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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Ratings: 4911
Reviews: 1446
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%

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 dirtylou


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle, $1.69, Steve's - University

appearance: pours a clear orange-amber into a new glarus pint glass, 1/2" foamy, lasting retention, good appearance

smell: pungent citrus hops poke through first, sweet candy malts, lightly peppery, grapefruit, light bubblegum

taste: flavous is generally bland, sweet and spicy citrus hops are not dominant as i would like, sweet grainy malt backbone...a good drinker but not one of my fav ipa's

mouthfeel: zesty, medium body

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 00:59:29 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Bierguy5


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange/copper color. Not just cloudy, but there are particles in here. Nothing to worry about. Thick rocky off-white head. Good head retention. Strong citrus and piney hop aroma. Good malt backbone followed by floral hop flavors that seem subdued compared to the aroma. Finishes dry, with some asprin like flavors. Pretty good, bitterness is not overwhelming. Not my favorite flavors in the hop department, but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 00:35:45 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of sinistrsam


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a pretty fair ammount of sediment suspended in the glass. Large off white head....orange maybe? Pinkish? At any rate it was something I hadn't really seen before with an IPA and I was impressed. Left excellent lacing about the glass.
Piney hops, sweet malts, sour fruits, alchol; all these come rushing at you. After I got used to all that, I swear I smelled some apricot or peach. I wasn't sure it was there it was so subtle, but once agian, impressive and unexpected. There is definitely a good fruit complexity.
A little drier than I would have liked, the taste blossoms with VERY piney hops, and once again that peculiar apricot...very enjoyable, excellent balance.
The motuhfeel was smooth throughout, something you don't often see with an IPA. The first semi-sweetness fades into a dry feel, but is never bitter. That "peak" of hoppy bitterness I've often talked about never shows up. Jurys still out if thats a good thing or not...
Overlal very drinkable, a real impressive brew from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 20:59:47 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of nlmartin


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy amber coloration. The head was a short lived creamy white coloration. Rings of lacing encirlce my glass.

Smell: The smell is very understated for a IPA. The beer has a overly sweet malty smell. The Hops sadly have a vaguely peppery citrus smell.

Taste: The beer has a sweet caramel malty flavor. The beer has a bit of citrus and pine. This is frankly far to understated on the hops for my taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The beer is a bit sweet for my taste. The beer is easy to drink. This is simply not my favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 12:35:09 | More by nlmartin
Photo of jwff


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

Cute white head that didn't stick around to party. This ipa is a darker orange than usual to the style, but it doesn't mean it takes anything away from the taste. Very nice smelling.. little malt in the nose and the taste. This is not a bad thing, because it's nice to find an IPA that doesn't go overboard balancing large amounts of hops with large amounts of malts. Taste is hops towards the citrus, and I'm getting a little grapefruit sweetness here and there. Mouthfeel is a little below medium which fits perfectly considering the low-ish abv for the style. This also leaves the drinkability very high. Can't believe this is a west coast ipa!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 00:08:30 | More by jwff
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't the tastiest IPA out there, but it's decent bang for your buck and by no means bad. Fairly pretty goldenish color with not much going on in the nose- some hoppyness, a hint of pine. Taste is mostly bitter hops and definitely a strong pine presence. Also a good bang of sour fruityness that isn't my favorite thing ever. Mouthfeel is sticky and almost grainy. Overall a pretty good IPA- easy to drink, light, good during warm weather, just not the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 05:35:08 | More by scooter231
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the most special IPA on the market but it works for a hops fix. The citrus flavor is mostly grapefruit which I personally don't love; it seems intended though. Smells a bit of sweet malts and floral hops.
The finish is long and resinous. Piney.
A good choice for a relative bargain IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:01:59 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of AaronHomoya


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

12 oz brown bottle.

Pretty average, typical IPA appearance. Smell was good with hoppy, citrusy aromas. Not as powerful as some IPA's though. Taste was also pretty good, but not too hoppy, actually seemed to have a pretty strong malt character in the finish. Mouthfeel was average. A pretty drinkable IPA, not as hoppy as I would like but that does make it a little less aggressive and more suited to those who don't love hops to the max.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 16:15:35 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of babyhobbes


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a tiny white head that dissipates within just a minute or so, leaving some light lacing.

Smells floral and slightly hoppy. Taste is similar, not a lot of anything, but it melds nicely into a decent brew.

This is very drinkable brew but I'd say there were other more compelling IPAs out there to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 18:17:14 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of ridedammit


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A and I found ourselves over at the Independent in Union Sq. they have an
average selection, I would normally go for Harpoon or some other local, but they
had lagunitas so i decided to try it since I tend to enjoy American IPA's.
The looks were about what you expect, n othing out of the oridinary. It has a
typical hop nose, although I was expecting it to be a bit more floral or citrusy. A
decent to good flavor, the hops were present but not as floral as I like in an
IPA. It seems they just took some hop for bitterness, but forgot about the
other reasons for hop. This is a drinkable brew, but I don't think its something
I would keep as a regular.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2006 22:57:28 | More by ridedammit
Photo of cubedbee


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a finger of off-white head that sticks around for a minute or two, decent lacing left behind on the glass. Nose is filled with light floral hops over a slight caramel, simple but nice. Tastes is filled has a medium dosage of floral and piney hops, fairly bitter on the finish, pale malt, slightly bready, overall a standard well made IPA. Body is on the thin side and the carbonation is also a little low. Overall this is a decent beer, nothing exceptional, but a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 22:49:04 | More by cubedbee
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it (vs. Pyramid's Thunderhead). Rich orangey-amber colour with a nice foamy white head. Strong citrus and grass hints accompany a powerful but malt-tempered hop blast. It doesn't smell overly hopped, but rather a malt base tweaked out with hops.

The taste is also qutie refined. Unlike Pyramid, it does not had that bitter, metallic undertone to it. Very hoppy, but again, tempered just the right way by the malts.

A very well done IPA; one of the better ones I've had. I look forward to trying it again next time I'm in the states.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 03:37:15 | More by BDTyre
Photo of jslot38


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Large frothy off white head lays upon a golden amber body. Particles afloat. Lacing is modestly impressive.

Smell: A punch of hops, right to the nose, fresh aromas of pine, grapefruit, orange and citrus rinds.

Taste: Couldn't ask for much more in an IPA. Very solid use of hops, not overwhelming, but very effective. Pine rush followed by a grapefruit zest interlaced with a lovely floral touch. All packed into a nice malt background of biscuit. A bit of watered down pine lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Certainly not too harsh on the tongue as the hops really don't overwhelm you. Flavours layer nicely, good level of carbonation and slickness from the hop oils.

Drinkability & Notes: At less than 6% alcohol, a great tasting beer, not too harsh on the tongue like some over the top IPAs, this is a great beer to have a few of, and I wish I had more than my one. Another great IPA from the west coast, keep up the good work, and I look forward to exploring the Lagunitas brewery further.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 01:20:00 | More by jslot38
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-copper with a big bubbly head and an ever-so-slight haze. The aroma is of fresh, bright, floral hops, with doses of lemon and evergreen. It's like smelling fresh hops. Not exactly a handfull, mind you, but they're there nonetheless. The palate opens up instantly bitter, followed swiftly by the interplay of malt and citric sweetness. The bitterness is solid but fades into a finish that is dominated mostly by hop flavor. Then -- surprise surprise! -- that bitterness perks back up nicely on the tongue to mingle with a nice hoppy aftertaste. This is a refreshing, flavorful IPA sure to impress any fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 21:08:54 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of Stubbie1


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost orange in color with a nice white head, fades and leaves a nice lace to the end of the glass. Aroma is of grapefruit, bit piney and an ever slight hint of malt. Flavor is the citrus bite with mild malt middle and a dry crisp finish. A bit sticky feel in the mouth but overall enjoyable. A beer to enjoy all night long.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 00:41:59 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of crookedhalo


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

Pours an orangy pale copper hue with a thin light beige head that forms a thin collar and hugs the glass nicely. Trace amounts of chill-haze. Very gassy. Light bready aroma with a healthy dosage of hop oils with a light, orangy citrus zip. Not overwhelming by any means in the flavor department. Some malty sweetness with just enough bitterness to cut it and keep it easy drinking. Hopping can take on a floral-like quality to it when savored deeply. A little overcarbonated. An easy sessioning mider IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2006 00:05:23 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Crosling


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear salmon tinted orange with a beautiful, full head of creamy foam. Butter and caramel, with loads of hop resin in the aroma, spruce and medicine jar. Malt is very lush and bold, creamy and full with a rich caramel, toffee and fruit flavor and I believe there may be some diecetyl, but in a desireable way. The hops are spicy and piney and could stand to be kicked up a notch or two, to be honest. I find it quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 20:21:34 | More by Crosling
Photo of BradBLR


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I have tried this beer many times now and it is a really good beer. The smell is that of cascade hops, combined with a sweetish malt. The appearance is golden amber color with a white head that lasted for about 1/3 of the beer.

The taste is a very hoppy but light beer that is balanced nicely with a sweetish tart malt. Little lacing, but still good. Mouthfeel is light, but there were a little hop oil present.

All in all a good beer, but there are some things from laguntas that I like better. This is a good IPA if you are looking to have multiple IPAs in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 20:52:43 | More by BradBLR
Photo of NEhophead


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

Creamy white head a top a slightly hazy, burnt copper in color. Condensed lacing with a few intricate patterns; pretty good strength.

Bright floral hops with whaffs of lemon and a touch of pine and grapefruit. A sweet candied sugar that is very appealing.

A big floral hop presence; rather earthy tasting with a touch of mustiness. Unsweetened, toasted malt character that limits the citric hop quality. A dark and gritty bitterness prior to the aftertaste consisting of perfume-filled floral hops and a touch of lemon.

Medium bodied; gritty with a lot of substance. A dark and almost hefty IPA.

A decent IPA. Accurate for the style, but nothing exciting. I'd have another one, but I wouldn't go searching for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 23:59:15 | More by NEhophead
Photo of henrysunset


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

same reddish clear beer as the anderson valley IPa, same tall white head too.

scent is a nice hoppy one, but I can smell the bitterness in this one in a way not possible with the other. also noticeable malty sweetness in the nose. pleasent but not perfect.

mildly bitter and sweet, pretty tasty with pleasent aftertaste.somewhat thin in the mouth after the maltiness is absorbed.

very drinkable, but a bit sweet and bitter for my taste. would accompany food well.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 06:27:25 | More by henrysunset
Photo of assurbanipaul


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

Pours an orange-amber color with a thick, fluffy head. Aroma is bright citrus, lots of orange and grapefruit.

Taste is a good deal of hoppiness on top of a strong malt base. Nice biscuity pale malt flavors come through, accented with a fresh hop bitterness that's more dry than sweet. Only slightly resiny, does a really good job with the balance, it's not so hoppy as to put you off.

Mouthfeel is medium, just a little oily. This brewery is far too underrated in almost all they do. I would gladly session this.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 02:10:53 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of geexploitation


2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a clear, light amber color with a tenacious head. Highly aromatic with the familiar pine and grapefruit of Cascade hops, but there's no grain or malt notes in the aroma to balance the hops. The taste is totally unbalanced, with the hops being poorly/over-done, resulting in a huge hop flavor, but one that is acrid and bitter with no balancing malt characteristics. The mouthfeel is rough, with a prolonged bitterness sticker in the back of the throat.

I just can't understand why beers like this are the most popular beers in the lineup of their producers. There are really excellent pale ales and IPAs out there, ones that aren't just hop delivery vehicles, but beers. Thumbs down.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 02:24:44 | More by geexploitation
Photo of jmz62565


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear orange-red amber color with a thick foamy head. The smell has a huge citrus aroma.It's like smelling a glass of grapefruit juice. It's a nice smell,but it's not hoppy. The taste,like the smell has a real citrus flavor. Unlike most American IPA's,this has almost no hop bitterness to it. The m/f of this beer is light,crisp and clear.This is a very refreshing beer. This is an American IPA that is very drinkable.The taste is great and the low alcohol helps make this an everday beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 01:15:29 | More by jmz62565
Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

I got this bottle on the singles section of Spec's here in Houston, and as I was pulling it out to drink, I noticed that there are a few floaties...meaning that it may have some age on it.

Appearance: Pours mostly clear orangish golden color with a 1/4" head of white bubbles at first. The head only stuck around for 30 seconds or so until it was just a thin ring maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. Some lacing is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of floral and citrus hops in the nose. The citrus is the dominant player...which is apparent as it settles a bit. There is a little toasty malt here as well as some bready yeast aromatics. The aroma is giving up more to the malt as the beer warms up.

Taste: The flavor has a tad of sweetness that you notice at first, and then the bittering hops take over and don't let up the rest of the time. They give a "dry" edge to the bitterness, and this causes it to seem to drag across your palate rather than flowing...while adding a bit of astringency to the finish. This may be because the beer likely has some age on it.

Opinion: I remember really thinking that this was a pretty good beer in the past, and it is not bad now. The bitterness is a bit high for my taste so that it gives it a harsh edge. I am coming to the conclusion that my tastes are totally changing and that I really don't much care for bitter hoppy beers much anymore.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 21:23:39 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Gagnonsux


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

The color is a hazy copper with plenty of chunks of sediment floating in the beer. Carbonation is good, and the head is creamy, off-white, and a bit on the small side. Aroma is all of citrussy hop, most reminiscent of pineapple. Taste is also dominated by citrussy hop, with an underlying sweet malt flavor. Crisp mouthfeel is dead-on. Overall, this is a perfect example of a good west coast IPA, but nothing sets this apart as great.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 00:42:08 | More by Gagnonsux
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