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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,753 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,753
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 515 | FT: 2
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 garymuchow


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly subdued aroma. When it does decide to show up it's mostly hop of grass and mild citrus. Small malt background.
Kinda' a watery look. Head is rather short-lived. Mostly clear of amber gold/orange.
Rather aqueous feel. Carbonation is ample enough and quite prickly.
Full hop flavors with moderate levels of bitterness. Enough malt to support, but not offering much in flavor, other than an initial sweetness (with some fruit) right up front. In time more fruity malt flavors appear, but so does a dry biscuit type flavor (can't identify what the malt is). Bitterness stays consistently strong throughout.
Actually this beer is growing on me. I must have it the exact right temperature that everything was wrong. As it airs out and warms up it's becoming much more enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:40:27 | More by garymuchow
Photo of BierFan


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

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Nice sized light tan head with a copper body. Very fruity aroma, grapefruit and tropical fruit. More of the same fruity character in the taste, with a little bit of pine and a nice bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 01:09:18 | More by BierFan
Photo of John1985


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IPA pours a medium gold with a relatively small head that sticks around and laces down the pint glass. Faint herbal aroma, taste is deliciously balanced rich malt and pleasing bitterness that becomes very smooth on the aftertaste. Wow this sure is drinkable for an IPA, not too bitter but a ton of flavor. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 00:14:52 | More by John1985
Photo of remmyreel


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beginners IPA. They've taken it easy on the hops to make it more drinkable for the crowd who like their beers light. But it's still a nice and casual brew that I don't have a problem ordering when it's the only IPA offered.

Was at Harry's Bar in SF today and had it once again after having another brand which did not satisfy my tastebuds at all. But Lagunitas did the trick and I was free to semi-stagger home.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 06:46:16 | More by remmyreel
Photo of Mistofminn


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

Purchased from Surdyk's on a whim. Seen it plenty of times, heard decent things about it, thought I'd give it a throw.

First of all, this is one of the most insanely difficult twist off caps I've ever tried to get off! I honestly cut my hand trying to twist that sucker off! This better damn well be worth it....

Pours a golden amber color, with a sort of hazelnut color to it. Love the color on this one. Much more orange than I would have anticipated. Creamy off white head dissipates to a small pillow. Leaves decent lacing.

As soon as you crack the impossible cap, I get a light floating whiff of grapefruit. Ah, just what I wanted. Has a very citrusy and fruity smell, that dukes it out with the bitterness to see who is the more dominant. I have to say, the fruity wins this duel. The more I sniff this beauty, I get a faint hint of dried apricots.

Taste is also very citrusy and fruity, mostly grapefruit. There is a noticeable hop bitterness with earthy and floral qualities, but nothing overwhelming. I was honestly expecting more bitterness, but this works well at any rate. Very tasty if I do say so myself. There is the slightest tinge of malts, and possibly caramel.

Body is on the lighter side, but thats ok. A bit sharp, but how could I complain about the acidic quality when I love the flavor so much? It is a bit crisp for my taste, but I can sacrifice a bit of feel for flavor any day.

This brew is very drinkable. I honestly think I found my new session beer. Very drinkable, and very affordable. I have never had a Lagunitas brew until tonight, and I have to say I am very impressed with this California brewery. Also, this makes me want to try a Hop Stoopid as soon as possible, as I've heard that one is better!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:15:34 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of gameface23


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a small head. Lacing was minimal, and most of what was present slid down the glass and returned into the beer within a few minutes.

S: On the weaker side for potency, but what is there is really nice. Floral, citrus, honey, and biscuit malt sweetness all can be deciphered.

T: Average taste. Has an unpleasing bitterness during one aspect of the sip, but it gives way to orange notes rounded out with honey flavors.

M: Average again. It's silky, but it lacks backbone.

D: Drinkability is very high.With 5.70% ABV and a well rounded, non-palate crushing taste, this is a session beer. Price is also attractive.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 21:45:24 | More by gameface23
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a decent inch-sized white head on top. No retention or lacing. Pretty weak. Smells of flowers, oranges, honey, and biscuits. Mouthfeel is nice crisp. Flavor is very well-balanced. Slightly bitter right at the onset, but this gives way to a biscuity malty sweetness. Well done. I'm tasting some tart apples on the finish. This is a decent IPA. It's different than the big hoppy beers. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 00:15:03 | More by Onenote81
Photo of MisterClean


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

On tap at Lagunitas night at Davis Grad

A - Pours copper-gold, with a 1-fingered white head. Dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Honey and grass.

T - Honey, grass, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop domnated, and slightly dry.

D - Good, but could have stood to use more fruity hops and possibly boil longer to create caramelization.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 19:05:23 | More by MisterClean
Photo of xhcadamx


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

100th Review

A - medium copper with a white puffy head and tight lacing

S - a beautiful / bountiful bouquet of hops. Floral, Citrus, Piney aromas.

T - Bitter and then resiny pine flavors. Followed by perfumey floral notes. Nice malt foundation leaves this beer nicely balanced.

M - oily and slick

D - this is the IPA that broke my cherry and made me venture into the world of craft beer. I have had this on tap at my house so many times that my wife is tired of it. I am still a huge fan and probably will be as long as it's made.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:25:54 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of tavernjef


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

Bold tangerine orangey gold color, semi smeared body, capped with a medium sized froth of off-whitened foam that sifts away quickly to a whole lot of patchy sheeted lace and a beefy skimming always present.

Aroma is pale and dry of woody pine and leayness, very slight caramel, and some poofs of citrusy lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

I've had this a few times now and keep forgeting that I wasn't all that impressed. Just over average for taste. Good feel and body but the flavor is kinda mushy with caramel malts and paled in with woodish pine and duller citursy jam. The bitterness is greasy, mellow, and wood heavy in its drying and seemed to be a slight bit off for me with its twist of toasted grapefruit bite. The balance just doesn't hold true for any length and somehow comes across messy, where I'd like to have a cleaner, overall crispness to its hop side.

Feel is about medium with a fairly decent maltyness making a smooth and semi creamy sense over its carbonation. Hops are dullish, dry, and bittered as so with touches to grapefruit pith.

This is a hard one to put numbers to as an IPA. Seems more like a malty pale or even an amber? Its actually not a bad beer, just not something I'd seek out again...if I can remember.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:00:40 | More by tavernjef
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good ipa. pours a little hazy, smells good

you can taste the finishing hops, piney, and citrusy.

The mouthfeel is good not to light, not to crisp, just what you want from an ipa.

A very drinkable beer, good for the entire year round. If you are at a bar that has this beer, give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 00:36:05 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of Ek0nomik


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

Poured In: Pint Glass.
Bought From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Pours a nice amber orange. Small amount of head at the top of the glass. Trails of lacing down the pint.

Smell: A light hop aroma, not very strong. Perhaps I have a bias as I haven't drank much besides IPA's as of late.

Taste: A crisp, mildly bitter splash. Hints of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly more carbonation than some of the other popular IPA's like Two Hearted.

Drinkability: My first beer from Lagunitas. It wasn't as strong with hops as I was hoping, but I still have the Hop Stoopid and Maximus in the fridge to try. Perhaps this is a nice starting spot in their beer line.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:26:41 | More by Ek0nomik
Photo of BLACKOUT0213


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

this beer is smooth and is very refreshing. i recommend it to any one who likes a solid i.p.a. it tastes kind of like a really good summit and i would drink it any day over a summit. and summit is a very good beer. over all if you are able to get your hands on a lagunitas i would take it. very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 14:44:02 | More by BLACKOUT0213
Photo of Wheelinb


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

This is a pretty well known beer and most people on this site have likely had the opportunity to sample it. It is a very solid IPA with a nice amber, yet hazy color. It has a traditional hoppy aroma. It is full flavored and does not leave a lingering after taste. It pairs well with food, especially BBQ.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 22:22:31 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a dark, hazy, honey-golden with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is richly hoppy, somewhat evergreen, promising a good IPA. Strongly evergreen flavor is richly hoppy, quite bitter but not overwhelmingly so, and subtly sweet; it gives the impression of drinking a pine tree - what a great IPA does! Texture is rich, lively and somewhat smooth. A must for anyone who loves hoppy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 00:55:26 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

It had been a long time since I had this beer, and I really never did get a chance to try this one on tap, so I got it in a sampler last night. Consumed on 04/03/2009.

the pour was nice with a medium amber color with a decent amount of haze to it. Nice little head of white across the top dropped a nice lacing all along the sides and the bottom while getting stickier as it went down. Nice light hop notes, grapefruit and pineapple, with a light biscuit like malt aroma as it warms. Clean, crisp and refreshing flavor with a mellow carbonation and nice light body. Overall a very solid IPA with a nice and easy delivery. Something I would like to keep on tap as a god to beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 20:49:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of tjsprague


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

Lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries around and this beer is a great offering.

The beer pours a nice copper color with a few bubbles hanging to the bottom and a few trailing up the glass.

The smell is a nice light floral hop aroma. Its not overpowering and not too strong but you know that there are some hops inside.

Taste is great. Its a nice medium bodied beer. The hop taste is balanced very well with a mild malty sweetness. The hops come on at the end with a nice floral finish and just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great. The beer is not too biter and easy to drink but with a nice medium body.

I really enjoy this IPA. Its nice and hoppy without falling into the trap of overdoing the hops. Not too bitter and with a nice floral character, this beer is great for relaxing on a warm spring afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:56:23 | More by tjsprague
Photo of Godot


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

orangish honey color with a 2 inch white head which drops to a solid film with decent lacing. Smell is citrusy hops but not very powerful. Clean hops up front, pine and citrus; finishes dry with a bit of a bitter bite. If this was labeled a pale ale it would be spot on, but as an IPA it seems to be missing some punch. Great drinkability though, very sessionable. All in all, recommended but not if your looking for a strong IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:23:59 | More by Godot
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

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

A great session IPA from the dog. Sierra Pale, hittin the gym. Decent look, alright head, no aroma, crisp carbonation. A clean amber body provides sweet malt upfront, spicy, bitter hop slap at the end. Is that vinegar dipped Lychee? Pretty potent in flavor for a 5.7. Refreshing and light on the belly with a punch on the tongue. Kinda prickly...give my tongue the fuzzies. Another addition to the BBQ IPA family.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:48:34 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at the Beer Stop for $2. 12 ounce stubby bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about an inch of off - white head. The head settles to a thin layer with in a few minutes leaving a slight lace on the inside of my glass. Smells of bread, orange, lemon, pineapple, light alcohol, and pine. Tastes of biscuits, lemon peel, pine, bready malt, and a touch of caramel. Medium in both body and carbonation. A simple, crisp, easy drinking IPA. I'll keep this on hand more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 15:04:20 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of PSUBeerman


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

12 oz bottle, nonic glass

Pours with a clear and deep amber color with an off white foamy head. The head was thick and rich and clinged onto the sides.

The aroma is nice, hoppy, sweet and citrus. I believe I smelled some pear as well. It would have been outstanding if it were stronger.

Nicely balanced taste, but I expected more of a hop intensity from an IPA. To me, it was rather mellow with flavor. Citrus is present as well.

Decent mouthfeel and carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:42:43 | More by PSUBeerman
Photo of bsend


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

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a schooner.

This beer pours a wonderful amber, orange color. The beer is clear, and when held up to the light can easily be seen through. The beer poured a standard 1 finger head. There was lots of carbonation but it was pretty much all champagne size bubbles.

The beer had a wonderful smell to it. There was a good amount of citrus up front with hops in the back. The smell was appealing, and certainly inviting. Good job from Lagunitas.

The taste was definitely decent. This beer provides a decent amount of hop that combines with grapefruit flavor. This is an easy drinking IPA similar in vein to Harpoon IPA.

The mouthfeel was definitely adequate however at times felt a little dry.

The drinkability was definitely there. I could myself enjoying a six of this on relaxing night.

Final Thoughts - Lagunitas provides a decent standard IPA. The label on the front suggests extreme hop flavor (actually labeled "homicidal"). It doesn't go quite that far but never the less a decent brew. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 05:27:02 | More by bsend
Photo of Trappissed


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hooley's:

First time trying this and I have to say I was very impressed. Tasted very fresh. The first thing that came to mind for me was pineapple. Maybe suggesting a sort of cross between the floral and citrus notes of an IPA. Not too much bitterness at all. Like others have said, it is a little on the sweet side and not overly hopped. I would definitely get this again...seems like a nice session beer to have on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 18:57:19 | More by Trappissed
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A honey orange color with a nice head and great lace.

The aroma of hops,malts,grapefruit with fruit/citrus hints.
The taste is mild hops with malts that ride throughout. Some bitterness,but nothing significant.
The feel was light body,medium carbonation and some grains.

Notes: This was an o.k. beer,but it felt a bit boring. I would have it again,but I would not go out of my way. It was well balanced yet the finish seemed a tad weak and watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 16:27:02 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange-tan color. The head is moderately large, off-white, frothy and creamy. Retention is pretty solid, with nice lacing.

S: Some mild biscuity malt aroma, along with a nice dose of lemony, citric hops. Some piney notes, a bit floral also.

T: A solid dose of biscuity malt flavor. Some slightly juicy citric hop flavors - mostly lemon along with some sweet grapefruit. Floral and vaguely piney hops provide more in the department of bitterness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied and rather creamy. Some tight, tingly carbonation adds some crispness without going overboard. A bit of bitter dryness into the finish.

D: Very nice overall. If there were 4.25s available for scoring, I have a feeling I'd be giving this beer several of them. That said, it's more solid than spectacular, despite being quite good across the board.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 02:55:16 | More by Clydesdale
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