Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
Purchased as part of a grey-order shipment in Australia. Bear that in mind when reading this review. Also keep in mind, I just tried the Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You collaboration, which was fantastic... Now let's see where we are...
Pours a burnished, slightly coppery golden colour, with a fine and almost creamy head of white. Lace is intricate and mountainous. Looks like some sort of wonderful landscape around the rim of my glass. Body is pleasantly thick, and some tiny-bubbled carbonation forms as it's swirled. Overall, a damn-fine looking beer.
Nose... Hmm, yeah, this is where the age starts to show. The hops are relatively muted, giving more of a crushed heather organic character, and minimal freshness. Some nuttiness and a touch of phenol, but it feels like the malt that would usually compensate for the hops is overbearing.
Taste is better, but still showing a bit of age, with some caramel/golden syrup characters or oxidised malt coming through, especially on the back. Hop bitterness is subdued, but still present, although the balance is out a little bit. Provides a pleasant counterpoint to the sweet bread and golden grain characters.
Feel is smooth and flawless.
Hmm--an interesting beer with a bit of age on it, although probably not exactly what was aimed for in its youth. You can feel the age, and that provides an interesting experience, but I think I'd prefer it fresh.
02-05-2011 05:36:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.03/5 rDev -22.1%
A - Copper color, clear, big two finger head lingering on top.
S - Smells like grapefruit and hops.
T - It tasted very similar to the smell.
D - Easy to drink, goes down smooth, bitter from the hops and grapefruit.
Overall, this was a decent IPA but its nothing special and does not have much flavor to it.
02-04-2011 05:09:16 | More by slackerlack
3.85/5 rDev -1%
12 oz bottle.
Pours a clear golden amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Appears to have alot of carbonation, some lacing. Nose is floral, citrus hops and slight auromas of malt. Taste is more malt-forward, bitter hops come out in the middle and into the finish. A different IPA than what i've had recently, being more hopbombs, so this is quite refreshing as a change. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. A decent beer but not the best from Lagunitas. (Hop Stoopid / Little Sumpin).
02-02-2011 21:01:15 | More by heebes
3.48/5 rDev -10.5%
It's good, not great. Looked very inviting but it lacked any real distinguishing punch to separate it from other IPAs. Good flavor and feel but I would probably pass if offered other Lagunitas products in order to find something with a little more oomph.
02-02-2011 00:07:50 | More by shoduke
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
Lagunitas IPA is a great hopped up west coast IPA. Grapefruit and lemon pith in the nose, citrus rind in the taste. Lacing & etching on the glass after the half inch head leaves a nice soap ring around the glass. Clear light orange yellow. Short finish to the hops that then slowly unwinding into astringent bitterness. Better than average in every way that counts, it would be great to make this my regular session beer. Wonderful on tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign, IL.
02-01-2011 22:44:52 | More by salvo
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
12oz bottled January 10, 2011. Quite fresh. Label states 6.2% ABV.
Pours clear amber with a large off-white head that leaves tons of lacing and holds a rocky island and ring.
Aroma is pine, grass, floral hops with a bit of citrus, some malt and some alcohol. Moderate to good strength.
Flavor is some floral and sweet citrus hops, some grass, touch of pine, fair caramel malt, moderate bitterness at best. Finishes dry.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium, oily, medium carbonation.
Solid IPA but kind of tame especially compared to others that Lagunitas puts out. Never had it before and thought what the heck, it's very fresh so I'll give it a shot but in hindsight I shoulda went with the equally fresh Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.
02-01-2011 04:13:31 | More by elgiacomo
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
A- transparent golden color with suspended fine sediment throughout.
S- grapefruit up front, fades quickly
T- More pine than I expected given the nose, then a blast of grapefruit.
M- Too much residual carbonation takes away from the overall experience, aftertaste lingers
D- Not a favorite, looks alright but the feel really drags this one down for me.
01-26-2011 01:04:46 | More by Franz4
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
12oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
Lagunitas makes a gorgeous IPA, I'll give them that. A crisp, clear body with a golden-copper hue sports a healthy patch of spittle-white foam that retains well. Aroma presents a fruity bouquet of pineapple, mango, and green apple with a snappy backdrop of toasted pale malts that suggests honey & biscuit.
The flavor is equally as clean, and the hop profile leans toward a crisp bitterness without as much hop flavor as you'd expect from a West Coast IPA. A light biscuit and graininess in the finish with lingering alpha acids. Mouthfeel is delicately carbonated with a juicy, medium-light body. Overall, this is a serviceable IPA. Not the best or brightest of the style by far, but it gets the job done in a pinch...
01-24-2011 00:55:43 | More by wagenvolks
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
On tap at kumas corner
Served in a shakers pint with minimal bit of creamy white head. Beer itself is a very bright gold. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is muted. Mostly grain and cereal with some citrus hops.
Taste starts with toasted grains then moves on to a mild to moderate bitterness.
Medium in body with appropriate carbonation gives this beer a crisp mouthfeel.
Pretty much a standard IPA. A decent, drinkable, IPA, but overall, not very complex or exciting.
01-23-2011 18:37:13 | More by Florida9
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
Review from notes.
I will update this review when I try this again. I may have had an off bottle. I hope. Pretty average. There are many other IPA's that are far better than this one which was overall pretty average.
a - cloudy amber, very little-no head, and no visible effervescence or lacing.
s - smell is good. mildly hoppy with some breadiness.
t - little better than average. mild hops w/cream and some caramel maybe.
m - needs more carbonation. a bit flat for me, a little stickiness but fairly bland.
d - average. much better IPAs available for the money.
I'm going to try this IPA again with another batch and update this review.
01-22-2011 22:36:24 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
3.08/5 rDev -20.8%
Golden in color. White head that stuck around for quite some time. Doesn't look too carbonated. Looks okay.
Slight pine, citrus hops and caramel malt. Smells okay... Nothing hitting you over the head on what this is going to taste like...
...Oh wait... smells almost exactly like it tastes. The malt seems to be a little more prevalent in the taste. Bitterness dries the mouth out a bit leaving a metalic taste. It's okay tasting. It's an average IPA.
Body is on the light side. Feels okay. Nothing spectacular. Light carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry.
Drink ability is blah. I don't think I'd try this one again. If it was offered at a party and there was crappy beer, I'd take this.
01-22-2011 07:12:19 | More by 9InchNails
4/5 rDev +2.8%
poured into a smuttynose shaker pint
It's amber, it's got a bit of head and a bit of lace, pretty standard IPA look
Aromas of pine needles and lime with little hints of grainy cereal
starts with just a hint of bready sweetness and then finishes with a strong, clean, lemon/lime hop finish
medium light in body, plenty of carbonation.
Very easy drinking IPA, I find this beer to be a solid, drinkable standby. They are gone before you know it.
01-19-2011 07:57:11 | More by Donnie2112
4/5 rDev +2.8%
There is nothing bad about this IPA. I got into craft when it was spring. IPA's hooked me. This one in particular. Pours a golden honey, orange shades with a white bubbly head that recedes quickly. I can smell the pine resins and citrus from a ways away. Tastes very much the same. Maybe the citrusy pineapple more than the hoppy resins in the taste. Mouthfeel is pleasant ad this is one highly drinkable ale.
01-18-2011 13:24:55 | More by gskitt
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
22 oz bottle into my 'ephemere' tulip - pours clear golden honey orange and puts up a tight 2-finger head and really sticks to the sides of the glass - fresh smell of mild hops and a little grapefruit -
not too bitter, pleasantly hoppy with some pine resins and grapefruit - medium bodied - goes down easy - a good one to end the night on.
01-18-2011 13:04:06 | More by JoeBloe
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
22 US.fl.oz. bomber poured into a pint glass...
A - Light amber body, with a very rich creamy beige head. Great head retention and amazing lacing! Looks very good for an American IPA!
S - The aroma is not very intense, but then again, the bottle I had was fairly old. Grapefruit, oranges, pine, a bit of flowers, and some nice bready notes on the nose.
T - The taste starts out with quite a good hop bite, with grapefruit-like bitterness and some pine. Then comes a surprisingly nice mild sweetness. Some caramel, some bread, and some toasted malts are also present. Finishes in a slightly dry and bitter after-taste.
M - Light-to-medium body to it. Low in carbonation. No real hints of alcohol, yet it may give a warming sensation to your body.
D - Goes down smoothly. For an American IPA, this is a very sessionable beer. Drinkable enough for a beginner hop-head, yet not too light or lacking on flavour.
01-16-2011 03:29:07 | More by NightINgale
4/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer pours a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is pine and pineapple hops with a little bit of malt mixed in. Definitely the aroma of a hop-forward, Lagunitas beer. The flavor is heavy on the pineapple, grass and pine. There is also a nice malt backbone featuring toffee, caramel and bready malts. Low bitterness and actually fairly well balanced. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice IPA.
01-15-2011 03:47:48 | More by Mora2000
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured from a bottle to a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a light copper blond with an oily white head, which left some faint lace on the walls of the glass.
Smell: Piny with hints of grapefruit and hop resins
Flavor: Enters a bitter pine with abrasive carbonation. The middle is swimming with pale malts which blend with the bitterness of the hops before leading to a sweet and slightly wet lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: A medium bodied, easily sessionable, mild IPA.
01-12-2011 02:21:14 | More by ebrauser
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a clear, dark golden (almost copper) color with small white head that goes away fast. Scent is very hoppy (I'm assuming this bottle is extremely fresh, because I don't normally get this good of scent from this particular IPA). I also get some very sweet citrusy grapefruit and light grassy notes. After tasting, this is definitely some fresh IPA I have here. Delicious hoppiness followed by seet malts and fresh grapefruit flavors. I also get a bit of orange and some grassiness toward the end. Finishes with bittering hops. This is by far the best Lagunitas IPA I've had. Mouthfeel is very crisp and full-bodied. Drinkability is high! Sometimes I wonder how fair it is rating these beers when it comes to IPAs and freshness issues. Because I would definitely not speak this way about the last Lagunitas IPA I had. If you find this beer fresh, buy it and drink it ASAP, because it probably falls off very quickly.
01-11-2011 08:18:43 | More by DovaliHops
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
Bought a 6-pack of this and poured into a clear pint glass. The pour is a little thin and gives a great gold to amber color, very clear and easy to see through. Gave quite a bit of great frothy white head. about and inch and a half. Leaves a bit of nice lacing. Also a bit carbonated. The smell is nice i can get a nice bit of hops and a bit of grain as well. Not too much malt, and maybe a bit of lemon. The taste is a little bland for me, at least for an IPA, i just would like a bit more punch, but not having that punch makes it very drinkable. Nice IPA overall i am quite a fan of Lagunitas, and look forward to a bit more of what they have to offer.
01-11-2011 04:42:00 | More by HOPPYKC
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
On tap at BWW.
Pours a slightly hazy, orange/amber color; few bubbles are visible. One finger head, good lacing that sticks around to the glass for a while.
S - as you would expect: hoppy, pine, grass. Some citrus/orange/lemon.
T - good balance of hops, grain, malt, alcohol goes without notice. Good overall IPA, but definitely not a DIPA.
M & D - pretty decent IPA. Hoppy, pine, floral, citrus. Just a tad sweet.
01-10-2011 21:29:57 | More by tbern007
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
a - The brew pours a dark golden color, with an off white frothy head.
s - Anazingly sweet piney goodness.
t - Nothing but typical IPA stuff here. Big hop character ontop a stable malt base. The hop flavor lingers and dares you to drink more.
m - Fairly light on the tounge. Flavorfull but not heavy.
d - Very solid IPA, I have no complaints.
01-10-2011 03:28:59 | More by baseballrock
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured a clear copper/golden color into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with the ABV (6.2%) on the label. No freshness or best-by date. Very attractive appearance, love the color of this IPA.
Decent head that dissipates fairly quickly with good, steady carbonation.
Aroma upfront is fruity, citrus notes, with hints of floral hops.
Taste is refreshing, the malt is noticeable up front with a nice, hoppy finish. Some sweet notes in between before the bitter, hoppy finish hits you.
Nice lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip.
Crisp beer, medium bodied and goes down smoothly.
Definitely worth a try, a very tasty IPA from Lagunitas.
01-10-2011 01:42:44 | More by CaptDavyJones
4/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a copper hue, finger of head which quickly recedes leaving some sticky lacing.
S - Scent is a little more mild than their other offerings I've tried, but still pleasant. Nice citrus hops with a peppery finish.
T - Very tasty IPA with a touch of honey sweetness which really complements the citrus hops. Touch of bitterness, but non-offensive. A lighter offering from Lagunitas, but not to be misinterpreted as sub-par.
M - A medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Perfect for the style.
D - Yet another winner from this brewery... A very tasty IPA with a bit of a sweetness on the finish. Highly recommended to any IPA fan and easily drinkable, offering just enough flavour that it won't overload the palette.
01-09-2011 03:35:53 | More by andrenaline
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a thick yellowish white head and tons of good lacing. Smells of grassy, piney hops. Tastes of nice piney hops, some minimal malts, and a little citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high.
01-09-2011 01:04:01 | More by TheKingofWichita
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Very solid IPA. Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear dark yellow body with a one-finger white, creamy head. Good lacing.
Nice citrusy hop aroma, more grapefruit than lemon. A little sweet malt aroma as well.
Solid IPA flavors that follow the aroma. Good grapefruity hop bite up front that is followed by just enough sweet malt to give it a balance. More hop bitter than sweet.
Very crisp mouthfeel and easy to drink due to the moderate abv.
01-08-2011 19:46:36 | More by FanofHefe
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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