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Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a medium amber / copper tone while yielding and finger and a half od frothy off-white head; modest retention and lacing. nose is fairly aromatic, delivering notes of pine, citrus (notably grapefruit), and some tropical characters.

flavor follows well with a strong hoppy citric/pine presence flanked by secondary notes of tropical fruit and some balancing malt. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall another winner from lagunitas, a brewery that continues to impress with fantastic yet reasonably priced beer and widespread distribution. this one wasn't my favorite from them but very good nonetheless. keep 'em comin'!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice copper color with a finger of off-white head.

S - Has that classic Lagunitas aroma, incorporating pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop aromas. Sweet caramel malt.

T - Sweet and bitter attempt to balance each other, but the beer ends up too hoppy for a red ale. Needs to show better balance. Grainy, toasted, caramel, sweeter citrus, bitterness, brown bread.

M - Medium in body, a bit lingeringly sticky. Overall it works well for what the beer is trying to be.

O - I don't like it all that much. Unbalanced and just unnecessary. It isn't undrinkable, but I won't buy it again.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy ruby, one finger of tan head retained at a thin covering with some lacing
S - molasses and candied fruit, herbs and fresh grass, with a mild booziness
T - toffee and molasses malt, light cherry, strong pine and grass hop notes, finishing with a alcohol spice and sweetness
M - medium to big body, creamy and full, finishes sticky and bitter
O - a well done big amber, both big and balanced in flavour, Lagunitas delivers as usual

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

12oz Bottle from Potsdam IGA NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops/resin, malts, and caramel/brown sugar. There is also a some grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. It ends with a malty lip smacking sugary sweet aftertaste and quite a bit of a hop bitterness.

Overall - Just a notch or 2 behind nugget nectar in my books. I think I've enjoyed every Lagunita's beer I've ever had and this one is no different. Worth picking up for sure. I just wish they made their bottling dates a little easier to find.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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