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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,537 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,537
Reviews: 1,515
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 101
Gots: 891 | FT: 3
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ryanpj, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jooj8, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of RyanLigeia
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before getting into the review on this one I'd like to note that it's been aged (properly) for about a year. I'm aware that you're generally not supposed to age IPA's but I'm a fan of more malty IPA's and with the 6.2% abv on top of the fact they they claim this beer has "imperial malt qualities" I figured I'd give it a shot. So, here goes...

Pours a beautifully hazy, dense looking orange/yellow color. Not a whole lot of visible carbonation in the glass. Sort of reminds me of my girlfriend...looks delicious but definitely could have yielded a little more head.

The scent is mostly dominated by a wonderful caramel maltyness. After that I'm getting hints of citrusy hops and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell in the sense that it is malt forward, which was expected and its definitely not a bad thing. A nice smooth caramel maltyness followed by a slightly bitter grapefruit hoppyness. Alcohol is well hidden. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, especially for a westcoast IPA. Goes down VERY easily. Low carb level with a lighter side of medium body.

Overall, interesting enough, this beer aged pretty well. If you're into experimenting with your cellar I'd recommend throwing one or 2 of these down there for 6-12 months. This beer is also great fresh but it was a cool idea that didn't turn out to be a failure.

RyanLigeia, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

compossible, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Joshpu, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

thebuck, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

gir02021, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Frankensteineken, Dec 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

irishgreensoda, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

djgoodwi, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ClarkHimself, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, yellowish orange with a small white head that dissapates rather quickly and leaves a strong lacing. Very inviting looking IPA for sure.

Hit with a huge aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit hops, followed by some light malts. A little lopsided towards the piney malt equation, which I love, but still could use a tad more depth.

Almost smack on to the aroma, with the piney and citrusy hops, with just a slight, sweet, caramel malt background. Nothing really over the top here, just has the basic American IPA elements in a very well balanced, tasty way. Bitterness lingers a tad more than anything else.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a little body - perfect.

Yes, I know this one is just about everywhere you go in California, but I'm totally fine with that, because I think this is a benchmark. Just a really great, basic IPA leaning towards the piney, hoppy side of things, like many CA IPA's do. There are definitely more exciting IPA's out there, but this one is a solid staple.

gleemonger, Dec 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jomer10, Dec 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

RhodyNative, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

ChadLAW, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

HavasuDG, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

aflies, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Happyhopper, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of jkrich
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: deep, clear golden to bronze with a sustained white head.

Upon opening the bottle, there was a strong piney aroma that quickly dissipated. Poured into the glass, the aroma never attains that huge aroma; it is faintly piney and floral with a sweet maltiness.

This is an extremely refreshing and drinkable ale. The flavor has a nice bitterness followed by a pleasant and faint vanilla maltiness. The ale is very balanced, though the hoppiness returns to linger on the palate.

Light in body with a refreshing, spritzy carbonation. The soft maltiness battles the hop bitters on the palate before a satisfying bitterness wins out.

The label states this is a "special homicidally hoppy ale". To me it is a hoppy, American pale ale. Either way, it is a very good ale that I highly recommend.

jkrich, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Labeorphile, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

henryhampton, Nov 30, 2012
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 6,537 ratings.