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Ratings: 2,340
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 43
Gots: 179 | 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 KajII
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

Poured a rich copper in color with a very small (less than 1 finger) white foamy head and had poor lacing.

The aroma was of roasted bread malts, a grassy hop and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel, orange and a bit of honey.

It tasted sweet and malty with a note of caramel in the beginning then progressed into a bitter-sweet-malty flavor with a nice hint of citrus and a touch of honey at the end allowing the flavor to last a decent amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and dry in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a brew with a nice smooth hoppy aftertaste. One to put on the my favorites list.

KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Like it says a beautiful red copper color. No head.

Smell: Balmy. It's almost Belgian. Malts. Banana nut bread. Has a coffee smell as well Hints of toffee. Hops are spicy with hints of mango and other sweet tropical fruits. It's a very unique blend.

Taste: Malts are nutty and toffee flavored. Very sweet and candy-like. A bit of a butterscotch taste. Their is also a pleasant fruitiness that taste like pears and peaches. The hops are fresh and slightly bitter. Lagunitas never skimps on the hops. Slightly alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body. Slightly chewy. Develops character in the mouth but has a strong alcohol taste that you might not want to hold on to.

Drinkability: This is a beer with a lot of great character. If you like beers of a malty or roasted quality this is for you. If you like a beer with malt character but that still has a hop backbone it's also for you. Lagunitas makes some really good beer.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of spree92
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light cooper with a very small head that did not stick around. Little to no lacing left on the glass. A bread-yeast aroma as well as caramel, toffee and slight fruit. I really picked up on the caramel for the taste. It was chewy and thick. The malts left the mouth dry. This was an OK beer, just not what I would typically enjoy.

spree92, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper body with a tan head and some nice lacing

S- Sweet caramel malts and a little bit of nuttiness in there too

T- Malty sweetness up front, some hint of hops and that gives it a nice nod to balancing or an attempt thereof

M- Medium body, creamy, smooth, good carbonation

D- The awesome mouthfeel makes this very easy to drink! The relatively low ABV makes it easy to return to!

aepb1, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Elimination
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is a deep copper red, orange, bright, looks thick from the pour, but not by taste...white thin head, yet strong and dense.

Smell very bready malts, sweet sugar, carmel, citrus fruit from the hops.

Taste is a carmel, butterscotch, smooth orange, a bit of a creamy sweet, milkshake quality.

Great mouthfeel, it feels so smooth, velvet, feels like it would be thick, but is actually quite thin and drinkable.

A great beer, for some reason has been one I have ignored for years just because I got for other lagunitas brews, but will definately buy again.

Elimination, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of jmich24
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: Copper color, on finger light tan head. Some lacing.
S: Nothing spectacular here. Malty, sweet carmel, a little nutty and a touch citus hops.
T: Very malty as expected, but finishes with a nice bit of bitterness to balance it out.
M: Medium mouth feel, little lingering bitterness is nice.
D: This has very good drinkability due the hop bitterness that balances this brew out at the end.

Very nice for the style. Love that they didnt short us on the hops.

jmich24, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours red rust color with about one finger of head, which dissipates very quickly.

The nose is full and unexpected: sweet overripe fruit, strawberries, and malts mixed in with an almost astringent rust odor.

The mouth is full of sweet malts and has fruity overtones. Hops are there, but barely present. The mouth gives way to a darker, burnt malt flavor.

This is a unexpectedly complex beer which surprised me at every stage. Pleasant enough and worth having once, but not something I really want to have a second time.

rinhaak, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE: Golden Amber Color w/ a moderate amount of floating sediment (it's unfiltered).

SMELL: Sweet. Malty. Honey. No spices or scents stand out.

TASTE: Malty flavor with a bitter finish. Simple. Boring.

MOUTHFEEL: More carbonation than I would like. Not watery or rich. In the middle.

DRINKABILITY: Poor. Not a very enjoyable beer. I don't even feel like finishing the one I have now.


negroobserver, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Definitely is a deep copper as the bottle says, pours with a decent tan head that is medium thick and dissipates at a normal rate.

S- Malt, a little toastiness, a little hops, nothing too powerful

T- Lots of malts, both toasted and not toasted, with a decent amount of malt sweetness. A light citrus hop character is detectable.

M- Medium body, medium-high carbonation, very crisp in mouthfeel.

D- Pretty good beer, a good example mix of flavors with hitting both the red and amber aspects of style.

Spiekerbox, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours exactly as it says: deep copper red, with lots of bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass. Head is off-white, with plenty of lacing and a good-looking consistency.

Aroma is distinct - I actually get a slight metallic character from this, to go with spice (cinnamon and ginger?) and toasted malt (neutral, like plain crackers).

Taste is a new ballgame, as the malt comes first, and in spades. Lots of biscuit flavor, with honey sweetness making me feel like I'm having a mid-afternoon snack with tea. Metallic flavor isn't as strong as in the smell, but it's there just a bit. Hops rear their heads as you swallow, just barely.

Carbonation is a bit high initially, but smooths out nicely. Body is rich just as it says on the label, and the color + taste + body remind me of a delectable syrup. Bonus points for being "The Kronik" beneath the censoring!

madvermin, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Kakaraht
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice copper color with a weak head with OK lacing.

S: Toasted malt and light hoppiness.

T: Rich malt flavor and citrus hoppy flavors of grapefruit and orange.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and a warmness.

D: Good beer definitely worth a try.

Kakaraht, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

True to its name, it pours a copper color with a thin white head. Smells of malt, some warm spice, maybe even a hint of vinegar. The vinegar, thankfully, isn't in the taste. Malt and spice, bitter hops, a hint of orange, some sweet grain, then bitter hops again. A lot going on in just one taste!

The more I'm having of this, the more I like it. It's complex, yet balanced. Full and aggressive, but not overpowering.

I'd do this again

McNealc31, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of climax
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a copper color (shocker?) with good clarity. The head was small and faded to a few patches.

The nose is a malt showcase for the most part. Caramel, cocoa, and a dash toastiness and some earth tones make up the brunt of it. Some ripe fruit begin to hit the nostrils as the beer begins to warm.

The flavor is malt heavy, but some hints of ripe fruit and herbal bitterness helped bring in some balance. Predominantly caramel, and maple, the malt bill is quite sweet. The finish is earthy with a bit of lingering bitterness and lemon.

The carbonation was pretty extreme, lasting from the tip of the tongue all the way down the hatch. It somewhat distracted from the somewhat creamy click feel. The body wasn't thin, but the carbonation kept it from feeling full.

This amber has a little more vigor to it than many, just not enough to make it memorable.

climax, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of jale
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber leaning towards copper color. Little amount of head.

S: Roasted malt with little hop aroma.

T: Sweet caramel malt flavor with slight piney hop finish.

M: Very nice carbonation with medium body.

D: would drink a couple more.

jale, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of beldin96
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Was poured into a tulip glass. It had very little head that disappeared quickly. It was a beautiful amber, with red hues.

Smell - There was not much going on for the smell.

Taste - It is sharp on the front. There are some caramel malt, and a hoppy bitterness that runs from start to finish. There is a light nutty flavor. It was a little out of balance.

Feel - It was pretty light.

Drinkability - It was a decent beer. The look was great, but went downhill from there. The bitterness and sweetness made this a little hard for me on the drinkability. I would not order again.

beldin96, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Neecee513
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured: Pint Glass

Appearance: Deep amber. Minimum head w/ slight retention.

Smell: Sweet, fruity aroma

Taste: Toasty w/ caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium/high carbonation.

Drinkability: Balance very much leans towards malts. Hop character is very much subdued, so low hop bitterness. A little bit more sweet than other ambers/reds. Finish is roasty. Overall, if you like sweet and low bitter beers, this is a 'sweet' selection!

Neecee513, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Just as the name says...Copper in colour, thin head, lacing clears rather fast.

S - The smell was more powerful than I expected. Scents of raisons, candied apples, little hops.

T - Raisons, caramel, light brown sugar, nutty, ends with alot of malt and a pungent, almost sharp cheddar aftertaste.

M - Actually it is a smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is a little more than needed, sticky on the aftertaste.

D - It is a very good beer, I could only drink too because it was very filling and a little too sweet at times.

Rickythejeweler, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice medium golden color with a slight amount of bubbly head that dissipates rapidly, pours entirely clear, leaves
a nice amount of bubbly lacing

S: nice sweet scent with a slight underlying maltiness

T: nice sweetness, very slight malt character, possibly a slight raspberry note

D/M: drinks smooth and easy, slight carbonation tingle, sits light, good session brew

BigPlay1824, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle to a Mac and Jack's pint glass!

Appearance: Poured a rosy copper color with a very sparse, red-tinged head that ended up leaving no lacing.

Smell: Rich malty sweetness with hints of caramel and grapes, all wrapped up with a lingering oak aroma similar to that of barrel-aged beers.

Flavor: This beer has a strong malt character resulting in juice-like sweetness. It was vinous and nutty, while a faint line of hop bitterness runs the length of the beer, starting at the tip of the tongue and spreading out through the drink.

MF: Lightly carbonated and light to medium bodied, this beer exemplifies Lagunitas' "Life is uncertain. Don't sip!"

ebrauser, Jan 12, 2011
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 bbkd3b
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a crystal-bronze. The color is perfect for sure. A thin, cream-colored head disappeared rather quickly, leaving traces of bubbles behind. No real lacing to speak of...

S - Bitter hops and fruity, citrus scents. Also a sweet undertone of brown sugar. Nice mixture of scents.

T - High-bitter hops all around. They're at the front and at the end. There's a kick of lemony zest on the tip of the tongue, but it disappears rather quickly. It got a bit sweeter as it warmed, refreshingly.

M - Light, crisp body and a nice amount of carbonation. Not too sharp at all. Finish is bitter and a good deal dry.

D - The bitterness isn't lending itself to drinkability at all, but everything else about the brew is welcoming. A couple would do, but getting a sixer would be a rare occasion for me.

Overall/notes - The first "average" beer I've really had from Lagunitas. It's an interesting one for sure. It has an odd sort of balance to it, but the balance isn't subtle. Instead, everything kind of fights for your attention resulting a bit of an "all over the place" sensation. It's decent, but I'd turn to other ambers first.

bbkd3b, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of samie85
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours a coppery red with a one finger head with fine carbonation bubbles

S-Rich and fruity malt notes with a bit of with a hint of bubblegum.

T-Tart, fruity notes with some weird off notes of bubblegum and a weird bitterness.

M-Mouthfeel is pretty good but a little over-carbonated and a dry tartness on the finish.

D-The weird tartness was unexpected and very distracting. This really hurt the drinkability for me.

samie85, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 29 December 2010
Glass: Standard nonic
Type: 12fl oz bottle

This is my first beer review after moving in with my girlfriend. No, trust me, it was the right thing to do.

Poured aggressively for a 1-finger head that dissipates to nothing, no lacing, color is clear copper. Excellent aroma! Toasted malts, cinnamon sugar, and slight maple syrup....like breakfast. Taste is very smooth, with lightly toasted malts and caramel. Leaves a toasted flavor on the palate, extremely smooth and drinkable. Excellent brew. The only disappointment was appearance.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yet slightly hazy, tarnished copper color. Slightly off-white head is more of a film. Some visible carbonation.

Smell: Raisins and caramel; fairly sweet.

Taste: A generally sweet ale that gets sweeter towards the finish. Lots of caramel, some raisins and other spices, and a bit of spiciness from the hops (most apparent in the aftertaste). There's also a hint of alcohol, but it isn't too strong.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and pretty smooth, with a bit of light carbonation. Fairly warming too.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, if you're ok with the more boozy factors in the flavor.

Feels surprisingly strong for an ABV of less than 6%. Not exactly to my tastes, though - in some senses this tastes a bit closer to a winter warmer (not what I'd expect from a "rich copper ale").

mithrascruor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange amber. Moderate sediment. Pours a fine white head that holds with average retention.

S - Malty raisin bread, dark sugar, caramel, a whisper of alcohol.

T- Loads of malt. Mild alcohol warmth. Raisin syrup. French toast sans the cinnamon. Finishes with toast and a thin layer of hoppy citrus-bitterness in the back of your palate.

M - Great mouthfeel. Robust body that thins a bit as the sweetness builds in the profile. Aftertaste leaves a light syrup in your mouth that keeps you salivating for more.

D - A little too sweet to session with, but tastes so good you could definitely have more than one.

O - A pretty fantastic beer. It drinks like a lighter bodied Belgian double, with a lot of the same dried dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness.

vfgccp, Dec 20, 2010
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85 out of 100 based on 2,340 ratings.