Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was completely stunned to find some Lagunitas on a recent trip to Kansas City. Having heard good things I came home with a six pack of IPA and the Hop Stoopid. Tonight I'm trying the IPA - if I get adventurous I may try the Hop Stoopid but we'll see.
It's interesting to note that Lagunitas uses short-neck bottles. Pours a hazy gold with a pretty bubbly little head. Nice lacing, too. Color is gold with just a hint of copper. Aroma is, at least at first, challenging for me to discern. All I can say is that it's got a faint hop nose, though I can't really get anything beyond that. Orange peel, perhaps. Maybe it will open up a little as it warms. Mouthfeel is lightly sticky and lightly carbonated, and the bitterness in this isn't as moderate as the Dogfish Head I had earlier tonight. Interestingly enough, I called that one a West-Coast style IPA from the East Coast. I kinda feel like this Lagunitas is an East-Coast style IPA from the West Coast. For me the taste is kind of inverted, especially for an IPA. Heavy malt sweetness starts things off, before hops finish things off. Sadly, the hops aren't pronounced for me, much like the aroma. They're just ... there. Maybe the aforementioned Dogfish Head fried my palate a little bit. Best way I can think of to describe the taste of Laguniatas is that of orange marmalade on white bread. It's less assuming than others in the style but a damn fine beer in it's own right. Looking forward to having this one again.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 01:22:09 | More by eclaycamp
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