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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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very good

6,925 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,925
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 117
Gots: 1,115 | 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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Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date, but "01929020" is stamped onto bottle
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Lagunitas' IPA is a solid version of the style, offering a pleasant blend of hops and malt that always remains well in balance. My only thought for improving the beer would be to add a bit more hop complexity, as while the citrus flavors are satisfying, a bit more edge and difference would also be appreciated.

An aggressive pour yields a large head (>2cm) with an very dense, almost butter-like appearance. This gradually fades to thick ring (about 0.5cm in height) that almost encloses the entire beer, but leaves a "bald spot" in the middle of the glass. As head descends, it leaves some very good lacing, large webs and streaks. Beer is just slightly hazy from sediment, but still mostly a transparent golden orange color with yellow highlights. Holding the glass up to a light reveals a pale orange color.

Aroma is full of citrus and malt sweetness, creating a fairly juicy effect when combined. Particular citrus is orange rind and red grapefruit, while malt is more of a pale, nondescript sweetness. Good overall, the only thing that would make it better would be a greater intensity, which may or may not be a factor of this bottle's age, which I don't know.

The tip of the tongue picks up a modest malt sweetness, with a distinct taste similar to sweetened black tea. This quickly changes as the front of the palate begins to register modest bitterness to balance out the initial sweetness. By mid-palate, the bitterness has become slightly dominant, the flavors being a light orange-grapefruit mixture in equally light syrup. Back of the palate picks up continued malt and citrus hop influences. Closes with a flash of bitterness that leaves a more bitter than sweet aftertaste. While I enjoyed the taste of this IPA, I thought it was a bit one-dimensional with the fairly simple hop flavors an malt sweetness.

The beer is solidly medium-bodied, perhaps even medium-heavy bodied at times. Carbonation is adequate enough to foam this up slightly on the palate, creating a simultaneously creamy-smooth mouthfeel. Slight ethanol burn in the back of the throat, somewhat surprising for a 6.2% IPA. Finishes pleasantly dry.

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Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 6,925 ratings.