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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Ratings: 4921
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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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas ipa


Poured into pint glass

A: Orange caramel in color

S: Decent, pine, hops and subtle citrus notes

T: Solid example of an ipa. Nice hop flavors and finishes with nice bitterness

M: Light to medium bodied. Finishes dry

O: No fault in this brew. Smooth and very drinkable. Another solid beer from Lagunitas

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 23:28:59 | More by GOBLIN
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden copper with a finger of head that enjoyed some lengthy retention before receding and leaving layers of lace in its wake. The nose is a pleasant combination of hops and grapefruit. The flavor profile is well-balanced, but the body is a touch light for the style. The hop bitterness on the finish is also not quite as pungent as I like, even in a single IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 16:36:20 | More by 57md
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a shaker pint)

A: right-on brassy in color, relatively clear and bright... nice white, spongy foam - with some stay and stick... inviting

S: a full-on display of Centennial - dirty, dark, resiny hops - pine and floral undertones.... a half-point more abv might brighten the aromas and make them pop more... still, bold enough

T: the Centennial hops are on full display here - dirty-earthy, resiny, a pinch of pine and clementine... the malt is in fact in fine balance - mostly pale base malt, but certainly a bit of C 60(?) character.... not the least bit sweet while the bitterness is surprisingly .... not a hint of heat or spice from the alcohol... overall, pretty damn clean - doesn't quite explode with flavor - solid yet soft

M: surprisingly on the lighter side, though I wouldn't say crisp or entirely clean... built for pounding

O: nothing out of this world, but solid and sessionable.... the most appealing element is simply how drinkable and NOT heavy or cloying it is... don't tell me I'm starting to dig Lagunitas...

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 18:00:38 | More by Bouleboubier
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a few mason jars of this at my hotel in Chicago because I missed a flight. From notes.

A - Copper pour with strong carbonation and bright. Two fingers of fluffy white head with good lace and a good finger of retention.

S - West coast pine, prickly pineapple core. Hops!

T - Generous malt backbone with some sweetness, pine, and grapefruit.

M - Strong carbonation, light body was a bit odd, and a good bitterness.

O/D - Tamer than I expected, but highly drinkable as proven by the fact that I had 3 of these in one sitting. A good hop dose that wasn't over the top and a bit on the safe side for a California IPA. All things considered, I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 22:19:10 | More by tbeckett
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great hoppy IPA, the pint was that was clear gold....tasted similar to DFH 60 min. Not exactly like it tho. Had total of three pints and couldn't find a problem with any of them. Also the head lasted most of the way down.. Went great with the fish and chips. A Solid I.P.A. one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 20:25:15 | More by Dartswizard
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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite IPA. It's flavor is so pleasant and extremely drinkable. Though the ABV is not very high, compared to other IPA's, it is still a very pleasurable drinking experience. On a summer afternoon I could knock these back all day. Have tried it in bottles and was somewhat let down, but as a draft. Mm mm.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 21:45:47 | More by MattyZ
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has on tap at Lures

A-Pours copper with an off-white head that fades with reasonable lacing.

S-Nose is fresh citric hop aroma, light pine, citric tang, orange, grass.

T-Nice taste of orange sherbet, lemon peel, grassy citric hoppings, citric tinged straw, light tropicals.

M-mouthfeel is Medium bodied, fine carbonation, grassy hop bitterness in the finale.

O-Decent easy drinking IPA. Another fine brew by lagunitas!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 17:48:56 | More by reebtaerG
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time I had this on draft (at Brew House in Chicago), I was slightly underwhelmed, but I think that was due to palate fatigue. Tonight, trying it fresh out of the gate, I really like it. Ample one-finger head, white in color, lots of tiny bubbles, and very good lacing all the way through the experience. The nose is piney, piney, piney, with hints of orange and lemon zest. On the palate, the obvious hops are prominent, as is a certain orange/grapefruit dank. Good mouthfeel. The malt takes a back seat, but that's OK -- makes for a more lean, crisp finish. On balance, I really like this IPA and now appreciate the hub-bub I missed first time around. Would do this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 01:43:34 | More by JohnParadee
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to put a good word in for this excellent beer.

Lagunitas produces amazing products ranging from mass produced beers available at your supermarket to craft style ales you'll only find at speciality shops. Lagunitas IPA falls into the larger production category but should not be confused with typical mass produced beers. The beer kicks with flavor and is only separated from it's craft cousins due to its less pronounced hints of pine and fruit.

If you get the opportunity to try Lagunitas IPA from the tap, do it. You'll be blown away by the add pine and hop flavors. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 02:03:16 | More by IPA_Chris
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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7 ounce pour at Always Ron’s.  Beautiful straw color with a nose of fresh hops and a slight spiciness, perhaps from the hops. Easy drinking and smooth, the citrus hops rush over your tongue and leave you wanting more.  Nowadays, it’s hard to get too excited about an IPA, but Lagunitas shows why they are money….producing solid beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 13:50:21 | More by taylor714914
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a thick head with good retention and apparent carbonation and leaving laces.
Sweet citrus aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit and grapefruit.
Delicious flavor of grapefruit and passion fruit, slightly toasted malts, pine and American spicy yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
A very balanced and crisp citrusy IPA. Assertive with a traditional IPA recipe that was well executed to perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 02:02:53 | More by FLima
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3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oh, the Hype! they sell Lagunitas by the case all over the bay area, and I just recently had it on tap for the first time. It's not quite what I'd expect, it's pretty plain with a hint of sour and citrus, and lighter in color than most IPA's, I'm used to. It's better than average, but was expecting quite a bit more flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 04:15:10 | More by nychrislin
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4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good solid IPA. I can drink a couple and it isn't too much. It isn't the best I've had but the taste is good and there is a decent alcohol content as well. This is a good beer that I suggest people should try. The brewery has a nice family of beers too so explore everything they have to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 18:06:32 | More by jkn00
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3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer a few times, both in a bottle and on-tap, most recently on tap a few days back while in Chicago.

Overall, the beer is a better than average IPA, but there is nothing about this beer that makes me want to continually come back to it. It has a nice color to it, amber/orange, which produced a nice light foamy head. The beer had a nice hoppy aroma and the taste was the same, but it is just a straight forward IPA. No complexity to it, just simply straight forward. The beer was really easy to drink, which might have been the best quality of the beer, and it left a nice dry aftertaste. Good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 22:42:40 | More by PhillyStyle
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at JP Looney's Sports Bar & Grill in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint lemon yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine hops with some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet grainy hops with some hints of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine hops and citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with nice hop flavors and well hidden alcohol. I could enjoy more than one in a session and the beer is not overly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 23:02:51 | More by dbrauneis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is light copper in colour, with a moderately-sized white head. Fades steadily, some lace.

Nose contains orange, pineapple and a touch of caramel, but only a bit. The fruity hop nose is the focus.

Lots of juicy hops in the taste. Grapefruit and orange. Some pine. Caramel malt, a tad biscuity. Hop focused, obviously, but more of a malt presence than I expected.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. A bit oily.

Overall, pretty good, not a standout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 21:39:38 | More by jrenihan
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Wings and Things in Mira Mesa, CA.

Nice orange / Gold typical IPA color with a thin head. It had a malty smell with a little pine and citrus.
The taste was malty and nutty with some hop bitterness but a little on the tame side for this brewer.
Mouthfeel was the thing that I really liked as it was creamy and a little chewy. This beer paired very well with the wings I had and it is a good everyday beer that won't offend with good availability and price point.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 22:29:21 | More by highdesertdrinker
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3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, it is an IPA. Yes, I was expecting hops. What I wasn't expecting is the lack of Lagunitas' characteristic flavor profile missing, for the most part. Clear golden color, nice lacing, sharp hop presence, with a bit less malt than expected. Malt is there in the nose a bit. Feel is ok, but a teeny bit thin for both the style and brewer. Glad I finally tried it, but will seek L for their standard bearers in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 00:16:40 | More by lighthabit
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4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that I will keep on tap in my garage. Having recently gone through a keg of Lagunitas Pale Ale and Lagunitas Censored, I wasn't sure what to think when I heaved this 175 pound IPA monster into my kegerator. The first few pints left me longing for the amazing flavor of the Kronic (censored) keg I recently polished off. But not to worry, I'll chalk it up to being an acquired taste....

Lagunitas IPA is a delicious beer. It is the flagship from Lagunitas, and for good reason. While the first few pints left me feeling like I was drinking a grapefruit juice product, I chugged along (literally) and developed a big appreciation for this drink. After going through about a dozen pints (not in one session unfortunately), I find myself happily pouring this beer when I get the chance and feeling giddy for living 15 minutes from the great brewery when this keg empties.

As noted in other posts, this beer has heavy pine and citrus notes. It pours a golden color with a 2 finger head from my kegerator. The aroma is hoppy and intoxicating, especially from your empty glass - it will leave you wanting another! This beer is best enjoyed on tap and cold. As I've stated earlier it can be an acquired taste for some. But just like a good bourbon or scotch, once that taste locks in you will want more and more and more. If in doubt, drink about a dozen pints and then lets talk.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 04:58:00 | More by KJA
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4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a dark yellowish color, hint of orange. pretty clear. a white head that fades slowly.

Smell: strong citrus, and a hint of sweetness

Taste: strong citrus with a lower bitterness. some sweetness. not complex but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing, low bitterness. quite hoppy but drinks a bit like a pale ale.

Overall: very tasty hoppy beer. very well brewed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 02:07:07 | More by SportsandJorts
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4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard when it comes to a day in and day out IPA. The balance between malt and bitterness is very nice. The aroma is big, and transitions nicely the the flavor. There is just enough lingering bitterness to satisfy the hop heads, but not enough that it gets overbearing. Well done, indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 01:18:07 | More by gtp537
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at hard times in Arlington VA. pours a golden color with light head. smell and taste are both loaded with hops on the front end with a nice refreshing bitter finish. very easy to down too. overall a solid American IPA that I could drink all day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 01:31:33 | More by Axnjxn
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5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's always a 6-pack of this in my 'fridge. This American IPA utilizes Belgian yeast to provide a smooth and robust American IPA. It's almost like a Belgian-style IPA. Fantastic Lagunitas signature style hops and malt character. Smooth and a nice clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 05:18:45 | More by chrisgalvin
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours in a lighter gold color. The aroma is a lot like of West Coast IPAs. Fruitiness and big hops.

The flavor has a decent amount of grapefruit and citrus fruits. It isn’t too strong and doesn’t last for too long. It cuts a bit too quick for me and doesn’t have that big juiciness that I love from some IPAs from the region.

One of the better “standard” easy to find IPAs out there, but does not stand out for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 04:01:28 | More by dar482
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New York

4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love love love this beer. Been hearing many good things about Lagunitas, so when I saw a beer on tap from them I jumped on it. Very happy I did. Super bright hoppy burst of flavor and smell. Small-medium head. Just so full of flavor, super refreshing. Had two right in a row before I had to leave, or else I would have had six more. Highly recommend, one of the best IPAs or beers I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 01:07:40 | More by vicg12
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