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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 163 | 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 Spikester
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear copper-amber with a fluffy white one-finger head and good sticky lacings.
Malts and hops are well balanced with slightly bitter finish.
I will call this a session ale. Only downside is a wee bit too carbonated for my ale tastes. Well recommended.

Spikester, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a thin head.

The aroma is doughy with hints of fruit.

The flavor is doughy as well, with a rich buttery quality. Very sweet, almost tastes like cake. Bitterness is mostly absent.

The mouthfeel is rich, and the carbonation tingles the tongue.

Overall, this is a tasty beer and very drinkable, but a greater presence from the hops would improve it.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a small off-white head that left some bits of lacing.

S - toasted malt aroma.

T - a very pleasant sweet malty taste with very mild bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a very smooth feel.

D - highly drinkable beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dumb name, good beer.

Clear copper color with a thin white head. Mild lace and scant retention.

Sweet and fruity, Kronic smells of tropical fruit and poundcake malt. Very pungent for an amber.

Same delicious fruit cocktail (maraschino cherries, grapefruit, pinapple) from the aroma mixed with a spicy, toasted bitter. Overall, way too sweet to for any balance but good nonetheless.

donkeyrunner, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= slightly hazy copper with a light-tan moderate head with consistent lacing.

S= overpowering on the first gulp, still bold during consumption; nice flowery hops, bready malts, hints of sweetness.

T= Amazingly nice dry grassy bready malts, more like a malty APA, the hops are like a breath of springtime, with a balance of bitterness and florals. Possibly some raspberry or apricot notes at times. The highlights make the beer worth trying.

M= dusty, with mild hops bitters, slight sweetness, dry malts memories, nice.

D= worth the try, goes great with most meals that I've tried including a nice pork roast. Highly recommended if you want a Red Ale with a dry-malty APA twist.

therica, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of TheNightbird
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red, deep amber color with fingers hight of head. After a few minutes a nice lacing and a small cloud on top the beer.

S- Very malty, bready and with a nice hop fruitiness.

T- Big upfront malt flavor that carries through out the taste. Nice fruitiness that comes after the malt flavor. Bready flavors are also in the taste.

M- Nice smooth mouthful and not too overly powering carbonation.

D- Nice drinkability great intreating taste. Would be great on a nice fall evening.

TheNightbird, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of ironlung
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single for 2 bucks up the street. Into Marin Brewing Co. "pint" glass.

A: Rich copper. Tiny white head that left as quick as it came.

S: Muted. Can make some floral notes.

T: Well balanced. Nothing pops out at me as far as the hops and malts. Has a floral undertone and aftertaste. Not too sweet for me wich is suprising.

M: Very smooth. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would really make this beer "pop".

D: High. I say session. This one's not outstanding like their Imperial Red, but it's a solid ale that I'd drink from time to time.

ironlung, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the night at Church in the Fenway area. Bottles were $5. Poured into a tall pilsener glass. Dark amber color. Fairly large brilliant white head. Good lacing at the beginning. Smelled a bit piney and earthy. Taste was quite good. Malty with a bit of dark fruit flavors standing out. Definitely had a hearty body to it, but was relatively smooth. Very easy beer to drink. I don't often order red ales, but I am glad that I discovered this one. It sticks in my head as a memorable exception to a style that I don't often enjoy.

morebeergood, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of BigMike
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle:
"Life is uncertain. Don't sip"

Pours a copper red color with some orange highlights. One finger head that disappeared within seconds.

Aroma of ripe cantaloupes and red licorice. Also some roasted malts.

A bit perfumey in the flavor. Some sweetness. The overripe cantaloupe flavor is turning my off a bit. Also some kind of berry flavor on the finish. Not much bitterness here to balance out the intense sweetness.

Pretty heavy mouth feel and somewhat chewy.

This one doesn't have verygood drinkability in my opinion.
There's just something a bit off with this one that i can't completely put my finger on.
The last 1/4 of the glass was really hard for me to swallow. Almost my first drain pour.

BigMike, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really easy drinking beer from Lagunitas, which I would happily stock my fridge with if it was readily available. Does exactly as it says on the lable and pours an attractive copper, with a small white head, with low retention. The aroma presents sweet caramel notes with a light brushing of citrus. Rich caramel malt flavours, mixing in with sweet bready malts, and finishing with a clean combination of light citrus and floral hopping. Excellent balance. medium body and carbonation.

When people talk of 'lawnmower beers' they want something refreshing and relatively straightforward, yet they almost always drink crap. Why not give this Lagunitas a go?

Cheers Mark!

bobsy, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of jsimmons
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - The beer pours a deer translucent copper, with a noticeable tint of deep red, slightly less than a well-brewed Irish Red. A thin head quickly dissipates to a filmy foam, with some light lacing as the oh-so-delicious beer disappears from the glass.

S - A well-balanced aroma with quality malt and citrusy hops. There's almost a hint of a light orange wheaty aroma, but that might just be my mind playing tricks - or the complexity of the hops.

T - An absolutely perfect balance. A sweeter maltiness, with a hint of a citrusy wheat brew (I swear they must've added a bit of wheat to the brew to play mind tricks with us) and a darker spiciness almost reminiscent of a holiday porter. The hop character is perfect as well, making way for the maltiness at the start, moving through to an airy leafiness, and finishing with a satisfying but not overbearing bitterness. This bitterness lingers into the pleasant aftertaste.

M - This beer goes down very smooth - it's perfectly carbonated and surprisingly clean for a beer this dark. The aftertaste is something like an IPA after an anger management course - a lingering bitter hoppiness, but dissipating much more quickly than an IPA.

D - In case it's not clear enough already, I love this beer. It's truly a terrific beer from start to finish, pour to last sip. Its lightness makes it repeatedly and continuously drinkable, and although I'd rather save these for special occasions, if I felt like it, drinking four or five of these in a row would make a terrific evening.

As a side note, the coolest thing about this beer in my opinion is its blending of characteristics of so many different beer styles - the color and feel of an amber ale, the flavors of a porter, pale ale, and hints of wheat ale, and the finish of a very light IPA. I don't know how they've done it, but this is really quite a magical brew, and I look forward to trying more offerings from Lagunitas.

jsimmons, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of PSUBeerman
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a clear deep amber (copper) color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. Nice lacing.

Decent aroma of predominantly malts with hoppy notes.

Sweet malty flavor with hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes also stands out. Balance is decent, but a little too malty for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, but over all decent. Carbonation is nice and fairly smooth.

I liked this, but the malty flavor caught up to me.

PSUBeerman, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

presented with a deep copper brown pint with a thick 1/8 head with plenty of lacing
smell is sweet malt with a hint of citrus hops
taste is big and malty but very balanced out with pineapple and citrus hops
mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied
drinkability is absolutely wonderful will be looking for this in bottles

sliverX, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my second beer from Lagunitas. I'm becoming a big fan of the label.

A - Pours amber/copper in color, settles quickly to a clear body with a thin, off-white head.

S - Malty caramel comes through. Slight hops. No one major dominating aroma - well balanced.

T - This is a rollercoaster of a beer. Smooth all the way through though. Starts off with the caramel malt, then the citrus hops, then a sweet finish.

M - Well built, not overly carbonated, not overly alcoholic.

D - Good session beer. I liked it and now that I can get it locally I'll be getting more.

BobbyBeerman, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of of slight hops, slight alcohol, earthy malt, some caramel sweentess, and lots of grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, slight hops, some sweet malt, and slight hint of spice. Wow, a decent beer, but nothing to brag about - I would not recommend trying this beer.

Tone, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - honey amber with creamy white head and sticky lacing

S - the only lagunitas beer I have tried that didn't have a huge nose... sweet malt and a hint of C hops

T - sweet malt and c hops. very tasty. not what you expect from lagunitas.

M - very smooth. perfect amount of carbonation

D - this is a perfect session beer. it wont overwhelm your taste buds but wont bore them either.

xhcadamx, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres

Pours a clear copper color. One-finger head of foam, which has a slight tan tint. Not much retention or lacing to speak of.

A nice level of maltiness comes through. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Very slight hop notes.
A light, subdued, nose.

The taste is better. Sweet malty kiss. Light citrus and tropical fruit notes. Sweet hints of honey. Light toffee presence. The finish is of bitter hops. Kind of out-of-place here, and not welcome.

Middle-of-the-road medium body. Carbonation level is okay, but could benefit from some 'tweaking'.

I'm sure that this one would be a great session beer. Probably for a lot of people. Just not for me. The bitter hop finish kills what is otherwise a very nice brew.

coldmeat23, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An aggressive pour from the 12 oz bottle directly into the middle of my tulip coaxes close to a finger's worth of head that's gone within 20 seconds. Dark orange/copperish body underneath. Minimal lacing.

Smells very sweet- honey, caramel, baking bread. Hint of floral hops, but very sweet overall.

Tastes even sweeter than it smells. In fact, sweetness is about all there is too it. Lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and baking bread. Very sticky, cloyingly sweet, with mercifully a hint of hops in the finish. Too sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel is sticky, highlighting all that sweetness. I don't love this. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not good for me. Struggled just to finish the bottle.

Overall impression: Not a balanced or enjoyable amber ale, IMO. Too much sticky sweetness and not enough roasted/toastedness here. Lagunitas seems to be a love it or hate it brewery for me, and this brew is unfortunately not on the 'love it' end of that equation.

PDXHops, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is caramel.Taste is the same caramel maltiness and maple flavoring.A very good beer that has good flavor and is good from first to last sip.Highly recommended and I would definetly seek this out again in the future!!

matty, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't even sure what beer I was reviewing with the big "Censored" block over the beer name. Thought I would give it a try nonetheless:

A - Pours a beautiful dark copper color...completely clear. Nice foamy head that seems to have a pretty decent head retention. Looks good so far.

S - Very subtle scent of caramel and malt. The scent is very understated...especially compared to the taste.

T - This is a yummmy little minx. On the front end I'm getting caramel and malts, with a slight twang of honey. Very light hoppiness on the swallow.

M & D - Medium bodied and creamy. Decent amount of carbonation. Finishes dry with little to no aftertaste. This is a brew with a high drinkability factor, and one I'll be buying in the future.

drizzam, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of eberkman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden-copper with a short white head that diminishes to a ring. Big caramely malt notes in the aroma with some citrus and floral essence too. The taste is mostly sweet caramely malts, again with some fruity backbone. Modest hop twinge in the finished. A little unbalanced, weighing heavily in the malt direction, but still tasty. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Great session beer, though a little pricey for what it is.

eberkman, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Light brown, small head quickly recedes to thin film.

S - Smells like fresh waffels with maple syrup, some citrus and caramel malt notes with the balancing hop boquet although slight.

T - Nice toffee sweetness on the front followed by slight bitterness, with more sweetness on the finish. Tastes like candy cherries! Not strong but quite tasty.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body. just right!

D - Dangerously drinkable. This could be a great session beer.

surfer4life, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Censored pours a copper color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mostly malty but there is a noticeable amount of hops. The flavor has a strong malty component but there is a fair amount of spicy hops too. Overall, just a bit better than average.

Drew966, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of bboven
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear copper body with little head, but what's there does leave a little lacing.

Grassy, citrusy hops balance very well with a rich caramel malt.

Taste is a bit sweet and metallic, great hop punch throughout for balance though. Warming alcohol.

Crisp, highly carbonated, very drying.

In a word, balanced. This is a great example of a hoppy version of the style that doesn't go overboard in any one area.

bboven, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Chapter40z
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Medium brown color seems to have little carbonation and minimum head.

S. Has some sweet biscuity malts. A slight herbal spice in the background.

T. The taste is where this beer is. Flavors all combine great to create a really enjoyable beer. Mild bitterness with some herbal spices matching the smell.

M. Decent body not super strong but enjoyable.

D. Great brew and being the first brew I've tried from Lagunitas I'm highly pleased.

Chapter40z, Feb 23, 2009
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83 out of 100 based on 2,296 ratings.