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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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a dimpled beer mug.

L - clear orange color with a small white head that thinned to a layer/ring and left some spotty lacing.

S - sweet and malty aroma with a bit of earthiness and some piney hop smells.

T - sweet upfront with a nice hit of bitterness on the backend.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - a tasty treat, but one or two should suffice.

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Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep tan head floats for a few minutes above a murky orange brew. When it finally settles a good amount of lace is left in a sheet all the way around the pint glass. Vanilla malts, sourdough, sublte light fruits and furtive hops float to the nose. Tastes a little spicy, malty and hoppy, not unlike an ESB, but with some candy sweetness and some creaminess in the body which gives it distinction and pushes it toward the heavy end of medium. It's well carbonated, with a good punch of bubbles around the head after a quick shake. At first I thought this beer might be a bit too heavy, but the creaminess is well integrated and only adds to an overall well-balanced experience.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vivid orange color with a fluffy head and some nice lacing to it. Lots of bubbles floating up the to the top.. very appealing. Smell is.. not really there? I don't detect much of a smell at all here. Taste is interesting.. I'm not sure if its just because I saw the style on the bottle but it's definitely very creamy.. hard to put a flavor to the taste though. Somehow it doesn't taste malty or hoppy.. I know, kinda weird. Sort of like a thick blond ale is all I can really describe it as. Anwyho, for its ABV its pretty damn drinkable.. but I would prefer something with a little more of a flavor profile.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/27/2007 (bottle):

Pours a big creamy head, big bubbles, lasting. Golden amber color, clear. Very hoppy aroma, very bitter. Sweet aroma. Sweet taste, some bitter taste, somewhat clean aftertaste. Balanced, but light taste, not very creamy, more an IPA.

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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 mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Anocna`s in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The appearance is a an amber color with a two finger head.
The smell is sweet, but not too sweet, leaves you yearning for something more. The taste is rich, sweet, with hints of cream soda and vanilla ice cream. The moutfheel is full-bodied and enjoyable, The drinkability on this brew is just above average, but I could not see myself ever drinking more than two of these beers in one sitting.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Sportsmans in late November for $1.45.

Beer poured a light amber color with a very nice head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose has no distinguishable characteristics outside a light malt and the floral hops. Taste finishes with a moderate fruit hop that grabs the attention of my palate. Mouthfeel is quite nice, medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is good as the smoothness makes this beer. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like grape bubble gum and red licorice. Pours to golden amber with a nice foamy head that sticks on the glass as the head creeps down. As expected for a cream ale the mouthfeel is like silk. The body is huge but not too syrupy. Taste is mostly balanced but definitely more sweet than bitter. A great sippin' beer but I can rarely find myself doing that. This is the king of ales by any means. Packs a punch but not at all rough on the edges, smooth as silk. Kind of like a Genny Screamer but with serious (no pun intended) backbone and hopping to boot. I can drink this like there is no tommorrow.

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

Poured clear orange amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate complex caramel malt and sour citrus hop aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable beer and one of the top rated beers for style.

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

I have to admit, this was the first cream style ale I have ever had... And it did not disappoint! This being my first cream ale, I was expecting something similar to cream soda - that sickeningly sweet, artificial vanilla taste. Thankfully, this was not the case.

A - Beautiful deep golden pour with generous, "pillow-y" head

S - Lovely natural vanilla fragrance, nice hops undertones

T - Good balance of semi-sweet vanilla and bittering. Lightly hopped, almost as an afterthought.

M - Beautiful! Perfect weight to it.

D - Good. Clean, mild flavors allow drinker to experience several in one sitting. I had to force myself not to drink the entire 6-pack the first day!

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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 roadhouse
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Imperial Cream Ale? Hmmm...

It appears a bit darker than the usual cream ale, more orange than golden. A one inch off-white soapy head forms and sinks down to look even more soapy. Leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is pretty fruity with notes of peach, mango, and pineapple, some caramel maltiness is coming through as well as a mild sweetness that contributes even more to the tropical fruit.

The taste is sweet and caramelly up front with a bit of a sharp graininess. The fruit is more subdued here and comes across lightly midway through along with a nutty taste. A substantial amount of citrusy hops also come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, actually quite creamy and smooth going down.

Can't say it was a great beer but it wasn't too bad. A bit too hoppy for a cream ale.

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

Picked a single of this up out of curiosity when I saw it on sale. I've only tried a few of Lagunitas, but so far I have been disappointed with their quality/price ratio. We'll see how this does.

Pours a clear, effervescent golden orange in my pint glass. Darker than I expected. The quickly disappearing head is even beige with an orange hue, leaving a bit of lacing.

Another surprise: this cream ale smells like a west coast IPA. Lots of citric, floral hops like mandarin oranges and grapefruit. I also note some sweet malts in the aromas. Maybe just a hint of alcohol.

The label lists IBUs at 40.63. I think they're being silly with such a specific number, but it seems about right. Bittering is there, but isn't overpowering, despite the loads of hops in the flavor. Mandarins and grapefruit are still present, with definite caramel malt. I'm liking this beer, not necessarily for being a cream ale, but for what it is. Great, full flavors with a matching full body. Nothing thin about the mouthfeel here, there is a definite creamy, slick texture.

For some reason, this beer reminds me of Anchor Steam. I'm enjoying this thoroughly, perhaps even more than my scores give credit. After reading some reviews, including older ones, I wonder if they have retooled the recipe some. Alcohol is present, but doesn't dominate. (In fact, my bottle lists ABV being 7%, not the 7.6% listed here on BA) Delicious hops. Lagunitas might not have gotten the style name right, but they've made a solid, full bodied west coast pale/IPA.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one-inch, antique-white, frothy head tops a lightly hazy, orange to old-gold ale, dropping rings on its way to a hint of lace in my tulip glass.

Strong wheat bread battles with molasses for dominance while cedar and leather take up the flanks and a hint of whiskey watches from the sideline.

Wheat bread is no surprise. However, the light bitterness is unexpected among the moderate acidic coriander and oak notes. The quick finish includes a touch of pepper.

A soft carbonation is no match for this chewy, full-bodied beer that coats the palate. Alcohol is clearly present, but subdued.

Sirius Ale goes well with a meal of pasta with tomato gravy, but will easily stand up to conversation or a cigar. This one is highly versatile and easy to repeat.

Living near the banks of the mighty Genesee (not so crystal clear mind you), I probably should have tried a Cream Ale before now. Hopefully, Genny Cream Ale is equal to, or better than, this offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Shaw
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper in color with a small sticky head.

It has a light herbal hop aroma.

The taste is all about hop bitterness, which should not be a surprise from this brewery.

The body is smooth and creamy and quite good.

Overall this is a fine ale. I'm not sure if I've had this style before. Another winner for hopheads from Lagunitas.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a hazy dark amber color with a think white head. Reminded me of a hefe. Smell was slightly acidic with a touch of vinegar. Taste was citrusey, with some hops thrown in for good measure. Feel was ok in the mouth. Coated very well, but despite no apparent bubbles, tingled alot. Easy to drink, went down well.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Sirius is a shiny sparkling amber, bordering on copper. It sports a fluffy, bubbly white head that mostly dissipates. The aroma is of fresh piny hops and deep funky malt syrup. It is very smooth, yet lively. It has a creamy and syrupy medium body. It's a bit chalky at the end. The flavor is pretty simple: grainy syrup with some piny hops to bitter it up. It's quite bitter but not remarkable as far as actual flavor. It's very boozy, like an old ale or a strong ale. The bitterness lingers. Pretty heavy drinking here.
(rated Aug 21, 2007)

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Photo of magictrokini
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a big head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and hops. Lots of malt in the taste, accompanied by the sugary sweetness. Alcohol and hops in the back that linger. Overall, it tastes like a thinner version of their Hairy Eyeball. Good, not great.

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expected but a nice beer for sure..

A lot of citrus like hop aroma qualities...Taste also has a pale ale like citurs flavor....unusual but not bad.

The only cream ales I can remember having are Little Kings and Genesse and both tasted more like toned down malt liqour (also faintly recall a blatz cream ale).

This is more like a decent pale ale....booze is not noticable...hops are....body is medium...doesn't offer any of the sweet feel the other cream ales i have had offered.

I like this...just surprised it is a cream ale...not an all-time great in any beer category but certainly solid.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color. Crystal clear with a retentive cream colored head. The nose is rich with floral American-smelling hops. I can't reach the malt with my nose through the hops. It leaves the beer a little one-dimensional. The flavor is pretty good for a cream ale. Worlds better than Genny Cream Ale (no disrespect High Falls...). Hops up front that transition with a hint of metal. The metal subsides into a smooth, medium bodied ale. The malt is subtle and simple, yet it works well with the hops and they complement each other well. Nice cream ale body. Creamy and thick for a light ale. Rather drinkable.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, nice bubbles rising through the beer, small head but good lacing.

Smell: Moderate grapefruit.

Taste: Gives mostly a slightly bitter grapefruit taste. Not a lot of sweetness.

Drinkability: A little strong for more than one or two.

This is the third cream ale I've had, and they've been vastly different. This reminded me of a pale ale or IPA, where the other two were macro lager-like (Genesee) and pale wheat-like (New Glarus). Sirius was interesting to try but I probably won't have it again, I'll just pick up a local IPA instead.

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

The Sirius Ale poured an amber with a 2-3 finger foam head and some nice lacing. Real bubbly and had a tight tiny bubble head like a cloud. The lacing was blizzard like.

The aroma was citrusy and creamy. The taste was pretty sharp and bitter most of the way through. Left a mark on the tongue and back of the throat. Not much for hop aroma. Overall a tasty beverage.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crisp and clear golden blonde pour topped with a big frothy head of foam.

S: A soft aroma of earthiness and modest hops, with a scent that reminds me of sugarcubes.

T: Taste is bigger than the aroma would allude to. The "sugarcube" taste is on the palate, as well, which is interesting - not as sweet as one, but the general flavour is there. Aside from that, it's rather subdued - both in malts and hops. Certainly sweeter than bitter. Not too shabby!

M + D: A medium body, with a bit of a softer carbonation, and then an unexpected dryness in the finish which seemed like a nice touch. Makes it fairly crisp and clean, and I can always dig that. Not a bad beer at all, and well worth checking out.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a rich orange body with minimal, medium tan colored head which fades fast.

S - The scents of vanilla and alcohol hover around a malty base.

T - Bitter hops from start to finish.

M - The texture is smooth when it starts but ends coarse. It even leaves a sandpaper finish on the roof of my mouth. This unique characteristic does add something to the brew.

~ Not bad but I think this brew leaves something to be desired. I would really like to try one straight from a keg to get a true sampling.

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

Beer donated to the cause by my good friend Brian - cheers!

A: Poured from a 12fl.oz. bottle. Dark straw color, moving toward amber. Hazy, but clear toward the bottom of the glass. Fine pillars of carbonation visible. Some sediment and even a sprig of what looked like pine in the head. Head was a half a finger, light, fluffy and slightly creamy yellow. A smaller cap stayed throughout the drink and it left some nice spotty lacing - even got finer as the drink progressed.

S: The bottle talks about the brew being made to look forward to summer. I can dig that. It has a light optimistic smell. Gentle but apparent grassy, slightly fruity hops reminiscent of apricot and peach. There is some creamy sweetness. Some caramel malt. Some molasses. Maybe some pine which would make sense if that's what the sprig was! Plenty going on but generally quite understated.

T: Initially a very clean rice type crispness. It had a sweet malt backbone but it was all very subtle. Finish has a pleasant kick of hops which leads into a bitter hoppy and creamy sour aftertaste.

M: Quite smooth and buttery. Medium bodied. Head gave a creaminess on the lips. Bit of bite on the pallet on finish. I expected more carbonation - felt quite low.

D: Quite refreshing and very drinkable. I am not a master of the style, so I can't comment on that. I can say that I expected to experience more creaminess and maltiness and not so much of the hoppiness although the overall takeaway is an enjoyable ale that I would be happy to drink again - maybe right at the beginning of summer.

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Lagunitas Sirius Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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