Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Reviews: 1,631
Hads: 7,865
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 24.87%
Wants: 170
Gots: 2,174 | 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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Reviews: 1,631 | Hads: 7,865
Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange, translucent. Nice off-white head, dissipates eventually, leaves some lace. Yeast sediment.

On the nose, grapefruit and orange bitterness, pineapple, cantelope, apricotty white wine, honey; yum.

Great bitter taste - the hops are full and fresh. Sage, charred meat, pine. Balanced with sweet honey and yeasty biscuit malt. Lingers for a long time, turning to grapefruit and animal fat. Aggressive on all fronts.

Full mouthfeel, oily and sticky, this stuff should come with a toothbrush taped to the side.

I recommend this IPA, and not just to hop worshippers. Delicious!

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Photo of hero27
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Mostly clear copper with very tiny particles floating about..head sits well and leaves a little lacing behind. The aroma is resiny hops and a fair amount of toffee malt behind it.
Bold piney hops encountered with each sip, but with a good caramel malt backing. Great balance for an IPA. Somewhat slick mouthfeel but really finishes smooth. The hop burps that ensue are great also and I could certainly drink several of these in a sitting and beg for more.

A very solid IPA from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 20z bottle, this beer fills my new Lagunitas doggie "Beer speaks, people mumble" glass a nice clear amber color capped with a one-finger head - it has a surprisingly nice texture not usually found in an IPA, a creamy fluff that pillows in tiny-bubbled mounds. Lacing comes in thin horizontal stripes.

The scent is all orange and a touh of grapefruit, with some creamy malty flavors and honey.

A soft flavor in the eginning, lifting to a slightly spicy and acidic mixture of hops and bakground malts; The hops don't totally dominate, but they are prevalent, grapefruity and crisp, and just enough to make a beefy IPA. As the beer warms, a sweet maltiness comes through in the finish, very sticky and lingering.

The mouthfeel is smooth, oily, and very, very, very sticky. Your lips are sheened with a thin layer of stickiness each time you sip, and it clings to your mouth, the aftertaste building to a wonderful sweetness.

This is a great IPA, balanced, hoppy enough to satisfy any conesseur. Cali keeps on doing it right.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the requisite IPA hoppiness, but also a subtle malt backbone that gives it a nice balance and good drinkability.

A thick, two-finger head topped an attractive copper body after an aggressive pour into my pint glass. The good looks were matched by a nice aroma that included herbal hops with some pine. There was also just the faintest whiff of biscuity malt.

The taste was largely in keeping with the aroma. Bitter hops yielded slightly to malt — an effect that became more pronounced as the beer warmed. It finished dry and astringent, but not too much so.

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Photo of jackorain
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Hoptown in Pleasanton, CA

A-Little to no head, this was most likely the bartenders doing as the pint glass was full to within a 1/4 inch of the rim. Light Amber color, little lacing from minimal head.

S-citrus and herbal hops, no malt evident to me, maybe a little pine.

T-Moderate to heavy citrus hops at first, bitter greens on the finish, no malt here, good but not as well balanced as I would like, no real sweetness to cut the hops.

M-nice low carbination, light body

D-fairly good but I would switch here at Hoptown as there were many more enticing selections.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The head poured big like a root beer float. The beer has sediment floating in from the bottle. The carbonation makes bubbles float to the middle of the top of the beer moving sediment as it goes. The color is copper and clear.

Smell is hoppy with some grassy notes ans some lemon and apple fruitiness.

Taste is full and hoppy blended with fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is good and smooth.

Overall I really enjoyed this and would like more please.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that blankets the top. Some nice lacing left behind. I guess I should have been a little more cautious with the poor because I see all kinds of yeast floating in it. Smell is somewhat subdued with a light hoppy citrus scent thats gets a bit stronger as it warms. I may not smell much of the hops but I can taste them. Bitterness from start to finish...citrus and pine flavors mixed with some brown sugar and bready malts. Nice feel in the mouth. Slick from the hop oils and a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of bigone4
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice orangy amber hugh. Slight cloudiness in the glass. Small white head with little lacing of the glass. Smelled floral citrus scent pleasant aroma. They said it was homicidally hoppy but it was not that bad. It was hoppy but not what they perceived. Well rounded taste. Nice hop notes thru out the glass. Good after taste and drinkability. Had a nice finish with the hops and citrusy tones. I would certainly drink it again if I get the chance. Good beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Crystal clear coppery/amber with a nice off white head that quickly disapates. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell- Hops dominate with citrus and pine. A mere hint of malts in the background.

Taste- Nice bittering hops, like the smell the citrus dominates finished off with pine. Citrus is of lemon and grapefruit. Almost a soapy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Again, nice bitterness, mild carbonation and a slick feel.

Drinkability- Definitely a summer backyard beer. Nothing too overpowering but a real hoppy IPA. Very nice.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahhh, a classic "West Coast" IPA full of bitter hoppy goodness...

The pour is good but nothing inspiring - the beer is a clear filtered dark gold with a one finger creamy white head. The foam falls off quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma is agressive and hoppy - there's no doubt this is an IPA here. The primary notes are citrus and pine with a very sharp bite to the nose.

Flavor is strong and bold with just enough malt to provide some sort of balance to this brew. The flavors on the front and back are all hops with a piney attack and a surprisingly lemony finish. There are some bready sweet malt notes in the middle but they're almost drowned out by all the hops.

The beer is a medium bodied beer with a pretty solid feel (more unfermented sugars in there than you'd expect) but the carbonation is a bit on the coarse side and there's a distinctly soapy aftertaste. Bitterness is somewhere between large and huge leading to a very dry finish.

If you like hops, you're going to appreciate this beer. It's not the most finely detailed IPA but it's chock full of hops, that's for sure! Around these parts it's almost a local "lawmower" beer that's found practically everywhere and a sure-fire brew anywhere you go.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Servicable IPA, with a muted citrus hop fragerance. Lots of head and lace. Orange. Smooth if understated hoppy flavour, medium mouthfeel, creaminess,drying finish, and citrus aftertaste. Not bad at all as a beer on a summer night, not a knockout IPA.

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Photo of soultrain
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an Ommegang Chalice.

A-Clear orange/amber beer with a peachy beige head. Well, it ain't exactly clear, cos there are all of these tiny chunks floating in it, which I shall assume are fine hop particles, and that makes this beer very appealing to me. Slow rising carbonation bubbles. Very good lacing.
S-Mild citric hop aroma.
T-Delicious, but hoppage is mild, despite the 43 different hops (!) used in this brew. Beer is very well balanced, considering it has 65 malts (!) to boot! Whew! I have to say it needs more IBUs IMHO.
M-Beautiful medium mouthfeel; smooth as hell.
D-Extremely drinkable IPA here. No doubt.

CRUX: DOGGONE GOOD! (Like the label says.) I much prefer the truly great Maximus (which, unfortunately, I can't obtain near me) but this is one sessionable, everyday drinking kinda IPA, and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of bgraney
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored with bubble stream shooting up the center. White, bubbly, long lasting head.
Very citrusy and floral aroma. A little too much in my opinion.
Hops are there in the flavor but laid back with the strong citrusy taste.
Full mouthfeel, rests well and leaves a nice lingering mild hop flavor.
Could probably drink more of these than most ipa's since the hops are so understated.
Not bad but I like a stronger hop presence in an ipa.

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Photo of NolateM
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must have gotten a bottle from a great batch, because this beer is fantastic to me.

Poured into a mug. Reddish orange body, with some sediment, and a perfect thick frothy white head that lingered the whole time. No lacing though, which is the ONLY reason it didn't get a 5 for appearance.

The aroma is like a citrusy spring hop meadow.

The FLAVOR was fairly complex, though still I'd describe it as a medium-bodied beer. Upon first sip, it's all grapefruity lemony citrusy goodness. Then during swallowing, it's a nice bitter hoppy bite that hits the side of the tongue, and somehow there's an almost buttery flavor floating around. Not a ton of alcohol in the flavor either, though I did still expect it to be above 6%. Finishes fairly clean, despite the bitterness lingering for a few seconds.

I was expecting a decent IPA when I bought this, but I got even more than what I expected, especially after reading other reviews. It's not really really bold or anything, but it's a delicious beer from a brewery that really doesn't get enough credit. If you want a nice session beer and a nice smooth-drinkin' IPA for the summer, definitely buy it!

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even, glowing orange color with a solid off-white head of pillowy cream leaving some sticky sheets of lacing. Subtle aroma of floral and citrus hops along with strong bready malts. Taste follows the smell - pine, citrus, tea, sweet malts, even a salty touch. The hops pick it up a bit as it warms. Solid, tingly bitterness. Medium, well-rounded mouthfeel goes down nice and smooth.

43 different hops?! That's crazy rediculous...yet, its not really a massively hoppy beer. Its bitter, sure, but I'm actually getting a lot from the 65 "various malts". An interesting ale if you're looking for something a little different from an IPA.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical IPA color with a fairly large off-white head that leaves some light lacing. A very sweet smelling IPA with other scents of hops (duh), heavy malts, a little bit of orange, and a little bit of lemon. Not the typical pine hop flavor I usually associate an IPA with more so of an earthen flavor, definitely very malty for an IPA, with a nice flavor of citrus to compliment everything. It leaves a fairly bitter taste (even for an IPA). Pretty drinkable beer, not exactly my favorite IPA but it’s still hoppy enough to placate my hop addiction.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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 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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of jwff
3.9/5  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!!!

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Photo of scooter231
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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