Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Imperial Red AleImperial 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a rich red brown brew. It holds a two finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving spots and patterns as it goes. Carbonation appears active, and there is a chill haze but no sediment. The aroma shows a nice mix between spicy and caramel malts, with fruity and citric hops. Pineapple, strawberry, and raw honey add sweetness, while a muddy mineral quality comes with warmth adding bitterness. It is bright, with a nice balance. Our first impression is that this beer is sweet at first, but has a very earthy, dirty back. As we sip, bitterness of lemon rind and citric hops start things off. There is a dryness of malts with toast and bitter toffee, while a tannin-like quality keeps things dry. It fights the juiciness and wetness of the hops. The middle peaks with more caramel malts, but they are sweeter here. The grain is rich, with faint chocolates somewhere in the distance, and dirty, metallic grit. The finish is spicy with booze, black pepper, chalky malts, mustard seed, grassy hops, citric hops, and tin. The aftertaste breathes more of the same, with bitterness of rind and earth. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, froth, cream, and smack. The mouth is coated with resiny hop oils, and there is a warm sting to the tongue thanks to the booze. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the citric qualities in both the nose and the taste. It really gave things a fresh, live, and organic quality. We were a bit disappointed that the great fruit from the snout didn’t translate well through the flavoring, but the hops did the trick and made them easy to forget with their juicy, citric, and fruity qualities in and of themselves. This is yet another tasty beer from a great brewery.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with red tints. Small head made of bigger soapy bubbles fades quickly. Crystal clear.
Nice blend of pine and sweet citrus in the aroma.
At different temperatures the flavor changes. First opened and fridge temp the bitter hops are prevalent. As is warms the citrus flavor as well as a caramel malt dominate.
The feel is on the thick side. Low carbonation and a bit oily.
Overall another winner from Lagunitas. They do it right and for a decent price.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in tulip

A - 1" of head, after much prompting. Generous lacing. Dark amber in colour

S - Sugary malt, with pine hops in the background. Delicious.

T - Hard malt backbone, with good amount of hopping. Brown sugar. Could really do well with some oak. Booze is definitely present, not terribly hidden, but quite enjoyable

M - Great. Nice density, medium carbonation.

O - Not too bad. Wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't kick it out.

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

A birthday brew courtesy of my western connection joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, solid red hue, finger of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Loads of sweet caramel, sweet citrus, pine and earthy cedar notes, with a burnt sugar finish.

T - Sweet cotton candy hops flavors, the earthy cedar and pine come through alongside sweet lemon citrus. Solid caramel flavors comes through and lingers with a bittersweet hop flavor.

M - Medium bodied, smooth going down and finishes wet.

O - Solid imperial red with the trademark Lagunitas hop flavor profile. Loads of flavor and super stoked to have gotten a chance to try this brew. The abv is dangerously hidden making this a sneaky treat!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, rich amber colored brew which boasts a creamy, solid two-finger thick yellowish-white head. Chunky and plenty floaters, tons of lacing to go around here too. This is the sort of sticky lace that cakes the side of the glass and would just stay there if left alone. Nice.

Smells oily, resinous pine, citrus, floral, earthy hops and caramel malt.

Big hops, spices, bright fruits - maybe apricot, mango. Nice malt balance, but the hops prevail. Cracker/toasted bread in there as well. Lots of things going on here, but nothing is overdone - great tasting brew. Really another hit for Lagunitas.

Medium bodied, thick hop coating on the tongue. Silky smooth and creamy.

Easy drinking hop delight. Can't believe this is 7.8 abv. Thanks bro for this one. Truly not one to miss. Sadly I have only this one, but I will keep my eye out for this - even though it is a limited release. Unbelievable drinkability in spite of the abv.

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Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,298 ratings