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Ratings: 2,451
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 49
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Ratings: 2,451 | Reviews: 858
Photo of beldin96
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of Neecee513
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of ebrauser
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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!"

Photo of JizackFH
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.47/5  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.

Photo of samie85
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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").

Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a very murky amber color with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of brown sugar, some hops, and a slight aroma of booze. Taste is of brown sugar and grains up front. Slight orange peel aftertaste to it with some bitterness. This is an alright beer from a really good brewery. Overall the taste and aromas of this beer are somewhat subdued. There are a bunch more beers by Lagunitas to grab before picking this one up again.

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden copper colour with an amber hue, thin film of head, no retention and no lacing.

S - Bitter english toffee hops, caramel malts, rye bread on the finish.

T - Much like an ESB, bitter toffee hops, sour lemon and a touch of caramel on the finish. Bit of a grassy flavour to it as well.

M - No complaints here, medium bodied ale, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet on the palette.

D - Pretty tasty offering from Lagunitas, but this one isn't as memorable as some of the others that I've had. Very drinkable and offers some unique flavours. Worth a try.

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Golden copper color with good clarity. The head is thick and tenacious. As it settles, some lace is left behind.

Aroma is all citrusy hops but not that pungent.

Flavor is somewhere between sweet malty red ale and citrus pale ale. Well balanced for sure but not all that exciting.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated.

Overall one of the few disappointments from Lagunitas.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber red with a thin off-white bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly. Small patches of lacing can be seen. Smell is biscuity and grainy up front with notes of molasses and maple syrup in the middle that is balanced out by mild citric hops. Taste is hoppy with a hint of grainy malts that give a pleasing earth tone. In the middle you can taste a hint of dark fruits that balance out the bitterness from that hops, while leaving a biscuity dry finish. Mouthfeel is syrup like to me with little carbonation. There is plenty of volume but I would have liked a little more carbonation to lighten in up a bit. Still a very drinkable beer. I can see myself going back to this one and checking it out again. Well worth a try and the 1.99 a bottle.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep red mahogany color with a thick tannish white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of caramel malts, and some bitter hops. Tastes much the same of sweet malts, caramel, some citrus and maybe pine. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Though I haven't been overly impressed with Lagunitas in the past, the "rich copper ale" description on the label reeled me in.

A: Copper/red, good clarity with a brief white head.

S: Caramel malt with light tropical hops. Smells like it could be sweet.

T: Similar to aroma. Caramel malt body, with light citrus hops coming in a little heavier than in the smell. Also a little bitter pine. Not overly sweet, but more than I like in his style.

M: Medium body and level of carbonation. Carbonation is satisfyingly prickly.

Overall, not what I look for in this type of beer. Flavor had too much sweet fruitiness detracting from the bready characters. On the positive side, mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Photo of DannyDan
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into beer mug. Has a red amber colored body with a thin whitish tan head that has decent retention and good lacing. It has very good carbonation and has a nice sweet smell of caramel and toffee, and the taste is of caramel, toffee, coffee and some sugary malts with a slight hint of citrus and floral hops. It is a nice smooth taste with not much of an aftertaste to it. It has a creamy, sweet, sticky feel to it and is a smooth easy drinking beer. This is a very good beer and I would recommend anyone that likes this style of beer to give this a try

Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I drank this beer tonight...that either means it is complete unremarkable or I drank way too much tonight...or both! It's both...what a fucking boring beer.

Beer is red and clear with an offwhite head of small bubble that leaves lacing on the glass...carbonation low.

Aroma is weak and low...malty nothing much else.

Beer is light to medium in body with a bright hoppiness to it, tropic and mild bitterness. Nothing new to report...I guess the CENSORED makes them seem not mainstream but this is a totally obtainable beer...boring...i'm bored.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12-ounce glass at Crescent & Vine poured from a bar-top firkin for $6. The aroma was a bit yeasty at first but it mellowed to light caramel notes. This beer reminded me more of drinking my homebrew from the fermentor. The carbonation was very light and the flavor was a mix of citrus hops and toffee and more caramels malts. All in all, it was a tasty ale worth sessioning.

Photo of JeffBob
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Amber in color with little head white in color

S not much slight floral and malt

T Hops jumps right out at you at first then turns bready with some nice floral tones after taste bitter just hops.

M light average Red Ale

D average red ale

Tastes like an amber ale hopped up on hops. not too special but nice.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber hue, a rough pour yields little head, no lacing.

S: Malty, fruity, spicy with cinnamon, and a touch of hops.

T: Caramel malt, most obviously. The nose continues with light fruitiness. A faint toastiness ends the flavors. Not too much hop presence.

M: Light-Medium body, but a little too carbonated for my liking.

D: It's decent, low enough ABV, but just doesn't do much for me.

Photo of beergod1
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel Tulip. Bright Copper with a light layer of foamy malt goodness. Sweet grassy aroma, floral notes and hops. Actually tastes better than it smells, Starts off with creamy roasted malt, a touch of citrus, then has some nice piney hops on the finish. Nice lacing all the way down the glass. It's closer to a Brown Ale then an Amber, A real easy drinker...5.9% ? Hmmm, could have fooled me.

Photo of nickadams2
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Copper with a slight reddish tint. Small white head with little lacing.

S_Floral hops and sweet malt.

T_Sweet malt,caramel and floral hops. A malt forward red with a hefty addition of hops for back up. Sweet and semi bitter. Nicely balanced with a little spice.

M_Medium bodied and creamy.

D_Very drinkable. One of my favorites of the style.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  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.

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84 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.