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SF Fusion - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 1759Girl on 02-15-2011)
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Photo of rboinski


4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Back on tap at the Lagunitas Taproom after Waldo's Special dissapeared

10 oz pour into a stemless wine glass at Lagunitas Taproom

Appearance: Pours much lighter than I was expecting from lagunitas. Really good clarity and a nice head on it as well, though I would have preferred this in the larger lagunitas mason jar.

Smell: Strong smell of hops, almost smells fresh hopped but I did not ask. I believe the hops were mosaic, simcoe, and one other.

Taste: Extremely good DIPA. Great hop flavors come through, without a ton of bitterness. Not much of a malt backbone supporting the hops which I personally prefer. Could have been a little better integrated maybe, something about it just wasn't perfect but I couldn't put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel. Not as sticky as Waldo but still has some nice stickiness. Very smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. Won't be around long but I am glad I got a chance to try it!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 14:43:40 | More by rboinski
Photo of DovaliHops


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes from SF Beer Week. Pours a hazy orangish golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is intense amount of citrus fruit and hops right up front. Great apricot along with orange and grapefruit. Somewhat tropical fruit aroma as well. A lot of piney hops and just a nice overall west-coast aroma (meaning there wasn't much malt to it). Taste was just as it smelled with amazing citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The slightest bit of malt to it, but not enough to ruin this one. Great pine and hop flavor...tastes SOOO fresh. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly sticky. Drinkability is very high, as ABV is well-hidden. Overall, I've tried a couple of the Fusion beers, and this one has been my favorite thus far.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 06:33:20 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of LegalBrew87


4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery, first in a 5oz taster and then a full pour. Over a weekend I had 5 other lagunitas beers (waldo, lil sumpin wild, BA stout, undercover shutdown & 13.alt) along with 3 from Russian River (pliny, row 2, more cowbell) and this was my favorite.

A: Pours hazy bright orange with almost no head. Minimal lacing.

S: Huge apricot, peach, mango, and citrus flavors. A little bit of pine and hay and a faint hint of some bready pale malt. I feel like there may be a little wheat in the grain bill somewhere. The smell of this beer just blew me away. I can't say I've ever smelled such fruity hops before without being a total citrus/pine bomb.

T: Really sweet and fruity apricot flavors, followed by some bitter pine and orange zest and just a faint hint of malt. I just wanted to keep drinking this beer. Super refreshing with a perfect crisp bitter finish that didn't leave my palette totally ruined. A friend I was with said it reminded him a lot of KR Citra, his favorite beer.

M: Pretty nice carbonation. Maybe a little thin, but I would rather have my beer thinner than syrupy.

O: This is an amazingly drinkable imperial. I would have had 3 or 4 more if I could have. Unfortunately they weren't doing growler fills or I would have snagged at least one. This is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 21:19:26 | More by LegalBrew87
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Lagunitas Brewery.

Appearance- gold color, thin head

Smell- floral hops

Taste- floral hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would love to have more of it but I'm not sure if they only have it there or what. Either way I would love to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 04:44:15 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and peach color, leaves itself very hazy, thin white head. Aroma of hops. Lagunitas? No way. Hops smelled wetter, was expecting more of a belgian yeast vibe given the previous fusion quests, but this took on more of a green hop vibe, leading me to believe this may in fact be why the beer took on a bit of a hazy appearance. Wasn't massive in the nose though, just kinda simplistic.

Pretty sticky, bitter beer. Kind of made me think of the old oast ales made with hop oil, like hashish at times. Pineapply sweetness to it. Kinda reminiscient of FW's Double Jack.

Not a bad effort by any means, just haven't had any of these fusion beers I would run out to buy, I still think, for the best Lagunitas hop assault for your money, stick with Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Sucks, Dogtown Pale Ale etc. . .

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 19:21:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of marikoangel


4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I had this one at Toronado and a Amsterdam in SF. Lucky me! Poured into a pint at both places. It pours a clear orange amber with a no head, but very full pints! It's a great very bright pretty color with a light lacing that sticks to the glass. Gorgeous!

S: Citrus, a nice piney hops. There are some really nice fruity notes in there, tropical, gauva, grapefruit, rind and some malts hiding underneath. And last but not least some dank weed notes...but what else do you expect from a beer called Hop High: SF Fusion!

T: The taste is really similar to the nose. The grapefruit citrus rind and a nice easygoing resinous piney hops are balanced by sweet tropical fruits and low key malts. I think that the hops are definitely more predominate though; and there is still that weedy quality to it.

M&O: The mouthfeel starts out medium crisp, then smooths out into a creamier finish. It is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It hides the alcohol well, I didn't realize I was drinking a 9.3% beer, and I'm told that the IBU is 100 on this one. I would definitely say that this is yet another well done one by Lagunitas. I'm just sad it's a limited brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 23:51:07 | More by marikoangel
Photo of Lothore


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a ruddy copper hue with little to no head.

S- Deep citrusey scents, hints of breadiness.

T- A barrage of citrusey hops, grapefruit, hints of grassiness, grainy notes.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This is an awesome DIPA that i've had the pleasure of trying twice so far and will be sure to repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 19:23:28 | More by Lothore
Photo of marksweiner


4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

had it on-tap at Toronado during beer week. Asked the hobeled bar-keep what is was and he pretty much ignored me - so I ordered one. Liked it to say the least - felt like I could drink them all day long (was surprised to hear it was 9%). Kind of odd to hear some fellas on this board saying it was hard to drink....
Had another "Fusion" in Sac and it was totally different - I guess this is the name they give to their line they push out for beer fests.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 02:12:24 | More by marksweiner
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Toronado SF

Heard good things about this beer throughout the last few weeks for SF Beer week and Strong Beer Month. Was excited to try it.

A - Dark copper in color, slight reddish tint. Different and darker from your typical WC IIPAs. Looked OK. Decent lacing throughout the glass.

S - Earthy and bitter smelling. Tons of hops. On the board it says "SF Fusion Hop High IPA." Smells highly hopped. Dark Pineapple and citrus twisted with earthy and leafy bitterness in the nose. Smells like a HUGE IPA and powerful dank notes arise from a swirl of the glass.

T - Wow. I immediately started wondering if this was a Lagunitas attempt at a TIPA. I had no idea the ABV while drinking it but it tasted like a Over Hopped double or TIPA. Taste matches nose exactly. This one was very bitter. Great for hop heads but the bitterness would have been a huge turn off for a novice to hops. As this beer warms, sweet malts come out which I found off putting and took away from the citrus.

M - It's a big resinous bitter IPA. Tastes every bit a 9+% DIPA
A sipper for sure.

D - Wouldn't order another. One pint was enough. Not highly drinkable as there are countless other 9+% DIPAs available easier drinking than this beer. But hey, maybe that's what Lagunitas was going for here.

I was a bit let down by this beer. Great to have tried it but will not be ordering again I don't believe.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 04:55:29 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of madvermin


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Bobby G's Pizzeria shortly before the PtY madness started.

Poured a pure amber with above average lacy white head that retained pretty well for the style. Was pretty clear as well, which was good to look at.

Nose was very floral and citrusy, with an assortment of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and tropicals, mainly pineapple to my olfactorys. There was some sticky malt in the back too, but it was nothing to the other notes.

Taste was way different, as strong bitterness was tasting of plants and earth, with lots of oils and scents not unlike Triple Rock's IIMAXX DIPA. Lots more grapefruit and lemon citrus come out in this one though, and it's better for it.

Finish is a bit sticky, and bitterness is nice for the drinkability. Lagunitas hit the nail on the head with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 00:38:58 | More by madvermin
Photo of

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at First Street Alehouse in Livermore.

Color borders on orange. Very limited head. I think all the hops killed it.

Aroma was almost non-existent. Lagunitas makes hops bombs, not complaining, but this had no aroma.

Shocked by massive hop flavor. Extreme citrus. I'm still burping pineapple. It's difficult to balance a 9.3% beer to the hops insteAd of malt, but the geniuses at Lagunitas figured it out. Beer is light bodied considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is light considering the ABV. I could use more body in this beer. I love the massive, citrus hops, but I would like more backing it up.

Drinkability is great for a 9.3% beer. Could be dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 04:19:31 | More by
Photo of 1759Girl


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed for the 2011 SF Beer Week, SF Fusion is a 280 IBU Imperial IPA. And it is GOOOD!

Appearance>Slightly hazy. Super lacy. Dark peach in color with a white head. Low liveliness. Average looking.

Smell> Smells wet hopped. The hop nose is so strong that it's hard to detect anything else, which isn't to say that it's uncharacteristic for the style, nor that it isn't completely enticing...

Taste>Not wildly complex, but holy heck is it good! Unlike many other doubles, it has a caramel finish that moves into a huge resin hang. Maybe it's my norcal roots, but this is nothing if "hella" good.

Mouf- tingly but decent.

Drinkability- om nom nom

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 19:09:45 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of DougE


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had this at TAPS in Petaluma, They work closely with Lagunitas from what I can see, and it was great. I believe they were the only place to get a cask conditioned lot, correct me if I am wrong.
I loved this beer and if I was not in my way to work I would have had another.

Serving type: cask

03-16-2011 07:02:47 | More by DougE
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