Imperial Red Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale
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Style:
American Imperial Red Ale
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.69%
Reviews:
778
Ratings:
2,300
From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  247
Gots
  324
SCORE
92
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Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale
Notes: 54.2 IBU
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Reviews: 778 | Ratings: 2,300
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from 22oz bottle with decent head, a small amount of which sticks around for the long haul leaving limited lacing in its wake and a pretty red amber colour. I believe that this is a very recent release (bottle claims it is limited, but I can't believe their unlimited relases are unlimited!) which arrived at Fred Meyer within the last week.

Smells both metalllic and herbal with a slight dairy influence.

There is an interesting interplay (actually more of war) here between hops which are leaning citrus and a brown sugar/alcohol flavour (this second element being somewhat reminiscent of the same brewery's Brown Shugga). I couldn't call this well balanced and the alcohol certainly isn't well disguised, but it is certainly an interesting brew, and is definitely worth the $2.69 I paid for it.

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Photo of Troyone
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an iced tea color with a copper hue and has minimal head - carbonation.

Smell has a light to moderate toasted caramel malt aroma with pine grapefruit hops and hints of red licorice.

A moderately sweet and bitter roasted caramel malt with pine grapefruit/lime hops and hints of maple, red licorice, and cola.

Medium bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

Definite session beer for the pros.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

New one from Lagunitas "Imperial Red",
Nice enough to look at deep amber with a nice frothy tan head.
Extremelly hoppy aroma..almost citric in its intensity ( no way is this beer only 40 IBUs as it say on the label.)
The taste is strange its starts off ok..piney/citric like a strong IPA..then it just falls apart into a metallic,sugary mess. weird.
Its ok on the palate to start..and then becomes cloying to the stage of being annoying.
Not great drinkability.
I really dont know what happened to this beer..it has all the ingredients to have been another good Lagunitas beer,but it just fell apart.

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Imperial Red Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2300 ratings