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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
35 IBU

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Photo of Chasegator
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- pours an Amber color with off white head
Smell- caramel and malt.
Taste- more of the same. Caramel, malt and bread. Very sweet
Feel- medium to thick
Overall- good beer. Sweet malts and caramel flavor make for a good amber ale.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I LOVE Laguniats, but this is the first beer I've had by them that I did not particularly care for. It had a very odd flavor that I can't quite place. Not that this isn't a good beer by any means, but it just isn't for me.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Crimson/copper body with faint off white head

Smell - caramel, cherry, malts

Taste - caramel, bread, tea, malty

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, slight caramel sweetness on this

Overall - decent amber ale here

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brings out the reddish amber ale color scheme to fit the bill style wise. Good clarity, reeks of caramel and copper stuff.

Slightly boozy, already doesn't do what most of the hoppy offerings from Lagunitas does. Furthermore, this one really hits up the brassy coppery hop mouth feel, while hitting the caramel by the truckload red ale vibe. Significant bitterness. Originally named Chronic, I guess this is also pretty similar to Pizza Port's Carlsbad Chronic. Which I guess I do need to point out, this is better than your average red ale, I just have really high expectations with Lagunitas.

If you like C hoppy reds, I would recommend it, but at the same time, this isn't even their best hoppy red ale. But it does come in the 6 pack format so it has that going for it unlike Lucky 13 (as far as I'm aware).

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Photo of fscottkey
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (6.7%) it also has a date code that translates to 07/10/16. Seriosly... Julian date guys? The beer has 1/2 finger of off white head with fair retention. The beer is a nice caramel color.

S: [2.75] There are no strong scents. Maybe some brown bread.

T: [3.25] Follows the nose. Very mild flavoring. Some caramel and brown bread. A dusting of hoppiness on the finish. The flavor does intensify as it warms up a bit.

M: [3.50] Average body and slightly above average carbonation. Nothing lingering too long on the finish.

O: [3.25] Underwhelmed bu not turned off. If has nothing to make me seek it out but nothing to make me stop drinking it. This is a "meh" beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper with piles of honeycombed ecru foam. 4
Orange rind, caramel chews, + a surprise bit of pencil erasers. 3.75
Toffee on crispbread, some banana taffy, a bit of tin, then middling grass, herbal + lemon peel hops. 3.5
Almost medium, some chew, round. 3.75

This sat or got warm or… something. “197” dating code is July, so this is actually pretty fresh, but there are some odd fruity esters popping out that I’m not expecting in anything Lagunitas. That pineappley house yeast playing tricks with crystal malts? I don’t know but - along with being underhopped + a bit thin - this is totally falling flat for me.

Mr Magee, please report to the Heineken QC Dept. immediately. 3.25

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am really beginning to believe that this brewer can do no wrong...

From the bottle into a pint glass the beer pours a slightly reddish color with very good head that sticks around along with distinctive lacing all the way down the glass. The smell has hints of caramel which mix well with the hops and it's just a simple scent, but appealing, on the nose. The mouthfeel at first is very carbonated but it has a smooth almost watery finish that most times I wouldn't like, but in this instance seems to work (at least for me.) The taste was mostly ale with some spicy notes I couldn't quite pull out, so overall I find it a solid and very good brew. Lagunitas just continues to show me why they are so hyped...

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Red amber colored body floating a persistent 1in whitish head.
Aromas include malt and stone fruit, and is that cardamum?
Flavors are all malt with some slight caramel and a late bitter taste.
Feel leans heavy, full, but not creamy.
A very nice red.

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Photo of laketang
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz. bottle
rich copper hue with medium bubble head
tiny bit of carbonation
subdued notes of a bit of farmyard, estery hop notes.
balanced hops with sweetness from malts.
thin mouthfeel, creamy and smooth

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Photo of AleMan66
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It does pour a copper color, but cloudy. A one finger white head quickly dissipated. The smell is yeasty and malty, much like the worts i made when I home brewed. What's unusual, to me, is the lack of hops; something unusual for this brewer. I like it! It doesn't have that staple Lagunitas flavor that seems to run through all their beers.

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Photo of Albianfire
1.46/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Look- pours with a copper hue and 1 finger head dissipating quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. The particulate matter (oh my!) I wish I could post a pic here. Looks like when you feed aquarium fish! Seriously, for a professional brewery there is no legitimate reason not to filter a copper ale. This is where the majority of the points are lost for me. I have to go into it reminding myself that it won't hurt me to drink it. So, here goes. . .

Smell- some Carmel malt. Nothing else.

Taste- Hmm . . . Sour, is this a bad bottle I wonder? Malt backbone is there but the sourness or possibly the hop bite kills it. I'm half way through and will be a struggle to finish. There are some Busch Signature Copper Lager series in the fridge from marinating some ribs. And, THEY, are calling my name over this stuff.

Mouthfeel- light with moderate carbonation. No issues for me here.

Overall- I may try one more in the future to see if this was a bad bottle. I generally like what Lagunitas puts out and appreciate their hops profile. But, this falls wayyy short of the mark.

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Photo of twage04
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep gold, not really anything approaching copper or amber. Aroma is a vegetal thing with flavor being the same. Wholly forgetable and unremarkable. Kinda reminded me of undercover shutdown strong ale but I'm not entirely sure how. I drank it and it wasn't offensive to the senses or anything but a little disappointing.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as ambers go this is leans more on the hoppy side. Not overly bitter but not a super sweet. Aroma is very bready, some butterscotch for sure, almost smells like a big lager - I wonder if they used lager style yeast for this one? Carbonation is about right. Mouth feel is real nice, a bit creamy but definitely not overly carbed. Taste is very malty on the front end, bright/sweet hop finish. This might be a good gateway beer for those who are trying to ease into the IPA craze. Overall a great beer although not sure it's a true amber due to the bittering hops.

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Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a copper color with a large white head. The aroma is malt and sugary sweetness with fruit. The taste is very fruity with caramel malt. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/12/2016. Body is clear, a duller amber orange, copper color with slow streaming carbonation floating towards a rocky off-white head. The smell is very atypical of Lagunitas, much more malt forward but the hops are certainly there, fighting to keep a balance. Caramel malt sweetness, clover honey, fresh baked bread, yeast fruitiness, and the hops contribute a spicy earthiness like black tea, some citrus, and pine. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium, nicely carbonated, pleasantly easy drinking, and has a clean, sweet finish. The taste follows the aroma with its sweet breadiness, caramel, toasted grains, slight oakiness, floral hops, and citrus. This has been one of the only widely distributed Lagunitas beers that I have had yet to try.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, code 301 5 2 - poured into a teku)

L: beautifully crystal clear, except for some speck-y sediment that made it in - kept out most of it... amber color liquid, slight tinge of red... wonderful, bouncy tuft of creme-colored spongy suds... foam falls, but stays rocky, sticking in clumps around the glass... very pretty

S: soft, fleshy sweet orange peel-y hops... hard candy, of a generic red berry fruit... hint of mildly-crystal-ed malt, only a passing whisper of cereal graininess... overall intensity moderate... no overt booze

T: unexpected depth in vibrancy and sustain to the hops - their copious resins supported by a subtly supple-y-sweet syrupy malt combine to create a sort of fruit n' honey hard candy flecked with shards of lemon zest... watch for the swift, smooth sweep of malt in the finish underneath the glowing green-yellow above

F: curvature, for certain, but disgustingly (delectably) light-bodied... creeping, subsonic hum of alcohol... deadly drinkability, period

O: could use a smidge more balance with the malt, but that ain't what they does... really a love or hate thing with these guys, but they hit a grand slam on this one - or maybe a 6-run dinger, as in, I will buy a six pack of this... harharhar..... har

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color, with moderate-to-high visible carbonation.

Strong smell of toasted malts and hops. In addition, there's also herbal flavors, and a biscuit/sweet bread scent emanating from this brew.

Taste is full of grainy malts, floral tones, and subtle citrus. Quite a bit of hops as well. Mouthfeel is quite light, which contrasts the rich taste in an interesting manner. Carbonation is relatively subtle, and texture dry.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear copper pour with a slight chill haze. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nice nose of rich malt (biscuit, caramel) with a slight nuttiness, floral notes and very subtle hints of prunes/dates. As it warms, bready notes become evident.

Nice light medium body that is quite smooth in texture. Normal carbonation level with a subtle middle effervescence and a stronger finish.

The laid back flavor profile is outstanding and quite complex. It begins with rich bready malt that has caramel underneath. The middle delivers the strongest sweetness, which is moderate and well balanced with a very subtle tea like floral bitterness. Tea hop flavor is also present in the middle. After the middle, the flavor takes on a slightly nutty baked bread character that hints at being ever so slightly over baked. As the finish approaches, the dark fruits arrive and assume the forefront - dates initially that flow to prunes. The finish is a slow slightly sweet fade of caramel and prune.

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Photo of matcris
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Darker amber/red, not quite rust colored, clear. Nice steadily rising small bubbles. Poured into a Nonic pint glass, about a finger of khaki head. Pretty good head retention, nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet bready malt, Some dark dried fruit-raisin like. A little nutty, a little black pepper. I want to say just a tiny bit of chocolate.
TASTE: Lots of bready, sweet malt, dark dried fruit. No hop bite or citrus/pine quality, but there is a pretty good balance to the beer. It's not overly sweet and is not really bitter at all...middle of the road
MOUTHFEEL: Very nice, adequate carbonation, medium light body...a little watery but not in a bad way. Very smooth beer that finishes pretty dry.
OVERALL: A decent amber ale, bordering on a light brown ale. Similar to Fat Tire but less obnoxious :)

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Photo of Gajo74
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a copper and amber color with a nice foam head and good lace retention. Aroma is quite sweet with caramel malts prominent. Also, some floral aroma and tea. The taste is equally as sweet and also dominated by caramel malts. However, there is some good balance; modest bittering hops, grapefruit zest, tea leaves. The finish is sweet but becomes drier and more bitter throughout. Medium bodied, almost syrupy and softly carbonated.
Overall a solid, tasty and drinkable offering.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Price Paid : $1.49

Pours a gigantic and fluffy webby head like all signature Lagunitas beers. The body is copper colored as the bottle says, and 60% opaque.

The aroma is of peppermint, and some roasted malts. Can this be right? Agitating the glass brings out some fresh oranges, and a little pith. Faint to nose.

Taste is hoppy, to be expected, but has a wonderful balance of perfectly roasted cereal grains, ending with a squirt of orange and some peel.

Sharp carbonation pricks the tip of the tongue and gradually mellows out into a softer cactus stab as it fades on the palate. Semi-dry and semi-sticky finish.

Overall impressions : Lagunita's makes great beers. I can never see myself buying a six pack of any kind though, as they are almost always sippers and my sippers are stouts. This amber should be imbibed slowly and comfortably. It's a fabulous representation.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copperish color with a 1 finger head.

Smells of toasted malts and a bit floral.

Taste malty and biscuity.

A solid beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Clear amber. Medium foam and retention.
S: Toasted malts. Grassy.
T: Tangerine peels. Slightly grassy. Medium bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Fair.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear copper with a thick white head. Smell is amber malt, very clean. Taste is hoppy, slightly sweet. The feel is well suited for this beer. I continue to come back to the Lagunitas core lineup when I need a break from beer exploration, never disappointing

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Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out with a velvety, creamy head, dark copper color and lots of fine carbonation . Nice malty aroma and Tate with some hop dryness at the finish . Wonderful !

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