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85
very good

2,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 42
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
35 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours reddish copper with a half finger of light brown head.
S: sweetened grapefruit, light ipa like hops.
T: does not taste nearly as sweet as it smells. more of a bitter slightly wrap under the tongue grapefruit hop. reminds me of a east coast ipa.
M: medium body, flavors are coating. carbonation is low to medium
D: rather easy to gulp, so i can agree with the label of "life is short, dont sip"

rootbeerman, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of gbarron
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Brickstore Pub.

A - an absolutely beautiful beer. Deep orange, almost glowing. Slight haze. Head is bright white and very bubbly, only a couple of centimeters thick, though. Outstanding lacing and head retention.

S - light malt sugar, some citrus, pine. Not a ton of aroma coming off this beer. Primarily hops, American NW variety. I would guess Columbus.

T - taste is much more subdued than I had anticipated. Only after it warms up a bit do you start to get some significant hop flavor and bitterness. Very tart, citrus, grapefruit, pine aftertaste. Malt flavor is well hidden, as is the alcohol.

M - a little chewy, medium bodied brew. Finish is slightly sweet, but well balanced. Carbonation average.

D - a little disappointed in this beer. After it warms up, you start to get some of the hop flavor/aromas, but the malt content, which clearly must be substantial given the alcohol, is MIA.

gbarron, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, pale copper in color. Creamy, off white head that lasts as a semi-creamy sheet, nearly to the finish. A few trails of ringed lacing, but not great strength.

Sweet caramelized sugar and molasses. Ripe, dark fruit: cherry, grape, apple. Sweet, warming whaffs of alcohol. Hints of rounded, malted wheat.

Initial malted wheat sweetness with hints of fruit-esters: pear, orange, apple. Pine and earthy wheat and grains causing an unbalanced and musty bitterness. The aftertaste is a slightly unpleasant, bland wheat flavor. The sweetness and fruitiness present in the aroma is nearly absent in the taste.

Medium bodied; slightly rich, but more grain-like than anything else.

Too heavy on the wheat/grain character for the style. Not a great effort stylistically; a bit of a disappointment for the hype.

NEhophead, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of TXGenX
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful clear rich copper color with creamy tan head.
S: Spicy hop aroma with some sweetness
T: Mellow caramel flavor, not too sweet, followed by a slightly bitter, burnt but not unpleasant finish. 
M: Smooth
O: A very aesthetically pleasing beer. Really beautiful to look at and smell. I enjoyed the experience of drinking this beer.

This was a wonderful buy of the week at Specs. Definitely the best $6.99 six pack I've had. I can't wait to try this one on tap.

Per a company rep at the Galveston Brewmasters beer festival, the original censored name was Kronik. Apparently the Cali ABC frowned on what they saw as glorification of illicit substances.

TXGenX, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a red-tinged copper with a single-finger head. The smell is malt and a bit of citrus. The taste starts off with some caramel malt and orangey citrus that's balanced pretty well by the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is pretty drinkable for a strong and fairly hoppy beer, I might just end up getting this one again sometime.

TheTrevor, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish orange, more on the orange side than red with a head that quickly builds and then fades to nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: I really like the aroma. Has a honey caramel sweetness that stands out. There are some floral qualities in the background with a hint of citrus. Very perfume like.

T: It's just okay. Has a nice malty sweetness with a touch of honey goodness. Way way in the back there is a touch of piney hops, but you really have to savor this one to notice it.

M: Light and smooth.

D: It's drinkable, would probably be a good session beer for a gateway drinker.

Overall: An okay offering my Lagunitas. I will stick to the big hop bombs they put out in bombers. This is an average beer that would probably be enjoyed by those just getting into the craft brew scene.

tpd975, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting label/name, above average beer.

Pours red with a white head. Smells fainly of hops and malt. Has some nice balance and a decent, semi-creamy mouthfeel, but not a good example of the amber/red style, IMHO. The hops are piney and there isn't much fruit to this.

Good.

Overlord, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a copper colour with about an inch of foam and some good lacing.

The smell is on the very weak side with notes of caramel and biscuit.

The taste, however, is good. Biscuit and light caramel representing the malt with the hops being bitterish but kind of hard to categorize. Maybe grassy? Anywho, a good taster though it does get sweeter as it warms, usually ok with me but not always.

Medium covers the body and carbonation..a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The flavours are good but I don't feel like having another after this one. For me, for occasional use only.

Bitterbill, May 01, 2010
Photo of Jonada
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass

Appearance: As the label says, it pours copper in color with with 1+ finger of an off white head. Some fine suspended sediment is visible.

Smell: Bready and toasty malt, hint of nuttiness, fruity esters, hint of caramel.

Taste: Toasted malt, bread crust, nuts, floral hops. Malt sweetness dominates the palate upfront before yielding to a medium hop bitterness in the finish. While the bitterness is far from high, it took me a bit by surprise given the lack of hop presence in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. It's nothing special or worth going crazy over, but it delivers as advertised.

Jonada, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of dv8sean
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 0.47l tulip glass.

What a beautiful beer! Reddish burnt orange, brilliant clarity, small dense bubbles. Careful pour yields perfectly compact head and fractal patterns of lace in glass.

The smell is mostly dominated by the malts with hints of floral hops and a bit of breadiness. Maybe even a hint of almond-Amaretto?

Taste is good. Very good. But, somehow didn't strike be as fully balanced and integrated as I recalled from previous experience. Malt gets the leading role with hops playing 2nd chair.

Excellent use of malt and nearly perfect carbonation provides the backbone for great mouthfeel. This beer looks and feels good.

Overall, I'm still pleased, but was left just a little shy of expectations.

dv8sean, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of JizackFH
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear reddish-copper color. It has a small 1-finger off-white head, that left scattered lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of malt and floral hops. It smells well balanced. There is also a nice caramel sweetness and some citrus notes.

T - the caramel sweetness is what I'm getting up front. It is followed by a burst of citrus in the middle, and some piney hops at the finish. Overall, the taste is very well balanced.

M - It has a medium body, with medium-low carbonation. It goes down easy, and is quite refreshing. There is also slight bitterness that sticks to the mouth.

D - The drinkability is good. This is a pretty solid beer, and goes down easy. I like this beer, and recommend trying it if you come across it. I have yet to come across a beer by Lagunitas that I haven;t enjoyed. Can't wait for the next beer of theirs I try.

JizackFH, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly clear and more bronze than red. A rough pour produces about a finger of fluffy white head that dies off quickly. Very subdued nose, but I do get some grainy cereal notes.

Medium-light body. Firm feel (a bit thin). Not very carbonated. Mild malt up front provides a nice sweet foundation for other flavors in the form of bread, cereal, and caramel. A slightly generous hop bill fleshes it out with rye, cedar, and some lemony notes. No booziness at all. Dry, herbal finish.

An enjoyable, yet unspectacular, example of the style. Solid, balanced, and tasty, but nothing I can't get from a local brewer.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with Imperial Nonic glass
*Notes from 05/26/13

A: Clear copper body with some lively bubbles forming rocky peaks of khaki tan stuff on top. Real impressive hang time with some super sticky lacing work down the glass.

S: Aromas open with a firm waft of bready malts accompanied by a brown sugar sweetness. There are some light undercurrents of citrus fruit, pine, and herbal spice. Getting mostly bread and brown sugar here though. Nothing to fault but not particularly stand out.

T: Flavors open up much the same with a more pronounced bready malt base and brown sugar likeness. Not overly sweet but not much else going on flavor wise. There is a big herbal hop spice with a light dusting of pine and citrus however it is secondary to the malt character. There is a moderate level of perceived bitterness and alcohol is totally masked here. Nothing too stand out but still a nice little beer.

M: Moderate to low fullness with some light frothy consistency and a bit of drying crisp in the finish. Overall on the watery thin side with a relatively clean finish.

D: Nice little amber ale. Nothing very stand out but it does provide a solid quaff.

Nugganooch, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As expected for a strong ale, copper/caramel color. Half inch off white head, reduced to a thin layer of bubbles.

Light aroma in my opinion. Mostly hops though consisting of all kinds of aromas. A little floral mainly but has some herbal characteristics as well. Sweet bread and a touch of caramel malts come through as well. Just not as complex as other strongs I've had.

Fairly bitter brew and it is noticable as soon as it hits the tongue. Resiny and herbal hops. A touch of bread malts show though. A little too much hops for the style for me, not quite enough malty characteristics. Tastes a lot like an IPA really. One high point though is that it hides the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, pushing medium bodied, but I'd expect a bit more body. Has a fair amount of carbonation which gives it a crisp feel.

Decent drinkability overall as an IPA, as a strong ale falls short compared to others out there. Decent flavor with lots of hops, and goes down really easy. This is a decent beer, but falls short within the style.

blitz134, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper with large creamy head and lace in glass. Noticeably hoppy aroma, with sweetness: toffee, maybe sugar. Body is thinish. Hoppy taste with grapefruit at finish and drying aftertaste. Not offensive, but unsatisfying a I find Irish style oft to be, and in this you get hit with a lot of alcohol, limiting consumption of further beer.

Sammy, May 22, 2006
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light, bright amber-red with a big off-white head that has great retention; a good amount of particles floating around

S - big bready malt and a faint fruitiness

T - bread, citrus, grapefruit, faint caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an incredible malt bomb. The malt is huge, heavy and bready. There is a decent, citrusy hop character but there's was no way it could compete with the malt character. This could use a bit of balance for sure.

tdm168, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed deep copper color; creamy loose head thins quickly. Light malty aroma, some toffee and fruits - pretty delicate. The first sip is a punch in the mouth. The aroma did not suggest this level of flavor. Dry maltiness is first followed by waves of fruity bitterness and a bit of caramel. Very rich and warming.

Very flavorful. Pretty solid for such a strong one.

Note: 7.7% abv version.

wedge, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper colour with a fairly thick head that leaves a pretty good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is first and foremost sweet: caramel wit ha touch of general candy. There are some piney, forest-like hop notes along with some earthy malt aromas as well.

The flavour hits on the aromas but also brings in a bit more of a floral and/or citrus characteristic. It's nice but a bit too sweet at times. Caramel is definitely still present along with mild earth notes and even a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy at times.

This one wasn't bad but, as mentioned, overly sweet in places. Nothing bad about this one per se, and in fact it's quite good overall, but it does need a bit of restraint in the sweetness area.

SixpointJMH, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear medium amber beer, an off-white head with good lacing.

A soft smell of bread and grass.

Very much makty notes in this one, bread, apples and nettles.

Medium high carbonation, a soft texture that rolls over in a dry finish.

Good balanced, not so intensily hopped as many other Lagunitas.

rarbring, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer from one of my favorite breweries...all over the map as far as the rating parameters go.

Looks very nice in my pint glass...reddish/brown hue, decent head that faded quickly...leaves spotty lacing throughout.

The smell is totally unlike anything I've had from Lagunitas...very adjunct lager-like...maybe a small hint of cinnamon, some faint sweetness; but still, better than your typical amber.

Taste, thankfully, is a bit richer than ajunct lager, has a light lingering sweetness...quite easy to drink I must say. Moderate carbonation, goes down quite easy. A nice summer brew.

Overall, this one did not quite do it for me. Certainly not a bad beer, but probably not one I'll go out of my way to purchase.

obrike, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Aleks_P
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lives up to its name, pours transparent copper color with healthy white head.

Smell: Nothing specifically interesting about the smell. Although the beer is not particularly hoppy the hop smell is what I noticed, maybe some citrus as well.

Taste: The malts are more noticeable than the hops but well balanced. Smooth and a little sweet with some bitterness at the end, maybe grapefruit-like.

Mouthfeel: Again a very smooth drink, not particularly dry. Enjoyed the carbonation which lightens the beer's mouthfeel a little.

Overall: Good overall, not great although in fairness the red/amber ales are not my favorite beer style. Not sure I'd go out of my way to buy these but good overall.

Aleks_P, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of gcamparone
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Nikki's liquors in north providence ri.

A- pours an amber , slightly hazy body with a medium 2" head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- I'm straining to get a good whiff,but I'm getting some light citrus hoppiness, bread, lightly toasted malt aromas.

T- light caramel malt upfront which fades to a piny hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue for a while. Reminiscent of an autumn ale or pale ale.

M- kind of thick, medium low carbonation.

This brew is all over the place. Its closer to a pale ale. Good balance but I could only handle a few given the consistency. Worth a try nonetheless.

gcamparone, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark copper/amber in color with an off-white head and good lacing. floaties are present, which detracts a bit from the appearance. aromas of toffee, caramel, and burnt sugar dominate, with some resiny pine and fruitcake notes. taste was a rather rich, bready caramel malt profile balanced by a moderate hop bitterness, overall a bit on the malty side. medium-bodied with a spritzy, lively carbonation. overall a very well done session beer, and i'm sure this is great fresh at the brewery.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Naes
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark amber in color with a small off-white head.
The aroma is modest, but has a bit of toasty maltyness.
The flavor is mostly of malts; toasted, caramel and it is a bit bready. There is also a slight presence of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is not hindered by the alcohol content, as it is almost unnoticeable.

Naes, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a ruby/copper/tan body with a small white head.

Nose has a rich fruity malt and hop smell. Caramel, toffee, mild citrus hops but much fruitier and without the bite. Almost a caramel dipped apple sort of smell.

Taste is rich with a medium body. Rich caramel and a liquid toffee candy flavor. Some floral and mild citrus hop tones. Hop bitterness is very present from beginning to end reminding that this is no beer light on the bitterness. A muted citrus peel bitterness and hop taste. Ends with a mild aspirin type chalky bitterness.

Not a bad beer, I'm not crazy about it, but it would be a very nice session ale.

taez555, Jun 29, 2006
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