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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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1,617 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,617
Hads: 7,781
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 169
Gots: 2,071 | FT: 2
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

45.6 IBU
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Reviews: 1,617 | Hads: 7,781
Photo of LennyOvies
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Clear gold body and a rich white head.
S- Slightly hoppy aroma not much else, underwhelming aroma.
T- Strong and rough hops all the way, pine and flowers. Aftertaste is much less bitter.
F- Dry and coarse
O- Fairly good IPA but nothing else, just hops without variety. (271 characters)

Photo of clh323
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this in both bottle and a draft. The draft certainly provided more of the apricot finish than the bottle did. It was still subtle and there was enough bitterness to keep it complex. I highly recommend this on tap but the bottle didn't suck either. (254 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15 from Beers of the World. Served cold in a Duvel tulip. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Coppery amber, foamy offwhite head. Aroma is a pleasing blend of pine and citrus. Flavor is accentuated by wild onion but has some pine. Mouthfeel is ok. The taste of onion spoils this for me. (348 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft pour at Squat & Gobble in SF, jul 27 2015

a: clear light orange with just over a finger of white head

s: piney grapefruit with a touch of orange flesh and mango. slight caramel notes

t: grapefruity, orangey, minty hops with touches of tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango) and a solid caramel malt backbone. a touch of alcohol as well

m: medium-minus feel with moderate carbonation

o: a solid, entry-level IPA (427 characters)

Photo of bsonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas IPA- 6.2% abv.

A: red-golden-amberish with not much head at all. Doesn’t leave lacing in my glass.

S: fruit juice AF, like you’re sniffing some orangey pineappley concoction, backed by grain.

T: light hop bite, slightly pineappley, biscuity sweet lighter malt. Well balanced.

M: thin, drinkable, malt sweetness lingers on tongue with a juicy hoppiness.

O: This is the classic west coast IPA that people compare shit to. I like it. It’s a great go to IPA that I drank too much of for a while and just recently decided to grab a six pack of. It’s simple but good. It’s not really that hoppy, and you can drink it easily. It’s interesting without being overwhelming. It’s one of the beers that got me into craft beer and still of my favorite beers.

The owner of lagunitas is a bit of a neckbeard though, being one of the biggest craft brewers around but being all snippy in Twitter and posing as the underdog versus Boston Beer Co. However, they are not the most fedora-tippin/ecig-sippin neckbeards in the brewing world (I think that award would have to go to Rogue). (1,095 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of citrus coming from the aroma of this beer. Love the smell of most of Lagunitas' beers. Citrus and sweet pine on the taste buds. This would be a good "everyday" type IPA. Not the best (in general and by Lagunitas)......certainly not the worst. (250 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a frozen shaker pint glass at a local restaurant. Crystal clear amber color. No nose due to the cold temp, but the taste was outstanding, with a mix of citrus, orange and dank. Nice dry finish. Overall a great workhorse IPA if you can not use a damn frozen glass. (275 characters)

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not overwhelming in the looks department, although it does leave some nice lacing & looks are for shit anyway. Content matters, and this here IPA delivers. The hops are all hoppy smelling and are balanced with a nice malty sweetness that doesn't overwhelm. Its also an incredibly smooth drinker. Got to be careful with this one. Sip slowly or bow to the porcelain god. (372 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Carolina Ale Works in Columbia, SC.
The aroma is citrus and pine, very nice.
Appearance is a golden amber color.
Taste is a nice hop blend with citrus as the backdrop. Overall, this is a very good beer. Highly recommended (268 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-A deeper richer blond golden hue and it has a good amount of carbonation.
S-The floral and citrus hop character provides an enticing aroma.
T- The orange, grapefruit, apricot and other citrus notes are present but subtle; it delivers a slightly bitter finish. the caramel and bread character of the pale malt provide a superb balance for the hops and purely enjoyable drinking experience.
O-While I don't strictly drink hop bombs (ie Double IPAs and Imperial IPAs), this beer seemed to fall between pale ale and IPA, so it didn't pack hop punch as some other IPAs. However, this is a wonderfully crafted and complex hopped beer that is very tasty indeed. (657 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very mild IPA aroma, with a little bit of apricot to it. The apricot carries over into the flavor, but not as much as I would have hoped or expected. Surprisingly mild IPA, to the point where I would consider it an American Pale Ale. (235 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. No bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a warm amber with about two inches of eggshell head that sticks around for a good while, settles into a nice film, and leaves profuse lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with lazy, intermittent visible carbonation.

S: Citrus hops provide the prominent notes in the bouquet--orange and grapefruit. There's also some apricot and pineapple on top of the bready malts. A touch of grassiness and cracked pepper in the mix, as well.

T: Some bready and sweet caramel malts at the forefront. The citrus hops come into play quickly, providing some nice orange and grapefruit notes. Pineapple, mango, and apricot are also there, really filling out a nice, juicy fruit-forward hop profile. The middle has a bit of earthiness and cracked pepper spiciness on top of everything else. The back end has more of the citrus hop flavor on top of the sweeter malts, with just a bit of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one begins smooth and creamy. The back end has some tart and bitterness, but it finishes quite cleanly. Very little stick. This one has a nice level of carbonation.

O: This--along with Two Hearted and Torpedo--is really one of those benchmark IPAs for me: it really does everything right, from the nose to the body. I like this one, especially, for it's fruit-forward hop profile. A great go-to, every day kind of IPA. (1,543 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Bright, nearly clear golden amber. One finger of head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and subtle tropical fruit hops up front. Some resiny pine.

Taste: Pine for days. Little bit of citrus. Hardly any bitter finish. Not much to this beer.

Feel: Kinda thin and easy. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: Not a bad IPA. Certainly not my favorite. Not very much to it but it is a decent everyday 6 pack option. Won't blow any doors off but won't offend anyone either. (504 characters)

Photo of SanRaphael
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical pinesol IPA. Glad the British got their beer to India unspoiled back in the day because of the hop turpentine, but this whole style is unsophisticated. Hop-obsessed US will eventually move on to more sophisticated styles, but for now this is a serviceable brew. (270 characters)

Photo of DispyDnb
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ottima ipa americana che ho bevuto e testato fino alla morte nei pubs Wetherspoon.
Di solito non favorisco le spiccate carbonature ma su questa tutto funziona alla meraviglia; aromi fruttàti intensi che contrastano con un retrogusto finale amarognolo, da spegnere poi giustamente con un altro sorso (299 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About two months old.

LOOK: Slightly hazy rusty gold with a finger of off white head that leaves some lacing.

SMELL: The aroma is starting to fade, but I can detect grapefruit, oranges, caramel malt sweetness, faint peach, pine needles, flowers, tea, and grass.

TASTE: Grapefruit juice, orange peel, peach flesh, and white grape balanced against biscuit and caramel, and finishes fairly clean with a light bitterness of orange pith, pine needles, and flowers. Would taste better fresher, but still good.

FEEL: Body is medium-light with medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A good commonly available IPA. Would happily drink this at any bar or with a good meal. (700 characters)

Photo of mozart4898
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L – Gentle pour yields a 2-3 finger head that quickly dissipates to ½ finger. Golden to straw color. Excellent clarity.
S – Hops are prominent – piney, somewhat resiny, citrus apparent as well but not as prominent. Malt does not seem to be anywhere to be found.
T – Bitter right up front, yields to a resiny, piney hop flavor with bitter grapefruit/citrus much more apparent than in aroma. Bitterness returns on sides of tongue and lingers long after each sip. Malt fighting a losing battle on this one. Very dry.
M – Carbonation medium to medium high. Body seems ever-so-slightly thin.
O – I swear I’ve had this before and didn’t find it this bitter – would actually like a little bit more malt in this one to help balance out the bitterness just slightly and also round out the mouthfeel. Hop flavor is spot on for an IPA though. Would probably be an excellent beer to pair with some sort of fatty food – pork belly, baby back ribs, or something Mexican/Southwestern – spicy and smothered in cheese. (1,033 characters)

Photo of ScrewBud
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - light golden, pilsner like
S - Nice fruity and hop resin
T - kinda just tasted like a lawn mowing beer that went bad
F - watery
O - Heard this was a good one, can't say I agree. Great smell! (196 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: amber in a goblet glass
S: pine and citrus
T: pine and citrus, not near as hoppy as I expexted
F: smooth, almost like a light IPA with slight bitterness
O: would be a good IPA introduction for a novice. Not as hoppy as I like but still very drinkable. (260 characters)

Photo of jackb112
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to in SF. Any and every bar has it, and you only need a few before you feel it. A great beer that feels just as local as it is. I will always have a soft spot for my laganitas. (182 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty golden color. Pretty off-white head, good persistence, fine foam.

Smells clean. Initial hints of apricot, like Bells Two Hearted Ale. I was excited.

But on the palette, alas, it was not to be.

Hoppy, clean, piney, short finish.

Light mouthfeel, not especially rich, even for a single IPA.

Piney finish, long, some bitterness.

Not bad at all, but there are so many better choices. (392 characters)

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Upfront hop aromas of danky pine and resin with some citrus qualities

A: light orange color with excellent clarity with moderate amount of head retention

T: Piney and resinous hops give way to some malt sweetness

M: med-bodied, med carbonation

O: A bit of an old school IPA. While not as IBU heavy as Maximus, IPA’s these days go for more tropical fruit and melon characteristics. However, if fresh – Lagunitas IPA is dangerously approachable. (456 characters)

Photo of FMJ921
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I generally dislike IPAs, but I really like this beer. It's not too hoppy, and has a lighter flavor, not too floral. If you're expecting an IPA taste you might be disappointed. (178 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thick, dense, foamy head sitting atop a gold-colored body; tightly packed carbonation bubbles slowly rising. Citrus rind aroma; pine and orange marmalade. Mild malt notes with a very good presence of orange flavor. Medium body; somewhat coarse on the palate with the carbonation; wet, initially, with a semi-dry finish.

This beer rates a solid "yeah, boy". It doesn't set any new standards and won't stand-out as anything exceptional, but there is no denying it's pleasing taste and easy drinkability. Solid and very pleasing in an understated yet very satisfying manner... (574 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hard to find a bad beer from these guys. Deep golden pour with sticky white top. Aroma is pine and malt. Flavor is more of the same, with a bit of a bite at the finish that just brings you back for more. Malty, piney goodness, smooth stuff. (240 characters)

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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