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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 141 | 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 bifrostguard
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

A- Translucent copper color with a fluffy white head.

S - Malty sweetness with a hint of citrus hops.

T - Sweet malts with just enough hop bitterness to keep things in check.

M - Smooth and creamy

D - Could drink a few of these and would be happy to do so.

bifrostguard, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

12oz brown stubby.

A: Beautiful amber-red, clear brew with a fluffy white head.

S: nicely balanced aromas of sweet malt and hops bitterness.

T&M: I'm biased as a fan of Amber/Red Ales to begin with, so I went in with high hopes and was not disappointed! This is a very tasty, well balanced Amber Ale that goes down smoothly and is quite drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, with enough hop bite to round out the experience. A very nice brew.

RobH, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -4%

A - Clear copper in color with a thick, creamy light tan head. Good retention and light lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malts with hints of caramel and a doughiness underneath. Lightly spicy hop aroma as well.

T - Very sweet and creamy up front before a spiciness quickly overtakes the mouth. Finishes with a light breadiness. Very balanced amber ale.

M/D- Medium bodied and very smooth. Easy drinking as well.

ckeegan04, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev +8%

a. pours an amazingly rich copper color with a brilliance most beers along these lines fail to achieve. A bubbly and slightly spongy thick head of creamy yellow sits atop the pint for a good while before releasing itself into a beautiful thick lacing.

s. sweet malts dominate, mixing with freshly baked hawaiian sweet rolls. It comes close to smelling like a cinnamon roll, as there are some hidden raisin and spice notes that come out as the beer warms. Other fruit notes of green apples and sour cherries keep it from going overboard on the sweet bready aroma.

t. Sweet caramel malt dominates. There's some subtle hoppiness that comes in and out at random and disconcerting times, but on the whole it balances the sweetness nicely. There's a nice bittersweet finish with just a hint of pine, but not outright hoppy, which is nice.

m. smooth and thick, with decent carbonation. Full-bodied and thick, on the verge of syrupy, but the carbonation brings in a crispness that keeps the syrup at bay.

d. Very drinkable. This has become my go-to six-pack when I can't make up my mind. It usually fits the bill, and always tastes great and it's no problem to drink a few in a row... a pleasant surprise for something as flavorful and thick.

djeucalyptus, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

appearance-clear copper color with one finger offwhite head that dissipates quickly.
Smell-getting sweet malts, piney hops, and some light bready aroma.
taste-big sweet malts almost a caramel taste to it.
mouthfeel-is ok nice body and carbonation
drinkability-this was an ok beer a bit to sweet for me

seanpachefddfa, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Pretty clear cooper pour with just under a finger of tan head

S - Bready malt with faint hint of strawberries and oranges

T - Nice mixture of malt flavor with a little bit of caramel and some fruit. A little rough on the back and leaves an after taste that isn't bad but isn't welcomed either.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - One of the more generally enjoyable Red Ales I've had. Pretty easy to session and not a bad offering in a sea of hoppiness

midaszero, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: Copper look with a small head

Smell: Sweet malty smell with hints of hops and a slight biscuit smell

Taste: Malt sweetness balances out the hop bitterness nicely

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink more than one of these

beerfairy, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of nicholasdes
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

This beer looked tasty in the glass. Great copper color with small off white head. I was surprised by the strong smell of hops as I expected a more subdued roasted smell. In flavor it really comes off as an IPA which I was not expecting. The alcohol comes out in the flavor more than I expected even in a beer the is almost 6%. It leaves a fantastic aftertaste that shows off the complexities and sweetness that are lost to the hops and alcohol during the actual drink. It goes down easy though almost like flat soda. Overall this taste like a nice easy IPA. But for myself I would choose something else even if I was looking for an IPA.

nicholasdes, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Poured a rich red-brown copper color. It had a small off-white head but still left a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of hops. I'm glad I saved this one for the last beer of my review session.

Taste: Hop taste is more subdued in the taste than it was in the smell. Almost tastes like someone blended an IPA with a brown ale.

BierFan, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.03/5  rDev +8%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep amber coloring, nice head and lacing with large amount of carbonation. Very nice looking brew.

S: Quite malty and bready on the nose.

T & M: Nicely done, wonderful balance of malts with just the right touch of hoppiness on the finish for this style of beer. Mouthfeel quite nice as well, very crisp and clean. Just a little bit of cloying sweetness.

D: Definitely drinkable, my favorite beer of this style is Red Seal and this is close behind it.

elniko, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Bought a single of this after seeing it at the package store forever and never trying it.

Pours an absolutely beautiful copper color, one of the best I've seen in a beer, very inviting. Smell is just average, with some hops and malts slightly. The taste is of caramel malts and is well balanced with a great drinkability. Great overall beer.

oriolesfan4, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Nose is home to playful hop characters - Citric, Floral, and the shyer little Herbal are the main players and they play all day on the rolling fields of lush, bread-like malt.

The scenery is indeed rich and copper, clear as a breezy day with mildly-sized sparsely populated fluffy light brown clouds.

The story begins. Picture this: thick field of caramel-laced bready malt, thick with bitterness and wonderment, all Autumn-orange like a Van Gogh wheatscape, right outside the !CENSORED! and Citric inches up close to Floral to whisper, sensually !CENSORED! "we can't -, Herbal will" "Herbal's asleep, I !CENSORED! and all was happily ever after with a slightly bitter ending that was surprisingly dry after such a sweet beginning.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of bahumutx
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours copper with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt. There is also a biscuit aroma and a very slight hop aroma. I can also detect caramel.

Taste: Starts with a piney/citrus hop flavor... Moves onto a biscuit flavor and ends with a nice malt sweetness that balances out the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting. Very balanced with a nice malt backbone.

This is another good beer from the Lagunitis brewing company.

bahumutx, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Color is, unsurprisingly, a rich copper. Almost red-tinted. Thinnish off-white head, with little retention. Some thin lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, with cool and subdued malt behind.

Taste: Caramel and grain, backed up by resinous hops. Well-balanced. Interesting, somewhat fruity finish. Not as much toast/biscuit as I like to see in American Ambers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with small bubbles. Medium body. Slightly oily.

Drinkability: Quite nice, a good representative of what is for me an under-appreciated style. I'm very curious what the brewery's original name for this beer was, before they had to change it to [censored]!

hunteraw, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Got this on-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a nice clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and leaves spidery lacing.

Smells alright. There's not a whole lot going on - some sweet malt aromas along with some mild bready and light citrus aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Big sweet malt flavors up front, followed by some caramel flavors and some light citrus tones.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid. The thickness and carbonation are both good, but I like the way it coats my mouth - a very juicy beer.

Drinkability is good. This beer goes down pretty quickly, and I could certainly drink a lot of these.

Overall this was a solid beer, but nothing spectacular. A good choice for a session beer, and worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

I picked this up from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a dark copper, slightly clear with a thin brownish-white head that dissipated into a thin collar. No laciness. Aroma was very malty and sweet and a slight hint of hops. Taste was also malty and sweet, with a hint of caramel and hops. There was a slight bitterness, not much aftertaste. Good texture for an ale, almost chewy. Good beer with excellent flavor but much to sweet for me to consider as a session beer.

tbeck, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Has the copper color, beige head that doesn't retain that long.

S: I get a buttery smell, some butterscotch. A bit of malt.

T: Has a very bready malt taste. I get that buttery smell in the aftertaste a little. Grassy hops in the finish, not that strong but noticeable.

M: The mouthfeel is what made this beer weird to me. The carbonation is great, the sip felt fine, it was the aftertaste. Somewhat chewy and oily which is odd for an amber ale.

D: It's drinkable. Not that bad but not one of my favorite amber ales. I like the maltiness of it, but the hop flavor doesn't balance it out.

Beefeater57, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A : Pours a nice copper with a decent head that hangs around for a while. Nice lacing left on the glass

S : Caramel malt sweetness with some nice pine hops shining through

T : Nice caramel malt flavor that is followed by a nice strong hop bitterness on the finish

M : Creamy, medium-bodied, smooth

D : A very sessionable beer on cask. I could keep drinking it with no problem.

mhewes, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

pours a copper color with a nice white head. the nose is sweet malts, nice hops, kind of like a breed of tomato zest hops!? the taste is sweet malts, floral hops, lighter fruits, kind of tastes like a California Common style. medium body, sweet finish, almost too sweet though

stumac, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -19.6%

12 ounce stubby brown bottle without dating.

Pours clear copper. A short white head blooms and dissipates quickly. Smells like biscuit malt and pine. A rough-and-ready, not especially subtle combination. Flavor is hop-forward. Lots of earthy pine, with damp earth and mineral notes. Some brown sugar in the finish. Taste is somewhat heavy in the dirt-and-pennies department. Body is mild, light, too carbonated.

Easy to drink, but why would I want another?

dgallina, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a one finger head with decent retention and a clear red color. No date on the bottle.

There is a faint smell but a good smell of biscuity malts. Hop presence is hard to detect and the biscuityness is not too strong. It seems like this will be a tame amber ale.

There is a biscuity maltiness and a slight bit of toastiness. The caramel malts provide a decent sweetness that is cut by some tame hops. This is sort of a straightforward, sessionable amber ale.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the malts are a little creamy. I just take off some points here because the taste isn't quite 4.0.

This is a sessionable amber that I could make a night out of. Give it a try.

jasonjlewis, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours an amber/copper (go figure) color with some head that does settle down to almost nothing. Aroma is caramel malts with floral hops secondary with nothing really over-powering but it's nice. Medium-bodied and a pretty good tasting brew. The flavor starts off with malts, some fruits, honey, then turns to slightly bitter hoppiness to a dry, slightly spicy finish. Solid. Nicely balanced and a good mix of malts and hops. No problem getting this one again.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of jlaplume76
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

A. Deep copper with a head that wouldn't quit

S. The malt comes straight through, there is a definite hop smell, almost pine. Very lovely

T. I love the bitter flavor, not over the top bitterness but certainly noticeable. Sweet malt undertones. One was quickly followed by two more. The flavor has me hooked

M. Heavily carbonated, which is fine for this style, good mouthfeel, nothing to sing about though

D. I love this, definately a Friday night beer, a great brew for beginner or experienced drinker. It always seems to please

jlaplume76, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Into a mug glass, this beer pours a clear reddish mahogany color, with a slight , but quickly fading, head on top. Faint in the nose, with a light wisp of malt and hops. Flavor has a moderately caramel malt touch, with a vinous fruitiness that makes things interesting. Bitterness makes a strong impression though there's not a lot of hop flavor. Finishes malty.

A good autumn red ale.

allengarvin, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Sixpoint
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Sixpoint, Aug 23, 2008
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