Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale
2,296 Ratings
Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
54.2 IBU

Added by Reidrover on 03-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a thick tan colored head that settles to a thin layer, leaving some rings of lacing after each sip.

S- The malts are sugary and sticky-sweet smelling, but there's a good dose of piney, resiny hops in the background. Dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel are also present. The alcohol becomes only slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The malts take center stage here while the moderate hop bitterness balances out the sweetness. The hop profile is on the grapefruity side and the malt backing is sweet and caramely. The finish is dry and leaves a mild bitterness on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- The well-masked 7.2% ABV puts this just past being sessionable, but I could see myself easily enjoying several of these in a row regardless of the moderate alcohol content.

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Poured into an IPA Spiegelau glass from a 22oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with a two finger off-white head. Doesn't leave much lacing. Smells citrusy and piney with caramel notes and a little burnt toast. Taste follows the nose. A nice amount of bitterness. 54 IBU might not seem like a lot but it's just right for this brew. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit in there as well and some malty sweetness. Not a trace of alcohol in this but at 7.8% it's pretty potent. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Not a sticky beer though. Carbonation is great, fits with the style. Overall, a fantastic beer and excellent example of the modern Red Ale. Is it an IPA? Is it a Red? No, it's somewhere in between and I love it just the way it is. Lagunitas never disappoints.

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1 Pint, 6 Fluid Ounces
Bottled on July 5th, 2014
Reviewed on October 4th, 2015
Served in a Lagunitas pint glass (mason jar)

Clear amber body. Good head, a bit off white. Left a good amount of sticky lacing.

Great amount of sweet citric hops. Subtle notes of sweet grains.

Sweet malts and citric hops up front. The hops really gained intensity towards the finish… grapefruit and pine. The alcohol is hidden fairly well, though it breaks through in the finish. Crisp and clean. Surprisingly smooth. Warm finish. Low-moderate carbonation. Medium-full body.

Great hopped-up brew. I have a hard time considering this one a Red Ale… definitely held more characteristics of a Strong Ale… nonetheless, it is a good brew.

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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,296 ratings
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