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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

5,713 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,713
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 498 | 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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casemw

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rich copper color with 1/2" head

S-Smells of rich, earthy hops. Not quite as strong as I would have expected from a west coast IPA.

T-Taste is again fairly mild for a west coast IPA, but I like that it isn't overwhelming. Sweeter than most IPAs.

M-Mouthfeel is about what you would expect. Not a huge beer by any means.

D-Only drank the one, but could have gone for a couple more.

Overall a very good beer from a very reputable brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:09:13 | More by casemw
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this quite some time ago at Northridge in Laramie, WY. Around $8.

A: Copper, dark amber in color, off white head about half an inch thick, which reduced to nothing. A few spotty rings of lacing. But nothing superb, color is nice. Head retention could be a little better.

S: Slightly aromatic, a bit of citrus, earth, and pine, with a faint hint of axle grease? a hint of wax as well. almost like a hop flavored soap. Some interesting hefe-like yeast smells going on too. Not too bad actually, a lot of good IPA things going on.

T: Interesting hefe-flavors in an IPA, a bit fruity, and a definite hop presence, nice grapefruit flavors, not a lot on the malt end, and really not a lot on the hops end. A faint hint of grain, but really focuses on the hops and bittering aspects. A good hop character, but a little more would be nice if it was gonna lead away from the malt flavor.

M: A little thin in all reality, a fair amount of carbonation, with a pretty clean finish. Just a bit of lingering bitterness.

D: This would be a good IPA to drink more than one of. A fair smell and really not too bad of a flavor to put a few back in an evening. A little bland as far as IPAs go, especially West Coast IPAs, but still a good beer. This would make a great stepping off point into the world of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:56:36 | More by pokesbeerdude
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steelerguy

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a one finger head and medium carbonation. Head faded quickly.

S - A decent malt smell, didn't smell any hop aroma. Was a little surprised by this, would have liked a citrus or spice.

T - Nice malt flavor with some good hop bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor though. Not bad, but expected more. Then got hit with a slight aftertaste, not terrible, but not good.

M - Good, doesn't feel over attenuated.

D - Has good drinkability, rarely do I consider a great IPA sessionable, but this is...then again, it is not great.

This beer left me disappointed. I expected some hop aroma and got none, and more hop flavor than was present. They say they used 43 varieties of hops and 65 malts. Perhaps they should stick to fewer varieties of hops and malts and let each one "speak" a little louder. Not a bad beer, but nothing really stands out, seems a bit muddled. Don't feel like I need to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:19:02 | More by steelerguy
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BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass

Appearance: Clear amber with white 1 finger head which dissipates quickly, no lace.

Smell: A whole bunch of citrus hops and floral hops.

Taste: Hops come through a lot, citrus stands out (grapefruit mostly). Not too bitter, very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, very crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty good, although the citrus can wear on you after a while, but very smooth.

Notes: Very balanced and delightfully light. An IPA for everyday consumption, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:59:31 | More by BigIrishman
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden orange with a nice blast of grapefruit, hops, pine and more citrus on the nose.

The taste on this one is hoppiness and bitter with a bit of malty caramel flavor as well as the grapefruit/citrus action.

Moutfeel is very well balanaced and as for drinkability, although this isn't my favorite IPA of all time, I still recommend that you give it a go!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 05:10:25 | More by midnite2sixman
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gabe23

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Honey colored with a rocky white head and lots of floaters. Nice lacing.

S - Mild aroma of sweet malt and citrus and floral hop notes.

T - Wow, what a pleasant surprise for a west coast IPA. Sweetness up front followed by a nice dose of hops. Not much bitterness, and the finish is very clean. Much more balanced that I was expecting.

M - Smooth, with medium body and minimal carbonation.

D - Since this one doesn't beat you over the head with hops, I find it to be very drinkable. Almost more like a pale ale. I'll definitely be picking up more of this solid, affordable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:05:31 | More by gabe23
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KBomb

Minnesota

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

Medium cloudy rusty brown with fine carbonation and a dense head that sticks around. A big bouquet on the nose; piney hops and a little floral note behind it. Smell is so remarkable I hesitate to start drinking it. Fortunately I get around to sipping. Flavor is remarkably smooth-- rich hops and citrus bitterness without overdoing it. Lagunitas IPA fills the mouth with delicious taste that you don't mind as it sticks around a while. Smooth flavors are accompanied by smooth mouthfeel.

When the current beer world seems overrun with over-the-top hopping, this is an IPA that seems to do strong hops right without blowing you away with bitterness. I can pair this with a lot of full-flavored dishes.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 03:23:00 | More by KBomb
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washburnkid

New York

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

I had a really bad experience with this beer the other day at a pizza place in Petaluma, where it's brewed. It seemed to pour just fine from the tap, but there was something off. I've had this beer a few times before and have really enjoyed it! So here's a review from a couple weeks ago from my notes, inspired by the not so great experience the other day:

Beautiful amber color with about a finger of frothy, slightly off-white head that leaves sticky lace throughout the glass. Smells of floral and citrus. Tastes exactly how I would expect from the aromas--notes of citrus standing out in particular, leaving bitters all over my mouth. Light body, perfectly carbonated. This is a very pleasant American IPA; when it pours right, I just love this beer with a pizza.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:23:35 | More by washburnkid
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mattffrost

California

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

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a clear light orange amber colr. Head is off white with good lacing.

Smell Some hoppy citrus smell, a bit of pine as well. A little sweeet carmel smell as well.

Taste Sweet carmel is the first taste that registers wwith me. A hint of bitterness on the finish. Not a lot of citrus taste but a little is present with a hint of tartness. Its a nice IPA.

Mouthfeel Lite on the carbonation and a good sweetness.

Drinkability Very nice beer. I could easily drink two pints of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 04:30:45 | More by mattffrost
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GRPunk

Michigan

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint

A- 1 finger off-white head that left nice sticky rings atop a fairly clean, amber-orange body. Heavy carbonation.

S- Nice combination of citrus hops and sweet, caramel malts.

T- More balance in the flavor. Equally heavy-handed in the hops and sweet malt character.

M- On the heavier end of the carbonation spectrum, adding to the slight tingle of the hops. It had a bit of coating effect.

D- Its balanced flavor helps make this an easy drinker. I'd drink it again, but I'm not going to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:09:49 | More by GRPunk
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waldoiverson

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: small bubble creamy and slightly sticky looking head with decent lacing; very light copper with hints of orange

S: Malt and then grassy hops with slight caramel overtone, little alcohol

T: smooth bitterness that builds to grapefruit citrus and then chewy caramel malt with very restrained bitterness

M: medium-dry with smooth but not sticky texture

D: an ipa with this much diverse flavor and under 6% abv makes for a very drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 23:59:57 | More by waldoiverson
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optiontwo

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a generic pint glass from the tap

Appearance: Dark ruby/orange with a half inch white head, decent retention, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrus hop mixed with sweet caramel and banana.

Taste: Right away I taste orange and pineapple then in the middle there's a banana type flavor followed by lemon, lime, grapefruit, and finally caramel sweetness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Lightly creamy with a crisp finish and appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly high. Tasty enough to enjoy three or even four in a row.

Overall: The tropical fruit flavors makes this IPA unique and it's kind of a breath of fresh air with all of the grapefruit/pine IPAs out there. Another good brew from Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 20:41:21 | More by optiontwo
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.15/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--brown gem topaz, nice dense head (eggshell white)

S--sweet malt, somewhat metallic

T--sweet malt front, piney hop middle--then flavor quickly drops

M--medium, somewhat slick

D--very generic at best. Lacks the boldness that good APAs have. Nothing in here is assertive. All the flavors are one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 19:33:48 | More by jneiswender
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good, with a nice copper collor and a two finger head with lots of lacing. Smell is decent, some hops is pretty much all, but maybe a bit yeasty. Taste has some of the same but hops seem pretty weak for an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium, but not oily, with some carbonation.
Drinkability is a bit above average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 01:28:21 | More by supercolter
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anchordrinker

California

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

A- Pours a medium golden amber, and the minimal head that forms quickly dissipates.

S- Lemon-y, sweet citrus smell + light-moderate amount of hops.

T- Initially sweet, dry and crisp, then a slight, but not nearly overwhelming bitter aftertaste. The hops could definitely be more prominent, considering the style.

M- Light mouthfeel, solid carbonation that is shifted ever so slightly towards the heavier side of acceptability within the carbonation spectrum.

D- Easily drinkable because of the light mouthfeel, and the somewhat simplistic but pleasant flavor.

Overall, a solid, easy-to-drink IPA that I would definitely choose for again a session!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:15:46 | More by anchordrinker
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mattster

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a low head of 1" that dissipates to a thin lace across top of mostly clear copper brown brew.

Smell is of fresh citrus fruit, not much else. Taste is Grapefruit with some pine/earthiness, but more fruit than anything. Finish is nice, but nothing remarkable. Sharp carbonation settles on slower sips.

A decent brew, but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:09:14 | More by mattster
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Frosty80

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: nice clear copper

Smell: clean. not very fragrant. maybe only minute citrus. not really piny/hoppy. kinda starchy.

Taste: slight bitter and starchy aftertaste. tiny bit of sweetness. no remarkable flavors

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. crisp. light-med body

Notes: lagunitas doesnt impress me as a whole. there are pales that fit the IPA bill better than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 05:51:02 | More by Frosty80
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u2carew

Massachusetts

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

(A) Copper in color. Pours with a good sustained head. Doesn't foam up in a crazy manner.
(S) Slight peach aroma with floral tones.
(T) Sweet malt taste with some bitterness on the front end and citrus flavors in the aftertaste
(M) Crisp. Medium body. Good balance of carbonation.
(D) Definitely drinkable. This is a very delicious IPA. Not necessarily a standout in the vast world of IPAs but still a solid brew that can hold it's own.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:51:52 | More by u2carew
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froghop

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear orange amber with a thin dirty-white head, and good lacing.

smells of light citrus, cherry wood, dry leaves, definite hops, and a little sugar.

tastes a crisp, bitter and sweet, some citrus, pine, and some caramel, ends dry and nicely bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 00:40:07 | More by froghop
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jonziefle

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Poured a beautiful dark amber, with a little reddish/brown. One finger bubbly head, that resides quickly to a thinner layer. Appears clear with a hint of cloudiness; on closer inspection, there is a very fine suspension. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Smells of very sweet and fruity hops. Like flowers and sugar. Almost candy like. The hops seem very fresh and appealing. Not much malt presence, but that's okay in this beer.

Taste: Very well balanced. The hops provide a nice bitterness, but aren't overwhelming. The sweetness is also there, but nowhere near as intense as the smell. More sweet and less bitter than other IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer, very smooth, minimally carbonated.

Drinkability: One of the better IPAs I've ever head. Since it is far less "bitterly hopped" than most IPAs, its much easier to drink one of these (as opposed to simply sipping). Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:48:24 | More by jonziefle
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thespaceman

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard about this one through fellow BA RayMcCusker.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Nice golden copper in color, a huge head that stayed firm throughout the whole glass, left nice lacing too.

Smell: Hints of citrus burst here, this one has a slight plum/grape aroma, with a bit of a sour bite in the nose. Nice oily hop presence makes this one a real nose burner.

Taste: Grapefruit explosion with a bit of dry malt as well. This one isn't as overly hopped like alot of other IPA's on the market but it's a refreshing IPA. The maltiness calms this one down a bit from being a hardcore IPA but it's perfect just as it is.

Mouthfeel: Again, not as carbonated as your typical IPA, but the mouthfeel is very nice, a good malt tinge keeps it in tact on the tongue, not too wet or dry.

Drinkability: All in all, this is an enjoyable IPA that is priced very nicely (picked up a sixer of these for 7.49) and features all the right elements of a perfect IPA. I'm starting to enjoy these west coast IPA's more and more each day.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 00:07:35 | More by thespaceman
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dakid618

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass. Pours a hazy deep golden color with a half finger of tan foamy head. Good retention on the glass. Syrupy sweet smell, not nearly as hoppy as most ipa's I've had lately. Biscuitlike malts and citrus hops show through the caramel undertones. Smooth easy mouthfeel, very inviting. Very, very drinkable. Goes down very easy. Could session this beer all day long being only 5.7% ABV. Another great example from lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 03:35:21 | More by dakid618
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice rich copper color with a big fluffy white head that dissipated rather slowly. The aroma was of fresh hops; citrusy with touch of pine. The flavor starts with a bit of malt up front then the hop takes over a provides great balance. The mouthfeel is very nice. The drinkability of this one is very high as the relatively low abv makes it one easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 12:40:40 | More by biggmike
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noknife83

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably my second favorite beer of all time, coming up just behind Stone IPA. I love the way it tastes, love the smell, mouthfeel... The one main thing that keeps it out of the top spot is I wish it had an abv of about 6.7 to 6.9, but that me, i like my beers a little stronger than average.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:05:44 | More by noknife83
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Docer

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchase a 22oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler glass.

No freshness date... would have really been nice since I just purchased a 6-pack of mirror pond that is 2 months past the date on it. Also doesn't list the ABV.

43 different hop varieties eh? Guess it proves that better ales exist that only use a few.

Slightly cloudy amber/copper color. No head (probably because of the way I pour it). Slight lacing that sticks around a bit.

Slightly bitter smell.. some pine notes.. earthy.

Taste is kind of weird compared to most IPA's I have had. Almost a sweet pumpkin pie kind of flavor mixed with subtle pine-like and floral hops. Not a very high I.B.U. More of a light caramel malt.

Nice bitter aftertaste that I DO like. Not too dry, although slightly.

Easy to drink, good carbonation.

Most likely would chose another IPA over this one next time.. somewhat forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 05:34:44 | More by Docer
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