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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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5,734 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,734
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 511 | 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 leadguit1


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drink this IPA occasionaly. The label is very unasuming of it's deliscious content.

Pours like most pale ales with a head of brown edged bubbles.

Smells zesty and satisfiying to the hop lover in you.

Rolls over the tongue with much density. A little metalic at times, not shure why.
Hops come to you in a very satisfying manor; not too much, not too little.

If you keep this IPA cool and dont let it get warm, it is very drinkable for most of the night.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 05:06:52 | More by leadguit1
Photo of Oxymoron


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a 12 oz single Colorado. Pours a light amber to almost orange color. When poured the head was good but quickly dissipated. Lacing was very limited as well.

The smell was in the realm of IPA, a good hop aroma a front. But the malt presence was noticed as well. A sweeter caramel aroma. The hops, which had a grapefruit and almost edgeiness to it, also shared some spicy and somewhat black peppery smell.

The taste is balanced well. Both as per malt to hop and from bittering to aroma hops. A sweetness of the malt if first noticed with a stronger caramel and somewhat basic malt taste. It also had a chalky taste to it. This is quickly followed up with a very earth presence of bittering hops. The spiciness comes on with some peppery taste. The aroma hops are more noticed in the after taste with a limited citrus flavor but does linger in the mouth for some time.

Carbonation was limited but the body was good. A better then average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 03:14:13 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of jclovebrew


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical dark straw, almost orange IPA color. Smells like hops. Tastes nice and hoppy. Perfect level of bitterness. After several sips, when I am desensitized to the hop explosion, the light malt backbone comes through nicely. Very refreshing.

Kind of a stereotypical IPA, meaning that it meets my expectations. All in all a fine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 03:56:50 | More by jclovebrew
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks decent (standard copper hue with decent head), smells good (slightly herbal, grassy and citric) and has pleasant carbonation. Something is sadly amiss with the coordination of the biscuity malt flavour and the clean grassy hop flavour though. The two clash. This beer is poorly integrated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2005 08:08:28 | More by charlatan
Photo of bcm119


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a medium-fine off-white head. Aroma is weedy, green and piney, with just a touch of malty sweetness in the background. Strong, fresh citrus and pine hops in the nose, but a soft, almost English bitterness. Nice bright flavors of fresh American hops without being resiny or oily; balanced nicely by a subtle, flowery malt body. Soft mouthfeel with a fine carbonation; lengthy finish with plenty of citrusy hops. Nicely balanced; bright flavors. Nice IPA that sort of straddles the line between English and American style. Better fresh on tap; bottles are hit or miss.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 05:14:38 | More by bcm119
Photo of UberWasser


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a murky amber color. The head is several fingers thick on a light pour and stays for the whole drink as a thin layer on top. Nice lacing along the glass. An attractive enough beer.

Smell was a little empty, mainly just a leafy hop bitterness with a tinge of citrus. Not bad though. Clean smelling.

Taste is hops, hops, hops. Leafy, spicy, peppery, bitter. That’s almost everything, but there is a bit of a malt sweetness to the middle taste. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. Good, though not at all balanced. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit of fizz.

A really nice hoppy IPA, it makes up for what it lacks in balance by being big and interesting. Fun to drink, but maybe not something you’d drink a lot of at once.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 05:54:52 | More by UberWasser
Photo of Padron4KM


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear amber, with a fluffy, two finger tan head that lasts and lasts. When it finaly does start to recede, it leaves rings of sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet malt up front, with some grapefruit and orange oil as it warms.

Flavor is lightly malty, around some citrusy hops.

Finish is mildly bitter.

Nicely balanced, will definately buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 05:31:54 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of HokieNoPokie


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy, copper IPA with a very mediocre head. The aroma wasn't particularly strong - faint hints of hops and moderately citrusy. Taste is good, but lacking in distinction. The malts overpowered the hops in my opinion. The aftertaste was a little strange, kind of left your mouth dry and had a feeling like you've been sucking on a penny for thirty minutes. Despite this, something about it made it very drinkable, and I get the feeling it would make a good choice for a session beer.

Overall, it's a good IPA. It's just not a great one, particularly when compared with some of the other American IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:29:22 | More by HokieNoPokie
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed golden amber with a thin lace ring. Earthy tree bark and mild hop oil aromas. Flavor is much more malty than hoppy, and for the first time in my life, I am drinking a west coast IPA that is a bit unbalanced in favor of the malts. For serious. What is this? To me this screams English IPA. Rather soapy with a mild hop bitterness yet bares a full, rich and malty backbone. Come to think of it, this is VERY soapy. Subtly carbonated mouthfeel makes it decently smooth and crisp. Still, not one I'll be going after again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 01:50:43 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of edmundfitzoil


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one in a 22 oz. bomber, and it was poured into a standard pint glass. No freshness date could be found on the label, at least I couldn't find one.

The beer poured a light copper or rich gold color with about an inch of brilliant white head that retained well after halving a few moments after the initial pour. It left white lacing on the sides of the glass as well. The aroma consisted of a lemony citrus/hop tones. The flavor, like the smell would hint, had a good hoppy presence and a finish with what I can only describe as a green tea like flavor. The mouthfeel is on the bigger side, and boasts an almost sort of creamy pressence, an enjoyable brew. I found it very drinkable.
I enjoyed drinking this one, but - I think - I would have preferred it to be more hoppy. There are better renditions of this style out there, and although the beer is good by many standards, I think I would reach for one of those before it. Although, I will probably return for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 19:39:42 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy glowing amber with a two finger creamy white head. There is some definite sediment lingering towards the bottom of the glass, even with the careful pour. I'm almost certain there was no infection because the bottle did not foam in the least upon the opeining. It just distracted from the beer.
Smell is of light grapefruit, lemongrass, and orange with a caramel malt backbone.
Taste is of the same delicate IPA aromas with nothing coming through as excellent but nothing telling me that this isn't good either.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with mild carbonation and an ok hop bitterness that isn't overpowering.
Drinkability is good. It just seems like it's a toned down version of the Maximus. I'm not sure what's up with all the sediment though. Most of the Lagunitas bottles I've sampled have had lots of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 15:09:28 | More by weeare138
Photo of Xadoor


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper colour with frothy, lacey head. Floral and grassy aroma. Taste is certainly dominated by hops with a bit of a tea flavour. Finish is a little dry and bitter. Low carbonation. It has a good hoppy flavour, but its a little bit thin

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 14:07:39 | More by Xadoor
Photo of jakester


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Northeast Taproom in Reading, Pa..

Arrives a hazy amber/orange with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and lemon citrus, with a good caramel/toffee malt in the background. Smells clean and inviting.

The first flavor is a nice caramel malt sweetness, followed by a strong hop bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon hop flavors are next. The hops in this are well balanced with the malt; neither is stronger than the other. The aftertaste is sweet and hoppy.

There is a good bite at the back of the throat from hop bitterness, and a nice tingle from carbonation. The finish is sweet and bitter at the same time.

This is a very good, well balanced, and poundable IPA, and a fine representation of the style. Tasty and yummy. I would like to drink this all day. I just need to pick the day!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 16:30:48 | More by jakester
Photo of DogFood11


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsener glass. Big meal time head that chunks its way down the sides of the glass....this is a mean spirited beer with attitude. small carb bubbles meander to the top forming a finger of retaining head. Hoppy but with content...its not unchallenged like some. I tasted a solid malt foundation that is attacked by hoppy bitterness. Its a thoroughly enjoyable battle going on. nice oily slick mouthfeel, few bubbles to open the palate and there ya have it. Drink up. I had the cask version at the Carlsbad festival but I was a rook and didn't take notes....wont happen again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 02:51:41 | More by DogFood11
Photo of winpig3


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had less that what I was expecting of a big IPA.

A: The beer poured a nice copper color and held a nice thick head.

S: It had a weak nose with a hop scent that was barely detectable.

T/M: The malt shines through over the hops, giving the beer a thick-bodied taste.

D: I ejoyed drinking this beer but I would look to a nother brewery for the upfront presence of hop aroma and bitterness I'm looking for in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 17:08:10 | More by winpig3
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from the brickskellar

lame head for an IPA, though it pours a nice copper color. fizzyness rises to the surface

nice to have an american IPA that is clearly not all cascade, centennial and columbus: the profile from the hops seemed to mesh with the malt instead of upstage it. nice resiny pine aroma (amarillo?) with a hint of citrus flavor. i think i caught a bit of light dried fruit in the bouquet

nice caramel sweetness lingers, as the beer has a more robust texture

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 06:41:00 | More by bruachan
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a deep amber orange. A bit darker than the Maximus but nearly exactly the same hue. The small off white head fall quickly to leave just a trace. Nice lacing adorns the sides of the glass. Nose of solid bitter citric tones off the top with underlying sweet bready caramel and pine bough resins. Nice.

First sip brings a bitter citric hoppiness upfront along with a caramel drizzled bready maltiness. Quite bitter on the way down with a somewhat chalky aftertaste. A pretty nice IPA with big Pac NW hop flavors. Only real downfall is the bready, dry aftertaste that's a bit off putting to me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Rolls over the tongue with ease. This is an IPA I could drink with ease that features a nice bitter kick throughout. Glad to see this at my local and have the chance to sample it with my buddy.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 21:03:34 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of KoG


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy oraange/copper with a fluffy white head. Leaves good lacing in trails.

Smell is estery hops with a hint of malt aroma fighting it's wat through.

Tastes like fresh hops with a nice backbone of malt. Hop profile stays on the tongue even after you've swallowed, not as strong as some but definately has staying power.

A good IPA that goes down easily, or atleast my 6 pack did.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:10:58 | More by KoG
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was plenty o' yeast at the bottom of this bottle.

App: Cloudy, almost opaque orange. very deep color.

Smell: Perfumy hops. Cookie-like malt. Quick flash of sourness

Taste: Huge grapefruit hops at the outset. Cookie malt creeps in. Finish is more grepefruit.

MF: Chalky. Slightly acidic. Smooth.

Drinkability: Low abv makes this a good IPA if you are looking to have more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 22:50:33 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange hazy pour with a big white head and lots of stuff floating around in it.
NIce carbonation throughout whipping these particles around.

Pretty much what you'd expect in the nose: floral and citric hop notes with an underlying pine scent that comes through pretty well. It's got a nice bitterness that's nicely balanced by a thick maltiness.

The flavor is similarly well-balanced. The hops are pretty assertive and throw out a big citric "West Coast" flavor, but the malt is strong enough to stand up to it. The piney flavors are nice and forward, but the overall mouthfeel on this one is somewhat thick and creamy.

Overall, a nice effort. Not my all-time favorite by any means, but a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 19:22:09 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with citrus hop aroma. It's a little sweet smelling. The taste is decent as well. It has an over the top bitter flavor that is laid over a solid malt base. It is very hoppy all the way through to the finish. I'm not a big fan of these west coast IPA's. They really jack up the citrus hop qualities. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. I really prefer more malts and less citrus hops. They taste good in a hop mix, but when isolated and used in excess they can really ruin a beer. That's just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 01:50:53 | More by WesWes
Photo of goschool


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a slightly cloudy amber color with a fairly large head that leaves a disproportionately small amount of lacing. It smells like an American IPA, with pine, grass and citrus aromas. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy like that of a porter or stout, but once you swallow, it feels thinner and more delicate. While you can taste cascade and/or other West Coast hops, the bitterness is very subtle for an American IPA. That, combined with soft, fruity and creamy malt backbone, make this taste more like an offering from Fuller's than a California brewer. There appears to be a theme going wih Lagunitas- Maximus, their I2PA, is also under-hopped, but this one works. This is not your typical West Coast IPA by any means, but it's surprisingly pleasing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 00:20:50 | More by goschool
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium copper color with a good deal of clarity. There is a trace of sediment floating around the glass. The head is rocky and thick after a generous pour. It leaves sticky rings of lace around the glass from the very top.

The aroma is a mild citrus smell, but not the typical heavy grapefruit of other IPAs. The taste is very mild with a slight hoppiness. There is not much zing in the flavor which was different, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 02:56:41 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey with chunks of yeast floating about (my bad). Just a mere film of head, carbonation appeared slow and steady.
Smelled majorly of grapefruit, backed by pine resin at first. Also a touch of mango and some apricot in there. As it warmed, the aroma of orange-blossom honey began to come forth.
Tasted crisp and snappy at first, mostly of grapefruit and spruce, then tangy and just a bit spicy in the middle, followed by a smooth bittering that dries the mouth on the way down.
Mouth was medium-bodied and fairly smooth. A tightly-knit blanket of bubbles covers the tongue. Burps are entirely of grapefruit and nearly eye-watering.
Good stuff but I've tasted better. This one started off really nice but seemed to lose some of its character as it sat.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 16:26:05 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of jbull


4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours creamy amber with a light tan head. Many large particulates in the last pour. Aroma is very hoppy, the best way to describe is sweet-pine-hop. Lovers of hops will love ther aroma - you know you're in for a hoppy beer experience. Head disipates after a couple swigs and leaves a persisitent effervescent lacing. The taste is strongly hoppy and oily with some acidity. The aftertaste is longlasting -sweet on the lips and slightly bitter on the throat. This is a great tasting beer similar to Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA. One of my favorites. The hop oils seem to linger in your mouth after every taste!

This is thhe only brew I've had from Lagunitas. Very impressive. This is my current favorite, over Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 01:04:34 | More by jbull
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