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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,921 Ratings
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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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mattsdenney

Tennessee

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

Growler fill at Frugal Mc D's. Poured into NB globe glass.

A: Pours clear, gold with an amber tint. Thick head. Great retention, taking forever to recede. Lots of sticky bubbles left over as it dissipates.

S: Smells clean, grassy, piney hops. Scents of grapefruit and other citrus.

T: This one's all hops. Up front tastes of earthy pine, grains and grass. You're left with a strong lingering bitterness. Nice hop flavoring here. Tastes fresh. Some malt balance but mostly a hop bomb here.

M: Mouthfeel is on the thicker side yet somewhat slick. Definitely a lingering mouth feeling to match the bitterness that clings after swallowing. Medium amount of carbonation. Feels good all around. What you would expect and hope for from an IPA.

O: My first Lagunitas experience here. They recently made it to Nashville and I look forward to trying other styles. A great IPA all around here. Well balanced with fantastic hop flavors. This one ranks up there with the top IPA's in my book.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2012 03:58:03 | More by mattsdenney
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Kendo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is orangey light-amber with a 1-finger whitish head. Very good sticky lace.

S: Lighter nose for an IP, but what's there is all citrusy hops -- grapefruit and lemons -- and a touch of pine.

T: Light, biscuity malt foundation is followed by the hops: citrus (grapefruit) and spruce and pine. Lingering bitterness coats the mouth nicely, encouraging the next sip but not causing palate fatigue.

M: Good creaminess. Medium in heft.

D: Very good. Growler disappeared quickly between the two of us.

Notes: I don't usually re-review a beer simply because I got it via a different delivery method (i.e., bottle vs. on-tap). But this beer seemed to be significantly better than I remembered from the bottle (which I reviewed well over 2 yrs ago), so here's the growler review. . . .

Serving type: growler

02-15-2010 17:56:01 | More by Kendo
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color with a white cap, not much retention from the growler but a fair amount of lacing. Just as good a look as I remember. Nose and flavor are strongly hoppy, mostly citrics with some pine notes as well. Well-balanced - oh who the hell am I kidding? Don't get this one for the balance, get this one for the hops. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2009 02:24:40 | More by BretSikkink
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Ego

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

eyes...
light caramel hue, one finger of white foam that recedes quickly, lacing is very good, just a very average looking brew, which is not a detriment really

nose...
nice piney citrus notes right off the bat, grapefruit... amarillo hops ? underneath they smell a little green and herbally... and really fresh. for just a regular IPA the smell is very nice

taste etc...
the carbonation is a bit lacking which impacts the mouthfeel negatively, mild hop oils flow, barely any IBUs felt.. I wonder how this is rated in terms of IBUs but the bitterness is missing, ditto the hops for the most extent, this is also a bit watery for my tastes. you can taste some sweetness from the malt but you have to work for it.
not much else to say, this is pretty weak on the flavor dept.

verdict?
disappointed. I enjoy many of their beers but this one... stay away unless you want a totally watered down tasting IPA to start someone off with who is used to non craft brews...

music: napalm death - the great and the good

Serving type: growler

08-19-2007 03:07:02 | More by Ego
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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
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GOBLIN

Ohio

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

Lagunitas ipa

Solid

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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jj139

California

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
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57md

Pennsylvania

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
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tmm313

Georgia

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
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barczar

Kentucky

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
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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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samtrillo

California

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
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

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
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tbeckett

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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aquaderek

California

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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beezylibre

Florida

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
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AngrySnuggles

Indiana

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
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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
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smanders

Virginia

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
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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
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Dartswizard

Pennsylvania

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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lochef81

Michigan

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
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BearslikeBeers

California

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
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

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
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

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
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