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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,484
Reviews: 1,516
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 100
Gots: 863 | 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 Satchboogie
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes reviewed on 11/22/10:
12oz bottle poured into Duvel glass

A: Golden orange, clear, light copper when held to the light. 1-finger frothy white head that disappeared quickly, left good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops, sweet malt, light flowery esters in the background.

T: Hops bite pretty hard on the nose and leave a bitter aftertaste. Sweet fruit-like malt helps balance the bitterness but plays a background role. Lots of citrus and some flowery esters in the finish, pine lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly chew and sticky finish.

D: A little bitter for a standard IPA, it doesn't drink as easily as others I've had. Nothing prohibitive or unpleasant, just normal.

Satchboogie, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Bright, copper-gold in color, with a bright white two-inch head of billowy foam. Nice looking beer.
Aroma-Fragrant citrussy hops
Taste-Grapefruit and tangerine, biscuit note, nice biting hop flavor throughout. Well-balanced and sessionable with a relatively low (5.7)ABV.
A tasty, solid American IPA that would be a great match for a round of hot wings. Get Some!!

hosehead83, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a hint of amber, nice half inch head. Decent lacing.
The smell is filled with citrus with a touch of pine and a carmel background. Inviting to say the least.
The taste is strong on the citrus hops with some piney and earthy hops to follow. These are balanced by a nice but moderate carmel malt background. Goes down very well but the carbonation is a little high.
This is easily a go-to beer for all seasons. One of my favorite regulars and one of the few beers that I buy on a monthly basis. Hell yeah.

This was one of the first IPA's I ever enjoyed. Still very solid when fresh. Easy drinking, go to IPA!

OBeerMeGreatOne, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of chodinheaven
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid IPA with that bold hoppy IPA taste. I'm comparing it to Stone's IPA in one night, which not much can stand up to the huge hoppy flavor that Stone brings, but as it stands alone, it is really a fantastic example of an IPA. Could use a little more in the smell department but at least it looks pretty. Definitely sets the mood for what your about to enjoy

chodinheaven, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a clean orange golden color with a small beige head. Good retention and many lacings left
S: Smells like a traditional American craft IPA. Very citric, earthy and mainly grassy smell of fresh hops.
T: Follows the nose. Deliciously bitter and refreshing. You can feel some malts and yeasts but its trademark is, of course, the hops. Very good bitter stuff
M: Light body, medium carbonation and nice bitter and grassy aftertaste
D: High. To be drunk in gallons (preferentially, sitting in a bar around the San Francisco bay :p)

eduardolinhalis, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, the beer presents with little to no head. A very nice dark gold/copperish color. There are strong smells of hops on the nose. The initial hop forward flavor is light, but directly followed by hops and light sour in the middle to back of the tongue. The beer is heavy, but smooth in the mouth. A crisp finish, this beer is very drinkable. Goes with lots of different kind of foods, it's a decent stand-by for those who like IPAs.

GarthDanielson, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Princeton orange body, clear with lots of "floaties" and capped by a thin smattering of weakly whipped ivory. Decent lacing, average retention at best.

Pine, orange zest, and a light herbal note in the nose. Faint rosewater and soft malt as well.

Pre-cut jarred grapefruit, lemon zest, and evergreen start off the flavor profile. Pale malt and a whisper of caramel lead into a moderate minty bitterness. Fairly dry finish - flavors are good but not big.

Slick-ish yet light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

I'm a huge fan of Lagunitas' APA, and this is nearly as drinkable, though it doesn't quite stack up compared to its heavy hitting CA IPA peers...

augustgarage, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of MVotter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The Lagunitas IPA pours into a chalice a foggy, light copper color, with a thin cream colored head.

S - Pine and citrus hops, diacetyls.

T - Starts with a sweetish hop flavor, quickly blended with malts (hint of honey), finishes with a touch of bitter.

M - Dryish, plenty of carbonation.

D - Hops dominate and are very thirst quenching. Whenever I'm parched and in search of a COLD brew, I yearn for a "no-doubt" hop ambassador ... this one fits the bill.

MVotter, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: nothing to write home about. Light lacing, amber-gold in color. Medium level of carbonation.

Smell: Light scent of hops, not very strong. This brew could benefit from being dry hopped.

Taste: Nice mix between the hops and malt. No yeast flavor present. Citrus, pint/wood like hops dominate the flavor profile and there is just enough malt to keep this beer from being overwhelmed by the hops.

Drinkability: this brew has officially become my default beer. Strong spicy hop profile and light on the malt, I love it. Near perfect IPA in taste. The two areas I would like to see some improvement on in this brew is in appearance and smell. Lagunitas needs to improve the head retention on this brew and possibly dry hop it to improve the smell. It's just too light on scent and head retention, that's what holding this awesome IPA back.

wmtxbb, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a typical session ale. My head wasn't very good and it disseminated quickly. Great color. Nice honey orange color. The beer is mildly transparent and there are little carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Bright hoppy floral notes with a heavy dose of citrus. Sweet malts. This beer smells pretty yeasty.

Taste: Very fruity ale. This is an easy drinking beer. Perfect for a nice summer day. This IPA isn't that heavy on the hops. It is definitely weak compared to e.g. Stone IPA. The hots fail to impress. This IPA is somewhat flacid. However, it does finish well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. It dissolves pretty easily. There is a good blend of ingredients that make the beer an easy swallow. However, the carbonation seems to make up somewhat for the content. Not worth swishing around for too long. I wouldn't sit on this beer too long, lest it lose some of its character.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. What this beer lacks in characteristics it makes up for in an easy chug. I like this beer though it definitely is not the most interesting IPA I've ever had. I'm willing to believe Lagunitas can do even better than this. I'll try more of there beers and save this one for an August BBQ. On the other hand it's a good IPA for a beginner who may be frightened by a more potent elixir.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold colour with an average size frothy and fizzy off-white head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - caramel, pink grapefruit, cookies, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation, and it feels very light yet creamy. It has a very sweet profile with a caramel flavour mixed with malts and floral notes and pine. There are also notes of grapefruit and there is a fair amount of hop taste. The beer finishes with a bitter sweet caramel and hop aftertaste.

Drink - An above average beer, but I think I'd rather be drinking their Hop Stoopid.

spinrsx, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of in780
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Fairly clear with nice frothy head. Decent lacing, nothing particularly outstanding.

S - Citrus fruit, slight alcohol noted

T - Hop forward, but noticeable malt sweetness too, good balance

M - Not too much going on, light carbonation

D - Drinks fine, could go through a few at a time

Fine example of the style, and a pretty good value. Makes sense since that's what Lagunitas does.

in780, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is orange and mostly clear with a nice head of white bubble, medium and small. No lacing, carbonation moderate.

Aroma is malty with some piny hops in there, overall its weak.

Beer is medium in body and has a decent amount of bitterness at the back, does not finish too dry. The forward is malty but not overly sweet. The midpalate is a little barren but the overall drinkability of this beer is quite good.

drabmuh, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of patreely12
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - a nice golden orange color. thin soapy head that left some noticeable lacing despite being pretty thin.

S - citrus and strong hops. a bit of spice. smells appetizing enough.

T/M - this beer packs a punch of citrus and bitter hops right up front. the bitterness of the hops takes over the spice and sweetness.

D - I could see how someone who likes a good IPA would enjoy this. I can't get over the bitterness that still lingers in my mouth 20 minutes after I drank the beer. I just don't think IPAs are my style.

patreely12, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Chadpaq
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass

Nice two-finger head that leaves sticky lacing. Honeycomb shades, darkening in spots. Tons of bubbz floating upward.

Pretty floral, with a hint of barley. I feel like this will be a pretty mild IPA.

I'm right. Mouthfeel's definitely "IPA-worthy," but can't compare to some of the upper-level breeds. I might equate to Flying Dog Doggie Style, with a little more bite.

Beer's definitely well put-together. But I think it drinks a little more like an APA.

My bias: it's 1:20 am, and I'm sipping this baby before I go to sleep. It's the perfect night cap. This could help the score...

VERY drinkable beer.

Chadpaq, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant light orange, thin tan head, little to no lacing.

S: Spicy hops in the front, and more of a sweet apples and cinnamon to back it up. A little different.

T: Fruity-pine hops up front, not overwhelming (freshness?), a sweet caramel backbone. A certain breadiness going on.

M: Pretty highly carbonated, but fairly smooth.

D: Easy to drink, quite enjoyable. Would love to have fresher.

mostpoetsdo, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very light amber with an inch of head. Nice lacing throughout. Smells of good malt, citrus and grapefruit hops. I liked the taste it came off hoppy and smooth and the ABV was lower than Dogfish head which made it more succession-able. I even have a place now where I can get this for 9.99 a sixer!

Overall this is a great IPA that I will consider getting more often

DrDemento456, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like a very cold IPA, so this one was in the freezer for a bit..

a: pours a very light amber almost copper color with a minimal white head. no lacing.

s: sweet caramel malts with some citrus and floral hints

t: malty up front with a moderate amount of hops towards the middle and back.

m: medium body and light on the carbonation.

d: this was my 1st time having this beer and i think it is a well balanced IPA. i'd love to drink this one again

SirChugsAlot, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mnrider
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle

A: Pours a golden orange, thin head and little lacing.

S: Sweet with citric orange. Hops are balanced in with the malts good.

T/M: Sweet like honey with some orange. Malts are chewy and hops are very interesting. Sweetness of brew is strong. Semi dry aftertaste.

D: Very good brew. I need to try this one on tap!


mnrider, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of NicoCruz000
4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best "all around" and well rounded beer, that is perfectly balanced between hops and malts. A good IPA is my beer of choice, but adding ridiculous amounts of hoops doesn't always make a beer better. Lagunitas gets it right. The perfect beer. Well, my perfect beer.

NicoCruz000, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.


a light copper color with about 1 fingers worth of eggshell colored head. Very bubbly from the carbonation. Just a standard looking beer.


I'm getting sweet malts, like honey or light caramel. Some floral and orange hoppy aromas in there as well.


sweet malts primarily. Slight bready taste. Bitterness is there at the middle and end. Nothing too powerful. Perfect for your standard IPA.


medium bodied, high carbonation. Slight aftertaste but nothing really bad.


pretty good. I'd pick other IPAs over this one, but its a very solid one. Easily available and perfect ABV. Won't be the last I have.

cetherid, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lagunitas Ipa is a beer that I can definitely enjoy on a hot summers day. This is one of my favorite Ipa when considering the cheap end of IPA'S.The apperance was a beautiful tint of orange with a nice foamy head. The smell was completely apricots for me. I enjoyed the taste of the rare fruits, and very subtle mouthfeel you get from this IPA. The drinkability for me is definitely on the high end, I really enjoy this beer.

thedoubler55, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of wowbragger
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out in a nice golden brown coloring, minimal carbonation with about a finger of head.

S - Hops with a slight citrus/fruity smell to it.

T - Sweet with a slight citrus hops in the background of it. Very pleasant to drink.

M - Very full feeling, with a good amount of bitterness to it.

D - Solid regular drink for an IPA. Hops level is a little low, but that works for me in this case. The "ester" taste which I'm still working to identify in beers is pretty prevalent in this one and I think it works nicely.

wowbragger, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of jabergess
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer of the month at Taco Mac. Had this one in Suwanee in a 20 oz mug.

Really this is just a solid IPA, citrus and pine prevail in the hop flavor. There is a slight bite at the end, but nothing that hangs on. The smell is also pure grapefuit, Orange, and pine. Beautiful copper color. I could drink this one all day. For those guys that taste raisins in this beer, you got a funky one.

jabergess, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 11/03/10.

A- Light copper, one finger head, lots of good lacing and bubbles.

S- Floral bouquet, hops, yeast, citrus.

T/M- Grapefruit, medium/heavy body, ridiculously creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

D- Great drinkability. Bitter finish, extremely smooth, not gritty like some IPAs can be. Success from Lagunitas.

Duttonic, Nov 18, 2010
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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