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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,928 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4928
Reviews: 1446
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
45.6 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001)
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Flopjack

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - A golden mix of yellow and orange, honey, about 1/2 finger white head settles nicely leaving a ring.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange citrus, malt, spice.

Taste - Grapefruit pungent and bitter at first then it leads into a a malty roastiness almost a little sweet but not overwhelming, lemon and orange zest notes and some alcohol rises from the palate towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, Medium bodied, refreshing and crisp.

Overall - Good beer. Flavorful, refreshing, definitely not my personal favorite but it's available year round and reliable in terms of its characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:37:00 | More by Flopjack
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edfish

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a 3/4" head. thin lacing.
Smell - an almost typical high quality IPA with citrus and pine notes..and something else I can't put my finger on.
Taste - quite good, a nice hop assult up front with a almost dry finish it's different type of finish I think it has to do with the type of malt that I can't identify, still very well balanced, I would say it coats the pallet instead of drying it like a traditional IPA.
Mouthfell is full and carbinated!
I normally don't purchase this beer cause if it shows up an the shelf it dissapears!! So I jumped at the chance and it was well worth it! Say it with me ...Lah-goo-KNEE-tuss

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:19:22 | More by edfish
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light lemongrass, slightly piney character up front. A bready malt base asserts itself and there are some slight yeast notes as well which makes me think of fresh bread dough. Aroma is kind of muddled between the hop aromas, malt character, and yeast notes.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden-amber pour with a nice 1-finger off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is nice on the glass. Effervescence noted as it sits in the glass.

Flavor: Soft orange juice-like flavors up front with a jostling back and forth of juicy sweetness and pithy citrus bitterness. A fresh bread dough malt base again asserts itself. Firm hop bitterness leaves the beer appropriately balanced with more piney hop resin flavor after it warms. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long, lingering, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No creaminess, oiliness, or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A well crafted, balanced American IPA. Pretty tame even by Lagunitas current standards. Enjoyable but slips into the "sea of same-ness" with other American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:47:37 | More by mattcrill
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance
Golden body with a light orange hue
Smell
Citric and pine on the nose, perhaps a dash of malt
Taste
Strong hop flavor, medium mouthfeel, malt towards the end
Overall
This is a good beer, I enjoy it and pick it up occasionally. I prefer the 60 Minute IPA in all honesty but this is a welcome change-up

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:57:58 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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MarriedAtGI

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Strong pine aroma is very nice, though a bit one dimensional. The taste does not live up to the smell. There is a grippy tannic quality that I would love in a good red wine, but not so much in an IPA. I could drink this again, but I would always be looking for something better.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:37:07 | More by MarriedAtGI
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into an IPA glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy golden body with a slight orange tint. A few bubbles are seen making their way to the top. A generous white and fluffy foam head forms and slowly collapses. Nice rings of lace form throughout.

Smell: Citric notes of grapefruit mingle with earthier notes of pine and flowers. Notes of roasted pine nuts are buried underneath the strong notes from the hops.

Taste: Hops up front. The hops are dominated by citrus but those herbal notes from the nose are also present. Not much taste from the malts here. Their sole purpose is to tame the hops and they fulfill their role well. Very light nutty notes develop in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall: Excellent traditional IPA offering from Lagunitas. The hops are flavorful but not overwhelming. Certainly a staple for any IPA lover's fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 00:41:48 | More by Chiefy770
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nanandtomfitz

California

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle...
the quintessential ipa w honey color w orange tint
strong but not overwhelming hop smell
crisp and not too oily or boozy mouthfeel
tastes great with forward hops and strong sour aferrtertaste, but balanced enough to have w a meal or have a few at a bbq. Distinctive lagunitas flavor. A great beer to just have in the fridge, interesting enough for serious beer folks but not too overpowering for folks who arent regular craft drinkers. A go-to that doesnt dissappoint!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 05:17:06 | More by nanandtomfitz
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drdan21

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent IPA. Forced to drink at a festival but enjoyed several. Light to medium color with tan head and minimal lacing. Smell is fruity and not too overbearing to affect the taste. Good overall taste with more aftertaste that is bitter. Overall this is a decent beer and will probably have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:30:00 | More by drdan21
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ItalianPisces84

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I'm not entirely sure I would call this an IPA. It almost seemed more of a bitter. But nonetheless, I will pretend it is a true IPA. Pretending is fun, after all. And it's maybe more like an IPA than a bitter. Still debating that with myself.

Anyhoo... poured a light golden color but with an unexpected orange hue. The head faded quickly and left little lacing. Fragrance was quite hoppy but less than would be expected from an IPA, yet replacing that was almost a honeyed or floral scent. Accordingly, this beer tastes like an IPA, but with less hoppiness and in its place more of a honeyed or even floral character. The mouthfeel was light, at least as light (if not more so) than I expect from an IPA, despite the additional sweetness (which in my experience usually leaves a beer feeling more viscous or even "oily"). Frankly, I quite liked it. If it were marketed as something other than an IPA, even given some creative name like the folks at Magic Hat give their beers and then by way of explanation "American Bitter Ale" or some such under it, I would probably have liked this beer even more. So as a beer unto itself, it is a good one, for sure. For an IPA proper, so-so. It's almost as if these guys were intimidated by the IPAs coming out of Stone Brewery and decided not to even try to make a hoppy beer. Or didn't want their beer considered too arrogant. I don't know. Try one for yourself. Either way, it's a good beer worth at least one try!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:34:16 | More by ItalianPisces84
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ronniebruner

Arizona

2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what all the fuss is about here....
Appearance - very average light golden colored, with minimal to no carbonation, yet the orange hue is persistent.

Smell - Sweet, of malts and sugars with a hint of bitterness and sharpness. Slightly bitter and strong

Taste - Very sweet. Very sugary and malty is overpowering and takes away from the overall feel of this beer. The sharp taste lingers for a long period of time after drinking and leaves a semi-bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Due to sharp and sweet tastes, the beer lingers too much and feels heavy and weighed down. Definitely a slow sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:43:33 | More by ronniebruner
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice clear, effervescent, light amber. Big creamy white head has great retention and leaves big lacing.

S- big malt caramel aromas and some mild but pleasant pine hops

T- follows closely with aroma. Much more malt forward than other West Coast IPAs. It's got some hops, don't get me wrong, but it's much closer to an English-style IPA.

M- keeping in line with it's more English in that it's thinner and not as resinous as US-style IPAs

O- a really good well-balance IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 22:50:11 | More by delta490
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travolta

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Super clear golden straw. Decent lacing with good enough head retention.

Nose: Pine, citrus, and a tiny bit of straw. A very clean and upfront hoppy smell.

Taste: nice crisp mouthfeel with a coppery aftertaste. The hops and carbonation dance around on a mild malty dance floor. It has a metallic taste throughout.

Notes: Have been drinking this for years. It is nice, and widely available.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:29:43 | More by travolta
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BD 291/13. Light amber pour with a very nice head and lacing that lasts. Nice nose of balanced pine and citrus hops against a sweet malt background. Light medium body with above average carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor profile is quite nice and well balanced. Toast malt, malt sweetness, citrus (mostly) hop flavor and a mild bitterness combine to produce a quite flavorful, but not over powering ale. The finish is crisp with a effervescent burst of sweet and tart flavor. A nice grapefruit flavor lingers. This IPA focuses on flavor, rather than bitterness and is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 20:54:08 | More by tillmac62
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is a shade darker than gold, maybe to copper, very transparent; head is brighter white, mixture of bubble sizes in the frothy, nice lacing. head lingers nicely.

Aroma is blend of some malt toastiness and breadiness with a citrus hop front, orange and lemon are prominent. Some stronger earthy, piney flavors are apparent as it warms.

Taste is also a bit malty, in a good way, not sweet. Malt is light toast and maybe some light bread, hint of caramel, hops quickly overtake mostly citrus, orange and lemon, maybe some grapefruit, lighter earthy flavors in the taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter for this level of IPA, which I think plays well with the maltier flavor. Good presence on the tongue and cheeks with nice lingering hop and malt flavors well after drinking.

Overall, a very clean, very tasty IPA. I like the maltier taste than just a straight up dry IPA. Bitterness does compensate for the subtler hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:21:00 | More by mvanaskie13
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time I had this on draft (at Brew House in Chicago), I was slightly underwhelmed, but I think that was due to palate fatigue. Tonight, trying it fresh out of the gate, I really like it. Ample one-finger head, white in color, lots of tiny bubbles, and very good lacing all the way through the experience. The nose is piney, piney, piney, with hints of orange and lemon zest. On the palate, the obvious hops are prominent, as is a certain orange/grapefruit dank. Good mouthfeel. The malt takes a back seat, but that's OK -- makes for a more lean, crisp finish. On balance, I really like this IPA and now appreciate the hub-bub I missed first time around. Would do this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 01:43:34 | More by JohnParadee
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

appearance: This beer comes off very much so on the lighter side, with a very yellow coloration. Weak to no head retention. Overall it look ok. 3\5

aroma: lots of malt carries through. Fresh baked bread, caramel, and malty sweetness. The hoppiness falls mostly on the floral and fruity side (id describe it as pineapple and pear). Its good, but it needs more hop character 4\5

taste: its obvious where the focus of this beer is, and its on hoppy flavor. Their is still some grainy malt flavorings here and their (possibly the taste of Pilsner malt), but hops take total lead in it. And what a piercing, resinious hoppyness it is...I might not had liked it in the past, but it sits well with me now. To add to that is a nice pineyness that I find refreshing. And combined with a nice malty backbone to keep it all together? That's a winner in my book. 4.5\5

mouthfeel: slightly heavy with too much carbonation, which to me accentuates the heaviness of any beer. 3\5

overall: not a shabby brew! I've overlooked it for Laginutas more adventurous offerings, but this is great to share with friends who are looking for a classic example of an American IPA. I give it a 4.25\5.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:26:19 | More by jucifer1818
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IPA_Chris

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to put a good word in for this excellent beer.

Lagunitas produces amazing products ranging from mass produced beers available at your supermarket to craft style ales you'll only find at speciality shops. Lagunitas IPA falls into the larger production category but should not be confused with typical mass produced beers. The beer kicks with flavor and is only separated from it's craft cousins due to its less pronounced hints of pine and fruit.

If you get the opportunity to try Lagunitas IPA from the tap, do it. You'll be blown away by the add pine and hop flavors. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 02:03:16 | More by IPA_Chris
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7 ounce pour at Always Ron’s.  Beautiful straw color with a nose of fresh hops and a slight spiciness, perhaps from the hops. Easy drinking and smooth, the citrus hops rush over your tongue and leave you wanting more.  Nowadays, it’s hard to get too excited about an IPA, but Lagunitas shows why they are money….producing solid beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 13:50:21 | More by taylor714914
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break516beatz

New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've heard from several people that this was the IPA to try, so I went to the local beer distributor and bought a bottle.

This is an amazing beer. Definite hints of citrus in the aftertaste. The hops are noticeable but not overwhelming like you find in other IPAs. It also has the right amount of carbonation.

If you haven't tried this, I would highly recommend you do so. You will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:29:56 | More by break516beatz
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head that has decent retention. The head is almost pure cotton-white with tinges of yellow while the body is a slightly darker pale amber which appears as a pale amber when held up to the light. Lots of lacing with big patches of sheeting.

Nose- Very faint citrus, some orange, some lemon. I'm guessing from the date code that this might be near the end of its range of freshness. There appears to be a Julian date code (266 3) which would make this beer almost 3 months old. Touches of honey and caramel. Swirling shows a little bit of peach and more caramel.

Taste- This may need to warm up a little bit more but I'm guessing this is near the end of its range. Mild notes of citrus, followed by some pine and resin, a little bit of earwax. Lack of presence for almost everything. Some grapefruit, a little bit of matchstick. A little bit of spice, mostly pepper. Citrus notes are minimal, with caramel in the middle, while pine, resin, and matchstick dominate. But even these aren't that strong. Still, a pretty good indication that this wouldn't be my kind of IPA even if it were fresher. Fairly boring. Not a bad beer, just not interesting. Above average but pretty average for the Lagunitas lineup.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a light amount of syrup to the texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation but still a bit of a bite.

Drinkability- Perhaps a little too easy going for an IPA? I do like the spice on the end. The pepper is nice and makes this beer a little bit more interesting and that more interesting. Standard price for Lagunitas' beers- so very reasonable.

Overall- This seems as if its 88 days but it also seems like more of a bitter IPA than a juice bomb. Not bad but about above average. Worth a shot but I think almost anything by Lagunitas is.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:12:00 | More by artoolemomo
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FLima

Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a thick head with good retention and apparent carbonation and leaving laces.
Sweet citrus aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit and grapefruit.
Delicious flavor of grapefruit and passion fruit, slightly toasted malts, pine and American spicy yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
A very balanced and crisp citrusy IPA. Assertive with a traditional IPA recipe that was well executed to perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 02:02:53 | More by FLima
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Dmart1223

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA straight from the 90s.

Lagunitas IPA is solid all-around, from its golden, slightly sediment-filled appearance to its mellow feel and citrus aromas. The smell gives a solid amount of cattiness and grapefruit, which also comes out in the flavor.

But what stands out most is how well balanced it is. The hops aren't in-your-face, but they're there through the whole tasting. They blend well with a bready middle and mouthfeel, and they still stick to the palate after the sip.

Doesn't stand out in the category, but it'd be wrong to call it anything less than outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 22:25:32 | More by Dmart1223
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I continue to work my way through the Lagunitas roster, holding off on this one for a while and instead trying some of their bigger IPA offerings. Lately this beer is showing up across the province and tonight I finally had the bomber in my fridge, still pretty fresh after a few weeks. Color is darkish yellow falling just shy of orange, with a decent amount of whitish foam. Lagunitas has such a classic and unique character, allegedly due to inordinately warm fermentation temperatures, and this beer certainly captures that aspect in spades. Aroma is sweet grapefruit, lime, and tangerine citrus, very fruity and sweet with little discernible malt. You can taste the malt more clearly than you can smell it, although even here you have to concentrate. This is a hops delivery vehicle but said flavors are not uber-bitter and overpowering at all. The total package is fairly light, sweet, and fruity. Head was fairly impressive but carbonation on the low end, with a thinnish body and a subtle sweet malt background, maybe a hint of molasses and biscuit. Dangerously drinkable. Flavor starts with tons of mellow citrus pith, fresh orange juice and subdued but clearly detectable pine. There is then a bloom of pineapple and mango tropical fruit flavors along with fresh leafy green chlorophyll and some tree sap and resin in the wet finish. More of a showcase for hop flavors rather than the expected bitterness and it works on this level. Light, unassuming IPA but features some fresh flavors and a nice "starter" IPA for drinking in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:15:37 | More by CalgaryFMC
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nychrislin

California

3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oh, the Hype! they sell Lagunitas by the case all over the bay area, and I just recently had it on tap for the first time. It's not quite what I'd expect, it's pretty plain with a hint of sour and citrus, and lighter in color than most IPA's, I'm used to. It's better than average, but was expecting quite a bit more flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 04:15:10 | More by nychrislin
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brurevu

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good, if not great, west coast IPA that poured a nice amber color with a thin white head. The aroma was fruity and floral with a good citrusy hop flavor followed by a bit of the caramel malt to balance. While not an overpowering IPA, the tastes are more subtle but easily drinkable and refreshing. I am a big fan of the Lagunitas beers and their IPA would be a good one to keep on hand.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 22:37:44 | More by brurevu
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