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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,739
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 513 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeOne


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first IPA that I remember liking after I got into craft beer. I've had so many of these but never thought to review it. I hadn't had it in a long time and picked up a 22 oz. to review.

Poured a coppery amber with only a slight head and only a little bit of lacing.

The smell was sweeter than I remember but still had that fresh hop aroma of citrus, grass, and pine.

The taste followed the aroma with a slight hop bite to it (but not what I remembered). The malt carried throughout without overtaking the citrus, pine, and herbal notes. Mildly dry on the finish.

This is a sessionable IPA. It's better when it's cold. It gets sweeter as it warms. The fairly low ABV allows more than three to be consumed before the alcohol kicks in.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:32:02 | More by BuckeyeOne
Photo of BeanBone


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

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-orange body capped by over two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves patchy and crunchy lacing.

Aroma: Resinous, piney, and citrusy hops over a solid caramel malt body.

Flavor: A wave of citrusy and and piney hops over a biscuity caramel malt backbone. Everything is balanced excellently. Juicy hops and biscuity malt in the finish. With the characteristic house flavors, you could easily pick this out as a Lagunitas beer in a blind taste test (that's certainly not a bad thing).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this would make for a solid beer if you're into hops.

Verdict: Another typical 'Lagunitas' beer, Lagunitas IPA is solid, tasty, balanced, dank and very much a westcoast take on the American IPA. These guys must have a deal with the devil to be able to keep producing such solid beers at such an affordable price.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:44:10 | More by BeanBone
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Trappeze in Athens. Delicius grapefruity goodness meets the smoothness of real ale. Camra would be proud of this offering and the people of England couldn't handle these west coast hops. Amazingly easy to drink thanks in part to Lagunitas and also thanks to the wonders of cask conditioned ales.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2010 04:36:31 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of RevereBeer

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Fairly clear, deep orange pour with 1 finger head and little retention or lacing.

S: Nice hoppy aroma to this IPA. Citrusy and piney. Smells refreshing and bitter at the same time.

T: Citrus and piney like the nose, but not overly hoppy. Some sweet malt to balance.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium body and overall right on for the style.

D: Great! Not overly hoppy whatsoever, and it was quite refreshing with the citrusy palate. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 05:06:37 | More by RevereBeer
Photo of bunnyhustle


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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours clear and lighter cooper in color with nice thick, rocky head with good retention and great lacing. Smell was nice and of bitter citrus hops, though not as much citrus as you get from many other west coast IPA's. A bit of malty caramel as well. Taste I found to be a bit bland and average. It was pretty well balanced though if anything I found it to be too malty. Some bitter hops that were almost a little sprucey (with some citrus) but again, just a little too malty and not too bitter. Mouthfeel was right on and carbonation was great. Overall this was not a bad beer by any means, just not too memorable and I thought it may pass better for a pale ale instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:29:59 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: Pours clear yellow with a little bit of head, which died down quickly and turned into a thin layer of bubbles. The level of carbonation is moderate.
S: There's a gentle aroma of piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the flavor of piney hops dominates, which lends some bitterness to the taste and finish. There are also some hints of citrus in the taste. The hoppy flavor is moderately strong.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This beer is very easy to drink. It would be very easy to consume more than one of these in a single sitting. There's a good amount of hoppy flavor, but it's not in any way overpowering enough to requiring sipping.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:23:52 | More by metter98
Photo of donteatpoop


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

Pours a nice copper color with a moderate amount of white head.

The scent is very astringent, a bitter grapefruit and pine hop smell that made me question how much I was going to like the taste. Generally when it smells like this, though the scent is wonderful, i don't particularly like the way it hits my tongue. This was definately an exception, the malts balance the dry bitterness of the hops quite nicely.

Wonderful beer, glad to have tried it. I expect to be adding this into my beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:39:47 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of jsh420


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear golden copper with a 1+ finger head that left some lacing down the glass

smells hoppy with some pine cirtus floral hops

taste is a little off - the hops are big but the malts a very tangy that just doesnt mesh well with the hops

mouthfeel is a little flat - still has some life but just not enough

drinkability is so so - its just not an ipa that i would pick up again

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:02:56 | More by jsh420
Photo of rawthar


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett Square on 4/9.

A - A grainy burnt yellow, a bit on the dull side (though it was dark in the bar) with a nice creamy looking head that lasted as film for some time.

S- Great hoppy overtones balancing the floral characteristics with the citrus very evenly.

T- No malt presence at all, this was a very bitter, dry beer, a bit too much so. I also picked up a bit of a funky, skunky almost seaweed like taste. Disappointed.

M- Feels as creamy as the head looked, really rather nice.

D- Way too bitter for me to think about having more than one. I would probably not get this again if there were any suitable alternatives available. Not particularly bad, but nothing to right home about.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 01:08:16 | More by rawthar
Photo of herman77


3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Rusty orange, fluffy off-white head. Nice sticky lacing

S: Pine hops with a little bit of floral hops in the mix. A touch of bread malt.

T: Big pine hops to start with a slight bread malt to balance it out. More of a floral, crisp hop finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. Carbonation is a little on the higher side. Drinkability is nothing too special. Ready to move onto something different.

Nothing disappointing, but nothing special either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 02:09:19 | More by herman77
Photo of ckimchi


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Great rusty-orange color that is very clear and pleasing to the eye.

Citrus, citrus, citrus. Hits you nose and it's very pleasant. Displays hops very well.

Hops are the front runner by far. Not overly bitter (for an IPA!) and I catch lots of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with pine. Nice maltiness is present to keep it well balanced. Long finish of floral hops is very nice.

Good mouthfeel a little on the lighter side.

This is my goto, everyday IPA. I love this beer and can down a 6-pack with everloving joy. I LOVE this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 09:14:36 | More by ckimchi
Photo of deereless


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

A: Brass to copper in color, thin layer is espresso like head, active carbonation - 4.25, S: Solid malt base on the nose, some zesty hop aromas with a touch of bubble gum and Clementine, the nose is on the side of mild and I really have to tease some of the aromas from the beer - 3.50, T: Nicely balanced IPA, a firm caramel malt base with a some lemon zest, very nicely flavored beer though like the nose it is just a bit mild - especially for a West Coast IPA - 4.00, M: Smooth with a bit of creaminess - 4.00, D: A very drinkable IPA, though not a knock your socks off version it is a very well crafted beer - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 00:25:54 | More by deereless
Photo of Elimination


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

on tap at Grand central pizza in waldport oregon

Very little head, hazy yellow with golden hints, copper sunset

smell: hops pine, citrus spurts like a zest

Taste very good amount of hops, very classic cali IPA taste, pine citrus, a little unripe lemon

drink- Love this IPA great with a slice, and has a decent abv which is fine with me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 23:36:29 | More by Elimination
Photo of JBogan


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

Pours a very average looking light amber with a small creamy head which leaves good sticky lacing rings in the glass.

The aroma is of the standard (for an IPA) citrus and pine hops.

Taste is also of citrus, but with a good caramel malt balance. Some sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a good somewhat dry ending.

How refreshing. An IPA who's philosophy isn't "More hops automatically means it's better" like so many of the current crop of IPA/DIPAs. Not a hop bomb by any means, and nicely enjoyable because of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 20:39:30 | More by JBogan
Photo of homebrew311


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee while enjoying a Vampire Weekend concert- they had a surprisingly good selection for a concert venue!

A: Pours a bright clear gold with some white head that doesn't retain well

S: rich earthy hops on the front with notes of tea leaves and pine followed by an assertive malt profile with notes of molasses and caramel

T: there is a nice balance between malts and hops on the palate unlike the nose, big sweet malty profile on the front which turns into pine and other earthy notes from the hops, finish is slightly bitter

MF:high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a nice IPA with a significant malt profile, well balanced and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 00:49:01 | More by homebrew311
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
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