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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Reviews: 887 | Ratings: 2,717
Photo of sinistrsam
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue (duh), with a small white head and good retention. Excellent delicate, fluffy lacing.
The smell was sweet and piney, with hints of honey, floral hops, brown sugar and smoke? Suprised me too. But it certainly gets better as it warms.
As does the taste, which started off much like my old friend IPA. Cream and honey, bitter and floral hops round things out. Very well-balanced.
The motuhfeel was interesting; it gradually built from mild to sweet to semi-sweet and finally finished clean, bitter and refreshing.
I could have a few of these and discover something new each time. Very drinkable and overall a great beer.

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Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a ruby/copper/tan body with a small white head.

Nose has a rich fruity malt and hop smell. Caramel, toffee, mild citrus hops but much fruitier and without the bite. Almost a caramel dipped apple sort of smell.

Taste is rich with a medium body. Rich caramel and a liquid toffee candy flavor. Some floral and mild citrus hop tones. Hop bitterness is very present from beginning to end reminding that this is no beer light on the bitterness. A muted citrus peel bitterness and hop taste. Ends with a mild aspirin type chalky bitterness.

Not a bad beer, I'm not crazy about it, but it would be a very nice session ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sammy: Poured a deep copper color ale with small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of deep caramel malt with some very subtle hops. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt with very little hops presence that I could detect. Body is a bit thin and alcohol is well hidden. A bit weak overall and definitely lacking character to make this worthwhile.

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

12oz single, $1.49, Woodman's

appearance: stubby bottle poured into a chalice, clear orange-copper colour, bubbly white head forms leaving a nice lace around the rim

smell: sweet and malty, sweet red apple, lightly metallic, sweet caramel, toffee, light alcohol comes through, grainy

taste: I dont know what to say about this thing...the taste is metallic driven for me, which I dont care for....sweet caramel and apple flavours, light grain, toasted malt, syrupy, light pine...various other dark fruits. Decent but no reason to ever purchase again

mouthfeel: medium body, syrupy

drinkabilty: above average

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Photo of Freshie
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Read about this one, and it's sorted past, on the forum while back, so when I saw it I picked it up.

Poured a nice deep amber.copper color with decent frothy head.

Smell is sweet and citrusy

The taste is malted grain at first with some roasted flavours, that gives way to a sweeter caramel/toffee flavour and some fruit. Pretty strong in flavour.

The taste is a bit of a smack in the mouth, which I think would be better suited to a fall or winter release. A bit heavy for the spring and early summer. At least thats how my taste buds react to it. Maybe a further review in the fall would make me think differently?

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Photo of nlmartin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep clear coppery amber coloration. The beer nearly boils with carbonation. The head is thick and creamy. The head has major staying power.

Smell: The beer has nice citrus and pine hoppy smells. The beer has a nice caramel malty backbone.

Taste: The beer has plenty of pine and citrus flavors. The caramel maltyness shines in the middle of the taste. The after taste is kind of toasty and pleasant.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a creamy and smooth medium body. The beer is pretty dam drinkable overall. I enjoyed this beer alot and will have it on another occasion.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark copper color that is partly cloudy.Fluffy 1 1/2" white head with excellent retent.

S- toasted malts, grainy hops, earthy aromas, and sweet scents as well.

T- toasted malt flavors with sour bitter grain after taste. Middle is earthy yet sweet with a caramel taste. The hop flavor becomes less evident as the brew warms, allowing the malt flavors to satnd out.

M- syrupy yet smooth. has a great body.

D- Very unique. Sweet at times, bitter st times, but balanced enough to not let one or the other take over. Worth a try no doubt, but probably wont be stocking my frdige with it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright red and orange, slight brown color with a medium cream white head and a solid ring of retention. Nose is very soft. Caramel is dominant with other sweet things...molasses, syrupy, oily and small bits of fruity + floral, grassy hops and spice. You have to search for anything beyond the sweet caramel though. First thing that hits the tongue is a bite of carbonation, then the various sweet flavors hit. Tastes of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and nicely spiced with some pepper among others. Some nice citric and piney resinous hops balance the sweet malts in the taste. The sort of high carbonation is pleasantly complimentary as well. Taste is definitely a step up from the nose for me. (I've let it warm too). Mouth has nice medium to almost full body. Creamy, smooth, soft and resinous textures leave the mouth happy.

I wish the smell had more for me but the taste and mouthfeel make it worthwhile.

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Photo of flood
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really like this brew - not sure what a copper ale is but for such a strong ABV it is pretty tame - kind of dangerous actually - smooth and slightly caramel - you don't much notice until the tang at the end. Like other copper ales I have tried it is kinda of like an old house's tap water but without the deadly metals...both Lagunitas brews I have tried are excellent.

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Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark amber. Thin but creamy head, with a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

Wow, this one smells good. Very strong and sweet. Strong caramel scent nicely balanced by the bitter hops. Slight citrus scent as well.

Sweet caramel/molasses and malty toffee, with a strong hoppy aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, and very creamy. This beer is VERY smooth.

This is nearly 8%? I can't tell... The aftertaste is the only thing that's keeping me from giving the drinkability a 5. Very smooth, not too heavy, and the alcohol is high, but I really can't tell from the taste. This is one of the better beers I've tried. Would definitely recommend to anyone..

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Censored - loved the label and the story behind the beer. Apparently, the Liquor Control Board disallowed the name "The Kronic," so Lagunitas, sent the same name with "Censored" defacing the old label. Sure enough, it was approved and now we have this great name!

Appearance - amberish/copper color; creamy head atop the body.

Smell - hoppy aroma with a little pine and citrus to it.

Taste - flavors are great. lots of malt and a little hops to it. very good on the palate!

Drinability - of course! lots of it. it was great!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours copper with a thin off white head that disappears almost immediately.

S - Sweet malt, caramel. Some citrus, piney hops linger in the background. Nice aroma but it is somewhat faint. I had to really stick my nose in the glass to get a good whiff.

T - Nice balance of malt and hops. Sweet caramel and citrus piney hops again.

M - Thin and slightly creamy. The alcohol is completely hidden on this one.

D - This one could be an everyday drinker if it wasn't for the 7.7% ABV. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours with a very pretty amber color, quite clear, with little head. Aroma is a bit hoppy, with some apple esters and malt spiciness that adds up to a slightly ciderish character. A touch of bitterness up front, with smooth malts taking over before the hops kick in. The mid-palate has a bit of nickel, and the finish is bitter and grainy. All of this is pulled off with tremendous smoothness, especially for a beer with this much alcohol and hop character. Quite a nice sessionish, high alcohol brew.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy copper color. Off white head that is thin and disappears quick. Seemingly bursting with juicy hop aroma, piney, citrusy and floral. Very nice caramel like flavor, which seems to fit well, as it is not overwhelming but very flavorful. Hops seemed restrained compared to the aroma, however some piney flavors shine through. Low carbonation and medium in body. This is very enjoyable. Great malt flavor that stops short of being cloying, along with a great hop aroma and just anough bitterness to keep things in check. Very nice work.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into a pint glass a nice copper color, obviously that's why Lagunitas calls it a rich copper ale. It also has an amber color to it when I hold it up to a light. Not much head to it at all, though. Smells a little hoppy for the most part. It has the floral/hoppy taste at first, but then it has a sweet caramel aftertaste to it. I wasn't expecting that at all. It's on the thin side, with a bit of oilyness as well. It does go down easy. It's a decent beer, although it's not something I would drink all the time (but I would drink it again). However, it is good enough for me to want to try other Lagunitas beers, since this is the first beer of theirs I've tried.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Randomly spotted this one on the shelf the other day and probably wouldn't have noticed it except for the post I read regarding the infamous title of this beer. First impression is wow this could be my new session beer, second impression holy sh!t 7.7% where did they hide it. Appearance is a dark copper with an easy inch of foamy white head, not much in the smell department. Taste and mouthfeel are both great with this one , super malty and smooth, I could probably drink a six pack in an afternoon while watching the red sox.

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Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rusted copper. Some red entertwines when held too light. Very little head yeat a bada pour by hte bartender. Some spotty lacing.

Nose is tough to grasp. Sweet smells of apricot, malt, little hop, apple and pear.

Big malt bomb! Toffee, big and buttery toasted bread. Great hop balance. Long long finish. Would be a great session beer if not for the alcohol.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the copper ale that got everyone's panties in a bunch up in Petaluma. Let's see if it was worth the hassle. Pours a nice amber-copper color, clearish, with a thick, rocky, slightly yellow head that tells me a lot of malt went into this beer. Alrighty. Smell is cool, jelly-bean-sweet, and a little American hoppy. Kind of a typical amber ale taste, with a slightly sweet body, moderate bitterness, and stiff dose of hop flavor... still, very well done over all. Light toasty flavors start the sip and are followed up by clean citrusy hops; body is solid but not heavy. This is not one of those bash-you-over-the-head Lagunitas beers; they're going for drinkability here, and they've done it. Surprisingly sippable for nearly 8% abv. I'd better not have 2, but I'd like to.

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

Copper with large creamy head and lace in glass. Noticeably hoppy aroma, with sweetness: toffee, maybe sugar. Body is thinish. Hoppy taste with grapefruit at finish and drying aftertaste. Not offensive, but unsatisfying a I find Irish style oft to be, and in this you get hit with a lot of alcohol, limiting consumption of further beer.

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Photo of SethB2
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours a deep copper color, just like the label says. It is also transparent with a small head and a little lacing. Smell is almost entirely sweet malts, in my opinion. Candy sweet smell with a very, very slight hop presence. The taste reveals a better hop profile and the malts are not as sweet as they were on the nose. There is a very distict toasted quality too. Mouthfeel is meduim and smooth. Drinkablity is also not bad.

Overall, this is a decent beer. I'm not sure I agree with the ASA classification though. To me, this seems like an Amber. Not that it matters much.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey-yellow topped with a thin, greyish-white head. Retention is labored, as the head just manages to hang on post pour. Lacing is relatively weak.

Smell: Caramel malts, floral hops, a bit yeasty, and emitting aromas of peach. Perhaps some brown sugar, but in any case, sweet-smelling.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front, followed up with a mellow, malty bread character. The peach is still there without question, as is the brown sugar. A sweet beer for sure, but still cool and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sticky. The carbonation is strong, and the finish is pretty clean. Somewhat drying on the palate.

Drinkability: A strong attribute of this beer. Goes down easy, and supplies a lot of flavor. Lives up to the billing of "rich." I'm pretty pleased with the experience.

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

Pours a deep but clear copper red with a finer of off-white head that quickly subsides to a spotty cap, leaving some scattered lacing behind. Nose is subdued but nice, a caramel and nutty malt with a spicy hop note. Taste is a nice bready and yeasty malt, light caramel, some spicey hops, and finishes with a lingering sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol. Pretty nice tasting beer, a little on the thin side though, but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of nickg902
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fan of some other Lagunitas offerings so I figured I'd give this a try.

A: Pourse a deep red/copper color with little to no head and no lacing. Very low carbonation and somewhat cloudy.

S; First impression is of carmel with a faint hint of citrus. The aroma is not very pronounced, but a little sweet smelling

T: First taste that hits the palate is of carmel and sweet malts. As you continue to drink, a mild hop bitterness starts to show and remians only for a short while. There is little to no hop aftertaste, but some metallic undertones remain (hope its just from the bottle)

M: Little carbonation, smooth, perhaps a little watery

D: Easily drinkable as nothing overpowers. Beer that I could easily have 2 or 3 at and not be bothered by the flavors.

Not the best Lagunitas product. Not very complex and doesnt have the same hoppy kick as other strong ales I have had, quite mild and easily drinkable though. Possibly would buy again, but Id stick with the stronger hopped American strong ales.

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Photo of trep
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me so much of the esteemed arrogant bastard.

Looks awesome. Deep, rich golden brown with a creamy white head. Dissipates to leave beautiful lacing.

Sweet juicy hops in the nose, however not dominant. Light malt backbone and alcohol presence.

Very malty tasting. Sweet caramel malts with very little hop flavor surprisingly. A little hop bitterness but not much. Sugary tasting almost like a Nukey Brown. Alcohol isn't present at all.

Very nice mouthfeel. Almost perfectly in balance with the rest of the beer. A bit oily feeling as it coats your mouth.

Pretty drinkable considering the 7.something% abv.

A solid beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of akahn
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color (as the six-pack carrier jokes, this beer is called a copper ale because of its color, not because it's brewed with copper, heh) into my glass with a slightly off-white big-bubbled head. Lasts as a thin skim, leaving mountainous lace behind.

At first a sharp hoppy aroma, followed by pale and caramel malt. A nice, mellow aroma, reminiscent of Fuller's ESB.

Taste is mildly sweet and malty, also reminding me of an ESB, maybe a bit less hoppy. Hops show up in the finish, giving a slightly dry exhale.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and round. Carbonation is unusually mild. Drinkability is extremely high; this beer went down quick. Watch out for the ABV, though!

So, this used to be called The Kronic and the authorities complained? Or what?

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