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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,535
Reviews: 1,515
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 101
Gots: 891 | 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 waterintobeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
In my opinion this is a little light for how I like my IPAs to look. Not as vibrant burnt copper but a white one finger of foam sits atop it. Good lacing along the sides of the glass.
Strong grapefruit and citrus in the nose with more malt than I had expected.
Taste is strong of hops, not as much malt as I had suspected from the nose.
Nice finish with a strong bitterness.
Definitely a good example of an American IPA.

waterintobeer, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

It was a light amber/ copper color with a thin, bubbly, white head. Smells delicious, I noticed aromas of grapefruit with sugar, some caramel malt, and even a light scent of peach. When you take a sip you first experience some hoppy, pine bitterness, there is a grainy, bready flavor and some tropical fruit. The beer is light bodied with lots of soft carbonation (in a good way) and the falvor pleasantly lingers. I could drink plently of these, it's light but still full flavored and well balanced

JMad, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darker reddish color than I would expect for an IPA. A small white head forms with pour retention. Light lace.
S: Floral, grassy notes up front. Big citrus and pine notes as well. A lingering bitterness.
T: Big grapefruit bitterness up front. There is also some strange vegetable flavors going on. Maybe Summit hops coming through? A lingering bitterness lasts forever on the tongue.
M/D: A medium to full body. Slightly syrupy and thick. Medium carbonation. Harder to drink than I would like. Lots of bitterness makes this slow going for me.

Yep, a big west coast IPA. To much bitterness for me to enjoy more than one. Not bad, just not for me.

champ103, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of haazer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Philly Winter Beerfest.

A- An exuberant, bright marmelade pour. White head sits atop the beautiful beer, and there is some spotty lacing on the sides when it dissipates.

S- Stingy, pungent pine needles upfront. Many earthy and flowery aroma's present, grass, daisy pedals, dew on grass.

T- The usual suspects in an IPA such as your citrus and grapefruit, but this IPA almost reminds me of tea. Chamomeal flavor blends in with lemon pulp. A fairly interesting tasting IPA.

M- Sweet and hoppy on the palatte. Light to medium bodied brew. Nice and smooth.

D- Easty to drink as it goes down and the interesting flavors and aroma make this a better than ordinary IPA. It certainly has my interest to warrant getting more of this.

haazer, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of smm
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light reddish orange amber. Quite clear.

S- Nice and hoppy, with a malty undertone. High citrus notes.

T- Sweet, citrusy and hoppy. It definitely puts off a west coast vibe in the hop profile. Flavor is a bit thin overall, comes through as watery...

M- Light and crisp, hops hit you in the tip of the tongue. Nice and sparkly, quite refreshing.

D- I've had a few of these over the course of the week and I'm still on the fence about it. It's a good representation of an IPA, but nothing outstanding. For the same price I think I'll pick up something with a bit more oomf. That being said it is a crisp and refreshing IPA.

smm, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice big frothy head. Copper in color and clear

S - Big time floral hop aromas coming up with really very little of anything else.

T - Pine hop bitterness is nearly overtaken by an unexpected tartness. Taste finishes with a touch of honey.

M - Medium carbonation, and maybe just a tad thin. Aftertaste was only slightly bitter but the tartness leaves a little behind.

I did enjoy this, but it's a little different from the IPA's I typically enjoy. Not a bad beer, but not exactly "the class" of the style either

gopens44, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished metallic amber colour, clear and shiny with one trail of bead up the body. Head is off-white, sunk to a cloudy film but gorgeous and sticky lace around the glass. Nice.

Smells extremely malty, with a huge nutty edge. Toffee sweetness on there, with hazelnuts and chestnuts backing up to add an earthy, almost vegetative tone, at times. Really quite nice but definitely lacking in the hop department.

Really odd, and unwelcome tartness on the front. Starts unusually and reasonably unpleasantly before finding its feed midway with fair nutty goodness that still feels a bit lacking. Doesn't have the rich sweetness of the nose and the malt tastes slightly diluted. Mild marzipany nuttiness comes through towards the back with a touch of lemon zest but not hugely impactive. Yeah, really a bit nonplussed about this palate, there are holes clearly visible and the whole (no pun intended) doesn't hold (again, no pun intended) together all that well.

Nice full, smooth feel for the most part, but a bit lacking on the back where it could go either fizzy or sticky. Its lack of texture adds to the overall slightly watery subtext.

Yeah, could drink a few of these, but I'd be hoping for something with more of a hop burst to follow it up.

laituegonflable, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear deep amber yellow with ample off-white head that did not lace at all. None whatsoever, even with agitation, etc.

Smell is leafy hops, with some grainy malt in the back, but not much else.

Taste follows, with plain ol' hop bitter body with some bready malt to back it up. Aftertaste is clean and fresh from the hop assault (which isn't really an assault after having beers like Stone Ruination). Don't get much complexity from this at all, which isn't to say its bad, just that it's...boring.

Mouthfeel is nice and balanced, although approaching thin at times. Drinkability is average due to singular nature of taste.

madvermin, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger plus of creamy off-white foam, dimples across the surface but has the density to retain its presence nicely, same can be said for the thin but steady lacing streaks. Copper orange color with a metallic sheen, about as red as yellow in tint, tiny bubbles drift around here and there, highly transparent. Clean, brisk hoppy nose of tangerine, pink grapefruit zest, pine sap, damp brown earth and sour grasses, honey, lavender and a dab of chocolate not going to take the edge off, however, it's on the sweet side anyway, has apricot, peach, nectarine fruit but doesn't get tropical. Medium-bodied, has an undeniable firmness about it, the carbonation is thick and pops of languidly yet there to the very end. Offers as much mineral water and tonic water as it does lemon, grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus, stays dry, even in the face of the extract of the primary material. The pineapple, nectarine, papaya, peach fruit dry, short of concentrated. Glimmer of cocoa or coffee bean, otherwise little malt presence. The pine and flowers curiously seem short-lived too. It's almost like a sharpened knife blade but without any food on it, having not cut into anything yet. The thought keeps nagging at you that it's, umm, just a little boring.

farrago, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of HBeezley
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, let me say that the first time I had this I loved it. This time (maybe it's the batch...or whatever) it's not quite the same.
Don't get me wrong though, it's still a fine IPA!

The look is the only thing not impressive. Although beautifully golden orange, it seems kind of clear with minimal head/lacing. Honnestly, it looks like a weak IPA.

Then there's the taste. Pretty great! Not overpowerfully hoppy, but not toned down either - just enough bite. Also, there's a really nice citrusy-orange-sweetness to it that adds nicely to the bitterness.

The rest...well, is like any other average IPA.

All in all (and let's be honest, this is the only few sentences that really matter), it's a great IPA! Where the appearance lack, the taste makes up for - and for most, that's what's important.

HBeezley, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber-golden color, some sediment. Nice amount of carbonation. Spongy head. Lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Citrus and sweet malts, touch of herbal.

Very malty up front. Sweet bready, slight caramelly. Dry bitter hops at the end, a little citrus and herbal. Some fruity notes from the yeast I could detect. Medium body. Carbonation feels nice.

Dry finish, yet very smooth.

Overall Impressions:
Not bad for an IPA, very sessionable. Only thing bad about this beer, it lacks in strong hop profile.

mjurney, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of JDFish
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a mug:

A: Typical PA look, nicely headed and very good sticky lacing

S: Some citrus and maybe piney hops

T: Hoppy at first, a good thing, but it has a bit of an aftertaste. Also, a little dry on the end. The balance is off just a bit

M: Definite quality, medium bodied and a good rinse

D: Pretty drinkable even with the tinge of the aftertaste. Overall, a decent selection. There are a number of IPA's I would prefer

JDFish, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of stompwampa
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is another step into my adventures with IPA's. I've never been a fan of the IPA because of the bitterness, but I've been trying them more and more and the taste has rapidly grown on me.

I picked up a six pack of this one after tasting at a local beer expo.

I poured it into a pint glass and it left a white, thick head that laced all the way down the glass. Bright golden color was very inviting.

The smell is a little dull, but I pick up that typical citrus aroma with some hops.

The taste is great. It's not too bitter and not too overpowering on the hops. There's a delightful grapefruit taste at the start and a nice bright, hoppy finish with that familiar IPA bite in the back of the throat.

I found myself drinking it much faster than I expected. Very impressed with this beer. Will most definitely purchase it again.

stompwampa, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Little Pub in Ridgefield CT.

Pours medium dark golden color with a good 1-1/2 inches of white creamy foam which string retention. Mild grassy smell, very light, hops aroma comes through. Taste is clean with a grapefruit, citrus hop throughout. Not overwhelming. Good carbonationn. Nicely drinkable IPA.

KTCamm, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a grey-order shipment in Australia. Bear that in mind when reading this review. Also keep in mind, I just tried the Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You collaboration, which was fantastic... Now let's see where we are...

Pours a burnished, slightly coppery golden colour, with a fine and almost creamy head of white. Lace is intricate and mountainous. Looks like some sort of wonderful landscape around the rim of my glass. Body is pleasantly thick, and some tiny-bubbled carbonation forms as it's swirled. Overall, a damn-fine looking beer.

Nose... Hmm, yeah, this is where the age starts to show. The hops are relatively muted, giving more of a crushed heather organic character, and minimal freshness. Some nuttiness and a touch of phenol, but it feels like the malt that would usually compensate for the hops is overbearing.

Taste is better, but still showing a bit of age, with some caramel/golden syrup characters or oxidised malt coming through, especially on the back. Hop bitterness is subdued, but still present, although the balance is out a little bit. Provides a pleasant counterpoint to the sweet bread and golden grain characters.

Feel is smooth and flawless.

Hmm--an interesting beer with a bit of age on it, although probably not exactly what was aimed for in its youth. You can feel the age, and that provides an interesting experience, but I think I'd prefer it fresh.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of slackerlack
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper color, clear, big two finger head lingering on top.

S - Smells like grapefruit and hops.

T - It tasted very similar to the smell.

D - Easy to drink, goes down smooth, bitter from the hops and grapefruit.

Overall, this was a decent IPA but its nothing special and does not have much flavor to it.

slackerlack, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of heebes
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear golden amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Appears to have alot of carbonation, some lacing. Nose is floral, citrus hops and slight auromas of malt. Taste is more malt-forward, bitter hops come out in the middle and into the finish. A different IPA than what i've had recently, being more hopbombs, so this is quite refreshing as a change. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. A decent beer but not the best from Lagunitas. (Hop Stoopid / Little Sumpin).

heebes, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of shoduke
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's good, not great. Looked very inviting but it lacked any real distinguishing punch to separate it from other IPAs. Good flavor and feel but I would probably pass if offered other Lagunitas products in order to find something with a little more oomph.

shoduke, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA is a great hopped up west coast IPA. Grapefruit and lemon pith in the nose, citrus rind in the taste. Lacing & etching on the glass after the half inch head leaves a nice soap ring around the glass. Clear light orange yellow. Short finish to the hops that then slowly unwinding into astringent bitterness. Better than average in every way that counts, it would be great to make this my regular session beer. Wonderful on tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign, IL.

salvo, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled January 10, 2011. Quite fresh. Label states 6.2% ABV.

Pours clear amber with a large off-white head that leaves tons of lacing and holds a rocky island and ring.

Aroma is pine, grass, floral hops with a bit of citrus, some malt and some alcohol. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is some floral and sweet citrus hops, some grass, touch of pine, fair caramel malt, moderate bitterness at best. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, oily, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA but kind of tame especially compared to others that Lagunitas puts out. Never had it before and thought what the heck, it's very fresh so I'll give it a shot but in hindsight I shoulda went with the equally fresh Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

elgiacomo, Feb 01, 2011
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
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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