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Brewed by:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of mscudder
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours amber with a small light head. Nothing too special going on here.

S - Very soft on the nose. The most prominent aroma is of some warm biscuits followed by a bit of sweetness. Behind this there are some earthy scents; some yeast and a minimal amount of caramel.

T - A bit of everything here, all in subtle, conservative quantities. A bit of apple sweetness, some light hop bitterness, and even some malts to make it more complex. The end of the brew has some notes of toffee and tea, which I find very nice and make this highly drinkable. For a red, this is just a damn good beer.

M - At first this presents itself with a fairly large creamy body, but it dissipates quite quickly. Leaves a milky-like feeling behind. Carbonation is pretty good, enhancing the beer with a little extra pop.

O - For the style, Lagunitas has produced yet another fine beer. The ABV is beautifully hidden. This is among the best in the style, and while subtle, this beer certainly is worth some attention. Its complexity is unique and when you are seeking a light, non-lager for the evening, I cannot see one going wrong with a few of these.

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Photo of harrymel
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled last week of January
Pours amber with an etched mirror surface and excellent clarity. Smells richly of malts, toffee, caramel and hints of tea. Herbal hops are subtle and pleasant. Flavor follows through with an herbal, sweet malt profile. Hints of tea and toffee - nice flavor for an amber, one of the better I've had. medium bodied with average carb on the style. Really a great amber ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a very slight amber hue. A nice bumpy head that leaves behind a wall of lacing. Neat.

S: Caramel wrapped malts, lightly sweet. Somewhat mild.

T: Slightly hoppy, a little bitter. A little fruit - a little apple.

M: Smooth and milky at first followed by very nice prickly carbonation. Nice medium body.

O: Hard to go wrong with Lagunitas. Though this isn't as good as some of the others I've had, it's still better than most ambers on the market. I only wish I knew what was behind the "CENSORED" label.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper hue with a big, billowing head; lacing is good

S: Sweet and malty: biscuits, toast, grains, grasss, hay, even some earthy barnyard aromas; interesting malty, grainy presence

T: Slightly sweet and malty but a grainy, bready, musty, malt presence is at the core; there is also some tea leaves and subtle toffee and caramel on the finish

F: Medium, creamy body with great, even mouthfeel

O: A complex malty, rich, yet drinkable beer; fairly high alcohol for the style but masked well

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium copper color (who would've guessed?) with a 1/4 inch head that bears little retention before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and faint spots of surface foam. Full ring of lacing.

S- What's this? There isn't the in-your-face hop aroma Lagunitas usually brandishes. This is decidedly more malty and sweet with a toasty backbone.

T- This drinks more like a semi-hoppy pale ale than a red ale. Hop bitterness is more of an afterthought with biscuit-like malts being the main attraction. Very smooth for an alleged 6.75% ABV.

M- Very crisp and refreshing with some prickle from the little bit of hops. Medium carbonation.

O- Lagunitas can even produce a great session beer proving there's just about nothing these guys can't do.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish, Orangish, Copper Hue. I did not manage to leave the thick smegma that floating at the bottom... not very floculant I suppose. Very little head.

S: Mostly honey, hints of orange and coriander. On the far edge some light hints of chocolate.

T: Malty. Slight mineral/metallic (copper... duh?). Low to moderate hops. Some caramel/toffee.

M: Medium body, light/medium carbonation. Mellow lingering bitterness, but also lingering sweetness, although not cloyingly so.

O: A good choice when you're in the malty mood. Not sure what's going on with the smegma. bottle to bottle it can make a difference how well you are able to keep it out of your pour. Without the smegma, it has a bit more orange peel. With the smegma, it is a bit more brown sugar and bitter all at once.

Not sure on the freshness though, we must be honest.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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