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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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1,648 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,648
Hads: 7,990
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 175
Gots: 2,305 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

45.6 IBU
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Reviews by JVoyager:
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of thomda11
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this many times before, but, having just joined the site, I decided to write a review this time. The beer is dated 6/3/14 (about two months old). It pours a straw yellow that borders on copper under certain lighting. The aroma is pleasant with a subtle citrus characteristic, but predominantly earthy resinous hops. The taste has more citrus than the nose would suggest and is full of orange and lemon zest. The beer finishes with a sturdy, resinous hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue for awhile. It is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation, which suits the style well. Overall, a solid beer. At a reasonable price, it is a nice go-to beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hard to find a bad beer from these guys. Deep golden pour with sticky white top. Aroma is pine and malt. Flavor is more of the same, with a bit of a bite at the finish that just brings you back for more. Malty, piney goodness, smooth stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a 1 inch white head that fades to nothing. Good ring lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of citrus zest, pine needles, and malt.

T - Bitter pine hops, acidic citrus zest, sweet malt finish. Very very tasty.

M - Perfect carbonation on this beer. Dry with a well done bitter/acidic coating in the mouth.

D - Superb. Easy drinking and super tasty makes for a great beer.

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Photo of Smr7626
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This beer is widely available, which tends to have a negative impact on the ratings. I will tell you that this beer is excellent. Sierra Nevada Pale is widely available and is one of the best pale ales out there. This is a top 10 IPA. This is my first IPA and I think one of the mount rushmore IPA's that opened the floodgates for this category. What I like best about it is that it is smooth compared to the one sided dominant hop profiles that seem to dominate the landscape to the detriment of the beer. Yes, I love hops but all hops and no balance does not a beer make. Lagunitas is delicious and is one of those rare beers that actually taste better from the bottle than on tap. It is a top 10 IPA. Nuff said.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sampled on tap at The Taphouse in Red Deer. This is an extremely enjoyable IPA. Light, citrusy, and outdoorsy (if that makes any sense). I found this to be a balanced and refreshing IPA - I would not hesitate to pick up another!

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Photo of BenHesk12
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Absolute garbage, and so well distributed that it's always in your face. A generic northern california IPA that is in every bar and every convenience store, but is actually a watery worthless ale. I'm literally disappointed every time someone buys this. A bland, filler beer that you might drink just to get drunk and not seem like a cheapskate for drinking PBR. Avoid if you can.

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Photo of highTempo
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried in a pint glass poured from a bottle.

Looks a bit light relative to the IPAs I'm used to in the PNW. It's well filtered, a light-to-mid yellow-orange with good carbonation. The head is a little high, maybe 6mm with a moderate pour -- off-white, ivory. Very lacey. Though it's lightly colored it's a nice looking beer.

The smell is also light for an IPA relative to what I'm used to. It's a bit floral and skunky with only a little bit of pine. Pleasant but not really outstanding or interesting.

The taste has some mild bitterness and the skunk in the smell comes through again. There isn't a lot of the complexity or interesting hop character that I've found in really great IPAs. The finish is 'flat' and a little bitter. Carbonation is a little high and overall body is just a little thin.

This isn't a bad beer but I don't see why I'd choose it over the great IPA options that we get in the PNW unless it was a really great deal and I needed a budget option, but it actually tends to be a little on the costly side.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber like color.
Smelled a little citrusy with a pine aroma.
I could taste some hop presence along with some mild bitterness and citrus like notes.
Mild amount of carbonation.
This is a very nice IPA and for the price (about $16 for a 12 pack) it's a home run!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About two months old.

LOOK: Slightly hazy rusty gold with a finger of off white head that leaves some lacing.

SMELL: The aroma is starting to fade, but I can detect grapefruit, oranges, caramel malt sweetness, faint peach, pine needles, flowers, tea, and grass.

TASTE: Grapefruit juice, orange peel, peach flesh, and white grape balanced against biscuit and caramel, and finishes fairly clean with a light bitterness of orange pith, pine needles, and flowers. Would taste better fresher, but still good.

FEEL: Body is medium-light with medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A good commonly available IPA. Would happily drink this at any bar or with a good meal.

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Photo of Brock915
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yummy yummy yummy, tastes good

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle to glass. Moderate hoppy scent with the usual west coast IPA pine/grassy undercurrent aroma. Colour is amber/yellow with light head. Taste like a typical American IPA. Not bad at all, but not special either. Light Mouthfeel goes down smooth. For the price I would have expected a little more bitter flavour and a little higher ABV. But it's still not bad.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, very surprised and pleased with this IPA. Didn't expect it to be soo smooth. Delightful, yet unexpected. Have only tried their Imperial Stout. Decided to venture more into the unknown... pours very light off golden color with a more than typical white head. Nice lacing to boot. Smells of citrus, alil pine in there too and some fruits. Very smooth didnt not expect, was expecting more hops but it likey very much. After taste not bitter ar all. Defintley will pursue in the future. Cheers

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Photo of SSS
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Nice yellow color with a touch of orange
S-Piney hops prevail the feint aroma
M-Medium carbonation
T-Mellow pale ale, smooth bitterness
O-Solid IPA, try it.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2.21.05 enjoyed today, April 2, 2015, from a teku

A: Clear gold with a bit of ruby or garnet tones

S: Light notes of orange and lemon; some light sweetness

T: Pretty citrusy and bready, a little spicy and a little bitter, with a bit of orange rind on the finish.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with fairly active carb. Leaves a dry, bitter tingle on the finish

O: Solid IPA that's a great value at $8.99/sixer. Nothing spectacular, but it's tasty, bottle-dated, and inexpensive…and thus always a good option.

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Photo of jancona
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very well balanced with grapefruit and pine hops and a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draft at the Abbey in Providence RI. Nice color and nose, but underwhelming with the overall taste and flavor profile. Nothing wrong, but just average for me. Might also have been that I was expecting more.

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Photo of jackb112
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to in SF. Any and every bar has it, and you only need a few before you feel it. A great beer that feels just as local as it is. I will always have a soft spot for my laganitas.

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Photo of Bali_hi
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of lagunitas ipa drank.

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Photo of psychoticpilgrim
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A very solid IPA for the price. A fashionable beer for those of us on a budget who can't afford the better stuff and won't stand to drink something flavorless.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer has a clear dark golden color with a small-medium head. The head is composed of thick bubbles instead of the tiny ones that you see in a finer head. These larger constituent bubbles make for a nice texture and each bubble pops with a hint of the aroma which I’ll talk about next.

Smell: The smell is very nice, but is not very strong. I can pick up on the malty front and the mild hops at the back, but other than this you should rely on the taste to enjoy this beer.

Taste: The taste is great. If you don’t want a powerful IPA like a Double or Extra IPA for those lazy weekdays, then this is the beer for you. I personal enjoy this beer as is, but I wouldn’t mind a higher IBU or ABV content. The malts hit first with a nice toasty flavor and gives way to a delayed citrus laced hop.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is nice. It has enough carbonation to dance with the mild alcohol content and there is a lingering resin-like coating on the tongue after a sip. This has a smooth feel to it also.

Overall: I would say this is a great beer by Lagunitas, but not as awesome as their Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ variety. This Lagunitas IPA is a nice go-to beer if you can’t find anything stronger or more robust. I found the only negative thing about this beer to be a lack of complexity. I usually look for a well-timed release of a variety of flavors each as strong as the last, but this one is sort of monotonic. Not bad, but just not excellent.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good IPA that I could drink again.

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Photo of Greybeard
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Had this for the first time after a 5k road race at 8:30 in the morning. Drank a gatorade first (traditional lemon-lime-low sugar) just to give my body a chance to adjust.

Into the red solo cup it went, small manageable head, and delightful hops/citrus flavor. Very thirst quenching and no excessive hops bitterness requiring me to drink slowly. Mmmmm. Yes, beartender, I will have my second. Made the recovery walk back to my car much less painful and it did the hydration I needed.

The best Lagunitas I've ever had is the limited edition Lagunitas Sucks. This stuff far from sucked, but was not far from The Sucks. I will get more at the store.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish golden clear liquid with white foam head with almost no retention. Smells fruity, citrusy, flowery, fresh. Tastes very balanced bitterness with malt sweetness. More hops in the after taste. Feels low body with low carbonation. Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of UrthelLover
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in an 8oz. stylish flute {Stone 16th Anniversary gift glass}. The deep copper, torched rusted iron colour fills the glass forming into a 1" finger thick foam.

The smell is excellent and offers complexity and depth. This is no wimpy IPA [or as my cousin pronounces it "eye- puh"]

The taste is super clean and refreshing washing and swirling down the throat at about 51 degrees.

The feel is a solid medium and it is displayed in the body and weight on my palate.

Overall, this is a great go-to high quality IPA. This is the quintessential right touch on every point Ale that punches out great character and consistency. I love that this IPA is grounded in the kind of quality that never falters and can be counted on for the afternoon bbq, the lip quencher with your honey in a hot shower, or the chaser buddy with a top-shelf silver blue agave! Perfect with spicy food indeed!

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.