Lagunitas Sirius Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 327 | Ratings: 355
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in an excellent trade with MASPuros. Thanks again!

Poured a golden amber with a good 2 fingers of bubbly frothy white head.

Smells of a light malt and dry citrus hop.

Taste is alot more hop than I'd expected. Starts with a brief hint of sweet malt then leads into a dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp and dry. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is good. First beer of this style I've had, went down easy and had a balanced flavor.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with generous white head.

Nose is burnt toffee, caramel, toasted white bread.

Palate has a dark candied taste of malt, light hops, herbal qualities, and a very herbal finish.

Somewhat heavier bodied than expected for a cream ale. Drinkable, yes, but enough flavor to make it savory. This isn't one to gulp down with your favorite slice of pizza.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2.00 for a 12oz bottle. "High Gravity Cream Ale". Hrmmm. What exactly is a cream ale? I dunno. I duon't think anybody knows.
OG=1.072, 40.63 IBU, 7.0% ABV. A spring seasonal, but for some reason, I'm not drinking it until November?

Pours out to a clear dark yellow golden, forming a modest white head which recedes quickly and leaves sparse lace. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of fresh, resinous and green hops...floral in nature as well. Cleanly fermented and when swirled a suggestion of grass and vanilla is released. Taste opens with a big blast of fresh hops...crisp and bright with a medium density. To anyone else, this is an IPA. There is a nice cereal and cracker grain sweetness to counterbalance the floral and herbaceous bitterness, which lingers thru the aftertaste.

I would be hard pressed to drink a sixer of this on a hot day, which seems to be a criteria of a so-called "cream ale". This is an IPA, plain and simple. Call it such. As an IPA, it's decent. Probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Tall foamy head which hangs around. Amber/golden body.

S - Bright grapefruit hops. Lagunitas's signature

T - Honestly tastes like a more malty version of their IPA. Bready notes are catapulted by the west coast hops, which linger on your tongue. Dry finish.

M - Excellent full body drinker.

D - I was surprised to later find out that it was high ABV. I could drink it all night.

Very impressive beer. Balance and delicious ... a good cream ale for a hop head.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic

Clear honey amber hue with little bits of yeast suspended in the middle. A thick one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin even cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Light bready malt with a strong aromatic hop aroma, giving a little bit of citrus and herb.

The hops take over most of the flavor, giving a little bit of grapefruit on top of some brown-suggary malts. Full bodied with good carbonation. The earthy hops linger for a while after each sip.

This is such a hoppy Cream Ale it tastes just like any other West Coast Pale Ale, with a little more alcohol. Either style, it's pretty solid.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

pours a clear orangey gold with a one finger head.

grapefruit hop smell and some pine

taste is creamy yet very hoppy. like a funky pale ale. sort of soda type feel.

mouthfeel is solid.

drinkability is pretty good. interesting beer from lagunitas.

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper-orange under a milky, creamy head. Smells hoppy and fruity with tinges of alcohol and some light doughiness. Sweet oranges, west-coast hops, and caramel. It's got that Lagunitas taste too. This isn't a cream ale, really. It's juicy, it's's tasty. Nice creamy mouthfeel too. The alcohol doesn't really bother me at all. I'd have another if I had one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours a light amber with an average white head, a little lighter than I expected.

S: Mix of caramel malt and American hops, smells a lot like an IPA.

S: Strong notes of grapefruit and pine, light metal. Malt is relatively light, some toffee and bread.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, resiny, very nice mouthfeel overall.

D: A nice beer from Lagunitas, more on an IPA than a cream ale, but that's what you get I guess when you make a high gravity version of this style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper orange color with a light tan head that left behind a sticky lacing.

S: a huge citrus and grassy hopping along with some dry pine needles.

T: The flavor was dry caramel, floral notes with some dried grapefruit hopping. There was some dry oranges and hop bittering on the finish that coats the tongue leaving a lingering grassiness.

M: creamy, with a smooth medium fullness and very dry.

D: A big drinking cream ale with a floral hopping. There was some noticeable alcohol with typical lagunitas hop (cascade) profile. Ok for a second or third.

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Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce stumpy bottle into a pint glass tonight....

A: Pours a semi hazy orange copper with tons of small floaties bouncing around the high stream of carbonation floating up the glass. Pours with a small head, but this one laces pretty well.

S: The smell is initially pretty hoppy. Some nice pine and citrus hops that are quickly beaten by some nice brown sugar and caramel malts. Some light citrus fruits are showing as well.

T: Very flavorful and pretty close to the smell. The hops are the first thing that hit you, and they hit you pretty hard. A nicely hopped ale of both citrus and pine. The latter half of the taste is sweet caramel, orange and brown sugar.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is relatively complex and both bitter and sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/09/08.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin half finger of fizzy off-white head which quickly dropped to absolutely nothing. Aroma is sweet honey, caramel malt, and earthy hops.

Taste is sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Starts sweet and ends very bitter. A bit of honey as well. Feel is bubbly yet creamy. Light-medium body and highly carbonated. Drinkability is alright. The sweetness up front is a bit high for me, as is the ending hop bitterness.

It's alright, though to me it's closer to a pale ale than a cream ale.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light copper with a thin head that disappears quickly, no lacing.
S: Smells a bit of caramel and something sour, like tropical fruits.
T: As the subtitle suggests, does have a creamy flavor. Predominate flavor is the sour flavor of citrus fruits--i.e. without the accompanying sweetness. Ends more bitter than sour.
M: Creamy and round. Lingering but not terribly pungent aftertaste.
D: Easy to drink, not too complicated. Masks the 7.0% abv well.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap somewhere and remember liking it so i thought i'd try it in bottles too. Pours a sort of golden brown and extremely clear with rising bibbles. Short film of a head. Sticky lacing. Pungent spicy hop odor, slight note of cat urine, lemons. Sweet caramel malt aroma too, along with some farily obvious alcohol. Taste is a bitter and sweet hop kick up front, with lemons and fennel. Caramel malt backbone and hot alcohol hold the hops of decently. Bitterness is still a bit big and even overwhelming and hurts the beer a bit. Sticky and thick, quite full bodied, almost syrupy, which i think is a detriment. I enjoyed this far more when i had it on tap.

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Photo of sweethome
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is a deep amber with an orange hue. A very light head - gone in a flash. Very clear.

Nose is of tropical fruits, fresh hops. Orange blossom. Fresh malts - like walking in to brewery.

Entry is quick hit of floral hops, sweet maltiness rolls on in. Honey maltiness. A bit on the sweet side for me.

A decent cream ale that is what you want to call it - more of a sweet pale ale to me.

This is a decent beer, who cares about what style to call it - again, a bit sweet for me which drives down drinkability. All in all, a well made beer with good flavor profile.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial Cream Ale. Gotta love it.

Light copper body. Clarity is pretty good. Cream soda colored head is creamy and dense. Lots of lace is created on the glass while I drink. There's a nice hop presence on the nose that I notice right away. Like that of a good APA. Also smell a little vanilla and malt presence. Good aroma. This beer does have a creamy texture and that Genesee like maltiness, but also a fairly high hop presence. I'm in the camp that says this seems like a hybrid of Cream Ale/APA. It's interesting and thirst quenching. This beer has held up really nicely being that it's probably about a 1/2 year old as well. The hops are fairly bright and citric in nature. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to expect from a "hi-gravity cream ale" but we'll see.

Appearance: Pours a pleasant amber, very clear, with a thinnish head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells a bit like a double IPA with all the rough edges sanded down. Hops are mostly pine resin. In the background, reminiscent of malted milk balls, or a just-opened bag of dry malt extract, used for homebrewing. Nice.

Taste: Quite smooth, piney hops and caramel malts playing nicely. A bit of an alcohol bite on the finish, however, which calls to mind malt liquor. That unpleasant finish gets more and more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Fairy light body, surprisingly so. Carbonation is moderate, and hard to characterize as "creamy" despite the label.

Drinkability: Moderate. A decent beer, but for me seems trapped between styles.

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Photo of Goldfish
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Disappointed with the beer. I too was expecting a lot more cream and a little less IPA. It looks like a gorgeous brown Cream Ale, but smells and tastes like an almost IPA. Good overall, but won't be going back for a while.

A - Really nice copper - brown appearance, with some orange too. Gets you excited. Small head that evaporated even more.

S - Like an IPA. Pine, caramel - that's it.

T - Not what I was expecting at all. Little creamy - too piny. Good enough to be called something else.

M - Smooth in the mouth with a tiny kick to the throat. Lingers a little.

D - Couple pints, that's it. Goes down easy enough, but if you want an IPA or Cream Ale there are other selections that are much better.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a big disapointment to me, i was expecting a nice smooth cream ale with lots of alcohal in it, what i got was a basterd stepchild of a cream ale and an ipa, i got a blast of hops and a tuch of carmel malt that falls off into a cream ale smooth finish. this is avrage and i wont be drinking any of these any time soon

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Photo of beerfairy
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Creamy head, copper color, darker than I was expecting

S- Piney and caramel and can smell the hops which was a pleasant surprise This smells a lot like an IPA but is not overpowering with the hops.

T- Same as the aroma, but it is not nearly as hoppy as the smell would lead you to believe. Pretty mild for the ABV, but enjoyable none-the-less.

M- Quite good. Very creamy and not harsh at all.

D- Different and impressive for a cream ale.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from total wine

A - Beautiful orange, orange-white head, fairly resilient, nice legs. Not qute the appearance for a cream ale, but the label warns of high gravity. Excellent color.

S - Creamy, malty body, flower and piny hops.

T - Very creamy, flowers, caramel, and pine notes.

M - Slightly bitter, hops may be a bit too pungent. Malt has a great flavor, would be best if they could reduce the hops.

D - pretty darn good still. Excellent appearance and aroma.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9-23-08

Pours an almost clear deep gold color, with lot of microscopic floaters. The head is thin, with light lacing.

Smell is light, some malt, with just a hint of fruity hops underneath.

Taste is a great balance of light malt and soapy hops. Hoppier than I expected, and reasonably bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability is great, well balanced with a hop edge to keep things interesting.

Overall, I don't really know how to rate a cream ale, but it's a tasty and very drinkable beer.

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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 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 disastermouse
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is this beer perhaps mis-classified as a 'cream' ale? It avoids the Johnny-One-Note nature of most of the beers of this class that I've tried, but it replaces it with some harsh hop bitterness that I just wouldn't expect in this particular style. The head is nearly non-existent, even with an aggressive pour. The smell has a grassy, or 'salad' aspect. The taste is similarly 'salady' - like bitter arugula. There's almost no mouthfeel to this ale - it's very light.

That said, it's not a bad beer - it's just a bad cream ale. Somebody at Lagunitas is way too in love with hops to think clearly in this brew - and that would be excellent in a different style. Unfortunately, as evidenced here, it's just too thin and astringent for the style.

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Photo of gabeerfanswife
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost copper in color. No head with just a bit of lacing.

S: Actually a tad bit rubber bandish-not good.

T: Nothing like the smell. Very creamy but also quite hoppy. I can taste some candy sugar.

M: on the thinner side. Not too fizzy.

D: Very satisfying but I am not having several of these in a row because of the ABV.

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Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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