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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2001

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Photo of Ricochet
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just the sample of the last drops from the bottle got me going. Typical orange/amber with small carbs, good sized head with minimal lace. Smelled like grapefruit juice. Period. Maybe not as stong, but still, wow. This was appetizing as hell. Mouth left with average creaminess, and small profile that washed away like water, so average. The taste was a bouquet of flowery hops goodness. It spread on the tounge, rather than having that pinpointed hops kick. There was grapefruit, malt and floral tastes, making this an unusual and quite tasty IPA.

Well now, this could easily qualify as one of the best IPAs I've had. I'm going to look for it again and wonder how good this would be from the tap?

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Photo of shamrock7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – amber color – decent head

S – Hoopy with a woody/malty undertone

T – Nice blend of hops and malt – nice caramel flavor

M – Sits well, pleasing to the taste buds

D – Goes down smoothly – not overly hoppy, but enough to satisfy the IPA drinker

This is a beer I could sit down and drink. Not something that is going to burn your tastebuds out if you want to switch to something lighter later on in the night.

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Photo of younger35
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a nonic pint glass. Grabbed one of these little fellers in a pick-a-six. Nice simple looking label.

Appearance- Poured a nice yellowish/orange with a hint of rusty red. Formed a nice fluffy head that receded slowly to form a nice thin layer of creamy head over the beer. Forms spotty weblike lacing down the side.
Smell- Starts with a big floral bouquet softening to an almost grapefruit/pineapple like aroma. A very feint metallic tinge hits the nose along with a piney hop undertone.
Taste- Has a more subtle balanced taste than I expected from the smell. Has a very nice caramel/toffee malt background that adds a very pleasing sweetness. The big hoppy presence is still the dominating characteristic of the beer though. A very floral bitterness from the hops adds an almost lilac tone. Sweet finish with very light warming.
Mouthfeel- Very fine carbonation bubbles. Nice and thin with a very wet feel. Very smooth.
Drinkability- Not bad. Considering the 5.7% ABV is fairly small for a IPA, you can definitely drink more than one. Maybe not the best IPA I’ve had but still rather enjoyable. I’ve had this same beer on tap from a cask and it’s a little better than the bottled version.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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!

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Photo of geographie
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours almost flat, a very slim head makes its way to the top. Light copper colored, not quite crystal clear. However, the floral bouquet hits me immediately. After pour, nose softens to a buttery, lemony cascade hop aroma. Slight hints of toffee to boot.

taste is quite fizzy. Lighter body, slightly buttery, flavors aren't very present - almost watery. Bitter hop oils hug the tongue, i'm even tasting bitter underneath. Now this is bitter! And pleasantly so, i might add. A grassy hop bite in each swig.

If bitter is your bag, this is your beer. The malty front and general presentation aren't there with this beer, but it provides a swift kick in yer arse.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Head seemed to struggle, left a white sea foam lacing on top, cloudy orange, bright and chilled. Looks like a Mirror Pond, I think.

Smell: Hops are spicy and herbal, the beer smells dry, citrus rind, grapefruit, hops. Hops and grapefruit citrus sum it up pretty well.

Taste: Light grapefruit sweetness is quickly over taken by big citrusy hops, then the beer dries up and becomes very biscuity. It makes it easy to drink, it's quick and doesn't hang around.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated, fizzy and refreshing, a pretty easy drinking mouthfeel for an ale.

Drinkability: A solid IPA, very drinkable, the citrus and biscuit pair well with the hops, which aren't overwhelming but definitely make an appearance.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a large flared tulip glass from a stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Mirky,reddish/orange color with a very tall creamy white head,decent retention leaving chunky lacing behind. Lots and lots of chunky particles suspended in the beer. The carbination was a bit low,but really comes back to life with a quick swirl of the glass.

Moderate aromas of citrus with a pineapple presence. Sweet carmell with a toffeeness. Good pleasing aroma more of a pale ale aroma than that of an IPA was a bit on the faint side.

Very balanced taste throughout piney/citrusy with some pineapple.Honeyed carmell maltiness finished with even notes of hops and malts. A pleasing taste not overpowering.

Very creamy leaves a lightmouthfeel. Juicy, a very nice mouthfeel.
Creamy with a great taste and a perfect make this a very drinkable IPA.
Could drink this all night long, just love the balance

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Photo of tonistruth
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear auburn color, with a fluffy two finger white head, good on retent, some lacing, head settles to little ring

S- citrus, hops

T- citrus, npine, w/ some grassy flavors, citrus in aftertaste, malts balance hops well, clean, vanilla caramel malt flavor witha fruit note during the transition from middle to finish.

M- smooth, light body, leaves coat on palate

D- very clean and fresh, easy drinking and mellow. great nose, depends on ocassion if i'd have another, worth a shot though

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Photo of stephendr
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of bright amber, with a froth white head - nose of tar , resin , hopps , malt balanced , and slightly perfumey floral – taste of bright , tar , resin , hopps , grapefruit , and malt - body resiny harsh, and mildly carbonated– aftertaste of resin , tar , grapefruit , and hopps

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Photo of ericj551
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas IPA pours a clear golden orange with an odd particulate in suspension in the bottle. There is a rich malty aroma, with herbal, tea like hops. It almost smells like fresh unfermented wort. Taste is more sweet and fruity maltiness, rounded with a heavy hop bitterness. Hops are citrusy and really balance the fruity malt flavor. As my friend Brian would say, I really dig this beer. So far the best offering from Lagunitas I've had (although I have a Hairy Eyeball and a Brown Shugga waiting for me in the fridge). I'm glad to see these beers on the East coast.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce stubby brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Poured out a nice golden color with a full two fingers of off white head. Head has nice staying power.

S - Smell a lot of citrus hop aromas with undertones of pine. A nice hop lover's IPA aroma.

T - Taste comes with big hops, lots of citrusy flavors on the initial sip. The malt falls a little short here, not really providing much in the way of balance and the taste overall is a bit weaker than anticipated.

M - A bit thin and watery for a big hopped IPA.

D - I look for a touch more body and more flavor overall in an IPA. Still not a bad hop fix, just not a really, really solid IPA.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Appearance is the usual IPA colour, with lots and lots o' floaties in it. I should have been a little more careful with the pour, but no matter. Good offwhite head retention. Has that typical, but damn tasty west coast citrus/pine punch. I found the finish to be a little too astringent for my tastes. Good malts, medium body with oily hops helping it slide down the pipe. Overall a really solid west coast IPA. I bet this would be a damn fine session brew fresh on tap.

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Photo of browner
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer crystal clear and orange w/ a light head which dissapears fast. A good blend of hops and citrus flavors. A lot of bitter flavor in the fast finish. Not too hoppy andmid strong in flavor. Have not found it on tap but availible at most beer stores. A good IPA that won't break the bank account.

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Photo of Enola
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained through the Double Trouble BIF

This ipa is a nice orange with not much of a head but plenty of suspended mattter. The smell is the high point of this beer. Sweet, hoppy and some spice. The taste is bittersweet. A nice hop aftertaste caps of this beer well. I would drink this if it were available to me. A good sessionable IPA.

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Photo of beergynt
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Type and Appearance: Bottle poured into a pint glass smoothly with a bright orange/copper color... Very clean. Slightly yellowed head poured to about a finger an 1/2 and dissipated faily quickly, leaving trace amounts of lacing.
Aroma: Very pine dominated hop aroma... probably some chinook or similar piney hop involved. A grapefruity citrus sings backup in this brew.
Taste: I'm reminded again how the two senses a taste and smell work together... A burst of pine right off the bat that meets the aroma right at the back of the tongue... Finish is a tingly grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: I agree with a lot of reveiwers who claim the mouth is a little watery on this one, though at times (toward the bottom of the pint) it seemed to bite and hold on a little longer.
Drinkamability: I have purchased more than a few 6ers of this brew (at $8.99), and find it to be extremely drinkable. For a buck more than SN Pale Ale, it provides a more distinct, slightly cleaner 'hop whallop". That's a good name for a homebrew!

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Photo of maddogruss
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A dark amber color with a small, white head with quick retention, yielding a nice layering on the beer. A pleasantly hoppy smell that was not very overbearing but let you know that it was going to be a good IPA. Apparently the smell was not a good indicator of what the taste was going to be because my palette was attacked with God only knows how many IBUs. Very good; I enjoy hoppy beers, but I believe this APA may be closer to a double because the IBU content of it seems to be very high. I nice mouthfeel that was pleasant and very smooth as I drank it. Pretty drinkable beer; high IBU content make it that you can't really drink too mnay of these in a row unless you are a real hophead. After one of these, my stomach started churning from the hops, but they definitely tasted good when they were going down.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a case of Lagunitas IPA at Kunda Bev. in King of Prussia, Pa. I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a rich yet subtlely transparent amber color. I forced about a finger of head out of it that had fast retention. It did provide a decent bit lacing down the glass.
Smell: The smell was a great hop smell that was understated yet strong.
Taste: The taste was very good, I got a taste of cascade hops that weren't in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: It had a good ridgid IPA mouthfeel that I certainly appreciated.
Drinkability: My buddy who is drinking this with me exclaimed "Holy Crap!" I certainly think this beer has high drinkability.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear amber color with a two inch light tan head that lasts for a long time. Settles to a cloud-like fluffy cap. Stacks of stickey lacing.

Piney hops and a light grainy malts. A light touch of honey is included.

Sweet bread like malts lead off to a citrusy hop bitterness. The honey aroma is repeated in the form of a light butterscotch flavor (diacetyl?). Medium bodied with low carbonation. The low carbonation gives it a smooth oily feel. The finish is mostly the lingering hops, with a little grain in there.

Not bad, above average, but not the best I have ever had. However, this should be one that anybody can enjoy. The hops seem to be a little less agressive when the beer is closer to room temperature. Recommended.

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Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and a bit of clumpy lacing. Aggressive pine resin aroma with sharp grapefruit, almost catty and maybe a bit spicy. If I imagine really hard I can smell just a hint of malt. Medium bitterness up front balanced by grainy malt. Piney hops cut through the middle, giving way to significant grassiness and leaving a lingering dry bitterness. The body felt just a little thin, along with the malt character, but this improved as it warmed. Carbonation was average, nearly lively, a little creamy. Pretty good stuff. I hadn't had this in quite a while - it didn't quite live up to memory, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Maestro
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The orange beer pours nicely with a sturdy off-white head that leaves a thick, layerd lacing. The nose is very subtle hints of bread. The taste is spicy and grassy. The beer is a bit of a bite in the mouth. Drinkability is good. I believe it would make for a nice session ale. All things considered, this is a conservative IPA.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a beatuiful golden orange which emits a decent glow when held up to lighting. I immediately wanted to drink it once it was poured into my glass. Unfortunately I had a bit of a cold when I had this so my ability to smell wasn't up to par. But from what I could sense it had a pleasant, crispy and slightly fruity aroma. Taste proved to be rather pleasant as well. A standard IPA flavor with a little bit of fruity sweetness at first and finishing off with a not-too dry, slightly bitter after taste. To me this is a text book IPA. Easily enjoyed, but not too adventurous.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange with some golden hues when held to light. There are some little particles floating throughout the beer. Aroma isnt very strong. There is some citrus and floral hops noticeable in the nose along with a little caramel. Taste is citrusy and piney hops along with a little bit of malt and the beer finish a little dry on the palate. Pretty easy drinking beer. Above average IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of scott
1.99/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Copper body with cotton head of about one finger that receded quickly and much sticky lace initially.
Flat aroma of paper.
Taste? Think hopped-up Coor's Light. Bitter finish, with a thin presence in my mouth.
Although I was hoping for a lot, this was Lagunitas' third strike.
This doesn't deserve to be holding any craft IPA title, that's for sure.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours with a thick rocky white head that persists for a rather long time, and sits atop a ruby red dark orange color with some slight carbonation

S - smells rather like a regular IPA, grapefruit, pine and some background sweet acetyls, a nice high quality aroma, but rather normal for a high quality IPA

T - typical IPA flavors, piney hops that create that signature grapefruit taste, the sweetness has a caramel hint to it

M&D - light bodied IPA with a nice bitter/sweet blend, nice but rather pedestrian in the world of quality IPA's

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