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Lagunitas Sirius AleLagunitas Sirius Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Reidrover on 02-28-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of jacobtulloch
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of palma
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second review for this beer. This time, serving type is a bottle. After long contemplation, I have to admit this is the best cream ale I have ever had. It's as simple as that. Within the cream ale style, this beer ranks number one by a mile. If you are a fan of cream ales, then you have to get your hands on this beer. It's absolutely amazing!

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Photo of KJH
4.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow- talk about a drinkable beer!

Pours a light amber and you can smell some hops but not a whole lot.

This beer has an exceptional balance between malt and hops (especially at 7%ABV). There is some bitterness but not much. I did not find any off flavors or esters. It's a welcome break from my normal IPAs and Imperial Stouts.

This beer is a great reminder that a "normal" cream ale can be very enjoyable and satisfying.

One of those beers you could drink 4 of and then realize that it's quite strong.

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Photo of sirius
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A damn fine beer, I looked forward to it every summer. This wasn't what I used to think of when I heard the words "Cream Ale", but for me it redefined the style. I first picked up a six pack because of the name (and well, it's Lagunitas), and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

The color is a golden caramel, with a mild head of uniformly small bubbles.

The aroma is a blend of creamy hoppiness, with some citrus notes.

The taste, aah the taste... Initially malty, then a mild citrus profile comes through, with a subtle hop finish. Don't rush this one, you've got to let it ride.

The mouthfeel is where the cream ale label fits. Very smooth.

In spite of the relatively high ABV, this was a very drinkable beer. It's a shame Lagunitas retired it, I wish I'd cellared some the last time I had the chance.

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Photo of MNJR
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Lagunitas, although I attended a Lagunitas brewery sponsored event here in Chicago where the Lagunitas reps seemed to care less that anyone they didn't know attended their event. They basically sat at a table and had a fabulous dinner with their friends. Oh, well.

This beer is excellent. Pours beautifully with a rich head and an amber shellacked red oak color. Slight citrus nose, but nowhere near their IPA. Subtle citrus aromas - orange and lemon rind. Pleasantly grainy mouthfeel. Well-balanced hop flavors grow on the palate just after it goes down the hatch. Some surprisingly nice metallic flavors (copper?), and botanical notes are abundant. This is all rounded out by a nice, very slight sweetness -- though not the least bit sugary, just a hint. Caution: not "drinkable," if by that you mean "let's drink eight." It is slightly thick going down, and between swallows it does get a bit gummy on the back of the tongue. But, it's a big beer, and it has big flavor. With beer prices what they are today ($12 for this 6 pack), you need something this good to make the expense worthwhile.

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Photo of Mindsquall
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


I've never really been one for cream ales, I find most of them have a strange vegetable-like aroma to them, but this one totally changed my expectation of what a cream ale should be like.

This poured a nice amber with some considerable lacing, smell is hoppy, very hoppy. This stuff tastes great, abundant hop bitterness with the smoothest finish I've ever encountered with this style. ABV is a little high on this one but you'd barely notice it until it hit you.

Definitely I will get more of these next time I make it somewhere that carries it.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber with gold highlights and a thick white head

S - This is crazy but I smell cinnamon. There's malt and there's hops and they are really nicely balanced. Slightly citrusy.

T - For a high gravity beer this is perfectly balanced. Malts and hops blend together. Very smooth. I can't believe this is a "Hi-Gravity" beer.

M - Not thin. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - Smooth and light, despite the alcohol content. Very drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/copper with a rock 4 fingers+ white head. Got some floaties, but I didn't really pour this to delicately, so I put this in more as a warning. Good head head retention and lacing

Smell: Rich malty nose with massive frutiness

Taste: Malt, toastiness/breadiness, & nutty at the same time. Some slight floral & piney hop notes. Alcohol, slight hop bitterness
& dryness on the finsh

MF: Good balance, a little more carbonation needed

Very drinkable and interesting. I really enjoyed this & would like to try another in this selfproclaimed "sub-style" (srong cream ale), which I'd never heard of before, yummy & packs a punch, er bite

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. It strikes a wonderful balance between all of its flavors and never gets boring...easy to drink in great quantity.

Color is a caramel hued straw golden color with a shining white head that leaves gobs of lace. Aroma is creamy. Its all on the forefront. Finish is clean and surprisingly hoppy. Creamy malts are the star here but they are well accompanied with a dry grassy hoppiness that blends quite well. People sometimes hate a bit on Sirius but I can never understand why. Its an extremely underrated beer. Cream ales get no better.

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special release hi-gravity cream ale, this poured a clear gold color with a little bit of white head. It smelled like floral and citrus hops with noticeable alcohol scents. It tasted like refreshing light orange hops with nutty malt and a bit of vanilla cream. It was watery with a little carbonation, and had a clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was much more flavorful than any other cream ale I've had, with good balance and clean character. Very tasty!

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy summer gold color, one-finger head leaves wispy traces behind. Bouquet dominated by caramel, accompanied with zesty spices. Taste is superb, honey and caramel malt accompanied by a nice blend of hops. Slightly citrus dominant with a surprising, but very welcome wash of Saaz at the tail. Mouthfeel is creamy, elegant, with a fine dry finish. Drinkability is superb.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice clear soppery sort of color. Not a lot of head or carbonation to speak of. Very nice aroma of hops and a sweet, almost honeyish malt scent. Great sweet malt flavor with just enough bitterness to balance the whole thing. Great hop flavor. Somewhat of a toasted taste in there. Very full bodied and flavorfull. Goes down great. Really a fine beer all around. Very similar to Nugger Nectar if you ask me. Wish I had bought a lot more then a single bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to enjoy this one on tap at the Saucer tonight. Served cold in a pint glass. This one was consumed on 09/07/2008.

Presented in front of me this was a nice amber color. Slight haze to it, but mostly clean looking to be honest. A good sized head of about an inch and a half came up over the sides and gradually settled down to a thin veil across the top. Decent side glass lacing then ensued and left some nice web like features across the sides and some good carbonation.

THe aroma was loaded down with fresh, light hops. Lots of grass, lemon and tangerice like citrus aromas and a touch of a light wheat smell. THe flavor was more of the same, tight would be an understatement, as this one was very clean and crisp. Lots of light hops, crisp fresh cut grass flavor was dominant here were a long lasting dry finish. Grat smooth, light, and crisp feel was very well carbonated and allowed itself to be drank way too fast. As it warmed, some light resin notes were coming through and this just added to the overall good profile.

Overall I thought this was an excellent sessionable IPA. Not sure what else I can say other then this was very nicely done, very easy to drink and really just a very nice addition to their lineup.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely, good head that slowly lets up to a nice lace. The aroma is sweet. The first taste - amazingly sweet! But this brew also has that nice cream ale finish - wonderful! Best cream ale I've had in years! Please make this a regular release Lagunitas!

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, the color was about like cream soda--maybe just bit darker. There was a nice mild hoppiness in the aroma. The mouthfeel was creamy--maybe even a bit fluffy like a cask conditioned ale. The taste reminded me of a pale ale or IPA. It had a piney, slightly spicy hops profile, though it certainly was not overhopped at all. This is a very nice, well balanced beer! Despite the 7.6% ABV (I guess that's why they call it a high gravity cream ale), this is a very, very drinkable beer. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. If you want to introduce friends to craft beer, I think this would be a very good choice. I could imagine drinking this with a wide variety of foods, too: hamburgers and/or bbq, pizza (which is what I ate with it), Indian food, mexican food. This is just a very good all around beer.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Sirius was served from a 22 oz. bomber. On the label, this brew is called a special high-gravity cream ale, with an IBU of 40.63. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a brilliant and metallic golden copper hue, and was topped by a creamy and sticky white head that left excellent lacing. Beautiful! The nose was mouthwatering, with a creamy sweet maltiness and an assertive and full floral and orangey citric hop bouquet with a crisp touch. The taste reflected the nose closely. The body was full, rich, and lightly sweet, accented heavily with orange citric crispness. A zingy citric transition led to a wonderfully bitter and aromatic finish with the perfect touch of sweetness. Big and full flavored with imperial qualities, yet perfectly balanced and emminently drinkable...a kick-ass cream ale. An excellent way to greet the Spring. Bravo Lagunitas.

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Photo of weezyfart
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color there is a nice thin layer of lacing that holds for a generous amount of time.

Very intricate nose. There's some clove, light banana and mild citrus. Some floral hops peeking around the corner with good malt presence as well. Very layered for a cream ale.

The palate is very focused with the hops and malts hold hands tightly. For being over 7%, there is little to no alcohol heat which is lovely and welcoming. There are no tangents on this one. I don't feel the need to completely dissect it, just enjoy it. I have no problem with that at all.

The mouthfeel is, you guessed it, creamy with a healthy amount of bitterness riding my tongue for quite a while after swallowing. I found this beer to be very very drinkable. I may be afraid to stand up after about three of them, but my taste buds may ask me for more and more.

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Photo of TerjUGA
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a copper tone with very little head and little lacing. you can smell the hops and malts, floral and citrus scents are also present. taste starts of very hoppy, notes of citrus and pine, finishes very creamy. great beer good combination of bitterness and sweetness. great taste all the way through, another great brew from lagunitas.

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Photo of rowew
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Indecipherable freshness code on the neck. ABV, OG, and IBU's listed on the label. "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip"

Appearance: Pours just to the orange side of gold, with a thin head, and a slight haze.

Smell: Sweet malt base, with lots of hops to balance out the equation.

Taste: The first thing you notice is how smooth and creamy this is - definitely lends itself to a high drinkability. Lots of sweet caramely malts in this, with plenty of hops to keep it in balance. This has a nice clean finish.

Overall impression: The term dangerously drinkable definitely applies to this beer. Smooth, creamy, great flavor, and a fairly high alcohol content. This could get me in trouble, but I'd definitely enjoy the ride.

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Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp orange with a thin but frothy head the somewhat quickly diminishes to a ring. The aroma is of sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is a very nice balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. Much hoppier than I would expect for a cream ale, I'd almost dare to call this a cream IPA, quite tasty! The beer is light and very refreshing, the alcohol is very well hidden. This beer was much better than I ever thought I'd find in a cream ale.

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Photo of drxandy
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a golden amber shade, foamy white head retains excellently, eventually fading.

smells of super hopping! smells delicious, sweet piney citrus creaminess.

tastes of a hop bang from the start, nice piney flavors, pineapple, citrus, bubblegum, smoothed out creaminess, the amount of hops screams double ipa, but the smooth creaminess hints at cream ale, excellent!, great balance and flavors.

mouthfeel is smooth, lingering hop bitterness, overall another awesome offering from lagunitas!

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Photo of Afterburner
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich copper-orange with a thick, frothy white head. Good retention.

Smell: Strong bouquet of oranges with a noticeable undercurrent of malt and fruity esters (strawberry predominating). Also some hop spicyness.

Taste: Big malt punch initially, which broadens to include the citrusy orange character of the hops. A faint flavor of that generic white cake frosting also makes a brief mid-palate appearance before stepping wholly aside to let the IBUs storm the finish. A more grapefruity citrus note rounds out the finish to keep the IBUs company. The 7.6% alcohol is well-hidden by the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is actually quite good. I wasn't expecting much given my previous forays with Lagunitas, but I was pleasantly surprised. The malt character balances well with the hops, and the mouthfeel isn't combative. A solid offering, and one that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent looking brew. Clear copper with a solid inch of white foam. Deep caramel nose with hops in abundance. Citrus, pine, hints of orange. Flavour is quite rich, with some good hop character right up front with a touch of fruit and plenty of sweetness. Hints of citrus and some alcohol complexity fill out the flavour profile. Feels decent on the tongue - fairly slick with substantial body. Aftertaste is very light, all things considered. I like this one a lot - really easy drinking for 7%, with good flavours.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. into my BMS mug I notice a hearty copper body that's very clean with moderate carbonation rising slowly to an extremely thin, ephemeral head.

There's an oily viscosity to the nose with copious amounts of caramel malt and bountiful floral hops. Even smells creamy.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this offering but it is indeed quality. Solid bushels of oily, oily, oily hops. Creamy vanilla caramel hammers home the malt profile. True balance, abundance and Beautiful Chemistry. Even with slight earthiness on the finish this is very good.

Coats the palate like a velvety caramel sundae. Very creamy and slightly salty on the deep, full finish.

An almost luxurious effort. Slightly heavy but very satisfying. Looking forward to next spring's release.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a beautiful golden amber color with a whopper of a white head, creamy smooth, never falling below a quarter inch, and leaving loads of lacing on the glass. Lovely. The aroma is quite nice too, brown sugar oddly the first thing to come to mind. Not sure where that came from, but after several more whiffs, an earthy, slightly fruity hop comes into focus, slightly piney, with caramel malts somewhere in there.

The taste is mostly the same, a funky, almost ecclectic mix of caramels, piney hops, fruits, a spiciness that comes with the warming alcohol after a smooth ride down the hatch... man this cream ale is .... creamy. Yes. Bought a six pack of this on a whim, not knowing a damn thing about this beer, and relished in every bottle. I have no base of comparison for Cream Ales, but this Beer is damn good, style or no.

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Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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