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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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4,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 4938
Reviews: 1448
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%

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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Photo of ktrillionaire


2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A – Caramel-amber hue, with a fizzy and foamy off-white head, and sticky lace.

S –There is a ton of hops, mostly bitter and citric, and a pronounced caramel malt. The aroma is a harbinger of a caramel overload upcoming.

T – Some problems with this stuff. The hop palette, flavor wise, is basically grapefruity and rye-like, and lacking a floral/dank/pine element. Too much caramel flavor in this ale for my liking, it melds with the citrus to become mildly cloying, despite the big bitterness..

M – Syrupy for the style, but well-carbonated.

D – I am not a fan of this stuff; Lagunitas has done so many better things, I can't see why this recipe is their full-time IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:04:16 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of garuda


2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper, no head, attempts to revive the head are futile, little lacing.

S/T - Floral, piney hops with a slightly sweet caramel backbone to balance. Hints of citrus come through, finishing with an herbal, pine hop finish. Nose was very weak.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes dry.

O - Strikes me as an average IPA, not really standing apart from the crowd in any way. I'm not compelled to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 18:14:44 | More by garuda
Photo of Murrhey


2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width fluffy white head. Laces well but limited retention. Clear amber color.

S- Hoppy and citrusy. Light floral hops and lemony scents. Very airy and summery nose.

T- Floral hops in the taste with some slight bittering, boy very watery.

M- Very light bodied and too watery.

O- Might be a good summer beer, but I would avoid it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 04:56:25 | More by Murrhey
Photo of RussBecker1

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A really pretty IPA. Pours a darker orange than others I have see, with a lot of clear carbonation to round out the body. About 2 fingers of very frothy clean white head are there and dissipate after about an average stay.

S-A muted pine was the note that grabbed me most here. There is a bit of citrus but I got more of the rind than an actual fruit. The hops are here, but something about them sticks out in a negative way. Almost a stale feel.

M-Crisp and refreshing, good on a hot day due to its drinkability, but nothing to Earth shattering.

T-I was pretty underwhelmed by the IPA. Lagunitas appeared to be a middle gorund for hop heads and fruitier IPA lovers, but to me the flavors simply did not mix the way I would have hoped. The fruits are the first flavors on the palate, but instead of crisp citrus, the orange and lemon apparent were over bearing and did not taste fresh. The hops had the same affect on me as the second half of the palate gets an undesirable hop flavor that again feels like the beer had been sitting in a hot room for months (I purchased the beer last week from a very reputable beer exchange).

O-I have been relatively underwhelmed by a number of lagunitas flavors, and this was no different.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 13:34:59 | More by RussBecker1
Photo of mattcrill


2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light lemongrass, slightly piney character up front. A bready malt base asserts itself and there are some slight yeast notes as well which makes me think of fresh bread dough. Aroma is kind of muddled between the hop aromas, malt character, and yeast notes.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden-amber pour with a nice 1-finger off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is nice on the glass. Effervescence noted as it sits in the glass.

Flavor: Soft orange juice-like flavors up front with a jostling back and forth of juicy sweetness and pithy citrus bitterness. A fresh bread dough malt base again asserts itself. Firm hop bitterness leaves the beer appropriately balanced with more piney hop resin flavor after it warms. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long, lingering, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No creaminess, oiliness, or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A well crafted, balanced American IPA. Pretty tame even by Lagunitas current standards. Enjoyable but slips into the "sea of same-ness" with other American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:47:37 | More by mattcrill
Photo of jcalabre


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 2 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This brew has a opaque burnt orange color.
Flavor: A nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish is the best way to characterize the flavor.
Aroma: Not much aroma, but I don't have a great sense of smell
This is a good IPA, but I may need to re-evaluate it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 14:16:26 | More by jcalabre
Photo of OWSLEY069


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange color with a white head that goes away quick. A dry hopped aroma, with very small grapefruit notes in the nose. Tastes a bit sweet and a bitter end. A little piney even. It has a dry bitter aftertaste, but very smooth. A nice IPA, a nice bitter, and yet, not to extreme.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 19:44:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of matty


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too much to compliment or rip on this beer about.Both smell and taste yields to peach.It is smooth with that same peachy finish.I would recommend to try one time but not to get your hopes of it's a pretty average ale.Personally I would drink if offered but I doubt I would ever again purchase this product.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 07:06:46 | More by matty
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average across the board and completely what I was expecting. Poured a medium orange bronze colour with a a white, soapy head. Smelled of pine sap and grapefruit rind. Tasted of pine sap and grapefruit rind with a touch a maltiness. Another hoppy American IPA of which there are thousands (well, probably hundreds, but you know what I mean). Not a bad beer, but this style is simply so over-done. A decent American IPA nonetheless, provided you enjoy the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 21:38:00 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of xare


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid beer - nothing that was truly exceptional in my view. Appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability all defined the classical IPA in my view. It'll be a solid choice down the road whenever I want a classic IPA without weird funkiness or over-the-top extremeness.

Can't go wrong with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 13:55:16 | More by xare
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 1, 2008

A decent IPA. The aroma is really grassy even for an IPA. Overall I enjoyed it, but it didn't have the fully rounded taste that other IPAs like Stone's has. A pretty plain, average IPA. I'll probably stick to Stone and Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 00:21:14 | More by Vendetta
Photo of magictrokini


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprising and unfortunately average offering from Lagunitas. Pours clear gold with an average white head. Decent pine and grapefruit aroma. Taste was disappointing. The resin is watery and the citrus is flat. Its there, but it tastes old or musty. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:31:58 | More by magictrokini
Photo of DannyDan


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a copper hue with a thin whitehead that has some nice looking lacing and good retention.
S. Not much in the scent, but barely pick up some caramel, pine and citrus.
T. The taste starts out with some grapefruit and pine followed by some caramel and sweet malts which overtake the hops making this beer almost too sweet for an IPA.
M. The mouthfeel is a little watery and finishes with a dry mouth.
O. A rather disappointing offering from a brewery that has made some beers I really enjoy drinking. I'll stick with Stone and Sierra Nevada whenever I want a west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:11:58 | More by DannyDan
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly a very clear beer. Golden in color with a sticky white head. Big citric hop nose with some malty notes masked below.

Slight sticky sweetness up front which is cut out almost instantly by a very big hop presence. Pine and citrus are the big flavors here, body attempts to be big and juicy but falls just short. Kind of a weird hybrid of an ipa and double ipa in my opinion.

Hop presence is pretty big as well as this beers bite but shys away from being harsh like some other ipas.

Slightly different and good but nothing out of this world, if you love the taste of those commonly used hops you'll like the big hop taste that's present.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:41:10 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of metallic hops with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some metallic hops and a bitter finish. Body is about average. Overall, this is an OK IPA but far from being great and lacking balance between malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 15:31:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Floydster


3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Cooke's

Poured into a pint glass with not much of a head

Not enough hops going on in this one for me, but my bottle was a week or two past the best by date, so that might have been why

Cannot complain about the price though, 6 dollars for a 6 pack

Average American IPA in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 20:36:18 | More by Floydster
Photo of apbarwood


3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper in color, almost leaning towards brown or at least tinted with some brown. The head is respectable and leaves some nice traces as it fades. Grapefruity citrus presence dominates the nose with a little bit of pine needle accenting. Very disappointed with the flavor as an unpleasant, sterile metallic flavor is present and overpowers, or at least undermines, the pine and citrus hop characteristics. Could have used a little more malt to balance it out perhaps. Mouthfeel is fine though with good carbonation garnering some points. Overall, I could drink it but it needs to be tweaked a little more. Lagunitas is better than this beer and while I don't recommend this one I think their double IPAs are much better than this one might lead someone to think.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 16:11:54 | More by apbarwood
Photo of mulder1010


3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured golden brown. Half finger of white head. Very little carbonation shown and nice lacing through drinking.

S-- Grapefruit, pine, sweet carmel, some honey as well. Very sweet smelling.

T-- Hop flavors not there at all. Very sweet and a bit of a copper taste.

M-- Medium carbonation. Pine and soft grapefruit are in back of the mouth. A little bit tingly on the tongue.

D-- One was more than enough. Honestly thought very old. ABV was well hidden but there was a lot of carmel in this. No hop profile besides small bits in this.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:11:13 | More by mulder1010
Photo of slackerlack


3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper color, clear, big two finger head lingering on top.

S - Smells like grapefruit and hops.

T - It tasted very similar to the smell.

D - Easy to drink, goes down smooth, bitter from the hops and grapefruit.

Overall, this was a decent IPA but its nothing special and does not have much flavor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 05:09:16 | More by slackerlack
Photo of granger10


3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Lagunitas offering pours a flourescent orange color with copper along the sides. A nice medium sized fluffy, creamy head rests atop and settles to nearly nothing. Very little lacing.

Aroma is on the weak side. I struggle to find citrus and pine and maybe some brown sugar in the smell.

Taste again seems to be a bit weak for what I was expecting. The flavor was very muddled with nobody winning. A mixture of orange and pine and flowers are present. The sweet biscuit base underneath seems out of place. A bit of honey in there as well. Begins sweeter but not really too malty and finishes dry but not too hoppy. Odd.

Mouthfeel is hurt by the muddled flavors. Body is medium and carbonation is on the lower side but it works here. As for drinkability, this bottle is enough I don't really want any more.

Overall, I am stunned this is a west coast IPA. Very sub par considering what I was hoping for. I might be disgruntled but it wasn't terrible, just average.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 02:18:32 | More by granger10
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial.

Pours a medium straw with crystal clariity and a decent head that clings very well.

Aroma is the ususal tannic acid, iced tea malt and hops mix, nothing new or outstanding.

Flavor is malt that has a light DMS favor that yields to light hops in the middle and finishes dry. The malt is crackery and slightly doughy, but weak and there is that DMS flavor that I can't get rid of on my tongue. Hops are pretty weak for what the bottle promised.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is adequate, pretty meh.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it was good but not on the IPA level in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:21:52 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of patreely12


3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - a nice golden orange color. thin soapy head that left some noticeable lacing despite being pretty thin.

S - citrus and strong hops. a bit of spice. smells appetizing enough.

T/M - this beer packs a punch of citrus and bitter hops right up front. the bitterness of the hops takes over the spice and sweetness.

D - I could see how someone who likes a good IPA would enjoy this. I can't get over the bitterness that still lingers in my mouth 20 minutes after I drank the beer. I just don't think IPAs are my style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 03:16:34 | More by patreely12
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

---poured from bottle to pint glass---

Perfectly golden, small amount of carbonation lifting to a thin, but strong head. Excellent lacing 'til the final sip.

Piney and grassy with hints of tangerine and grapefruit.

Initial bitterness gives way to sweet malt, but not much more. The smell leaves much to be desired when tasting this IPA.

Refreshing but not overly hoppy, which is what I'm looking for in an IPA.

The lack of distinct flavor and the all to fleeting 'beer' taste disappoints me. Other Lagunitas beers induced high expectations, but left me with low scoring beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 18:36:20 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of Anthony1


3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a weissen glass.

Poured a pale orange with a slight haze. great head and lacing. smells like a basic ipa, hops and a bit of citrus. Taste the same, a very basic hop taste. Feels nice though, nice and crisp, dry. Wasn't impressed. Did taste much better with some spicy food though. Would only buy again to pair with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:31:19 | More by Anthony1
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color. White head that stuck around for quite some time. Doesn't look too carbonated. Looks okay.

Slight pine, citrus hops and caramel malt. Smells okay... Nothing hitting you over the head on what this is going to taste like...

...Oh wait... smells almost exactly like it tastes. The malt seems to be a little more prevalent in the taste. Bitterness dries the mouth out a bit leaving a metalic taste. It's okay tasting. It's an average IPA.

Body is on the light side. Feels okay. Nothing spectacular. Light carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drink ability is blah. I don't think I'd try this one again. If it was offered at a party and there was crappy beer, I'd take this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:12:19 | More by 9InchNails
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