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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,544 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,544
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 68
Gots: 429 | FT: 2
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 smcolw


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head that leaves a fine layer of lace. Light amber in color and slightly cloudy.

Floral hop nose with an interesting milk-like (lactose?) aroma. Very fresh and clean smelling. Inviting

The initial malt flavor is completely covered by the hop bite within milliseconds. For an IPA, this is a good thing. The upfront malt could be described as slightly fruity. The bitterness is a continuation of the floral hop. Very long aftertaste that is entirely bitter. The richness of the beer is appropriate; I'd describe it as moderate. Carbonation is fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 21:01:09 | More by smcolw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber / copper in color with a huge 3" head that lasts through the drink. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is floral and of orange citrus. The flavor a nice balance of sweet malt and bitterness, and stong citrus rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start, with a dry crisp finish. The tastebuds get the hops and citrus tones long after the finish. Nicely drinkable, a very pleasant IPA experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 14:27:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of mendvicdog


4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-22-2012 16:06:26 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of GClarkage


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in September 2004 from a 22oz bomber purchased at the local store. Poured with a small head that was very quick to disappear. Light lacing around the edges of the top of my 24oz mug. Sort of a dark yellow coloring with a good amount of yeast floaters. Smells pretty damn good. Kinda like a garden. Tons of floral overtones. Hmmm, not bad, but not great. Pretty hoppy for a regular IPA. Taste a bunch of grapefruit. Lots of carbonation too. Maybe detect a bit of pine in which everyone describes. And a definite bitter aftertaste. Not a bad on though. Maybe a bit overpowering, but it's ok by me. Overall a pretty nice IPA. Not one of my favorites, but one I would buy again if my favorites were gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 17:56:20 | More by GClarkage
Photo of kojevergas


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:04:52 | More by kojevergas
Photo of beernads


4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-22-2013 14:33:20 | More by beernads
Photo of imperialking


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-18-2012 04:01:52 | More by imperialking
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy glowing amber with a two finger creamy white head. There is some definite sediment lingering towards the bottom of the glass, even with the careful pour. I'm almost certain there was no infection because the bottle did not foam in the least upon the opeining. It just distracted from the beer.
Smell is of light grapefruit, lemongrass, and orange with a caramel malt backbone.
Taste is of the same delicate IPA aromas with nothing coming through as excellent but nothing telling me that this isn't good either.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with mild carbonation and an ok hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
Drinkability is good. It just seems like it's a toned down version of the Maximus. I'm not sure what's up with all the sediment though. Most of the Lagunitas bottles I've sampled have had lots of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 15:09:28 | More by weeare138
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-25-2012 03:07:06 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a grey-order shipment in Australia. Bear that in mind when reading this review. Also keep in mind, I just tried the Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You collaboration, which was fantastic... Now let's see where we are...

Pours a burnished, slightly coppery golden colour, with a fine and almost creamy head of white. Lace is intricate and mountainous. Looks like some sort of wonderful landscape around the rim of my glass. Body is pleasantly thick, and some tiny-bubbled carbonation forms as it's swirled. Overall, a damn-fine looking beer.

Nose... Hmm, yeah, this is where the age starts to show. The hops are relatively muted, giving more of a crushed heather organic character, and minimal freshness. Some nuttiness and a touch of phenol, but it feels like the malt that would usually compensate for the hops is overbearing.

Taste is better, but still showing a bit of age, with some caramel/golden syrup characters or oxidised malt coming through, especially on the back. Hop bitterness is subdued, but still present, although the balance is out a little bit. Provides a pleasant counterpoint to the sweet bread and golden grain characters.

Feel is smooth and flawless.

Hmm--an interesting beer with a bit of age on it, although probably not exactly what was aimed for in its youth. You can feel the age, and that provides an interesting experience, but I think I'd prefer it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:36:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque burnt orange color.
A nice up front hoppy taste w/ a clean finish is the best way to characterize the flavor.
Not much aroma other than hops and malt.This is a average IPA. Drinkability is average. Not sure what the hype is over this IPA but its average to most West Coast IPAs, especially compared to PAC NW IPAs, Union Jack, Bear Republic, Stone and others.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:12:56 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's.

Looked a nice amber. It was a nice IPA, but the hops profile just didn't do it for me. It was a little "green" overall. No rich citrus or spicy flavors, just an over powering grassy element. The bitterness was on-par and the body wasn't too heavy. Its a good IPA, but doesn't really stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2007 03:40:43 | More by tempest
Photo of akorsak


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Marvz.

A: The ale has a brilliant amber orange color, almost an orange glow. The head didn't pour very thick and doesn't retain for long.

S: The aroma is a spicy grapefruit hoppiness, not too strong but clearly present.

T: The ale has a strong, thick body. The malts are biscuity, nice and thick with a grainy sweetness that is slightly thin. The hop character starts out with a nice sweet pineapple before picking up momentum. As the hops build, they reveal a a bigger grapefruit flavor that brings the ale to a nice close.

M: The flavor builds nicely but does reveal some thinness at points.

D: Overall, the ale is enjoyable, with nice profiles that make me want to have another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 02:12:41 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, twist off cap. No freshness dating to be found. Pours orangy copper, cloudy,tiny bubble film, leaving sheets of lacing. Nose is lemony, with pine. This is a fair AIPA, needs some more center malt and body to round it out a bit. Very citric hops all throughout. slight metalic note. Not terrible but needs some help.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 13:42:19 | More by Billolick
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 22:28:23 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of XmnwildX12


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-09-2013 04:29:48 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Zorro


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is clean, malty and a bit sweet smelling with mild citrus hops. Milder scents of tea and caramel are also present.

Taste is sweetish with a good caramel flavor. Mild metallic flavor is present. Solid hop bitterness is present but doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer. This is a very well balanced IPA with a lovely malt, caramel and hop flavor with no one flavor crushing the others. Super smooth to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is one tasty and easy to drink beer. Lots of flavors all balanced just perfectly. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 02:08:35 | More by Zorro
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-05-2013 18:30:38 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of woodychandler


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thin, light-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with floral, citrusy hops. My mouth began to water instantly. The mouthfeel was medium and full of hops, more citrusy than anything else. Finish was nicely dry and refreshing. I shudder to think what an IIPA of theirs might be like. Yow!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 23:33:22 | More by woodychandler
Photo of dbrauneis

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
Photo of orangesol


4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-07-2013 20:05:56 | More by orangesol
Photo of DoubleJ


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. On to the beer:

This beer glows orange. Leaves good lacing around the glass as it is consumed. It's very hoppy aroma is pleasant. Sticky hop juice, some sharp tropical fruits. Like the aroma, there's also a lot of "hop juice" in the flavor. Tropical, resiny, and citrusy. The malt flavor doesn't really come out in this beer. The low carbonation in this beer hurts its mouthfeel...could be a little crisp or carbonated. Regardless, this is an IPA for the hopheads out there. Like a lighter Little Sumpin' Extra, but with more prononced hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 06:45:24 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2012 00:00:12 | More by DrunkinYogi
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 Wasatch


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops and citrus. The taste is hoppy and sweet. Medium body. Very drinkable, not a bad IPA at that, but not in the class of other's I've had. Would recommend though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 00:50:08 | More by Wasatch
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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