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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,752 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,752
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 515 | FT: 2
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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 stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired with some goat brie and whole wheat crackers. Poured into a pint glass, clear wheat colored yellow/gold. Thick white head, great retention and lacing, very pretty beer. Smell of citrusy hops. Taste clean and refreshing, light malt backbone then biting hops, citrus then dry floral in the finish. Very nice, not an overpowering IPA, very good session beer. Paired exceptionally well with the cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 04:55:11 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a nice light copper with a long-lasting white head. A bit of lace rings as it goes down. The nose is fairly strong on citrus rind. No real malt backing. The taste is some light citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. No malt. Definitely West Coast. Feel is nice and bitter and this drinks quite well. Love the below-6% abv on this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:16:28 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of dfillius


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

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger white head with poor retention. More head please. Hazy dark orange liquid has some sediment.
S: Strong esters with slight hop background. Pleasant, but more hops and bread please.
T: Fruity and estery up front with modest citrus hopping coming in a tad later. Reminds me of 90 minute IPA almost. A tad of sweetness ducks in and adds 0.5 points.
M: Bitter, not warm, full. Very positive
D: I like, but I wouldn't buy 6 and probably not order a second. Not hoppy enough, and too much alcohol esteriness for me to drink this frequently, but fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 18:44:05 | More by dfillius
Photo of John_M


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

Seems like it's high time I reviewed this IPA... have been drinking it for years now.

On cask at Max's today.

Have not seen this beer on cask much, so thought I'd visit with an old friend today. The beer pours a peachy orange color with considerable creamy head and lots of sticky lacing. Retention is excellent in this beer. The nose is just a thing of beauty, with considerable pine, balsa wood, light orange citrus and even ginger. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but you can tell right off that this West Coast IPA will be on the dry side. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though it's not as intense or rich as I would expect from the nose. Still, this is one damn fine IPA, and as expected, it leans to the dry and lean side, with a long, refreshing, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, though there's plenty of flavor and the finish is long. Drinkability is perfection in an IPA. This beer is incredibly light on its feet, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. Also, the balance in this beer is just amazing, which once again enhances the beer's drinkabilty.

Always a crowd pleaser (especially if you're a hophead), and completely sessionable... especially on cask.

Am such a big fan of the Hop Stoopid, I often forget about this beer these days. Still, if I had to pick only one IPA I could drink for the rest of my life, there's no doubt this would make the short list. It's that tasty and that easy to drink...

Serving type: cask

11-11-2010 20:04:44 | More by John_M
Photo of nhindian


4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first time I tried this beer was this summer in Manhattan after a company softball game during my summer internship. I really enjoyed it and I was just getting into craft beer at the time. Upon returning to Pittsburgh I wanted to find this, but I was unable to find any Lagunitas when I went back to Penn State. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a few bottles!

A - Pours a very clean, deep golden, dark straw color and adds about 3 fingers worth of foamy, pure white head. Head lasts for a good amount of time before sticking to the very top of the beer. Some moderate feet and lacing around the glass.

S - The smell is one of the greatest points about this beer. It is so deep, so crisp, very pine and citrus forward. It is incredibly refreshing and pushes its hop-filled agenda. Underneath the floral hops, there's a little bit of spice, and only a faint hint of malty sweetness.

T - Taste is faithful to the nose as it is a hop-dominated beer that overwhelms the taste buds with bitterness before finally relinquishing them to a wave of malts, spice, and fruits. Not the most complex of beers, but it really achieves what the nose sets out to do - deliver a blast of hops.

M - Mouthfeel is medium with a certain breadiness that goes well with the head and carbonation. Lots of carbonation can be seen in the glass and are felt in the mouth to get each individual taste bud involved.

D - Drinkability is high. A powerful yet non-overwhelming flavor, crisp nose, and relatively low ABV makes this one go down fast and smooth. One of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 23:04:52 | More by nhindian
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A - Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with a finger of off-white head that doesn't stay too long.

S - Sweet citrus hops, mostly grapefruit. Simple but pleasant.

T - the sweet citrus hops from the nose come out first. Then there's a slightly warming malt base with a hint of breadiness that slowly creeps in. Very good.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Easy to down and very tasty. One of the great session IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:43:43 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of auro0006


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

I had this IPA while my friend was drinking Summit EPA. The colors were very similar. Lagunitas' IPA poured a dark, honey-gold color with a frothy, full head.

The nose supports complex aromas that are mostly hoppy. Most prominent were aromas of citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit. There were hints of sweet, pale malts and grassy-hay aromas.

The body was medium-full with a dryness in the finish. Flavors mimic that of the nose. Citrus flavors, such as oranges and tangy grapefruit, were most noticeable. Sweet pale malts and flavors of caramel were perfectly balanced by the addition of Pacific Northwest hop varieties.

The finish brings forward hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue along with a crispness and dryness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 02:33:36 | More by auro0006
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

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

Lagunitas is responsible for uncorking my recent love affair with strong IPA's. As soon as I opened my first Hop Stoopid, I was a changed man. After that was Maximus. Then, after that, was BC's Red Racer IPA, which is at least tied with Hop Stoopid, but may even beat it. Now, I move back to Lagunitas' court, with their plainly-named "IPA".

It looks decent... a nice, rosy/orange colour. It doesn't look as viscous as the ones mentioned above. The head has a bit of creaminess, and soon lowers to a film. Solid lacing.

It smells great! Some grapefruit, and orange rind/peel/pith. A bit flowery.

The taste is good... the evergreen that comes out of other IPA's is replaced with something more floral. The grapefruit is in the taste, too, as is a stronger, bitter orange quality. There's also some grain / malt character in the background.

The mouthfeel's good. It does have some thickness / viscosity / smoothness. The carbonation is there, but not too sharp. The bitterness gets a bit strong by the end. It's bitter & dry, but refreshing.

It's quite drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than a couple at a time. Hop Stoopid, although more bitter, is easier to drink, as is Red Racer (still my two favourite IPA's thus far).

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:33:58 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Photo of WestValleyIPA


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12ozer into my Zatec Fluted glass. Glorious 3 fingers of soapy lookin, thick head (almost like I mixed bleach and ammonia). Smells like classic Lagunitas. Caramely toffee malts. Floral hops. A bit of citrus. Balanced. Taste is bright off the bat, citrus and pine, then melds into that malt backbone, followed up by a medium bitterness. Like a melding of a West Coast IPA and and English IPA. Creamy, un-Champagne like. Very guzzle-able.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:35:38 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of juju7


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA. It's so hard to ignore the hype USA beers get over here, to the point where you can tend to expect too much from US breweries. This beer doesn't blow me away in terms of how good Americans make IPAs. A pleasant nose of marmalade, soft malts, and a hint of pine. Bitterness is also fairly tame. This is a good beer, no doubt, it just isn't the hop bomb, jesus juice that some folks over here make US beers out to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 08:34:58 | More by juju7
Photo of dgilks


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, golden amber colour with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Noce head retention. There could be more lacing.

Light pine and tropical fruit aroma. Slightly dusty.

Rounded soft malt with a hint of caramel. Nice, crisp fruity hop character and moderate bitterness. To me this is more of an APA than an IPA but the flavours are great.

Medium-light body with moderate and crisp carbonation.

Yum. What more can I say than that. Lagunitas puts out a great product and this is no exception. As a beer the IPA is easy drinking but full flavoured. +1.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 09:32:42 | More by dgilks
Photo of BeerMark


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 6er is from Wine World in Panama City Beach, Florida. Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company pours a pale copperish color into my pint glass. Smells like you'd expect an IPA to smell with malty hops. The taste is of flowery hops mixed with some maltiness. I generally prefer a more maltier IPA such as my Southern favorite Sweetwater IPA, but I must admit that this is a delicious beer. Most beer lovers know that Rogue beers have a unique yeast flavor. Lagunitas beers remind me of Rogue beers in that they also have a unique yeast strain at their brewery. Lagunitas is becoming one of my favorite breweries and I will seek them out when I can.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 06:25:47 | More by BeerMark
Photo of oregone


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid looking ipa. Copper inflected light amber color with 'standard' head and retention. Good appearance with nothing unique or exciting.
S: Excellent aromatics. Suspect that the hop components are somewhat similar to RR as it smells like a diminutive version of Pliny.
T: Good. Slightly aggressive hops up front and then the caramel malts take over with a lasting finish and a continuing spicy herbal taste dominated by toffe and caramel.
M: Rich for a regular IPA. Hint of stickiness. Carbonation and hops combine to keep this refreshing and palate soothing.
D: Very drinkable. Makes sense to sell this in sixers as its eminently sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 18:24:33 | More by oregone
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

Has a real nice amber color to it with not very much head. Medium lacing left of glass from the head. This brew smells really good. Hops don't stand out in the smell too much, and I also smell caramel and toffee, maybe even a little hint of chocolate. Citrus hops, but they aren't really that strong. you can really taste the sweet malts in this. I think its real good. The mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation and kind of light bodied. I would say that this beer is pretty drinkable, I would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:49:31 | More by JizackFH
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with alot of sediment in my glass. Not too attractive. Decent white heading that cme oout in full force but did settle down to a decent covering.

Heavy floral aroma. That is about it.

Taste is a bit more than just hops though. Beautiful citrus taste with a solid sweet malty backbone. Heavy hop rind linger's in the tastebuds for a little while.

Mouth is lighter bodied with excellent carbonation. Do to the heavier hop linger it does leave a slight slick buttery film in the mouth.

A good IPA. This is becoming routine Everything that is available in PA from Lagunita's is a slam dunk. I might have to make a trip to Cali soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 19:48:28 | More by TheFightfan1
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a clear golden hay color. Over two fingers of chunky white head is achieved with a moderate pour. Once the head subsides it leaves great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bitter hops, pine, very light citrus and malt.

Taste - More balanced than I thought it would be, and also more malty. The hops are oddly put on the backseat here, though when the beer warms up they make themselves a bit more known. Despite it being relatively balanced, I will say this is somewhat bland. Nothing pops out - no citrus or flavorful hops. Just a mediocre hop/malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a hint of creaminess, and ends on a slightly bitter note.

Drinkability - While nothing smacks you with originality, this is a damn quaffable beer. Very easy to drink, and honestly one I would bring to a party for friends to try. Nothing I would try again by myself, but good to know there is a "beginner" IPA out there I can give friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:30:32 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of nas5755


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

On cask at the Union Brewhouse
iPhone review

A- clear lite copper ale with a nice head and lacing all over the glass.

N- big citrus flavors, grapefruit and tangerine. Very pleasant

T- just like the nose, lots of citrus with a nice buttering note that isn't pronounced. A malt backbone that is barely noticeable but present.

M- pleasant light prickly carbonation that only a cask can provide.

Overall- A very nice beer that is sessionable and a fine example of a west coast ipa.

Serving type: cask

10-23-2010 00:33:12 | More by nas5755
Photo of eclaycamp


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was completely stunned to find some Lagunitas on a recent trip to Kansas City. Having heard good things I came home with a six pack of IPA and the Hop Stoopid. Tonight I'm trying the IPA - if I get adventurous I may try the Hop Stoopid but we'll see.

It's interesting to note that Lagunitas uses short-neck bottles. Pours a hazy gold with a pretty bubbly little head. Nice lacing, too. Color is gold with just a hint of copper. Aroma is, at least at first, challenging for me to discern. All I can say is that it's got a faint hop nose, though I can't really get anything beyond that. Orange peel, perhaps. Maybe it will open up a little as it warms. Mouthfeel is lightly sticky and lightly carbonated, and the bitterness in this isn't as moderate as the Dogfish Head I had earlier tonight. Interestingly enough, I called that one a West-Coast style IPA from the East Coast. I kinda feel like this Lagunitas is an East-Coast style IPA from the West Coast. For me the taste is kind of inverted, especially for an IPA. Heavy malt sweetness starts things off, before hops finish things off. Sadly, the hops aren't pronounced for me, much like the aroma. They're just ... there. Maybe the aforementioned Dogfish Head fried my palate a little bit. Best way I can think of to describe the taste of Laguniatas is that of orange marmalade on white bread. It's less assuming than others in the style but a damn fine beer in it's own right. Looking forward to having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:22:09 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of katybee


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly flavorful but not overpoweringly scented or flavored; highly drinkable authentic beer. Would definitely seek this out again if available.

appearance: deep golden amber, rich but thin foam head.

smell is not overt

taste is exceptional. slightly pungent and distinctive, but not overpoweringly orange citrus. no excessive hoppiness. much more flavor than the average Bud or PBR, yet the taste doesn't obscure or overpower. No strange aftertastes or aromas. Very good session beer for sipping, or drinking with any type of food.

mouthfeel is average for a lager; lingering carbonation, clarity and crispness, yet full-flavored.

Highly drinkable through the whole glass, with a taste that's memorably distinctive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 23:26:20 | More by katybee
Photo of StaveHooks


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a decent white head.

S - Citrus hops, orange zest, strawberries, and a hint of pine. Nice bready malt with notes of sweet toffee.

T - Follows the nose to a tee. A good amount of citrus balanced by a more timid but clean malt. The finish is a little piney with hints of fresh ginger. Aftertaste is of grapefruit hops that cling to your

This is a great tasting beer. Flavors are very clean. Middle of the road on bitterness but first class in hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:25:35 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


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

Purchased a 6-pk from Wegman's in Warrington, PA...FYI - If you are close to this store, check it out. They have expanded their selection..very cool.

A - Pours a nice clear amber color. About a one finger, foamy head that dissipated rather quickly. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of my DFH Signature glass.

S - Citrusy...very nice

T - Here we go...ah...nice hoppy taste, citrusy with a nice bite at the end.

M - Again, with the carbonation, a slight bite but very nice.

D - Awesome! Very nice example of an IPA. One of the better ones I've had. Easy could drink a few of these with no problem. Not overly alcoholic at a little over 6% so it could be a nice session beer. Will buy again...Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 14:14:09 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of Hamsteroceros


3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Light amber in color, not much of a head or carbonation.

S- Straightforward West Coast IPA. Light pine and citrus. Very little malt.

T- Neither really very hoppy nor malty- almost like a "light" IPA. Fairly bitter up front, but mellow and crisp on the back end.

M- Very crisp and light for a beer of this style. Somewhat dry but there is a touch of the resinous, hoppy finish that one would expect.

D- The drinkability of this beer might be its greatest strength. I feel like I could put a few of these away on a hot day. I wonder whether my stubborn preference for Hop Stoopid has influenced my impressions of this beer. It is a very tasty IPA regardless.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 04:57:27 | More by Hamsteroceros
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, where it was taken from the chilled beer section. Stamp says 236, which by their Julian code indicates a bottled-on date of August 24th.

A: Pours a clear, rich amber body. The head is a bit disappointing, rising to a finger and then vanishing pretty much entirely. No lacing, no collar.... Weird.

S: Mmm. Kind of the quintessential West Coast IPA hop varietals: grapefruit pith, orange rind, and a touch of pine. I want to stress the 'rind' part of the orange; I've noticed some beers have a really vivid citrus bouquet that is almost pure fruit juice and pulp, but this is not quite as 'pure.' It's not a criticism; I'm just pointing out the differences.

T: A good balance of hop flavor and bitterness. As noted, orange rind and grapefruit pith translate well from the aroma. Burps in particular accentuate the citrus qualities. The aftertaste is pine needles. It's not a malty beer, but there is enough sweetness to prevent the bitterness from sticking and getting too harsh.

M: I'll give it points on mouthfeel just for having the right balance between lingering bitterness and sugars. It has just a touch of enamel-peeling ripping-ness at the end. I wouldn't expect more out of an IPA, as this is supposed to be an homage to non-beer-geek drinkers.

D: I enjoy this beer and buy it fairly often for the value, but I admit there are better beers out there that I'd pay a premium for.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 05:48:34 | More by Arbitrator
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a = medium head, slowly receded, decent lacing,light amber color
s = mild hoppy floral scent
t = follows suit with the smell with a little more floral than the scent would hint at
m = nice medium-light body with decent amount of oily feel
d = worth a try, might be your thing but i think ill keep trying some new ipas before i come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:45:40 | More by wallaceandvomit
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An ale from Lagunitas. Something to look forward to to be sure, but how much and why.

I was really sure I had reviewed this beer before so imagine my surprise when I found that to be false. Many of their Frank Zappa themed beers hit my palate prior to my reviewing days. Apparently I never revisited their stable beers for review. I shall now rectify this for IPA.

I choose a tulip glass for this review and note the ale is a deep golden color and clear. The head is tan with a yellow hue. Lacing and head retention are not great but there is some there in both cases.

Nose is big grapefruit, this would've been one of my very favorite beers two years ago (had I known of its existence) due to the citrus so up front and potent. I spent many a dollar trying to find THIS IPA. There is a lack of maltieness in the nose, or defined maltieness, but there is a subtle sweetness. Alcohol wafts but is not unpleasantly present. A good swirl releases much more of the malty depth and reminds me that beer is, predominantly, malt even if the hops have been given top billing.

Tastes are tart, bitter , sweet; grapefruit and chardonnay flavors joust and tumble through the finish. Grain and a real lupulin bite kick in before the tangy citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is light but high carbonation keeps things lively and the dry finish lends to drinkability.

I am going to make this one my 'go-to' West Coast IPA. It is my new exemplar for the style with its dry hoppieness and clear leading role for the citrusy-goodness that is hops.

A big Slainte to you on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 22:11:49 | More by meeekyh
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