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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,215
Reviews: 1,493
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 89
Gots: 743 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Clear lively orange with 1 finger white head that dissipated rather quicky into a hop pool. Small sticky patches of lace grace the sides of the glass.

Fresh pine, floral, and grapefruit/lemon notes that are pleasant, but not super pungent. a toasty caramel biscuit background.

Spicy and tangy pine and citrus hops in the forefront. A balanced toasty biscuity carmamelly bread malt character. A wonderful bitterness and aftertaste showcasing pine, floral resins, and orange peel.

Med body and carbonation. Sticky and dry. Chewy. Could taste fresh hops on my tongue when i licked my teeth.

very well balanced IPA (maybe closer to a pale ale). Although they claim it to be hoppier than it it. great bitterness and mouthfeel that begs to have another.

CHILLINDYLAN, Aug 03, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -21.6%

Poured from a bottle into an imperial.

Pours a medium straw with crystal clariity and a decent head that clings very well.

Aroma is the ususal tannic acid, iced tea malt and hops mix, nothing new or outstanding.

Flavor is malt that has a light DMS favor that yields to light hops in the middle and finishes dry. The malt is crackery and slightly doughy, but weak and there is that DMS flavor that I can't get rid of on my tongue. Hops are pretty weak for what the bottle promised.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is adequate, pretty meh.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer, it was good but not on the IPA level in my opinion.

wheatyweiss, Aug 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

After reading the bottle I'm excited to get this one into a glass. It pours a bright burnt orange thats very clear. The head was minimal but left amazing amoutns of sticky lace all around my glass. The aroma was hoppy but I got plenty of malt sweetness as well. The flavor was delicious. Almost perfect balance of biting hop bitterness and malt sweetness in every gulp. A vicious piney wallop hits on the finish. The beer has a medium body with mild carbonation. On par for style. I really enjoyed this beer. My tastes have started to come around to the bigger hop flavors so this was right up my alley. I can see myself picking this up again.

beerwolf77, Jul 31, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle with no freshness info. i was told that this was just put on the shelves again after a brief vacancy at this particular store. drank from sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a copper colored body with a white colored head. it leaves small rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- sweet caramel malts upfront with a pretty strong hoppy ending to it. piny and citrus, lots of grapefruit.

T- the caramel malts i could smell come first. then come the hops. not as much as i could smell. lots of grapefruit and pine. a little bit of the pineapple thing i got from hop stoopid also.

M- medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and id like another. ive been impressed with the way lagunitas has been doing hoppy beers.

jwinship83, Jul 29, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

I've always passed the Lagunitas IPA up when I've seen it on the shelf, so I decided to give it a try. The carton claims that it is California's first IPA, unchanged since 1994. I probably would have passed it up for the Smuttynose IPA if I had read this before leaving the store, as I would assume a 15 year old IPA recipe is not reflective of today's bold style.

Pour yields moderate bone colored head. It soon subsides to a ring of foam, leaving behind patchy lacing. It's quite clear and straw/amber colored.

It has a very strong smell of fresh hops. Pine, citrus, and maybe a bit of tropical fruit, but quite spicy.

The taste was a bit of a let down after the smell. There is not a lot of bitterness. It is also way too dry, start to finish. There is no sweetness to balance out the hops, which are barely present to begin with. It has a grainy start, with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is good. And the beer is well balanced. I plan on drinking a couple more of these tonight, It is just really not what I'm looking for when I want an IPA.

The smell is the only part of this beer to reflect it's IPA label. It doesn't even compare to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in hoppiness and bitterness.

jbhuxley, Jul 28, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amber-orange color, mostly clear depending on how carefully you pour as there is some minor sediment at the bottom of the bottles. Light head of less than a fingers width, white and sudsy, which dissipates quickly to a light ring. Light but decent lacing remains down the glass.

Right off, you can smell two different hop characteristics. That citric grapefruit smell hit me first but right behind it was the more earthy grassy sort of hops. The hops take the spotlight but if you take a deep breath you can actually pull in some subtle caramel nuance from the malts.

As you might guess from the smell, there are two distinct waves of hop action going on when you pull this brew across the tongue. A cool malt and grassy hop concoction is first and brightest, staying together and solid as you swill. As the beer goes down the hatch, the grapefruit really starts to come out, and remains largely into a brief linger. The finish is quicker than I might have expected, and was relatively clean - rather refreshing really - with a light and brief finish of citrus hops. Very enjoyable.

The overall mouthfeel of this is interesting. It has the sort of weight to it that you would expect in something heavier, allowing for a nice full body. The balance of hops to malt though really sort of makes this feel more light and refreshing. It's an cool mix. The carbonation is relatively light, but still seems to match things pretty well and makes for an overall easy drinking beer.

I don't know why I waited so long to try this brew. If you like IPA's, this one is worth trying. I'm definitely going to be utilizing this for my rotating fridge stock for IPA's. Nice brew.

SIRIUS2, Jul 28, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Had on tap at Sunday's JellyNYC show-- what a great choice for such imposing weather. Hot as blazes, humid, humid, humid, then pouring rain all balanced out by 5 glasses/cups of lagunitas ipa.

A nice amber colored beer (deep) with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a nice foamy head on the top of my beer that never dissipated and laced wonderfully. Sticky icky.
The nose is heavy on the citrus and the taste is similar--some caramel malt and a load of citrus go down all kinds of smooth. There's a bit of a bitter kick but just the right amount. This is a solid IPA that I'd drink fresh any day of the week.

originalsin, Jul 27, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz. bottle with an imposing label that leaves no doubt this is an "IPA".

A - Pours a rich amber color with a pinky of off-white head. Drops to a modest, bubbly cap. Decent lacing clings to the glass.

S - Nice clean, spicy hop aroma. Grapefruit rind and pine sap, with just a hint of balancing malt sweetness. Pineapples, and a bit of grassiness.

T - Not quite the hop bomb the nose seemed to indicate. The hoppiness is there, but it's not "in your face" like I thought it would be. Modest malt sweetness, with a little of that tropical pineapple fruitiness providing some contrast. Bitter, semi-dry finish, but not so extreme that it rips your tastebuds out.

M - Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and carbonation leans to the light side of moderate.

D - I can't help but feel this needs a little more hoppiness in the flavor. It's just a little too subtle overall, which keeps it in the B+ range. Still a solid offering though, and at 5.7%, it's a somewhat rare sessionable American IPA in a world where many domestic microbrewers are constantly pushing the ABV skyward with their IPAs and IIPAs.

association330, Jul 21, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

I picked up a six-pack and I can tell by the refreshing punch that it was fresh. I have read in other reviews that they have had old past their prime brews. This beer is a decent IPA, when fresh.
appearance:orange/amber, lightly cloudy
smell: hoppy, citrus
taste: crisp,cold,exciting
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, I could finish my sixer and grab another.

DookDrinkyCrow, Jul 20, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance: 355ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a rich white head with moderate retention. Lacing is fantastic clings the glass as if it doesn't want to leave.

Smell: strong hop: pine, flowers, pineapple and citrus fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: very similar to smell. though you immediately notice the sweetness. Fruit-like sweetness (not candy-like), and with the pine/pineapple taste it is almost like biting into a ripe juicy piece of pineapple. Well balanced, with a light to medium body. The acidic sweet citrus fruit taste is what dominates the mouth, with only a slight hop bite upon finish. Aftertaste is that of malt. Not extremely complex, but complex enough to be a good session. Well balanced not overwhelmed by hops or malt. Both have their specific time in taste. A surprisingly un-dry IPA with the proper amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: a great session, more drinkable then the dogfish 60 and other IPAS i've had. Tasty, on price point and refreshing. Killing a six pack of this would be a really simple operation. ABV is not all that high as well. Fantastic IPA

MaxBrews, Jul 18, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Light orangish amber with gold highlights on the very edges of the glass. Even with a vigorous pour I couldn't put much of a crown on top of this one's head, only managed about 1 finger of white, frothy foam that showed decent retention and ultimately formed a thick collar on the surface. Not off to a great start here...

A: It gets a little better with an aroma that consists of your standard West Coast IPA characters. Citric smells of mostly grapefruit and pineapple, with some resin-dipped pine needles layered underneath a caramel malt. Shows decent strength, but doesn't jump out at you like other competitors in this category.

T: Toasted caramel malt feels bready, almost doughy while the citric and piney hops lay on top. Grapefruit rind is most dominant, followed closely by pineapple, while the resinous pine needles poke their way into the fray as well. There seems to be some off-flavors on the back end of the mouthful that are throwing me off a little. Kind of an astringent bitterness like the taste when hops have died, which is weird because while the hops don't taste overly fresh on the front end, they're not displaying that faded taste you would expect to find in an old IPA. Whatever it is, it is hindering the drinkability of this one for sure.

M: Medium-full with a thick, slightly chewy body that coats the mouth with an even film of stickiness. Achieves a nice creaminess once it warms from the perfect carbonation. This is the best aspect of this beer for me, just how I like my IPA's.

Notes: Well, I'm not all that impressed by this offering from Lagunitas. But, in all fairness, I am now doubting the freshness of this bottle after further investigating that astringency on the back half. As it is, it falls well short of my favorites in this top-heavy category. But, I will have to try and get my hands on a fresher bottle and re-review it, which will be hard because Lagunitas doesn't put dates on their damn bottles! Seriously people, it's time to start dating all IPA's!!!

sweetbrew82, Jul 18, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

A - Deep cooper color with orangish-red highlights...1.5 finger head that was rocky and cream colored...great lacing...6 sips = 6 rings

S - Kind of a muffled nose...citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone...typical

T - The focus here is on the balance...this beer was wonderfully balanced between hops and malt...I didn't score it higher because it could have used a little more hops and malt...fruity hop taste upfront mixed with some sharp citrus and pleasant bitterness...next comes the sweet caramel malts...they provide just enough flavor to take away a harsh bitterness...in the end it tastes like a caramel dipped hop

M - Medium bodied...crisp and smooth...leaves you wanting more

D - As I said earlier...6 sips = 6 rings...this one was gone way too quickly...and easy drinking IPA that I would love to have few of on a good night

thain709, Jul 15, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +17%

a - good head retention, clear, bright yellow/copper color
s - fresh cut grass, some lemon, hint of caramel/malt
t - medium bitterness upfront, then slight maltiness, and a crisp finish with nice lingering hop note
m - medium body, balanced co2 in the mouth
d- Oh yeah ;)

pwydra, Jul 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Bright orange color with a long lasting head.

S- The smell is very fruity, with hints of grapefruit, tangerines. There is a solid carmel malt backbone.

T- Good upfront bitterness, nothing that is going to kill your taste buds. Grapefruit comes up next, then sweet malt.

M- Crisp finish with a medium body to it.

D- Super drinkable. Would drink 1000 in a night if I could.

TheNightbird, Jul 13, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

In full disclosure I'm not an IPA fan but I keep trying them. This one was pretty decent in my non-IPA fan book.

Aroma - Citrusy and piney hops are both here

Appearance - Orange IPA glow? Check. Decent IPA head retention? Check.

Taste - Not too overpowering in the IPA department. Aroma is stronger than the flavor to tell the truth. A decent IPA that could be a go to IPA.

Notes - There is really no need to sip this beer.

jwhawkins81, Jul 10, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

$4.49 for a 22oz bomber at Discount Beverages on Hoosick St in Troy, NY.

A: Deep hazy yellow, 3-finger eggshell head which leaves chunks on the glass. Very attractive.

S: Light malts and citrusy hops, neither particularly aromatic. Strong honey scent, like raw honey straight from the comb. Caramel.

T: Lemon and pine hops, sharply bitter mostly on the back of the mouth and tongue. Light malt backbone, more felt than tasted. Aftertaste of lemon, grass, and bubblegum.

M: Mostly dry, somewhat oily. Good carbonation. Slight alcohol burn mingles with hop bitterness in the finish.

D: A good IPA, enjoyable, sessionable, but nothing spectacular. I could drink this all night long, but it's not quite good enough that I'd pass up trying something else.

BeerNinja007, Jul 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

This was a really good IPA. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Appearance- light amber color, good head, transparent

Smell- hoppy, malty

Taste- hoppy, malty

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- excellent IPA, I thoroughly enjoyed it. will drink it again and again

jeffjeff1, Jul 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear copper in color with about a half finger of bone white head. Good aroma, very hoppy. Grapefruit, pine and resins are dominant. Taste is good as well. Lots of sticky hops with a light clean malt character in the background. Pine are resin are the dominant hop flavors here but grapefruit is in the background. Strong bitterness offsets the hops nicely. Mouthfeel is good with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Solidly bitter and hoppy, very enjoyable.

mnj21655, Jul 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured a clear golden color with a decent one finger head in my Sam Adams ale glass. Medium lacing down the glass.
Smell was very cirtus-like, grass, pine, hops galour. Taste was similar; very much up front with the bitter citrus flavor, remaining bitter all the way down, as a solid IPA should.
Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable. Drinkability is good, as this one is very delicious.

BeTheBall, Jun 26, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: amber, thin white head that lingers, some lacing

S: malty sweetness that is surrounded by citrusy and floral hops.

T: slightly sweet malt backbone that balances the hop bitterness well. you can really taste the fruity/citrusy hops essence

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes smooth and slightly dry.

Drinkability: this is a pretty good IPA. this has more of a traditional IPA flavor/aroma compared to other IPA's that come from the West Coast, but overall a well brewed IPA.

porterwoobie, Jun 25, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Think this one is a little past it's prime.

A- Pours clear golden copper color. Good pour gave it a nice off-white one finger fluffy head. Little bit of lacing clung to the sides of the glass while most seemed to slide down.

S- I can tell this one is a little off when I smelled it. And off as in a little old. While it still had a little bit of a citrus hop smell to it but it was faded and now I was smelling a shell of it's former self. Big sweet malts are now what shine the most in this beer. Kind of a let down but it still oddly smells better than some IPA's that are fresh I have had here recently.

T- Yep...this beer is a shell of it's former self. The hop presence is still there a little with the forefront having a slight bitter/citrus crash on the palate but it is almost swallowed up right away with a sweet malt backbone. The hops try to make a stand one last time on the ends of the sips but they don't stand a chance with how old this beer is. Still an enjoyable drinker but not what I was expecting at all.

M- This is a light/medium mouthfeel. The carbination in this beer makes it fizz a little when it runs across your palate. The hops make a small impact on the tounge but the aftertaste is all malts.

D- If I could find this fresh next time I'm out I will pick it up again. I feel kind of ripped off with picking up a bottle past it's prime but hey...what can you do when you don't have a freshness date on the bottle!

alleykatking, Jun 23, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Got as an extra in a trade with Onenote81 (thanks, Jon)
Poured from the bottle into a pint.

A: Nice golden orange color, and developed a thick fluffy white head. When the foam dissipated, left a nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppy and citrusy, but not as much as I was expecting. Can detect a little bit of malty sweetness.

T: Very nice. Hop bitterness is the first thing on the palate, then I detected a bit of pineapple kind of sweetness, and then a strong bitter finish once swallowed. Kind of like it changed flavor on me throughout the experience.

M: Not bad, but almost a little flat. Could have used better balance with the carbonation. Nicely coated the mouth and left a lightly pine aftertaste.

D: Very good brew, even if it was not what I was expecting it to be. Pleasant to drink.

jlb307, Jun 23, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

The beer is clear and light amber. Lots of cabonation rushing to the surface. Nice thick white head.

The smell is a bright grapefruity, hoppy aroma. There is something else in there. Maybe a bit of orange. Very nice!

Excellent bitter hop flavor with grapefruit and a touch of lime. There is a very pleasant bitter twang at the end. The hop balance is very good but still nice and strong.

This is a very drinkable IPA. I do not see this one on the East coast all that often, but will have it again when I run into it.

wampahoofus, Jun 22, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -20.8%

Bottle poured into a weissen glass.

Poured a pale orange with a slight haze. great head and lacing. smells like a basic ipa, hops and a bit of citrus. Taste the same, a very basic hop taste. Feels nice though, nice and crisp, dry. Wasn't impressed. Did taste much better with some spicy food though. Would only buy again to pair with spicy food.

Anthony1, Jun 18, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

OK, here we go, the main reason I am posting tonight.

A very thin head with an amber color. The aroma is alluring, rather heavy on hops would be my guess. For an IPA, it has a bit of a stronger Hop taste. Not bad, but not really blended with the whole. I like it, but I have had better.

Brencr, Jun 18, 2009
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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