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Lagunitas IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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 dbatch
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a fine copper color with a little head and very good amount of lacing. Looking closer, it is very cloudy, like particles are suspended in time and not moving, very interesting.

Aroma is of hops mostly, with some malt support. The initial taste is your atypical American IPA, but for some reason the mix of the hop and malt flavor leaves me with a slightly soapy taste in the mouth, kind of acidic as well. Leaves little aftertaste to speak of and slightly acidic feel. Maybe I had a soapy glass, I hope the next one is better.

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Photo of joecast
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice copper color with an off white head that settled to a thicker than average lace. a bit hazy, bottle conditioned?

hop flavor and aroma come across a bit harsher than most. especially the flavor, the harshness comes in right up front. once that passes some sweetness appears to smooth things out.

overall, probablynot my favorite. good at warmer temps in small quantities.

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Photo of boelker62
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on a hazy spring night into a fluted glass...

Appeared - an enticing shae of amber with a slightly off-white 1/2" head, which diminished mostly. The glass into which it poured was only a 10oz. so I didn't get to see the huge particulates floating about until the second pour. Funny little things, ain't they?

Smelled - lightly malty for an IPA, and had a faint hint of straw and strong floral hop nose to it. Really, quite nice.

Tasted - on style, and the mostly important thing was that the malt nose that existed, was not backed up on the palate to smooth the hops. I love bitter, but there was something a bit off here to rate it above average on taste. I did, however, detect a faint hint of apple in the taste, something I didn't pick up on in the aroma.

Mothfeel - it was a little drier than i prefer, but still adequate, the soft carbonation was pleasingly subtle as well.

Drinkability - as NeroPhiddled put it, it's wonderful for a late spring or summer night. It is actually wuite refreshing, and not cumbersome at all.

I recommend a try, and will likely pick it up again.


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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light honey color, clear with a nice white foamy head. Aromas are somewhat all over the place, where neither hops nor malts are taking the lead. Hops are certainly dominant in aroma, but just not descernable in terms of variety, it's just the smell of hops thats it. Malts are also coming through, but again, quite generic. On the palate, the hops are quite aggressive; when I had my first of this 6-pack I must have served it quite cold, but at a warmer temp, the hops are much more enjoyable. The finish isn't quite candy sweet like most IPAs, it finishes with a hop bite and doesn't hold back. I like the bitterness quite a bit, but there isn't a freshness to the hop flavor, due to this sample's uncertain age or the hops they use. When I had this beer for the first time, it was, I think the second IPA I ever drank (the first being spat out for it's bitterness), and one I really enjoyed. 200+ beers later and I'm still enjoying it and wish it was available locally.

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Photo of Duster72
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red amber with a one finger head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is mild citrus and floral hops. Taste is bitter floral hops with little of the citrus in the nose. Not too oily which helps mouthfeel. Good typical IPA, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of williamherbert
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice light orange color. A bit hazy, but light colored. Nice finger of foamy head. Good ring of frosty lace.

Good flowery, estery hop smell. The smell is somewhat mild. Has a fruity citrus. Smell strengthens as it warms up.

Fruity but bitter hops. Nice combinations of hop flavors: the bitter, the fruity and the estery. Very smooth considering its complexity. Great bouquet of flavors. Both bitter and flowery.

Creamy and even bubbly. Has a nice thick feel but smooth as well. What a nice drink. Flowery, smooth, a little bitter. Easy easy drinker.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into Standard Tap pint glass.Very agressive pour.

Very clear orange body with a nice thick white head and some lacing on the top of my glass.Head falls to a patch of white.

Some hoppy smell.

Bittering hops are the firsat taste then leads some malt.I taste some piney hops in here.

Mouthful is thin and the carbonation is a bit harsh but not bad.

This is a IPA for lightweights,it would be great for a person first getting into craft beer and ipa's.This is a mediocre beer from a great brewery.This beer needs some serious hops.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I love the head and the color is ok...but the suspended particles disturb me. If there was something on the bottle or website about it, so that you dont stop and think did i pour this wrong? Its just a little odd, esp for an ipa.
S: this is on target, smells of hopssome sweetness and everything. very good.
T: Some sweet hops bitterness oddly enough tastes good. its got that classic ipa taste. its not an extreme beer, but it is very good. the bitterness is not harsh at all. the finish is very good though

This is a good ipa and very drinkable, once you realise the floating bits are supposed to be there

***edit*** im keeping everything the same but appearance, i poured another and no suspended bits. im keeping the old review in case someone gets the same deal..

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Photo of bosco7
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color of the beer is pale copper.

There is not the pungent citrus / piney aroma present in many other west coast IPAs. This beer is nicely balanced with lower IBUs and a slightly sweet malt character. Flavors include toffee, strawberry, orange peel, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light and pleasent with a mild prickly sensation on the tongue. This IPA is very drinkable due to it's lighter body, lower ABV, and nice flavors.

Overall a pretty good IPA one that I might share with friends who are not used to the hop bombs I frequently consume.

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Photo of kajerm
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours amber and fairly clear with a moderate head and some lacing.

This is an American IPA; there's not much else to say about it. The aroma is nearly all Cascade grapefruit. The flavor profile, likewise is classic American IPA-- some early malts followed by mid-palate fruity hop flavor that gives way to lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp, and the drinkability is high if you like hops.

Of course, there are about a million other beers that could have the exact same review.

Overall, it's a solid but completely unexceptional style example.

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

12 oz. stubby bottle with a label that was made with the same recycled paper that the other small 12 oz. bottles have. This Lagunitas label has the bare minimum features. It has "Lagunitas" in big red letters, the drunk depressed Lagunitas Petey the Dog symbol, the name of the beer (IPA) in big bold ripped and torn black letters, what the letters stand for (India Pale Ale) in red letters, and the location of the brewery. The writing around the main label square is where Lagunitas would like to thank you for spending time with this "special Homicidally hoppy ale." To the left of the picture is the Government warning and on the other side is the refund prices, net contents, and their saying. Like all the other 12 oz Lagunitas bottles I've had, this too doesn't have a date anywhere on the bottle or label. Served in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter.

Lagunitas' take on a regular IPA poured a golden orange with a few traces of yellow here and there. It had less than a quarter of an inch head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a few white rings and a barely any lace around the glass. It had an aroma of juicy fruits, a few citrus fruits, toasted malts, and a small whiff of floral hops at the end. When it warms up a great deal, a small scent of pine will emerge. It first started out with a mild crisp floral hop bitterness and then that was followed by the citrus fruits, a pinch of toasted malts, and a dash of pine. Just a common not over the top IPA. This is a light beer that happened to have a light dry aftertaste of floral hops and a slice of grapefruit. This beer is just a nice crisp affordable light beer that has session written all over it. Is it a "special Homicidally hoppy ale?" Not even close.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a generic pint glass. Coppery gold color with a fluffy white 1.5 finger head. Quite attractive so far.

S: Pine and grapefruit, that's about it.

T: Grapefruit and pine, that's about it. Lacks a detectable malt presence and consequently tastes one-dimensionally bitter.

M: Appropriately medium body and carbonation are this beer's strongest point.

D: The mouthfeel drags the drinkability to a bit above average, but I can't say I want to go get another one.

Run of the mill, in my opinion.

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Photo of YankChef
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't take as detailed of notes as i usually do for this review.

Mild stone fruit sweetness upfront with a lingering sharp bitterness that lingers on the palette. Not a pleasant bitterness like in hop devil or mojo ipa, i found this to be borderline unpleasant and this hinders drinkability. A very mediocre IPA at best imho.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas... remeber this name because the more you drink the more you'll like it, my favorite personal "sleeper" brewery...

looks good

smells good

tastes better than good

mouthfeel is good

drinkability is good (I guess if I didn't already sample 5 other beers I might give this a higher rating?).

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper with a two finger white head and soapy lacing.

S - Orange and grapefruit. Slightly mild and faint aroma. A touch of pine and sweet malt.

T - Grapefruit and piney with a bit of sweet malt for balance. On the hoppy side with a nice lingering bitter finish.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D - A smooth easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of surlysober
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THIRD TRIAL: This is a pretty good IPA overall. I enjoy a lot of Lagunitas beers, and this fits right in there with most of their others. It pours a hazy orange with a fair amount of sediment floating in it. The head doesn't stick around too long, but it leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is floral and very clean citrus hop. The flavor is similar, with a bit of sweet maltiness in the finish. For some reason, most of the Lagunitas beers I've had taste "clean". That's the best way I can put it... Not astringent, just very clean (almost like a cleaning product smells). The aftertaste leaves a bit of hop bitterness on your tongue, but not as much as I would have liked. Overall, this is a good IPA, not too special, but not average either.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +3.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -9.3%
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 -18.9%
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 +14%
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 +9.1%
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 -2.8%
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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