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Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Reviews: 1,704 | Ratings: 8,294
Photo of kabirmarwah
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful Amber. Initial taste is quite nice; almost tastes like lychee to begin with. The aftertaste is a bit too bitter for my liking, but then again it is an IPA. I have to say that of prefer one of the more bitter Goose Islands over this, but it's still a better offering than the other beers that have the same level of distribution, save for Blue Moon. I could lament about Lagunitas leaving its craft roots after being bought by Heineken but that wouldn't get me anywhere and besides, as long as they're still brewing their delicious Brown Shugga I'm a happy camper.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with two finger white head. Aroma is weaker but still classic west coast ipa. Taste follows with pine, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and resin hop bite. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Overall a very good, classic west coast ipa.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This past Sunday I picked up a sixer of Laginitas Pils. Placed the entire pack in the fridge and even had a couple that day. Lo and behold someone (not me, really) placed a Lagunitas IPA in the pack. Well, what a nice beer and surprise on a sit-back-and-relax Friday evening. Great thick white head with good lacing and a nice dark amber color for effect. The smell had a great mix of citrus and hops, with matched well with the mouthfeel that was smooth though more carbonated than I like. I tasted the citrus notes with the beer having a strong, and considerably bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA as I sure enjoyed the surprise.

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Photo of gryffilion
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear medium-gold, with a relatively small head that dissipated quickly into lacy foam. I found the aroma a little lacking--it smelled vaguely hoppy but wasn't all that intense. That being said, it didn't smell faulty in any way, just kind of boring. The palate had a pleasant, if light, hoppy and bitter character, with some pine and other conifer mixed in. The finish was a tad bit medicinal and astringent for my tastes.

Overall it's still a good beer, just not my favorite anymore.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - single from SE Publix. Nice dark color with a big hop smell. this was a good IPA, as far as IPAs go, but I gave it an overall 2.5 because rated against all beer it's not that good.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this has been one of my favorite go-to IPAs since i started drinking craft beer. pours nice and golden with fluffy white head. good lacing. fruity in the nose and the taste. great malt backbone. overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Citrus, some tropical fruit, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, plenty of pine, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This was probably a pretty fresh keg and it shows just how solid this beer really is. Hard to beat it as a widely available IPA when you get it in it's prime.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sort of amber maybe copper color. 3 finger head with nice lacing on the glass. Smells of pine and some citrus. Taste pine cone hops, citrus, and some bitterness. Finish is refreshing and dry. Overall good Ipa well balanced.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl.oz. bottle. No freshness date.

A: Hazy amber. Poured with one finger high of head, with short retention.
S: Somewhat citrus and earthy notes.
T: Grapefruit, grassy, earthy. Moderate bitterness. Quite dry.
M: light bodied, moderate carbonation.
O: I suppose I got an old bottle. The hops smells and tastes matured.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BWW. Pours dark golden color with a two finger head that leaves 2-3" of lacing. Very one note piney, resinous aroma. Smooth and quaffable taste with a surprising malt up front before the hops take over and give way to a slightly bitter ending. Not too bitter and no booziness to it. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and drinkable. The bitterness enhances the beer and isn't too strong.
Very solid IPA that is currently the go to for restaurant to put a craft option on the menu. It's so easily accessible that I wouldn't buy a 6er but it's a comfortable, no regrets option when taps are limited. A good, straight forward IPA that doesn't push too hard and could be an IPA introduction.

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Photo of vinicole
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marmalade in colour. Clear with a good effervescence resulting in a long lasting head.
Rich aroma of lychee and grapefruit.
Mildly bitter taste of pine. Some astringency. Has probably lost some of it's hop on the journey to the UK.
An easy drinking AIPA.

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Photo of NiallMac44
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Years ago (maybe 15) I tasted Lagunitas for the first time. I had no choice in the beer, I was playing in a jam session and that was what they fed us. My first smell I loved it. Fast forward to today. Shrug, it has been downgraded, can just pass as an IPA and that is about it. Disappointing.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from the tap at the tasting room in Petaluma. Pours a pale off yellow color with a half inch head. Citrus and a nice bit of bitterness is the first sip while floral notes balance with a touch of malted biscuit flavor. Great every day IPA

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 12 ounce bottles purchased from a local convenience store, chilled to approximately 50 degrees, and poured into a pint glass. About the best thing I can say about this beer is that it's the least objectionable West Coast IPA I've had. Glad I tried it, but I'll not be having it again.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served from a bottle into a glass from a local establishment, look rich amber color, medium build. no discernible smells of citrus or pine, smell is directly down the middle. taste is straight IPA bitter but in a very unassuming way, no traces of citrus flavors, feel was very mild in carbonation overall seemed to me from a flavor standpoint to be a session IPA, not spectacular but very approachable.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Morrison's, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - light citrus fruit, caramel. Taste - piney with a crisp bitter finish. Lovely easy drinking American IPA.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, mildly frothy, and off-white, with lateral lacing, and a clear medium-dark golden body.

I smell a very hearty amount of citrus and pine hops. Not too much of the classic Lagunitas tropical profile here in the aroma.

Tastes like the characteristics described above, now with the inclusion of the tropical taste. A very nice blend of these flavors and a nice balance.

Mouthfeel here is clean and crisp. Surprisingly, the hop oils don't really linger.

Overall, I'm giving Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company a 4.5. This is a really drinkable, non-aggressive IPA.

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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange colour, collar of white head and light lace. Smell is quite hoppy, grapefruit and orange, orange peel, citrus with a light malty backbone, occasional dank/piney notes at points. Taste is quite hoppy, moderately bitter throughout, fruity, juicy oranges, grapefruit, mid palate malt sweetness that goes to dry and hoppy in the finish, lingering orangey-citrus aftertaste. Medium carbonation, dry and oily medium body. A solid IPA, probably the best among widely available IPA's.

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Photo of ThreeCheersforBeers
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.
Nice 1/2 inch foam build-up that gently recedes to form a consistent thin layer. Moderate lacing. Inviting orange-hued yellow.

Nose is a pleasantly light floral-piney aroma. The taste is not at all "homicidally hoppy," but of well dosed floral and piney notes with invigorating bitterness. Drinks easily even on a wet night, surely even better in warm temperatures. Fizzy and tart carbonation. Perfect for the terrace or Biergarten and with snacks like humus and crackers or any quality party food (it deserves that). An IPA for pleasure drinking rather than extended meditation. Simply very good beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at local BJ's. Slightly cloudy yellow color. Some lacing. Great crisp citrus taste with some floral overtone as well. BJ's does serve beer too cold but this one wears it well!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, no date. Water goblet.

A: Pours a bright orange-gold, 2 fingers frothy off-white head; ample carbonation. Excellent retention. Jeez, really excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slightly fruity, somewhat resiny aroma. A little subdued. As it warms, pine and a little alcohol come through, but not much more to it than that.

T: Dry, clean and tart piney arrival; little citric nip just as the arrival turns into an extraordinarily light and crisp mid-palate; turns then to a really pleasant bitterness. This is a class-act IPA; no too bitter, but bitter enough to know that this is an IPA and not a pale ale or lager. Remains crisp and extraordinarily clean throughout. A little light piney bitterness lingers. I can't say there is much fruit or citrus in this; it is really a piney/resiny IPA, but does not have the cat-pee Simcoe taste or smell.

M: Heavier side of lightweight; active carbonation. Very clean, highly attenuated. Perfect summer IPA, perfect "West Coast" IPA feel (and taste).

O: This is spot on West-Coast taste and mouthfeel, with extraordinary appearance. Just wish it had a little more smell, and a bottle date. Great summer IPA. Great value and widely available. Would buy a sixer, but there are several others (IPAs and Pales) I'd buy first.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at cellar temperature into Brooklyn American pint glass.

L) Amber colour, clear, lots of bubbles, dense fluffy white 2cm persistent white head.

S) Mild fruity American hops. Very nice.

T) Quite fruity hop notes, not too bitter. A bit of a sweet malt balance.

F) Slight syrup thickness, bit of a bitter aftertaste although that is expected for this style.

O) I like this one, it is recognisably a tasty American IPA, but doesn't blow your head off with the hops. Will buy it again.

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Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

335 ml bottle from OBriens off licence in Lucan Dublin and poured into my Irish Craft Beer Fest tulip glass. Have waited a while for this one and it was worth the wait. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty much the definition of the perfectly balanced IPA. Tends to be on the creamy and caramelly side, which is surprising for a non-double or imperial. There is even a smoky vanilla aroma and taste all the way down, with a pleasant buttery peach aftertaste.

Highly recommended, go-to beer, even for those who tend to snub IPAs.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear golden copper. Highly carbonated, yet stingy on the foam. Rich pine resin on the nose with a small amount of woody rich malt sweetness. Mostly pine resin though. The taste is unsurprising given the nose. However the taste is even more hop forward with a nice tangy green grass flavor. A nice fresh resin oily feel continues through the finish. Overall, lagunitas is a great fresh tasting ipa. Slightly dry for large quantity consumption (though I'm not a huge fan of that much dryness). On the other hand, I've been spoiled by some exceptional beers. I felt this lost points for originality and complexity. Though very good in the straight shoring IPA style.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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