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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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22oz bomber split in two standard pint glasses
Notes taken on 08/16/2014

A: Pours a beautiful auburn color body. A true amber that perfectly blends together red and brown tint. Nice clarity to it as well with a thick spongy mass of dark tan head. Stubborn as all get out this one hangs forever leaving the glass a sticky mess full of lacey webs.

S: Super fresh hop aromas carry a resinous punch of pine oils paired with some dank herbal elements, melon fruit, and a bit of tropical spice. I get a fistful of biscuit malt secondary to the hops with some raisin like fruity esters and light alcohol about. This smells ridiculously fresh and chalked full of pungent hops which I am loving!

T: Danky fresh nuggs! This brew boasts a big hop presence with flavors of sappy pine, tropical flowers, grapefruit, and spicy melon all the while cutting through the malt sweetness with an upper level of perceived bitterness. Light toffee and malt biscuit pairs with notes of dried fruit and cocoa in the background. Finish is dry and resinous with the alcohol kept in a good manageable condition. Feeling it with this one. Doing the happy dance.

M: Moderate filling body with ample carbonation to provide a nice bouncy feel on the palate. Upper amounts of hoppy bitters that linger long after the finish. Dry and crisp in the end.

D: This is a solid American Amber and well worth checking out for the price. Great hop flavor with a nice resinous bitter bite and plenty of malt to balance. Lagunitas kills it when I need my hop fix on a budget. This Imperial Red is far better than others priced at twice as much sitting on the shelves. Will be another go to for me no doubt.

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Glad to see this big brute reach Alberta (non)shores. Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown-bronze color with a light stippling of light brown foam. Huge citrus hop nose as expected, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, along with some tropical pineapple and mango, pine needles, black tea bag, caramels. Taste is initially huge huge citrus bloom, followed by a bready/toffee middle section, and ending with some tropical fruit leather and strongly tannic tea bag. Pretty pungent and powerful but not completely overbearing. Little alcohol flavor. Fresh orange juice, brown spices, and raisins winking through. Quite fizzy and this potentiates the spicy resin effect on the tongue. I like that this stays more anchored in toffee/citrus/tea territory as opposed to the tropical realm, although the latter is certainly there. There is considerable sweetness here ... Even the head tastes sweet (said your mom). The aggressive hop regime keeps this in check, however, and the finish is decidedly tannic and bitter with a lingering fruitiness. Wonderful.

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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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