Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Ratings: 7,645
Reviews: 1,710
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 166
Gots: 1,928 | 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 Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA

Appearance: 12 oz bottle. A hazed golden in color, soapy white head forms and retention is good. Some patches of lace stickage are noted.

Smell: Piney, floral, and citrus all chime in over a bready malt notion. Delicious hop aroma, getting some pineapple as well.

Taste: A nice crisp hop bite upfront, earthy and light pine highlighted. Mild herbal/leafy elements carrying into the after taste. Well balanced, tilted slightly toward the bitter side, all you can expect from a self respecting IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied ale accompanied by a semi-drying finish.

Overall: A very solid IPA. Took me 5 minutes to drink, and I would have finished it faster if I wasn't typing.

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.

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.

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

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso DC.

A simple pale amber is poured on tap with a clear orange/brown body. Head is an off white and creamy, with some small fast rising carbonation.

Bouquet is particularly simple but solid. Real fleshy smelling grapefruit, very juicy it seems, but not much else. It's quite good though.

Taste expands on the hint of juice. Fleshy orange and grapefruit citrus, with some simple soft chewy hops and aromatics. Feels very soft bodied and tasty in the palate for feel.

Super easy, great flavor, this is the easy mans drinking American IPA for sure.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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...

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

Picked this up at Beers of the World while on vacation.
Pours a clear orange amber color with a thinnish white head that dissipates, but never really goes away. Smells mostly of caramel. pine and citrus, with a slight mineral smell in there as well. Nothing overwhelming in the aroma, nothing offensive either. Taste is initially sweet caramel followed by a slight mineral, segue to some citrusy hops. Lingering citrus hop and sweet malt in the finish. Oily resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation medium to thin body. Pretty standard IPA I could drink a few of these, but nothing mind blowing here.

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.

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

I'd say that Lagunitas IPA is a little too brassy to still be considered golden although inspection against the light would argue otherwise as all kinds of beaming, lustrously gold tones poke out like shoots protruding from a dense bush. Its head is modest in size but reveals itself to be quite the artist; a mural of of abstract art is painted in a foamy spray.

The aroma is as characteristically West-Coast as surfing, gold rushes, 2Pac and a lagging time zone; a caramelly-sweet, biscuity maltiness is poached in the musk of festering tropical fruits and cocooned in a piny, earthy resin. A stinging citric acidity is experienced on most sniffs and is, take my word, equally as powerful as smelling salts.

Lagunitas IPA isn't as emphatic as some of the Golden State's most confident offerings, but it's in-tune with this brewery's less presumptuous, more laid-back vibe. It's hoppiness comes across the palate very leafy and weedy, with a pithy herbal quality and hints of candied citrus. Its maltiness is notably biscuity with flavours of bread and graham cracker.

I can't shake the notion that this IPA is missing the something that makes this brewery's other beers that much more memorable and preferred. I shouldn't speculate too much because this is a fine and acceptable beer in its own right, but it seems to lack in weight and character versus some of Lagunitas' higher gravity offerings.

I've run out of ways to describe my admiration for this brewery. Even their weakest beers are at very least serviceable and they've developed such a characteristic (read: hoppy) house character that tempts me to pack up and move to California. Or at least keep making the 2 hour drive and border crossing needed to ascertain their products.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer presents with little to no head. A very nice dark gold/copperish color. There are strong smells of hops on the nose. The initial hop forward flavor is light, but directly followed by hops and light sour in the middle to back of the tongue. The beer is heavy, but smooth in the mouth. A crisp finish, this beer is very drinkable. Goes with lots of different kind of foods, it's a decent stand-by for those who like IPAs.

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papillon, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a pepper hop with a slight citrus.

The taste consisted of an upfront white pepper and grapefruit that slowly faded into the round pale malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quite enjoyable IPA. A nice example of the west coast style.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at hard times in Arlington VA. pours a golden color with light head. smell and taste are both loaded with hops on the front end with a nice refreshing bitter finish. very easy to down too. overall a solid American IPA that I could drink all day.

Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Revisit 9 Jun 15

Poured into a pint glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with a nice touch of malts, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, with a nice touch of citrus. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry. Overall a very tasty IPA for the price. Glad to see it here in Utah.

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 6/17/11
*From notes

A: Filtered brilliant tree sap amber. A 1.75 finger head is the result of a decent pour. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Plain and forgettable. Where are the hops? It's like the whimpy kid in school who hasn't hit puberty yet. That signature Lagunitas earthiness lingers in my nose.

T: Grains and ginger on the fore. The hop oil appears on the mid and comes off quite mild. I get the feeling they brewer's toned this back quite a bit to appeal to a larger audience. The finish is bitter, but it seems like very little thought has been put into personalizing the flavor profile of this one. It all comes together like IPA 101.

M: I'm surprised at how light and thin this is. The bubbles take away from the meager amount of flavor this beer sports. Underwhelming.

O: With their upcoming expansion, I hope Lagunitas' IPA isn't a sign of things to come. I've always enjoy their suds, but this is about as middle of the road as you can get. Maybe an AIPA newcomer will dig this, who knows. As for me, I won't purposely return to it.

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a small 1/4" white head over the cloudy dark amber brew. Aroma is of piney hops, with some maltiness apparent. Taste is upfront a sweet malt, which quickly hands the stage over ot the pine hops character. Somewhat sedate in the hops, this bottle, kind of odd for Lagunitas in my experience. Mouthfeel and drinkability pretty good. Acceptable IPA.

*Note that this is a revisit and update of what I fear was originally a review of an off bottle...

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... enjoyed from a shaker pint.. turning on some tunes John Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Chunky looong lasting head I needed to walk away from for a while... left behind thick sticky lacing and a nice mop of off-white bubbles.... on top of a crystal clear polished copper.

Aroma is cranked up citrus pine and summer flowers; I have no idea where some reviewers are getting English IPA from this one... Only malts I'm picking up on is a little biscuity goodness.. maybe some toasted grains...but I could be imagining things.

Taste is more of the same except with an "!". Good balanced bitterness fighting against a good lite caramel/toasted grain back... finishes with a minerally fruity hoppy flavor that I tend to associate with Amarillo hops... I have no idea if their are Amarillos in this one. Very nice mouthfeel .. body is topside of medium (the body is what really pulls all the extremes of this beer together into a very tight package).... maybe a little burpy... but those are GOOD burps.

I really have always liked this IPA... really should be more of a presence in my fridge, but I tend to overlook... I will try and not make that mistake anymore. I really could session this one.. if I paced myself a bit.

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

Straightforward west coast-style IPA, on tap at Delta Grill in NYC. Not bad but not as good as Sucks or Leftovers or Hop Stoopid (I know those are doubles, so sue me). Golden orange color, a bit hazy, with a decent white head, fair retention and lacing. Grapefruit and piney hop aromas with a touch of sweetness, pretty familiar in the nose. Taste follows suit, somewhat more subdued hop character than I’d like, again, lots of grapefruit and pine, pineapple and orange, some malt sweetness underneath. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Smooth, medium bodied with medium carbonation, decently dry finish, just a little bitterness hanging around after. Good but not exceptional.

Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straightforward west coast-style IPA, on tap at Delta Grill in NYC. Not bad but not as good as Sucks or Leftovers or Hop Stoopid (I know those are doubles, so sue me). Golden orange color, a bit hazy, with a decent white head, fair retention and lacing. Grapefruit and piney hop aromas with a touch of sweetness, pretty familiar in the nose. Taste follows suit, somewhat more subdued hop character than I’d like, again, lots of grapefruit and pine, pineapple and orange, some malt sweetness underneath. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Smooth, medium bodied with medium carbonation, decently dry finish, just a little bitterness hanging around after. Good but not exceptional.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a finger of white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet malt. Flavor is light citrus and tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops, sweet bready malt with an intriguing very light spicyness. Light to medium bodied. Flavors are not assertive, but well balanced. I would like a bit more hop assertiveness, but perhaps I did not get an absolutely fresh bottle (dating please…). A pleasant, low key American IPA.

Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lively carbonation in the glass. Bright tangerine body. Thin white head with low lace and ok retention.

S - Sweet orange, honey, and cedar.

T - Soft malt body laced with a light-to-moderate woody hop bitterness. Sweet honey center with a nice bready backend.

M - Medium body is light on the palate. Great carbonation.

O - Fantastic drinkability. The perfect session IPA imho.

Photo of beertunes
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a clear, golden-amber color with less than an inch of bright, white head that left thick, sticky lacing. The nice floral hop aroma is not as strong as expected. A solid malt foundation carries the floral/citrus hops over the front of the tongue, while the sharp bittering hops cling to the back. Better body than a lot of IPAs, this beer is more than a hop delivery device. Very drinkable, not a tongue burner so sticking with this for several would be easy to do. If you're looking for a palate wrecker look elsewhere, if you a good, flavorful IPA that can hold up over time this is your IPA.

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 7,645 ratings.