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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

6,722 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,722
Reviews: 1,528
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 114
Gots: 994 | 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 BeerFarter
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a rich orange with a lighter-type of head (not so foamy)
S: initial scent of floral hops, followed by a touch of pine
T: hops tickle the roof of mouth; quite mellow for an IPA, not overwhelming
M: the taste of different flavors and hops seems to increase after each sip; a slight bitter aftertaste.
D: quite drinkable, as most IPAs are. This beer is far from anything exceptional. A good IPA.

BeerFarter, May 02, 2010
Photo of Banger530
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden orange. Very thin white head. Little to no lacing as a continued to drink it.

Smelled of citrusy hops.

Taste was a bit milder than expected. Citrus flavor up front, mostly grapefruit. Malty finish.

Medium body with ample crisp carbonation.

Went down pretty easy. It was good.

Banger530, May 01, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice clear golden-yellow color with a foamy white head, that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is a very strong and pleasant floral hoppy smell, with hints of citrus. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with very up front floral hops with light citrus backing, there is a very light malty bread backing.
The mouth feel is pleasant, medium bodied with carbonation that manages to be fairly strong, but not over-powering. This is a very enjoyable IPA, and while not an outstanding IPA that will really challenge your taste buds, with a very reasonable price this could very well be something to go back to as a reliable stand-by.

vkv822, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Scrapss
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA is a solid IPA with many good qualities. Poured into a 3-sink clean english pint glass.

A: deep gold, suspended solids. Nice head, wispy lacing. Thin disk after lacing subsides.

S: citrus hop and slight, soft malt undercurrent. As it warms, some skunkiness comes out. Not unpleasant, but there. May be due to age or handling, if unusual.

T: mild lemongrass, bitter citrus, then subtle malt biscuit with prevailing dryness near finish.

M: medium fill with good carbonation, well balanced with dry, crisp, sour citrus finish.

D: yeah, this is definitely an interesting brew, certainly worth another some time soon.

Scrapss, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange with a poof of frothy off-white head, leaving decent lacing. Smell is of mild citrus, earth, grain, hony. Taste brings the mild yet bright citrus hop notes upfront, honey like sweetness and bready as the backbone. Medium bodied. A decent IPA, nice clean bright flavors but nothing spectacular.

rfgetz, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Zekezilla
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in Portland on draft, then tried it again in a bottle. Exceptional. I'm just now developing a taste for hoppy beers. This has an exceptional grapefruity hoppiness. Crisp and delicious.
Would definitely try again. Smooth yet appropriately crisp for mouthfeel. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

Zekezilla, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of chefkevlar
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a beautiful red peachy orange/brown color, with about 1/4 in of head.

S: Lots of citrus, some caramel as well. There are also some woody scents coming through after it sits for a few minutes

T: Fairly mild hop flavor profile compared to other IPAs I've had. Slighty bitter at first, but then mellows and sweetens toward the end. The citrus is present here as well. Not as complex as some IPAs I've had, which is a good thing sometimes, though I tend to prefer them more complex

M: Crisp, with good carbonation and a decent body

D: Highly drinkable, and with it's milder flavor profile this will probably be a good beer to get some of my friends drinking american craft beers. It is light a refreshing and would make a good summertime brew

chefkevlar, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper, burnt orange color, soft pillow head, retains nicely, really good lacing.

S- Fresh bitter floral bouquet of hops, grapefruit, citrus, really nice aroma.

T- Great clean bitterness up front, balanced by a solid backbone of malt, mild honey, caramel, slight spice note, great bitter finish.

M- Medium, well balanced, crisp carbonation.

D- Really nice, bitter, crisp, clean, really great IPA representation.

mwagner1018, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first IPA that I remember liking after I got into craft beer. I've had so many of these but never thought to review it. I hadn't had it in a long time and picked up a 22 oz. to review.

Poured a coppery amber with only a slight head and only a little bit of lacing.

The smell was sweeter than I remember but still had that fresh hop aroma of citrus, grass, and pine.

The taste followed the aroma with a slight hop bite to it (but not what I remembered). The malt carried throughout without overtaking the citrus, pine, and herbal notes. Mildly dry on the finish.

This is a sessionable IPA. It's better when it's cold. It gets sweeter as it warms. The fairly low ABV allows more than three to be consumed before the alcohol kicks in.

BuckeyeOne, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-orange body capped by over two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves patchy and crunchy lacing.

Aroma: Resinous, piney, and citrusy hops over a solid caramel malt body.

Flavor: A wave of citrusy and and piney hops over a biscuity caramel malt backbone. Everything is balanced excellently. Juicy hops and biscuity malt in the finish. With the characteristic house flavors, you could easily pick this out as a Lagunitas beer in a blind taste test (that's certainly not a bad thing).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this would make for a solid beer if you're into hops.

Verdict: Another typical 'Lagunitas' beer, Lagunitas IPA is solid, tasty, balanced, dank and very much a westcoast take on the American IPA. These guys must have a deal with the devil to be able to keep producing such solid beers at such an affordable price.

BeanBone, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Trappeze in Athens. Delicius grapefruity goodness meets the smoothness of real ale. Camra would be proud of this offering and the people of England couldn't handle these west coast hops. Amazingly easy to drink thanks in part to Lagunitas and also thanks to the wonders of cask conditioned ales.

KickbacksSteve, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of RevereBeer
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 a tulip.

A: Fairly clear, deep orange pour with 1 finger head and little retention or lacing.

S: Nice hoppy aroma to this IPA. Citrusy and piney. Smells refreshing and bitter at the same time.

T: Citrus and piney like the nose, but not overly hoppy. Some sweet malt to balance.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium body and overall right on for the style.

D: Great! Not overly hoppy whatsoever, and it was quite refreshing with the citrusy palate. Yum.

RevereBeer, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours clear and lighter cooper in color with nice thick, rocky head with good retention and great lacing. Smell was nice and of bitter citrus hops, though not as much citrus as you get from many other west coast IPA's. A bit of malty caramel as well. Taste I found to be a bit bland and average. It was pretty well balanced though if anything I found it to be too malty. Some bitter hops that were almost a little sprucey (with some citrus) but again, just a little too malty and not too bitter. Mouthfeel was right on and carbonation was great. Overall this was not a bad beer by any means, just not too memorable and I thought it may pass better for a pale ale instead.

bunnyhustle, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear yellow with a little bit of head, which died down quickly and turned into a thin layer of bubbles. The level of carbonation is moderate.
S: There's a gentle aroma of piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the flavor of piney hops dominates, which lends some bitterness to the taste and finish. There are also some hints of citrus in the taste. The hoppy flavor is moderately strong.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This beer is very easy to drink. It would be very easy to consume more than one of these in a single sitting. There's a good amount of hoppy flavor, but it's not in any way overpowering enough to requiring sipping.

metter98, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a moderate amount of white head.

The scent is very astringent, a bitter grapefruit and pine hop smell that made me question how much I was going to like the taste. Generally when it smells like this, though the scent is wonderful, i don't particularly like the way it hits my tongue. This was definately an exception, the malts balance the dry bitterness of the hops quite nicely.

Wonderful beer, glad to have tried it. I expect to be adding this into my beer rotation.

donteatpoop, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear golden copper with a 1+ finger head that left some lacing down the glass

smells hoppy with some pine cirtus floral hops

taste is a little off - the hops are big but the malts a very tangy that just doesnt mesh well with the hops

mouthfeel is a little flat - still has some life but just not enough

drinkability is so so - its just not an ipa that i would pick up again

jsh420, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett Square on 4/9.

A - A grainy burnt yellow, a bit on the dull side (though it was dark in the bar) with a nice creamy looking head that lasted as film for some time.

S- Great hoppy overtones balancing the floral characteristics with the citrus very evenly.

T- No malt presence at all, this was a very bitter, dry beer, a bit too much so. I also picked up a bit of a funky, skunky almost seaweed like taste. Disappointed.

M- Feels as creamy as the head looked, really rather nice.

D- Way too bitter for me to think about having more than one. I would probably not get this again if there were any suitable alternatives available. Not particularly bad, but nothing to right home about.

rawthar, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Rusty orange, fluffy off-white head. Nice sticky lacing

S: Pine hops with a little bit of floral hops in the mix. A touch of bread malt.

T: Big pine hops to start with a slight bread malt to balance it out. More of a floral, crisp hop finish.

M/D: Light to medium body. Carbonation is a little on the higher side. Drinkability is nothing too special. Ready to move onto something different.

Nothing disappointing, but nothing special either.

herman77, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of ckimchi
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance:
Great rusty-orange color that is very clear and pleasing to the eye.

Smell:
Citrus, citrus, citrus. Hits you nose and it's very pleasant. Displays hops very well.

Taste:
Hops are the front runner by far. Not overly bitter (for an IPA!) and I catch lots of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with pine. Nice maltiness is present to keep it well balanced. Long finish of floral hops is very nice.

Mouthfeel:
Good mouthfeel a little on the lighter side.

Drinkability:
This is my goto, everyday IPA. I love this beer and can down a 6-pack with everloving joy. I LOVE this IPA.

ckimchi, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of deereless
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brass to copper in color, thin layer is espresso like head, active carbonation - 4.25, S: Solid malt base on the nose, some zesty hop aromas with a touch of bubble gum and Clementine, the nose is on the side of mild and I really have to tease some of the aromas from the beer - 3.50, T: Nicely balanced IPA, a firm caramel malt base with a some lemon zest, very nicely flavored beer though like the nose it is just a bit mild - especially for a West Coast IPA - 4.00, M: Smooth with a bit of creaminess - 4.00, D: A very drinkable IPA, though not a knock your socks off version it is a very well crafted beer - 4.50

deereless, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Elimination
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Grand central pizza in waldport oregon

Very little head, hazy yellow with golden hints, copper sunset

smell: hops pine, citrus spurts like a zest

Taste very good amount of hops, very classic cali IPA taste, pine citrus, a little unripe lemon

drink- Love this IPA great with a slice, and has a decent abv which is fine with me.

Elimination, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very average looking light amber with a small creamy head which leaves good sticky lacing rings in the glass.

The aroma is of the standard (for an IPA) citrus and pine hops.

Taste is also of citrus, but with a good caramel malt balance. Some sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a good somewhat dry ending.

How refreshing. An IPA who's philosophy isn't "More hops automatically means it's better" like so many of the current crop of IPA/DIPAs. Not a hop bomb by any means, and nicely enjoyable because of it.

JBogan, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee while enjoying a Vampire Weekend concert- they had a surprisingly good selection for a concert venue!

A: Pours a bright clear gold with some white head that doesn't retain well

S: rich earthy hops on the front with notes of tea leaves and pine followed by an assertive malt profile with notes of molasses and caramel

T: there is a nice balance between malts and hops on the palate unlike the nose, big sweet malty profile on the front which turns into pine and other earthy notes from the hops, finish is slightly bitter

MF:high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a nice IPA with a significant malt profile, well balanced and easy to drink

homebrew311, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear dark amber with a big 3 finger slightly off-white head that lingers for a bit leaving decent lacing.

The smell is a mix of sweetness and floral/citrus hops.

Wish the taste followed the smell more, as I get more of the malty sweetness than the hops. Definitely not a hop bomb, but at the same time its not a bad taste, just not what I was expecting...also has a bit of a odd watery/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

Decent IPA, and is pretty sessionable, especially at the price point. Despite that there are so many better IPA's for just a few bucks more I don't really bother buying this anymore.

teovaldi, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas IPA into snifter

Pours a transparent pale orange with gold highlights. A nice white head leaves some pretty lacing on the way down. Looks almost like an amped up adjust lager, but not in a bad way or anything.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and wax (yeah, very weird).

A tingling bitterness seems to clamp down before anything else hits the palette. Tangerine, salty hop leafs, grapefruit rind, and a touch of pine needle.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice level carbonation, great example of what an IPA should feel like.

Easy drinking stuff. Not a OMG beer or anything, but something that could easily be thrown down quickly if you aren't paying much attention.

Flashsp2, Mar 22, 2010
Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 6,722 ratings.