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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,700 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,700
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 113
Gots: 983 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001)
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Reviews by perrymarcus:
Photo of perrymarcus
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a clear golden / medium amber tone while yielding about a finger of frothy off-white head; decent retention and lacing. solid looking beer.

nose primarily showcases citic hoppiness with a distinct malt presence behind it.

flavor is solid. hoppy through and through, offset a little by the toasty, caramel maltiness. moderate bitterness for an IPA, nothing over the top. medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall a solid IPA. nothing uber-fantastic or otherworldly, but a reasonably offering that holds its own.

perrymarcus, Dec 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of thomda11
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

thomda11, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a deep copper with a fluffy head that leaves a light amount of lace,heavy pine aroma with a grapefruit note.Pney,resiny flavors going big on the hops thats for sure not much malt base but some nice flavors.There are better west coast IPA's out there this one seems way out of balance but still decent but wont look for again anytime soon.

oberon, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -22.7%

mojohawk21, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

aszatk01, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Bmm281
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bmm281, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +3.1%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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: I've had better, I've had worse, its okay.

ExtraStout, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Diana
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%

Diana, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of FLASH
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

FLASH, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber, with a white head that leaves some lace on the sides.

Aroma has that Lagunitas feel to it; a little catty and floral with some soft malts around.

The taste has a bright hoppiness to it, again, slightly catty and floral, but it does lack a certain authenticity as far as the hops go. Very wet and quenching, drinking a few shouldn't be a problem.

Lagunitas is predictable in the sense that if you predict it will be good, you'll probably be right. I will take the Pale over the IPA though.

brownbeer, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.1%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JJH79, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Tiernan, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

tbryan5, Oct 24, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%

Iamjlopez12, Wednesday at 09:01 PM
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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

woodchipper, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

SkiBum22, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amber-orange color, mostly clear depending on how carefully you pour as there is some minor sediment at the bottom of the bottles. Light head of less than a fingers width, white and sudsy, which dissipates quickly to a light ring. Light but decent lacing remains down the glass.

Right off, you can smell two different hop characteristics. That citric grapefruit smell hit me first but right behind it was the more earthy grassy sort of hops. The hops take the spotlight but if you take a deep breath you can actually pull in some subtle caramel nuance from the malts.

As you might guess from the smell, there are two distinct waves of hop action going on when you pull this brew across the tongue. A cool malt and grassy hop concoction is first and brightest, staying together and solid as you swill. As the beer goes down the hatch, the grapefruit really starts to come out, and remains largely into a brief linger. The finish is quicker than I might have expected, and was relatively clean - rather refreshing really - with a light and brief finish of citrus hops. Very enjoyable.

The overall mouthfeel of this is interesting. It has the sort of weight to it that you would expect in something heavier, allowing for a nice full body. The balance of hops to malt though really sort of makes this feel more light and refreshing. It's an cool mix. The carbonation is relatively light, but still seems to match things pretty well and makes for an overall easy drinking beer.

I don't know why I waited so long to try this brew. If you like IPA's, this one is worth trying. I'm definitely going to be utilizing this for my rotating fridge stock for IPA's. Nice brew.

SIRIUS2, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a one finger head and medium carbonation. Head faded quickly.

S - A decent malt smell, didn't smell any hop aroma. Was a little surprised by this, would have liked a citrus or spice.

T - Nice malt flavor with some good hop bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor though. Not bad, but expected more. Then got hit with a slight aftertaste, not terrible, but not good.

M - Good, doesn't feel over attenuated.

D - Has good drinkability, rarely do I consider a great IPA sessionable, but this is...then again, it is not great.

This beer left me disappointed. I expected some hop aroma and got none, and more hop flavor than was present. They say they used 43 varieties of hops and 65 malts. Perhaps they should stick to fewer varieties of hops and malts and let each one "speak" a little louder. Not a bad beer, but nothing really stands out, seems a bit muddled. Don't feel like I need to have it again.

steelerguy, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very well crafted brew. It poured a medium orange color with a great white head that left lace to the last drop. There was a grapefruit or orange zest scent that was very nice, along with a bit of hops. The taste was wonderful and a nice change of pace from many of the really dry hopped IPA's out there. This one still had the hop kick but with a great malt profile to balance things. This is s session IPA for sure and I will be buying this one again.

Dmann, Jan 28, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

SuomiHobbit, Jun 29, 2013
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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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