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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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4,961 Ratings
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Ratings: 4961
Reviews: 1450
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%

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 nlmartin


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy amber coloration. The head was a short lived creamy white coloration. Rings of lacing encirlce my glass.

Smell: The smell is very understated for a IPA. The beer has a overly sweet malty smell. The Hops sadly have a vaguely peppery citrus smell.

Taste: The beer has a sweet caramel malty flavor. The beer has a bit of citrus and pine. This is frankly far to understated on the hops for my taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The beer is a bit sweet for my taste. The beer is easy to drink. This is simply not my favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 12:35:09 | More by nlmartin
Photo of mattster


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a low head of 1" that dissipates to a thin lace across top of mostly clear copper brown brew.

Smell is of fresh citrus fruit, not much else. Taste is Grapefruit with some pine/earthiness, but more fruit than anything. Finish is nice, but nothing remarkable. Sharp carbonation settles on slower sips.

A decent brew, but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:09:14 | More by mattster
Photo of champ103


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darker reddish color than I would expect for an IPA. A small white head forms with pour retention. Light lace.
S: Floral, grassy notes up front. Big citrus and pine notes as well. A lingering bitterness.
T: Big grapefruit bitterness up front. There is also some strange vegetable flavors going on. Maybe Summit hops coming through? A lingering bitterness lasts forever on the tongue.
M/D: A medium to full body. Slightly syrupy and thick. Medium carbonation. Harder to drink than I would like. Lots of bitterness makes this slow going for me.

Yep, a big west coast IPA. To much bitterness for me to enjoy more than one. Not bad, just not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 01:16:25 | More by champ103
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty pale colored IPA. Its a straw yellow-gold. The head is tight, but short lived. Lacing is nice though.

Very floral, which is unique from the pine and citrus bombs of today's IPA. Some orange blossom and honeysuckle are called to mind. Malts are there, but are light at pilsnery.

Green, floral and sweet. The hops are in the front, but they are lighter and not very aggressive. Bitterness is only a balancing component. Tangerine builds the body of the fruity hops.

Thinner bodied than I would expect from and IPA, but this is a smaller, lower gravity IPA. Carbonation is sharp, due in part to the watery body.

A nice, drinkable beer. I'd gladly drink this, but I won't pick it over many other IPAs. A good flagship nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 02:01:51 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Bendurgin


3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear honey amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Grapefruit in the aroma with a lemony edge to it. Cracker malt shows up. Grapefruit and pine on the pallet with a bit of a vegetable flavor. Lots of cracker malt flavors on the pallet with a slight bitter finish.

The body is light with sharp carbonation. Overall this one isn't bad. Certainly serviceable, but not top shelf by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:30:30 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of blitheringidiot


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
Photo of mtbbaboon


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

Poured a bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light copper...a little lighter than what I am used to seeing in an IPA. Pours a rather thin head that fades quickly. It's very clear and clean. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little faint. Some hops and pine with citrus notes, but not a strong an aroma as I like with IPA's. I had to give it a much deeper sniff than I really should have to. It actually tastes a little hoppier than it smells, which is good. It is still light on hops though. I think I taste a hint of grapefruit. It's got a mild bitterness that comes through. The taste, though not real strong, is well balanced. It's light bodied for an IPA, which makes it very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and leaves very little stick. Overall it's "just ok" for an IPA. Not as heavy on the hops as I would like.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 21:48:44 | More by mtbbaboon
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden covered by a one-finger white foamy cap. Bubbles suggest a light to medium body.

Sweet smelling. A tropical fruitiness to it brought out by the hops. Overtones of pineapple juice. Slight hints of mango. Lots of esters playing around here.

Not all too impressed for an IPA. Same tropical fruitiness. Almost pleasantly bitter finish but with a slight acrid edge. Some sweet maltiness, but without too much character or complexity. Again, plenty of esters. Not big hop flavors like the bottle advertised, but that is alright with me if the beer is well crafted. The malt profile doesn't really make up for it though. A bit of oxidation. Mouthfeel is too bubbly and champagne-like.

Not a terrible IPA, but run-of-the-mill for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 01:24:37 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of nychrislin


3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oh, the Hype! they sell Lagunitas by the case all over the bay area, and I just recently had it on tap for the first time. It's not quite what I'd expect, it's pretty plain with a hint of sour and citrus, and lighter in color than most IPA's, I'm used to. It's better than average, but was expecting quite a bit more flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 04:15:10 | More by nychrislin
Photo of BeerManDan


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed with this brew. I couldn't pick out any one flavor in this beer and the after taste was to bitter for me, just nothing there. Not a very good IPA for my taste! But, that's me!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 08:37:00 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of budgood1


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this one pours out of the stubby 12 oz. twist off bottle a perfectly clear bronze colour, with a big festive looking cream coloured head. chunky lace adorns the glass as i sip. looks good. aroma of citrusy and pine laden hops. smells good enough. upon tasting, i was expected to get whacked on the tongue by a massive hop explosion, but i wasn't. what i find is a quasi english style IPA, with a nice toasted malt base that definitely hold its own versus the hop profile. the hops come off as grassy and herbal, with a nice shot of evergreen and grapefruit to let one know that this is a west coast version IPA. a nice bitterness lingers on the tongue, but never blisters it. the humbleness continues into the body of this brew, where it comes across as medium at best, with the subsequent mouthfeel remaining timid at all times. drinkability is good...i find myself thinking that this session style IPA would be a nice brew to wash down some bar food of some sort. it's none too complex or worth thinking about as you drink it, yet just tasty enough that some grub and a football game would be a perfect pairing for this offering.

not bottle conditioned. a serviceable, sessionable, but uninspired concoction. worth a try, but not really recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 00:33:18 | More by budgood1
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - bronze/orange pour, lots of flaky floaties. Head is thin but dense and creamy. Light lacing. Nice enough looking but the flakes are a bit of a turn off.

Aroma - good florals and citrus out of the bottle. Lightens up and lets in some maltiness, but loses volume on the whole.

Taste - moderate grain base, a bit to the light side. It gets a little like soda water mid-palate, like a gap in the flavor. The hops move in, piny and a little under-developed in the profile and slightly medicinal post-swallow.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, body has just a little more weight than average.

Drinkability - not a big fan of the abundant medicinal quality, but it drinks okay otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:34:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Vancer


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gorgorous clear amber liquid from the 12 oz stubble bottle. Marshmellow thick ivory head is generated and leaving a gooey ring of lace in the Bitburger pilsner glass.

Nose stinging aroma of pine, citrus and woody earth. Pine cones rubble through the quaff, but the woody earth diminishes the enjoyment. Seems a little "dirty" in the finish.

An ok IPA from Lagunitas, it just doesn't tickle my fancy.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:44:54 | More by Vancer
Photo of bens0n


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellowy gold color with a decent amount of foamy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing behind, pretty clear, not murky at all.

Smell wise I can pick up on some subtle citric sweetness and hops, its pretty mild smelling and the hops aren't very sweet smelling.

Flavor wise its pretty much the same, its on the bitter side though. There is a slight hoppy bite at the end, not very citrusy, kind of mild.

Its got a little bit too much carbonation and its got a really dry finish, almost too dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 06:01:17 | More by bens0n
Photo of littlelorib


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orangish amber with barely half a finger of white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing.The smell is mainly of grapefruit with a little pine. The smell pretty much predicts the taste, which is rather underwhelming.

I have usually liked Lagunitas offerings. This is a good IPA, but it is competing with a fair number of really good IPAs. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, even though it is a decent beer, as there are several IPAs locally that are both easier to find and better.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 22:14:03 | More by littlelorib
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice orangy amber hugh. Slight cloudiness in the glass. Small white head with little lacing of the glass. Smelled floral citrus scent pleasant aroma. They said it was homicidally hoppy but it was not that bad. It was hoppy but not what they perceived. Well rounded taste. Nice hop notes thru out the glass. Good after taste and drinkability. Had a nice finish with the hops and citrusy tones. I would certainly drink it again if I get the chance. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 17:12:08 | More by bigone4
Photo of cheers2beers


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured an orange hue with a bright white bubblely head, that stacked up about a half inch. Seems to be unfiltered or bottle conditioned, due to the suspended particles floating within my beer. A very small amount of laceing can be found.

Smell: Hops galore.Soap?....Some citrusy fruits,such as grapefruit and orange peels. Not a whole lot to say about this.

Taste: The taste has a combination of piney hops and a bitter soap. Along with the fruits as described above. The malts are not there to balance this hop monster.

Mouthfeel: The feel is almost grainy. Silk and oily mild hops and then bitter in the finish. Medium to high carbonation, in a medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: This isnt by far a bad beer,but my palate has definitely had many better IPAs. Probabley wont be my last time to try this but im not in a hurry to buy another.


Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 04:06:18 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle. It has a bready, almost fried smell mixed with a piny hop aroma. A little thin in the flavor. Nice taste but just not bold enough. It also sticks in your mouth creating a film of flem. Not bad overall, but not a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 00:02:46 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of geographie


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours almost flat, a very slim head makes its way to the top. Light copper colored, not quite crystal clear. However, the floral bouquet hits me immediately. After pour, nose softens to a buttery, lemony cascade hop aroma. Slight hints of toffee to boot.

taste is quite fizzy. Lighter body, slightly buttery, flavors aren't very present - almost watery. Bitter hop oils hug the tongue, i'm even tasting bitter underneath. Now this is bitter! And pleasantly so, i might add. A grassy hop bite in each swig.

If bitter is your bag, this is your beer. The malty front and general presentation aren't there with this beer, but it provides a swift kick in yer arse.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 00:22:59 | More by geographie
Photo of AltBock


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a label that was made with the same recycled paper that the other small 12 oz. bottles have. This Lagunitas label has the bare minimum features. It has "Lagunitas" in big red letters, the drunk depressed Lagunitas Petey the Dog symbol, the name of the beer (IPA) in big bold ripped and torn black letters, what the letters stand for (India Pale Ale) in red letters, and the location of the brewery. The writing around the main label square is where Lagunitas would like to thank you for spending time with this "special Homicidally hoppy ale." To the left of the picture is the Government warning and on the other side is the refund prices, net contents, and their saying. Like all the other 12 oz Lagunitas bottles I've had, this too doesn't have a date anywhere on the bottle or label. Served in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter.

Lagunitas' take on a regular IPA poured a golden orange with a few traces of yellow here and there. It had less than a quarter of an inch head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a few white rings and a barely any lace around the glass. It had an aroma of juicy fruits, a few citrus fruits, toasted malts, and a small whiff of floral hops at the end. When it warms up a great deal, a small scent of pine will emerge. It first started out with a mild crisp floral hop bitterness and then that was followed by the citrus fruits, a pinch of toasted malts, and a dash of pine. Just a common not over the top IPA. This is a light beer that happened to have a light dry aftertaste of floral hops and a slice of grapefruit. This beer is just a nice crisp affordable light beer that has session written all over it. Is it a "special Homicidally hoppy ale?" Not even close.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 04:23:59 | More by AltBock
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A honey orange color with a nice head and great lace.

The aroma of hops,malts,grapefruit with fruit/citrus hints.
The taste is mild hops with malts that ride throughout. Some bitterness,but nothing significant.
The feel was light body,medium carbonation and some grains.

Notes: This was an o.k. beer,but it felt a bit boring. I would have it again,but I would not go out of my way. It was well balanced yet the finish seemed a tad weak and watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 16:27:02 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of mash4077

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden/bright orange color, translucent. Less than half a finger of white head which disipates almost immediately.

S- The alcohol really comes out in the smell, along with a strong citrus-hops presence.

T- A mild spicyness hits first, followed by the hops. Intense hops presence. There is a hint of pumpkin, with a strong caramel finish from the malts. The hops linger, very bitter. Alcohol isn't well masked. Not a bad taste but not very well balanced.

M- a little on the watery side, could be fuller, in my opinion. Well carbonated.

D- Pretty drinkable for an IPA. Nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 08:04:25 | More by mash4077
Photo of Anthony1


3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a weissen glass.

Poured a pale orange with a slight haze. great head and lacing. smells like a basic ipa, hops and a bit of citrus. Taste the same, a very basic hop taste. Feels nice though, nice and crisp, dry. Wasn't impressed. Did taste much better with some spicy food though. Would only buy again to pair with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:31:19 | More by Anthony1
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color. White head that stuck around for quite some time. Doesn't look too carbonated. Looks okay.

Slight pine, citrus hops and caramel malt. Smells okay... Nothing hitting you over the head on what this is going to taste like...

...Oh wait... smells almost exactly like it tastes. The malt seems to be a little more prevalent in the taste. Bitterness dries the mouth out a bit leaving a metalic taste. It's okay tasting. It's an average IPA.

Body is on the light side. Feels okay. Nothing spectacular. Light carbonation. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drink ability is blah. I don't think I'd try this one again. If it was offered at a party and there was crappy beer, I'd take this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:12:19 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of xnicknj


3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours an almost clear burnt golden color with a crop of white head, plenty of filmy retention on top with a few spots of lacing left behind on the glass.

Soft citrus hop presence, some grapefruit and orange peel. Faint tropical fruit touches, light bready sweetness in the malt as well. Nothing too spectacular.

Bitter bite of hops up front quickly fades out. Citrus and grapefruit flavors seem to be understated. Bready and toasted grain in the backbone with a faint caramel sweetness. Pithy bitter citrus flavor in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. Feels a bit watery and plain for an IPA, especially for a West coast brewery. There's too many better options out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 14:23:12 | More by xnicknj
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