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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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1,671 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,671
Hads: 8,136
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 173
Gots: 2,467 | FT: 2
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 1,671 | Hads: 8,136
Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber rust with a bright white head that's small but it sticks around forever.

Smells of strong, sticky pine hops againt a very nice backbone of molasses and caramel malt.

Tastes very much like it smells, big huge juicy pine hops starting things out, moving into a dryer hop, and ending on a strong, wonderfully complex backbone of molasses and caramel. Dryness lingers.

An above average example of an above average style.

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

Looking for a new on today so...
Bough this six pack bought from Gentile's in the Grandview area. Checkout guy opined, "Ahh, very good choice." I was still unsure on my decision, but his chiminess made me okay with my purchase.

A - Coppery orange with lots of sediment suspended in its almost clear body. 1 finger head died soon to 1/8 head that remains throughout consumption. Slight lacing, but not much.

S - Smells very malty - like the bread factory by I-670 (or any other bread factory you may know of). Minimal hoppiness, but what's there seems to add small metallic notes to the character.

T - Good; not what I expected. Not very much hoppiness up front. Kind of metallic still from the trace of hops but very big maltiness up front and throughout. Aftertaste contains more hoppiness than what is present at first.

M - Smooth, oily. Good carbonation, and not too much of it. (the bubbles flying from the bottom when I first took a good look at it led me to believe that it'd have too much carbonation)

D - The taste is very complex. Hard to judge on my first one, but since it tastes SO DAMNED GOOD, i have to say I could drink quite a few before being overloaded on taste.

Over all, this was not what I expected. It's not all that strong in hoppiness for an American IPA, but even so I was not disappointed in the least. I don't think I'll set this next to Dogfish's offerings, but they are much more specialized and it'd be unfair to even put them in a match. This is a very good beer!

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

Pours hazy golden-copper. Head is a thick mass with plenty of lacing.

Smell is aggressive piney and citrus hop, with a stong malt base.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Once again the hops are present up front. Very nice resinous-citrus character that is aggressive but not overpowering. The malt base is initially overwhelmed, but is certainly there adding much needed balance. Malt is rather sticky and sweet. Finish is clean with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous hop oilyness.

A tasty IPA that is recommended. The aggressive hops are balanced by the nice bit of malt. Very solid as are all of Lagunitas offerings.

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Photo of grego
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a one finger head. No lacing to speak of. The smell is of malty breadiness. The tast is definitely malts up front with some hops in the middle and finishes malty. Mouthfeel is good not real dry. I could drink plenty of these but this is almost like an amber rather than an IPA to me. If your a hophead looking for a hop bomb this is not it. It is a good beer for what it is but just not the usual IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish orange, thick off white head forms, nice lacing and good retention. Smell is pine, floral, some caramel and spice, nice and hoppy. Taste is crystal malty, overly so, pine, some biscuit, very weak flavour, almost no finish at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smell was nice but the flavour is almost non existant. Thanks biegaman!

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Photo of bashiba
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clean copper color with a huge pillowy head that seemed to last forever, great lacing as well.

Smell was full of Juniper hop delight.

Has a nice bit of toasted malt and bread flavors with a minty and piney hop punch, fairly balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel was crisp and had a nice bit of hop oilyness that left a nice tongue coating.

Overall tasty and easy to drink, this could become a staple IPA in my fridge.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange-amber, minimal lacing, quarter inch foam cap.

Light orange-citic combined with floral hoppiness. Line of warm malt underneath. Subdued aroma.

Bright, fresh hop bitterness, barely tempered by slight toasted malt.

Medium-light in body, ongoing carbonation without making the hops too strong.

In the mood for a hoppy sixer, this works. All about hop bitterness, but one isn't really enough.

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

Bottle to a tulip glass, pours a carbonated, cloudy amber with tons of sediment. Thick head and good lacing.

Nice, floral hop aroma. Some cirtus. No malt that I could tell. This bears out in the taste, which is unbalanced as all get out. No malt at all, just hops. Bitter, but not pleasantly so. Kinda out of whack.

Sticky mouthfeel with lingering bitterness but kinda watery at times. Fair drinkability - above average - but noting to write home about.

All in all, an okay beer. I won't turn one down if offered another, but I won't go out of my way for it. Not Lagunitas' best offering.

*Edit* I just read the bottle, which states: "raging hop character [that] engages the Imperial Quanlities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate." Huh. I guess the malt in my bottle staged a strategic retreat or something.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy orange amber. The head is 2 fingers tall off white and big bubbled with a rocky surface.

The smell is pine like, grassy, and grainy.

The taste is good, well balanced between the great big hops and a very well done malt.

The mouthfeel is good nice body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good, a very well balanced brew. Prosit MK

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish/golden color with some suspended particles floating around. Nice off-white head that lingers for the duration of the brew and leaves back some attractive lacing. Attractive beer here.

Smells of citrusy hops and a touch of sweet malts.

Taste is very citrus hoppy, slightly grapefruity, with some caramel sweetness and ends pretty dry. Not overly complex at all but tastes very good nonetheless. Refreshing.

Not very heavy and good, lively carbonation, this is a solid beer. Very balanced and a great session IPA.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ViveLaChouffe and BA Fantasy Baseball for this much anticipated beer.
A very attractive beer. Copper color with an explosive creamy head and very active carbonation bubbles.
Smell is mild, but true to style. Pine and orange are the most dominate aromas.
Taste is hoppy. Forget balance, this is a hop bomb. I love these west coast IPA's. Nice hoppy finish that leaves a lasting hop flavor on the palate.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bubbly. Again the carbonation makes the beer feel active in the mouth.
Drinkability is great. I could drink this regularly if it was available in my area.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this one, and I'm glad I did. She pours a deep reddish copper color with substantial head, very lively carbonation, and a little lacing. Quite a looker.

Aroma is a bit muted, but hops are discernable, along with some grainy notes. The flavor is initially sweet, then quite hoppy with a bit of malt sweet backbone. Finish is dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel seems strange for the style. From the looks of things, I thought I was getting a very bubbly mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Instead I get a very creamy mouthfeel, and very little carb action. Very similar to Guiness. And by very similar to Guiness I mean I don't like it.

Despite the mouthfeel however, I could drink this all day.

Great hoppy taste+Low ABV=A very happy and easily inebriated Hoss.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured an orange hue with a bright white bubblely head, that stacked up about a half inch. Seems to be unfiltered or bottle conditioned, due to the suspended particles floating within my beer. A very small amount of laceing can be found.

Smell: Hops galore.Soap?....Some citrusy fruits,such as grapefruit and orange peels. Not a whole lot to say about this.

Taste: The taste has a combination of piney hops and a bitter soap. Along with the fruits as described above. The malts are not there to balance this hop monster.

Mouthfeel: The feel is almost grainy. Silk and oily mild hops and then bitter in the finish. Medium to high carbonation, in a medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: This isnt by far a bad beer,but my palate has definitely had many better IPAs. Probabley wont be my last time to try this but im not in a hurry to buy another.


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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 1pt 6oz bottle. The appearance was nicely dark, a clear orange with a white froth on top. The smell was hoppy but also malty, not unlike Dogfishhead 90 minute. Almost on the edge of barleywine.

The taste was excellent, very balanced but giving the hops the slight advantage. The beer was thick and coating too, so the flavor lasts for a long time.

Man this beer was better than I expected, I'll get it again.

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Photo of Jermbrew
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty clear IPA, I'm able to see right through the pint glass. I detected a sweet smell in the initial whiffing process with some citrus and pine aromas. Smell could be comparable to that of a clementine.

Malt base is balanced with hops. I taste tea leaves on the back of my tongue...little bitterness is left behind. The slightly creamy mouthfeel is pleasant.

This is a good (not great) American IPA. "Hopheads" may consider it lacking, but the smoothness and balance make for easy drinking. No single ingredient stands out. I consider this a classic session IPA.

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Photo of cerveza5150
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a great ruby red. The carbonation bubbles are large, but the head stays around for awhile. Looks great!

S: Smells of caramel/burnt sugar malt (almost reminds me of Knob Creek Whiskey!!) with citrusy hops. The smell screams California IPA.

T: Great, great taste. The hops hit you in the aftertaste which cleanses the palette, yet leaves room for more. The malt is superbly balanced by the hops. All this coming from a relatively low ABV IPA!!

M: The chewyness of the malt is washed away by the hops which is really enjoyable. Kinda like getting two different experiences in the same IPA!! I don't think this one is bottle conditioned, but it might benefit from it.

D: This one is a relatively inexpensive keeper. Great for those nights after work where you want the taste of a great IPA, but not the effects of too high an alcohol content.

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Photo of malthead
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice copper color, but head fades a little fast. Citrus hops in the smell, with some biscuit malts. Nice upfront aroma. Taste isn't as balanced or complex as I'd like, but decent mouthfeel and drinkability. I'm not a hophead, but this is one of the more drinkable IPAs I've had recently; However, I don't know the age of this sample, so maybe the hops have faded a little.
Later - I've downgraded drinkability - just too one-sided for me, I need something with a little less hops, a little more balanced.

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Photo of far333
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey-colored with a thin orangey-beige head that barely rises and sinks quickly. Inviting aroma of caramely malt and fruity citrus hops. Flavor doesn't do justice to the aroma since hops anticipation is met with a thin initial flavor of bitter pine. Some biscuity malt shows a presence, but as that washes across the palette the piney hops grow, followed by a lingering citrus peel bitter. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, good carbonation level. Drinakability a little better than average, but not my favorite from this brewer. Thanks to BeerRun 13 for sharing this one.

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Photo of psinderson
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Definitely hoppy, although not as strong as others. Maybe the smoky bar had something to do with it. What was there was clearly citrusy.

Taste: Hops hit your quick and stay with you till the end. There a little complexity missing in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Decently clean and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for the style.

I'm glad I had this, but it didn't "wow" me like some other IPA's.

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

Poured deep amber with an off-white head. Great head retention and lacing. Bready nose with aromatic hops filling in the gaps. Rye bread flavors, also freshly boiled wort and pine. Aftertaste is bitter but very restrained. Body is a bit thin and doesn't fully support the hoppyness. Hard water mouthfeel. Somehow the flavors don't really seem the combine very well, it's like the hops and malts are off doing their own thing. Pretty good IPA but not my first choice.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, tan color that poured with a huge head.

The smell was bready and citrus.

I’m not a big fan of IPA’s, so I personally found the beer boring. If you're a fan, you may enjoy these qualities more. However, despite that, I did enjoy the malt and hops presence in this flavor. It just didn't do anything for me.

Very crisp drinking.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head with good retension, lace sticking all the way down to the end. The smell is inviting, pungent hops, citrus and some malt. I also get a hint of raisins. It really smells great. The taste is a deep earthy hop punch with some malt to balance it out. It finishes clean with a lingering bitterness.

Really quite nice, a must try for the hop head.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of metallic hops with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between sweet malt with some metallic hops and a bitter finish. Body is about average. Overall, this is an OK IPA but far from being great and lacking balance between malt and hops.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, deep amber color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head. Smell is loaded with piney and grassy hops, and is very impressive, Taste follows on the smell, with a nice sweet maltiness slowly presenting itself to balance the hops. Nice and creamy mouth sensation. An excellent beer. Great example of the style.

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

A moderate hops aroma and only a slight pine and citrus present. 1/2" frothy head, off-white. Amber color. Nothing spectacular with respect to taste of mouthfeel. Nothing really stood out with beer. A decent IPA that could be a good session beer.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.