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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,657 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,657
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 69
Gots: 472 | 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:
45.6 IBU

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

California

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange color. Little bit of haze and a creamy white head makes a nice but brief appearance.

Aroma shows a good bit of citrusy hop notes and floral character. Some malty undertones add a bit of sweetness to the beer.

Not the most bold or aggressive IPA I've come across but has plenty of citrus and some piney goodness to please. Malt stands out in the back but lets the hops to most of the work.

Mouthfeel is light with a bit of a creamy texture to it. Overall, a fine IPA. Nothing thats going to destroy you palate with hops but still a nice refreshing hop forward beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:27:26 | More by Kinsman
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You may like this. I thought it was just okay.

This IPA has quite a fruity, though simple, nose. Pear, funk, dates maybe? I don't smell any citrus except a little syrupy mandarin.

Where are the hops? So mild. Lots of sweet fruit though. Fig, mandarin orange, malt, caramel. Weird IPA. Sort of malty and bready aftertaste.

It's a decent bev, but there are way beter IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:40:36 | More by CheezyBlaster
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours an almost clear burnt golden color with a crop of white head, plenty of filmy retention on top with a few spots of lacing left behind on the glass.

Soft citrus hop presence, some grapefruit and orange peel. Faint tropical fruit touches, light bready sweetness in the malt as well. Nothing too spectacular.

Bitter bite of hops up front quickly fades out. Citrus and grapefruit flavors seem to be understated. Bready and toasted grain in the backbone with a faint caramel sweetness. Pithy bitter citrus flavor in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. Feels a bit watery and plain for an IPA, especially for a West coast brewery. There's too many better options out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 14:23:12 | More by xnicknj
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
This is a pretty pale colored IPA. Its a straw yellow-gold. The head is tight, but short lived. Lacing is nice though.

Aroma
Very floral, which is unique from the pine and citrus bombs of today's IPA. Some orange blossom and honeysuckle are called to mind. Malts are there, but are light at pilsnery.

Taste
Green, floral and sweet. The hops are in the front, but they are lighter and not very aggressive. Bitterness is only a balancing component. Tangerine builds the body of the fruity hops.

Mouthfeel
Thinner bodied than I would expect from and IPA, but this is a smaller, lower gravity IPA. Carbonation is sharp, due in part to the watery body.

Overall
A nice, drinkable beer. I'd gladly drink this, but I won't pick it over many other IPAs. A good flagship nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 02:01:51 | More by MbpBugeye
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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

12oz bottle (no clearly identifiable date - lots of batch and lot stamps though) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear pale copper color. Maybe a hint of rose gold when held up to the light. 1/4" white head upon pouring died down to a persistent 1/16" white foam across the top. Persistent delicate lacing (strands) noted.

Smell: Citrus (grapefruit), pine, malt, maybe a hint of mango.

Taste: Quick citrus hit on tongue (grapefruit, orange), then the malt backbone, and then a piney + grapefruit bitter finish. Hop forward, but not overpowering. Well balanced but showcasing the hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and despite the hops, only a little bit of hop oil cling to the teeth. Carbonation a little bit on the high side so it makes it a little difficult to work out what the thickness of the beer is. Goes down easy is about all I can say about it.

Overall / Drinkability: As I expected, it went fast. I continue to be greatly impressed with this brewery - haven't had anything yet that disappointed. A good hoppy ale that isn't a bruising hop smackdown on my tongue, drinkable enough that I want another one, and it went well with food (Indian - Tikka Masala). A solid good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:58:51 | More by damndirtyape
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beerdown77

North Carolina

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

This pours hazy orange with light, fluffy head and active bubbles. There is only a little bit of lacing, but the retention is good. The nose is fresh and smells a lot like orange citrus with a little bit of graininess. There is enough of a crisp, bitter bite in the flavor…but a surprising amount of cereal malt in the aftertaste to balance it out. I like that the malt is presence, but not in a sweet syrupy way. This beer is very “approachable”. It’s easy to have a couple, and I feel like even a not-so-adventurous beer drinker could enjoy one. This is like a pumped up Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, very west coast in style and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:45:25 | More by beerdown77
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my 13 oz tulip. A light orange yellow with a 2 inch fluffy white head. Smell is grapefruit, lemon, some grass, and pine. Taste is all that, maybe a little more pronounced than the smell gives. Drinks pretty easy, solid body and enough carbonation. It is a nice IPA. As always, a very good price.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 16:30:19 | More by SawDog505
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2xHops

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was not overly impressed with this beer.

The appearance was good. The smell? Alright. The taste? It was underwhelming for me. For me, an IPA should be hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, and I felt that the flavors coming from this beer started to die off right after I started to drink and swallow. The mouthfeel's just right where it should be.

Overall, I wasn't impressed. I felt like there was not enough hops to make it stand out. The alcohol did not come through strongly, and I think that's a good thing. It's drinkable, and for many people, it would be a decent beer to have. I just feel that in the world of craft beer, there's way too many good IPAs to choose from that would kick this beer off a pedestal any day of the week.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 05:04:35 | More by 2xHops
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AleEvangelist

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas really makes some spectacular beer. Great to see that a style like IPA gets the Lagunitas lovin' like I expect.

Pours a light straw color. Looks refreshing. Head is somewhat minimal, but enough to set off the wonderful pine, citrus, and cut grass aroma.

Flavor is wonderfully hoppy. Slightly on the bitter side of balanced, with a slight malt sweetness and that wonderful underlying flavor that I get with all Lagunitas beers to pull it together.

An excellent style done perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 01:05:12 | More by AleEvangelist
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corylew

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Solid IPA. The hops should be the spotlight of this beer, and they were. A quick tart of bittering hops smooths out to the citruisy flavors of the later additions. A little heavy in body for an IPA my opinion, but it is a 6.2% beer, so we expect a little bit of thickness. Looks pretty good in the glass, empties back out decently well. Definitely not a bad example of the style, but not really something Id hop around with my five dollar bill trying to get the bartenders attention for.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 03:57:49 | More by corylew
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dannydetox

California

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

have had a few of these over the years so i reckon i might as well write one up. drinking a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. coppery-orange color with a decent inch of head that hasn't totally subsided halfway through the glass. i smell a much earthier hop coming off this ipa; damp pine needles maybe, and something a little sweet and tangy though not quite citrus. the taste reinforces the earth qualities and molasses with respectable bitterness. creamier mouthfeel that doesn't dry out until the end. i personally prefer the aggressive west coast citrus style, so this one ranks lower on my list.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:47:23 | More by dannydetox
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice copper hue with a thick, fast-rising and fast-fading head.

S - One of the more fragrant beers I've had the pleasure of putting my nose into recently. Bright, crisp, flowery, sweet, sugary. Puts a smile on your face. Very inviting. A bit of malt to balance it out with a very slight scent of alcohol.

T - Wow. A great ratio of malt to hops, with hops obviously stealing the show. Fresh, piney, woody, sweet, delicious. Nectar can sum this beer up in one word. A bit of alcohol lingers as the beer warms. This is the epitome of California IPA's, brewed with some of the best hops on the planet.

M - Thick and creamy but not heavy. Fantastic body. Sweet malt lingers on the palate to remind you that another sip is in order.

Such an amazing IPA. I had it on draft in San Diego over Labor Day weekend and waited to review it once I had it in a bottle. I am now a Lagunitas fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 09:07:07 | More by Gatch
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blackcompg

Illinois

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle into mt 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Poured a quick finger of tight off-white head, color is a brilliant orange amber, lots of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Nice looking IPA. Nice lacing well into the glass.

Smell - Sweet citrus, pineapple and grapefruit, and some slight baked bread.

Taste - Wow - lots of sweet citrus flavors, ripe pineapple, grapefruit..ooh, then citrus goes from the sweet fruit meats to the rind, some dryness and a little pine.

Mouthfeel - Really smooth, almost silky in the first half of the sip, then carb crispness and tingle, then a definite drying and bittering of the palate - really a nice progression.

Overall - I really think this is a solid IPA. Granted it starts out a bit on the sweeter side (which I prefer), you still get the nice bitterness and drying pine hops in the end and long into the finish. Really a nice IPA that I will enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:16:47 | More by blackcompg
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DannyDan

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a copper hue with a thin whitehead that has some nice looking lacing and good retention.
S. Not much in the scent, but barely pick up some caramel, pine and citrus.
T. The taste starts out with some grapefruit and pine followed by some caramel and sweet malts which overtake the hops making this beer almost too sweet for an IPA.
M. The mouthfeel is a little watery and finishes with a dry mouth.
O. A rather disappointing offering from a brewery that has made some beers I really enjoy drinking. I'll stick with Stone and Sierra Nevada whenever I want a west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:11:58 | More by DannyDan
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BlastBeats

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: this west coast IPA has a nice golden orange color with a creamy, off-white, two finger head. Very clear, clean, and filtered appearance.. bubbly as well.

Smell: citrus scents, hop spice

Taste: Lagunitas' beers always seem to be on the sweet side, and this one is no exception. There's some noticeable grapefruit and acidic fruit flavors too.

Mouthfeel: ample carbonation keeps this one lively. Medium body.

Overall: this was an enjoyable IPA, not a bad choice at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 08:57:30 | More by BlastBeats
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MidnightWatch

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First Beer Review

Appearance - Probably the one good thing going for this beer. Clear, golden IPA look.

Smell - Not impressed here. Distant and blanded grapefruit, some maltiness. Oddly enough, does not smell like a trademark IPA.

Taste - Some piney notes with citrus grapefruit and orange.

Mouthfeel - Watery, not very enjoyable.

Overall - This must be an old bottle. If not, how can this beer be one notch bellow it's outstanding family member Hop Stoopid? That A- beer has everything this B+ brew is missing (Aroma, mouthfeel, taste). I would love to try this beer on tap to give it justice!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:56:59 | More by MidnightWatch
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a big, thick white head that laces all the way.

Smells of pine and dank hops but the aroma was not huge in the bottle I was drinking.

Tastes of pine hops up front then shifts to a big citrus character, think pineapple upside down cake...interesting...some bready malt mixes in but not too much there.

It is medium bodied, smooth, and really easy to down.

There is something about this IPA that kept it from being great...maybe the small nose or the almost confusing, though not unpleasant, mix of hop flavor....I liked it but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:20:46 | More by TenHornsProud
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KSac4115

Connecticut

2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden honey color that is fairly clear and not cloudy. Has a small white foam head that dissipates quickly. Smell isn't very strong. Hoppy notes and some grapefruit/citrus. Smell is light a fresh. Taste is slightly hoppy and piney, but not very strong. Bitterness apparent in the aftertaste but the flavors die out real fast. Beer is very carbonated but is very light and drinkable. Overall a decent beer but nothing special. Won't be rushing back for another 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:07:36 | More by KSac4115
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper, no head, attempts to revive the head are futile, little lacing.

S/T - Floral, piney hops with a slightly sweet caramel backbone to balance. Hints of citrus come through, finishing with an herbal, pine hop finish. Nose was very weak.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, finishes dry.

O - Strikes me as an average IPA, not really standing apart from the crowd in any way. I'm not compelled to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 18:14:44 | More by garuda
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mayorwalda

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas, Well, that's a name that I will need practice pronouncing well.

Lagunitas IPA is said (on the bottle) to be a "special homicidally hoppy ale" but after pouring it, I'm not sure I can agree.

This IPA pours a nice golden color--not quite amber but not quite just gold--and has a bouquet consisting mostly of some really floral, piney, citrus, (specifically) grapefruit aromas. The head on this beer--with a vigorous pour, bubbles up to a light, whispy two finger head and settles to a thin rim of bubbles with little to no lace to be found.

The taste is anything but what you would expect from an ale purported to be "homicidally hoppy". It is, in fact, quite well balanced--in terms of an IPA--and has a sweeter, pleasant taste of citrus and grapefruit which blend well with the hopps selection for this brew, which are more notably floral and a little piney and leave a little bit of a resinous taste that lingers on you palate. The resin taste reminds you that, while you might be drinking this nice, sweet IPA you're still drinking a characteristic IPA!

The skinny, as usual:

A: A nice golden color. Lacking a great head, and desperately lacking that beautiful Belgian Lace.
S: The bouquet of this brew is a total sell. It's fragrant and pleasant, though a deviation for those who are IPA traditionalists.
T: Taste is equally great, matches the aroma and presents a sweet, citrus taste with a lingering IPA, piney, resinous taste afterwards.
M: You have a typical IPA in this sense--crisp, carbonated, clean with a slight resin feel between sips.
O: I am enjoying this brew quite a bit, actually. It's a very drinkable IPA with its own unique characteristics that aren't wholly different than your standard IPA. The best of both worlds, I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 04:07:17 | More by mayorwalda
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber with 1/2" of bubbly head with pretty good retention. Citrus, grapefruit, and floral notes dominate the nose. Taste is bready, biscuity malt up front with citrusy, piny hops taking over in the finish. I'm surprised by the bold malt character, but I'm impressed with the balance despite the above average malt presence. The mouthfeel is crisp with a smooth, medium body.

Not a bad IPA. In my opinion it's a little different than most west coast IPAs, but its enjoyable and quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 23:18:54 | More by tdm168
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mjgooner13

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear light orange not much head cream color

S- hops mostly citrus limited malt

T- great pine hop flavor not too much malt but I like it that way...malt becomes more apparent as it sits...still mostly hops and pretty good

M- goes down easy light/med body good carbonation nice dryness bitterness

O- decent ipa def above avg. Good hop flavor ok nose not a great appearance

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 23:27:06 | More by mjgooner13
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NickRivers

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy off white head, reaks of wet hops, some pineapple and grapefruit with just enough malt.

T&M - Hits crisp and sweet then transitions to a mouth watering fruit and hop presence. The bitterness continues to grow, for me the hop aggression was a little too much on the mouthfeel, but this beer finishes with a great alcohol burn that compliments that in a strange but good way. I've had one of these cold at a party and the citrus hops were insane, however I recently cracked one open at home and as it warmed it tasted more floral than citrus.

O - Overall a hit or miss. People talk so good about this beer, and some dislike it. I like me some lighter IPAs when it comes to session drinking, something like Ranger. However this beer is fantastic and should not be over looked. Reminds me of Big Eye IPA. Stay thirsty my friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 06:10:53 | More by NickRivers
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kflorence

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light copper in color with a fair amount of head and some particulates floating around. Carbonation levels are good.

S: Very pleasant citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a sweet, honey and bread maltiness in the background.

T: Taste follows the nose well with a lot of grapefruity citrus and a lot of tropical fruits; mango is predominant, but I also pick up some apricot and maybe a hint of pineapple. This is complimented nicely by the sweet malts with notes of honey and bread. Although fairly balanced, a tart bitterness does dominate the flavor all the way through and lingers well into the aftertaste.

M: This is a very light, medium bodied brew with good carbonation, a bit of substance to it and a slight chewiness. Goes down smooth and easy, would make an excellent session IPA.

O: Definitely not your typical West coast IPA as the hop profile is clearly less prominent, but I found it to be tasty and refreshing. I'm a big fan of grapefruit/citrus IPA's so I quite enjoyed this one, though it did lack the "punch" of a higher quality IPA. Still, quite quaffable and definitely more approachable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:36:58 | More by kflorence
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The flagship of the Lagunitas brewing company is a rather disappointing one. In fact, I disliked this beer so much when I tried it that I avoided the brewer altogether for over a year. Revisiting it, it's not as bad as I remember it, but it's still far from enjoyable to me, especially compared to Lagunitas' other beers.

I have thoroughly enjoyed pretty much every other beer I have had from Lagunitas, and I've had quite a few now, but this one still doesn't hit any spots for me. I highly recommend any reader who enjoys this beer, or beer at all, to try Hop Stoopid, their double IPA. At this time, it is my favorite beer and it wipes the floor with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:05:45 | More by TheRealBigC
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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