Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a nice frothy, 3-finger white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid lace.

S: Extremely hoppy aroma with hints of malt in the background.

T: Very bitter and hoppy with a great malt background and finishes on the dry side.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer kicks ass. Nice and hoppy and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, crystal clear, cranberry copper. Thin shell of white head. Low retention and lace.

S - Relatively light. Caramel and fruity malt. Touch of booze.

T - Bright opening of woody hop bitters. Molasses and malt center. Dry, semi-tart hop resin finish.

M - Quick, medium body. Bright carbonation.

O - A solid IRA.

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Photo of William123
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle picked up from who knows where

A - A deep amber, with a finger of head, and nice sticky lace all over the top of the beer. Light sediment floating around.

S - Sweet molasses and fruity, lots of hops

T - Huge malt up front, and a huge hoppy kick at the end. So well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

O - An excellent imperial red. Such an amazing beer to find in a 6 pack for a reasonable price. I will be looking to buy it again soon!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2009 that I forgot in my cellar for a while. Let's see how it is with some age. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, slightly hazy orange-brown body under a dense inch of sticky tan foam. Attractive.

S: Mmm. Lovely Barleywine-lite. Toffee, fruitcake, and a lovely touch of spicy hoppiness. Only the faintest hint of pleasant sherry-like oxidation. Really, really nice.

T: Raisins, caramel, walnuts, sherry, and plum all share equal prominence on the front and middle, with ample bitterness, spicy hops, and a faint hint of alcohol closing things out. Delicious.

M: Medium-to-full body with plenty of light, spritzy carbonation. Nice.

O: I was really, really pleasantly surprised by how well this one developed considering its moderate ABV. Tasty stuff.


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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nice red amber color with an off white foamy head with great retention
S-caramel, pine, brown sugar
T-the caramel and malt sweetness are up front followed by the pine bitterness and finishes with more caramel in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-well balanced and flavorful. A really nice imperial red that remains drinnkable

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of matjack85
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this squatty 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. No freshness date, but the website says they were released in January and this is August, so I'm assuming my bottle is around 8-9 months old.

The beer poured a clear red/amber color but only produced a half finger of off-white head that didn't last very long, but despite the lack of head, there was still a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Very fruity smell with pine hops and caramel malt aromas.

More hoppy than malty flavor, but still nicely balanced. Caramel malt, a kiss of honey, and a pineapple fruit flavor all lie underneath the dominating piny, citrus, and oily hops. There is also a bit of alcoholic flavor in the finish.

Medium body with fairly high carbonation. Finish leans towards the dry end.

Not a bad effort from a really good brewery.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,296 ratings.
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