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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,471 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,471
Reviews: 1,514
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 99
Gots: 855 | 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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Photo of Franz4
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- transparent golden color with suspended fine sediment throughout.

S- grapefruit up front, fades quickly

T- More pine than I expected given the nose, then a blast of grapefruit.

M- Too much residual carbonation takes away from the overall experience, aftertaste lingers

D- Not a favorite, looks alright but the feel really drags this one down for me.

Franz4, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

Lagunitas makes a gorgeous IPA, I'll give them that. A crisp, clear body with a golden-copper hue sports a healthy patch of spittle-white foam that retains well. Aroma presents a fruity bouquet of pineapple, mango, and green apple with a snappy backdrop of toasted pale malts that suggests honey & biscuit.

The flavor is equally as clean, and the hop profile leans toward a crisp bitterness without as much hop flavor as you'd expect from a West Coast IPA. A light biscuit and graininess in the finish with lingering alpha acids. Mouthfeel is delicately carbonated with a juicy, medium-light body. Overall, this is a serviceable IPA. Not the best or brightest of the style by far, but it gets the job done in a pinch...

wagenvolks, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at kumas corner

Served in a shakers pint with minimal bit of creamy white head. Beer itself is a very bright gold. Good amount of lacing.

Smell is muted. Mostly grain and cereal with some citrus hops.

Taste starts with toasted grains then moves on to a mild to moderate bitterness.

Medium in body with appropriate carbonation gives this beer a crisp mouthfeel.

Pretty much a standard IPA. A decent, drinkable, IPA, but overall, not very complex or exciting.

Florida9, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

I will update this review when I try this again. I may have had an off bottle. I hope. Pretty average. There are many other IPA's that are far better than this one which was overall pretty average.

a - cloudy amber, very little-no head, and no visible effervescence or lacing.

s - smell is good. mildly hoppy with some breadiness.

t - little better than average. mild hops w/cream and some caramel maybe.

m - needs more carbonation. a bit flat for me, a little stickiness but fairly bland.

d - average. much better IPAs available for the money.

I'm going to try this IPA again with another batch and update this review.

Hellabeerguzzler, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color. White head that stuck around for quite some time. Doesn't look too carbonated. Looks okay.

Slight pine, citrus hops and caramel malt. Smells okay... Nothing hitting you over the head on what this is going to taste like...

...Oh wait... smells almost exactly like it tastes. The malt seems to be a little more prevalent in the taste. Bitterness dries the mouth out a bit leaving a metalic taste. It's okay tasting. It's an average IPA.

Body is on the light side. Feels okay. Nothing spectacular. Light carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drink ability is blah. I don't think I'd try this one again. If it was offered at a party and there was crappy beer, I'd take this.

9InchNails, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a smuttynose shaker pint

It's amber, it's got a bit of head and a bit of lace, pretty standard IPA look

Aromas of pine needles and lime with little hints of grainy cereal

starts with just a hint of bready sweetness and then finishes with a strong, clean, lemon/lime hop finish

medium light in body, plenty of carbonation.

Very easy drinking IPA, I find this beer to be a solid, drinkable standby. They are gone before you know it.

Donnie2112, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is nothing bad about this IPA. I got into craft when it was spring. IPA's hooked me. This one in particular. Pours a golden honey, orange shades with a white bubbly head that recedes quickly. I can smell the pine resins and citrus from a ways away. Tastes very much the same. Maybe the citrusy pineapple more than the hoppy resins in the taste. Mouthfeel is pleasant ad this is one highly drinkable ale.

gskitt, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of JoeBloe
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into my 'ephemere' tulip - pours clear golden honey orange and puts up a tight 2-finger head and really sticks to the sides of the glass - fresh smell of mild hops and a little grapefruit -
not too bitter, pleasantly hoppy with some pine resins and grapefruit - medium bodied - goes down easy - a good one to end the night on.

JoeBloe, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of NightINgale
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 US.fl.oz. bomber poured into a pint glass...

A - Light amber body, with a very rich creamy beige head. Great head retention and amazing lacing! Looks very good for an American IPA!

S - The aroma is not very intense, but then again, the bottle I had was fairly old. Grapefruit, oranges, pine, a bit of flowers, and some nice bready notes on the nose.

T - The taste starts out with quite a good hop bite, with grapefruit-like bitterness and some pine. Then comes a surprisingly nice mild sweetness. Some caramel, some bread, and some toasted malts are also present. Finishes in a slightly dry and bitter after-taste.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Low in carbonation. No real hints of alcohol, yet it may give a warming sensation to your body.

D - Goes down smoothly. For an American IPA, this is a very sessionable beer. Drinkable enough for a beginner hop-head, yet not too light or lacking on flavour.

NightINgale, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is pine and pineapple hops with a little bit of malt mixed in. Definitely the aroma of a hop-forward, Lagunitas beer. The flavor is heavy on the pineapple, grass and pine. There is also a nice malt backbone featuring toffee, caramel and bready malts. Low bitterness and actually fairly well balanced. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice IPA.

Mora2000, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a light copper blond with an oily white head, which left some faint lace on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Piny with hints of grapefruit and hop resins

Flavor: Enters a bitter pine with abrasive carbonation. The middle is swimming with pale malts which blend with the bitterness of the hops before leading to a sweet and slightly wet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied, easily sessionable, mild IPA.

ebrauser, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark golden (almost copper) color with small white head that goes away fast. Scent is very hoppy (I'm assuming this bottle is extremely fresh, because I don't normally get this good of scent from this particular IPA). I also get some very sweet citrusy grapefruit and light grassy notes. After tasting, this is definitely some fresh IPA I have here. Delicious hoppiness followed by seet malts and fresh grapefruit flavors. I also get a bit of orange and some grassiness toward the end. Finishes with bittering hops. This is by far the best Lagunitas IPA I've had. Mouthfeel is very crisp and full-bodied. Drinkability is high! Sometimes I wonder how fair it is rating these beers when it comes to IPAs and freshness issues. Because I would definitely not speak this way about the last Lagunitas IPA I had. If you find this beer fresh, buy it and drink it ASAP, because it probably falls off very quickly.

DovaliHops, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of this and poured into a clear pint glass. The pour is a little thin and gives a great gold to amber color, very clear and easy to see through. Gave quite a bit of great frothy white head. about and inch and a half. Leaves a bit of nice lacing. Also a bit carbonated. The smell is nice i can get a nice bit of hops and a bit of grain as well. Not too much malt, and maybe a bit of lemon. The taste is a little bland for me, at least for an IPA, i just would like a bit more punch, but not having that punch makes it very drinkable. Nice IPA overall i am quite a fan of Lagunitas, and look forward to a bit more of what they have to offer.

HOPPYKC, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of tbern007
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BWW.
Pours a slightly hazy, orange/amber color; few bubbles are visible. One finger head, good lacing that sticks around to the glass for a while.
S - as you would expect: hoppy, pine, grass. Some citrus/orange/lemon.
T - good balance of hops, grain, malt, alcohol goes without notice. Good overall IPA, but definitely not a DIPA.
M & D - pretty decent IPA. Hoppy, pine, floral, citrus. Just a tad sweet.

tbern007, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of baseballrock
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - The brew pours a dark golden color, with an off white frothy head.

s - Anazingly sweet piney goodness.

t - Nothing but typical IPA stuff here. Big hop character ontop a stable malt base. The hop flavor lingers and dares you to drink more.

m - Fairly light on the tounge. Flavorfull but not heavy.

d - Very solid IPA, I have no complaints.

baseballrock, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper/golden color into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle with the ABV (6.2%) on the label. No freshness or best-by date. Very attractive appearance, love the color of this IPA.
Decent head that dissipates fairly quickly with good, steady carbonation.
Aroma upfront is fruity, citrus notes, with hints of floral hops.
Taste is refreshing, the malt is noticeable up front with a nice, hoppy finish. Some sweet notes in between before the bitter, hoppy finish hits you.
Nice lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip.
Crisp beer, medium bodied and goes down smoothly.
Definitely worth a try, a very tasty IPA from Lagunitas.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a copper hue, finger of head which quickly recedes leaving some sticky lacing.

S - Scent is a little more mild than their other offerings I've tried, but still pleasant. Nice citrus hops with a peppery finish.

T - Very tasty IPA with a touch of honey sweetness which really complements the citrus hops. Touch of bitterness, but non-offensive. A lighter offering from Lagunitas, but not to be misinterpreted as sub-par.

M - A medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Perfect for the style.

D - Yet another winner from this brewery... A very tasty IPA with a bit of a sweetness on the finish. Highly recommended to any IPA fan and easily drinkable, offering just enough flavour that it won't overload the palette.

andrenaline, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish orange color with a thick yellowish white head and tons of good lacing. Smells of grassy, piney hops. Tastes of nice piney hops, some minimal malts, and a little citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA. Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear dark yellow body with a one-finger white, creamy head. Good lacing.

Nice citrusy hop aroma, more grapefruit than lemon. A little sweet malt aroma as well.

Solid IPA flavors that follow the aroma. Good grapefruity hop bite up front that is followed by just enough sweet malt to give it a balance. More hop bitter than sweet.

Very crisp mouthfeel and easy to drink due to the moderate abv.

FanofHefe, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Copper colored body with a thin head that has minimal retention and lacing.

Smells a little bit like pine-scented cleaning product mixed with some kind of citrus product of the same ilk.

This beer is just harsh, and not in a good way that many IPAs are. Big notes of lemon and grapefruit and a ton of pine, mixed with alcohol. The bitterness isn't so much tongue twisting as it is burning and bile-like. Although I haven't tasted cleaning products, this is about what I expect they would taste like.

EW. I don't want this in my mouth long enough to figure out how it feels.

I grabbed a pint of this beer at a bar without other craft options, but I think it is time that Lagunitas and I go our separate ways, as we don't seem to get along. On a side note, this reminds me of Troegs Scratch 37, which I also disliked, but to a lesser degree.

Hojaminbag, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack and brought it home before I looked at the bottles...loaded with floaties. Checking on the Julian date, I see it was bottled June 10. Oh well.

It has a nice honey gold colour with a minimal head of foam and very little lacing. I'm keeping the floaties in the bottle...

Big lemon citrus notes with some biscuit notes in the smell.

Ditto for the taste only here it doesn't show much balance and the hop flavour seems harsh to me. It's rather thin bodied, lowish with the carbonation, and isn't all that drinkable.

As is, it doesn't impress me but if I come across fresher samples, I'll give it another go and see if a change in my review is needed.

Bitterbill, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of hopshopshops
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My old staple. At one time this was one of the few IPA's regularly available at a number of places.

Initially, I fell in love with the bitter aftertaste. While this is still a good brew, others have been born with more complexity and better hops/malt balance.

Still, this is still one of those, sittin' around with friends/family, getting lost in moment, beers. The lower alcohol content can be a plus as well.

I've had many, both bottled and on tap, and this is one of the few that tastes much the same either way.

hopshopshops, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled about nine weeks ago.

Pours dark orange or light amber...very clear, carbonation definitely evident. Decent head that doesn't stay too long, some lacing.

Smells like sweet citrus hops, somewhat sharp and lacking the pungent, resin-y character some IPAs have.

Tastes very much like the nose. Very crisp. Citrus hop flavor is very noticeable, but on the whole there's nothing overwhelming here. Not much of a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is thin. This isn't thick hop juice; it's a light body with crisp hop flavor.

For all of those reasons, this is about as easy to drink as a decently flavored West Coast IPA could possibly be.

musicforairports, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Zundo
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange, pretty transparent with a yellowish head that has decent retention, but little lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt like caramel

Taste: Sweet for an IPA, sweet tangerine, pineapple, with grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Light for an IPA, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: The low alcohol content and flavor palate makes this a pretty drinkable beer.

Zundo, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass
quick hits review! short but sweet except not sweet cuz this an IPA right i mean bitterness = yay

Pours a honeyed amber color, nearly an SAC amber. Not cloudy, but not translucent either. Lots of sterling white head. Two fingers, at least. Spotty lacing. Pretty darn average.

The hops aren't all that bright. There's some orange, some faint grapefruit. But mostly, the hops are leafy, flowery. Not even pine, just... like a garden. Which is fine, not my preferred cup o' lupulin, but good enough. Some distant cracker malt slowly works its way to the fore as the beer warms up.

Flavor follows the nose pretty closely. Green hops, lots of 'em. Not enough citric brightness to take this beer to the next level. It tastes like a recipe that's been brewed for a long time. Certainly, compared to other Lagunitas offerings, this IPA tastes significantly less bright. This is still a nice IPA, but the rest of the brewing world has caught up to it. Hell, if I can brew a better IPA at home (and I have), than I can't score this higher than average. Cracker malts make for a doughy finish if you let the beer warm up too much, so keep that in mind too.

The body is a touch thicker than I like, but its pretty inoffensive. Not as carbonated as I'd like either. It's pretty solidly drinkable, still. The ABV % is a nonfactor, and your palate won't get burnt out over the course of a session.

Reaper16, Dec 30, 2010
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 6,471 ratings.