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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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1,649 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 8,002
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 175
Gots: 2,307 | FT: 2
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

45.6 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Servicable IPA, with a muted citrus hop fragerance. Lots of head and lace. Orange. Smooth if understated hoppy flavour, medium mouthfeel, creaminess,drying finish, and citrus aftertaste. Not bad at all as a beer on a summer night, not a knockout IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a 1 inch white head that fades to nothing. Good ring lacing on this beer.

S - Smells of citrus zest, pine needles, and malt.

T - Bitter pine hops, acidic citrus zest, sweet malt finish. Very very tasty.

M - Perfect carbonation on this beer. Dry with a well done bitter/acidic coating in the mouth.

D - Superb. Easy drinking and super tasty makes for a great beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with lots of lacing on a clear golden with crimson hues body. Aroma is sugary and citrusy with a earthy note. The good are well represented in the flavor with citrus, earthy, butter and sweet notes. Fairly complex. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable IPA and one I could drink routinely.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear yellow with a little bit of head, which died down quickly and turned into a thin layer of bubbles. The level of carbonation is moderate.
S: There's a gentle aroma of piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the flavor of piney hops dominates, which lends some bitterness to the taste and finish. There are also some hints of citrus in the taste. The hoppy flavor is moderately strong.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This beer is very easy to drink. It would be very easy to consume more than one of these in a single sitting. There's a good amount of hoppy flavor, but it's not in any way overpowering enough to requiring sipping.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

label description is enticing. pours a bubbly clear orange/yellow color with a big white head that fades back to just a quarter inch. smells rather bland (compared to the taste!). a bit of sweet resiny hops and some sturdy harvest time malts. citrus in there too, smells extremely fresh but not overly aggressive for a west coaster. flavor is all hops, even though the label says its a battle with the malt, it isnt much of a fight. the malt provides some nice body, but this is a hop show. they are fruity in character and a little acidic. they fade from sweet to bitter and stick around in the mouth awhile. feel is nice, but the alcohol is prominent in the taste too, which i think detracts at only 6.2%, but it is certainly distinct. good bubbles and enough body to stand up a bit to the hops. its a nice beer and worth the hype because its different, but there are some better india pales out there for sure. moderately better when fresh on tap, and a heck of a nice food beer.

edit: the more i drink this the more i like it. its familiar now, and in the context of so many other india pale ales, this one is really starting to stand out for me. especially on tap.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thick white head on top. the lacing on the glass was pretty nice here. The smell of the beer was hoppy which is a good thing for the style. The taste of the beer was pretty solid, good bitter hops flowing nicely through this brew. The mouthfeel was pretty good, well carbonated and drinkable. Overall I think this is a pretty solid brew. I would drink it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-tinged amber color with a huge head that grows creviced over time but clumps lacing to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Loads of citrus fruit atop a sugary malt base

Taste: Sweet, biscuity malt, up front, followed first by the citrus but ultimately by an aspirin-like bitterness; after the swallow, the bitter flavors converge but there is plenty of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent IPA, but there is something in the hop profile that hits my tastebuds the wrong way

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seemed to have a better impression of this beer from the bottle than on tap. From the tap, it displayed all of the golded-copper colors, read retention, citrus nose, and bready, hoppy, malty flavors that were found in the bottle, just in a more subdued manner. Still a wonderful IPA, just got lost in the shuffle for me when sampling from the keg.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a nice light copper with a long-lasting white head. A bit of lace rings as it goes down. The nose is fairly strong on citrus rind. No real malt backing. The taste is some light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. No malt. Definitely West Coast. Feel is nice and bitter and this drinks quite well. Love the below-6% abv on this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of metallic hops with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some metallic hops and a bitter finish. Body is about average. Overall, this is an OK IPA but far from being great and lacking balance between malt and hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. This is one of the first American-made IPAs that I remember seeing around here, and I bought more than a few overpriced sixers, until more variety eventually followed.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden copper hue, with one thick finger of foamy, rocky off-white head, which duly dissipates, leaving a barely broken band of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of creamy, zesty grapefruit citrus and pine resin, reserved caramel/toffee malt, a hint of edgy warming alcohol, and further soapy, floral hops. The taste is biscuity caramel cream, some dry nougat, and nicely even grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, and pine needle hops. Simple, sure, but effective as hell.

The carbonation is on the low, but still staunchly supportive side, the body a wavering medium weight, more or less smooth (in that scorched earth hopscape manner), and strangely creamy. It finishes off-dry, teeteringly so, with a gently increasing, and lingering dry pine and citrus pith bitterness.

Pretty bang-on for the west coast, big Cali-pimpin' style - nicely balanced, and large, but not overly so (the 'in charge' part may be disputable). Still, an equitably enjoyable IPA, one which I shall continue to revisit at will, even as more of its direct competitors assail our (ancient) shores.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, bubbly, white head of foam. It left behind a minimal amount of lace.

S - Citrusy aroma with grapefruit and orange notes. Some sweet caramel in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of bubblegum, grapefruit and orange. It had a smooth biscuity malt taste to balance out the bitter hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - Can you say sessionable IPA? This is delicious one at that.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a deep copper with a fluffy head that leaves a light amount of lace,heavy pine aroma with a grapefruit note.Pney,resiny flavors going big on the hops thats for sure not much malt base but some nice flavors.There are better west coast IPA's out there this one seems way out of balance but still decent but wont look for again anytime soon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!"

Slightly hazed golden orange. The last pour funks things up nicely; a dense cloud of suspended particulates is visible. The head is dark cream, edging into light tan, is larger than most and is impressively stickydense. It looks tremendous immediately after the pour and looks even better as it falls. Great gobs of chunky lace adhere to the glass, mostly in thick, crusty rings. Very, very nice.

The nose is a thing of beauty. Plenty of citrusy, piney hops that crowd out all other aromas. The flavor is as expected: aggressively hopped and proud of it. It doesn't venture all that close to DIPA territory, but it's certainly one of the bigger IPAs out there. My guess is that one or more of the 4-C's are in use. Bitter grapefruit and lemon pith and peel is right up front. If you're not a hophead, I'd suggest leaving the cap on the bottle.

The bitterness is substantial, but it stops just short of being harsh. Pale malt raises its hand weakly as it lies beaten on the ground, but manages to contribute just enough balance to keep the beer from being over-the-top hoppy. The body is easily medium-full, just like I like my IPAs to be.

Lagunitas IPA is yet another great West Coast IPA and will more than adequately give hopheads their hop fix. Man oh man, Maximus must be a treat! I don't know how much longer I can let it sit in my beer fridge. As the baby brother though, this one is a doozy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had been a long time since I had this beer, and I really never did get a chance to try this one on tap, so I got it in a sampler last night. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

the pour was nice with a medium amber color with a decent amount of haze to it. Nice little head of white across the top dropped a nice lacing all along the sides and the bottom while getting stickier as it went down. Nice light hop notes, grapefruit and pineapple, with a light biscuit like malt aroma as it warms. Clean, crisp and refreshing flavor with a mellow carbonation and nice light body. Overall a very solid IPA with a nice and easy delivery. Something I would like to keep on tap as a god to beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a burnt orange color with a finger's worth of slightly off-white head.

S: A decent hoppiness to the nose. Citrus and floral notes on top of a bready base with a bit of pine on the finish.

T: The flavor is not as intensely hoppy as you usually find in CA IPAs. A nice bitterness to it as well as citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit. The bread/malt base comes through quite a bit as well.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary here, medium in both body and carbonation.

D: A nice easy drinking IPA that's not over the top hoppy, but not too sweet or malty either.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow-orange body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness along with notes of spice, pine, and ruby red grapefruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malts with a hint of spent grain. Spicy, piney, citrusy hop flavors. Medium bitterness. A final taste of caramel. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American IPA, it delivers pretty much what you'd expect from it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one of those beers that escaped my reviews for forever, for whatever reason, probably was lost in one of the BA crashes, then realized I didn't have a review recently, so decided to get it done.

Tap at tavern in the square in Northboro.

Nice creamy thick 1/2 finger head fades slowly, crystal clear honey tan color.

Nose brings nice hops, fruity and floral, generic fruit, with some tropical notes and faint citrus, floral and slight gassy hops as well, mild sweet base malt.

Taste brings bright hops, floral and fruity again as well as grassy, generic hop fruitiness with light citrus pith and little rind, faint grapefruit pith and juicy Clementine like citrus fruit, nice floral grassy hop character, with fair bitterness that ramps as it goes. Nice base malt to balance at first, then dries on the finish and gets quite bitter, with lingering bitter grassy floral hops and touch spicy.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall there is a reason this beer is a staple ipa, great balance with nice bitter finish, great overall hop profile that doesn't go crazy, very enjoyable and tasty.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This maintains a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a big sticky latticework of lace that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral, herbal, and piney, with sweet tropical fruit and grains coming in off the sides to balance the bitter grapefruit character that is present as well. The hops have some nice power here in the nose.

The taste is more bitter grapefruit and sticky resins, which are tempered by notes of juicy tropical fruit and the lightly toasted grainy sugars of the malt. The finish is strong with the hops, with a dry lingering mix of pine and bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy crispness that rolls along nicely in the mouth. The herbal and oily tones from the hops really smooth this out well.

There’s nothing to complain about with this. Full of hop flavor and well balanced, with a slick easy drinking body; you can’t go wrong with a sixer of this minor class from Lagunitas.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to dzyneguru for this extra!

How is it that I've never had this before? Hm. It pours a clear orange-amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises hoppy florals and citrus and some light toffee in the back. The taste holds notes of these elements, along with a good amount of bitterness and a stepped-up but o' citrus. The body is light, with a moderately active carbonation and a crsp, dry finish. Overall a nice IPA...nothing special and nothing bad. Good times.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber body with suspended soft-particulate is topped by a large off-white head of creamy foam. It drops at a leisurely pace to a solid 1/8" surface covering and leaves some exceptional lacing about the glass. The aroma displays, not surprisingly, hops. They're piney, floral, and grassy over a sweetish, caramel-tinged malt - fresh, exciting, and welcoming without hitting you over the head! The body is medium; and it's quite creamy in the mouth due to a very fine, natural carbonation. In the flavor the hop bitterness and piney/resinous flavors hold the upper hand; forcing the sweet malt beneath into submission. It's well-balanced to the point of losing some character. But it's also balanced enough that the bitterness doesn't cake the mouth. (It may mask the tastebuds... but it doesn't cake the mouth in dryness!). An enjoyable beer that can be paired with any number of full-flavored dishes; and an excellent night-cap on cool summer nights when the sun has gone down and the moist air lays heavily in the back yard.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The mellower style of IPA, and nothing wrong with that. Lots of aromatics, flavorful, and mouth-filling. Not overwhelmingly bitter. Pleasant browned biscuit flavor. Golden amber in the glass. Decent carbonation on the tongue. Taste is tangy but not overly acidic. Bitter citrus peel is just enough to balance the beery maltiness. Excellent quaff on tap, I haven't tried the bottles.

Enjoyed this on tap at the Noir City party in San Francisco Jan. 31.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's Ive tried. I wish we could more west coast IPAs on the east coast like this one, because this seems to be better tasting. Pours a nice golden red with a faint hops smell. Taste is very bitter but so full of hops its delicious. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste. A great beer all around.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled January 14th, 2013. 12 oz bottle acquired as part of a six pack at Von's grocery store. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high given the brewery - which reliably cranks out pretty good IPAs, but then they all sort of have the same essential hop oil/extract flavour. 6.2% confirmed. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good (5+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Little lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper. Quite vibrant and inviting. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nothing unique or special here, but it's right on the money for the style.

Sm: Floral and nectary hop character. Lemongrass and citrusy esters. Grapefruit citrus esters. Light pine. Oily hop extract (shocker!). Clean pale malts. Inviting and fresh. I'm excited to try it. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. Par for the style.

T: Delightful floral and nectary hop notes, with timid guiding grapefruit throughout. Light oily hop character; not as pronounced as I remember it was in other Lagunitas IPAs - but certainly still there. It's identifiably Lagunitas. Clean lemongrass and pale malts form the refreshing supportive body. Quite tasty, with little bitterness; it's well hidden by the well exected malty backbone, but there isn't too much malt-induced sweetness. Nicely grassy. I quite like it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Assertive, refreshing flavour. I wouldn't call it subtle, but it's got a good balance for the style and enough complexity to impress. This is not a boring or bland beer.

Mf: Refreshing, smooth, and wet, with enough coarseness to aid the emergence of the flavour profile. Good palate presence. Fresh and enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. Good carbonation, if a touch overdone.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing the six pack, and I'll enjoy doing it. This would be a great choice for common fridge stock. A reliable consistent IPA that refreshes, though it does have a hint of bitterness. Might be a good "trainer IPA" for getting used to the style. Lagunitas has again brewed a good-not-great IPA with a central hop essence that is common along its lineup. I'd get this again, but I doubt I'd pay for it on draught unless it was at happy hour prices. Hard to beat at this price point. Consider me impressed. Hides its ABV quite well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The hops aren’t very strong in the taste initially, but they show up later in the after-taste. The malt character is rate pronounced for the style and there’s a little bit of citrus sweetness to go with it.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink and not filling. It’s worth sticking with but personally, I prefer something a little more flavorful if I have another choice within the style.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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