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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,903 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4903
Reviews: 1446
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%


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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AgentMunky

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Stamped 308 3//6513 2022

A: Two fingers of fine head with plenty of effervesce. Copper-clear. Heavy lacing.

S: Spicy hops, moderate metal, pale malt.

T/M: Straightforward and hoppy. Sharp citrus. Crisp and light body. A little garlicky or herbal for me; a little boring; a little brief in flavor. Aftertaste is cleanly bitter, but not particularly lingering.

O: Classic IPA. Not sure what to say about it; I can't believe I haven't review this before -- I am well into the double digits of Lagunitas IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:35:37 | More by AgentMunky
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful and clear copper color. There's two fingers worth of off-white colored head, with okay retention and a soft texture. This head leaves behind nice lacing on the glass.

S: This starts off pretty malty. Once it warms up slightly, it develops a character of piny, grapefruity hops. The Lagunitas house character is pretty unmistakable - and as always, enjoyable. Their other beers show it off better, though.

T: The hop profile here is pretty mild: there's only a slight flavor of grapefruit and pine. What there is, especially post-swallow, is a decent amount of bitterness. Normally, I'm not a fan of this approach to IPAs, but there's just enough sweetness to balance out the finish. Since there isn't much malt or hop flavor here, it's mainly reliant on the house character of Lagunitas to provide the flavor - and while it doesn't do a great job, it does just enough to make it solidly tasty.

M: While it's a touch sweet, it has that clean, crisp feel I enjoy in IPAs. The dryness does a good job of counteracting it's slightly full body. Carbonation isn't much of a factor either way.

O: Solid, but not my favorite Lagunitas offering. Still, its great drinkability can't be overlooked. It reeks of an old-school IPA with its prominent sweetness and generic hop bitterness - however, it's good enough where I'd have no trouble putting it down again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:04:53 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Kevin-Wieken

Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPA
Lagunitas
---poured from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Perfectly golden, small amount of carbonation lifting to a thin, but strong head. Excellent lacing 'til the final sip.

Smell
Piney and grassy with hints of tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste
Initial bitterness gives way to sweet malt, but not much more. The smell leaves much to be desired when tasting this IPA.

Mouth-feel
Refreshing but not overly hoppy, which is what I'm looking for in an IPA.

Overall
The lack of distinct flavor and the all to fleeting 'beer' taste disappoints me. Other Lagunitas beers induced high expectations, but left me with low scoring beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 18:36:20 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a quite clear golden copper - pretty color for an IPA. The head froths up a couple inches, but doesn't retain all that well. There is a relatively thin covering of foam on top of the beer for most of the drink. Nice lacing on the sides. A little bit of visible carbonation meanders slowly towards the surface.

S - Tropical fruit and sweet malts. Maybe just a hint of pine. It's a nice aroma, with excellent strength.

T - Starts to go downhill a little here. The flavors present in the nose are a bit too pervasive while drinking. I get something of an overpowering sweetness, with a nice bitterness, but one that is far overshadowed by the sweetness. Pine is present, but only barely, and only if I go looking for it.

M - Medium bodied, and a little slick. Refreshing finish, but too heavy to be refreshing. Meh.

O - Mixed bag here. Ultimately it's too syrupy for my palate. I've also had mixed experiences with this 12 pack, the last of which I have chosen for this review. A couple felt wonderful, but as I got used to it the sweetness just became too prevalent.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:04:32 | More by Andrew041180
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TheMarkE

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey gold, with plenty of head, lots of lacing, and heavy carbonation.

Smell: Citrus hops and caramel.

Taste: Citrus, pine, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with a moderate hop afterbite.

The Verdict: Delicious. I’m not sure how I skipped reviewing this one after enjoying so many of them. This is a well balanced IPA, with a milder hop presence than many. It’s there, and full of flavor, but they don’t beat you over the head with bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:13:09 | More by TheMarkE
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jkn00

Texas

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good solid IPA. I can drink a couple and it isn't too much. It isn't the best I've had but the taste is good and there is a decent alcohol content as well. This is a good beer that I suggest people should try. The brewery has a nice family of beers too so explore everything they have to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 18:06:32 | More by jkn00
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Huffs

New York

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice full, thick, white head developed with great lacing and retention. Appearance was a clear golden orange. Had a great aroma, very hoppy with strong citrus and spice notes. Nice hoppy and crisp taste with spice, floral and citrus notes. Medium to full mouthfeel with dry and krisp aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:56:19 | More by Huffs
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Amber/copper, crystal clear with a gigantic frothy white head.

S - Grapefruit, citrus hops, sweet caramel malt.

T - Citrus and pine hops, toasted malt, mild hop bite. Great balance.

M - Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Really smooth clean finish, high carbonation.

O - The insane drinkability and perfect balance of flavors makes this an exceptional IPA. If I'm in the mood for a neutral but flavorful easy drinking IPA, this would be one of my top choices.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:53:08 | More by mooseo
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screamking

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours medium amber, with a 2 finger off white head that sits for a minute. The aroma is very strong in this one, with lots of earthy pineapple right up front. There is also pine working its way thru, along with hints of grapefruit. The smell was a little more earthy than I remember but still some tropical notes are to be found.

The earthy notes keep rolling into the taste. More of the pineapple is present, as is some mango and pine. Good hit of bitterness mid palate, turning to sweetness at the back of the mouth. Not a whole lot of malt is present, you get some hints of it but this one is mostly about the hops. Light to medium mouthfeel with a wet finish. It would be easy to pass this one by, but I always seem to come back to lagunitas. You get your money's worth here, I picked it up for 8.99 a six. It's easy enough to drink that a few is never out of the question.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:24:07 | More by screamking
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a clear copper-tinged straw color with a tenacious three fingers of beige head that takes its time in settling down. Excellent retention; lots of luscious lacing.

S:
Just pouring the beer releases a cloud of very dry piney hop odors. Some caramel aromas with musty hop smell, also a hint of citrus

T:
Hay, grass, dough, hops. Really has a cohesive, earthy flavor. Dry and level with a bit of orange rind at the end.

M:
Dry, flat, short. Light-medium body, quick finish. Slight linger in the hop flavors, but doesn't wear out its welcome.

O:
Pretty tasty IPA. Maybe not a game-changer but a solid beer. Really hoppy without going overboard. There is actually a nice balance with the malt flavors considering how hoppy it is (basically, you can taste the malt if you concentrate). I haven't had much from these guys and while their whole image/writing on the labels annoys me, I have to admit, I'd be hard-pressed to be TOO awful negative about this beer.
Would have again. Worth trying if you have access.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:24:57 | More by TheDoctor
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

1.9/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear. Much clearer than I prefer my IPA's. Comparable to a domestic, mass produced brew.

Smell: Sour, floral smell. Not balanced in the least.

Taste: Here's where it really goes downhill... Hops for the sake of hops, and nothing more.

Mouthfeel: Nothing there. At this point in the taste test, I'm really trying to figure out what I'm going to do with the rest of the 6 pack I bought.

Overall: If this is representative of a West Coast IPA, no thanks. I'll stick to Michigan IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 17:04:40 | More by BreakfastStout
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brewbattles

California

3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 others to determine which was a better IPA. The beers that were competing were: Stone IPA, Big Sky IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, and Full Sail IPA. Here is the video:

http://youtu.be/AAPlYzFD4m8

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 12:44:00 | More by brewbattles
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digitalflood

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas India Pale Ale (2013) - 6.2% ABV. Full flowery smell. Sage, cinnamon, coriander, and grass. Full head with excellent retention and lacing. Brass crystal clear body. Highly carbonated and very active. Bitter hops bite with just a hint of malt and oats. Flowery full bitter flavor. Not overpowering like many West Coast USA IPAs. More full flavored and rich. Good ale note mid-palate as the hops nose depletes. Brassy and a bit of skunk cabbage. A little pepper and coriander. Degrades to lemon grass and a crisp hops note. A lingering flower note in the aftertaste. Dry. Smooth. Well balanced. On the verge of IPA perfection. Very good. Highly recommended. Best example of the West Coast IPA breed while remaining fully accessible to the masses. Simply a great beer. 4.0 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:41:47 | More by digitalflood
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TheMung

New York

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

This has been my favorite IPA for more than a year, but I am trying other IPA's and have found other that are equally interesting. I am glad that the Lagunitas IPA is becoming available on the East Coast, where the Victory Brewery "Hop Devil" is a strong contender, and the Great Lakes Commander Perry IPA is also s very strong alternative.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:57:21 | More by TheMung
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TAMU99

Guam

2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad IPA but just a little one-sided. It's all hop. Bold, even brash citrus assault your palate and there is not much malt to protect you. Funny though, I can smell biscotti and cookies, but just don't really appreciate those in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fine - though the bitterness lingers. Overall it's solidly built, but kinda not too polished. It has stiff competition from the multitude of great IPAs available - try Harpoon!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 07:47:59 | More by TAMU99
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youngs11

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears amber in color, a creamy off-white cap about a quarter inch and superb lacing. the way an IPA should look.

Smells of fresh hops, grapefruit, lemon zest. Very fresh and spicy.

Taste offers a good amount of bitterness initially, but a mildly malty backbone creates a perfect balance. Follows the nose almost identically but the malt is just a little more pronounced in the taste.

Between low and medium carbonation, velvety, just a little sticky. rather light bodied.

This is a good-looking, good-smelling, good tasting beer. It's flavor profile is not overly complex but it manages to showcase all of the desirable aspects of the style. Its light body would allow me to drink a lot of these. Two thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 18:06:10 | More by youngs11
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McStagger

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low and behold, I was just talking about how much more I liked Lagunitas's Pale Ale versus their IPA. I grab another bottle from the sixer of Pale Ale, and it's an IPA. Dunno if it was packaging or somebody from Von's switching bottles, but this gives me a chance to do a back to back tasting.

A: Darkish orange. Almost amber in color. One and half finger of khaki head. Bubbles lazily float to the surface. Retention is moderate to good, as is lacing.

S: Tropical fruit boquet out of the glass, bit of grapefruit and citrus. Some graininess. Malt is fairly straightforward, smelling slightly sweet and a tad bready.

T: Fairly lean profile. Citrusy, almost herbal hops hit the front palate, hit by a level of grainy malt. Some residual bitterness peaks through in the end.

M: Light bodied, with enough alcohol and malt to keep things going.

O: I can understand why this is this best selling IPA in California. It's easy to drink, not too bitter and has a good amount of flavor. It's a good intro IPA to those that are ready to take the next step. It has no obvious flaws, but the flavors are muted in comparison to other California IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 09:32:43 | More by McStagger
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dv8sean

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I am OG when it comes to Lagunitas, having enjoyed their beers since their earliest days. IPA continues to be a contender for my Desert Island Beer. Given that bias, I'm surprised that I didn't rate the beer a bit higher.

Might be safe to say that this is now the industry standard for American IPA. It checks all the boxes: hops on the nose, bitter on the palate, just enough malt to balance things out. Hop character leans toward the herby-evergreen side, rather than the grapefruit-tropical thing.

Having consumed untold gallons of this beer over the years, I've noted that it's quality and character can vary, presumably with how long the beer has been sitting around and under what kind of conditions. At its best (fresh) it really is fantastic. Typical store bought sixer, it'll still be good but who knows?

Any nits I have to pick are completely and utterly blown away by a sense of gratitude that such a fine beverage is so widely available to hop heads just about everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:04:13 | More by dv8sean
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, nearly orange. Thick finger and a half worth of creamy white head. Moderate retention. Lots of carbonation

Smells of grassy and piney hops upfront. There's some grapefruit in there. Caramel malts abound. There's a faint bubblegum aroma lingering around in there somewhere

Taste is of grassy, floral, and pine hops. Slightly resinous. Grapefruit and citrus. Burnt caramel malts. Bitterness is on the high side but tasty

Feels crisp and resinous. Refreshing

Overall I'm actually surprised I don't like this more. It is quite good but after falling in love with little sumpthin, I thought this would blow my mind. Still worth getting but not my favorite from lagunitas

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:44:54 | More by MistahBeah
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice IPA overall. But I actually might slightly prefer New Dogtown.

Pours straw colored soapy white head.

Smells nice enough but might like a bit more in the way of aroma.

Usual suspects on the palate. Citrus hops maybe some orange and pine.

Easy drinking on the palate. Finishes nice and dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 00:20:10 | More by Powderhornphil
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From, the "unlimited release" 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 30, 2013.

It looks very nice in the glass with a sparkling medium amber, golden, and brass color that builds up to a huge puffy white head. That head fades but laces.

Vibrant hoppy aromas of earth and flowers along with an echo of biscuit malts introducing themselves quickly before being overcome by the hops.

Medium body that has a kind of pleasant creaminess to it.

Like the nose the taste has a bold floral hop flavor with much milder sweetness and malts that you really have to think about the catch. They are there though. A satisfactory IPA with a slight bitter bite on the backside.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:08:57 | More by puboflyons
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utopiajane

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of golden straw. Has a deep amber resonance and looks like a bar of gold int he glass. Fat, rambunctious head of white foam that fell like it had all day. Left spectacular clinging lace. A true beauty to behold.

Nose is sweet citrus with a tart edge. lemon and orange. There are tropical notes behind the citrus but it's the zesty fresh scent of citrus peel that makes this one so tempting. It's like shaved orange peel that is damp and sweet. There's a light malt with a touch of honey. Touch of spice pine and a strong earthy scent. Sweet & floral.

taste is delectable. All that fruit greets the palate and the sweetness hangs on as it's washed to back by the light biscuit malt. I like that the malt in this one never goes to caramel and doesn't overshadow the natural fruit sweetness. There's a nice moderate hop bitter. It's not aggressive and it it starts with a little oil at the back of the throat but the resin and pine remains light throughout.

This is a terrific IPA that has plenty to offer in the way of a well crafted hop experience. The fruit was sharp and pungent on the nose and leads you into a drink that has all it's elements complimenting one another. The body is full but on the lighter side and smooth. The palate is full of enthusiasm.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 15:29:47 | More by utopiajane
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden straw, extremely bubbly, almost completely transparent. Beautiful thick foamy white head, about two fingers, with good retention and excellent lacing.

Big hoppy aroma. Tons of citrus, some tropical fruit in the nose, and a strong note of honey.

Strong hop bite, less fruity than the nose implies. Not a ton of citrus peel, and just a bare hint of that honey flavor. Very little malt balance to speak of, although a bit of caramel and biscuit does sneak in.

Refreshing, dry yet slightly cloying. This beer definitely paves the way for more. Mild sting, dry and peel-y aftertaste.

This is a solid IPA, right on the verge of greatness to me. There's almost nothing that warrants a complaint, but very little stands out as an exemplar of the style. This could easily be an every day IPA for me, and with a little more floral or fruity sweetness, it would be outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 20:25:55 | More by Roguer
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scvance

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a good two fingers of fluffy off white head. Smells strongly of hops. Lots of pine and earth notes. Slight malt aroma as well. Taste, right upfront there is a malt sweetness, not what I expected. This fades into a lingering resin-like bitterness in the finish. I'll be honest there's not much to the flavor in my opinion. Medium body and medium carbonation. For my taste there is a noticeable lack of hop flavor. Overall a decent beer, however slightly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 19:36:43 | More by scvance
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IKR

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light-amber color with a moderate-sized white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Piney hop aromas dominate.

Taste:The pine aromas carry over to the taste. The finish ends fairly dry with some mild pine notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA to my usually Imperial Stout-preferring Palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 22:09:43 | More by IKR
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