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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

6,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,020
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 651 | 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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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

A clear, reddish-orange pour is completed with a two-finger, thick and rolling light tan head. Retention is excellent, with fingers of lacing reaching toward the rim of the pint. Aromatically, the citrusy hops are exceptionally bold and pleasing up front. A second whiff reveals fine notes of grapefruit and malt. The taste is well balanced, with all the noticeable elements (malts, hops, spice, subtle caramel) mixed together to form an exceptionally tasty and obviously well-crafted brew. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. There's not an overabundance of carbonation, but it's adequate. This IPA should satisfy the experienced hop-heads and beginners alike.

11-26-2008 23:44:03 | More by stephens101
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roadhouse

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a light orange in color with a one inch off-white head. After sinking down to a decent skim it leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, a bit of citrusy hops with floral tones.

The taste is has a bit of malty sweetness to start out but it is quickly taken over by a moderate bitterness of citrusy and floral hops. There also seems to be a bit of an herbal tone as well. Finish is bitter hops, but there is a bit of the caramel malts lingering on as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp and creamy at the same time.

Overall this is not one of the best west coast IPAs I've had but it's definitely a solid one. I probably wouldn't buy it over my midwest IPAs like Two Hearted, Crooked Tree, and Alpha King, but it's worthy of a try.

11-19-2008 08:03:57 | More by roadhouse
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -17%

Pours gold with a fizzy head that leaves some nice lace. Smells like floral hops and pinesol.

Milder than most IPAs Lagunitas IPA is both sweet and bitter. Consistently sweet but with a floral hop burst. However, the two tastes remain separate rather than complement each other. Leaves a sticky residue after swallowing.

The pinesol scent really threw me off.

11-17-2008 21:18:52 | More by donkeyrunner
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danielharper

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: Yellow-orange body, slight effervescence, thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Pure California IPA. Strong aroma of crisp hops with grapefruit and other citrus underneath. Very floral. Inviting.

Taste: Again, a pure California IPA. Strong crisp dry hops up front, in the middle, and in the end, with a nice balance of citrus and grapefruit balancing it out. Very dry on the finish due to the hops. This isn't exactly a hop bomb, though, as the hops are a lot less aggressive than in other IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, moderate carbonation, heavy doses of hops. Pretty much exactly what a good IPA should be.

Drinkability: This one doesn't supplant Bridgeport IPA or Sweetwater IPA on my list of favorites, but for my taste it's probably the canonical example of a West-Coast IPA. A must-try for fans of the style.

11-16-2008 06:54:51 | More by danielharper
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

This beer pours a clear golden color with reddish hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is floral with faint hints of pine. It is quite mild for an IPA. The taste is like the aroma. It is nice, but more like a pale ale than an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but rather mild for an IPA. I would certainly drink it again, however, when I am in the mood for a solid APA.

11-15-2008 02:11:21 | More by KarlHungus
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Like the last review, been drinking this for a while but time for a rewiew

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

First off it poured great golden color beautiful white head great lacing, very active bubbles. The smell caught me off gaurd I caught a wiff green olives and it has lasted the whole beer...I don't know if my smell has failed me or what but thats what I smell. The taste is great, kinda taste those olives. Mouthfeel is great some nice fizzies in there. I have been drinking this for a while and I will continue to do so.

11-14-2008 05:11:48 | More by mugglesandhops
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

A: golden mixed with reddish and orange tints. Thin filmy lacing at the top and no real head

S: fresh hops...grassy, pines, citrus. Amiable caramel sweetness

T: hop bite heavy, fresh and spicy hops with lemons and grapefruit snap. Hops are nice and deceptively strong. Caramel is borderline saccharine, kind of cloyingly sweet.

M: light body, pretty fizzy, and decent smoothness

D: . My first Lagunitas brew and "I like!" I could drink a few of these with no problem.

11-13-2008 21:08:27 | More by Magpie14
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hawkseven

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

22 Oz Bomber from my military shoppette

A- clear copper color with an off white head

S- fruity with a floral background

T- grapefruit with a slight floral finish and malt background

M-medium carbonation, dry and clean,with a slight oiliness

D- my go-to IPA when shopping at the local quickie mart. I enjoy this as a stand alone beer but like it even better with spicy foods. Try this at a Crawfish boil and your mouth will think its found Nirvana

11-08-2008 01:09:23 | More by hawkseven
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1%

Crystal clear copper orange. Bubbly white head that keeps decent retention, but light lacing. Nice piney, fruity aroma backed up by some sweetness. Slightly floral. West Coast IPA aroma all the way. Nice hoppiness, but perhaps a bit too light. Pale malts make up a decent backbone, but I'm still left wanting more hops. The aroma led me to believe this would have a solid hop presence, but this more like a pale ale rather than an IPA. However, there's a nice grapefruit and orange peel flavor with just a hint of pine. Yes, there's some bitterness and some citrus flavors going on, but nothing that blows me away. It's solid at best. I've had much better West Coast IPAs, but this one is still good.

11-04-2008 23:54:59 | More by KeefD
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Monkeypaws

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this on draft at Ed's No Name. It is a very solid IPA, nice copper color with a golden head, nice aroma of hops up front, and rich hoppy malts going down, and prolonged bitter after taste. Yum. It was drinkable to the point that I wolfed 3 pints in about an hour or so, and felt no worse for wear. Nothing really outstanding here but an all-around good IPA.

11-04-2008 19:03:51 | More by Monkeypaws
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Fatduck

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8%

Another impulse buy.

Pours a clear copper color with a fresh citrus aroma, it seems a little like this beer wanted nothing more than to get that grapefruit hop aroma, it smells great, but the flavor is pretty bland, too simple I think. Its obviously an IPA, but thats it. Just another IPA. A little heavy on the CO2, but its very drinkable, I could drink these all day.

Overall, a good beer. If your in the mood for a well priced, craft brewed IPA then this is a good choice.

11-04-2008 18:51:51 | More by Fatduck
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

This beer pours a nice amber/orange color with a crisp white head. Strong carbonation throughout. The aromas are nice with plenty of hop presences. I get some grapefruit, tangerine and even a light piney aroma. I also get some mild estery aromas giving the beer a pleasant fruitiness. The flavor of this beer is definitely a tribute to the west coast IPA. Excellent hoppy flavors hit the palate. I get strong tangerine flavors. The bitterness is fairly mild with a good grapefruit presence. The beer finishes with a slight fruitiness which balances the citrus hoppy flavors well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. A good background for the flavors here.

Overall a damn good IPA. Not the best in the world but really good. It was reasonably priced as well at $7.99 a six pack, which is about 2 bucks cheaper than normal at my local liquor store. At this price, this may be one of my go to IPAs. I'll pick it up again without hesitation.

11-04-2008 01:54:05 | More by brewdoc75
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

A - A light golden color with good clarity and a creamy off white head. Great lacing.

S - A very nice floral and fruity aroma. Surprisingly good for a bottled beer.

T - A nice grapefruit bitterness with fruity and floral hop flavor. I really like the way the light malts let the hops run wild.

M - A bit thin and dry but it makes the hops that much more dominant. A little high in carbonation.

D - A very light and drinkable IPA and a very enjoyable beer.

11-02-2008 23:50:25 | More by GJ40
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Almost neon orange in color with hues of red. Thick creamy head that retains exceptionally well and leaves tons of lacing.

3.5 S: Floral hops foremost, grapefruit citrus. Aroma isn't very strong.

3.5 T: Really hoppy and to a slightly lesser extent bitter. Reminiscent of Flying Dog's IPA, only there seems to be more depth to this one. Citrus hops foremost, then earthy hops, and then biscuity malts. Not a whole lot of balance. If there was a stronger malt character, this beer would kick ass.

3.5 M: Light/Medium body with good carbonation. Not as creamy as I would have expected from the appearance.

4.0 D: Good brew, really for hopheads like me though. Would like to see a little more balance.

10-21-2008 02:13:52 | More by DavoleBomb
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ryandurka

New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

not my usual pick. was mixed in my 6 pack at the grocery store, i was lazy and didnt return it when at the register. i normaly dont like ipa's but this one rocked. smooth and refreshing it was right on ,dig? so if you see this beer try it, its real good.

10-21-2008 01:15:05 | More by ryandurka
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Pours gold, bordering on amber with a big flat cream colored frothy head that fades down, leaving a nearly solid coating of lace.
Odor: Sweet juicy grapefruit and pine sap hop aromas, no malt to speak of in the nose.
Consistency: Off-dry and moderately smooth on the tongue. Hop oils seem to push this brew from light to full bodied. I'm not sure if this bottle is old, the bottling code is illegible, but I was expecting the bitterness to be a little rougher based on reviews read prior to purchasing this single. Carbonation is on the low end an IPA, maybe this has something to do with the way the bitterness is perceived? Anyways...
Flavor: Vague malt sweetness rushes in for a second, only to be pummelled to death by the dreaded hop monster. As stated prior, the bitterness level is relatively low for style, but the flavors are big and varied. Overripe grapes, pine, orange, grapefruit rind, the list could go on forever if you put enough ale enthusiasts together with a keg or two of this beer. Finish is dry and clean, some residual hop oils left coating the palate.

This is great IPA, but I really think it's missing something, though I can't put my finger on what. Needless to say if it had "that special something" it would be an exceptional IPA. 65 malts...wild. Can't wrap my head around how smooth the bitterness is, 100% late hopping, voodoo magic?

10-12-2008 23:53:19 | More by Walken
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Golden color with small white head.

Strong scent of hops, citrus, lime.

Flavor of hops, citrus, yeast, and malts. A bit too bitter for an IPA.

Crisp mouthfeel, with a strong bite.

The bitterness seems to be a bit overpowering, making the beer slightly unbalanced. A good beer, but I like a more balanced IPA.

10-11-2008 23:28:02 | More by paco1029384756
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a clear golden amber hue with a medium off-white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin layer of patchy foam on the surface of the beer, leaving a light amount of stick behind.

The nose is a full bouquet of bright, sweet, fruity hop aromas.

Mildly carbonated and fairly easy on the palate, with a fairly low hop assertiveness for an American IPA. A light maltiness comes through up front and leads to an herbaceous hop bitterness, finishing with a lingering dry bitterness.

Decently drinkable, but doesn't leave me craving another. Overall, a fairly mild interpretation of the style, but one that could, in my opinion, use more hops.

10-10-2008 03:30:29 | More by superdedooperboy
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

was extremely surprised to find a 6-pack of this at bestway on walker ave. woo hoo.

i'd say this is up there with the best ipa's i've ever had. enough malt to keep it from being a total hop bomb, but amazing californai ipa, citrus hops, smells the same, and a ton of finishing hops to boot.

this is a great beer, i would have more of it, and highly recommend it to any ipa fan.

cheers...

10-05-2008 23:01:15 | More by NClifestyle
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

a. poured a clear rich light amber color with a one-finger golden straw colored head. The head color is beautiful! Just a bit of very light lacing.

s. very sweet for an IPA. Not malty, but sweet hops. predominantly citrus and floral hops on the nose, with a bit of pine coming through. Unusual (but amazing) aromas of honey, vanilla, and maple syrup accent the strong hop flavor.

t. Sweet and citrusy hops. Sweet and caramel malts are subtle but balance the hops well. Grapefruit and orange, with honey and hints of vanilla at the start, with a pleasant floral and citrusy hop bitterness to the finish.

m. smooth and a touch of creaminess with excellent carbonation. Not watery or oily, this IPA fits the flavor profile perfectly. On the whole, just a solid and smooth IPA with good medium body.

d. This is definitely a solid west coast IPA. The floral and citrus notes prevail with a subtle yet effective malt backbone to hold it together. Nothing extra-ordinary, but a good all-around IPA that i could easily drink a few of without it getting old.

09-30-2008 07:49:58 | More by djeucalyptus
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montageman

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

I'm not well versed in Lagunitas. A fairly new option here in Michigan, I've been trying to try as many varieties as I can. This IPA is absolutely delicious. Great hop presence and finishes with a delicious citrus dryness. The aroma is both floral and pine-like with some grapefruit as well. While there is a pronounced bitterness, that does not hinder the drinkability as the fruity balance is near perfect. Highly recommended.

09-23-2008 00:20:44 | More by montageman
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

One of the better IPA's Ive tried. I wish we could more west coast IPAs on the east coast like this one, because this seems to be better tasting. Pours a nice golden red with a faint hops smell. Taste is very bitter but so full of hops its delicious. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste. A great beer all around.

09-21-2008 22:28:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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seanpachefddfa

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -26.7%

Appearance - A amber color with a very thin eggshell colored head. The head din not last long at all and no lacing at all.
Smell - I had to go in and smell this 6 or 7 times because the smell is very faint. But I did pick up a very Subtle hop smell and a little citrus not much else going on in the smell
Taste - A very weak hop flavor kind of a off-balance IPA I can taste the malts in this just as much if not more than the hops
Mouth feel - Good carbonation very crisp and clean no aftertaste with a dry finish
Drink ability - This beer was very easy to dink but do to the weak hop profile in this beer I would not buy again. Would drink if some one gave it to me.

09-18-2008 02:28:59 | More by seanpachefddfa
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Lagunita's IPA served from a 12 oz twist top bottle poured into a pint glass reveals a clear peach/orange hued body below a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a thing layer that sticks around and sticks to the glass.

Aromas are of pungent fruity hop that blends very well with sweet malt.

Taste is ripe grapefruit, pineapple, and finishes with an herbal grassy hop character that is pleasant rather than harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium with steady carbonation.

Lagunitas has done a great job with this. It is a sessionable IPA that doesn't back down on flavor.

09-14-2008 17:29:58 | More by rtratzlaff
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jkdrummer

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a nice brownish gold. Fluffy head that slowly fades away to a nice side clinging lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity -- very interesting smell for sure. Wonderful sweet and fruity taste. Just right balance between bitter and sweet. Great session ale and not your average IPA, very unique taste. Recommended.

09-14-2008 15:49:30 | More by jkdrummer
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