Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale
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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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Ratings: 2,296 |  Reviews: 777
Photo of Proteus93
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice, rich and deep amber with ruby hues. Semi-foamy head that doesn't retain very well, but leaves a full sheet of lace over the beer.

S: An intriguing, full aroma of citrus - particularly fresh grapefruit and tangerine. A little bit of sugary sweetness.

T: A big, hoppy flavour - somewhat pungent. Citrus rind, some resins.

M + D: Big, a bit chewy, and oily. A slippery residue left behind briefly. A decent brew, full of hops flavours... something I'd happily do again. The last half ended up going well with a burger smothered in hot sauce.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a clear dark red with some light visible carbonation. One finger frothy head that left lace a lot of droppy lace.

S- Sweet grapefruit and piney hops, some spice character, sweet bready and caramel malt notes. Very sweet, bitter, and astrigent smelling beer

T- Big astrigent grapefruit, pine, and tropical hop notes. Very sweet and juicy flavor profile. Nice bready and caramel malt backbone. This is a pretty bitter beer.

M- High prickly carbonation on the finish, finishes pretty dry, pretty soft mouthfeel up front

O- This is a great Imperial Red Ale with big hop character and some nice malt to accentuate the hops. Very drinkable for 7.8 ABV. I wish I had more than one bottle.

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Photo of speedvagen
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Coronaeus
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jp32
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown hue with a massive khaki colored fluffy head.

The nose is hoppy and resiny.

The taste is very rich and flavorful. Bitter hops and fruity esters combine to make quite a nice ale here.

The mouthfeel is big, almost chewy. Nice and smooth with just enough carbonation to get by. Reminds me of some of Sierra Nevada's brews.

Drinkability is nice too. High quality beer here, I'd check it out if you see it.

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Photo of deadliest
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of jwinship83
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep ruby colored body with a finger sized off white head thats very sticky.

S- caramel malts, citrusy hops, and not much else.

T- very large helping of citrus and pine hops, espicially on the finish. somewhat sweet upfront. not that balanced, but its still very appealing.

M- rather thick for the style. sticky and well carbonated.

D- big and bold, this beer makes itself known. well worth checking out. the 12oz size makes it easy to have a couple of these without wanting a change, but at just over 8% abv too many would be a problem. the alcohol is well hidden among the massive amounts of hops. ill check this one out again.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer. Lots of strong malt and hop flavors flying all over the place, with a nice spiciness in there as well. This one's named perfectly - a strong, amber beer which is basically exactly as it should be, in terms of taste and aromas. I'd definitely pick this one up again, no questions asked. One of the better Lagunitas beers I've tried (and, quite honestly, they've all been solid so far).

6 pack/$10/De Vinos

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Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Dave1999
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DCon
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 12 FL OZ bottle of this with old staff @ the Wolf in Shrewsbury, MO. Poured from the Normal White Labeled Lagunitas bottle w/ "Imperial REd" on the front into a Stemmed Goblet Glass. Does not have an type of bottled/freshness date.

Aroma- Has a very hopped up nose with a good amount of alcohol strength. Malts define its background and are appropriate.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has good retention. Has a deep copper colored body that has semi-haziness. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a very hop dominant flavor but very sweet at the same time. Light citrus hop flavors and tons of grass. Medum-High Bitterness Level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, A bit gritty with its hop, and leaves tons of sweetness on the palate with American hop mixture.

Overall Impression- I wish this one had more intensity and character... I did give it 4's across the board but for Lagunitas, I expected this one. Wish they would throw out a brew that didn't have the same strength and same blend... Have to say this was a bit above average for them.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Copper in color with a 2 finger light tan head and lacing that remains.

S- Sweet malts, lots of citrus (mainly pineapple and grapefruit).

T- Sweet amber toasted malts with lots of citrus just like the aroma.

M- Medium body and carbonation, has a slight oiliness to it.

O- Another solid beer by Lagunitas. Not sure how this is a strong ale, more of a ipa, but its good either way.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on May 10, 2012. Did not find a date on the bottle.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a poco grande flute glass.

A-Red-amber, bubbly 2 finger head that left great lacing. Carbonation just kept streaming up from the bottom.

S-Pineapple, mango, citrus hop smell. Tropical fruits.

T-Tangy, citrus astringent hop bite up front, nice clean malty finish.

M-Nice amount of hops that coat the tongue.

O-Another great beer from Lagunitas! Reminds me a lot of Troegs Nugget Nectar, which is a winner! Would definitely like to have this one around A LOT.

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Photo of lochef81
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Spreetaper
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 2,296 ratings
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