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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,758 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,758
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 515 | 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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Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, copper. NIce 1/2 creamy head, and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, hops, pine, sugars, fruits.

Taste - Hmm, pretty mild and smooth. Hops are bold, not bitter or sweet. Malts add some thick, bold flavoring. Has a pepperish kick near the end.

MOuthfeel - Starts off a little thin and bland. Then hops hit tounge and bitter it. Palette gets some malts, and sweetness. Aftetraste is really dry and bitter.

Overall - Not bad, its too mild and bland. A stadard ipa really, but man the aftertaste is dry and bitter. Alot better ipa's out. This isnt terrible by any means just your standard style done before with nothing new brough to the table, and just a little to weak hop character.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 04:05:25 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Spikester


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

Mostly clear amber with a good two fingers of head from an easy pour. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is floral spicey hops. Taste is full bitter hops but with a fine malt backing. Less tongue abuse than many. Mouthfeel is great and carbonation is just right. Very crisp. Since Hop Stoopid came out I drink this less often. Much closer to a daily beer than H.S. and well recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 05:42:18 | More by Spikester
Photo of Number967

New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance is golden with a finger high head that leaves a nice lacing. do i seem some sediment floating around in there? very pretty appearance. Smell is weaker than most west coast IPAs but in my opinion i prefer an IPA thats not overwhelmed by hops. Smells piney then citrusy. First thing i notice is the mouthfeel is very pleasing. This beer doesnt attack the back of your tongue and stay there like some IPAs. Floats softly across your palate. Taste is hoppy at first but then it is subdued by a sweet malt. great combination of the two. Doesnt leave a strong aftertaste. Wasn't expecting much from this brew but i am pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:47:17 | More by Number967
Photo of cbbjr

District of Columbia

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

A-dark gold, fairly clear, thick white head that sticks around

S-even though my nose is stuffed up and the beer is probably too cold, the smell is very hoppy with citrus

T-very bitter, grapefruit, slight pepper, malt is present but doesn't get in the way, clean and bitter aftertaste

M-medium, fair amount of carbonation

O-solid IPA. Hoppy without anything too overwhelming. I could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 19:14:06 | More by cbbjr
Photo of jizfiasco

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear amber color that looks very appetizing. The head fades fast but laces the glass and the carbonation stays powerful. The smell falls a bit short in comparison to other lagunita brews and lacks the signature scent that most of their hoppy beers have in fact its a bit of a turn off as its a bit pissy. The taste is good for an IPA but again lacks the hop mixture I am accustomed to. Bitterness is there but a bit muted a little dry but some sugar cane comes through at the end. Very citrusy with lemon rind and pearish qualities but no caramel sweetness. Overall good but I like maximus and sumpin sumpin much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:28:19 | More by jizfiasco
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA kolsh-style pint glass.

Appearance - Large, loose barely off-white head with great retention and not much stick. Clear copper body.

Smell - Hoppy aroma with a balanced malty sweetness to it.

Taste - Medium to mild hoppiness. A bit of alcohol hidden under the brunt of it. Very mild sweetness well hidden under the surface which you almost don't notice, but works well at balancing the beer.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing. Easy going. Almost none of the typical astringent qualities you'd come to expect from the style.

Overall Drinkability - A great balanced, mild IPA. Might be a good gateway IPA to get people into the style, if they've had poor experiences with hoppier, more 'arrogant' IPAs. Refreshing and laid back. Though after a couple of these hop teases, you might get in the mood for something with a bit more of a kick.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:12:31 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of ash111


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant IPA for hot summer days. Poured into a pilsner glass from the bottle, and it produced a one-finger thick head that reduced to lacing. It has a beautiful copper color and a pleasing citrusy aroma. Taste was bracing and bitter up front and smooth on the back end. I really enjoyed this beer. Compared to other IPAs I've had this summer I would rank it behind Bell's Two Hearted, above Heavy Seas and equal to 21st Amendment.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 13:08:20 | More by ash111
Photo of dylanrossi


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No "drink by" date.

Appearance: Brassy orange in color with a good deal of carbonation noticeable. Big airy and white head that takes a bit to settle, great lacing leftover.

Smell: Floral hops dominate but don't overwhelm, Lots of citrus as well. Once you get past the bitterness there's a great deal of juicy orange.

Taste: Bitterness is up front but again not overly aggressive. Once you get past the bitterness, the citrus takes over, very similar to the aroma. Some pleasant bitterness lingers but on the whole the finish is rather clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and very lively.

Overall: A nice single IPA that doesn't crush your palate with hops. Particularly nice use of citrus.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:52:52 | More by dylanrossi
Photo of DrinkingDrake


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and orange with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Sticky pine and melon in the nose. The fruity melon is more powerful than the pine but it doesn't over shadow it. Bread and caramel malts back up the hops. A lot of malt upfront, more than I expected. Creamy. A lot of biscuit, lightly toasted and caramel instantly followed by fruity melon and grapefruit that finishes bitter with only subtle amount of that sticky pine present in the nose. A fruitier flavor than expected from the nose. Smooth and creamy body that finishes with a solid bite but doesn't cloy.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:54:45 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

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

Clear straw-gold with a cream colored head which drops rapidly leaving spotty lace.

Scent is citrus, tangerine, tropical fruit. Also a sharp spicy almost onion-like note. Funky earthy notes.

I taste tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple. Touch of pine. A light bready malt base. Bitterness builds as I sip but never becomes intense.

Mouth is a coating medium

A pleasant ipa with some nice citrus and tropical fruit notes; not the raging hop monster i was anticipating. New Dogtown pale ale actually strikes me as more hop forward than this does.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 18:59:03 | More by sethmeister
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/04/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a transparent orange color with one finger of frothy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, bananas, honey, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of bananas, citrus hops, tropical fruits, light pine hops, fruity malts, and a little alcohol. More bananas than the nose, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy body.

o - Overall a really nice IPA; something I would certainly have again. Nice mouthfeel and I enjoyed the fruit in the taste, especially the banana.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 18:17:18 | More by mdfb79
Photo of spitInTheOcean


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

copper color. good head retention.

smells strongly of grassy and floral hops.

tastes initially sweet and malty. maybe a little bit caramel...? tastes of grassy and piney hops. the bitterness is a little more pronounced than the sweetness in the finish.

this is a medium bodied beer with a soft finish, which allows the flavor to linger.

this is a good-ass ipa with a subtle complexity(which i reckon lies in the malt bill) that makes you want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 04:18:52 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of PollardsVision


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into pint.

This is certainly a high quality brew, but unfortunately, just probably not for me. I like my IPAs a bit more in the piney side, but this one blows me away with the grapefruitiness.

Will try again to see if my tastes change, but I doubt it'll be anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 13:13:19 | More by PollardsVision
Photo of WillCarrera


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber coppery color with a thin finger of white head, which fades quickly but produces good lacing.

S- Lots and lots of hops and hop oils, pine and resin. Has some tropical citrus in there too. Malts are pretty nonexistent.

T- Hops dominate this beer but work very well with some nice light, slightly bready malts. Hops are juicy and citric, the pine and resin are there but aren't as obvious as in the nose. The hops aren't overpowering, pretty balanced overall.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, has a smooth feel and leaves a slightly juicy, thick feel on the palate. The feel is actually pretty nice and this beer is very drinkable and refreshing.

O- A solid IPA and another good offering from Lagunitas, this and Maximus are both definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 04:13:02 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of codfeast


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

bottle to pint.

A: clear bronze, thin head.

S: Grapefruit, lemon and pine.

T: hint of malt, then all hops. Not overbearing.

M: Carbination is prickly on the tounge, nice oily finish.

O: My go to beer. Can find it on sale at any number of local markets, anytime for a dollar a beer. Just solid all around, always hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 06:17:01 | More by codfeast
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a stunningly clear, light copper color with a fluffy cap of off-white head. Retention is ok, but lacing superb.

Nose is classic Lagunitas citric hop aroma. Juicy, bright and mildly ganja-esque. Malts pretty much get the hell outta the way, but a mild grainy caramel aroma still manages to break through. Some tropical alcohol is there also.

Bright, sharp, crisp and refreshing all are good descriptors here. Hop flavor explodes on the palate and manages a unique impact that is rivaled by few hop-forward brewers out there today. Malts compliment, rather than interfere, with the hop profile of the beer. An impressive IPA, to say the least. While Lagunitas sometimes cranks out beers too similar in profile at times (for me at least), this blueprint is indeed pretty tasty and a fresh IPA from Petaluma will always be welcome in my fridge. They know their way around a hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 20:16:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of avaldivia


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lagunitas

A: Golden with a nice head about a finger wide; which faded rather quickly.

S: Citrusy. Not overpowering.

T: Surprisingly mild. Had just had the Pale Ale before and that felt hoppier than this. Nice and citrusy but no real complexity.

M: Very refreshing considering that it is a bit syrupy. Nicely carbonated.

O: Lagunitas flagship beer is simply not my favorite from them. A totally serviceable IPA but not one I typically order.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 19:12:50 | More by avaldivia
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 6/17/11
*From notes

A: Filtered brilliant tree sap amber. A 1.75 finger head is the result of a decent pour. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Plain and forgettable. Where are the hops? It's like the whimpy kid in school who hasn't hit puberty yet. That signature Lagunitas earthiness lingers in my nose.

T: Grains and ginger on the fore. The hop oil appears on the mid and comes off quite mild. I get the feeling they brewer's toned this back quite a bit to appeal to a larger audience. The finish is bitter, but it seems like very little thought has been put into personalizing the flavor profile of this one. It all comes together like IPA 101.

M: I'm surprised at how light and thin this is. The bubbles take away from the meager amount of flavor this beer sports. Underwhelming.

O: With their upcoming expansion, I hope Lagunitas' IPA isn't a sign of things to come. I've always enjoy their suds, but this is about as middle of the road as you can get. Maybe an AIPA newcomer will dig this, who knows. As for me, I won't purposely return to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:51:33 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA

Appearance: 12 oz bottle. A hazed golden in color, soapy white head forms and retention is good. Some patches of lace stickage are noted.

Smell: Piney, floral, and citrus all chime in over a bready malt notion. Delicious hop aroma, getting some pineapple as well.

Taste: A nice crisp hop bite upfront, earthy and light pine highlighted. Mild herbal/leafy elements carrying into the after taste. Well balanced, tilted slightly toward the bitter side, all you can expect from a self respecting IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied ale accompanied by a semi-drying finish.

Overall: A very solid IPA. Took me 5 minutes to drink, and I would have finished it faster if I wasn't typing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 05:28:41 | More by Stinkypuss
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New Jersey

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

I had this with my Father's Day dinner at a nice tavern in the back woods of New Jersey. The place had a good beer selection, but an IPA seemed to hit the spot.

The beer pours to a golden color with a two finger head. The head released a lot of the hoppy scent. I smelled grapefruit and pine in the hops. This bouquet is not subtle, but the aggressiveness in the head is not too much.

The hop flavors come through nicely. I like the Cascade hops and what I think is Chinook hops. This is a pretty good tasting beer. I recommend picking up a six pack for the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 22:44:34 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of smbslt


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, cream colored head about 1 1/2 fingers - initially creamy/oily then broke down to a more typical texture. Head dissipated in spite of the lively carbonation. Golden colored and very clear.

Hops were subdued which allowed a hint of peach which I hoped was a sign of a complex character.

Very balanced between the hops and malts - but too much so that no real distinct character emerged. Some deciduous tree earthiness but no hook.

Mouth was consistent with the taste - pleasant and balanced but not distinctive.

A good beer from them but I don't think it is there best.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:28:15 | More by smbslt
Photo of jonB

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A straw tan IPA that could be mistaken for a much simpler beer. The nose has a good pine and citrus scent, which reminds you there is more to it. It has a surprisingly light mouth feel despite a steady carbonation. The taste has a weak malt backbone, but finishes with a good dryness. A pretty drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 01:47:34 | More by jonB
Photo of Kromes


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a clear golden color with a finger's width off white, oily head. Laces down the glass.

S: A bit of grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet toasted malt.

T: The grapefruit and herbal hops hit right up front with a sweet malt flavor. The finish is not too bitter with only a slight hop bitterness with the lingering sweet malt.

M: A bit on the heavy and oily side, but it is smooth with good carbonation.

O: All around, a very good IPA. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:40:27 | More by Kromes
Photo of Heischman


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Lagunitas IPA/ Lagunitas Brewing Company
City/State- Petaluma, CA
STYLE – American-Style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
IBU – 46
DATE – 13 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 ox Bottle
GLASSWARE – Standard Mug
APPEARANCE – A golden orange with a hint of brownness to it. Poured with a nice foamy head that diminished down quickly to around ¼ inch with some larger bubbles in the head.
AROMA- Grapefruit
TASTE – Matching the aroma with a blast of grapefruit, and the hoppy bitterness you would expect from an IPA
MOUTHFEEL – Crisp but with a thickness with the after taste, almost makes me feel like I should chew even though nothing is left. Weird
CONCLUSION – As I have stated before I am not big on IPAs, I have found a few I like but this one is a little too much grapefruit for me. Although I really like the texture of this IPA. Well I guess I will take the good with the bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:45:03 | More by Heischman
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


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

A: Copper and golden color. Clear.
S: Standard citrus hops: lemons, orange.
T: Honey sweetness. Bready. Refreshing acidity.
M: A slight syrupy sensation from hops.
O: A balanced drinkable ipa. Possibly the quintessential West Coqst IPA, to judge all other IPA's on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 23:49:31 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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