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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Reviews: 1,672
Hads: 8,145
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 177
Gots: 2,470 | 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: 1,672 | Hads: 8,145
Photo of DuffDaddy
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - single from SE Publix. Nice dark color with a big hop smell. this was a good IPA, as far as IPAs go, but I gave it an overall 2.5 because rated against all beer it's not that good.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this has been one of my favorite go-to IPAs since i started drinking craft beer. pours nice and golden with fluffy white head. good lacing. fruity in the nose and the taste. great malt backbone. overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Citrus, some tropical fruit, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, plenty of pine, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This was probably a pretty fresh keg and it shows just how solid this beer really is. Hard to beat it as a widely available IPA when you get it in it's prime.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sort of amber maybe copper color. 3 finger head with nice lacing on the glass. Smells of pine and some citrus. Taste pine cone hops, citrus, and some bitterness. Finish is refreshing and dry. Overall good Ipa well balanced.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl.oz. bottle. No freshness date.

A: Hazy amber. Poured with one finger high of head, with short retention.
S: Somewhat citrus and earthy notes.
T: Grapefruit, grassy, earthy. Moderate bitterness. Quite dry.
M: light bodied, moderate carbonation.
O: I suppose I got an old bottle. The hops smells and tastes matured.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BWW. Pours dark golden color with a two finger head that leaves 2-3" of lacing. Very one note piney, resinous aroma. Smooth and quaffable taste with a surprising malt up front before the hops take over and give way to a slightly bitter ending. Not too bitter and no booziness to it. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very crisp and drinkable. The bitterness enhances the beer and isn't too strong.
Very solid IPA that is currently the go to for restaurant to put a craft option on the menu. It's so easily accessible that I wouldn't buy a 6er but it's a comfortable, no regrets option when taps are limited. A good, straight forward IPA that doesn't push too hard and could be an IPA introduction.

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Photo of vinicole
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marmalade in colour. Clear with a good effervescence resulting in a long lasting head.
Rich aroma of lychee and grapefruit.
Mildly bitter taste of pine. Some astringency. Has probably lost some of it's hop on the journey to the UK.
An easy drinking AIPA.

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Photo of NiallMac44
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Years ago (maybe 15) I tasted Lagunitas for the first time. I had no choice in the beer, I was playing in a jam session and that was what they fed us. My first smell I loved it. Fast forward to today. Shrug, it has been downgraded, can just pass as an IPA and that is about it. Disappointing.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from the tap at the tasting room in Petaluma. Pours a pale off yellow color with a half inch head. Citrus and a nice bit of bitterness is the first sip while floral notes balance with a touch of malted biscuit flavor. Great every day IPA

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 12 ounce bottles purchased from a local convenience store, chilled to approximately 50 degrees, and poured into a pint glass. About the best thing I can say about this beer is that it's the least objectionable West Coast IPA I've had. Glad I tried it, but I'll not be having it again.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served from a bottle into a glass from a local establishment, look rich amber color, medium build. no discernible smells of citrus or pine, smell is directly down the middle. taste is straight IPA bitter but in a very unassuming way, no traces of citrus flavors, feel was very mild in carbonation overall seemed to me from a flavor standpoint to be a session IPA, not spectacular but very approachable.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Morrison's, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - light citrus fruit, caramel. Taste - piney with a crisp bitter finish. Lovely easy drinking American IPA.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, mildly frothy, and off-white, with lateral lacing, and a clear medium-dark golden body.

I smell a very hearty amount of citrus and pine hops. Not too much of the classic Lagunitas tropical profile here in the aroma.

Tastes like the characteristics described above, now with the inclusion of the tropical taste. A very nice blend of these flavors and a nice balance.

Mouthfeel here is clean and crisp. Surprisingly, the hop oils don't really linger.

Overall, I'm giving Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company a 4.5. This is a really drinkable, non-aggressive IPA.

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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange colour, collar of white head and light lace. Smell is quite hoppy, grapefruit and orange, orange peel, citrus with a light malty backbone, occasional dank/piney notes at points. Taste is quite hoppy, moderately bitter throughout, fruity, juicy oranges, grapefruit, mid palate malt sweetness that goes to dry and hoppy in the finish, lingering orangey-citrus aftertaste. Medium carbonation, dry and oily medium body. A solid IPA, probably the best among widely available IPA's.

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Photo of ThreeCheersforBeers
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.
Nice 1/2 inch foam build-up that gently recedes to form a consistent thin layer. Moderate lacing. Inviting orange-hued yellow.

Nose is a pleasantly light floral-piney aroma. The taste is not at all "homicidally hoppy," but of well dosed floral and piney notes with invigorating bitterness. Drinks easily even on a wet night, surely even better in warm temperatures. Fizzy and tart carbonation. Perfect for the terrace or Biergarten and with snacks like humus and crackers or any quality party food (it deserves that). An IPA for pleasure drinking rather than extended meditation. Simply very good beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at local BJ's. Slightly cloudy yellow color. Some lacing. Great crisp citrus taste with some floral overtone as well. BJ's does serve beer too cold but this one wears it well!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, no date. Water goblet.

A: Pours a bright orange-gold, 2 fingers frothy off-white head; ample carbonation. Excellent retention. Jeez, really excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slightly fruity, somewhat resiny aroma. A little subdued. As it warms, pine and a little alcohol come through, but not much more to it than that.

T: Dry, clean and tart piney arrival; little citric nip just as the arrival turns into an extraordinarily light and crisp mid-palate; turns then to a really pleasant bitterness. This is a class-act IPA; no too bitter, but bitter enough to know that this is an IPA and not a pale ale or lager. Remains crisp and extraordinarily clean throughout. A little light piney bitterness lingers. I can't say there is much fruit or citrus in this; it is really a piney/resiny IPA, but does not have the cat-pee Simcoe taste or smell.

M: Heavier side of lightweight; active carbonation. Very clean, highly attenuated. Perfect summer IPA, perfect "West Coast" IPA feel (and taste).

O: This is spot on West-Coast taste and mouthfeel, with extraordinary appearance. Just wish it had a little more smell, and a bottle date. Great summer IPA. Great value and widely available. Would buy a sixer, but there are several others (IPAs and Pales) I'd buy first.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at cellar temperature into Brooklyn American pint glass.

L) Amber colour, clear, lots of bubbles, dense fluffy white 2cm persistent white head.

S) Mild fruity American hops. Very nice.

T) Quite fruity hop notes, not too bitter. A bit of a sweet malt balance.

F) Slight syrup thickness, bit of a bitter aftertaste although that is expected for this style.

O) I like this one, it is recognisably a tasty American IPA, but doesn't blow your head off with the hops. Will buy it again.

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Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

335 ml bottle from OBriens off licence in Lucan Dublin and poured into my Irish Craft Beer Fest tulip glass. Have waited a while for this one and it was worth the wait. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty much the definition of the perfectly balanced IPA. Tends to be on the creamy and caramelly side, which is surprising for a non-double or imperial. There is even a smoky vanilla aroma and taste all the way down, with a pleasant buttery peach aftertaste.

Highly recommended, go-to beer, even for those who tend to snub IPAs.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear golden copper. Highly carbonated, yet stingy on the foam. Rich pine resin on the nose with a small amount of woody rich malt sweetness. Mostly pine resin though. The taste is unsurprising given the nose. However the taste is even more hop forward with a nice tangy green grass flavor. A nice fresh resin oily feel continues through the finish. Overall, lagunitas is a great fresh tasting ipa. Slightly dry for large quantity consumption (though I'm not a huge fan of that much dryness). On the other hand, I've been spoiled by some exceptional beers. I felt this lost points for originality and complexity. Though very good in the straight shoring IPA style.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a reason why Lagunitas IPA is iconic. There's a reason why it's available everywhere. It's good for drinking. The professional reviewers want extremes - like Firestone Union Jack with its unhinged esters, or a stew of cat piss aroma and harsh flavors. When I drink beer, I want delicious enjoyment. Lagunitas is good for enjoyment.

The look of this IPA is just noticeably deep amber with a slight orange note. The head foams up fairly well, although not as much as another icon - Samuel Adams Boston Lager. It also retains pretty well. There is some lacing, although not as much as you may find in some beers. The suggestions is a pretty high-quality malt, but nothing that will blow your socks off.

The aroma of this IPA is a classic IPA citrus with predominant grapefruit. The nose stays righteous all the way to the bottom of the glass, marking an improvement over the otherwise excellent aroma of Total Domination, which can get a little weak, or Rebel, which initially is overwhelming unless decanted for a minute before drinking.

The taste of Lagunitas IPA on the porchfront is a pleasant citrus especially grapefruit. The hops taste like the aroma is enjoyable, and it usually hangs in there, providing a lasting grapefruit vibe until the concluding bitterness. It's pretty good. The citrus hops that are giving the ale a pleasant grapefruit quality are balanced by the malt. Lagunitas realized the malt must have something to offer to balance the hops. As the color suggests, it's more deeply roasted than average and it imparts a noticeable flavor of toast to the malt, even along the lines of a more-dry Oktoberfest Marzen. Grapefruit on toast might be a summation of the experience. There may not be a lot of complexity or depth in the flavors, but they're all good.

The feel of Lagunitas IPA is a little bit full. Lagunitas IPA does not balance the citrus and grapefruit of the hops with a complex malt, like you may find in Samuel Adams Rebel or Cherry Wheat. The malt flavor is simple - essentially toast. The balance is achieved with a more roasted and fuller malt - instead of with complexity. The malt needed to be a little bit bigger than a typical lager or pale ale, and it is.

Nobody would say that you have to drink one IPA all the time. It's easy to take Lagunitas for granted, because it is so good and so undemanding. Yet, it's not as easy as it looks to brew an IPA that is delicious (ask Ballast Point). For occasions when you want an all-good ale instead of suffering through some sort of challenge, Lagunitas is a great choice.

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Photo of akdo
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: The body is transparent and amber, which almost makes it look like a lager. It has a half-a-finger white head, which is below what I would expect from an IPA. The head recedes to a thin layer that has an excellent lacing. There is also a visible mild carbonation.

Smell: The nice nose offers notes of lemon and orange zests. The pine woods are there, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The palate's front-end is mild in that you don't feel the malt. As a result of that, the taste is a tad weaker than what you discern whilst you smell the beer. The lemon as well as the orange zests feel just strong enough to be recognized. You have the feeling that there is a little bit of caramel in the background. Therefore, the beer's sweetness is not too obvious, which is fine. Unfortunately, the back-end is less hoppy than an East Coast IPA, which is weird.

Feel: Hopefully, the beer has a dry feeling once you drink it. Moreover, the warm aftertaste stays in your throat for quite a long time, which is around three minutes. The only thing I didn't like about this beer is the not-so hoppy back-end which was subdued by the front-end.

Overall: As a beer brewed in California, it is less bitter than an East Coast IPA. It tries to be a Vermont-style IPA even though it doesn't have the unfiltered golden look. All in all, this is just a beer you try out of curiosity.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An earthy, citrusy brew with predominate fruity hops on the palate. Nothing hits you with an uppercut, which I prefer, but sometimes that's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of bitterness in this one. Piney, resinous, hops, mild tropical fruit. Good hop-quenching, bitter bomb. Will over power most foods that it accompanies. 7/10

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.