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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,749 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,749
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 516 | FT: 3
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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

Served on tap in a pint glass. I've been avoiding this because I don't trust the freshness of the bottles in my area.

A- Lag IPA looks the part, a nice mix of deep orange with some bronze mixed within. A nice frothy 1 inch head that comes and goes, nothing a few swirls cant fix. Not much lacing.

S- Not a overly hoppy IPA, I really had to get my nose in there to smell out the goodness, but it is there. I can smell the west coast influence with a big bouquet of citrus and floral hops giving off some of the usual fruits plus some pine with a malt base.

T- Is a very simple and straight forward IPA. It does not bombard your senses with IPA flavor, it just sort of rolls on and off the tounge rather quickly leaving me to really try to pick up the taste. What I get is grapefruit slight mango plus some pine resin towards the back finishing off with some sweet malts to cover all the bases.

M&D- The feel was fine on this, I would say a small step below medium bodied with light but ample carbonation. There is some bitterness in the middle but it's rather light. The malts do a good job of washing the ipa tastes away leaving little in the dept. of lingering flavors. I had two pints of this stuff and could of went for more. A nice simple ipa that does not stray much. I still won't pick it up in a bottle though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2009 18:40:55 | More by BARFLYB
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours out a nice orange-copper color. A small, loose, white head forms on top and quickly dissipates to a thin halo. Body is still orange-copper and quite hazy. Very mild, wispy lacing.

Smell: Rich, woody, herbal hops and something entirely unique: it's gotta be toasted malt, but it smells like some sort of spiced meat buffet. Maybe that's a bad description. Yeah, that doesn't sound very good... it's peppery, salty, meaty, and malty... toasted malty. Sound better? Hopefully it does. Sooo weird... and good. I was expecting the same old funky, red currant, oily hop mess (good kinda mess) that I find in all Lagunitas brews; but no, this is totally different.

Taste: Ahhh, that's a little more familiar. Toasted malt starts things off, caramel and sweet red berries follow, and bitter, herbal, and piney hops come in to clean things up. Not that the finish is at all clean. The aftertaste is toasty, herbal, and bitter. Another typical and solid Lagunitas brew.

Mouthfeel: Goopy, oily, moderately carbonated, full, and bitter. Finishes dry. I think that about sums it up.

Drinkability: I was a little confused by the smell, but afterward this beer was just what I expected it to be: a solid IPA with that signature Lagunitas flavor. There are better Lagunitas brews out there, just like there are better IPAs out there. This was solid, but I think I could easily find something better.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 16:13:48 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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TheViolator666

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Looks great. Gold body with full white head that reduces slowly to a one finger cap. Leaves some lacing.

S: Smells of floral hops. Definite malt presence.

T: Hops are very grassy and the finish is sweet and malty. The taste is a little dissapointing coming after a nice big smell, the hops are kind of weak. A touch of citrus in the aftertaste.

M/D: Great amount of carbonation and goes down easy.

Overall not bad, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:42:10 | More by TheViolator666
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glid02

Georgia

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

Had on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet pale malts with large amounts of citrus and tropical hop aromas and smaller amounts of piney hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hop flavors aren't as robust as the smell led me to believe. Sweet pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by citrus and piney hops. The hop flavors turn sweeter and add a touch of tropical fruit flavors as the beer warms. The solidly bitter ending remains so throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could certainly have another.

Overall I was expecting nothing less than a hop bomb from these boys and I was not let down. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 03:31:47 | More by glid02
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint bottle into a chalice.

This pours a medium to light orange with a white head that disapates quickly. Decent but thin lacing.

The aroma is very citrusy with light notes of hoppy but not bursting out.

The taste is a little simple and disappointing. The first sip has a tinge of orange but almost no taste at all. The bitter finish is very light, nothing special.

This is an OK IPA, I'd probably drink it if a bar offered it but would not seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:42:54 | More by jrallen34
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RJUGA03

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- coppery yellow body with a 1" spotted/ laced head.

S-Bready and hoppy

T-Smooth light draw rolling into a full bodied tingling hopped finish.

M-Frothy and Carbonated

D- It is an excellent everyday IPA and the beginning IPA...we can't start with Hop Stoopid.

It might be possible that the bottle I got was maybe old or semi-skunked because this beer on tap rocks my world.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 06:36:42 | More by RJUGA03
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

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

Poured golden orange color with 2 finger rocky white head.
A= big citrus, fruity piney smell, as expected.
T= same, biiig grapefruit flavor, starting with a sweet Carmel flavor and then hits you with a big hop flavor, and finishes drier than I would have expected.
M= med, pretty decent.

Overall a really nice ipa, not excellent but definatley worth the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:13:49 | More by webbcreative
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albern

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA, not brilliant, but quite good. It pours a nice clear amber color with a decent creamy white head. It doesn't retain for long and there is minimal lacing. The nose is orange blossom leafy hop. The nose is floral and quite nice, very enticing, but more subtle than over the top.

The taste is a tad bit white wine spritzy, with lots of piney and orange blossom oily hop. The beer is decently balanced, but there could be more of a malt presence to balance out the expansive hop in the beer. This is a smooth, tad syrupy, medium bodied beer, with a slightly wine consistency, a nice refreshing orangey and floral hop character. This is good. It does have a slightly stale flavor as the beer warms and it does detract a bit from the oily hop. The staleness is not overt and it just seems as though the beer may have sat for longer than it should. The ABV is very modest, the aftertaste is slight, and the beer is quite drinkable and good.

Update Feb 2010: I'm adding some points. The beer is not all that spritzy and in fact is quite smooth and laces like mad. The retention is also very good. The beer isn't all that syrupy but very smooth, clean, sweet medium bodied. Yes, the malt could come on a bit stronger to balance out the vinous character in the beer, but this is a very good IPA. I think my first experience the bottle was a bit long in the tooth. This one seems much fresher.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 22:28:15 | More by albern
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DawnL

New York

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good beer - weird bar

The beer had a good thick head - possibly white. The lights in the bar cast a yellow hue so it was hard to guess what color the beer was and everyone in the place looked jaundiced.

The pint glass itself tastes salty. There's hops and soap on the nose. Possibly soap taint from the glass?

Slightly watery in consistency. Has great hoppy characters - spice and citrus with a floral background - perfume-like.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 18:28:27 | More by DawnL
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hoplover82

Texas

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

A-Pours a clear light amber deep golden color with a medium creamy off white head that stays for a little bit but dissapears to a very thin film on the beer. And leaves thin delicate beautiful lacing. Could have better retentioin though.

S-The aroma is the most comlex hoppy beer I've ever smelled. It's like this bright sweet candied earthy apricot/peaches.

T-The flavor isn't as bright but just as comlex. First is a earthy, floral and a bit piney. Then the clean and slightly woody bitterness (in a good way)comes to play on my tongue. I'm very suprized by this IPA. I didn't expect it to be this good. Also there is of coarse a solid sweet maltiness in the flavor.

M-The mouthfeel is pretty big for it just being under 6%abv. It has a creamy full body and it coats the mouth with a sweet bitterness that lingers well.

D-I could session this wonderful hoppy beer. Very well done Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 05:09:13 | More by hoplover82
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Picked this up at Beers of the World while on vacation.
Say "LAH-GOO-KNEE-TUSS"
Pours a clear orange amber color with a thinnish white head that dissipates, but never really goes away. Smells mostly of caramel. pine and citrus, with a slight mineral smell in there as well. Nothing overwhelming in the aroma, nothing offensive either. Taste is initially sweet caramel followed by a slight mineral, segue to some citrusy hops. Lingering citrus hop and sweet malt in the finish. Oily resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation medium to thin body. Pretty standard IPA I could drink a few of these, but nothing mind blowing here.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:25:46 | More by johnnnniee
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benclimbs

California

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

solid ipa - nice look to it, great head and lacing that sticks around for a long while.

smell is a good combonation of fruits and brown sugar malts

taste is some ripe fruit, a little more citrus, pretty mellow on the pine, fairly dry on the hop character.

mouthfeel is pretty boring, but finishes nicely.

- solid all around, very drinkable beer, but more of a pale ale to me than an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 20:46:47 | More by benclimbs
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squirrelpirate

Maryland

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

This beer poured a beautiful copper color with a thick, yet quickly dissipating, off-white head. Excellent carbonation throughout its length in the pint glass.

Great hop aroma, featuring hints of citrus, pine, and a biscuity scent. Very pleasant.

Very well-balanced taste at first, yielding to a dry, bitter finish typical of West Coast IPAs. A moderate mouthfeel with stickiness that lingers on your tongue well after and leaves you wanting more.

I was very pleased with this beer. The hop taste was more mild than the aroma indicated, but I liked the smoothness and biscuity notes. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy at the end, but overall a great IPA, and one I'll definitely be picking up on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:13:44 | More by squirrelpirate
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drperm

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass.

Appearance: Wonderful burnished copper color. Thin white head -- the foam didn't stick around for long, but the bubbles continue to rise.

Aroma: 43 hops and 65 malts, you say? It definitely creates a wonderfully earthy melange on the nose. Whiffs of multi-grain crackers (ak-mak?), saltwater, green hop cones, oregano, grapefruit, white pepper.

Taste: A perfect 5 IPA taste for me! Minerally bite, smooth bitterness that slakes the thirst and leaves me craving for more, and a firm malt backbone that really ties the room together. Wonderful.

Palate: Crisp, brisk, but ever-so-slightly sticky at the end to keep it from a 4.5 or 5.

Overall: Damn this is a good one. And the pairing ideas in my head keep spinning: Mexican food with fresh salsa, Indian curries, thick grilled bison-cheeseburgers, a hearty sharp cheese plate...or by itself on a hot, humid summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:03:02 | More by drperm
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

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

Clear lively orange with 1 finger white head that dissipated rather quicky into a hop pool. Small sticky patches of lace grace the sides of the glass.

Fresh pine, floral, and grapefruit/lemon notes that are pleasant, but not super pungent. a toasty caramel biscuit background.

Spicy and tangy pine and citrus hops in the forefront. A balanced toasty biscuity carmamelly bread malt character. A wonderful bitterness and aftertaste showcasing pine, floral resins, and orange peel.

Med body and carbonation. Sticky and dry. Chewy. Could taste fresh hops on my tongue when i licked my teeth.

very well balanced IPA (maybe closer to a pale ale). Although they claim it to be hoppier than it it. great bitterness and mouthfeel that begs to have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 16:48:57 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial.

Pours a medium straw with crystal clariity and a decent head that clings very well.

Aroma is the ususal tannic acid, iced tea malt and hops mix, nothing new or outstanding.

Flavor is malt that has a light DMS favor that yields to light hops in the middle and finishes dry. The malt is crackery and slightly doughy, but weak and there is that DMS flavor that I can't get rid of on my tongue. Hops are pretty weak for what the bottle promised.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is adequate, pretty meh.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it was good but not on the IPA level in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:21:52 | More by wheatyweiss
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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

After reading the bottle I'm excited to get this one into a glass. It pours a bright burnt orange thats very clear. The head was minimal but left amazing amoutns of sticky lace all around my glass. The aroma was hoppy but I got plenty of malt sweetness as well. The flavor was delicious. Almost perfect balance of biting hop bitterness and malt sweetness in every gulp. A vicious piney wallop hits on the finish. The beer has a medium body with mild carbonation. On par for style. I really enjoyed this beer. My tastes have started to come around to the bigger hop flavors so this was right up my alley. I can see myself picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:37:59 | More by beerwolf77
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jwinship83

Illinois

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

12oz bottle with no freshness info. i was told that this was just put on the shelves again after a brief vacancy at this particular store. drank from sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a copper colored body with a white colored head. it leaves small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet caramel malts upfront with a pretty strong hoppy ending to it. piny and citrus, lots of grapefruit.

T- the caramel malts i could smell come first. then come the hops. not as much as i could smell. lots of grapefruit and pine. a little bit of the pineapple thing i got from hop stoopid also.

M- medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and id like another. ive been impressed with the way lagunitas has been doing hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 02:36:25 | More by jwinship83
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jbhuxley

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always passed the Lagunitas IPA up when I've seen it on the shelf, so I decided to give it a try. The carton claims that it is California's first IPA, unchanged since 1994. I probably would have passed it up for the Smuttynose IPA if I had read this before leaving the store, as I would assume a 15 year old IPA recipe is not reflective of today's bold style.

Pour yields moderate bone colored head. It soon subsides to a ring of foam, leaving behind patchy lacing. It's quite clear and straw/amber colored.

It has a very strong smell of fresh hops. Pine, citrus, and maybe a bit of tropical fruit, but quite spicy.

The taste was a bit of a let down after the smell. There is not a lot of bitterness. It is also way too dry, start to finish. There is no sweetness to balance out the hops, which are barely present to begin with. It has a grainy start, with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is good. And the beer is well balanced. I plan on drinking a couple more of these tonight, It is just really not what I'm looking for when I want an IPA.

The smell is the only part of this beer to reflect it's IPA label. It doesn't even compare to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in hoppiness and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 23:48:15 | More by jbhuxley
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amber-orange color, mostly clear depending on how carefully you pour as there is some minor sediment at the bottom of the bottles. Light head of less than a fingers width, white and sudsy, which dissipates quickly to a light ring. Light but decent lacing remains down the glass.

Right off, you can smell two different hop characteristics. That citric grapefruit smell hit me first but right behind it was the more earthy grassy sort of hops. The hops take the spotlight but if you take a deep breath you can actually pull in some subtle caramel nuance from the malts.

As you might guess from the smell, there are two distinct waves of hop action going on when you pull this brew across the tongue. A cool malt and grassy hop concoction is first and brightest, staying together and solid as you swill. As the beer goes down the hatch, the grapefruit really starts to come out, and remains largely into a brief linger. The finish is quicker than I might have expected, and was relatively clean - rather refreshing really - with a light and brief finish of citrus hops. Very enjoyable.

The overall mouthfeel of this is interesting. It has the sort of weight to it that you would expect in something heavier, allowing for a nice full body. The balance of hops to malt though really sort of makes this feel more light and refreshing. It's an cool mix. The carbonation is relatively light, but still seems to match things pretty well and makes for an overall easy drinking beer.

I don't know why I waited so long to try this brew. If you like IPA's, this one is worth trying. I'm definitely going to be utilizing this for my rotating fridge stock for IPA's. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 23:31:41 | More by SIRIUS2
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originalsin

California

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

Had on tap at Sunday's JellyNYC show-- what a great choice for such imposing weather. Hot as blazes, humid, humid, humid, then pouring rain all balanced out by 5 glasses/cups of lagunitas ipa.

A nice amber colored beer (deep) with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a nice foamy head on the top of my beer that never dissipated and laced wonderfully. Sticky icky.
The nose is heavy on the citrus and the taste is similar--some caramel malt and a load of citrus go down all kinds of smooth. There's a bit of a bitter kick but just the right amount. This is a solid IPA that I'd drink fresh any day of the week.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 04:40:19 | More by originalsin
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association330

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an imposing label that leaves no doubt this is an "IPA".

A - Pours a rich amber color with a pinky of off-white head. Drops to a modest, bubbly cap. Decent lacing clings to the glass.

S - Nice clean, spicy hop aroma. Grapefruit rind and pine sap, with just a hint of balancing malt sweetness. Pineapples, and a bit of grassiness.

T - Not quite the hop bomb the nose seemed to indicate. The hoppiness is there, but it's not "in your face" like I thought it would be. Modest malt sweetness, with a little of that tropical pineapple fruitiness providing some contrast. Bitter, semi-dry finish, but not so extreme that it rips your tastebuds out.

M - Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and carbonation leans to the light side of moderate.

D - I can't help but feel this needs a little more hoppiness in the flavor. It's just a little too subtle overall, which keeps it in the B+ range. Still a solid offering though, and at 5.7%, it's a somewhat rare sessionable American IPA in a world where many domestic microbrewers are constantly pushing the ABV skyward with their IPAs and IIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:20:38 | More by association330
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DookDrinkyCrow

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack and I can tell by the refreshing punch that it was fresh. I have read in other reviews that they have had old past their prime brews. This beer is a decent IPA, when fresh.
appearance:orange/amber, lightly cloudy
smell: hoppy, citrus
taste: crisp,cold,exciting
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, I could finish my sixer and grab another.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:05:44 | More by DookDrinkyCrow
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MaxBrews

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 355ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a rich white head with moderate retention. Lacing is fantastic clings the glass as if it doesn't want to leave.

Smell: strong hop: pine, flowers, pineapple and citrus fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: very similar to smell. though you immediately notice the sweetness. Fruit-like sweetness (not candy-like), and with the pine/pineapple taste it is almost like biting into a ripe juicy piece of pineapple. Well balanced, with a light to medium body. The acidic sweet citrus fruit taste is what dominates the mouth, with only a slight hop bite upon finish. Aftertaste is that of malt. Not extremely complex, but complex enough to be a good session. Well balanced not overwhelmed by hops or malt. Both have their specific time in taste. A surprisingly un-dry IPA with the proper amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: a great session, more drinkable then the dogfish 60 and other IPAS i've had. Tasty, on price point and refreshing. Killing a six pack of this would be a really simple operation. ABV is not all that high as well. Fantastic IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 19:08:48 | More by MaxBrews
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sweetbrew82

California

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Light orangish amber with gold highlights on the very edges of the glass. Even with a vigorous pour I couldn't put much of a crown on top of this one's head, only managed about 1 finger of white, frothy foam that showed decent retention and ultimately formed a thick collar on the surface. Not off to a great start here...

A: It gets a little better with an aroma that consists of your standard West Coast IPA characters. Citric smells of mostly grapefruit and pineapple, with some resin-dipped pine needles layered underneath a caramel malt. Shows decent strength, but doesn't jump out at you like other competitors in this category.

T: Toasted caramel malt feels bready, almost doughy while the citric and piney hops lay on top. Grapefruit rind is most dominant, followed closely by pineapple, while the resinous pine needles poke their way into the fray as well. There seems to be some off-flavors on the back end of the mouthful that are throwing me off a little. Kind of an astringent bitterness like the taste when hops have died, which is weird because while the hops don't taste overly fresh on the front end, they're not displaying that faded taste you would expect to find in an old IPA. Whatever it is, it is hindering the drinkability of this one for sure.

M: Medium-full with a thick, slightly chewy body that coats the mouth with an even film of stickiness. Achieves a nice creaminess once it warms from the perfect carbonation. This is the best aspect of this beer for me, just how I like my IPA's.

Notes: Well, I'm not all that impressed by this offering from Lagunitas. But, in all fairness, I am now doubting the freshness of this bottle after further investigating that astringency on the back half. As it is, it falls well short of my favorites in this top-heavy category. But, I will have to try and get my hands on a fresher bottle and re-review it, which will be hard because Lagunitas doesn't put dates on their damn bottles! Seriously people, it's time to start dating all IPA's!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 10:12:49 | More by sweetbrew82
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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