Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Reviews: 1,604
Hads: 7,696
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 164
Gots: 1,978 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

45.6 IBU
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Reviews: 1,604 | Hads: 7,696
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.

The malt presence overtakes the hops like King Arthur chopping down a Christmas tree; and you know what? That's ok. There is a merry balance between the both like Charlie Brown actually making a field goal. Not the best, just smooth and balanced oh so nicely.

Yep! (309 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a pale yellow with a thin fizzy head. The smell is all pine from the hops and a little bit of toasted smell coming from it. The taste was an initial big pop from the hops which then mellowed into a very drinkable finish that I thought was quite delicious. The mouthfeel was also very pleasant. Not too thick for an IPA but with a consistent body. I liked this one a lot. (377 characters)

Photo of enjambed
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated, 12oz bottle at fridge temperature, poured into nondescript glass.

palate disclaimer: I just had a black, dark roast coffee before this, so my palate may be a little blown. I couldn't really detect whatever bitterness was in there.

Look: Textbook APA/IPA. You got a rich amber that borders on orange at certain points. Conservative pour produces a small but pillowy and foamy head that stays with you all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, citrusy hops and some sweet malts

Taste: No surprises after the smell. The citrusy hops kinda steal the show with the malts not really apparent. It would be more exciting if they were a little more 'juicy'. Slightly bitter, 'aspirin-like' finish.

Feel: Medium, with a healthy amount of carbonation.

Overall: Clocking in at just 45 IBU, Lagunitas IPA might be considered more of a pale ale by most BA's standards, but its 6.2% ABV definitely keeps it in full IPA territory. There is not much that sets it apart, especially in the saturated IPA market we have today, but no one can really deny that it's a well executed and mostly well-balanced brew.

Like pretty much everything else from California, the focus is almost entirely on the hops, with the malts kinda there just by necessity. However, the hops aren't quite exciting enough to take the center stage.

Lagunitas is a solid starter IPA for those trying to develop a palate for hoppier beers. It's not too exciting, and I probably wouldn't have it again for myself, but might bring a sixer to a party for my friends to try out. Many will also enjoy the 6.2% abv, but you can get Torpedo, which is arguably better and higher in abv, for a dollar cheaper. (1,689 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

I can't believe over 1000 beers rated, and I haven't had Lagunitas IPA. Well here goes. Its listed as June 2014 on the bottome of the bottle, so its already 3-4 months old which is more than I usually will tolerate for IPA purchases. With that said there is still plenty of hop notes in the smell, nice mix of piney/citrus combo going on. Taste is very solid and standard classic American IPA. It's not SUCKS citrus hop slam, but more piney and malt presence. Mnimal bitter finish. Overall I find this very solid and respectable. Would purchase again. (561 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a golden yellow with pillowy white head. Beautiful lacing along the glass..

Plenty or citrus in the nose. Blood orange and clementine with a touch of pine.

Medium body with a pleasant balance of hops and malt character. A touch of bready malt sweetness that is light enough to still show off the hops. More citrus along the same lines as stated in the nose.

Easy to drink and a good dose of carbonation. This comes off well without being over the top with hops. 6.2% is on the low end for an IPA but it still a delicious beer. (536 characters)

Photo of StoutBrotha602
4/5  rDev +3.4%

This right here was my VERY FIRST Craft beer EVER.. i had this beer on a First Friday here in Downtown Phoenix in 2010. A very very attractive Girl her Boyfriend, and brother introduced this beer to me in a Pub and Jazz house called The Lost Leaf..

ok if i can remember what it tasted like it was hoppy,, the foam was a litter bitter since i had never ever had an IPA and this was my first, the mouth feel was silky yet kinda firm.. the finish was good .. (457 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 05.31.14.

A: 2 finger fluffy white head. See through caramel body.

S: Grapefruit with sweet malt. Also some daffodil.

T: Malt and brown sugar dominate. Spices are subtle.

M: Creamy. Somewhat chewy.

O: This was a strange experience. A Lagunitas beer that is malt forward? Maybe I bought an old bottle. The hops were barely there and only on the back end. There was some bitterness but not much. This did not seem like an IPA. If the bottle was ok, this was a rare miss for Lagunitas.

Rating: C- (544 characters)

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

This is a great beer if you want a kinda dull version of sucks and sumpin sumpin. It has the lagunitas signature taste...and a lot of hops...but just not that super citrus defined hops the others have....its still really good just not as good as sumpin or suxks. I call this my quanity over quality brew...when I am low on funds I pick up a 12 pack of this! (357 characters)

Photo of Yanknonion
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nice light copper color with foamy tan head Impressed by the hop aroma. Earthy smell. Hop taste stays in mouth awhile, medium body, not overly bitter, really a nice beer.. I'll have another (189 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Very clear copper colored body. A light cream head recedes to a wisp, while there is adequate bands of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of cedar and hops come through, a very spicy aroma.

Taste: Very woody and earthy with citrus and hops making an appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bright, dry.

Overall: A very clean, spicy, hoppy IPA worth returning to when in the mood. Just as solid as most of their other brews, quite good. (462 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Very grateful that lagunitas has finally started distributing in Indiana. Here goes:

A: Clear orange-amber; can see through the glass. Pours a fluffy, one-inch head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing. Beer is also very well carbonated. Couldn't ask for more. 4.5/5.0

S: First smell that makes itself known is the grapefruit. Then comes the pine. There's also an underlying lemon rind that supplements the two aforementioned smells. This all gives way to a nice finish of lightly-kilned, sweet malt. A true WC IPA with a nice malt background. However, the hops aren't as robust as in other WC IPA's, which is surprising. They're rater subdued relative to, oh, Stone's IPA. Good though. 4.0/5.0

T: Hops are more robust than indicated by the nose. Attack the palate very well and have plenty of bite, which is what I prefer. Also, unlike the nose, I mostly get grapefruit (the pine and lemon are somewhat subdued); however, this is somewhat disappointing. Some malt follows, but unfortunately the beer is surprisingly watery. A little disappointing, but it's still a good, well-made beer. 4.0/5.0

M: Again, somewhat watery. It's very well-carbonated, though. 3.5/5.0

O: A good beer. However, I think I'll stick with the Lagunitas offerings that have more malt. 3.75/5.00 (1,304 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no "best by" date that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a lovely copper color with 1 finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin broken layer of bubbles, medium carbonation. There were some suspended bits floating about, very nice.

SMELL: pepper, pine and brown sugar.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then a nice piney hop blast with some pepper for good measure. The sweetness and the hops are very balanced and not too over the top.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL. this is a fine IPA and reasonably priced at $4.99 for 22 ounce bomber. This beer strikes the right balance between malt and hops. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style and would not hesitate to buy this again. (819 characters)

Photo of Forgottensaints
5/5  rDev +29.2%

This is my go to beer no matter the season. It's clean, goes down easy, and smells great. It's one of the better IPAs I have had it's really dope. I suggest it to anyone looking to step away from store bought light beer and into a really quality beer. (253 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Golden color; lots of bubbles; foamy head; looks a bit like hard apple cider
S: Malty, sweet, pine, musty, floral
M: Light, clean
T: Quite drinkable/sessionable; can become cloying if the beer gets too warm (214 characters)

Photo of BaalDagon
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

One of the better IPA's I had in a 12oz bottle. Really impressed by the "not too dry" finish. I could go down the list of usual appearance, aroma, etc... but I think all one has to do is read down the list of reviews for any answer they might need. (248 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Another reliable IPA when nothing else is around. Nice head with hues of brown as it settles. Love the piney woods smell. Permeates the glass and surrounding area. Sticky lacing with good presentation. Light bitterness that seems spicy on the throat at times. Carbonation is barely perceivable. Tasty brew, cheers... (316 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%

DATE REVIEWED: August 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Camp summer #4 ends; no job for Shan though... APPEARANCE: orange amber body; diminishing, bubbly white head that leas beautifully arching lacing; strong cirrus swaths... AROMA: robust peach and pine cone--orange, melon, pineapple--grainy, demanding malts make this an intense, cagey meeting... PALATE: full-bodied, warming and thick--aggressive on the teeth and tongue; dry enough to slow sips; versatile ... TASTE: evenly balanced; with an intense hop bomb accompanying every sip; the intense pine comb produces ripples of orange, tangerine and mango and repercussions of the most palatably bitter ale ... OVERALL: in a three-way battle with Prism and Heavy Seas for roommate get-together IPA supremacy, Lagunitas asserts a dominant character--an irrepressible combination of drinkability and doubt one of the best IPAs I have ever had... (932 characters)

Photo of tlery
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Vessel - bottle

A - burnt orange and copper with a pillowy head that laces, but does not retain
S - citrus forward, lemon, grapefruit, slight brininess
T - malt and cereal driven forward palate and a classic bitter IPA finish, no real mid-palate
M - medium body with a coating that balances the hops
O - classic go-to IPA from a reputable brewery that nearly always delivers (375 characters)

Photo of IvanJ126
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

here in Houston its hard too find great California fresh IPA but lagunitas did a great job has the right crispness and not too dry plenty hops going on this stays in my fridge year round (187 characters)

Photo of crispinol
2.69/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Why do I insist on ordering IPA's that travel great distances to get to me?

I hear this is a great IPA IF had FRESH. No idea. This beer had zero aroma, the faintest hint of bitterness, and was mostly sweet malt (yuk).

I'm sure Lagunitas deserves better than this rating but if they're going to ship their beer all over the place, hey this is the bitter truth. (362 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are almost 1500 reviews that will cover the profile ASTMO's, so this will go a different direction.

This is a workhorse IPA. While not a special occasion pour, it is worthy as a fridge stocker. A bit more subtle than Stone, a bit more aggressive than Sierra Nevada, it hits a nice balance. A drinkable IPA with enough hop bite to remind you it is indeed an IPA. This is my wife's house beer and there is always one in the fridge. (437 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, lightly golden straw color. Lasting rocky head with moderate lacing.

Smell: Plenty of citrus peel and pine needles.

Taste: Clearly hop forward. Light, malty body with refreshing lemony citrus and pine. Slightly resinous finish, otherwise clean and dry. Not very bitter or complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium in both body and carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing, straightforward, IPA. Definitely on the lighter side compared with some of its West Coast peers. (524 characters)

Photo of thomda11
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this many times before, but, having just joined the site, I decided to write a review this time. The beer is dated 6/3/14 (about two months old). It pours a straw yellow that borders on copper under certain lighting. The aroma is pleasant with a subtle citrus characteristic, but predominantly earthy resinous hops. The taste has more citrus than the nose would suggest and is full of orange and lemon zest. The beer finishes with a sturdy, resinous hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue for awhile. It is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation, which suits the style well. Overall, a solid beer. At a reasonable price, it is a nice go-to beer. (670 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-from notes
Poured from a bottle into a glass

A nice golden straw color with a slight head that quickly fades to just some lacing around the glass.

The aroma is mostly citrus. I get a lot of lemon with a little pine underneath.

I like the taste of this IPA -- pretty juicy, lots of citrus up front with a little lingering resinous bitterness that's very nice.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and slightly sticky.

Overall, a very decent IPA. (437 characters)

Photo of Jerrod-Scott
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my staple beers in the frig. A thick head when poured, leaving nice lacing behind. Rich notes of pine and citrus on the nose. A medium-light mouthfeel, with a hint of alcohol on the finish. For hop fans like me, the biting tang left by the hop taste is refreshing. (279 characters)

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,604 ratings.