Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,873
Ranked #7,137
4 | pDev: 10.25%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Reviews: 1,607 | Ratings: 5,723 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Captain69 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

last time i drank this was in 2006 - at that time the alcoh, % was 7.5 - this one now is 8,2% slightly stronger - great hoppy taste - strong hop flavor all thru the drink

Dec 15, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a small head that goes to lacing.

Smells of malt and dank piney hops. Tastes of slightly sweet malt, molasses and piney hops with a long lightly bitter finish.

Medium body with very light carbonation. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This brew to me is more like a barleywine or old ale than an old school west coast IPA. It could be that I got an old bottle that had lost all of the bright notes from its hops.

Not bad. Well made. Not my favorite from IPA from L .

Maybe I need to give it another try in a while.

Nov 27, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - clear burnished copper with white head leaving substantial frosty lacing. Nose is all piney hops. Taste is more balanced with resiny pine against a malt backbone. Finish is smooth with a hint of bitterness . Definitely Lagunitas and definitely tasty.

Nov 18, 2020
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VicCooper from Ireland

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I firmly believe -after trying 4-5 different Lagunitas IPAs- Lagunitas uses the very same hop profile for all of them, just tweaking the complete amount -so intensity- and playing with the water/alcohol ratio.

Top: forms a 1.5” cream head, average to slow retention into full lacing.

Colour: amber, slight haziness. The look is definitely good.

Smell: sweet, very sweet. Raisins, plums, a hint of sour cherry.

Taste: very little, somewhat sticky bitterness compared to what to be expected from any IPAs. It’s too sweet for my taste, and too malty for the style too, in my opinion. The taste follows the nose in many ways, sweet malts, raisins, brown sugar and a lot of alcohol, its borderline boozy. Medium+ body, medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Summary: one word: overrated. It feels like it’s been engineered by Heineken (who owns 100% of Lagunitas). As I said before, same hop profile as their other IPAs, just more ABV. It’s too strong (I know a DIPA should be strong, but it shouldn’t only mean the alcohol content, I like to think) and no IPA character at all. It’s more like an Ale on steroids. Not a bad beer per se, but not a good IPA/DIPA either. Will not buy again. I’m becoming seriously disappointed with Lagunitas.

I’d rather have a cheap Twisted Knots from Lidl, and for less than half price it’s double an IPA than this is.

Oct 03, 2020
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Dpdp from Alabama

1.75/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is truly terrible beer. I don’t think I finished a single one. These are far too bitter rendering them undrinkable. This has great reviews, so I’m wondering if I got a bad batch. Looks nice in a frosty pint glass, but fuck that mouth feel and flavor.

Sep 26, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a 1/2 inch beige head that sticks around. Smells fairly piney w some aromas of fruit & malts in there as well. Taste follows the nose, theres also some earthy notes in this beer. The hop bite & malts are balanced exceptionally well. It's fairly high on the carbonation side of things. Has a dry, but heavy feel to it, goes down smooth. This IPA is straight up bitchin.

Sep 26, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a clear pint glass brings forth a lightly colored copper liquid that is almost translucent. The accompanying aroma is of malt, hops and alcohol. That pretty much sums up the taste. It's boldy hoppy, sufficiently malty and delivers a significant alcohol hit to the tongue. There is almost no head nor glass lacing. It's not the best tasting beer, for sure. What it does well is remain true to its premise. As an IIPA it slams the consumer with hearty bitter hops in a noticeable malt base, with a kick. There are times that's enough.

Sep 12, 2020
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gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Light amber, fluffy, beautiful tan head, tight bubbles
S: mango
T:Honey Pine, mango, caramel, firm bitterness
F: tacky, dry finish

Very good and very drinkable.

Aug 22, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, pours a clear golden-copper color, minimal carbonation, has a small off-white head that does cling to the glass. strong candy grapefruit aroma, nice grapefruit and pine flavors, has a good malt balance, medium bodied, finishes bitter and sticky. Lagunitas IPA big brother.

Jun 05, 2020
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jnich09 from Kansas

3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Has a very IPA-ish taste with a full bodied texture. The smell is mild, a lot of hops come through. It looks beautiful. Honestly the first time I have actually been impressed by the look of a beer. Otherwise, though, it’s just a nice IPA. Not too impressive, just enough to appreciate the work that went into it.

Apr 02, 2020
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brown with a cream-colored head.
Smell: Pineapple, mango, brown sugar.
Taste: Strong. Hop flavor up front with malt and brown sugar sweetness. Slightly astringent hop bitterness on the finish. A bit of alcohol warmth.
Feel: Medium-bodied.
Overall: A strong IIPA with an interesting bitter brown sugar flavor.

Mar 27, 2020
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EdHinPasadena from California

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened and poured on 2/20/20 into a commemorative stein. Couldn't make out a date, though. I knew I'd like this from the moment I poured it. Deep golden color with a moderate head. The smell was of citrus and pine (that stood out to me). On tasting it, the citrus and piney flavors were enhanced with a malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium. To me, the aftertaste was most pleasant as well. Overall, the combination of flavors were welcome and made this quite enjoyable. It had been a long while since I'd enjoyed Maximus. Don't think I'll wait that long the next time. Lagunitas brews are consistently enjoyable.

Feb 20, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, orange, slightly ambered color with a strong white and creamy head. SRM of 12-15. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange citrus. Then some tropical fruit and pineapple with a strong berry/lychee aroma. A prominent berry presence here. Pine behind it. Some candied-malt sweetness lingers underneath. Lots of orange supported by berry and pine. It comes together like a fresh-paint aroma with supporting Sharpie and toothpaste. Fresh-paint though. (4.00)

Flavor: Follows the nose but with a strong malt flavor. Some candied orange marmalade with pine sprinkled in. More citrus and pine. Then some floral notes in the middle with just hints of herbs. A strong candied orange/pineapple, mostly generic candied malt sweetness sweeps through the end. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Average carbonation. Lighter body than I expected for 8.2%. The lingering sweetness is notable on the palate though. (3.75)

Compared w/ Hop Stoopid: It pours a darker color with a must stronger, more impressive head. The aroma is more orange and nectar. Less fruit and caramel. A stronger orange nectar flavor. Oddly enough it has more of a candied-nectar flavor and less caramel, but the body is heavier and it finishes sweeter. Slightly heavier and less bitter.

Overall: A delicious and sweet-leaning, flavorful double IPA. Lots of orange and generic candied-malt sweetness, yet nice berry and pine to support. Relatively sweet and this would serve as the pale ale to the Hop Stoopid IPA. Lots of fresh paint which gives it a candied-malt sweetness. Yet, I still don't know how to rate this one. (Final Rating: 3.75)

Jan 25, 2020
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VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful west coast DIPA that you can find anywhere. Not much can top it in the $10 for a sixer price range. Clear, dank, hoppy, and over 8%. Go ahead and hit me with an "Ok, boomer"...but your finest hazy NEIPA can't sniff the jock of a solid west coast IPA like Maximus.

Jan 09, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - no date, but I know for a fact it has been sitting on a shelf for at least a couple months - poured into an IPA glass at 48F.

Pours a couple shades lighter than I was expecting. A filtered honey golden colour with a brilliant clarity that allows a fingerprint to show through the glass. A finger if loose, sticky, off-white head sits atop and slowly deflates and settlesbto a healthy collar and island of foam.

Nose: I can smell this beer in the glass at an easy 3 feet away. Diving in nose-first, we get a firm, though balanced presence of classic caramel malt, along with a big juicy grapefruit note that instantly transports you back to the old school West Coast IPAs of yesteryear. In addition to grapefruit, there's some noticeable notes of pine resin, sandalwood, and lime peel, as well as some more tropical elements of kiwi, mango, lychee, and that big fresh floral note of magnolia blossoms that good West Coast IPAs seem to have. It isn't as complex as all these modern sextuple dry hopped New England IPAs, but it's fragrant and inviting.

Palate: That caramel malt sweetness hits first and foremost, immediately followed by a big slam of lychee and pineapple, as well as tangerine/mandarin orange, white grape, melon, sandalwood, and super floral hops, bringing an almost essential oil/incense note. This shifts more towards that tangerine note, before a firm resinous bitterness shows up, quickly ramping down on that caramel malt sweetness, and bringing resinous pine and pithy grapefruit pith and citrus oil that form the finish before ultimately ending wuth lingering floral potpourri, magnolia, and sandalwood, that remain oily and resinous.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer itself is medium-bodied, with the caramel malt sweetness adding some malty heft and a touch of stickiness, lending some full roundness to the texture. Effervescence is average - medium on the scale, and about where you'd expect an 8+% ABV West Coast IPA to fall. The finish is resinous, contributing a bit of drying, and quite oily from the hops, which allows for a very long finish, and a nice texture.

Overall: This is a fantastic little IPA with very classic roots. It isn't groundbreaking or out of this world in any way. It's a true West Coast IPA. It's a bigger IPA, and it's a bit hopped up compared to the average offering, but it's not trying to reinvent the wheel. The subtle tropical hoppy notes really add a wonderful little touch, and the citrus and floral notes are pungent and invigorating. It actually reminds me a lot of both Pliny The Elder and Lunch. The flowery potpourri notes of lunch, and the bright fruity pop of Pliny. It's an outstanding beer, drinks remarkably fresh given its age and improper storage, and factoring in the extremely attractive pricing and the wide availability, I'm quite surprised that this isn't talked about more. A job well done.

Dec 15, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff cheap. Hard to justify buying $20 4-packs when I just copped one of these 6ers for $10. Straight, to-the-point left coast IPA. If this weren't so common, I'd even trade for it.

Dec 03, 2019
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maxarvo from England

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. I’ve been surprised recently by just how good Lagunitas’ beers are for the price - they are classic tasting at great prices. They’re not wildly out-there; they’ve nailed the essentials and they sell for great prices.

Oct 07, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Six pack of bottles purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
No freshness dating. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Very slightly hazy, dark reddish/gold amber color. Nice little dense off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. Good amount of carbonation is visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Large amount of citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, light lemon), tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), sweet malty/bready/caramel goodness, pine, slight melon/dank and berries.. maybe even some juicy fruit gum and stone fruit notes. grassy and floral hops. Wow!

Taste- Much of the same, the tangy tropicals and citrus are great. Pine and bitterness are really masked by the malt.

Feel- Medium bodied. Slightly heavy, and kind of sticky in the mouth. Decent carbonation. Well balanced.

O- This is the 12th beer I have had from Lagunitas and I have a hard time finding a bad beer. Especially considering price point. At $9 a 6 pack this is a great offering.

Aug 31, 2019
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MackT from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle, unable to find date. Saw some cryptic numbers on the neck, couldn’t decode. Nice amberish color. Aroma is typical for this style, nothing overpowering. Mouthfeel is just close enough to bring thick, but stops there. Mildly effervescent. Aftertaste pleasantly lingers, makes you want another. I like it, will visit again.

Aug 24, 2019
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Jacob_Hargis from California

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Served cold, reviewing as it warms. Dark amber color with decent lacing and a frothy head, dissipating fairly quickly. Dark amber color, crisp, and carbonated. Smells of sweet malt, grapefruit and orange zest. Tastes of sweet biscuit malt, earthy tones and flashes of citrus fruit notes followed by a nice overall bitterness from the hops. Not getting a ton of tropical fruit character though. I’d be interested to know what hops were used in this brew. Slightly alcoholic as expected for an imperial ipa running at 8.25%. Pretty smooth and easy drinking for a medium bodied IIPA beer like this. It’s a delicious and flavorful beer, especially as it warms slightly. For $4.99, it’s a steal. I finally made it up there last month and it was an awesome establishment. Will purchase again!

Jul 19, 2019
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.96/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very Well done West Coast Double IPA. Stays traditional to the west coast Style in general and doesn't deviate.
Beginning with Look. Gorgeous dark orange amber color, bright highlights and clear. Poured ever so gently into the glass, I got a thin cap that dissipated. Minimal Lacing. Moving along to smell. The aroma is not pungent, sort of minimal. Very citrus and pine quality not much else. Now for Taste; the most important part. Starts off aromatic with a sweetness that builds. Upfront fresh Tangerines and orange pith with a faint hint of vanilla. Beautiful floral notes as the sweetness kicks in along with the bitterness. In the middle a caramelized malt undertone that leads you to a alcohol finish. No burn or warming sensation. As for feel, there could be room for improvement however, its fine. A good crisp Carbonation, slightly creamy on the pallet. light to medium body. Smooth and easy to drink. Overall, Very enjoyable beer. I look forward to drinking the rest.

Jun 22, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky, hoppy, sweet-ish and piney! 8%abv was well-hidden when cold, but got more pronounced as it warmed! Be warned, three of these will have you very relaxed!

Jun 13, 2019
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

August 24th, 2015 - An Unlimited Release! Get it now! Or, later. A leather brown ale, it has a soapy scent, but good and fresh. And I also smell unripened grapefruit, bitter and not at all sweet. The flavor is also quite butter, with a fresh, hop forward dimension, and blossoming a little in the middle. On the finish I get some esters, appearing as papaya and lychee and other tropical fruits, but it is a brief glimmer before the bitterness resumes.

Jun 06, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 22oz bottle $4.79 Tamuras
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Hop citrus flavors, some bitterness
Overall a nice IPA, but nothing outstanding that would make me buy it again.

Jun 02, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maximus brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.20% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep amber color with the a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness mixed with spices. You also pick up a nice amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with hop bitterness. The earthy grains and malts claim this American Imperial IPA down. The body of Maximus is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy is not enjoyable. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cool day, due to the higher ABV. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Maximus a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Lagunitas Brewing Company,did a super nice job with this American Imperial IPA.

May 30, 2019
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 5723 ratings