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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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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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Photo of david18

New York

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

This was a recent review of the bottle version:

A very solid all around India Pale Ale that is now pretty available everywhere. Laguinitas makes so many unique styles that this one if often overlooked but it is as good as many good ipas and one that can be enjoyed without getting you too wasted. Excellent taste, color and aroma.


The cask version was even better and one of the best cask ales that I've had in a really long time. Get it if you can find it.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2012 19:04:24 | More by david18
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Seems like it's high time I reviewed this IPA... have been drinking it for years now.

On cask at Max's today.

Have not seen this beer on cask much, so thought I'd visit with an old friend today. The beer pours a peachy orange color with considerable creamy head and lots of sticky lacing. Retention is excellent in this beer. The nose is just a thing of beauty, with considerable pine, balsa wood, light orange citrus and even ginger. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but you can tell right off that this West Coast IPA will be on the dry side. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though it's not as intense or rich as I would expect from the nose. Still, this is one damn fine IPA, and as expected, it leans to the dry and lean side, with a long, refreshing, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, though there's plenty of flavor and the finish is long. Drinkability is perfection in an IPA. This beer is incredibly light on its feet, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. Also, the balance in this beer is just amazing, which once again enhances the beer's drinkabilty.

Always a crowd pleaser (especially if you're a hophead), and completely sessionable... especially on cask.

Am such a big fan of the Hop Stoopid, I often forget about this beer these days. Still, if I had to pick only one IPA I could drink for the rest of my life, there's no doubt this would make the short list. It's that tasty and that easy to drink...

Serving type: cask

11-11-2010 20:04:44 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of nas5755


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Union Brewhouse
iPhone review

A- clear lite copper ale with a nice head and lacing all over the glass.

N- big citrus flavors, grapefruit and tangerine. Very pleasant

T- just like the nose, lots of citrus with a nice buttering note that isn't pronounced. A malt backbone that is barely noticeable but present.

M- pleasant light prickly carbonation that only a cask can provide.

Overall- A very nice beer that is sessionable and a fine example of a west coast ipa.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2010 00:33:12 | More by nas5755
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on the hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. It's amazing how nicely this beer lends itself to cask treatment. What a pleasant surprise! Pours slightly hazy to start, but clears a bit- probably just some chill haze. Grainy, rocky head that leaves some nice lacing. Gentle carbonation, but it's there. On the nose there are gentle aromas of grapefruit, orange, and sweet apple, and a hint of spiciness from the hops. The malt is purely background. The taste is gentle as well, nicely rounded. The hops are in the forefront, but they aren't absolutely dominant or too assertive. Nice citrus flavors coupled with some hoppy spiciness, and some sweet caramel malt. A bit coppery, right at the end. In the mouth it's grainy and hoppy, but the lovely understated carbonation and creaminess ties it together. Much softer version on cask , with hops that taste fresher, fruitier, and gentler. I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: cask

09-08-2010 03:49:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Trappeze in Athens. Delicius grapefruity goodness meets the smoothness of real ale. Camra would be proud of this offering and the people of England couldn't handle these west coast hops. Amazingly easy to drink thanks in part to Lagunitas and also thanks to the wonders of cask conditioned ales.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2010 04:36:31 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of DefenCorps


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On handpump at Maxs today.
An absolutely gorgeous pour ,mildly hazy orange with a dense white head that lasts forever, coating my glass with gorgeous lacework. Stellar in this aspect. The nose is solid, bright and mildly citrus-like with a blend of orange, pine and a little grapefruit. A subtle malt character is noticeable with a little toffee and biscuit, this has a mildly fruity English yeast character. These flavors are replicated on the palate, with an enjoyable bright citrus hop character up front with a low level of bitterness. Flavors of pine are present, along with a mellow malt character with toffee and a little honey, but there's something about this beer on cask that makes it stands out. Light in body with a soft and gentle carbonation, this beer finishes mildly sweet with a moderate bitterness. Thoroughly drinkable, I would not pass up on it again.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2010 04:25:53 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of GeezLynn


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from cask at The Porter.

Nice tall head, dirty yellow color (more golden than copper).

Smell was enjoyable - pine, grassy, mostly hops.

I typically do not make strong distinction on mouthfeel, but the flatness of this beer really took away from flavor profile as well as the mouthfeel. The hop flavors were very subdued,which was not especially good for an IPA with a lighter malt body.

I recall having a favorable impression of Lagunitas IPA the last time I had it (bottle) and so will give it another review next time I get a bottle of it.

Serving type: cask

05-19-2009 13:46:24 | More by GeezLynn
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 GOBLIN


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
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 57md


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 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 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
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 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
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
Photo of beezylibre


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 Dartswizard


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
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
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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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