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Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

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Reviews: 1,617
Hads: 7,791
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 168
Gots: 2,093 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

45.6 IBU
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Reviews: 1,617 | Hads: 7,791
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice crème head that falls but leaves lots of lace. The nose is that intense piney perfume. Flavor is hoppy, but a bit of a tart edge hits me and I can't say I like it that much. As I dwell on it, it seems almost wood like. Interesting? Yes. My favorite? No. Feel has a slightly higher level of carbonation to it that gives a bit of a bite and the liquid is well bodied. Overall this is a nice IPA, but that slightly woody tart thing that is going on kind of knocks it down a bit in my book. (519 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a short, fat, 12oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in Union, pours a beautiful golden-amber color with an impressive head…good start… smell is very hoppy… nice presence coming through… crisp, clear, and inviting… Taste was really great… caramel and bready hoppiness with butter flavors… crisp, clean, no bitterness… awesome IPA… first-ever brew from Lagunitas and was really impressed… surprised I don’t hear more from this company… Drinkability was likewise great… went down smooth without any acidic or bitter aftertones present… A great example of the style… one of the better American IPAs out there… Definitely Recommended (662 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful copper honey color with a big white cloudy head, lots of carbonation present. smells good, really good, flowery hop notes with piney hops mixed in. very complex smell, taste is good first it seems bitter, followed by a slight touch of sweetness, of course it is very hoppy, but a piney/bitter hop not, not so much as citrusy or flowery. mouthfeel is decent and drinkability is ok, its a little to bitter, atleast by itself, i'm sure paired with the right food it would be easier (496 characters)

Photo of Tolann
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and clear in color. A small white head that disappears leaving a nice lacing on the glass. lots of little carbonation bubbles

S - A little malty, a lil caramel and some citrus hoppy nose.

T - mostly citrus and grassy hops. followed by the soft citrus/grapefruit sweetness. A nice bit of bitterness stays at the back of the tongue.

M - Light mouthfeel. Some carbonation, but not too much. Doesn't leave a dry taste in your mouth.

D - Very drinkable! I could see drinking this all night. A good example of the style (528 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap sporting a dog.
Usual plain paper Lagunitas label.
Hazy transparent copper body with good carbonation and a lemon tinted creamy butteshead. Great retention and beautiful lace.
Great smelling hoppy scent, harsh pine with some caramel.
Really great IPA flavor all over this one, followed by a mouthwatering kick ass hop rush aftertaste.
Medium body and some coating, mildly dry aftertaste.
Highly drinkable, very delicious.

-Oelergud (479 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tom with the Carolina brewmasters club for sharing this with me at the christmas party. One of the first i tried that night so my palate wasn't shot yet. Nice hoppy flavor that could be a double IPA. Some fruit and citrus smell and taste. Medium copper color, easy to consume. Nothing too excitng, but no flaws either. (328 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear sunburst color with a small white head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly malty with a pleasant citrusy hop smell.

A hint of caramel malt upfront quickly leading into a nice citrusy hop flavor and bitterness. Plenty of IBUs, but not a harsh bitterness. Finishes clean with just a mild lingering hop taste.

Body is a bit thin, medium carbonation.

Overall a pleasant IPA with nice balance and solid drinkability. (464 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light amber, almost copper with a one-finger head that fades to a decent layer of clingy foam.

Big grapefruity citrus hop aromas bursting from this one. Sweet pale malts with just a hint of caramel. Touch of spicy pine and alcohol.

Grapefruit and orange lead into a nice lightly roasted malt flavor that finishes on a more woodsy and grassy hop note. Nice easy lingering bitterness. West coast IPA all the way.

Nice low-moderate carbonation gives a soft mouthfeel.

Supremely drinkable WC IPA, definitely want more than one or two of these. Underrated. (569 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep gold with an abundant white head.

S- Very flowery and hoppy, very inviting.

T- Somewhat grassy and piney, the hops come through clearly, the malt more sublte.

M- This is a nice medium body IPA, the carbonation is great for the style.

D- This is a good session beer, very drinkable without being overly alcoholic. (380 characters)

Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, copper-gold color with a golden-white head. Good carbonation flow.

Smell: Bold hop presence. Sweet malt with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Well balanced IPA. This excellent hop presentation is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that lingers well.

Drinkability: Tasty IPA. Hops flavors run perfectly with the malt. The balance in this brew enhanced its drinkability. Good session IPA. (412 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(review from notes...hard to review at a wedding but,)

Keg was picked up from the brewery this morning so probably as fresh as I'll ever have.

Great hop aroma. Grassy hops and woody northern brewer types. Add in some classic citrus West Coast hop aroma too. A little bit of crystal malt gets through but the hops are the standout.

Golden colored and perfectly clear. Nice 1/2 inch persistant head. Good lacing. Light risisng carbonation in the glass.

Very strong hop bitterness up front. Almost and oily hop flavor. Mid Palate there's a strong malt balance. Lots of sweet base malt and good caramel/crystal flavors too. Follow through is mostly citrussy hops and a little earthiness too. Some fruity esters but for the most part a clean fermentation flavor. Very refreshing!

Medium-to-full bodied with excellent carbonation level. Playful on the palate but not really bitting.

I like Lagunitas but I've never been crazy about their beers. Solid but not extraordinary has always been my impression. But having this fresh keg is a treat. An IPA I always thought was kind of average in it's style/category is actually really above my expectations. I think I finally get what others have been telling me for a long time. Excellent beer! (1,240 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... enjoyed from a shaker pint.. turning on some tunes John Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Chunky looong lasting head I needed to walk away from for a while... left behind thick sticky lacing and a nice mop of off-white bubbles.... on top of a crystal clear polished copper.

Aroma is cranked up citrus pine and summer flowers; I have no idea where some reviewers are getting English IPA from this one... Only malts I'm picking up on is a little biscuity goodness.. maybe some toasted grains...but I could be imagining things.

Taste is more of the same except with an "!". Good balanced bitterness fighting against a good lite caramel/toasted grain back... finishes with a minerally fruity hoppy flavor that I tend to associate with Amarillo hops... I have no idea if their are Amarillos in this one. Very nice mouthfeel .. body is topside of medium (the body is what really pulls all the extremes of this beer together into a very tight package).... maybe a little burpy... but those are GOOD burps.

I really have always liked this IPA... really should be more of a presence in my fridge, but I tend to overlook... I will try and not make that mistake anymore. I really could session this one.. if I paced myself a bit. (1,267 characters)

Photo of malty
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with tiny particles suspended. Foamy cream colored loose 2" head. Nice sticky globular lacing all the way down.

There's a sweet vanilla note right before the citrus/floral hops presence anchors in. Juicy notes on pineapple, pears and mango caress the nostrils as the angel food cake sweetness envelopes it all.

Upon first quaff, there's an interesting earthy/grassy flavor that dominates the entry, while the prickly and perfumey hops shake hands. The maltiness of this beer really comes through after it warms a bit. Curious is this is Ringwood yeast? Cakey maltiness that is sweet and metallic bumps against the grainy and bitter hops. Not quite as graceful of a dance as I had expected in the smell. There's also a tea-like flavor that's earthy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side of medium bodied with a somewhat watery feel. Bitter and strangely metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. A tame and well tempered IPA for sure.

Overall this IPA didn't do it for me. A great a looker and smell, but the steering became loose and clunky after that. I must say, this ale is very reminiscent of an English IPA IMHO. The maltiness was more prevalent and the hops were toned down from what I expected from a California born IPA. Good, but not very good. (1,299 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served is a 16oz. pint glass at Smokin' Joes in Pittsburgh, PA on 11/23/07.

A - Clear, thin amber/orange body with small, frothy white head that mostly diminished and left some decent lacing around the glass.

S - Some sweet caramel maltiness and VERY light hop aroma with traces of citrus (orange) and some pine notes. Not a very strong nose for an IPA.

T - Initial flavor is moderately sweet, with the caramel malts out in front, followed by a lightly bitter citrus hop profile. Not very bitter or hoppy for an IPA at all. Finish was pretty short as well. Perhaps this was an older keg?

M - Light to medium bodied with watery and syrupy textures. Carbonation is pretty soft and finish is a little metallic and moderately bitter.

D - Pretty disappointing, actually. Didn't live up to other IPA's I've had in the past, and the hop aroma and flavor was almost non-existent. I'd like to try a bottle sometime with a freshness date to re-evaulate, because I wasn't too impressed with this brew on tap. (1,006 characters)

Photo of adammills
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a rich copper with a medium volume fluffy off white head. The head this after a bit but not bad. Nice sharp aroma, a bit dank and grassy melds with the citrusy hop. There is a distinct haze in the beer, like disticnt particles, not a big deal to me but there none the less. It is a nice drinking IPA as the malt is prevalent enough to balance. A good quaffer, would love to have this as a standard. (409 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a bomber of this that was gift. Poured it into a pint glass. It's a very inviting golden-copper with a rocky white head. Lots of sticky lacing on the side of glass. Aromas of piny hops, a nice woody smell, plus a bready, yeasty tone. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Flavors are complex, too: starts with a nice bite from the hops, then the bitterness on the middle of tongue. Finishes clean with a malty touch, then ultimately ends with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel appropriate to the style. A very drinkable IPA - not your extreme, over-the-top hop bomb, but a steady, complex drink that's continually enjoyable. (644 characters)

Photo of salvadorwill
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First a bit of discloseure, I am a big fan of Lagunitas beers, and a lover of IPA's in general.

Lagunitas IPA to me is the quintessential west coast IPA. Coppery in color, moderate head that dissapates after a few drinks but that leaves considerable lacing.

I like the citrusy and slightly astringent flavor, must be mostly casecade hops. Balanced well with the toasty malt that gives a good sweetness. Could be a little more complex and perhaps a bit more of a toasted biscut flavor. A good standard, high quality IPA that comes in around $7.50 a sixer.

Strong enough to have a little buzz going after about two bottles. (624 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a striking new penny copper colour and throws off a nice soapy tan head. The nose is sharp and carries a bit of pine and mulched leaves and roots with sweet smelling malt layers and slight grapefruit underneath. Pretty mellow. The taste comes in sweet and bubbly with a wave of earthy dryness washing in behind it. Initially, there is a sweetness that stands out and slight vegetable flavours as well as the aforementioned pine come in behind. The mouthfeel is fizzy which works well in my opinion. A rather gentle dryness comes through in the finish. Overall this thing is very well balanced. There is nothing outrageous or exaggerated. All of the elements come together and make a tasty beer that is very drinkable and satisfying. I say well done. (763 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good, solid IPA. Pours a coppery amber color, slightly cloudy with a medium sized slightly off white head. Head retention is fair and lacing is fairly light. Nice piney hops smell. The taste is good: piney and floral hops , crisp rather than oily taste and mouthfeel. The hops predominate but they are not overwhelming,. There is some balance here for the less enthusiastic hopheads. Didn't notice any strong citrus taste like many flavorful IPAs. Overall mouthfeel is fairly good, light but not too watery. Drinkability is good. This is a fairly mild but still hoppy IPA. At 5.7 abv, I would consider it sessionable. I have liked every Lagunitas beer I have had so far. (672 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noticed that ABC actually had a brewery that I hadn't seen before so I picked up one of these guys
A: Amber in color with a 1" fluffy head that leaves a nice lace, well carbonated
S: Hops, hops, hops...flowers, grass, citrus
T: Very bitter, nice and hopy along with a metallic touch, grass, possibly a touch of citrus
MF: A little too dry for me, bitter, but crisp...not very clean
D: I could drink about 2 or 3 of these guys before throwing in the towel

Overall a very decent IPA...I suggest a trial (501 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper-amber color with a one-finger head. Aroma is mostly malt with a slight hints of hops. Taste is grassy and hoppy upfront with a toasty finish. It seems quite balanced for an IPA. A second sip confirms a nice hop bitterness in the back and toasty notes. I can't honestly say anything bad about this IPA. It reminds me more of a British IPA though. Balanced and sessionable. (391 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tap House in Hampton.

A - Dark golden-orange hue with a frothy head and great lacing.

S - Very coppery and metallic, I wasn't sure if this was a beer smell or some sort of fluid for my car. Nothing else was very distinct, maybe some citrus tinge.

T - Non-potent, average for the style. Hops and spice with a bit of a floral profile near the end.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry, left a strange oily feel and an odd aftertaste in my mouth.

D - For how inoffensive it is, I'd say fairly high, I could put several of these back and not pay much attention to it. Would definitely pick it up over a water-lager if nothing else was available, but I can't say I'll be seeking it out again. I wouldn't recommend it nor would I bash it, it's take it or leave it here. (778 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahoy1 Finally we get some Lagunitas love in Michigan. I've had this before on my trips, but have been unable to review until now. Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep copper, forming a meringue-like creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is lovely...full of pungent, skunky, funky, oily fresh hops. I smell Amarillo. Mouthfeel is relatively soft for an IPA, with a medium-dense body. Taste begins with the aforementioned hops, big and bold, followed by some soap and mild crystal malts. Grain and husk follow with some soft yet distinct bitterness. Chlorophyll lingers in the aftertaste. Well-balanced for the style.

A wonderful IPA. Up there with Speakeasy, Founders, and Stone. (706 characters)

Photo of MoLynch
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the whole, this is a well balanced, inoffensive IPA. The color is a nice mellow orange with a cloudy, milky quality and an adequately frothy head. The aroma of this beer is probably the highlight. Taking a deep breath indicates how well balanced the beer really is. This beer is not overly hoppy, but is well balanced and rounds out well on the back-end. (357 characters)

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