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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,674 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,674
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 479 | 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 teovaldi


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

Pours a fairly clear dark amber with a big 3 finger slightly off-white head that lingers for a bit leaving decent lacing.

The smell is a mix of sweetness and floral/citrus hops.

Wish the taste followed the smell more, as I get more of the malty sweetness than the hops. Definitely not a hop bomb, but at the same time its not a bad taste, just not what I was expecting...also has a bit of a odd watery/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

Decent IPA, and is pretty sessionable, especially at the price point. Despite that there are so many better IPA's for just a few bucks more I don't really bother buying this anymore.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 20:52:52 | More by teovaldi
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

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

Lagunitas IPA into snifter

Pours a transparent pale orange with gold highlights. A nice white head leaves some pretty lacing on the way down. Looks almost like an amped up adjust lager, but not in a bad way or anything.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and wax (yeah, very weird).

A tingling bitterness seems to clamp down before anything else hits the palette. Tangerine, salty hop leafs, grapefruit rind, and a touch of pine needle.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice level carbonation, great example of what an IPA should feel like.

Easy drinking stuff. Not a OMG beer or anything, but something that could easily be thrown down quickly if you aren't paying much attention.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 12:34:39 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of birchstick


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear copper with a small head

S - smells of hops and bready malts

T - Taste of predominately of pine hops, which are balanced with some bread and caramel malt flavors. Not uberly complex, and rather bitter. The malt backbone is there, but the piney hops dominate.

M - full body with medium carbonation and a very dry finish

D - This was a pretty good IPA. Nothing about it stood out to me, but nothing disappointed me either. I was ready for something else after this, but that's not because it's bad - it just wasn't very exciting. Not bad, worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 23:37:33 | More by birchstick
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


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

Pours a nice clear copper color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Aromas of hops, pine, sweet malts and citrus.

The taste is well balanced with caramel, light sweet malts, hops and citrus, but ends tangy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, watery and dry with nice carbonation for the style.

A nice easy drinking American IPA with that isn't overly hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 00:54:58 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of DefenCorps


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On handpump at Maxs today.
An absolutely gorgeous pour ,mildly hazy orange with a dense white head that lasts forever, coating my glass with gorgeous lacework. Stellar in this aspect. The nose is solid, bright and mildly citrus-like with a blend of orange, pine and a little grapefruit. A subtle malt character is noticeable with a little toffee and biscuit, this has a mildly fruity English yeast character. These flavors are replicated on the palate, with an enjoyable bright citrus hop character up front with a low level of bitterness. Flavors of pine are present, along with a mellow malt character with toffee and a little honey, but there's something about this beer on cask that makes it stands out. Light in body with a soft and gentle carbonation, this beer finishes mildly sweet with a moderate bitterness. Thoroughly drinkable, I would not pass up on it again.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2010 04:25:53 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of happilysurly


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

A: Pours a pale gold color. Very clear, minimal head.

S: First whiff I get is angel food cake. Then herbal, earthy bitterness.

T: I can't quite put my finger on the initial taste. Very piney, slight citrus, grapefruit, definite bitterness. It tastes slightly off to me.

M: Not a huge fan of the overwhelming bitterness that lingers in my mouth. Initially, there is something that intrigues me about the flavor, but it is lost to the bitterness.

D: Though I am a HUGE fan of Lagunitas, especially the lil sumpin sumpin and extra, I can't say I love this beer. I would welcome drinking it again to see if I like it under other circumstances, but I'm not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:29:11 | More by happilysurly
Photo of Jessearellano


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

*Poured into a tulip style pint glass


Semi hazy golden orange with a tan white head.


A little floral and sweetness.


Some malt, hops and a hint of caramel. Very well balanced but not as bitter as I would like for an IPA.


Watery mouth feel with a little dry finish but mostly watery


Very easy to drink for being an IPA, not much carbonation and a little watery makes it very drinkable.

Overall a very good beer but there are much better IPA's out there

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 07:30:01 | More by Jessearellano
Photo of PantsOptional


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad I didn't review this beer after the first time I had it almost a year ago. At that time, my opinion of it would've gone something like this: "overrated and underhopped" - again, glad I didn't review it at that time. NOW: Trying it again for the first time, this beer is amazing. It's everything I like in an IPA and more. Followed an Anchor Old Foghorn Barleywine with this magnificent IPA and it was like Heaven. (And I'd had a Hop Stoopid before the barleywine, so my palate was already exposed to a super load of hops for the eve). It's citrusy, piney, and oh so quaffable. A beautiful beer to look at and the aroma does not differentiate from the taste. Mouthfeel is awesome and the drinkability level is oh so high. My only thought on the reason the first sample underwhelmed is that it was old. The problem with Lagunitas' products is that there's no best by date anywhere (that I can find). So one never knows what one is getting: fresh or old . . . or should I say great or not-so-great? Happy to see this brewery arrive in town after a looong wait for Hop Stoopid and the rest of its excellent brews. STATUS: BREWERY REPUTATION VINDICATED!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 17:19:17 | More by PantsOptional
Photo of klkatz


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

upon opening the short bottle one can smell a citrusy, hoppy aroma characteristic of other California IPAs.

color is a light honey/amber, very transluscent which pours with a small, oily white head. The head seams to increase as the beer is left to sit.

It is very well carbonated - looks as if the bubbles stuck at the bottom of the bottle are finally freed from their chains and are racing to the top for their freedom.

Taste - like the smell is typical of a well balanced California IPA. It's an american IPA at its finest.

drinkability is decent... when I tasted this, I looked at my wife and said... wow.. i could by a whole case of this.

It's a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:24:50 | More by klkatz
Photo of OzarkElmo


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

From bottle to tulip. Pours a medium clear amber with moderate white head. lacing lingers throughout. Aroma is not as strong as some IPAs - taste is a bit different also - can definitely feel some orange/tangerine in there. Not in a bad way - seems to have more of a malt feel on the nose and taste - a bit of caramel malt. The best thing about this brew is it is very well balanced - good mouthfeel with nice finish - not too dry and not lingering on and on. Well made and very sessionable. Enjoyable and would purchase again

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:50:36 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a radiant amber-orange with a worryingly small one-finger head that leaves only trace amounts of lacing on the glass. It's got plenty of haze to it, though, and the only thing holding this back from the ultimate score is the lack of head.

Smell: There are almost no hops in the scent of this one. There is a huge but extremely artificial smell of sweet, caramel malts that just tastes too fake, for lack of a better word.

Taste: The hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste, but they are still not overly dominant. I can't decipher the date on this bottle, but I'm assuming it's not very fresh by the lack of hops and lack of head. The malts still retain that artificial character to them, though.

Mouthfeel: This has a nice medium-bodied mouthfeel to it and has a very adequate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This would be a fairly drinkable beer since it has such a low ABV but it just tastes like your drinking some kind of malt extract with the hops already mixed in.

Overall, this is not a great IPA, in my opinion, but I have my reservations about the age of the bottle. I've never had a beer that tasting as fake as this, and I can't quite put my finger on why. I'm a big fan of Lagunitas, though, and I'll definitely try this again to see if I can get a better bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 00:32:26 | More by zoso493
Photo of brownbeer


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

Pours clear amber, with a white head that leaves some lace on the sides.

Aroma has that Lagunitas feel to it; a little catty and floral with some soft malts around.

The taste has a bright hoppiness to it, again, slightly catty and floral, but it does lack a certain authenticity as far as the hops go. Very wet and quenching, drinking a few shouldn't be a problem.

Lagunitas is predictable in the sense that if you predict it will be good, you'll probably be right. I will take the Pale over the IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 06:23:11 | More by brownbeer
Photo of sirk0rebreg


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

Purchased today and enjoying right now with a grilled burger dinner. Smell is great, piney and citrussy hops are present. Taste is very good. Not an overpowering IPA, it is very balanced. The mouth feel is excellent and the drinkability is great as well. Great to see this finally hit Vegas so I can drink more of it!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 03:08:47 | More by sirk0rebreg
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

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

Pours clear, the color of a brand new penny with lots of carbonation trailing up into a finger of white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only moderate amounts of lacing around the glass.

The nose is the best part of this beer. I can appreciate the distinct aroma of Cascade hops as well as some more I can't name right off the bat. Still, it's a slightly grassy, mostly citrusy cornucopia of hops and sweet fruits.

The flavor isn't as impressive as the nose, but it's still tasty. Bitter and a bit mouth-puckering up front, easing into a bit of pale malt creaminess in the middle, then coming back for a bit more citrus hoppiness in the finish.

Lagunitas IPA rocks a body that is dead-on medium with a bit of a smooth, oily feel in your mouth due to the hops and minute carbonation dancing around in the drink.

Overall, this is a pretty well put-together IPA. The flavor wasn't outstanding, but it was still good, and the nose was above average. Crisp, pretty flavorful, and pretty drinkable at 5.7% alcohol. Not "homicidally hoppy" as the label states, but a fair-priced, fairly tasty interpretation of the American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 05:53:19 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-tinged amber color with a huge head that grows creviced over time but clumps lacing to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Loads of citrus fruit atop a sugary malt base

Taste: Sweet, biscuity malt, up front, followed first by the citrus but ultimately by an aspirin-like bitterness; after the swallow, the bitter flavors converge but there is plenty of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent IPA, but there is something in the hop profile that hits my tastebuds the wrong way

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:15:07 | More by brentk56
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A – Caramel-amber hue, with a fizzy and foamy off-white head, and sticky lace.

S –There is a ton of hops, mostly bitter and citric, and a pronounced caramel malt. The aroma is a harbinger of a caramel overload upcoming.

T – Some problems with this stuff. The hop palette, flavor wise, is basically grapefruity and rye-like, and lacking a floral/dank/pine element. Too much caramel flavor in this ale for my liking, it melds with the citrus to become mildly cloying, despite the big bitterness..

M – Syrupy for the style, but well-carbonated.

D – I am not a fan of this stuff; Lagunitas has done so many better things, I can't see why this recipe is their full-time IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:04:16 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Cresant


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and bright copper/gold. The moderate white head left light lacing.

Smell was spicy and sweet. Earthy and very compelling, I kept smelling this one over and over.

Taste was also spicy with sweet, biscuity malts and grassy bitterness. Drying and crisp. A quintessential California IPA. Very drinkable. I wish I had regular access to this one.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 14:29:58 | More by Cresant
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

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

Drank on: 2/18/10

45.6 IBU's
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Nice thick 3/4" head on a semi- translucent gold beer. Continuous streams of tiny CO2 bubbles. Head has slowly retreated leaving lacy wisps of foam on the glass.

S= Light malt and citrus hop aroma.

T= Good amount of malt off the bat. Quickly overcame by a hoppy bitterness which drives through the end. Hop flavors of citrus and hints of earthiness and mild pine.

MF= Light. Slight dry finish. Refreshingly bubbly on the tongue.

D= Nice Light IPA. Could be a session starter or a nice light lawnmower IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 21:49:17 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of HopMe77

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the local Kroger in South Raleigh/Garner off of 70 and Timber. Sixer was $9.19 - great balance of hop and malt....seriously one of the better IPAs on the market today that is available at the freakin Kroger. Starts out with a citrusy aroma that is quickly forgotten after the first bite of this brew hits your tastebuds. YUM.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:12:07 | More by HopMe77
Photo of mikereaser


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 2/17/10.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 inch of foam that left some decent lacing

S - Sweet malts and some piney and citrus hops, very nice aroma

T - citrusy hop flavor forward, folllowed by some light malts finishing with a slightly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation

D - good all around beer, nothing too in your face, maybe a bit too much bitter finish to session, but overall really nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:59:50 | More by mikereaser
Photo of youngleo


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

Poured to a orangish two fingered head. Ale itsself was brownish orange in color. Head didnt hang around very long. But it did leave some nice big chunks of head here and there. Also left some decent amounts of lacing. Smelled a little on the light side to me. Just that hoppy citrus. Tasted of citrus, pine. Also had a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Big chunks of head floated in your mouth as you drank from the glass. Good session beer. Alcohol content wasnt all that high as other IPAs. So you could drink a few of these and not get blasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 19:59:05 | More by youngleo
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is orangey light-amber with a 1-finger whitish head. Very good sticky lace.

S: Lighter nose for an IP, but what's there is all citrusy hops -- grapefruit and lemons -- and a touch of pine.

T: Light, biscuity malt foundation is followed by the hops: citrus (grapefruit) and spruce and pine. Lingering bitterness coats the mouth nicely, encouraging the next sip but not causing palate fatigue.

M: Good creaminess. Medium in heft.

D: Very good. Growler disappeared quickly between the two of us.

Notes: I don't usually re-review a beer simply because I got it via a different delivery method (i.e., bottle vs. on-tap). But this beer seemed to be significantly better than I remembered from the bottle (which I reviewed well over 2 yrs ago), so here's the growler review. . . .

Serving type: growler

02-15-2010 17:56:01 | More by Kendo
Photo of Jayli


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

Had at The Avenue in Allston on 2/13

A: This beer pours a clear amber color with roughly a 1/2 inch of white creamy head. Head recedes quickly but coats the glass with sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is a fair amount of citrusy hops - grapefruit is most prevelant with a faint pine hop presence. Pale malts and hint of breadiness fill out the remainder of the nose.

T: Taste starts with a nice burst, though not overpowering, of grapefruit citrus hops. Taste than fades into a bready and pale malt character. Hints of sweetness, perhaps some caramel malts. Finish has a thin, but complimentary piney hop bite to it.

M: Lighter body, medium carbonation, somewhat watery thin feel to the body, with a crisp finish.

D: A nicely balanced IPA that isn't an in your face beer. I had several pints of this, and would do so again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 15:20:43 | More by Jayli
Photo of L337ish

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a slightly brownish honey color with a nice head that dissipates quickly and leaves a decent lace.

S: A bland smell. The spices that come through help it out though. Fairly hoppy as well.

T: Definitely a nice hoppiness with the slightly less prominent malts. Kind of tangy but gets quickly taken over by the bitterness.

M: Medium body with a hoppy finish. Not a big fan of the aftertaste but it's not bad.

D: Pretty easy to drink. I could easily have a couple of these if I'm hanging out with some buddies or something.

A good solid brew with nothing to complain about really. I'm not the biggest IPA fan, granted I still like what I've tried so far, and this is pretty good. Makes me look forward to trying new IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:38:33 | More by L337ish
Photo of Arenbeer


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

12oz bottle into glass

A- Pours a golden honey with a thick 2 finger white head that didn't leave to much lacing.

S- A good blend of hops and citrus with a faint sweeter tropical fruit backround.

T- A delicious hoppy flavor up front with some citrus. And behind it is a sweeter tropical fruit backround that makes this I.P.A so good.

M- Medium light body with a good amount of carbonation. Little bit of a bitter after taste but definitely not to much. Pretty perfect amount for my palate.

Overall this is an I.P.A, it's pretty average. But at the same time, I feel like Lagunitas put a little more into this one to make it so good. I think it would stick out side by side with 5 other I.P.As. Great beer


Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 16:24:41 | More by Arenbeer
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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