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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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4,914 Ratings
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Ratings: 4914
Reviews: 1446
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%

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 VanStrokin

New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a mix six pack at local grocery store. I put one of these in it. I like it, glad I picked it. Poured into frosty pint glass. Nice looking copper color with a good foamy head. Good hop aroma with a nice hoppy taste. Leaves that good hop aftertaste behind with a little bitterness. Which I like.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 16:59:09 | More by VanStrokin
Photo of jj139


3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice copper pour with decent carbonation. A nice 3/4 inch head with moderate lasting lacing

S - Mix of toasty malt, citrus, pine, and grapefruit.

T - Initially I get some malt followed with some hops, and citrus. Not very bitter at all

M - Medium body and very refreshing.

O - This is one of the brews that I always have around. For a beer that seems to be just about everywhere it is very well made and just plain refreshing. Very drinkable and very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:42:02 | More by jj139
Photo of tmm313


4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Crystal clear light amber. Poured about 1/2 finger of head. Pretty good lacing.

S- Hints of tropical fruit, a good dose of floral (made me think of honeysuckle), light pine, caramel, and orange.

T- On the lighter side, but nice. Tropical/floral, grapefruit, orange, pine, and a cracker like breadiness over a decent malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied. Semi silky and lightly oily.

O- I enjoyed this IPA. It was refreshing and light and just screamed summers at the lake! Sure, I've had better, but I've also had much worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 15:46:36 | More by tmm313
Photo of barczar


3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant copper with a sense, frothy cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Resin, pine, cannabis, catty, dank hops dominate. Onion and sharp citrus aged intrigue.

Flavor reveals onion dominance initially, accompanied by citrus, becoming fairly bitter and resiny mid palate, which carries into the finish. White grapefruit and lemon emerge to accompany toasted malt. The balance is decidedly hoppy, but malt is well represented.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, and modest alcohol warmth.

Not a fan of onion hop character, but I like the malt presence and citrusy and dank notes. Flavoring hops definitely dominate, which makes me happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:28:36 | More by barczar
Photo of samtrillo


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Lagunitas Mason Jar. I'm a little biased because I'm from Lagunitas CA but let's do this.

A - Wonderful golden orange.

S - That west coast IPA smell. Resiny, piney, hoppy, forest like.

T - Very hoppy and bitter for a regular IPA. Could be a double for other breweries. IT's an acquired taste but once you do you realize why Lagunitas is one of the best. Citrus and grapefruit notes there as well, especially on the a burp...

M - High carbonation but smooth malt. Crisp and fresh. Drinkability gets higher the more you're used to it.

O - Like I said, I grew up on this stuff, so to speak, but I still think it's objectively one of the best IPAs, especially West Coast style, out there. DRINK UP!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:37:06 | More by samtrillo
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden orange, clear, with a fine, pillowy head that laces up marvelously.

S - The pine pop that comes from hops, along with a bright fruit fragrance, mostly citrus and mango. A bit of the more burly hop elements appear as hints, but nothing gets out of hand.

T - Follows the nose, but with a sweet line of malt, coming in with caramel highlights. Citrus and pine, the taste more orange than grapefruit, but perhaps a slightly green, puckery orange rather than a full, sweet one. Close is pretty clean, all told, but a light bitterness does trail off.

M - There is a bit of resin building over the course of bottle, but nothing to quibble about. The carbonation is moderate, and keeps things moving.

O - A fine example of the standard IPA, with a lot speaking for it, including a very reasonable price point. If Lagunitas were available in Indiana, this would be on my short list of go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:29:40 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of aquaderek


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of the brew is copper with orange hues very slight trace of head which covers the the glass when agitated. The nose has elements of grapefruit, piney hops, and cinnamon/carmel. The taste is malt up front with a nice balanced hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated upfront followed by nice syrupy viscousness.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:37:58 | More by aquaderek
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Nice golden color, with a medium size white head... a mid grade lace, long lasting

S. Excellent aroma, Citric hoppy aroma, hint of pine

T. Grapefruit at first, matching the aroma. and a note of pine.

M. Still extremely good. Low Carbonation, Medium Body, refreshing crisp.

O. Overall I would get this again, and recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:42:20 | More by beezylibre
Photo of AngrySnuggles


3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber in color. White head that soon dissipates. Slightly opaque.

Smell: Sweet, floral and hoppy.

Taste: Bitter, hoppy, a little malty to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp, medium carbonation.

Overall: Serviceable American IPA. Very sessionable. Would drink again, but doesn't do much to separate itself from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:06:06 | More by AngrySnuggles
Photo of dougfur

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, straw color, modest head. The aroma is skunky hops, not overpowering, but solid. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite hold up. It's good, but a step below the smell. Crisp, dry, some subtle citrus hops... Mouthfeel is great in most ways, but it seems undercarbonated to me. All in all, a solid IPA that you'd be happy to drink any old time. Impressive for a beer that is so mass produced and widely available.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:51:26 | More by dougfur
Photo of smanders


3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this 22oz bomber (no freshness dating) from Total Wine for a little over $5. That's a pretty good price for such a quality ale. Poured into a wide-mouth Ball jar.

A: Beautiful copper coloring with excellent, billowy head.

S: I get a lot of malt--ala a DIPA. Smells really fresh.

T: Not your typical IPA; malt up front, with nice, hoppy background. I wonder if it would be reversed if fresh. This is a really mellow IPA. That's dangerous...you could drink a lot!

M: Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I was hoping this would be my new, "go-to-IPA", but unfortunately I couldn't get that wallop of grapefruit and other citrus notes I crave. No worries, it's still a GREAT example of the style. I will drink this again. THANKS LAGUNITAS!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 21:04:04 | More by smanders
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a big, foamy, white head that dropped to a cover...semi sticky lace

Smells of pale malts with with hints of dry pine and red grapefruit..For some reason I'm also getting notes of gear oil!

Tastes of pale malts with a hint of used grain. Piney, citrusy hop flavors. Not all that bitter. Also getting gear oil on the finish. Oddest taste I've EVER experienced in a beer!

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied, slight carbonation.

I've had much more appealing IPA's but this is still just ok if not great in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:12:24 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of lochef81


3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a thick white head that slowly gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is more subtle than most west coast ipas. It consists of a generous amount of citrus hops with a slight malt backbone and some pine and grass notes. This offering sips very clean, light and smooth with just enough mouth coating resin to make it very delicious. The flavor is much more forward than the aroma lets on with a substantial amount of citrus and pine resolving to a nice malty sweetness and finishing with a lasting hoppy bitterness. This is a very well crafted ipa and can stand up with Stone and Green Flash as some of the best widely available west coast ipas.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:04:48 | More by lochef81
Photo of BearslikeBeers


4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I might be biasing by living 45 minutes south of Petaluma and this is probably the beer I drink most.
But biases aside here we go.
-The 12 oz bottle poured a beautiful deep gold/ bright orange into my pint glass and is fairly cloudy. The head is subtle and small and as you tipple away the lace runs up the sides.
-The smell is nice and fruity, hints of citrus and even some malt and hops in the smell. When I envision the smell of a standard west coast IPA this is what I think of.
-Right away you can taste the aggressive use of hops, but then the malt balances it nicely and opens up the whole hop bouquet. It is very floral, very citrus like and leaves a strong and solidly bitter after taste all the way down.
-The mouth feel is pretty standard, nice and smooth, pretty carbonated.
Overall I love this beer, it however is not as daring and bold as some of Lagunitas limited releases, and is a pretty standard IPA. Every one I've had is nice and homogenous, they do a good job of making sure the batches are consistent. Tastes even better on tap I recommend visiting them, wacky but fun brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:47:07 | More by BearslikeBeers
Photo of ZagZagg


3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

A: Rich golden brew that light plays off of to create a sweet glow. Several columns of bubbles stream toward the surface that was once topped with a one and a half finger light white head. Not too much lacing.

S: Surprised to pick up some light malty aroma in front of the nose with mango, pineapple and bits of earth. Notes of florals that have mild resin mixed in, hints of caramel and pine needles, some citrus zest too

T: Bitter upfront with a lot of lemon citrus, middle mouth moves the flavor right to a crystal malt that sums itself into a regally crisp finish. Just before the middle mouth sets in, there’s a juicy topical flavor – tangy lemon, orange gelato. Earthy and herbaceous - sage, coriander, ginger, lemongrass pulled together pushing the balanced malt. Good battle between bitters and sweetness, decent hop profile.

M: Carbonation is in check, medium body, balanced, crisp, pretty underwhelming aftertaste, easy drinking.

O: Balance is superb, great hop presence, both in bitterness and citrusy-sugariness. A lot of side notes play in the background that give this beer many layers, I just wish one stepped up and captured the show a little more. I’ve drank and seen this on tap many-a places. This is excellent for a basically ubiquitous IPA, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 00:52:01 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-like gold with a monstrous Dover White frothy head that takes nearly 5 minutes to settle sound to a 1" cap. Gorgeous off-white splotchy lacing left behind. Head retention is astounding. This thing isn't going anywhere. Perfect IPA aesthetics.

S: This definitely doesn't cross onto DIPA grounds, but the nose is huge an ruthlessly hoppy. Lots of grapefruit aroma with hints of orange peel and maybe some lemon. Grass and pine underneath adding some rustic qualities. The malt is completely shrouded. Balance, shmalance. Who needs anything besides hops?

T: The bitterness is out-of-this world and the hops mercilessly assault your palate and stop just shy of becoming pungent. Malt presence is weak and get easily bullied by the hop bitterness. The after-taste is slightly malty and on the bready side which serves as a bit of a relief from the pungent flavors—not that I'd complain, but some balance is nice.

M: Medium bodied, which is to be expected given the weak malt presence. Crisp carbonation and smooth texture. Finishes refreshing, leaves me aching for another sip. Good drinkability.

O: Lagunitas boasts an IPA that's quite a treat. An absolute hop wallop that's perfect for any hophead. Understated malts add a semblance of balance in the end, but for the most part this is pure, unadulterated hoppy goodness that's easy-drinking and refreshing. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:42:26 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of jwhancher


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case today at my distributor. Poured into Dogfish IPA glass for review.

Appears clear golden color with white foamy head that clings to the glass. Lacing adds rings to the glass as it empties. Smells of piney and resiney hops with some citrus. Clean malt bill in both taste and nose. Hops are showcase here and they do quit nicely. Feels light, dry, and extremely drinkable. Great example of the West Coast style. A pure treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:06:55 | More by jwhancher
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long, dry and grapefruity. One of the better IPAs for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 14:30:38 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Flopjack


3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - A golden mix of yellow and orange, honey, about 1/2 finger white head settles nicely leaving a ring.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange citrus, malt, spice.

Taste - Grapefruit pungent and bitter at first then it leads into a a malty roastiness almost a little sweet but not overwhelming, lemon and orange zest notes and some alcohol rises from the palate towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, Medium bodied, refreshing and crisp.

Overall - Good beer. Flavorful, refreshing, definitely not my personal favorite but it's available year round and reliable in terms of its characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:37:00 | More by Flopjack
Photo of edfish


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a 3/4" head. thin lacing.
Smell - an almost typical high quality IPA with citrus and pine notes..and something else I can't put my finger on.
Taste - quite good, a nice hop assult up front with a almost dry finish it's different type of finish I think it has to do with the type of malt that I can't identify, still very well balanced, I would say it coats the pallet instead of drying it like a traditional IPA.
Mouthfell is full and carbinated!
I normally don't purchase this beer cause if it shows up an the shelf it dissapears!! So I jumped at the chance and it was well worth it! Say it with me ...Lah-goo-KNEE-tuss

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:19:22 | More by edfish
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 BeerandWhiskeyHQ


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden body with a light orange hue
Citric and pine on the nose, perhaps a dash of malt
Strong hop flavor, medium mouthfeel, malt towards the end
This is a good beer, I enjoy it and pick it up occasionally. I prefer the 60 Minute IPA in all honesty but this is a welcome change-up


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:57:58 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of MarriedAtGI


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Strong pine aroma is very nice, though a bit one dimensional. The taste does not live up to the smell. There is a grippy tannic quality that I would love in a good red wine, but not so much in an IPA. I could drink this again, but I would always be looking for something better.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:37:07 | More by MarriedAtGI
Photo of Chiefy770


4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into an IPA glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy golden body with a slight orange tint. A few bubbles are seen making their way to the top. A generous white and fluffy foam head forms and slowly collapses. Nice rings of lace form throughout.

Smell: Citric notes of grapefruit mingle with earthier notes of pine and flowers. Notes of roasted pine nuts are buried underneath the strong notes from the hops.

Taste: Hops up front. The hops are dominated by citrus but those herbal notes from the nose are also present. Not much taste from the malts here. Their sole purpose is to tame the hops and they fulfill their role well. Very light nutty notes develop in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall: Excellent traditional IPA offering from Lagunitas. The hops are flavorful but not overwhelming. Certainly a staple for any IPA lover's fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 00:41:48 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of nanandtomfitz


4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle...
the quintessential ipa w honey color w orange tint
strong but not overwhelming hop smell
crisp and not too oily or boozy mouthfeel
tastes great with forward hops and strong sour aferrtertaste, but balanced enough to have w a meal or have a few at a bbq. Distinctive lagunitas flavor. A great beer to just have in the fridge, interesting enough for serious beer folks but not too overpowering for folks who arent regular craft drinkers. A go-to that doesnt dissappoint!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 05:17:06 | More by nanandtomfitz
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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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