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2,190 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 129 | 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 TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty but light with flavors of caramel, tea and a little bit of fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready with a bit of sweetness.

M: Crisp with some smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, it’s a beer that you can drink for a while but it’s not the first one that I would choose. This is a brewery that even the beers that have underwhelmed me have still been pretty decent, however this beer just seems to have that “just another beer” quality to it.

07-29-2007 04:48:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of tavernjef


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Muggy looking dark honey gold. Small fluffy capping of off-white/lightly yellowed foam. Once faded it keeps a solid skim always present. Lacing is lightly sticking in a few spots and broken strings.

Aroma is muggy sweet with dullish citric notions of lemon, grapefruit, orange, and melon. A pithy dryness levels it off with a mild pine sense and some flowery hop oils.

Taste is developed well in a lightly gooey maltedness of tropical citrusy stuff. Wrapped around it is a nice display of fluffy pithyness of orange and lemon. Delicatley flowery and somewhat oily, perhaps a touch of honey, but most definately pithy. Lots of orangey stuff tanging it up, juicing it down, and squeezing it into the palate. Lightly toasted parts sneak through as it warms. Finish is easy-going on the bitterness, quite tame in that respect. It has a certain pithy/piney pull to it as it fades with orange oils, but never is a burden to handle.

Firm, medium bodied feel, creamy with a slight snap and crunch of citrusy hop and carbonation. Lightly toasted with an oily background and a frontal area that seems to always stay present of citrus orangey pith and dryness.

A nice drinker of an ale here. Good depth and hop character throughout, as it always keeps interesting with subtle layers of toasted citrusy stuff. Solid stuff.

07-08-2007 20:22:46 | More by tavernjef
Photo of sheikyerbouti


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

A- Deep copper, reddish hue, slightly hazy in appearance. Pours a nice, creamy head, which dissipates shortly.

S- Very malty, and breadlike . Reminds me of one of my favorite malty brews-Paulaner Octoberfest. Smells like the beginning of a mash...very nice

T- Chewy and sweet with strong notes of caramel. Very subdued hop aroma, low to medium bitterness levels.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel, slightly alcholic. Good level of carbonation.

D- I could drink about 2 of them. I really like the beer and it is pretty unique, but it is on the sweet side and more than a couple may not be the best way to enjoy it.

07-05-2007 23:45:33 | More by sheikyerbouti
Photo of TiMX


4.53/5  rDev +21.4%

This is a great Beer!!

It is crystal clear copper. A very nice looking beer with all the taste to back it up. Off white head that really clings to the side of the glass.

Good hop bitterness with out being too hoppy (for me). Sweet and Citrus are the flavors that come out to me. But not at all heavy like you many beers that you would call sweet.

All in all I really like this beer. I will be sure and get some more in the morning. If you get a chance be sure and "score" some.

06-30-2007 02:16:30 | More by TiMX
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a nice, deep, crystal clear amber color with a nice slightly tan two fingers of head that takes its time disappearing. Looks pretty good. Nose is okay; a little grain, some sweet brown sugar malt. Nothing much else in there. Taste is solid; up front sweet caramel malt. Salty hops show up at the back, giving it an almost ESB flavor. Feel is solid, good carbonation and a nice bite on the tongue too. Overall, I liked this one, although I might throw it in the ESB style rather than Ambers (although it is a catch all, so what do I know?). Definitely a tasty one, in any case.

06-24-2007 22:14:06 | More by soupyman10
Photo of dfried


3.58/5  rDev -4%

Toffee/copper in color, quite bright, thin off white head that was mainly a ring. The aroma is of sweet, caramelly and grainy malt, a lot of perfumy floral hops that show some citrus and resin as well. The taste is again slightly grainy malt with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Floral hops there again but very much in balance with the malt, a few citrus notes show up in the aftertaste. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a pretty simple and strait forward beer, but put together pretty well. Sessionable for a higher alcohol beer. How floral the hops were stuck out to me the most.

06-21-2007 20:02:21 | More by dfried
Photo of willjschmidt


4/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep orangish copper color. Nice head, 1/4" remains throughout.

S: Light fruits, as well as the slightly sweet malts and light hops.

T: The malts start out first, they are slightly sweet in the form of some caramel. It is lightly fruity with an assertive hop presence at the end. The aftertaste is very drying. It's smooth, well balanced, rich malts, and quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

D: A tasty and very drinkable beer. Nothing that's going to knock your socks off but a very solid, drinkable, and tasty offering from Lagunitas.

06-20-2007 18:05:47 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev 0%

Caught it at the Vortex while visiting Atlanta. Fares well as a hightly hopped Amber. Could be a Pale Ale. Richly malted, but not highly kilned. Flavors and textures lean toward biscuit-ey, rather than toasty. The hops wash out the conservative matlitness a bit and lend a mild metalic flavor. The feel could hold a bit more weight, but the attenuation seemed to keep the beer lighter feeling, but heavier in alcohols. A solid brew for the summer, but still cannot compare to their Imperial Red.

06-13-2007 15:29:43 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of theopholis


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

Appearance- Body is a good, clear, copper/orange. Head is 1 finger, off-wite that recedes very quickly. Lacing is almost non-existant.

Aroma-Mostly malt sweetness with a hint of caramel and a citrusy hoppiness.

Taste- Decent blend of malt sweetness and bittering and flavoring hops. Just a hint of caramel sweetness. Fairly malty.

Mouthfeel- Meium body (for the style. CO2 is just about right.

Drinkability- Not bad, not great.

06-09-2007 03:40:00 | More by theopholis
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

This beer poured a light amber color with almost no head and no lacing at all. The smell was fairly malty and inviting. The taste was pretty interesting. Nice, malty taste with spicy undertones that left a spicy, aftertaste that reminded me a little bit of cinnamon. Pretty full bodied, but leaning a little toward the thin side. Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not very filling and tastes pretty good.

06-04-2007 02:40:32 | More by maddogruss
Photo of jbsteiny


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured a bright, clear copper with a half-inch of sticky head that left slight lacing, which didn't really retain on the glass. The aromas and the taste were both well balanced between a rich, slightly toasted caramel malt and a blend of floral, spicy, and earthy hops -- a nice accomplishment. The malts end up winning out, with brown sugar dominant in the finish, but the hops keep creeping back with different flavors throughout the drinking of this beer. Full, creamy mouthfeel, and extremely drinkable. It's not my favorite for the style, by any means, but it's a very well put-together brew.

05-25-2007 01:08:17 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of beerphan


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a clear deep orange hued amber with a tight one inch off white head. Crusty sheets of lace. Carbonation is robust

Nose: Citrus, a little soapy, sugar, a little spicey also

Good caramel maltiness, with some breadiness.A little sweet molasses seems present. A few hop flavors sneak in, mostly the citrus kind. Bitterness is tame, but lingers lightly which is well done. Good balance.

Drinkability on this one is off the charts. Seems to show off a different side which each sip.. Wish I had more than 2 of these.

05-19-2007 00:32:08 | More by beerphan
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours a beautiful rich copper color as the label describes and I coulnd't say it any better. A solid quarter inch head forms and is everlasting. Aromas of plenty of hops with some bready background notes are really pleasant, a nice start. In the mouth a nice pillowy smooth mouthfeel almost like a nitro pour. Flavors are incredibly balanced: a nice hop flavor of citrus and mint followed by a delicious malty sweet flavor. At 25 IBUs, this is not a bitter beer like most of theirs, instead it is a session beer (at the upper ABV spectrum) that is so smooth and drinkable. The finish is so clean and begs for more sips, I wish this wasn't the only bottle for 500+ miles.

05-10-2007 20:40:56 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of vtfan77


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

A- Nice deep gold color, but not much in the way of a head. There is a touch of lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of malt with caramel and grain aromas. Surprisingly little hop aroma, but the malt character is very nice.

T- More malt, but also some spicy hops. Nicely balanced ale here. The malt is definitely the focus, but the hops certainly have their say. Finishes dry with a nice bit of hop bitterness.

M- Medium-thin in body, carbonation isn't too high, pretty good overall.

D- This beer is very drinkable. I'd have another in a second.

Quite the tasty amber ale here. This would be a nice everyday beer. I'd certainly get it again. Recommended.

05-06-2007 22:31:31 | More by vtfan77
Photo of Duster72


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

Pours a clear red-amber with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and brown sugar. Taste is sweet carmel malts and brown sugar with the perfect blend of hops to keep it from being too sweet. Remarkable. Creamy and moderately thick mouthfeel is extremely nice. Infinitely drinkable. A real pleasure and probably the best american red beer I have had to this point.

05-05-2007 02:09:41 | More by Duster72
Photo of prototypic


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: It's a transparent, light copper color with a one finger head. Retention was rather short and lacing was light.

Smell: It's light on the nose. If you really stick with it, you can pick some light grapefruit notes, caramel malts, and a bit of light hops. Actually, I'm picking up a bit of an earthy smell. Not very distinctive here.

Taste: Much better than the smell would lead you to believe. Nice caramel-toffee malt flavor. Hops blend well and lead to a well-balanced beer. It is slightly sweet from the citrus notes. Far from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied and extremely drinkable. Easily a good session beer. I'm quite surprised by this beer. I really wasn't expecting much when I smelled it. But, I'm pleasantly surprised. Overall, it's pretty good. Definitely worth a try.

05-04-2007 02:10:38 | More by prototypic
Photo of chilidog


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

The only thing that needs Cencored here is that this is one good beer to be had.
My second from Lagunitas and they seem to have a good handle on sweeter, brown sugar leaning brews. Thisone is right there.
It pours a hazed copper color, nice off-white head atop and a fair trail of lace from this complex, yet medium bodied brew.
The aroma is caramelized toffee. The taste carries that caramel, toffee, brown sugar and biscuit. A good hop balance is had toward the finish. The hop aids the beer in crispness, mouthfeel and drinkability.
The mouthfeel is smooth while the hop dries or cleans the palate. Though the malty sweet beginning, this beer is not overly sweet, but rather a D(censored)M good beer. Enjoy!!

04-28-2007 17:41:58 | More by chilidog
Photo of MmmIPA


2.73/5  rDev -26.8%

Amber clear body with with a one finger head.Leaves some small but nice lacing on the glass.

Buiscuty malt in the nose at first sniff.

Some hoppieness,sorda bittering.and some malts.

Mouthful is a bit thin and carbonation is very easy.

This beer aint bad but I dont think I would revisit it again in the future.I havnt really been that happy with Lagunitas beers.

04-18-2007 22:30:46 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of BeerTruth


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This ale poured a cloudy burnt orange with a very generous head that appeared to die down quickly after pour. Lacing is quite sticky and granular throughout tasting. Smell has a bit of a metalic hint to it with a brown sugary undertone. Not an overpowering odor by any means, very pleasant. A very subtle crisp hop odor tickles the nose as well. Taste is very unique. Much more thick and chewy than I had anticipated, but very enjoyable. This is a tough beer to grasp a taste on, for some reason I feel as this is almost like an ESB. Mild hop bitterness with a sweet caramel malt that balances this out quite well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Carbonation is minimal from start to finish. I find this beer to be extremely drinkable due to how very smooth it is. I really enjoyed this brew, nothing to seek out, but pick up a single if you have the chance.

04-10-2007 00:40:47 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Braudog


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at RFD Washington. Medium amber with little head. The aroma is moderately fruity and inviting. But this is a bit malty to the tongue ... almost chewy. Apple, tart, sap. Pretty viscuous. Relatively sharp alcoholic bite; I write myself a note to check the ABV later; I may have unwittingly ordered a big beer. (7.7, makes sense). (#2772, 4/5/2007)

04-08-2007 23:34:51 | More by Braudog
Photo of beerbutcher


4.4/5  rDev +18%

long lasting off white head atop a amber beer (shock)

aromas wafting from glass are remarkable. this beer smells like dessert. it's loaded with carmelly and toffee aromas. there is also an underlying bright hop not, well integrated and appealing.

on the palate, it is rich and heavy with more intense malty and carmel flavors. the hop note comes back on the finish, delicate but noticeable. the bitterness is never enough to take away from the sheer decadence of this beer. truly delicious.

this finish is perhaps a tad sweet for the average session but as a night cap or even with a rich dessert (think creme breulee) this would be marvellous.

04-07-2007 03:19:22 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of Ricochet


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Wish I would have read more reviews, then I might have swished this one. Oh well. Chunky. Dirty brown. Little head with light carbonation but it was hard to tell with all the debris floating. Don't be afraid.

Carrot cake is my first impression for smell. Sweet with a cinnamon note and the alcohol smack at the end was pleasant. Not pungent. Very appetizing.

Yes, this is chewey beer. Very thick with a thick wash. Alcohol controlled, minimum foaming, strong roasted malt aftertaste which stuck as advertised. More!

Bitterness was stong but nice, raisin detectable, but the hoppy bitter was center stage. Rich malts, slight orange note, I knew this was a stronger beer but like some of the other Lagunitas beers, the alcohol only adds to the palette. Damn.

Would I? This is the last beer. This one will put you away. Like some of the other Lagunitas products I've had, it's the dessert for crazy hop heads. Yes. Try one.

04-01-2007 04:36:34 | More by Ricochet
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

Light cloudy orange; the look of freshly squeezed orange juice. Obvious yeasty, chunky sediments. Luxurious, thick off-tan head; stringy lacing. The nose reveals west coast piney hops, orange juice and hints of caramel during warming. Powdery sweet-n-sour creaminess with slick flavorings of caramel malts and grassy hops. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry, zippy grapefruit left to graze the palate. Slender cleansing; smooth and hopped up. Pretty well balanced as some dry malts are noticeable near the end. Darn nice. For an amber/red--one of the best!

03-16-2007 01:50:41 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

Pours and exceptionally clear orange-amber hue. Creamy off-white head just reaches two fingers and holds well leaving spotty lacing. Toasty pale malt, crystal malt, and strong dextins make up the malt aromas, with a healthy whiff of herabl and grassy American hops. First sip is sweet with caramel and toasty Biscuit malt, with a background roasted note. Flavor becomes deeply dextrinous for a brief moment before slipping into a delicate buttery fruit taste. This quickly gives way to a semi-dry aftertaste of piney resinous and bitter herbal American hops. Balanced and complex flavor, a credit to the style. Medium bodied, with a light carbonation that gives the illusion of extra body while retaining enough fine bubbles to ward off cloying from the large malt base. Finishes with residual caramel and roast tones, a touch of pumpkin fruitness and a mellow but full pine cone hop flavor. here is an amber ale with enough flavor top keep your attention but drinkable enough to be considered a session ale; likely to change some people's opinion of boring Red ales.

03-05-2007 09:42:26 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

I was surprised to see this beer on tap at the local college bar, The Ruck. This beer is amber is color with a light hop aroma. I was quite surprised how creamy it was though. There was a strong hop flavor, but not an equal level of hop bitterness. Although perhaps not to style, this is a good hoppy beer.

02-28-2007 14:19:07 | More by drseamus
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