Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Lagunitas IPA - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lagunitas IPALagunitas IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,617 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 1,617
Hads: 7,786
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 168
Gots: 2,077 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-10-2001

45.6 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,617 | Hads: 7,786
Photo of browner
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer crystal clear and orange w/ a light head which dissapears fast. A good blend of hops and citrus flavors. A lot of bitter flavor in the fast finish. Not too hoppy andmid strong in flavor. Have not found it on tap but availible at most beer stores. A good IPA that won't break the bank account. (301 characters)

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

Obtained through the Double Trouble BIF

This ipa is a nice orange with not much of a head but plenty of suspended mattter. The smell is the high point of this beer. Sweet, hoppy and some spice. The taste is bittersweet. A nice hop aftertaste caps of this beer well. I would drink this if it were available to me. A good sessionable IPA. (339 characters)

Photo of beergynt
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Type and Appearance: Bottle poured into a pint glass smoothly with a bright orange/copper color... Very clean. Slightly yellowed head poured to about a finger an 1/2 and dissipated faily quickly, leaving trace amounts of lacing.
Aroma: Very pine dominated hop aroma... probably some chinook or similar piney hop involved. A grapefruity citrus sings backup in this brew.
Taste: I'm reminded again how the two senses a taste and smell work together... A burst of pine right off the bat that meets the aroma right at the back of the tongue... Finish is a tingly grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: I agree with a lot of reveiwers who claim the mouth is a little watery on this one, though at times (toward the bottom of the pint) it seemed to bite and hold on a little longer.
Drinkamability: I have purchased more than a few 6ers of this brew (at $8.99), and find it to be extremely drinkable. For a buck more than SN Pale Ale, it provides a more distinct, slightly cleaner 'hop whallop". That's a good name for a homebrew! (1,012 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A dark amber color with a small, white head with quick retention, yielding a nice layering on the beer. A pleasantly hoppy smell that was not very overbearing but let you know that it was going to be a good IPA. Apparently the smell was not a good indicator of what the taste was going to be because my palette was attacked with God only knows how many IBUs. Very good; I enjoy hoppy beers, but I believe this APA may be closer to a double because the IBU content of it seems to be very high. I nice mouthfeel that was pleasant and very smooth as I drank it. Pretty drinkable beer; high IBU content make it that you can't really drink too mnay of these in a row unless you are a real hophead. After one of these, my stomach started churning from the hops, but they definitely tasted good when they were going down. (857 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a case of Lagunitas IPA at Kunda Bev. in King of Prussia, Pa. I poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a rich yet subtlely transparent amber color. I forced about a finger of head out of it that had fast retention. It did provide a decent bit lacing down the glass.
Smell: The smell was a great hop smell that was understated yet strong.
Taste: The taste was very good, I got a taste of cascade hops that weren't in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: It had a good ridgid IPA mouthfeel that I certainly appreciated.
Drinkability: My buddy who is drinking this with me exclaimed "Holy Crap!" I certainly think this beer has high drinkability.
Don't drink and review. (683 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear amber color with a two inch light tan head that lasts for a long time. Settles to a cloud-like fluffy cap. Stacks of stickey lacing.

Piney hops and a light grainy malts. A light touch of honey is included.

Sweet bread like malts lead off to a citrusy hop bitterness. The honey aroma is repeated in the form of a light butterscotch flavor (diacetyl?). Medium bodied with low carbonation. The low carbonation gives it a smooth oily feel. The finish is mostly the lingering hops, with a little grain in there.

Not bad, above average, but not the best I have ever had. However, this should be one that anybody can enjoy. The hops seem to be a little less agressive when the beer is closer to room temperature. Recommended. (766 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. Good retention and a bit of clumpy lacing. Aggressive pine resin aroma with sharp grapefruit, almost catty and maybe a bit spicy. If I imagine really hard I can smell just a hint of malt. Medium bitterness up front balanced by grainy malt. Piney hops cut through the middle, giving way to significant grassiness and leaving a lingering dry bitterness. The body felt just a little thin, along with the malt character, but this improved as it warmed. Carbonation was average, nearly lively, a little creamy. Pretty good stuff. I hadn't had this in quite a while - it didn't quite live up to memory, but still enjoyable. (681 characters)

Photo of Maestro
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The orange beer pours nicely with a sturdy off-white head that leaves a thick, layerd lacing. The nose is very subtle hints of bread. The taste is spicy and grassy. The beer is a bit of a bite in the mouth. Drinkability is good. I believe it would make for a nice session ale. All things considered, this is a conservative IPA. (327 characters)

Photo of BeerHonky
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a beatuiful golden orange which emits a decent glow when held up to lighting. I immediately wanted to drink it once it was poured into my glass. Unfortunately I had a bit of a cold when I had this so my ability to smell wasn't up to par. But from what I could sense it had a pleasant, crispy and slightly fruity aroma. Taste proved to be rather pleasant as well. A standard IPA flavor with a little bit of fruity sweetness at first and finishing off with a not-too dry, slightly bitter after taste. To me this is a text book IPA. Easily enjoyed, but not too adventurous. (583 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Marvz.

A: The ale has a brilliant amber orange color, almost an orange glow. The head didn't pour very thick and doesn't retain for long.

S: The aroma is a spicy grapefruit hoppiness, not too strong but clearly present.

T: The ale has a strong, thick body. The malts are biscuity, nice and thick with a grainy sweetness that is slightly thin. The hop character starts out with a nice sweet pineapple before picking up momentum. As the hops build, they reveal a a bigger grapefruit flavor that brings the ale to a nice close.

M: The flavor builds nicely but does reveal some thinness at points.

D: Overall, the ale is enjoyable, with nice profiles that make me want to have another bottle or two. (730 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange with some golden hues when held to light. There are some little particles floating throughout the beer. Aroma isnt very strong. There is some citrus and floral hops noticeable in the nose along with a little caramel. Taste is citrusy and piney hops along with a little bit of malt and the beer finish a little dry on the palate. Pretty easy drinking beer. Above average IPA in my opinion. (409 characters)

Photo of scott
1.99/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

V.06
Copper body with cotton head of about one finger that receded quickly and much sticky lace initially.
Flat aroma of paper.
Taste? Think hopped-up Coor's Light. Bitter finish, with a thin presence in my mouth.
Although I was hoping for a lot, this was Lagunitas' third strike.
This doesn't deserve to be holding any craft IPA title, that's for sure. (358 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours with a thick rocky white head that persists for a rather long time, and sits atop a ruby red dark orange color with some slight carbonation

S - smells rather like a regular IPA, grapefruit, pine and some background sweet acetyls, a nice high quality aroma, but rather normal for a high quality IPA

T - typical IPA flavors, piney hops that create that signature grapefruit taste, the sweetness has a caramel hint to it

M&D - light bodied IPA with a nice bitter/sweet blend, nice but rather pedestrian in the world of quality IPA's (548 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just came available in my state and wow, what a pleasure. Boy, every microbrew has it's own distinct personality. This one pours a nice rocky head, leaves lacing all the way through. Has some light caramel flavors before a nice hoppy kickback shines through. What a great session beer, pouring an oft-copper color. I am just upset I only have one. (352 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of LvilleIPA
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a sierra nevada pint glass.

A - Amber colored with a thick white head that lasts quite a while. The head rose out of the top of the glass and was nice and fluffy. Leaves some real nice lacing on the way down.

S - Didn't really smell a whole lot. I smell the hops, but nothing too disctinct.

T - Relatively bitter from the hops, medium bodied. The bulk of flavor is typical of an IPA - pine and citrus balanced by malts. Seems to be a great example of an IPA. There's all the traditional flavors and body typical of the style, but it doesn't kill your mouth with too many hops and unbalanced flavor.

M - You can feel the carbonation and it is medium bodied. Leaves on a crisp note without making you pucker or feel like you need a glass of water.

D - The reasonable alcohol content makes this one a very drinkable brew.

Overall, I'm liking this pale ale more for what it lacks than what it has. It seems to be getting tougher and tougher to find a IPA with some hops that doesn't beat you up with unbalanced sharpness and dryness. (1,081 characters)

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

Clear copper body, with a hefty helping of just-off-white froth which rocks up above the rim. Nice lacing.

Inviting citrus nose of oranges, with grapefruit and lemon in the background. Not a knockout, but you don't have to inhale suds to get it either.

Taste begins a bit sloppy - as foundations go, the malt cement hasn't really set. Which makes it easy for the citrusy hops to slap it around and take control down the tongue and into the finish. Not a big bite though - its tasty but not abrasive, with good balance. Some IPAs stage a war on your taste buds, this is more integrated.

Pleasant mouthfeel. Easy drinkability equals multiple servings per session.

About two years ago I reviewed this with a big thumbs down. I now believe that beer was past its prime. Upon further review, while this is not an exceptional ipa, its certainly a good one. (862 characters)

Photo of xymyl
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish-orange with a with a yellow tinged light tan head. Head is well structured but drops quickly to about a quarter inch leaving lace all over.

Aroma is full of spicy and green hop notes along with bready malts, also starring in the aroma are resins, bourbon, herbs, butter and a touch of raw eggs.

Taste is actually pretty balanced, buttery sweetnes blended with softly prickling hops, vanilla (oakiness), and a long wet/dry finish. Nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium light. I don't know how drinkable it is, in spite of the huge buttery quality it is still quite enjoyable, at least in small quantities. (630 characters)

Photo of ellisdee97
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-bronze with a light eggshell white head, which disappears quickly leaving a wisp of a ring around the glass. Light bubbly lacing clings to glass as carb bubbles rise. Residue can be seen clearly.

Heavy hops give off an orange rind, citrusy burst. Musky malt base of toast and biscuit.

Refreshing citrus hop burst. Slight chalkiness to the bite, yet it doesn't detract from the taste but adds another layer. Some honey, toast and biscuit malt.

The mouthfeel is almost like water with a slice of lemon at first. This is followed by a bitter hop bite and sweet malt balance. Carbonation almost suspends the beer on the palate.

I have been trying to go through this case as slowly as possible to fully enjoy it. This is an excellent brew and I look forward to trying more from Lagunitas. (816 characters)

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

Lagunitas- IPA

Appearance- Bright orange with a thick head. Moderate lacing on the glass.
Smell- Citurs, Orange and grapefruit. Pine hops.
Taste- Sweet, heavy carbonation. Mild pine hops and a grapefruit rind flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and light up front, carbonation is a little high. Nice moderate pine hop dryness and bitterness.

Overall- A nice, mid level, IPA. Can't go wrong with this. A 6er would be quick and easy to polish off. (443 characters)

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

On-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The hops aren’t very strong in the taste initially, but they show up later in the after-taste. The malt character is rate pronounced for the style and there’s a little bit of citrus sweetness to go with it.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink and not filling. It’s worth sticking with but personally, I prefer something a little more flavorful if I have another choice within the style. (708 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber rust with a bright white head that's small but it sticks around forever.

Smells of strong, sticky pine hops againt a very nice backbone of molasses and caramel malt.

Tastes very much like it smells, big huge juicy pine hops starting things out, moving into a dryer hop, and ending on a strong, wonderfully complex backbone of molasses and caramel. Dryness lingers.

An above average example of an above average style. (437 characters)

Photo of octongue
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking for a new on today so...
Bough this six pack bought from Gentile's in the Grandview area. Checkout guy opined, "Ahh, very good choice." I was still unsure on my decision, but his chiminess made me okay with my purchase.

A - Coppery orange with lots of sediment suspended in its almost clear body. 1 finger head died soon to 1/8 head that remains throughout consumption. Slight lacing, but not much.

S - Smells very malty - like the bread factory by I-670 (or any other bread factory you may know of). Minimal hoppiness, but what's there seems to add small metallic notes to the character.

T - Good; not what I expected. Not very much hoppiness up front. Kind of metallic still from the trace of hops but very big maltiness up front and throughout. Aftertaste contains more hoppiness than what is present at first.

M - Smooth, oily. Good carbonation, and not too much of it. (the bubbles flying from the bottom when I first took a good look at it led me to believe that it'd have too much carbonation)

D - The taste is very complex. Hard to judge on my first one, but since it tastes SO DAMNED GOOD, i have to say I could drink quite a few before being overloaded on taste.

Over all, this was not what I expected. It's not all that strong in hoppiness for an American IPA, but even so I was not disappointed in the least. I don't think I'll set this next to Dogfish's offerings, but they are much more specialized and it'd be unfair to even put them in a match. This is a very good beer! (1,514 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden-copper. Head is a thick mass with plenty of lacing.

Smell is aggressive piney and citrus hop, with a stong malt base.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Once again the hops are present up front. Very nice resinous-citrus character that is aggressive but not overpowering. The malt base is initially overwhelmed, but is certainly there adding much needed balance. Malt is rather sticky and sweet. Finish is clean with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous hop oilyness.

A tasty IPA that is recommended. The aggressive hops are balanced by the nice bit of malt. Very solid as are all of Lagunitas offerings. (660 characters)

Photo of grego
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a one finger head. No lacing to speak of. The smell is of malty breadiness. The tast is definitely malts up front with some hops in the middle and finishes malty. Mouthfeel is good not real dry. I could drink plenty of these but this is almost like an amber rather than an IPA to me. If your a hophead looking for a hop bomb this is not it. It is a good beer for what it is but just not the usual IPA. (434 characters)

Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.