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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Photo of Naes
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark amber in color with a small off-white head.
The aroma is modest, but has a bit of toasty maltyness.
The flavor is mostly of malts; toasted, caramel and it is a bit bready. There is also a slight presence of hops near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Drinkability is not hindered by the alcohol content, as it is almost unnoticeable.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear reddish amber with foamy tan one finger head. The smell is very pronounced with a real "bisquity" aroma. Like walking into a bakery. The taste is very sweet,carmel or toffee?, and malty. This does not have the super sweetness that some of the strong ales have,this is very drinkable. The m/f is light and the alcohol is very subdued which is nice from a high alcohol beer. This is a very tasty brew and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I spent some time trying to figure out what the word was behind the black bar. Dark copper color with a thick light orange/beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of strong malt and subtle fruit. Medium-bodied and balanced nicely between sweet malt and citrus fruit. Light touch of pine as well. The finish is mildly bitter and lasting. Above average.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Glows a crystal clear, rich reddish amber... and I emphasize the red here. Just beautiful, although the head (which starts off two fingers thick) settles gradually to nothing more than a thin film. No lacing to speak of, just that phenomenal color.

Smell- Initially I get metal, then some malts come forward, becoming sweeter and fruity as the beer warms up. Just a whiff of hops trail behind. Burying my nose deep in the glass after a good swirl, the alcohol is revealed.

Taste- A bready, medium malty character comes forth in the mouth and intensifies further. The alcohol is slightly burning, but is overcome by an English (it seems) hop bitterness that closes in the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Easy to drink but slightly out of balance in the mouth, with a wavering carbonation that leaves room for improvement. Medium weight, and the ABV does not interfere with the experience IMO... a decent ASA, a surprise to find it here in NY/NJ.

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Photo of EPseja
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a honey orange amber color with a weak and quickly receding head that all but disappears, revealing the naked beer underneath. Eh. Some bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass through the semi-viscous liquid. No lacing at all.

S - Clean, sweet toasty maltiness with a west coast hoppy flair. Some notes of orange blossom. Nothing else to distinct.

T - Begins rather nondescriptively, but blossoms into a nicely blended malt and hop body. Sort of like a subdued Pale Ale in its taste. Notes of toasted grains are evident. The finish is clean and easy, leaving a very pleasant bitterness and not a trace of the fact that you were drinking an alcoholic beverage... Nice, and dangerous.

M - Excellent. Light and clean going in, growing to a comfortable volume in the mouth. Finishes with the fluidity of a waterslide. Bombs away!

D - This beer is one freakishly drinkable beast. The alcohol content is up there, but not readily discernible, and the body of this beer is tasty without being heavy in any sense of the word. Too easy to suck down. Beware. It's a shame that it looks blah and smells only OK.

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Photo of Bcant
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From the 120z bottle to the pint glass; pours a deep caramel, OK rich copper, with a ½ inch white head made of tiny bubbles. A small amount of sediment accumulated at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is has some floral/citrus hop notes blended with fruit, including plumbs. It reveals a slight medicinal side, really the only indicator of the abv and 1.065 o.g.

Some toastyness, fruit and caramel, but not sweet; there are some hops in here to balance things out but they don’t go so far is to offer much in the way of character.

Very oily, almost luxurious on the tong. The drinkability is a detriment in this case. I want to feel a bit of warmth or spice from the alcohol, with, if this is possible, is too understated.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea this one was no where near 8% abv. Appearance: Ruby copper hue nice tan head leaves fine even lacing down my glass. Aroma: Hops contain a bit of everything pine, earthiness, grassy, floral, and a touch of underlying citrus sweet caramel malts touch of alcohol. Taste: Bready caramel malts doesn't come off too sweet blends nicely with the loads of hop flavor and solid bitterness presented definitely a welcomed brewery to the Pittsburgh market. Hop flavors that standout earthy, piney, and grassy for sure. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth ale low on hop oils pretty clean. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy ale that I will invite back anytime I see it especially if I ever catch it on draft gotta love the Kronic.

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Photo of Ego
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

head is scarce and then gone (although it fizzes audibly on the pour), nice light ruby copper color, consistent and nice to behold, looks good, nothing great

caramel malt, sugary alcohol, cheap blush wine (best way for me to describe the smell), like the view, nothing special but better than average...

taste etc...
oily floated on a small vessel of carbonation making it smooth (not in a creamy way), very easy drinking, mild hops, malt is more up front here, on second thought this is WAY too easy to drink for the ABV, not really a "great" taster but pleasant and it goes down (unlike my ex, but that is another issue)

Way Way to easy to down this sucker with this ABV... but at the same time it didn't do anything for me that made me "have" to have another... I would not go out of my way for it but wouldn't turn it down (kind of like the semi fat chick at the frat party at 3am)

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured (into 22oz pils glass) with a great copper color & a white thick head with buubles rising from below throughot the drink. Head retention was good and lacing impressed.

Smell: Maltiness up front & then fruitiness & piney hops

Taste: fruit, malt & then an spicy hops presence. Tounge edge & throat bear the the brunt of the hops

MF: Every taste syncroncizes (sp) great

Great session choice except for the price ($7.99 on sale)

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden copper color with a smaller off white head which maintained itself nicely. Lacing is slight. Aroma is bready and fruity with notes of apricot and herbal hop notes. Taste is caramelly and bready at the base. Fruit and grassy flavors on top. Finish is slightly piney and a bit warming. All in all a decent, above average offering, but nothing great. Cool name though.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hellooo Hops!

This is a nice beer that hits you with hops right off the bat. The color is a nice partially cloudy reddish/gold color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and floral, very pleasant. Nice hops with a touch of malt, and a lingering hop influenced aftertaste. I can't help but pick the slightest metallic twinge in the flavor and aftertaste, not sure where that could be coming from. Not a bad strong ale at all, definitely worth revisiting but probably not distinguishable enough to stand in the upper echelon of style.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby bottle. Extremely hazy glowing peach, topped with a frothy ivory head. Nose is ripe with caramel malt, peach and hops. Very estery up front, and quite slick and viscous. Delicious notes of tangy plums and grapes, just a hint of citrus, apple and honey and topped off with sappy, piney hops. Alcohol hides well. Strangely reminiscent of HopDevil...though this is sweeter and maltier, while being much less hoppy. Nonetheless, very nicely balanced and quite enjoyable. Thanks to BeerBeing for this guy.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep copper color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing though. Scents of malt, hops, fruits, and some caramel. Nice taste, kinda sweet, dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, but to call this a ASA is a bit to far I think. It's a nice brew, alcohol hidden very well, but not sure if I'll buy again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper, forming a modest off-beige head with average retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is punctuated by a clean ferment, moderate spicy floral hops, residual grainy sugars (akin to Dead Guy), some caramel when swirled. The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky with a medium-light body and clean, watery finish. The taste begins with floral hops, the middle is nicely balanced by grainy husk sugars, and there's a mild bitterness with a dry, toasty finish. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors and only a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

A very nice West Coast amber style ale. I could drink plenty of this were it available here. Recommended. Kinda like a better, nuttier version of Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of wedge
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed deep copper color; creamy loose head thins quickly. Light malty aroma, some toffee and fruits - pretty delicate. The first sip is a punch in the mouth. The aroma did not suggest this level of flavor. Dry maltiness is first followed by waves of fruity bitterness and a bit of caramel. Very rich and warming.

Very flavorful. Pretty solid for such a strong one.

Note: 7.7% abv version.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours just like the label says " rich copper ale " . Copper color, clear and it has significant head and lacing. Clear body and lots of supporting carbonation.

Hopped up for sure, almost like a czech type hop aroma, caramel is evident and some raisin. Mouthfeel was light and kind of surprised me as everything leading up to this would point towards "rich" but it came across almost watered and light. Don't get me wrong this beer has tons of taste but its light on the palate. Nice hoppy/carbonation combo to finish clean and refreshing.

Notes: Solid offering from Lagunitas. With all the talk about what beers would go good with thanksgiving, I would have to say this one could work just fine. Versatile and not overpowering at least in feel.

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Photo of bcm119
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas has definately stepped up their game in the last few years.

Copperish amber with a small, soapy off-white head. Aromas of light caramel malt, with mild ripe orange and apricot hoppiness. Fleeting flowery apricot in the nose, then a husky, toffee malt body with hints of orange pekoe tea. Carbonation is medium to low with a fine, supple mouthfeel. Nice long finish with a mild ripe citrus bitterness. Overall, a very drinkable (dangerously so considering the abv) ale that isn't too far outside the box but doesn't fit any style perfectly. Very good, and a pleasant surprise for me.

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Photo of baiser
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colour, with white lace, good retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sweet malt and some fruitiness. Very pleasant, smooth beer. Lightly hopped and very refreshing. The fine bubbles tingle you palate. Finishes dry and flavourful. Another great beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As per the label this pours a clear copper colored ale with a tan to off white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a scent of peaches and apricots to it. Noticeable alcohol scent carries spicy and woody hops smells. Quite a unique scent for a non-fruit beer.

Taste is not sweet as expected from the scent. Flavor is neutral and mild with a tame hop aftertaste. Some woody flavors after a while. Frankly this is under flavored. What a disappointment it looks and smells so good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Drinkability is OK but I really expected a more outstanding beer. Worth a try but the hairy eyeball tastes better.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear dark copper color with a thick fluffy head.
Nice lacing.
Aroma is caramel, some bready aromas and some light hops.
Body is kind of thin
Flavor is lightly sweeet, with some caramel flavors finished of with some piney/resinous hops.
Good enough to drink more than one, but I wouldn’t go out searching for one.

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Photo of rousee
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is caramel brown in the top 2/3 of glass that tapers into an amber bottom third. Nice head of 2-3 mm with some spider-web lacing appearing along the sides of my glass. A very neutral malty smell. Some hints of fruitiness are apparent. A good upfront maltiness on the tongue with some piney-citrussy hop kick. Pleasantly coating mouthfeel with a nice velvet-like character. A smooth beer but there are other Lagunitas that are more drinkable.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour, there was great color and clarity. It had a nice golden color with a hint of red. The head on it was pretty good. The smell was rich with honey, hops and little citrusy. The flavor lingers for a while. I would recommend this beer on a warm summer day out by the pool. It is very refreshing and full-bodied.

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Photo of misterscooter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a beer by its first taste. I’ve had lots of beers that initially seem really good but don’t hold up. The “Censored” was the opposite. It is rare for me not to like a Lagunitas brew from the first mouthful but I did not like this one at first. This review is on my second bottle.

A clear copper/brown color, the head was big and shortened quickly as the bubbles on the outside went from fine and small to big and clear.

The smell contains apricots and nutmeg. Not quite a cobbler but close.

The flavor is dry and bitter with a apricot and plum on the edges for a nice balance. As it warms, the beer gets less bitter and sweeter.

I’m not sure why I didn’t like this one as much the first time but maybe I drank it too cold. That’s all I can figure. That was my bad. Bad me.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with plenty of suspended yeast particles into a pint visible in a dark peach hued pour topped off with a wafer of thin spotty khaki lace.

Bright fruit syrup & candy aromas. Almost scents of cotton candy and caramelized sugar.

First swigs: Twisted flavors of lemonade and sugar malts. The best aspect of the flavor is the clean crisp narrow shot that leaves little aftertaste. This kinda has a party that wakes that neighbors and then disappears. Reminds me of a malternative bever-ahge with the clan sweet aspects.

Smooth soft gentle carbonation.

Last swigs: Thick tea. Drinks like a soda with no ABV detection. Wow!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Poours a half-finger nearly white head over a crystal clear copper rust liquid. Smells of caramel and toffee with some sugar and esters yummy that is very enticing. There is some citrusy hop character that comes across as oranges to me. Taste starts toasted malt sweet with caramel, honey and a hint of toffee. Oh yummy. Mild fruity esters rise to mingle with the malt in the middle of the taste and then these settle as a light tang steps in as part of the aftertaste. The tang has a really nice orange zest flavor...no pith, just the thinest of the zest. There may be some hop bitter with the tang but the settle quickly as fruity esters (apricot and pear) rise up my throat to leave a wet sweet in my mouth. Fine carbonation still forms on my tongue to fight the thick body. It's mildy carbonated and very refreshing.

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