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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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87
very good

5,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,706
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 495 | 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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BeerNemesis

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA / 650 ml. / 5.7% ABV / 2010

Brewer: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Nice glowing amber with a great head and terrific lacing spattered against the glass. Too bad I've seen so many other IPAs with exactly the same description.

Aroma:
A faint medley of lemon, hops, pine, and grass. Refreshing, but not brilliant.

Taste:
Bitter and hoppy with those same pine/grass notes in the background. The aftertaste is a little sticky, bitter and warming. Very solid taste.

Mouthfeel:
Thicker than expected but in a good way. Great carbonation.

Harmony:
It all works together so nicely. Solid but not surprising.

IBU: 45.6

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:10:26 | More by BeerNemesis
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to dzyneguru for this extra!

How is it that I've never had this before? Hm. It pours a clear orange-amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises hoppy florals and citrus and some light toffee in the back. The taste holds notes of these elements, along with a good amount of bitterness and a stepped-up but o' citrus. The body is light, with a moderately active carbonation and a crsp, dry finish. Overall a nice IPA...nothing special and nothing bad. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 20:36:29 | More by TMoney2591
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appenzeller

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a healthy and frothy whie head. Leaves decent lacing. Aroma is subtle, sweet caramel and hops. Taste is more subtle than many if not most American IPAs (I consider this a compliment), smooth malts on the tongue, a modest hoppy bitterness going down makes this a full brew that finishes dry. Mouthfeel is pleasant, drinkability good. No superlatives, but this is one of my favorite everyday brews, and in a world full of IPAs that ought to say something.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 06:30:02 | More by appenzeller
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industrialswill

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Classic dark amber color.
Smells like fresh cut Juniper.
Tastes like the brewer was aiming for an IPA that would invite long drinking sessions and this is what they got. This IPA has all the flavor you could want in a modest ABV offering...just right for a long night of Poker.
If you are looking for the most EXTREME hop experience money can buy, go elsewhere. If all you want is a very solid IPA at a good price, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 23:05:39 | More by industrialswill
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly for a tight forming off white head, with great retention. The body of the brew is cleanly filtered with no chill haze, and is copper in color.

In the nose, it is mostly citrusy in the way of grapefruit and slight freshly cut grass.

Tastewise it's cirtusy and spruce.

The consistancy of this brew is crisply carbonated and has an oily feel. This is well balanced and a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:38:57 | More by TheSarge
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travelfrog

New York

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

I tried this brew in a bottle after I discovered it was available at a nearby grocery store.

Appearance is golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Thick head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is primarily of pine hops, with a hint of wheat.

Flavor is very strong but not overpowering. Lots of pine and noble bitterness, with a surprising sweet aftertaste. Unexpectedly well-balanced for such a hop-filled beer.

Mouthfeel was dry and pleasant. Not sticky or cloying at all. The bitterness didn't hang on the roof of my mouth, either.

Drinkability is very good. You know you're having a full-flavored beer, but the effects of the flavor are not cumulative as you drink it. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the cumulative effects of the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:30:03 | More by travelfrog
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HeroicDoses

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas IPA reminds me of the Grateful Dead's infamous "Wall of Sound" soundsystem. Everything is turned up to the max, but the clarity and balance of the sound (or in this case taste) is absoutly chrystal clear. The hops are exploding (but not overstated), the bitter and sweetness function together in perfect harmony, and the finish is truly sublime. You can pick out every amazing aspect of this beer with ease. It's all there, all good, and all fresh. Total homerun, I'll be buying this stuff forever.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 20:36:39 | More by HeroicDoses
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velosuds

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Single purchased for $1.29.

A-Pours a light golden-orange hue with a 1+ finger, creamy-white head with modest retention and scant lacing. A very light appearing IPA, and very translucent, perhaps due to the hops being extracts and oils instead of the typical whole hop in the mash.

S-The hops are fragrant, piney, citrus, and sweet. The aroma is pronounced, and pleasant; this beer's strongest attribute.

T-Mildly hoppy, but not very balanced as the malt presence was too faint. Taste is primarily characterized as bitter, and doesn't match the pleasant aroma. There was also a disconcerting sour or acidic aftertaste, which improved somewhat as it warmed.

M-Harsh. Over carbonated.

D-This was disappointing, and not on par with the other Lagunitas offerings I have enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 05:24:54 | More by velosuds
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

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

Nice IPA offering here, great pour, works a nice head, which dissolves into a thin layer on the top of the beer. Cloudy golden brown color.

I thought there was a strong fruit/citrus flavor, giving it a nice flavor and distinguishes it from other IPAs. Not overwhelmingly bitter or hoppy, but it is there. More of a malty/piney/sticky IPA, has a thickness to it that is nice, it is well balanced as well.

All in all a very drinkable IPA, not overwhelming or over-powering, but it tastes really good and is a pleasure to drink. I would definitely get this again if it is being offered.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 00:11:08 | More by Pittsburgh
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gardenofsound

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served in a bottle but I asked for a glass and poured it myself.

Color: Amber-ish color. Not as light colored as some other IPAs as this was more brown that orange hue.

Head: Not too much going on here, but I generally pour very gently with a strong tilt to minimize this aspect. Very little trails left.

Aroma: Great! Complex and fruity. A bit citrusy with a little pine going on.

Taste: Starting to go downhill here from my viewpoint. I prefer more traditional IPA's with little or no Cascades, and this one screams of California which is sometimes a good thing, but in the case, it wasn't. That's just my opinion, but I know that they nailed what they were going for here, so I can't fault too much. I wish I could have gotten a little more malt and yeast character out of the beer. Everything about the taste screamed "Cascades". I read that they put Centennials in it, but I didn't catch that character as much. Some more malt to counteract the hop punch would have made this a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: harsh. I had some Belgian ales earlier in the day (Goose Island's Pere Jacques and Sofie) and this was just a complete shock on the palette compared to what I had been drinking. Acidity is an issue here.

Drinkability: this is where it really turned me off. the harshness on the intake coupled with heavy acidity once in the stomach. I could not finish the beer. There is nothing subtle about it. It was like very hot Indian food: there's so much going on that it's tough to appreciate anything in it. It gave me heartburn after only half a bottle.

I wouldn't get this one again, but again, my preference is for IPA's that stick closer to the English style rather than the heavy Cascaded California style. If I were to modify this beer, I would save some of the hops from the kettle and use them for a dry hop cycle. The aroma couldn't hurt from more though that aspect is great as is.

I guess that a symptom of the American IPA in general is that they're going for too much hoppy flavor at the expense of everything else.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 18:58:54 | More by gardenofsound
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CraftAleRookie

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a Pint Glass at the Washington House

A- Mostly clear; Golden Color- 1/4 Inch head with good retention.

S- Fresh cut pine, grapefruit, and a hint of sweetness.

T- Smooth hoppy-ness, not too bitter at all. Citrus notes, very light finish. I would not describe this as a "bold" IPA, very standard.

M- Light to medium body, good fizz.

D- This is an easy drinking IPA- a good intro to IPA for the uninitiated Lager Drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 19:36:22 | More by CraftAleRookie
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - a little light-colored for an IPA, closer to an light amber color.

Smell - Typical IPA smell with a slight bit of fruitiness, but nothing much that really identifies itself, maybe something close to grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - very light mouthfeel, almost similar to a light beer.

Taste - my vote would be that this is a choice for an exemplary IPA because I can't find anything else to describe it. It's just a good IPA.

Drinkability - due to a good, but not too strong taste, and light mouthfeel, I would say that this definitely has good drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 06:57:45 | More by Nerudamann
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ruckus232

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: This is a great looking beer. It is a clear dark yellow to light amber in color with a perfect amount of sticky white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: A very strong smell of citrus, but more like the citrus rind bitterness.

Taste: The smell makes it seem like the hops will be crazy overpowering but when you take a sip it is hoppy at first but there is a really nice malty sweetness to finish it off. I think this is great because the balance is really good but I know some people might be hoping for way more of a hop blast.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:13:06 | More by ruckus232
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

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

My first ever tasting of a Lagunitas brew.

Pours a hazy, beautiful, bright carrot orange color with a small white head. really great looking beer.

Some pine in the smell with hints of grapefruit, great hoppy aroma.

Very hop sided, shines with citrus hops. Damn tasty IPA, that's all I gotta say.

light-medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing on a warm sunny day overlooking the seaside. This is a beer I could drink all day, really wish we got Lagunitas in OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 22:23:16 | More by wolfinthemirror
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a RJ Rockers standard pint. Poured a nice golden yellow-orange with a one-finger white head. Lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt with a low hop presence. The flavor was malt with slight hop notes. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a smooth IPA that was not overly hoppy like I would have hoped, but overall nicely put together. Definitely went down smoothly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 16:36:35 | More by thagr81us
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JamesS

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice mid-copper with a bit of nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Very nice scent, a lot of hops in the nose, fairly neutral beyond the bitter, but with a nice sweet malt undertone. Wonderfully thick and malty beer with a great hop aftertaste that lingers for a very long time; a great clean hop taste as well. Goes down quite well.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:01:42 | More by JamesS
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- yellow-amber color and pours with a large white fluffy head, dissipates over a few minutes leaving medium lacing on the glass

S- can smell a mixture of hops both citrus and floral, bit of malt creeps in eventually

T- mild citrus flavor hits immediately with the hop bitterness taking over for the rest of the way, bit of sweetness in the flavor and the hop flavor lasts and lasts after finishing

M- thicker and oily, not nearly as much carbonation as expected, very sticky flavors that stay in your mouth

D- Pretty drinkable beer, could drink this almost as a session beer if I was in the mood for an IPA session

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:21:23 | More by Spiekerbox
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Celestion321

California

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

Presentation: Aleworks "got beer?" pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with hints of orange, almost honey-like. Last time I had this beer it was a little hazy, but not this batch. Thick and fluffy white head caused by a straight pour, but dissipates within a few minutes to a ring along the edge that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Floral at first, then some citrus with a nice malty backbone.

Taste: Grapefruit hits you first with that familiar hoppy bitter and slightly bready malt taste coming soon after. There's a slight hint of caramel or honey in there, but the overall profile is dry enough and the bitterness at the end sticks around for a while. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus. It's not chewy but it's substantial. It sticks around less than the aftertaste, but it hangs on for a while.

Drinkability: Pretty good for an IPA, considering I'm a former hophead who went to the dark side. It's not a hop bomb, which makes it an experience I can repeat again and again without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 10:00:53 | More by Celestion321
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper colour with thick, soapy white head. Lots of lacing too. Smell is of citrus hops and tons of sweet malt. The taste is quite malt forward for a west coast IPA, but it still has the nice hop taste. I wonder if the 6 pack I bought is a bit old because I'm not getting the same hop punch that I expected, but they didn't have date codes on the bottles, so I'll have to assume it was fresh. Very smooth and it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:59:56 | More by kwjd
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Phillyphilms

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent West Coast IPA. Hoppy but with less IBU's than you'd expect. Very floral on the nose, citrus and fruity finish and hoppy enough for three fellas. Fell in love while living in Cali and easily one of my favorite three IPA's I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:10:10 | More by Phillyphilms
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babaracas

Florida

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

Pours a clear amber with foamy two finger white head, thick sheeting but it doesn't stick. Smell: orange, grapefruit, leafy, apricot. Taste: oils galore, grapefruit, very leafy, pulpy orange, a bit yeasty in the back. Really tasty, though it doesn't seem to have the ibus to back it up... quick fading. Light to medium bodied with active, slightly fluffy carbonation.

For some reason I've stayed away from this one... maybe the lack of date code or iffy distribution in my area (if the stoopid seems faded, that's a bad sign)... but this one seems to be fairly fresh, and really tasty. Will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:52:44 | More by babaracas
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Naugros

New Jersey

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

Orange to honey in color. Pour it fast and you'll be rewarded with a foamy head, but it will quickly reduce down to a slight white haze on the top. No lace at all.

Not as strong in hop scents as most West Coast IPAs. Surprisingly, the esters are not strongly grapefruit which means that they didn't go nuts with Cascades hops, which seems to be the trend lately on both coasts. There ARE some grapefruit notes, but also a bit of orange and a nice floral character. There is obviously a nice blend of hops here.

Surprisingly mild in citrus and bitterness...but only for an IPA brewed in California. Both are still there, but this is better balanced than most West Coast IPAs and I know I'll give a rating above the average because I appreciate that balance; I'm not fond of drinking a beer that is basically a glass of liquid hops. Caramel plays on the tongue with the citrus from the hops countering at the back of the throat. The aftertaste is all hops, but does not outstay its welcome.

Something about the mouthfeel put me off. The wash is not as clean as I'm used to from IPAs and leaves remnants on the sides of the mouth. Maybe it was something else I ate earlier, but this is what I experienced.

Despite the mouthfeel, this is an easy drinking IPA at only 5.7 ABV. Kudos to Lagunitas for not buckling to the current trends of dumping truckloads of Cascade hops into the boiling vats and raising the ABV to double digits.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:06:34 | More by Naugros
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

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

355ml bottle from Ormond Wine Co. in Ormond Beach, FL. Pours a fairly clear amber orange with a ring of white head and some lacing on the shaker. Smell and taste are seaweed, toffee sweetness, caramel, dark bread dough, lemon, lime (a bit sour), and a mild, citrus hop bitterness to end. Almost English in character, I'm wondering whether age has tamed this beer. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, lighter than medium, nice bite midway, moderate bitterness through the finish. Very little aftertaste. For a West Coast IPA, I was expecting much more hops, a weaker malt base, and stronger IBU. Still, this is a solid, drinkable, and decently hoppy beer. Worth a try despite its flaws.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 03:13:27 | More by cratez
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roccotuna

California

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

pours a nice golden amber. I tried to get the head to foam up a little, however unsuccessfully.

smells like apricot, grapefruit, and honey. A much softer citrus aroma than I'm used to from a california IPA. after I finished the beer, the glass smelled strongly of spice and honey.

taste coincides nicely with the aroma; a honey malt pokes through here. much lower on the bitterness than I would expect. as such, combined with the relatively lower alcohol content, it would be really easy to put back several of these. I could see it being a great way to introduce someone into west coast style beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:45:50 | More by roccotuna
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Mdog

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Gold, ok head.

Smell: Prominent grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Crisp citrus hop flavors hit first, then the bready malt body shows up. Not a long lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: If this is really 5.7% abv along with cheap pricing makes it a good combo if looking for a quick hop fix.

Finally got around to trying Lagunitas IPA, it is a solid beer. Not over-the-top hoppy, it's actually a little more balanced than I expected. Great pricing as always from Lagunitas too!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:18:27 | More by Mdog
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