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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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very good

1,648 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,648
Hads: 7,988
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 175
Gots: 2,302 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 1,648 | Hads: 7,988
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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Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dates, poured into a pint glass

Clear light amber with tiny yeast particles. Off-white head dissipates rather quicky but leaves some nice lace.

Bready aroma with lots of pine and some fruit: grapefruit, apple, quite nice.

Taste is upfront bodyslam of hoppiness, bitter start to finish, pretty much overwhelms any fruit/sweet notes trying to struggle through. For what it is, that is not a bad thing, but complexity is missing at first. Let it warm up a bit, it balances out somewhat. Interesting that the aroma is more complex than the taste. Mouthfeel no complaints, carbonated with largish bubbles bursting on the tongue.

A good powerful IPA when you are in a hophead mood, good with strong-tasting foods, all in all a very good beer.

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

Appearance: Beautiful amber/blonde color. Nice, thick head after pour, comes back at ya' with a little twirl of the glass.

Smell: Very malty, heavy on the citrus.

Taste: This beer tastes about as much like your average IPA as Lagunitas' Pils tastes like your average pils, but I'm not bothered by this. Sweet, malty, and orange. Fantastic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very satisfying. Malty, almost creamy, actually, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Substantial, but very quenching. I'm a fan.

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

It pours a very clear and carbonated golden amber. Two fingers of puffy off-white head remain in place some time. Hooks of lacing snare the inside fo the glass.

In the aroma, floral pine and crisp citrus hops rule the roost. Underneath is a hint of lightly sweet malt, with touches of caramel and doughgy yeast in play as well.

Upon tasting, toasted malt is briefly sweet before a mild acidic tartness neutralizes any real attempt at fruitiness. The hops exhibit a more understated presence here, with mere glimpses of evergreen and grapefruit. A tickle of biscuit teases toward the close before a dry, crisp bitterness lingers and again brings grapefruit to mind. It's certifiably IPA, but in a disjointed, almost confusing way.

Between light and meduim bodied, the malt is a bit sparse but the hops deliver an impression on the palate.

The aroma is a promising start, and while the flavor is technically all there, it never manages to flow. It's not cacaphonous, but it does hit some off notes. The end result, though, leaves it nicely drinkable despite the halting flavor profile. So it might not be the first beer I grab from the fridge, but it won't be the last either.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Good one-finger head. Color was a light orange with moderate carbonation. Aroma was mildly citrus. Taste was mildly hoppy with a good malty background. Not nearly as hoppy as one would expect from a West Coast IPA but very drinkable, one of my regulars and an excellent session IPA.

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Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter color than expected, pushes towards a golden yellow color. slight bit of chill haze clouds the body a bit. Small white head on the pour that reduced to a skim that hung around til the bottom. Sporadic lacing.

Weaker aroma. Sweet caramel, candy type malt aromas. Floral sweet hops with some light citrus. Smells good, but just a little simple and a bit weak.

Good flavor profile, a good bit of pine hops with some grassy, straw flavors, a bit of earthy malts. Nicely bittered beer. Lingers for a while after swallowing. Simple but tasty flavor profile.

Medium body, coats the mouth well and the flavor seems to linger for a bit. Has a bit of crispness but still seems filling. Good beer overall, something I could drink several of and would come back to as well.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass was a deep amber orange brew with good clarity. The head was a finger of tight rocky off-white foam. The lacing was thick and inviting.

The smell was grapefruity citrus, pine resin, freshly cut grass, and sweet malt.

The taste was predominantly flavors induced by the hops, a grapefruit twang, a bit of pine with a lightly sweet malt character. Sufficient hop bittering in the finish.

Slick oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Good drinkability.

Not nearly as hopped as many others of the style, but more hoppy than a traditional English IPA.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-1/4"-1/2" off white head. It's a clear copper color with light carbonation. Thin lacing covering close to all top of beer and it sticks to side of glass.
S- Citrus hops pretty well balanced malts. Hops do over power the malts
T-Tastes like a more balanced brew between the hops and the malts. Hops come through more though and even more so in the aftertaste. Not a very bitter beer only a little bitter zing at the end. Has light carbonation and a medium body. Also seems a bit chewy.
D-Good average IPA nothing to special but it is a decent brew.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date. It pours an oversedimented/hazed copper with a half-inch khaki head that leaves nice sheets of lacing. Mostly biscuity/caramelly malts and piney hops in the nose and a flavor that consists of this and a substantial, toasty/nutty malt background with piney/citric/resiny hops that leave a medium bitterness and give citric burps. It has a medium and smooth body with a medium finish and is overall a good, sessionable IPA.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - golden/copper color, moderate head with little retention and slight lacing, lots and lots of big yeast floaties

s - very piney hop aroma, sweetness evident as well

t - sweetness up front with piney, hoppy bitterness to follow, intense hop flavor, long bitter finish

m - medium-bodied, ample carbonation, dry finish

d - very drinkable though the high amount of hops may destroy your palate relatively early in any session

Very solid IPA by Lagunitas. Nothing spectacular, but definitely session material that would keep me interested. Definitely the most sediment/floaties I've seen in an IPA or just about any other beer for that matter. Don't know if that's typical of this brew, or just the bottle I got, but didn't detract from the beer at all...just something unique.

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

Pours a pretty nice copper color with a white head with pretty nice retention. Smell is of caramel and sticky pine sap, floralness as it warms. Pine sap taste in the beginning, a little bit of biscuit in there as well. Hops are definately the lead role, piney, resinous, some citrus too. High carbonation, medium bodied. This is not the best IPA I've had, but it's a damn solid one, of which I could see myself drinking plenty of.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden orange. A small, just off white head provides some decent lacing.
Very faint aroma of slightly toasted malt and citrus.
Flavor is simply a bit more noticeable. Toasted malt is faint. Citrus hop flavor and bitterness in the back. Beer improves as it slightly warms.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and a touch slick with a lingering bitterness.
Not as refreshing as some IPA's, but still a halfway easy drinker.

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Photo of SethB2
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a transparent amber color with a nice sized creamy head that has a bit of staying power. Not a lot of lacing, however.

S - Light west coast hops presense, citris and grapfruiit mainly, with a very, very subdued sweetness. In all honesty, this doesn't have a lot of smell to it.

T - Like the smell, it isn't bad, but there just isn't much there. Starts off slightly sweet, but fades quickly to a west coast bitterness, but a mild non-threatening bitter. I want a hop profile that wants to kick my ass. This was a love slap.

M - Pretty good. Right amount of carbonation and medium in texture. Finishes nice.

D - Not my favorite IPA, but it is drinkable for those who don't seek a lot of complexity.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Poured a dark gold/amber color with an off white head. Piney hop aroma floated out of the glass with a honeyed malt scent to accompany it. Flavor is very strongly hops, almost grassy. Malt comes in to balance this, and it's sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Not sure if I got this right, but seemed to be a little bit of diacetyl (buttery slickness) in there. Body and carbonation were both in the medium range, and there was a good bit of drying from the beer. I have had better IPAs, but this was pretty good, and I will probably keep it in regular rotation.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass, dark amber color with fluffy white head on top. Aroma is floral hops. Tastes like hop bitterness with malt to balance it and enough body to support. This isn't necesarily anything special, but it is a good value and a solid beer.

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Photo of cbl2
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$5 @ d.b.a. 16 oz. 5.70%


Fresh on tap prior to a Nada Surf (amazing) concert, this pours a slightly hazy, though mostly clear orange-brown with a very thin white head.


Intensely hoppy, with bright notes of poine and sweet juicy grapefruit.


Nice and chewy with bold grapefruit acidity that causes the mouth to pucker; has a nice sweet malt backbone, a very well balanced IPA

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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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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.