Imperial Red Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale
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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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Poured into an IPA Spiegelau glass from a 22oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with a two finger off-white head. Doesn't leave much lacing. Smells citrusy and piney with caramel notes and a little burnt toast. Taste follows the nose. A nice amount of bitterness. 54 IBU might not seem like a lot but it's just right for this brew. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit in there as well and some malty sweetness. Not a trace of alcohol in this but at 7.8% it's pretty potent. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy. Not a sticky beer though. Carbonation is great, fits with the style. Overall, a fantastic beer and excellent example of the modern Red Ale. Is it an IPA? Is it a Red? No, it's somewhere in between and I love it just the way it is. Lagunitas never disappoints.

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Bottle (no noticeable date)
Pours quite clear auburn-red with a lingering head that provided a modicum of lacing. The nose is of a fairly common Lagunitas pine-woodiness with what I will describe as a cherry-wood type sweetness that I also associate with Lagunitas. With some warmth I get indistinguishable pitted fruit.

The taste starts out English-bitter style [that I describe as] caramel-copper taste. The taste has a classic apple-grape fruit impression that battles and eventually loses to an alcohol-tinged woodiness. The feel is somewhat light initially, but given time, there is a drying effect that might not be typical, but that I notice as quite strong.

I have somewhat unconsciously enjoyed this style for a while, and I can't say this interpretation fails, but the drying nature of this beer battles what I have generally enjoyed about the style I the past.

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