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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

5,698 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,698
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 493 | 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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head that leaves a fine layer of lace. Light amber in color and slightly cloudy.

Floral hop nose with an interesting milk-like (lactose?) aroma. Very fresh and clean smelling. Inviting

The initial malt flavor is completely covered by the hop bite within milliseconds. For an IPA, this is a good thing. The upfront malt could be described as slightly fruity. The bitterness is a continuation of the floral hop. Very long aftertaste that is entirely bitter. The richness of the beer is appropriate; I'd describe it as moderate. Carbonation is fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 21:01:09 | More by smcolw
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

I like Lagunitas' use of stubbie type bottles with their 6's, and this sample was poured out of one of those 12 oz brown bad boys. The appearance is a hazy copper, with a lot of suspended particles, a thin off-white head to cap it off. Lemon and tangerine mixed with grass and pine on the nose, some sweet caramel malt to hold it up, along with a little bit of smoky character. The flavour is okay, a decent balance of the malt backing up the stronger hop presence, but it doesn't really stand out much from the crowd either. Unless my tastebuds have already been shredded from two of these today already, and a Maximus earlier on. These hops really hit you in the pit of your stomach after a while. A sticky pine residue begins to form on the aftertaste over time, yet overall the mouthfeel is fairly average, not quite watery, but lacking in fuller body as well. If this were a local beer I would probably buy it more often, but at the hefty price tag of $16.99 CAN currency for a 6 of this Californian import I'll stick to Alley Kat's Full Moon Pale Ale and Tree's Hophead IPA for my regional hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 21:41:24 | More by IronDjinn
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured bright and clear and was an orangey/copper color. A thin head of white creamy foam topped it off. Small bits of lace left on the glass throughout. The aroma is wonderful - with the sweetness of a Valencia orange with a touch of the bitter orange zest. I knew immediately after the first sip that this was an awesome beer. Very smooth with a mellow bitterness that has small traces of piney hops and citrus tartness. All of the flavors are blended extremely well. The body has a medium dry maltiness. Overall, this comes across as a high quality IPA. Beautiful on all counts.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2005 14:42:02 | More by pezoids
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Zorro

California

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is clean, malty and a bit sweet smelling with mild citrus hops. Milder scents of tea and caramel are also present.

Taste is sweetish with a good caramel flavor. Mild metallic flavor is present. Solid hop bitterness is present but doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer. This is a very well balanced IPA with a lovely malt, caramel and hop flavor with no one flavor crushing the others. Super smooth to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is one tasty and easy to drink beer. Lots of flavors all balanced just perfectly. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 02:08:35 | More by Zorro
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber / copper in color with a huge 3" head that lasts through the drink. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is floral and of orange citrus. The flavor a nice balance of sweet malt and bitterness, and stong citrus rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start, with a dry crisp finish. The tastebuds get the hops and citrus tones long after the finish. Nicely drinkable, a very pleasant IPA experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 14:27:12 | More by Gavage
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber color. The off white colored head leaves a nice lacing. Smells of mild floral hops. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Has a sweet cream and caramel flavor with a mildly tart hop taste to finish.
Lots of malt flavors. The hops are around but they're not the highlight here.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 16:37:04 | More by beerceller99
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice rich bourbon color with a good deal of head that slowly recedes into a nice layer which leaves a coating of lace draping. The smell is less focused on the hops as you would expect from an IPA, and this beer actually smells very sweet, almost like cotton candy, or caramel. The taste is also heavy on some sort of sweetness, of sugar cooked in some form, but not burnt. There is the underpinning of hops that comes out in the aftertaste, and an overall presence of malt, but nothing spectacular. Its a good taste once you get used to it certainlly. The mouthfeel is not so great however. It is too watery, with almost no carbonation except a bit on the front of the tongue. I almost thought someone had watered my beer down. Its an alright beer, not a great IPA however.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 23:26:57 | More by FranklinPCombs
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

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

This is quite an attractive beer. It's bright honey-copper with a sticky, beige head and very little carbonation. The setting Vail sun glows through a suspension with some cloudiness in my beer. Aroma is full of hops, though not as bright and floral as I would have hoped. Bright but not brightest hop oil is a bit slick on the tongue, with an almost spring water freshness in both the nose and the taste.

This is really an excellent IPA. I've had a couple better, but not many.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 23:23:02 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

This is a hazy orange liquid, topped with frothy, bubbly, lace-producing head. The aroma is earthy with a fleeting floral hoppiness. It certainly smells like an IPA, but it’s a restrained, quiet smell…not nearly as intense and over-powering as I’d expect from a west-coast brewery. There’s a fruity, estery flavor, along with a nice malt backbone. It’s a sweet-ish beer, with a nice finishing hop bite. Nothing spectacular, but this is a good drinking-brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 20:14:14 | More by Suds
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Simple tri colored single body label on a stubby 12 oz browner with silly wannabe Stone like blah blah blah and “Life is uncertain. Don’t sip.”

Dude, Where’s my floaty scrod chunkers? Coppery clear orange hued filtered pour with minimal miniscule carbonation bubbles rising. To a ¼ “ settled antique white tight head, leaving lattice lace.

Apple malt and light grass hops balance in the aroma. Too difficult a task to detect the aroma. Beer is nice because it doesn’t take much to enjoy and enjoying this aroma was like working all night on a hot chick only to get a fake phone number.

First Swigs: Well balanced milk flavor of red apple malt and some restrained mild orange citrous somewhat sweet syrupy sugar. Lingering malt candy aftertaste.

Soft pillowy whipped cream mouth feel. Maybe a two in a session limit.

Last Swigs: Lacks hops for an IPA. This is an American Pale at best. Nada mas! A confused ale. Picked up in a mixed case at Big Top for $28. Quite forgettable, really. 118/3.76

Beer is good. Happy let down beering.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 04:39:07 | More by blitheringidiot
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps because I accidently poured out the sediment at the bottom the appearence was somewhat diminished only because there were things floating in it. Still it poured a nice tawny gold with a thin slick of white head on the top. Smells were slight notes of syrupy hoppiness and a little honey baked malts. The taste was crisp and hoppy without too much malt flavor. Very tasty and not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 23:09:01 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

A solid IPA...pours a light gold with a decent head. Smell is mainly citrus from the hops...very nice on the nose. Tatse has the proper tang from the hops and starts with an initial touch of malt. Mouthfeel is medium in quality and finishes in a nice slightly dry way. Good drinkability...would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 02:32:39 | More by edchicma
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twelvsies

Maine

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

I was suprised to see this beer on tap that I'd only come across once in California at none other than the Moan and Dove. Pours a pretty standard looking clear amber color with a bit of foamy head on top. Smell is pretty good, not in your face like a lot of the west coast IPAs. Taste is congruent with that. Instead of tongue-singeing hops there's a more balanced sweet grassy taste to this beer. A bit zesty, and floral. Mild sweet malts back up the hops. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel and great drinkabilty. A decent IPA for sure, but if you have the option, get the Maximus.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2004 22:35:45 | More by twelvsies
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Troyone

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 12 oz. bottle, was disappointed that there was a twist off cap (maybe another discussion). Poured into the glass with a two inch foam, had lots of material flowing around (probably hops) this will make up for the twist off cap (unless I get sick). Iced Tea in color not dark but hazy.
A sweet malty and slightly hoppy smell.
The taste is a hoppy malt with almost a hint of tea in the back ground.
The mouth feel is comfortable minimal carbonation not too syupy. Drinkability is good the carbonation blends in with the malty hops. The aftertaste lingers a hint of malt with hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by Troyone
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carln26

Missouri

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

This poured into the pint glass a clear copper color with a dense 1 inch tan head. Light champagne bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the foam on top. The nose has a rich herbal character. Hints of grass, pine come from the glass. The taste has a balance of hops and malt. The first impression parallels that of the aroma, the herbal hops, but the middle of the profile delivers some of the malt (a hint of sweetness and body). A pleasant bitterness is apparent in the finish. Good medium body, with a slightly slick mouth feel. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 17:49:36 | More by carln26
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark orange-gold color body, mostly clear. Head is dry and flakey, long-lasting full inch of froth.

Smells sweet full-bodied floral hops, rich. Background of booze.

Taste is quick and focuses on the hops, with sweet edges of fruit, papaya. Alot of balanced carbonation. After taste swoops down almost immediately with a cold, bitter slash--that somehow added tremendously to the drinkability.

Sort of a mild IPA, despite the sharp finish. Drinkable, low ABV IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 03:25:03 | More by donnebaby
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poures a deep copper with a fluffy head that leaves a light amount of lace,heavy pine aroma with a grapefruit note.Pney,resiny flavors going big on the hops thats for sure not much malt base but some nice flavors.There are better west coast IPA's out there this one seems way out of balance but still decent but wont look for again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 01:33:08 | More by oberon
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longpondbeerman

Maine

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

The IPA pours a dark gold, not quite clear, with a modest bubbly (but not foamy) off-white head. The aroma is slightly tart, lemony with some undercurrent of hops, but not much. The taste, too, is slightly acidic--but not well balanced, frankly. I think I'm getting fussy in my old age because this ale is not up to the traditional west coast standards.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 22:57:20 | More by longpondbeerman
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

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

I got a 22 oz. bottle of this as a gift from my wife who was in San Francisco for a week.

The beer poured a gold/copper color with a white head.

According to the label, this beer has 43 different hops -- a kitchen sink approach to hopping? The hops were apparent in the aroma with citrus predominant; but they really came through in the taste. Very bitter, all the way through to the aftertaste.

Overall, a fairly refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 03:33:35 | More by ncbrewerbun
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Southernbrew

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze with a small, tight head.

Aroma is full of hops, some spicy, some grassy and of course some bitter.

Medium body, smooth enough. Moderate hop presence, some flowery hops and a light grassiness come out first then midway through a light spiciness drops in that leads to the moderate bitter-sweet finish.

An OK IPA. I've been excited to try Lagunitas, and while this didn't blow my socks off, I still have the Maximus to try.

Again, thanks Nickbagofdonuts for bringing back the goodies.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 21:00:43 | More by Southernbrew
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

Pours a hazy orange body with a small, offwhite head that retains well and leaves minimal lace. A large amount of "floaties" are in suspension in the body, almost scary but they eventually settle to the bottom.
Aroma is pine sap and citrus rind. Weak caramel malt is barely picked up.
Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth and creamy, with even carbonation.
The taste is one dimensional, with resiny pine cone and grapefruit rind hops. Hardly any malt balance.
Decent drinkability if you like American IPAs on the hoppy side.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 21:57:08 | More by merlin48
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allengarvin

Texas

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

12 ounce bottle, in a clean generic mug.

Appearance: Lovely burnished copper color, with fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, with very fine bubbles.

Aroma: Flowery, grapefruit-citrusy hop aroma. Lots of it.

Flavor/Body: Hops up front, of course, citrus, spicy floral flavor, lots of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Malt is low, but enough to provide balance. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Medium body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

A quite decent IPA. Not my favorite style, but I consume a few every month, and this one is one of the better ones, when it comes to good drinking, session-type beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 02:51:11 | More by allengarvin
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kmcnair

California

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

I found this to be mediocre for a west coast IPA. Although I do like other offerings from Lagunitas.
Dark amber in color, thin head and no lacing. Smell is very malty with only a hint of hops here. Flavor is fairly blanaced with a moderate bitterness and spicy hop note. Light to medium bodied. I'll pass on this one in the future, there are so many other better options for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2004 20:02:24 | More by kmcnair
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GClarkage

California

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

Consumed in September 2004 from a 22oz bomber purchased at the local store. Poured with a small head that was very quick to disappear. Light lacing around the edges of the top of my 24oz mug. Sort of a dark yellow coloring with a good amount of yeast floaters. Smells pretty damn good. Kinda like a garden. Tons of floral overtones. Hmmm, not bad, but not great. Pretty hoppy for a regular IPA. Taste a bunch of grapefruit. Lots of carbonation too. Maybe detect a bit of pine in which everyone describes. And a definite bitter aftertaste. Not a bad on though. Maybe a bit overpowering, but it's ok by me. Overall a pretty nice IPA. Not one of my favorites, but one I would buy again if my favorites were gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 17:56:20 | More by GClarkage
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ngandhi

Illinois

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

Forward and fresh with resinous pine lingering into the long, almost steamy finish. Light malt lends some graininess that evens out the edginess of these hops. Great color, yet no sweetness. Medium-light body showcases the freshness of these however singular hops. Some fruit comes through late.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 00:49:33 | More by ngandhi
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