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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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6,026 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,026
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 655 | 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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Photo of thartman


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

I bought a case of this brew after sampling on tap at the local watering hole, and was not disappointed.

Poured golden amber, very clear with a one-finger head which disapated to a consistant thin ring. There were some sticky lacings left on the glass. The smell was of lemons and hops, crisp and clean on the palate. Medium bodied with the taste of grapefruit. Nice hop bite and a bitter hop finish, some malts mixed in. Nice rendition of an IPA.

07-20-2008 23:04:45 | More by thartman
Photo of maximum12


2.55/5  rDev -34.4%

Pours a classic yellow IPA color with a dash of red, very clear, with a small white head, quickly disappearing. Smells like hops & citrus, not terribly strong.

Unfortunately, there's an sharp, unpleasant aftertaste. This is sharper, more acrid than an IPA-hoppy-bitter aftertaste to balance everything out. The hops & malt rush through, & then there's some damp boot sticking to the back of my throat & I can feel my eyebrows crawling together. No date on the bottle, recently purchased, so I have to believe this is the way it's intended to taste.

Drinkability suffers due to aftertaste. Overall this is just OK, & I'm looking for a Lagunitas to be impressed with.

07-18-2008 03:38:01 | More by maximum12
Photo of Haybeerman


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Deep clear copper color. One inch off-white coarse head that persited nicely. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Nice citrus and herbal hop blond that was very pronounced.

Taste - A big IPA; strong citrus and hop flavor. Nice subtle bitter aftertaste that balances the flavor very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Full body.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that will stay in your set of brands when you want something tried and true. Easy to drink for a very full flavored beer.

07-10-2008 15:41:19 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%


uber-fresh whack to the olfactory senses livening me up at 10:21 EASTERN while I burn the midnight oil and plan our next expansion

super west-coast pine and citrus, lil' gentler on the tongue than on the nose, but nevertheless a delicious creation and one I could see myself drinking lots of as I prepare a batch of popcorn


07-08-2008 02:22:10 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of morimech


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a clear copper with one inch of off-white head. Retention is good with plenty of lacing left on the glass.

I smell pine and citrus from the hops. The flavor is a bit one dimensional. All the flavor comes from the hops. Very low keyed malt profile. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel with a low carbonation. The body still seems a little thin.

A nice IPA but it needed more balance for it to achieve good scores from me. The ABV and lighter body makes it a more approachable AIPA.

07-05-2008 18:42:54 | More by morimech
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

This is one I've always passed up at the beverage or grocery store for one reason or another. To quote Mel Fisher, today's the day.

Nice copper color with a crystal clear body except for a multitude d carbonation bubbles working their way to the top. Nose is sweet malt, grapefruit and a touch of pine.

Broad, quenching taste with citrus and pine notes up front. Excellent balance for an American IPA, this seems more reminiscent of an English version. Carbonation is a little more than I'd like but the texture is overall pretty good.

Drinkable and tasty, but ultimately just another good, not great IPA from California.

07-05-2008 03:08:38 | More by daliandragon
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

Delicious IPA! The best of the three beers I tried on tap the other day at a local sports pub. It had a great appearance and mouthfeel. The taste was crisp and fresh. Nice hoppy flavor, but well balanced with the other grains. I would definitely have this beer again.

06-27-2008 13:07:51 | More by alysmith4
Photo of cdkrenz


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Very pale tan head at about a half inch tall. The body is a nice orange color and there's very little carbonation. The head stands strong.

S - It has a nice scent made up of the combination of citrus and hops.

T - This is a full flavored IPA. One of the best I've had. It has a strong orange and hop flavor. There isn't a bitter aftertaste that overwhelms the flavor like most IPAs.

M - Smooth and dry. This IPA has a subtle coarseness on the tip of my tongue and back of my throat.

~ This is a very well crafted brew. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much but this California brewery has really gotten my attention. I'll definitely be sampling this one again.

06-26-2008 23:05:53 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of amstelcat


4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours into the glass a bright copper color with about a half inch of head. Don't get much more than pine on the nose when it's cold, but more aromas peek through as it warms up. Big, citrusy hop bite as it is being drunk with an aggressive aftertaste. Feels sharp and tangy in the mouth.

In tiny print around the label border it says, "Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial Qualities of the Malt foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!"

Well said.

06-26-2008 13:02:58 | More by amstelcat
Photo of TeddyBG


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Bottle poured into Onion "I enjoy Drinking beer" pint glass.

A: Clear copper color. 1/4 inch head that quickly recedes. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral hoppy aroma.

T: Grapefruit and floral taste with malt behind there. Bitter hop finish. Good.

M: Well carbonated. Maybe too much? Nothing else sticks out here.

D: Easy drinking IPA. Could session this one, though the price is a bit steep out in these parts.

06-24-2008 01:08:15 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of diddly

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%

Pours a dark golden color, just what you would expect. Head is somewhat airy, not thick. Strong smell of citrus and hops, very pleasing as you pour. Taste could definitely be a bit more, but definitely a good beer, and I will certainly have some more. There's better IPA's, but this is a good one.

06-22-2008 01:30:16 | More by diddly
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured a husky copper brown color with a huge head that died slowly, leaving a lace ring around the mug. A citric smell from the hops is easily prevelant, and so are some sweet malts like caramel. Rather basic in the flavor - citrus with a touch of sweetness (smooth balance) and a dry backbite from the hops. It is a good beer, but there are better IPAs and Lagunitas makes some of them.

06-19-2008 20:44:35 | More by clayrock81
Photo of toolbrew


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured a clear copper color. Good head retention and some lacing down the glass.

A mildly hoppy smell with citrus undertones.

At first there is almost no taste, then you get hit with a crisp hoppy sensation.

Goppy aftertaste lingers. Hops hit the entire tongue. Somewhat watery body.

Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Would drink this again.

06-19-2008 02:17:45 | More by toolbrew
Photo of aubuc1


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle poured in to an imp pint glass.

Pours a hazey orange with a nice soft white head.

Classic American IPA scents of grapefruit and pine with a little malt in the background.

Hoppy taste that is not as clean as top IPA's, but maybe more balanced.

Not as snappy a mouthfeel as others in this style, but still dry.

Very good IPA, with a good price and availability.

06-17-2008 23:09:10 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Matty1918


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice white, puffy head with lots of lacing.

Nice grapefruit aroma with mild spice background.A nice clean aroma.

Taste of this IPA is nice. Hop bitterness up front not overpowering. There's a buttery taste that follows with some nutty malt tones also. Mouthfeel is carbonated and mild. Very well balanced I thought. Nice IPA and I buy a sixer of this again to share with friends.


06-15-2008 20:42:02 | More by Matty1918
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a copper orange color. The pour produced a foamy, slightly off white head and a good amount of lacing.

S - Caramel malt flavor at first, followed by a floral slightly spicey hop aroma. Citrus and pine also detected throughout.

T - Slightly sweet malty flavor up front followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. The flavors of citrus and pine cling nicely to your palate.

MF&D - Medium bodied and very tasty. Very good example of a America IPA. Highly recommended.

06-14-2008 18:44:14 | More by nasty15108
Photo of jjboesen


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Having been served a little colder than desired, and following a 10 minute wait for temperature aclimation, it appeared with a thin head atop a copper colored body - with minimal lacing.

In light of this, I still detected a sweetish floral nose accompanied by a mildy hopped mouthfeel, one which did nothing fo the palate. Given the aforementioned temperature issue along with the fact that the tasting followed an Avery and Bear Republic (Racer 5), the Lagunitas IPA probably did not have a fair chance that night. In nay case, I've always enjoyed thie brewery and would definitely seek it out again under more objective circumstances. This one really needs to be treated well.

06-08-2008 23:50:38 | More by jjboesen
Photo of walshclimb


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours clear light caramel color with one inch off white foamy/creamy head that leaves rings of wavy lace. Smells tropical fruity malt with a citrus (grapefruit) hop undertone. Interesting. Decently balanced initial flavor transitioning to a delayed bitterness toward the back. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty beer to try with bread and some strongly flavored cheese.

06-08-2008 22:36:47 | More by walshclimb
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

For Tony Magee, and that crazy 'Last Call'...

Three-quarter pounder, loaded into my DFH pint disposal unit... Bang! Pull the trigger a megaton blast of white goes off, spreading rapidly toward it's ill intent... violently holding down a crystal clear amber body as the poor thing screams helplessly, "Drink Me!" Tameness prevails when the Timekeeper bends the elbow thrice...and a soft cloud decorates the survivor like a chunky liquid necklace, sticking fat Spiderman down the sides of her casket.

Whiff!? ZOOOM! Piney grapefruit and a green gummy stickiness, sweet Caramel dances the whole show without getting tired or tiresome one iota. Ain't she sweet?

Taste is so smooth with Caramel, then she's on the warpath again, duking it out with a hedonistic hop army. The conflict is one-sided, she is doomed, and the hops will not be denied. Caramel calls out too late for minerally reinforcements to blunt the hop onslaught....

She's a goner. Bang!

06-08-2008 21:14:49 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow-orange body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness along with notes of spice, pine, and ruby red grapefruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malts with a hint of spent grain. Spicy, piney, citrusy hop flavors. Medium bitterness. A final taste of caramel. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American IPA, it delivers pretty much what you'd expect from it.

06-06-2008 14:51:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of elniko


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Poured into pint glass, nice amber color with finger of head. Strong citrus on nose, lacing left in glass. Can't say it is my favorite IPA but would definitely drink again. Nice bitterness with the hops but not overwhelming as with some other IPAs I've had. I haven't had any other Lagunitas offerings and look foward to trying some of the other brews.

06-05-2008 02:34:34 | More by elniko
Photo of Chrispyc1211


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

This was one of my first IPAs, and definitely played a role in my pursuing more of the same.

Unfortunately, as I had it at a friends house, I didn't have access to a proper glass and was unable to judge the appearance properly.

The beer had a particularly fruity scent, with a bit of harsh hops to give it some bite. Overall a sharp, pungent smell.

The taste, like the smell, was a mix of fruit and bitter hops, with the two combining to create a distinct mango flavor. What better flavor to have in an ale historically bound for India?

As far as feel goes, it was a little bit light. The flavor was pleasantly intense, but it ended up feeling a smidge watery.

However, with that less substantial body came superior drinkability. Despite the mighty hops present, the fruity lightness and lack of overbearing aftertaste had me coming back for more.

Overall, I can offer my whole-hearted recommendation. Give it a try!

06-03-2008 18:54:28 | More by Chrispyc1211
Photo of terenceokeefe


2.68/5  rDev -31.1%

the last time i had this on tap i loved it. had it on tap again, but after trying many other ipa's this one seems kind of mild. i will drink it again. lagunitas does make a quality product, so don't let my quest for super hoppy beer disuade you from trying it.

05-30-2008 17:11:33 | More by terenceokeefe
Photo of Seanibus


3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours a clear amber with a nice, rich head. The aroma is strongly malty.The flavor is mostly malt, though there is a bit of grassiness and earthiness in there. There is very little in the way of hop bitterness - this is a remarkably gentle beer for an IPA. The mouthfeel is decent, though tending toward the thin for such a malty beer. This is an IPA for people who don't like IPAs.

05-28-2008 23:17:14 | More by Seanibus
Photo of BMoney575


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Sampled on 5-24-08

Pours a light orange color, with hundreds of tiny yest floaters. Thin head, but the lacing is quite robust.

Smell is all citrus hops, very clean and rather pleasant.

Taste is citrus hops, but with a very nice malty balance.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and tart, perfect for the flavor.

Drinkability is very good, a well-balanced beer all the way.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. A very tasty IPA with easy qualities. Very sessionable.

05-25-2008 02:09:20 | More by BMoney575
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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