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858 Reviews
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Reviews: 858
Hads: 2,554
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 55
Gots: 336 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

35 IBU
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Reviews: 858 | Hads: 2,554
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, coppery hue, with a thick, full, creamy head.
Aroma: hoppy, strong, piney, hints of citric fruits, exhilirating when inhaled deeply, fresh, alert, and very lively.
We sip, and...ah, mmmm, tasty, bright, mmmm, like a classic red ale, but super-charged in the hop department, and the alcohol accelerated, and easily apparent on the palate before too long.
Rich and full of malt, sweet, spicy, strong, with only a touch of hops.
Tasty, zingy, a big blast of everything...I can see how this could become addictive!
A very interesting experiment from Lagunitas...I've never heard of anyone tweaking with the Irish Red style, certainly not to such an extreme.
I like it very much...big thanks to Gromit! (723 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, and some fruit.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits, bready malts, and caramel malts. Very sweet.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth.

d - An ok red ale. The smell was pretty good but the taste was a little too sweet for me. Wouldn't look to have again. (423 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/26/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malts; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good balance of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,351 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep reddish amber color with smallish tan head. Head has good retention but leaves little lacing.

Smell & Taste: The roasted malt component has a darker aroma than expected, and it smells a tad darker than it tastes. Good balance of malts and hops, for style, so that the sweet and toasty malts are accompanied by spicy and floral hoppy notes. Very lightly smokey and a bit earthy.

M: Nice creamy head; medium body; smooth; well carbonated.

O: A very flavorful, well-balanced and aromatic red ale. (513 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a thin head that immediately becomes a thin patch.

The smell is of some caramel, a hint of earthy leafiness. Very mild and subtle.

The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of leafy bitterness, more in finish than in taste. Traces of peppery alcohol. Slight mettalic tinge.

Thins a bit, though fairly coating.

A decent brew. Easy enough to drink, despite a slight alcohol sharpness. To be honest, I didn't find anything particularly special about this brew. Seems pretty basic - sweet malt with a touch of bitterness and a bit too alcoholic for the style. Still in all, it's okay. (614 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger tall dense cap surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet caramel malts and a very light amount of pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts and some light amounts of toasted malts. There is a light flavor of slightly dank and pine/resin hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly thin.

O: Relatively easy to drink and enjoyable - a touch sweeter than I usually enjoy my beers and I would appreciate just a touch more bitterness and hop presence in it. Alcohol is well hidden. (1,069 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a stub and herbs on cask.

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of creamy head. Good retention and nice lace Color is copper amber.

Aroma: Caramel malts, very faint grassy hops. Not to much to the aroma.

Taste: Very big smooth malt flavor. Caramel and bready. Some citrus fruits blended in.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy for a big rd. Hardly any bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends wih a slight dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad red. Not very hoppy which I really enjoyed. My pint is going moderately fast, but only 1 for me. (579 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Poured into my DFH snifter. The beer is a clear reddish-copper. A small white head formed and dissipated quickly leaving a few bubbles on top and spotty lacing.

S: Heavy malt aroma, some caramel sweetness, and some brown sugar. A little bit of subtle citrus.

T: I am having a hard time placing the flavor profile for this one. Its not very hoppy, but I don't really get some of the typical malt flavors that I look for. There is some caramel and darker fruits, but even as it warms have a tough time distinguishing flavors, but I do like it.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Its pretty good, solid, but nothing spectacular. Not sure how fresh it is and unsure if that is playing a part, especially in the lack of hop profile. (778 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slow fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a toasted scent with a wonderful hop aroma. It's well balanced. The taste is good also. It has a malty base provide by pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down easy with a very bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's solid on all fronts as well as being highly drinkable for having an elevated abv. . (575 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

The beer is copper hued with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma brings a touch of fruit and some sweet malts. Bready with a touch of hop character in the finish. Medium bodied with subtle alcohol. Overall, this was ok. (261 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

03/14/05- Purchased at Safeway in Guerneville, CA

Presentation- Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with no dates.

Appearance- Almost a cherry red pour with a large head and fair sheets of lacing left behind.

Smell- Some sweet scents along with some floral aspects.

Taste- Damn! This dude is sweet! Ultra heavy in the sweet malt department here. I was expecting to get some hops in the mix, but the sweet malt overpowers everything.

Mouthfeel- Kinda like a low grade cough sryup going down. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Sorry, but I didn't much care for this one. The sweetness just made it a bit hard for me to take. (666 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light, bright amber-red with a big off-white head that has great retention; a good amount of particles floating around

S - big bready malt and a faint fruitiness

T - bread, citrus, grapefruit, faint caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an incredible malt bomb. The malt is huge, heavy and bready. There is a decent, citrusy hop character but there's was no way it could compete with the malt character. This could use a bit of balance for sure. (474 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber in color with a very short head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is fruity, piney, and has a caramel sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, as caramel, bread, piney hops, hint of alcohol, and fruit are well balanced.

Medium bodied. The mouthfeel is smooth and the aftertaste has caramel and pine lasting briefly. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. (367 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy ruby copper color, that is topped by a light brown one finger thick head that. The aroma is thick with crystal malt, a bit of candy sweetness, toasted malts and a hint of herbal, perhaps spicy hops. The taste is sweet up front, and stays that way as it finishes with a heavy handed crystal malt caramel notes. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish that helps to balance this malt dominated brew. This beer has a medium full body contributed by the malt. The biggest problem with this beer is that it is a bit simplistic, though admittedly this is a pretty weak problem. This beer is pretty straight forward, and I almost think that a beer with this many malt & caramel notes would more fittingly be a low alcohol session brew. (752 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz single bottle into a pint glass. Never tried this one before lets see what's what.

A- The label does not lie, this has a deep copper appearance to it, striking bronze at times. A steady pour yielded 2 fingaz of semi dark tan dense foam, well not that dense as it's dying down quickly. Some flimsy spots of lace.

S- The smell is not all that appealing. Getting some aroma hops and some roasted malts, but this rank rust type smell, well it says copper on the label, so there.

T- Caramel is there from the malt and some bittering hops that are fairly light. Malt forward definatly. As in smell the copper is there in taste as well. OK maybe not copper but some type of rust, off type flavor. Maybe it's just the label saying copper on it, maybe it's the bottle, maybe im losing my mind?

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is probably this beer's saving grace?

D- Lagunitas makes good beer, but not in this one. I kind of find myself getting similar flavor profiles in some offerings, perhaps the house ingredients. This is pretty light on alcohol so could be a nice session beer, maybe i'll give it another go on tap if I see it. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating. Pours a rich orangy amber. Not much head/carbonation. White bubble film is moderatly long lasting and just a touch of lacing is left behind. Oakey,whiskey nose. This is a malty strong ale. Well developed malty base, mellow hops well in the background. Finishes with a crisp and refreshing snap of more malt and a touch of alcohol warmth. Could use some more hop crunch IMHO. (413 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber with a light off-white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Strong malty nose, barleywine-esque, nice sweet smell.

T: Strong crystal malt flavour with a light hop character. Definite American flavour, some orange, grapefruit.

M: Light/medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D: Solid amber, not overhopped which I like in this style. Something to try for sure, nice red ale. (428 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white head is formed barely managing a finger of size. Body color is a hazy red dull amber, with some very faint small rising carbonation on the middle.

Nose smells like a sort of Munich malts, Oktoberfest beer. Slightly rich, but a little subdued. Faint airy hop but just barely.

Palate brings a stinky malt crispness. Almost getting into Irish ale tasting territory, very interesting. Very prickly feeling in the palate which is a bit jarring. Stinky tacky aftertaste, sort of gamey.

What an interesting amber ale, somewhere smelling Munich and tasting all Irish, and feeling like a crisp lager. However, it isn't so interesting that I would want to have it again. (725 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The word "Censored" stands out on the bottle. I'm trying to figure out what word would be so bad that they would have black it out; something's written beneath that block. Well, on to the beer:

In color, it's copper to bronze, crowned with a soapy head. Subtle aroma of tropical fruit makes way for esters. This amber ale is a good one packed with flavor. It starts with fruity esters and ends with a punch of hop flavor in the back, leaving biscuity notes on the palate in the aftertaste. Quite tasty. I'll be coming back for more of this later. (547 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden with some ruby highlights. The head is moderate and light tan and leaves some slight lacing. The smell is sweet malt and a late hit of piney hops. The taste is sweet malt forward and is followed by a nice hit of spicy and piney hops. Biscuity and fruity flavors as well. Quite sweet,but well balanced and not at all insipid, the sweetness is deeply rich and malty. Mouthfeel is nice- supports the flavors well and isn't overcarbonated. Very drinkable, a great session beer. (498 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a cloudy, mid-amber-copper coloring that is moderately hazed. It pours with a thin, flat, smooth off-white head that settles rather quickly into sparse film. Aromas are mostly sweet, with characteristics of caramel and toffee blending together. The flavors are overly sweet, with a heavy caramel backbone that rides through into the aftertaste. Other flavors are a slight nut sweetness, some citrusy highlights, and a toasted note, as well. Great body, which is light and crisp, yet leaving a great lacing on the glass while you drink. As said before, the aftertaste is mostly caramel malt sweetness, and the finish is quick and clean, with a slight slickness to it at the end of the palate. Decent beer. Avoids the cloying and overpowering qualities despite the abundance of sweet flavors. (842 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always been intrigued by the label on this one (can't call things "Kronik" any longer?), but it only seemed to be in six-packs when i saw it, so picked up a single for reviewing purposes when I could.

Pours a coppery orange colour, burnished and clear, with a crackly head of white, that subsides rather quickly to little more than a film of white. Decently heavy body for a beer of relatively low gravity, some lacing when tilted. Looks pretty good.

Nose is light but slightly malty. Some brew-day sweetness noticeable, with just a hint of cracked grain. Minimal hops presence. Slight meatiness to it. It feels all quite rudimentary and rustic. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Taste is similar. Sweetness on the palate with a hint of grainy bite on the back with a whack of carbonic acidity. Again, there's nary a whiff of the hops, and while the grain character is pleasant enough, it just doesn't do enough to make me want to drink more than a few sips.

Not a bad brew, just a relatively uninspiring one. Drinkable enough in its way, but lacking a lot of interest. I could drink it, but can I be bothered? (1,121 characters)

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