Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #182
Ranked #7,932
4.06 | pDev: 8.37%
Oct 04, 2022
Jun 04, 2015
Notes: We took some fresh Sanguinello blood oranges, juiced 'em, concentrated that juice (without heat) and threw it into a wheatier version of our New Dogtown Pale Ale. The end result? A refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!

The man bent over his guitar, a shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, 'You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are.' The man replied, 'Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.' And they said then, 'But play, you must, a tune beyond us, yet ourselves, a tune upon the blue guitar of things exactly as they are.' He sighs, I cannot bring a world quite round, although I patch it as I can. I sing a hero's head, large eye and bearded bronze, but not a man, although I patch him as I can and reach through him almost to man. If to serenade almost to man is to miss, by that, things as they are, say it is the serenade of a man that plays a blue guitar..." These, the words of the Conjurer-in-Chief; Wallace Stevens, describe in perfect detail the work of a brewer as he sits to write a new recipe. Perfection is the goal, to fill a desire for a perfect beer. Yet the instrument of his mind and that of the brewhouse and yeast are the fallible tools at hand. And so he patches it as he can. A little hop here, a little citrus there, a yeast to marry the two, the worty substrate of reality calling the key and time signature. The beer that comes will be the beer we drink, the beer whose story we will tell here. The brewer does what he can and imagines a world quite round. Conjurer-in-Chief Stevens concludes; "Exceeding music must take the place of empty heaven and its hymns." What does it all have to do with beer?
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a blood orange pale ale to ipa beer that was always a half step ahead of most of these, why blood orange got so popular all at once, i will never understand. sweet and oddly bitter at the same time as a fruit, but this beer wins for keeping it light on the malt and on the dry side overall, my only critique is the abv, this could be an all day beer in the below 6% abv range, why push it so strong? it slows down something that wants to move fast, but this is nice beer, especially in spring and summer. the grain base is nice and light, the beer isnt much darker than blonde, and it has a slow fading airy white head from both bottle and tap, definitely gets a little fish food coagulate in older bottles, but most of the time this is right on, unfiltered looking but not hazy. smells and tastes like flesh and rind of the fruit, quite authentic to me, better than most anyway because its intense but dry, and the hop profile seems well suited to the fruit, also a little bitter, but still in the pale range, a hint of pineapple and mango there, tropical then overall, but bold enough and even a little weedy enough to be northwestern still, great mix of flavors, and with a pretty much out of the way grain profile that lets this drink quite a bit lighter than it really is. a dangerous beer in that way, but really delicious. a little ahead of its time, and definitely ahead of its class...
Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Millertime2000

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
So good. Its potent citrus aroma and flavors bypass any of my usual complaints. I sometimes feel there is a funky taste that lingers through many of this brands feature selections. This though ... very clean, delicious, and strong.
Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by kds2437 from Texas

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly chill hazed medium gold producing 3+ fingers of frothy, bright white, moderately lasting head that leaves sheets and webs of clumpy lace. Aroma is pale and biscuit malt with light hints of wheat amongst notes of orange, lemon, tangerine and other fruits. A bit floral there is also a herbal onion-like hint. Taste is orange, lemon, thin grapefruit, earthy herbal, floral and grass hop notes, pale malt, biscuit, maybe wheat (because I know it's supposed to be there) and light pepper it finishes with a dry, medicinal hint backed by a light hoppy bitterness that becomes the dominant character of a very bitter (for the style) aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Even though it's juicy the finish is not pleasant as it imparts a rough feel across the tongue which develops into a drawing aftertaste.
Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Pretendeer from Washington

Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by tgdavis from Tennessee

Nov 04, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Straw, visible particulate sediment, average head retention, above average lacing.

Smell- Citrus.

Taste- Orange, juicy, citrus, slightly boozy.

Feel- Thin body, average carbonation, astringent finish.
Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by tpeters from Michigan

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Lagunitas never disappoints and this one doesn’t break the streak...

Great looking beer with strong lacing. The smell was complex - resin, pine, citrus, and sweet juiciness. Mouthfeel is astringent with a taste that only mildly reminded me of a farmhouse. Anyway, a solid beer.
Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Sep 19, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by jakefake3 from Nebraska

Aug 02, 2019
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Reviewed by mjurney from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Golden color, hazy. Fast rising bubbles. Thick rocky head, very good head retention. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Bright, citrusy, some tropical, sweet malts, just a little resinous.

Very citrusy, I could detect some blood orange in the taste, along with some resinous and tropical. Sweet malts, bready, slight caramel and honey. Finish is dry. Medium bodied, sticky, refreshing, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

It's a very good American Pale Ale!
Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.88 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is as advertised, lots of citrus. Taste is a variety of citrus, blood orange stands out, to easy drinking at this abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I expected a bit more.
Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by Vandelay1863 from Florida

Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle dated 4/3/19. CBF Tulip pint.

A: pours a slightly hazed yellow-gold with one finger of bright white head and mild/modest carbonation.

S: right away has that typical new age pale ale smell, bright, citrusy hops, with a tropical character that almost smells like suntan lotion.

T: largely follows the nose, arriving dry, filling in on mid palate with tropical hop bitterness, and some solid maltiness. At the end of the swallow the citrus takes over big time, leaving loads of grapefruit (well, probably blood orange) pith on the finish. Very hoppy, but well-balanced. I suppose that balance is how they get away with calling this IPA a pale ale.

M: quite hefty, actually. Very filling in the mouth, creamy. Clean finish, though.

O: all told, this reminds me a lot of all the other new age pales, but with slightly thicker texture, higher alcohol, and more citrus on the finish. I like it, but it’s just not my style. It’s not something I plan on buying again, but if handed one, I wouldn’t turn it down (if in a situation where 7.7% is appropriate). The high alcohol here is actually a detractor for me.
Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a slightly clear, light golden color with a mild white head that fades quickly. (3.5)

Aroma: Strong aromas of tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Maybe some mango and dank tropic notes underneath. Can't get much of a malt profile with the stronger hops. (3.75)

Flavor: Huge blood orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors. Light pineapple. A crystal malt sweetness in the middle, but it finishes relatively bitter with a pithy pineapple and citrus note. All fruit here. Flavors similar to an orange staburst, and orange soda, or an orange CapriSun. Crystal malt sweetness and pithy fruit finish. (3.75)

Feel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonted. Crispy actually. A little grain, but not much. A pithy bitterness is left on the tongue. (3.5)

Overall: Yes, this is a good beer. I can't really judge it as a pale ale, but rather an IPA. Tremendous flavor for a pale ale, but for a 7.5% IPA, I wouldn't say it's mind blowing. Also how can a pale ale have such high alcohol. I feel that adding alcohol for the sake of adding hop flavor or malt sweetness is shifty trick to add more flavor to the beer. I think breweries should focus on adding flavor without the easy addition of a higher ABV. Lagunitas repeatedly does this. While it's a great beer, I can't compare it to a traditional pale ale and it should be compared rather to an imperial IPA. In that sense, it's about what I would expect. (Final Rating: 3.71, Good)
Jul 14, 2019
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Rated by Lampro from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Hoppy, with notable pine/citrus tones.
Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by tkolterman from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by RitzCarling from Illinois

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho

Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by B-rett from Wisconsin

Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee

Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by h4ger from Connecticut

Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by KLReed from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an American pint glass.
Look: Golden orange, slight off white thin head nice thin lacing.
Smell: clear orange/citrus scent but not at all overwhelming.
Taste: sweet orange/citrus then the bitterness from the hops. Very nice balance.
Feel: a bit heavier than I anticipated, which I valued. Effervescence is more noted than I expected as well.
Overall: really enjoyable APA that I think would appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers. Don’t discount this one because of the orange thing.
Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by DougT from Ohio

Jun 12, 2019
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
CitruSinensis brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.90% This APA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass a hazy golden amber color with 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 citrus at first. Then you pick up a good amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. So far CitruSinensis is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, lot of citrus notes mixed with hop bitterness. The earthy grains and malts mild this brew out. The body of CitruSinensis is a solid medium. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.90% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This American Pale Ale would go nice with dinner or heavy lunch. Lots of nice flavors to be enjoyed with this one. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Citrus, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing . Overall I am going to give CitruSinensis a solid 4 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 Pale Ale.
Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
CitruSinensis has a medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with a bit of glass lacing. The aroma is of hop resins, with some orange detected, and the flavor is similar. Mouthfeel is medium, and CitruSinensis finishes mostly dry.

Jun 08, 2019
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1714 ratings