Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Appearance: Light golden orange, with a faint chill haze. Not much of a head, and what there is doesn't stick around long. Prominent lacework as the beer is consumed, however.
Smell: Smells fairly malty. Definite hop presence, of course. These hops are pine-y rather than citrus-y. Faint whiff of...brown sugar, unusual for an IPA.
Taste: Assertively hopped. The first sensation of flavor on the tongue is the floral, piney hop character. The malt peeks out very briefly from behind the hops mid-palate but then sneaks off again to let the hop character reassert itself in the finish. I've had hoppier beers, but rarely have I had a beer where the flavor profile was so thoroughly dominated by hop character from beginning to end, to the exclusion of all other flavors. Whether that's bad or good is up to your personal preferences.
Mouthfeel: Standard for an IPA. Festively carbonated.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Nothing here to stop you from chugging a bottle or knocking back several in an evening.
Overall: It's a perfectly cromulent beer. I've had better, I've had worse. But since I'm not much of a hophead, I like a little malt sweetness to balance out the hoppiness. And this beer doesn't have that. Not one I'll be buying in the future.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2004 01:29:47 | More by Afterburner
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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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