Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale
BA SCORE
4.11/5
2,296 Ratings
Lagunitas Imperial Red AleLagunitas Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
777
Ratings:
2,296
pDev:
9.73%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
322
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,296 |  Reviews: 777
Photo of dug53
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of firkingroovin
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thomseye
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jackjaffar
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of L0ne
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From backlog. 22oz bottle, November 2014.

Have only had a few beers styling themselves as "imperial reds", but if I had to choose a favorite, this would probably be it.

Pours a dark amber, almost mahogany, with a fluffy, off-white head. Sweet bready/caramel malts are highlighted here, with just enough earthy/spicy/piney hops to keep the malts in check. Ultra smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Dr_Demental
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diablo14
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atpca
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of millelacsmark
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DVoors
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twage04
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not as red as expected, cloyingly sweet even by style and laguinitas standards. Hop presence not quite there. A mostly enjoyable beer but it tasted more like an under attenutated amber ale than anything. I'll stick with the other lagunitas offerings.

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Photo of mwvman
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trickynicky
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of conoraugustine
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Raime
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Imperial Red.

One of my favorite styles from one of my favorite easy to find breweries. Fingers crossed on a big hit with this one.

Look - Pours a very dark, nearly impenetrable amber/ruby color with a three finger off-white head that has exceptional retention. Carbonation appears to be on low with this one. Looks quite spot on for the style. Leaves some great lacing. 4.75

Smell - Very toasty on the forefront. Like toasted bread with a dash of raspberry jelly. Smells a touch soapy, and the hops come out to play once the beer warms up a bit. 4.

Taste - Before I get into flavors I'm going to first comment on how smooth this beer is. It's as smooth as a 1970's deep voiced smooth talking black pimp trying to pick up your momma. Usually I'm not a huge fan of malt forward beers, but this one is tasty. Malts everywhere with a balanced hop presence and a dash of sweet candies on the back edge. The well retained ultra creamy head makes this one too much fun and too easy to drink. Gulp after glorious gulp goes down smooth as silk. 4.25

Feel - The mody is heavily creamy as I stated and because of that I have a hard time getting a read on the general body of the beer itself. Carbonation feels light. 5

Overall - All smoothness and creaminess aside, it could have done with a more robust in your face flavor profile. Aside from that short coming, this is one of tge best red ales I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. And at $5.99 a bomber, you will not go wrong picking this guy up. 4.5.

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Photo of JArt
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Clear copper color with a tan head which begins breaking down quickly. Mild aroma with subtle pine, sweetness, and some earthiness. Taste is similar with a heavy malt presence and a little hop bitterness and spiciness. Alcohol is hidden very well and it finishes clean. Pretty smooth with just enough hops to help prevent the malt from being overpowering.

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

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a bronzish red with one finger of off-white head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Pine, caramelized malts, cracker, and some fruit undertones.

T: Pine, earthy hops, rich malts, citrus, rye, barley, and some bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes wet and slightly oily with a kick of bitterness.

O: A very solid and delicious red ale. The nose left a lot to be desired but the taste more then makes up for it. Definitely a re-visitable ale.

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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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