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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,476 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,476
Reviews: 1,515
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 99
Gots: 859 | FT: 3
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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin thead that becomes a patch that nearly covers the top.

The smell is of pine with some citrus. Not strong, but there.

The label says "homicidally hoppy" - Well, I'm not catching that, though it does have a good dose. Mainly piney with some citrus . The supporting malt gives it a caramelish and pale ale sweetness that balance out the hops. In the end, almost too much so, though a decent amount of hop bitterness lingers through the finish. Not intense, or as full-flavored as other West Coast IPA's, but pleasant enough and well-balanced for style.

The body is a bit thinner than I would prefer for the style, but not enough to really complain about. It is smooth and has a decent enough texture, esp. as it warms.

Pretty much a standard mix of hops and malt for the style. The flavoirs are nice enough, though a bit more restrained than expected. Enjoyable, though when lined up with so many other West Coast IPA's, it's above average and nothing more, IPA. Not a "wow"er, but tasty enough to enjoy and easty enough to have a couple!

jwc215, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

smcolw, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

October, 2004 Rating
Pours an almost brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a cream colored head. The aroma is sharply hoppy with a nose that is redolent of pine, the nose is quite nice. Ah, yes this beer has actually been fermented, what a relief, this beer is nothing like the last one I had. This beer is sharp and crisp up front. It leads to a beer that is piney, a bit citrusy, and has a solid bitter bite in the finish. This beer has a solid malt presence as well, it is lightly sweet with notes of caramel and biscuits. The malt definitely is faint behind the solid hoppiness though, but it is there and helps to keep the hops from being overwhelming. As this beer warms up a bit I get notes of apricot, and grapefruit. Overall, this is quite a nice IPA.

March, 2004 Rating
Wow this beer smells like it has not yet been fermented. A sweet wort smell, that is heavy on the crystal malt. A bit of spicy hop notes under the main smell, but not much. Pours a hazy copper color with a prodigious tan head that fades fairly quickly. Again there is a sweet malt flavor, that is reminiscent of sweet wort. The beer ends with a bit of bitterness. I must admit, this is quite a stretch to be labeled as an IPA, a pale ale perhaps but not an IPA. A light hop flavor and not enough bitterness, this is a bit of a disappointment. It is halfway interesting, just not close to what I was expecting. There is way too much residual sweetness and body in this beer, it just makes it too unbalanced. I will tell you one thing, the rest of this 6-pack will be used for making Brats. (4/3.5/3/3.5/3/3.35)

Gueuzedude, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber colour with good clarity, with a firm white head, good lacing.

S: Light citrus hops and bready malt.

T: Bread malt is light, similar to a Helles actually, the hop bite is swift, full of citrus, some tangerine, grapefruit (pink, to be exact), some tropical fruits as well.

M: Nice and crisp, good bite, solid carbonation balance.

D: Would be a good easy-drinking IPA in the summertime, good price as well, low in alcohol, but for me, there are better choices out there.

Halcyondays, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Gavage, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

GClarkage, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

imperialking, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

InspectorBob, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

woodychandler, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

drewone, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.1%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

weeare138, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Billolick, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

tempest, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -24%
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.

barleywinefiend, May 13, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +3.1%

duceswild, May 07, 2013
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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