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Fusion VII - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Fusion VII
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90
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JizackFH on 10-05-2011)
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-29-2011 23:31:21 | More by spamages
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%

09-24-2012 00:18:18 | More by KingBiscuit
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Philousa

California

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at Hopyard Pleasanton, 10/22/2011.

Deep amber in appearance with tan head that fizzles to a thin, consistent layer. Great lacing. A strong, biting hop scent hits your nose. Floral, grassy, piney, a little harsh; hops and nothing else to speak of. Sweet pale malt flavor up front. Biscuty, bready. Bitterness creeps in at teh back of the tongue, unmistakably hop driven, similar to a fresh hop ale. This becomes a bit harsh after half a pint. The feel is a bit syrupy, but well carbonated especially for a cask.

This is a strangely malty IPA. Not nearly as hoppy as nearly any other west coast IPA I've ever had. Oddly, I don't feel the same way about this malty IPA as I do about all DFH's IPAs. Lagunitas somehow made a very complimentary malt bill for a hoppy beer. I was expecting something to peel the layers off my tongue from hop bitterness, but instead was greeted with a more subtle IPA from Lagunitas. Cheers to doing something different, even if it wasn't the most memorable beer.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2011 04:56:25 | More by Philousa
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lagunitas

Pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head. Smells a bit sweet but also quite oxidized (mostly cardboard). Some stale sugar in there too. A faint hop aroma, maybe a bit of citrus peel. The flavor is also quite cardboardy. Sweet sugar and citrus hop notes, but certainly quite...old. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 19:16:41 | More by womencantsail
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

01-15-2014 04:13:36 | More by mattmarka1
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-15-2012 22:45:20 | More by Ralphs66
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C-Dog


3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-27-2012 06:38:58 | More by C-Dog
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-29-2013 00:03:17 | More by BeerHunter76
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-22-2011 13:48:31 | More by whartontallboy
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-26-2012 20:21:37 | More by JAHMUR
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John11486

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-16-2012 19:50:58 | More by John11486
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PthPndr

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-04-2012 18:08:15 | More by PthPndr
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ehammond1


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark orange, nearly auburn, with a thin white cap that eventually leaves spiderwebs and sheets of lace down the glass.

Nice aroma of citrus hop components, caramel and toffee sweetness, and some biscuit.

This resembles more of an amber than a typical IPA, especially one from Lagunitas. The toffee and caramel sweetness and biscuity malt backbone are prevalent, though there is certainly some piney and citrusy hop flavors present as well.

Medium to full mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A nice hoppy amber/IPA hybrid. Drinkable, but there's probably always going to be something better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 15:53:13 | More by ehammond1
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socon67

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange to amber with soapy rings of lacing. Slight carbonation is noted. Clarity is very good.

S - First impression is a citrusy IPA. There is an obvious hop profile that is clearly west coast. Has that telltale pine scent.

T - Taste is less hop foward and more citrusy sweet. Balance is pretty well done. Flavors seem to linger in the mouth.

M - Slick feel, slightly raspy, and medium bodied.

O - I'm indifferent towards this one. It is a solid beer, but other than it toning down the hoppiness for a more citrus-sweet flavor I didn't feel there was much else. Worth trying, but not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 21:01:59 | More by socon67
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Phelps

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Flanny’s, poured inside a shaker pint.

Deep, clear sunset orange, capped by a half finger of fuzzy tan head that maintains retention for quite a while. Thick painted walls of lace.

Sweet and dank nose. Tons of sweet guava and papaya in here, mixed with resinous weed, biscuits and caramel.

The flavor’s a little more malty and balanced, which in this case isn't a good thing. The hops that were so bright in the nose are softened here. I still get a little guava, burnt sugar and bread. Clean finish.

Medium body, with just a little more viscosity than I'm used to. Light, prickly carbonation and a tiny bit of silky fizz.

Meh. I wish there was more efficient follow-through from aroma to flavor. Without the nose, it's a standard IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 05:31:25 | More by Phelps
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HopHead84

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/12/2011

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Burnished golden orange with a finger of white foam.

S: Aromatic orange flesh with balancing bready malt. Floral notes waft from the glass.

T: Orange pith and flesh with tangerine notes and a lower moderate bitterness. Malt is bready and light. 

M: Lower medium body with upper moderation.

Overall: A solid maltier IPA. Though, the more I drank this the less I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 04:12:28 | More by HopHead84
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Kshock

California

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep orange to brown color with almost no retention. Nice and bright.

S- Lots of hop aroma, almost no malt aroma. Very floral and piney, no citrus really.

T- bitter floral hops, dry finish. nice but kinda basic.

M- little bit light, but no bad. could use a little bit more on the texture side.

O- Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not the best offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 22:00:27 | More by Kshock
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-26-2013 21:07:50 | More by Texasfan549
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-03-2013 15:54:33 | More by djrn2
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gspeer711

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-02-2014 06:32:41 | More by gspeer711
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JizackFH

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum Earlier tonight in NYC.
Reviewed from notes.

This beer pours a nice copper color. There is a finger of creamy off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and there is a sheet of sticky lace left behind on the glass. The nose has a nice piney hop aroma. There are also some smells of tropical fruit and some caramel malt. The taste starts off with a bit of sweet maltiness and nice piney hop bitterness. There are some fruit flavors present as well. The malty backbone gives this some nice balance, but it is still definitely a hop forward beer. The finish leaves a bit of lingering hop bitterness on the palate. It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a bit of an oily feel to it. There is some hop bitterness that lingers on the palate for a minute. The drinkability is good here. It goes down easy and the flavor is quite nice. I think it could use a little bit more hop flavor. Overall, I enjoyed this one and I definitely think it is worth trying out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 07:32:10 | More by JizackFH
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Nugganooch

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

*Notes from 011/03/11

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head and waves of lace amongst the glass with each sip.

S: Smell is real fruity with fresh hops and quite a floral treat. Bright apricot and peachy aromas. Sweet candied fruits.

T: Taste is of fresh stone fruit flesh. Nectarines and Apricots really. Some slight bready pale malt backing there brings a nice balanced sweetness. But just real fruity with a good amount of dry hopping here. Resinous bitterness. Quite tasty and real refreshing.

M: Real light body with a slightly creamy and slightly sticky texture. Good carbonation with a dryer crisp finish.

D: This was a real nice treat. A real fruity IPA. I have never heard of the Lagunitas Fusion series but this one I found quite enjoyable.

Nice balance.

Would definitely order again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 23:36:53 | More by Nugganooch
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largadeer

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Mission Pizza in Fremont. Clear amber with a thin head that disappears quickly. Nice hop nose that brings to mind dried apricots, pine and faint citrus. Moderate caramel sweetness from the malt, too. Palate is good, apricot again pops into my head. It's fairly sweet, with a substantial body, though it's by no means cloying. Becomes a bit resiny toward the finish, though the stonefruit character is pervasive. Yeast lends some mild esters, too, which highlights the fruitiness from the hops. Finishes with a mild hop bite, not terribly bitter or dry. Pretty good overall, an enjoyable hopped up amber ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 03:37:33 | More by largadeer
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bbb099

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/26/11. Thanks to mjyoung for sharing this one.

A - Light tan colored head. Clear, deep amber color.

S - Full citrus and floral hops aroma accompanied by some toasted grain. Pleasant smell overall.

T - Savory almost butter and garlic-like flavors with citrus hops. Lots of herbs and malt flavors added as well.

M - Medium body. A little flat since it was in the growler for awhile.

O - Good mix of flavors, too bad it was flat. But I definitely would love to have this again.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2011 02:28:25 | More by bbb099
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Birdsall House, Peekskill, NY

Pour clear, a darker shade of almond amber.

Medium tan head, frothy and lasting, and leavingsome fine and high in the glass lacing.

Nose features earthy mint and herbal hops.

Easy drinking, on the balanced side of the IPA world.. Respectable and worth a try, but sorta tame

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 03:46:44 | More by Billolick
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Fusion VII from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.