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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,765 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,765
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 522 | 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 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
Photo of SpdKilz


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
Photo of Arbitrator


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
Photo of wallaceandvomit


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
Photo of meeekyh


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
Photo of KonigObHops


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one at the end of my IPA season.

The beer pours a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head (about one finger's width wide). The head disapears rapidly, but lace remains until the end of the beer.

The aroma is hoppy (of course), but sweet with a hint of pine.

The intial taste is bitter, but not as bitter as most IPAs.

The middle of this beer is very well balanced, light, and very smooth for an IPA. It is not bitter at all at this point. This makes this IPA very drinkable... good thing that the abv is lower than a lot of the IPAs I have had.

The bitterness that you are waiting for is present at the finish. As you experience the evaporating sensation at the very end of the taste, the "aftertaste" is floral, rather than fruity, with a hint of pine.

Overall, this is one of the better IPAs that I have had. I usually prefer those with a fruitier finish, but this IPA is among the smoothest I've had. I would highly reccomend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:41:53 | More by KonigObHops
Photo of chrisgn


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a BN Army pint glass.

A- Hazy , dark golden color. Creamy white head with good retention.

S- light citrus, not too strong.

T- As an IPA is it certainly hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would expect from a Lagunitas IPA. It has the easy drinking taste of a Harpoon IPA. Definitely a sessionable IPA. Nice balance between malts and hops.

M- medium bodied, light taste. Not a ton of residual on the palate.

D- Not an overpowering IPA. Nice hop flavor, but all around easy drinking beer. Hop heads will not be happy hear, reach for Hop Stoopid , but if you want a nicely balanced IPA for a drinking session this will be a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:12:40 | More by chrisgn
Photo of culver501


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

A-copper colored, foamy white 1 1/2" head, low carbonation, good retention, really good lacing

S-apples, cider

T-fair hop bitterness, good malty sweet back, that same apple juice aroma lingers in the taste

M-kind of sticky, good resiny bitterness, clings to the palate

D-good, definitely unique

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:57:53 | More by culver501
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

A - very clear golden bronze, one finger of white head kept a good even covering, pretty nice lacing all around
S - piney and spicy hop notes, light toasty hint, some orange zest and tobacco
T - piney, spicy, and some orange citrus hop flavours, some toasty and sweet malt, and light tobacco
M - fairly light on carbonation, a balanced hop bitter that stays wet and smooth through the finish, although a little thin
D - a fairly tasty offering with a nice hop mix, the feel is a little thin and not the typical dry I was expecting, still enjoyable and easy drinking, although I definitely prefer their Maximus IPA offering

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:54:33 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of sfz


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

A - Vivid gold, a very healthy looking brew
S - Citrus smells dominated by grapefruit
T - Citrusy and hoppy. I had one bottle that was slightly metallic and another that wasn't, so I don't know what's really going on there. Still a nice balance.
M - Full bodied
D - Easy to drink. Low enough ABV to drink more than one. Tasty enough to keep you coming back for more.

Conclusion: The was the first beer I had from Lagunitas Brewing Co., and it's one of their finest works. This is a good place to start if you want to explore what this brewery has to offer, especially if you like IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 08:15:03 | More by sfz
Photo of cavedave

New York

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

Had before, must not have been fresh. This fresh bottle enjoyed at lunchtime tasting 9/15/10

It's a cloudy, dark straw color, a 2 fing. head of pure white, awesome lace sheets.

Med. aroma, pale malt, very light yeast notes, full of orange, lemon, grapefruit. Nice.

Bright and full flavored, it starts neutral sweet, grabs grapefruit, and swings through a delicious tour of bitter citrus into a finish that is pure bitter pith, just a hint of pine as it warms. Not complex, true, but very tasty. So much flavor here it's tempting to think of this as a IIPA.

Low carb., nice viscosity and clean cling, excellent dry finish.

Drinkability is as good as many of the big boys in this style.

Impression: For the money this is a fantastic west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 22:38:32 | More by cavedave
Photo of foogerd

New York

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- golden yellow nice sized thick head with beautiful lacing
S- big fresh hop smell citrusy with a slight bit of malt

T- really bland and watery at first then the hops make their presence just a bit really just a hint of them, this is kind of a let down from the nose
M- like i said kind of watery
D- why would you want to session hop flavored water?

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:45:55 | More by foogerd
Photo of bundy462


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a frothy off white head.

S: Big west coast IPA profile. Lots of floral hops, lots of grapefruit, hint of orange.

T: Big citrus profile just like the nose. Touch of herbal tea, nicely balancing hops.

M: Thin and smooth.

O: I normally don't favor the west coast profile for IPAs, but this one is an exception. It's very good and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:23:47 | More by bundy462
Photo of micromaniac129


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

This beer pours with an orangey amber color. Clear.
The foam head is better than average that fades to a wisp, good lacing all the way down the glass.
There is a big hop aroma present, spicy with floral and citrus undertones. I don't detect too much in way of maltiness here.
Bitter hops up front with good floral hop finish.
Some maltiness can be tasted but you have to look for it.
This is a nice full body beer that is smooth and clean.
Plenty of flavor and a low alcohol persence make drinking a couple of these babies real nice.
Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 11:33:02 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

Had this on the hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. It's amazing how nicely this beer lends itself to cask treatment. What a pleasant surprise! Pours slightly hazy to start, but clears a bit- probably just some chill haze. Grainy, rocky head that leaves some nice lacing. Gentle carbonation, but it's there. On the nose there are gentle aromas of grapefruit, orange, and sweet apple, and a hint of spiciness from the hops. The malt is purely background. The taste is gentle as well, nicely rounded. The hops are in the forefront, but they aren't absolutely dominant or too assertive. Nice citrus flavors coupled with some hoppy spiciness, and some sweet caramel malt. A bit coppery, right at the end. In the mouth it's grainy and hoppy, but the lovely understated carbonation and creaminess ties it together. Much softer version on cask , with hops that taste fresher, fruitier, and gentler. I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: cask

09-08-2010 03:49:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle. This is one of the first American-made IPAs that I remember seeing around here, and I bought more than a few overpriced sixers, until more variety eventually followed.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden copper hue, with one thick finger of foamy, rocky off-white head, which duly dissipates, leaving a barely broken band of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of creamy, zesty grapefruit citrus and pine resin, reserved caramel/toffee malt, a hint of edgy warming alcohol, and further soapy, floral hops. The taste is biscuity caramel cream, some dry nougat, and nicely even grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, and pine needle hops. Simple, sure, but effective as hell.

The carbonation is on the low, but still staunchly supportive side, the body a wavering medium weight, more or less smooth (in that scorched earth hopscape manner), and strangely creamy. It finishes off-dry, teeteringly so, with a gently increasing, and lingering dry pine and citrus pith bitterness.

Pretty bang-on for the west coast, big Cali-pimpin' style - nicely balanced, and large, but not overly so (the 'in charge' part may be disputable). Still, an equitably enjoyable IPA, one which I shall continue to revisit at will, even as more of its direct competitors assail our (ancient) shores.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:27:20 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Tone


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, and hint of alcohol. Overall, good body, aroma, but not complex.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 19:31:42 | More by Tone
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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