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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,198 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,198
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 89
Gots: 737 | 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 sprucetip
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

From notes. Clear, copper, decent whtie head, spotty lacing, attractive. SMELL ir rich caramel maltiness early, increasing hop presence, but overall malt dominated. has legs. TASTE malt forward, but with moderately aggressive hoppy kick in the middle and finish. Some lingering bitterness, but fairly well balanced, if not especially complex. FEEL is a thick,rich, somewhat viscous texture with a pretty clean finish. Easy drinking and sessionable, if not particularly memorable.

sprucetip, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

Meee likeeey!

Poured a crystal clear golden color with a bleached white head. Lacing is thick. Lingerie quality!

Smells of GRAPEFRUIT, GRAPEFRUIT, GRAPEFRUIT!!! I love this in an IPA! This is exactly what I was hoping for when I picked this 6er up.

Taste... need I say again... GRAPEFRUIT GRAPEFRUIT GRAPEFRUIT!!! This is a great flavor of hop! What is it? I need to know for when I start home brewing. There is a slight metallic after taste though. which keeps this from getting a perfect score.

Mouthfeel is perfect for an IPA. Makes my teeth squeaky. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkablity... Yes, I'll have another. Only thing that might keep me from drinking this all night is the metallic taste left over.... I'll update if it fades with the next one!

Update... after having another, it still has a bit of metal in the aftertaste. I'll say pass on this for a more drinkable 60 minute Dogfish. But still a good contender!

ditch, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle

Appearance: This beer is the defintion of "golden" colored beer. Would be clear, but I let a little yeasty crap float on in, leaving suspended crap in my beer (my bad). Awesome, awesome lacing as the thick head and my beer fades.

Smell: Pretty floral and faintly citrusy hops and a little piney. Some bicuity malt. Its good, not outstanding.

Taste: Its good, not overwhelming. The malt flavor is quite biscuity and lasting. Hops presence is pretty bitter up front, but fades quickly. Citrus and pine in there. Finishes surprisingly clean with no lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, a little watery actually. Not undercarbonated though. This makes for a refreshing and crisp beer.

Drinkability: This is a sessioning type beer for me. One to take a six pack to a party or to drink watching a game. Tasty and incredibly drinkable.

rapidsequence, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Pours a tangerine color with a thin, fizzy head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Lots of in your face, grapefruity hops, floral notes, very sweet smelling.

T- Very bready and grainy with light fruit notes and a deep grapefruity hop character with slight bitterness towards the finish.

M- Medium viscosity with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is a fairly drinkable IPA but just does not seem to be balanced. The hops just don't meld well enough with the sweet, lightly fruity malt.

Lothore, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

On tap at Antonio's Nut House in Palo Alto ("the Nut House"). Pretty solid showing if nothing spectacular. This is my fallback beer whenever I go there since the draft selection is fairly uninspiring.

A - Golden-amber appearance with white head that lasts for a very long time. Looks really nice.

S - Caramel malt and piney hops. Both the sweetness and the bitterness really stand out.

T - Sweet caramel malt and piney/grapefruity hops. Really nice hop flavor when you get it fresh, but the Nut House doesn't always provide this luxury. Also sweeter than lots of other west coast IPAs, with caramel really standing out. I like that sometimes (hey, I'm an east coaster originally).

M - Medium body with some mild hoppy oiliness and average carbonation.

D - Pretty high. This is a nice IPA overall.

nickd717, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.55/5  rDev +17%

Pours a dark amber color with a great white head into a nonic pint glass.

Aroma has a nice, potent herbal quality, mixed with a really great lemony citrus. The lemon comes through as a mix between some lemon rind and lemony cleaning product. Either way, this IPA smells so fresh, strong, and pleasant, it's better than most DIPA's.

The flavor again is full of hops. Full, citrusy hop flavor in the middle with a quick bitterness all over the palate. Bitterness is moderate, and is enough to add bite without overpowering the beer itself. Malt presence is light and sweet, just complementing the bitter flavor and enough to put it over the top.

Full but moderately sized body and decent carbonation let the beer flavors make their way around the palate. This beer is very drinkable, and leads towards a nice big buzz.

This is a top 5 IPA from what I've had so far. It was poured from a fresh tap and served in a great atmosphere. Very enjoyable pint.

jeffthecheff, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Color was a cloudy light amber ( not sure if the cloudiness is from the beer or maybe I didn't wash the glass well enough). Smell is overwhelmingly grapefruit-let's hope this doesn't slice my tongue open. Taste is hoppy but not over the top-this has some nice balance.

rosmhuire, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some notes of citrus. Taste is also very hoppy with some citrus notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

tone77, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a good solid copper with a foamy white head and some fair lacing.

Big citric hop aroma, and some malty fruitiness.

Primary flavor is the citric hop bite. Big grapefruit burst in your mouth, with some tacky, resinous edge to it. Some fruity-ale elements, with some toasted malt fighting through. Bu it is a losing battle, because the hops dominate again. Satisfying.

Medium-bodied and fair carbonation.

Overall, I dug this one and would reach for another. It's a hop bomb, but by no means a one-trick pony. Still plenty there to remind you that you aren't just gnawing on a grapefruit rind. Worth a try.

OtherShoe2, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of RyanC84
2.88/5  rDev -26%

A hazy golden orange body with a decent head that fades fast leaving absolutely no lacing.

Damn I wish Lagunitas would put dates on their bottles. Smell is a very muted citrus, and there's no telling how old this bottle is. Caramel malts dominate here with the hops playing a small role.

Disappointing. Where are the hops? A watered down mess. Bitterness shows up on the very end but this could pass for a pale ale. Not much going on here at all. Very bland.

At least the mouthfeel is alright. Dry, easy drinking, with no disgusting aftertaste. Too many good IPAs out there to be wasting time with a sixer of this one. Buy a single, be disappointed, then run back to Sweetwater or Stone.

RyanC84, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

one off to check out. twelve ounce bottle pours clear light amber. thin off white head. nice lace. looks good.

citrus hops. not a great deal of depth. no off odors.

good balance. citrus hops with a good sweet malt taste. dry bitter aftertaste.

mid body. nice carbonation. good beer. may try again.

ajmoody76, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Bobbydigi
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A 2 finger white head leaves very little lacing. The Color is a clear gold. Smell is pretty much citrus hops and malt nothing major but a good overall smell. This a good tasting beer Citrus and floral hops up front with some tangy bitterness and malt on the finish. Mouth feel is nice, good carbonation for an IPA. This IPA will not blow you away but I find myself buying it more than most, it's a good everyday drinker.

Bobbydigi, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Okay, Lagunitas is great...but can anyone explain to me why they opt for the twist off caps? Makes no sense for a micro to do this, in my opinion. At any rate...

A - Pours a nice copper/dark amber color with a creamy head that sticks around.

S - Sweet smelling citrus and a touch of piny hops at the end. This one really smells like nectarines! I've never got nectarine smell in an IPA before, very interesting.

T - A lot of fruity hop taste, reminds me of Drifter Pale Ale. I can taste the grapefruit that everyone else is noting, nicely balanced with a bitter finish. Not as bitter as most IPAs, and more fruity tasting. Very well balanced and unique, I'm digging it.

M - Medium bodied, a little sticky feeling. Not as thick as most IPAs I have had. Moderate carbonation.

D - This is not as bitter or heavy as most IPAs I have had, and I could drink it all night! It's like an amped up west coast pale ale.

Overall, not what I expected at all but still very impressed. I'm going to have to bring this one around more often! Heard a lot about this beer and it held up.

BeerPhan86, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Translucent copper color. Thick foamy single finger head. Foam rubs off to lacing on the sides.

S: Sweetish, citrusy hop smell. Firm and assertive hop aromas.

T: Delicious hop and malt flavors that start in the middle of the tongue and work their way back. A slight tinge of sweetness in the middle of the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation. Dries out for a beautiful finish. Ever so slight sticky feel in the middle of the mouth.

D: I love this brewery and this beer. Even though it's a west-coaster, and I'm an east-coaster, I try to steer my friends their way. Not a super, super special IPA, but a damn good one.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 8/3/09

eljefe21, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of TheNapkin
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%

This brew was first Lagunitas I had that I did not care for. The beer starts off well enough, but it takes a bit of a nosedive the more you drink. The smell is of citrus--grapefruity and orangey hops with a solid malt backbone, and the taste is hoppy enough, however I've come to expect more from this brewery. Halfway through the bottle, as your palate becomes accustomed to the hops presence, the beer starts to taste sweeter and sweeter, so that by the time you're done with the first beer it's hard to tell you just finished an IPA. I think this has to do with the low resinous/aggressive hops used in this ale. The beer is probably a good "starter beer" for people who want to work their way up to some of the massive hop bombs (i.e. anything by Stone, Lagunitas's Hop Stoopid) but if you're looking for a beer to cool you off and remain bitter sip after sip, this is probably not for you.

TheNapkin, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of xsists
3.85/5  rDev -1%

A - Deep/rich golden amber color with a stout off white head that only stays for a bit but leaves its mark on the glass.

S - At first sniff there is a lot of citrusy grapefruit with a great aroma of hops. At a second sniff I can smell a bit of roasty sweetness almost like a caramel flavor.

T - Loads of grapefruit taste. Wonderful hop bite that sticks for quite some time. A faint taste of some pine and roasted nuts hangs in the back of the mouth while the bitter yet smooth aftertaste just lingers until the next sip.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Doesn't really froth up in the mouth but stays its course all the way down. There is a wonderful bitter alcoholish burn right after swallow that is excellent.

D - I could drink this regularly. Overall a great brew. Good taste. This brew could definitely make it into my rotation of regular beers that I drink.

xsists, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of RyWill
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Deep orange/bronze with a 1-2 finger white head. Not too much lacing, but does leave a trail down the glass.

Smell: Piney hops and citrus. Refreshing, certainly mirrors the taste.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nothing out of the ordinary for an IPA, but certainly done well. Not overly hoppy. The mouthfeel is a little thin. But overall it does well with the malts on the back end to keep you going back for more.

Drinkability: As a lighter bodied IPA it certainly makes for a refreshing drink. Generally an above average IPA that you could drink all night.

RyWill, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 4/5/09

Poured from a standard 12 oz bottle into an over sized wine glass. Firm pour is rewarded with a solid 1/4 inch of head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves a fine ring of lace around the insides of the glass. Color is a clear slightly copper tinged amber.

Nose- Hops present themselves immediately. Notes of dried apricot, ripe oranges and peach. Floral, there is no doubt that this is an IPA.

Pallate- Dried apricot and manderin orange. Light sweetness to it. Fairly well balanced as the caramel body is not totally overwhelmed. Some pine notes, followed by a nice bitter bite. Finishes dry, the moderate bitterness stays with you however is not overwhelming. No presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Zippy, and dry.

Drinkability- Very good, almost dangerously so.

Kraken, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, bubbly, white head of foam. It left behind a minimal amount of lace.

S - Citrusy aroma with grapefruit and orange notes. Some sweet caramel in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of bubblegum, grapefruit and orange. It had a smooth biscuity malt taste to balance out the bitter hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - Can you say sessionable IPA? This is delicious one at that.

zeff80, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass. I've been avoiding this because I don't trust the freshness of the bottles in my area.

A- Lag IPA looks the part, a nice mix of deep orange with some bronze mixed within. A nice frothy 1 inch head that comes and goes, nothing a few swirls cant fix. Not much lacing.

S- Not a overly hoppy IPA, I really had to get my nose in there to smell out the goodness, but it is there. I can smell the west coast influence with a big bouquet of citrus and floral hops giving off some of the usual fruits plus some pine with a malt base.

T- Is a very simple and straight forward IPA. It does not bombard your senses with IPA flavor, it just sort of rolls on and off the tounge rather quickly leaving me to really try to pick up the taste. What I get is grapefruit slight mango plus some pine resin towards the back finishing off with some sweet malts to cover all the bases.

M&D- The feel was fine on this, I would say a small step below medium bodied with light but ample carbonation. There is some bitterness in the middle but it's rather light. The malts do a good job of washing the ipa tastes away leaving little in the dept. of lingering flavors. I had two pints of this stuff and could of went for more. A nice simple ipa that does not stray much. I still won't pick it up in a bottle though.

BARFLYB, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours out a nice orange-copper color. A small, loose, white head forms on top and quickly dissipates to a thin halo. Body is still orange-copper and quite hazy. Very mild, wispy lacing.

Smell: Rich, woody, herbal hops and something entirely unique: it's gotta be toasted malt, but it smells like some sort of spiced meat buffet. Maybe that's a bad description. Yeah, that doesn't sound very good... it's peppery, salty, meaty, and malty... toasted malty. Sound better? Hopefully it does. Sooo weird... and good. I was expecting the same old funky, red currant, oily hop mess (good kinda mess) that I find in all Lagunitas brews; but no, this is totally different.

Taste: Ahhh, that's a little more familiar. Toasted malt starts things off, caramel and sweet red berries follow, and bitter, herbal, and piney hops come in to clean things up. Not that the finish is at all clean. The aftertaste is toasty, herbal, and bitter. Another typical and solid Lagunitas brew.

Mouthfeel: Goopy, oily, moderately carbonated, full, and bitter. Finishes dry. I think that about sums it up.

Drinkability: I was a little confused by the smell, but afterward this beer was just what I expected it to be: a solid IPA with that signature Lagunitas flavor. There are better Lagunitas brews out there, just like there are better IPAs out there. This was solid, but I think I could easily find something better.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
3.5/5  rDev -10%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Looks great. Gold body with full white head that reduces slowly to a one finger cap. Leaves some lacing.

S: Smells of floral hops. Definite malt presence.

T: Hops are very grassy and the finish is sweet and malty. The taste is a little dissapointing coming after a nice big smell, the hops are kind of weak. A touch of citrus in the aftertaste.

M/D: Great amount of carbonation and goes down easy.

Overall not bad, especially for the price.

TheViolator666, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Had on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet pale malts with large amounts of citrus and tropical hop aromas and smaller amounts of piney hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hop flavors aren't as robust as the smell led me to believe. Sweet pale malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by citrus and piney hops. The hop flavors turn sweeter and add a touch of tropical fruit flavors as the beer warms. The solidly bitter ending remains so throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could certainly have another.

Overall I was expecting nothing less than a hop bomb from these boys and I was not let down. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

I drank this from a pint bottle into a chalice.

This pours a medium to light orange with a white head that disapates quickly. Decent but thin lacing.

The aroma is very citrusy with light notes of hoppy but not bursting out.

The taste is a little simple and disappointing. The first sip has a tinge of orange but almost no taste at all. The bitter finish is very light, nothing special.

This is an OK IPA, I'd probably drink it if a bar offered it but would not seek it out again.

jrallen34, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of RJUGA03
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%

A- coppery yellow body with a 1" spotted/ laced head.

S-Bready and hoppy

T-Smooth light draw rolling into a full bodied tingling hopped finish.

M-Frothy and Carbonated

D- It is an excellent everyday IPA and the beginning IPA...we can't start with Hop Stoopid.

It might be possible that the bottle I got was maybe old or semi-skunked because this beer on tap rocks my world.

RJUGA03, Aug 18, 2009
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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