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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,012
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 83
Gots: 650 | 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 pburland23


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle poured into a basic pint glass.

Appearance - Gold in color, lighter than I expected. Not as much head as I expected either though there was some lacing once I started to drink.

Smell - Earthy and hoppy. Definitely get the west coast hop pine smell. Very inviting.

Taste - Smooth and hoppy. The bitterness is balanced well by the hops.

Mouthfeel - Enjoyable, but as full bodied as other American IPAs.

Drinkability - Excellent. Could easily see myself drinking a few of these in a row.

All in all, a pretty solid brew. I love west coast IPAs. This one is good, but not the best of the bunch.

08-30-2010 23:35:54 | More by pburland23
Photo of Soonami


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Lagunitas IPA is a beer I've had years ago, but wanted to revisit. It is much sweet than I remember, not necessarily all from caramel malt, but also from the amount of fruity esters contributed by the yeast and orange flavors from the hops. It was appropriately bitter, but didn't have the depth of flavor that other Lagunitas offerings have. It was tasty, but I think I'll stick with Lagunitas DIPA in the future.

08-28-2010 15:54:36 | More by Soonami
Photo of mephifaust


4.28/5  rDev +10%

A: deep gold color, with a one finger head of ivy. Lacing will happen throught the glass as the beer is drank.

S: grass smell - earthy and hoppy

T: aroma flavor dominate the taste except experience expounded. clean bitterness and finish.

M: full body

D: very sessionable beer

08-28-2010 04:08:08 | More by mephifaust
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a nice clear gold with a thick fluffy white head that lasts for a long time with beautiful lacing on along the side of the glass.

Smells like walking through a wonderful enchanted pine forest. Along with some biscuity malts, but the hops mainly dominate the aroma.

The first thing I taste is grapefruit along with some powerful citrus rind. Subtle malt undertones, but finishes mainly hoppy with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Smooth, thick mouthfeel, pretty carbonated and a real thirst quencher. Like any other typical west coast IPA but with a unique citrus character upfront.

08-25-2010 22:16:49 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Clear bright amber/copper color, merangue like head, gobs of sticky lace.

Lot's of floral pine, some pale malts.

Nice balance between pine hop and pale malt. Citrus/grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Hops understated for an AIPA, but the balance makes up for it.

Smooth, slickly slick and oily feel.

Some HopHeads will want more, this is very drinkable IMO. Too bad it's close to $18/six here in Canada.

08-25-2010 00:19:14 | More by Shadman
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Ah, I love coming to Halifax. Great beer, great selection, and a good amount of IPA's to choose from. This one is from my latest haul at Premier.

Pours a bright and clear copper hue with one and a half fingers of cream coloured sticky head that leaves a generous amount of patchy lacing as the beer receeds.

The nose is fresh and bright with notes of lemon zest, sticky grapefruit, and herbal hops meshing nicely with a hardy malt backbone that consists of caramel and bready malts.

Good balance in the mouth with the malt bill coming close to matching the beer's hoppy essence, but both the grapefruit and lemon zest character still previal. The finish seems to be lacking that lingering, dry hoppy finish I look for in my IPA's. I'm not sure if it's due to the malt character being too strong, or the improper storage of the beer at the store I purchased this at. Still a flavourful, well balanced IPA.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation that could use a bit of amping up to make the beer a bit more refreshign and drinkable.

Overall, a solid IPA that is worthy of a try. To my knowledge, the shipment this beer arrived on in Halifax doesn't date that far back, so I don't know how much of an affect the storage of it at room temperature actually had on the beer. I would love to try this one again fresh and do a re-review if necessary. I still have their Maximus IPA and Hop Stoopid in my fridge and this one has left me looking forward to both.

08-22-2010 20:48:57 | More by ludachris
Photo of aeminter


4.8/5  rDev +23.4%

A - A lovely pale copper color, clear with a big foamy rocky off white head and excellent lacing.

S - Grapefruit/Citrus hops, a little piny and resinous with an amazing herbal undertone...you can almost smell the sunshine.

T/M - Nicely balanced with subtle malt sweetness upfront and a lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Very clean.

This is an excellent representation for this style, and by far one of my favorites. I wouldn't mind keeping a keg of this on hand at all times.

08-22-2010 04:46:58 | More by aeminter
Photo of UpNorthLager


3.23/5  rDev -17%

Lagunitas IPA is just fine with me. I like IPA's, and this is an IPA's IPA. Enough hops to know that, yes, this is an India Pale Ale. Nothing really stood out, though - so if one can consider an IPA an average beer, there you go. If you're new to the style, then consider this a classic. (the label seems to hint at this idea, also.)

08-21-2010 18:27:34 | More by UpNorthLager
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

On tap at Papillon, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a pepper hop with a slight citrus.

The taste consisted of an upfront white pepper and grapefruit that slowly faded into the round pale malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quite enjoyable IPA. A nice example of the west coast style.

08-18-2010 21:11:25 | More by plaid75
Photo of nrbw23


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

A- Pours a clear, pale gold color with a very small white head. Head becomes a layer of bubbles and leaves some very spotty lacing.

S- At first it seems like there is not a lot going on here. Fairly light here, a bit of tropical fruits, a touch of pine and a bit of caramel malt back bone.

T- Not bad by any means just a lot lighter than I like. A bit of citrus and touch of pine. Follows the nose well. A good balance of hops and malts just doesn't have the bite that I'm looking for.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- I want more from an IPA. I would consider this one a starter IPA. Its not terrible by any means I just think there are much better out there.

08-16-2010 08:18:38 | More by nrbw23
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

appearance: pours a golden orange with faint cloudiness, moderate carbonation leaves little foam with slightly more lacing.

smell: moderately floral hoppy scent with slightly tangy/piney aroma.

taste: clean beginning which progresses into a hop sensation that has a piney, slightly bitter flavor towards the finish.

drinkability: medium-bodied, mellow and notable hop flavor, yet slightly underwhelming; definitely drinkable, but not overly impressive.

08-14-2010 00:58:59 | More by weller1js
Photo of adam42381


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light caramel brown with orange hues and a 2 finger foamy white head which lingers throughout. Very minimal lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and floral hops with just a hint of caramel. The smell is much lighter than expected and leaves something to be desired.

Taste: Pine is dominant up front followed by a sweet citrus in the middle then grapefruit and lemon rind at the finish. Aftertaste is a nice mix of hoppy bitterness and sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Feels a bit slick on the tongue due to the oily hops.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: Solid IPA overall. Definitely not the best in the style but you could do worse.

08-13-2010 15:24:37 | More by adam42381
Photo of droomyster


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a small but stubbornly sticky white head that clings to the glass like ivy on brick. Aromas are remarkably subdued for an IPA, and are almost entirely citrusy, but very interesting. The taste is not jarring. Rather, the hops are bracing for only a split second up front before strong caramel malts rush in to put out the fire. Overall this very well balanced and easily drinkable all on its own.

08-13-2010 04:30:14 | More by droomyster
Photo of kpoole25


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Orange to light brown in color, rocky head. Smelled like a typical hoppy IPA but the taste kind of surprised me. I found it very sweet, a nice bright freshness, with a very restrained amount of hop bitterness. The hops are there, the pine/citrusy kind, but it's all-in-all pretty balanced (having tried the Hop Stoopid I was expecting something along those lines). I'd say this just squeaks into the IPA profile, a notch above a lot of APAs, but I liked it. Nice to see not all brewers trying to one-up others, this is actually pretty distinct but not over the top.

08-12-2010 02:43:22 | More by kpoole25
Photo of samie85


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

A-Pours a very clear orang/amber color with a glistening, two finger white head. Leaves beautiful lacing behind.

S-Pineapple with some light caramel malt notes and some pine.

T-Pineapple with some sweet caramel malt, a little mango, and drying pine on the finish.

M-Very smooth in the mouth, with medium body and low but prickly carbonation.

D-A very easy drinking IPA with enough going in the taste to keep you interested. I could see having this one around in the fridge often. Well done, Lagunitas!

08-06-2010 00:20:53 | More by samie85
Photo of morebeergood


3.85/5  rDev -1%

On tap at People's Republik in Cambridge. Served in a standard pint glass. Dull orange color, like a deep sunset. Moderate sized head with some good lacing. Smell was hoppy. Taste, on the other hand, was full of hops but in very moderate amounts. I really liked the route that Lagunitas took with this IPA. Make it hoppy enough for hop heads to enjoy, but smooth enough for an average IPA drinker to like. The perfect amount of hops for a beer, in my opinion. Just enough of the hop bite on the palate to remind you that you're drinking an IPA. I actually found myself thinking that I could drink a few of these, which is a great feeling. I think that Lagunitas has made an IPA that I actually enjoyed drinking for the first time in a while. Great job here.

08-02-2010 19:21:50 | More by morebeergood
Photo of StlHopHead77


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Enjoyed at Bossanova on 7/31/10.

A-Pours a rusty,amber/orange with almost two fingers of honorable,milky-white head with decent retention,moderate lacing and good carbonation.

S-Pink grapefruit,Tang(in a good way)and orange marmalade.Big citrus right away on the nose.Some floral notes and pine but mostly citric characteristics.

T-More sugared grapefruit,honeysuckle and tangerine.Lots of pleasant,hop bitterness with a small amount of malt to counter it.Probably would have benefited from the presence of slightly more malt.

M-A little lacking in body but overall it was good.Light to medium bodied with a crisp,slightly oily finish.

D-This is an extremely,sessionable beer.

08-02-2010 12:04:11 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear shade of a yellow/orange with a one finger white head. Head sticks around FOREVER...10 minutes maybe? Insanity

S- not getting much of a nose...what I am getting is bitter grapefruit. Maybe a touch of pine. Underwhelming

T- slight sweetness from citrus hops, finish is a little bitter. Overall, its kinda mild...but nice.

M- good feel. Carbonated very well, and the insane head makes it a little creamier...goes down nice.

D- really drinkable. Flavors are balanced perfectly. Great drinking IPA

07-30-2010 00:47:46 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of JoKo


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Poured a bright, hazy, golden color with a small centimeter thick white head. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell: Bouquet of hops, grapefruit and other citrus aroma.

Taste: Hops up front, grapefruit notes, pine notes, and malty biscuit like notes in the background. For an IPA, really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Rather thick, carbonation adds for some nice crispness and the beer lingers for a while on the palate after each sip.

Drinkability: Overall, well put together easy drinkable IPA, I would buy this beer again, it represents the style very well.

07-29-2010 05:47:07 | More by JoKo
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Served in a pint glass. There was a lot of sediment, which I left in the bottle. After that it poured clear. Despite a vigorous pour the head was thin, but left lacy of lacy rings.

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, and citrusy, not overly strong, no malt present. The hop flavor is grapefruit, citrus and pine. Malt character is there but mild. Mouthfeel and carbonation seem appropriate. Bitterness does not linger. Overall this is a very nice

07-27-2010 01:49:58 | More by mjaskula
Photo of PintOHops


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Glass - Pint

A - A nice clear golden/yellow color with lots of carbonation. It produced a 2-finger head that held okay but not great. It left a splotch & a splash on the glass, and a nice ring atop my beer held up very nicely.

S - Flowery with notes of pine & grapefruit. It's got some soft grainy notes, a touch of toast, mildly sweet. Simple aroma here.

T - Pine & grapefruit rind flavors battle it out with bready, grainy malts, ultimately the pine/grapefruit hop flavors win & start to become one noted. There's a nice lemon citrus towards the finish that cuts through the grainy malt flavors, and it finishes with mild linger rind flavors & a nice bitterness that's on the mild side.

M - Smooth with a medium-full body. Soft crispness.

D - More of a drinkable IPA that reminds me of a Pale Ale really, just a touch more bitter. Not bad but for what it offers I might just go with a pale Ale instead. Worth a try but I wouldn't continue to buy it. It really needed more malt to balance it out.

07-24-2010 22:35:56 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

glass: Pint

a: Light orange, slightly murky body. Soapy 1-2 finger head.

s: Fresh pine, orange and lemon rind scent. Just a touch of caramel malt underneath the fruity hops.

t: Nice lemon and grapefruit rind up front. Soft orange in the middle. More rind and some caramel malt finish it off. Lingering bitterness is just right.

m: Light to medium body, moderate CO2, a little dry in the back-end.

d: Very easy going down, just the right amount of bitterness. Very session-able. Excellent drinkable IPA.

07-24-2010 22:27:10 | More by JosiahS
Photo of showell


3.93/5  rDev +1%

Pours a golden yellow color with an inch of head which is gone right away. Leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is citrus hops. I would know immediately that it's a west coast hops beer just from the smell. The taste is also big hops. Good, but LOTS of hops. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's IPA. Very similar smell and taste. Mouth is full. Very representative IPA overall. Good beer if you enjoy hops.

07-19-2010 02:11:37 | More by showell
Photo of trevorjn06


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.
This IPA pours a bright and clear straw/orange color with one finger of white head that recedes quickly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The first thing to hit me of the aroma is juicy fruit and floral hops. There is grapefruit, a bit of pineapple and some apple. A hint of sweet malt is noticeable, but the beer is still cold. After it warms a bit some nice light caramel malt aromas surface as well as some other fruit, a hint of peaches and grapes.

Taste is sweet at first, with bright fruit flavors. This is quickly dominated by a hop bitterness that is bracing yet clean, not harsh at all. The finish is mellowing hop bitterness, a nice bready and grainy malt flavor and some juicy hop flavors. Lingering aftertaste is floral and fruity hops, bready malt and some lingering hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. It coats the mouth well.

Overall this IPA is bright and fresh tasting. I very much enjoyed drinking it and would like to have it again.

07-18-2010 22:53:04 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of mash4077

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%

A- Clear golden/bright orange color, translucent. Less than half a finger of white head which disipates almost immediately.

S- The alcohol really comes out in the smell, along with a strong citrus-hops presence.

T- A mild spicyness hits first, followed by the hops. Intense hops presence. There is a hint of pumpkin, with a strong caramel finish from the malts. The hops linger, very bitter. Alcohol isn't well masked. Not a bad taste but not very well balanced.

M- a little on the watery side, could be fuller, in my opinion. Well carbonated.

D- Pretty drinkable for an IPA. Nothing outstanding.

07-16-2010 08:04:25 | More by mash4077
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