, but don't get me wrong....the Kronic is malty and a wonderful tasting beer. (374 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- beautiful, deep translucent copper color, with a big, pillowy off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S-Smells is quite balanced and pleasant, hoppy, with a nice balancing malty sweet component, almost has a english bitter quality to the smell of the malts.

T- BALANCED! Which I can't say for all of Lagunitas' offerings. Starts with a bitter hop component, but quickly transitions into a malt bill that is much like a English bitter, like I had picked out on the smell. The back end turns a bit nutty.

M- lighter side of medium, medium level of carbonation. Dries nicely on the backend, which begs you to take another sip.

O- An outstanding hybrid-styled beer from Lagunitas. I'd seek this one out. Case-worthy. (770 characters)

Photo of robhunta
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a crisp clear orange copper with 1 finger of fluffy tan head which dissipates to leave a thin lacing.

S - Sweat and malty, but I also get a bit of a yeasty aroma, almost like a belgian yeast, though I know this is not the case, it just seems to smell a bit like that with the sweet toasty malt.

T - Starts with sweet fruity malt and finishes with a nice hops taste. This is a perfectly balanced beer in my opinion.

M - crisp and clean with a nice medium/light body.

O - I love this beer, I bought it with low expectations (not sure why, maybe I thought the "censored" label was a cheesy look, trying to be controversial) but this beer is fantastic and I think it could become a regular staple of mine as it is a very drinkable beer as well. (754 characters)

Photo of nectarkeeper
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

wowza!
indeed, rich copper color with a foamy vanilla head that left a nice thick lace in my glass. this baby is INSANELY DRINKABLE, and a total pleasure on a hot hot afternoon. super smooth, just enough bitter hoppy character to keep it interesting, clean, and crisp. nice malt notes that stay light, not syrupy at all. a really *$*%&$! good beer, censored for a reason. cheers! (380 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Poours a half-finger nearly white head over a crystal clear copper rust liquid. Smells of caramel and toffee with some sugar and esters yummy that is very enticing. There is some citrusy hop character that comes across as oranges to me. Taste starts toasted malt sweet with caramel, honey and a hint of toffee. Oh yummy. Mild fruity esters rise to mingle with the malt in the middle of the taste and then these settle as a light tang steps in as part of the aftertaste. The tang has a really nice orange zest flavor...no pith, just the thinest of the zest. There may be some hop bitter with the tang but the settle quickly as fruity esters (apricot and pear) rise up my throat to leave a wet sweet in my mouth. Fine carbonation still forms on my tongue to fight the thick body. It's mildy carbonated and very refreshing. (915 characters)

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