Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,456
Ranked #5,919
4 | pDev: 10%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 1,590 | Ratings: 5,681
Photo of MittenBreezeMD
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep bronze gold, and has a nice head. The aroma carries a good deal of malt with some strong base hops. Taste also carries some malt, which definitely helps to mask some of the sharpness of the high gravity. Hops have a citrusy note, making this a well balanced DIPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), lots of hops (not too much, though), some citrus notes (orange, lemon, in particular), light caramel, a grassy quality (it disappears over time), and a hint of pine. A super solid flavor that gets better as you go along. It's quite hoppy and sweet, but well-balanced.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't necessarily a perfect DIPA, but it's likable and easy to drink. Worth a look.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/22/18: 1 Pint 6 Oz, two pours into pint glass. Golden copper clear pour, one finger white head. Pleasant citrus hops aroma. Firm feel, nice mix of sweet citrus and solid hops. Firm mouth feel, carbonation holds. Overall excellent IPA offering!

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Photo of Taterturnt
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite imperial IPA, very unique flavor, standard crisp citrusy hop flavors on the first sip but then there’s a sweet malty flavor that hits the pallete in a perfectly balanced way. Not overly pronounced to take away from it being an IPA, but a nice little surprise to distinguish it from the others

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: thick foamy head of two-finger’s width over even, bubbly golden body. No sediment or haze
Smell: nice, hippy smell- inconspicuous and pleasant
Taste: refreshing, rounded, hoppy flavor
Mouthfeel: very smoothe and medium-bodied. Sits well on the palate
Overall: drinkable, strong IPA.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely yellow to copper color; not much foam. You can smell the citrus - mostly orange scent but pleasant. Mouthfeel was quite full and taste is crisp yet bitter at the end. Not bad for an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 Fluid ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: Bright yellow, golden, not a lot of head a bit hazy/cloudy
Smell: slight hoppy smell, sweet and fruity
Taste: well balance flavor specially the bitterness/ alcohol, sweetness really comes out
Mouth feel: nice follow thriough, long finish, sticky, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Excellent beer, specially with the price. Definitely something to look forward to.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy and crisp with a long, lingering bitter finish. There's a characteristic Lagunitas sticky-ness on the finish. Somewhat of an old standby, even after their acquisition.

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Photo of NHBeerSnob
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little disappointed with carbonation and smaller head , as well as I'd say average amounts of glass lacing. Nothing otherworldly going on in those departments. I don't see a born on or good-by stamp so it's difficult to tell freshness being a factor. Regardless,Great aroma and flavor puts this in the excellent category. A well executed IPA for certain. Have revisited this one and its worthy of a 4.25/5.

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Photo of claminat420
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hardy pour into my hand crafted [MICHIGAN AWESOME] imperial stout glass. 346 7 2 then 2474 2018 marked underneath it. so pretty fresh.

Appearance- a transparent copper color with a frothy off white head. leaves some thick lacing. solid.

Aroma- light citrus (orange and very light grapefruit) and some onion notes. some biscuit in the malt dept.

Taste- like the aroma but with some caramel notes. hop presence is a little bit stronger but nothing intense. abv is well hidden and the bittereness isn't bad for the style and ibu's.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy body. good carbonation.

Drinkability- could easily kill five out of a six pack.

Overall- how have i never reviewed this beer? coming from lagunitas i expect a tiny bit more in the hop department but this one is still not too shabby. if you're looking for a nice imperial ipa which isn't a hopbomb and you can pick up some malty (caramel and biscuit) notes in it than this is a solid choice.

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Photo of Capn1
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is nice and clear with a copper tint.
Has a nice hoppy smell, almost reminds me of the voodoo ranger beers, but just a little.
Tastes a bit malty with a bitter hop finish.
Feel is a smooth medium body with maybe a little carbonation bite.
Overall this is a good drinkable beer.

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4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

J code 190 7 (7/9/17) poured on 9/17/17
L: clear amber, big sticky head.
S: initially smelled some dank after an ice cold pour, with fruity hops; ripe, rich, deep and mellow fruit to be exact, tangerine apricot mango, citrus, a little tropical, slight booze. Found some malt towards the end. Not as loud, sharp and exciting as Little Sumpin Extra or Waldo but definitely a good aroma.
T: good flavor, good balance of Lagunitas' signature blend of mellow fruity herbal hops and piney bitterness. Good flavor straight from the fridge and also good flavor after it warms.
F: just right for a DIPA. Medium bodied, medium thickness, got a little chewiness that I like. A little creaminess.
O: very good. Not as good as some of their seasonal releases (Waldo and Little Sumpin Extra), but a solid DIPA. Not too bitter, flavorful, good aroma, good abv, very drinkable, very affordable, cool name... Lagunitas has made many a night better for me. #feelingthankfulforlagunitasbrews

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Photo of gvickery
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's like a lighter version of "hop stoopid" but not exactly. You know it's a Lagunitas product. I drank it straight from the brown glass bomber while sons where at football practice so I cannot attest to it's look. It has an evenly balanced citrus/pine smell, it is slightly sweet up front with a lot of citrus flavor that changes to a more bitter pine finish. It's a little sweet but finishes dry. It's almost perfect. I will drink again.

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Photo of kitekid
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, bold, and chewy ... but then it is a double IPA so kinda what I expect.
Pours a clear amber gold with a creamy white head that hangs around a while.
Lots and lots of hoppiness with a slightly dry, citrusy orange bite at the finish.
First drink, the alcohol was very present but that seems to mellow as the beer sits a bit after opening.
Not a bad quaff ... not bad at all.

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

Poured into a nonic glass. Good head. Good carbonation. Wonderful hop aroma. Excellent hop flavor. Taste oranges. A little dryness on back end. Not bitter at all. Easy drinking for an 8% beer. Enjoyed this one as I have been on an IPA bandwagon in recent weeks and American Double/Imperial IPA's continue to impress. No bottle date. Cheers Y'all!

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Photo of cbavera
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is usually at the local sixer. And if im not in the mood to try anything new this is my go to. Good ABV, good taste. Good all around beer. Not to hoppy but not easy drinking.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Semi-opaque medium golden pour. Massive foamy white head and great lacing.

S: Rich and malty... piney hops and fruit.

T/F: Follows the nose... rich and malty... sweet caramel masks the bitterness. Pine and light citrus. A bit floral.... medium in body and rather sticky on the tongue. Finish is bittersweet.

O: A sentimental favorite... one of the first big IPA's I enjoyed back in the day and it's still held up mostly well. A bit too sweet/malty, but well made and tasty. One I enjoy revisiting every so.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark amber/copper colored body with a nice two finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some speckled spider web lacing that fully clings. The smell has a rich considerable amounts of malty goodness with a wonderful allocation of citrus and piney hops embedded within. The taste was bittersweet all the way through, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it, this beauty shows a nice complexity of the piney/citrusy goodness wonderfully combined with the malts. I’m not getting any aftertaste whatsoever, but there is a dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium to almost heavy (perhaps) more likely closer to medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and very good to me as there’s a nice sharpness, but still shows a decent smoothness. Overall, gee, what a great DIPA.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Written JUL 26, 2015) Pours a nice light copper color, aroma very pronounced, citrus, nice lacing very light colored head, medium (?) body, very smooth. Hard to believe it has the IBU and ABV rating it does. Definitely an above average IPA.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear cooper-orange body with a few streams of bubbles supporting a thick, soapy white head that leaves striated lines along the glass. Nose presents a mixture of juicy fruit, bitter piney hops, sweet caramel and bready, toasty malt. It's nicely aromatic, and while it doesn't express detailed notes of any kind, it does offer a balanced potpourri for the sniffer to choose from. Potent pine sap and minimally concealed alcohol are on the tongue, with more bittering flavors like orange peel, grapefruit, and outright alpha acid/resin finishing things up. The body is slick and syrupy, medium-full weight, mild carbonayion. It's less pleasant than a basic brew, but the outrageousness of it is amusing in its own right.
In a world overfilled with beer, and in that vector much more so with IPA's, DIPA's, American Barleywines, Pale Ales, TIPA's, hoppy-takes-on-XXX-style, and beers with a literal hop flowers in each bottle, this one managed to distinguish itself, no small feat. The flavors weren't the clearest, the IBU's weren't the harshest, the alcohol wasn't the highest. But it set a lofty goal, to be good and (kinda) humble, and it achieved that. Which is greater than setting out to be the best and failing. So, Maximus the maximum it was not, but Maximus itself it yet be.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange / copper and very clear. 2-finger head from a 12oz. bottle. The head recedes a bit after a minute but remains active throughout. Very interesting color.
Smell: Smells very sweet, citrusy, and a bit of mango.
Taste: A nice bite upfront, not overly bitter (72 IBUs?). Sweet caramel malt soon floods the taste buds. Fruit flavors then bounced around. There's mango, orange, grapefruit, and some pineapple. Remains quite sweet and dosn't really dry out that much. Many different and interesting. Very flavorful.
Feel: Medium bodied. Nice feel - a bit oily.
Overall: Very good! Not to omany beers that I would routinely buy 6-packs of, but this is one. Very interesting and full of flavor. I have become a big fan of Languanitas the past couple of years.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Clear dark orange color, a finger of off white head, a few patches of lacing left behind.
Aroma - Hop resin, faint pine, mango, floral, sugar cookie sweetness. The aroma is good but a little subdued.
Taste - Dried apricot, hint of pine, floral notes, rich bread crust malt body, the sweetness balances out the hops, dry and yeasty finish. Delivers a hop punch without an insane amount of bitterness.
Feel - On the heavier side of medium, no alcohol warmth, slightly oily, nice carbonation, dry. You'll be hard pressed to find an 8.2% Imperial IPA that drinks this easy.

Overall - This is my kind of Double/Imperial IPA. It's hoppy but has a big malt backbone to back it up. The drinkablilty for such a big beer is off the charts.

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

Look - Clear orange color with thin head, but substantial legs that never really disappear.

Smell - Overwhelming hops, but upon further examination there is also a clear metallic smell with just a hint of citrus. I suppose there is some malt smell, but it is hard to parse from the pine.

Taste - This is a hops heavy beer. The flavors seem to hit in an order - grapefruit, pine, a bit of nickel and then clearly the hops. The combination of warming from the 8.2% and the hop punch it packs is honestly quite nice, but not extraordinary. Incredibly bitter / dry aftertaste, this is where the grapefruit becomes obvious.

Feel - Definitely a full body, reminiscent of pine resin. Sharp the entire way down.

Overall - This is a fine Double IPA. Something I wouldn't mind drinking at a barbecue with a burger. Honestly it almost falls out of the category of summer beer and closer to a winter warmer, which should be drank exclusively while skiing or curled up reading poetry with a cat. Strong beer, good taste.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, coded 357 6 2... poured into a teku)

L: orange-amber liquid, slight (hop?) haze... tall, bouncy, messy dollop of foam... suds sink slowly, and it does leave some crusty swaths of lace

S: dried mango and fragrant flowers most prominent; orange and lemon highlights with a hard sniff... alcohol does cut through a little, bit of medicinal edge, maybe some bubblegum phenols as well... the depth and density of the hop aromas are powerful and inviting

T: spice and tropical fruit cream initially, supported by a somewhat sweetish, biscuity malt underbelly... little bit of toast and smoke in the finish... soft, intensely herbal/menthol bitterness rises in the aftertaste, along with a latent notes of black pepper and citrus oils

F: oily, resiny up front through the finish... slow, viscous roll across the palate... lasting bitter twang and tongue numbness... despite the thick-ish, resiny body to start, it virtually disappears midway through each sip - subdued flare of esophageal warmth after it goes down... damn disgustingly drinkable

O: bold beer all around... what it lacks in definition, it sort of makes up for by invigorating the palate and being curiously quite moreish with its remarkable mouthfeel

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is citrus, pine, some malts. Taste is well balanced, piney hops and caramel malts, some citrus notes, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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