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

Well, Lagunitas pulled it out on this one. Great beer with a very good flavor. Very nice smell. Not that hoppie, not that sweet. Just an all around good beer. I'd have it on more than one occasion. Kronic is a very good beer. If you are looking for a good Californian beer, with a great flavor and very good all around tast, this is the one.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint. This was bottle #2, as the first one I got at 99bottles had a problem. Flat, lots of floaters.... dumped that one.

A- Rich dark copper color with a 3 finger loose rocky head. Excellent head retention and great lacing. Well above average.

S- Not much nose, improves as it warms. Lots of malt, sweet biscuity and husky.As it warms further a nice spice note is detected.

T- Again, very heavy on the malt, but its smooth and not overpowering. No real hop notes, but it has a nice crispness to it and a light finish, thats actually fairly wet.

M- Average body, carbonation is spot on. Does not thin out on the tongue as it warms. Very sessionable.

O- Well done malty medium bodied ale. Might be the best overall amber I have had.

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Photo of mikechance
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no expectations for this beer. The name and description didn't provide much for me. It pours to a nice amber color and half inch head. I definitely pick up heavy malt scents including caramel and fig. It has a very smooth malty taste. It has just a bitter aftertaste. For a hophead it’s a very good beer but different than my normal style. Another example of why Lagunitas is one of the best, yet underappreciated breweries in America.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was interesting..not qiute what I expected.
Pours out somewhere between "copper" and brick. Fairly clear, with a 1" head that fades quickly to thin lace. First smell is very sweet and malty, floral hops are present, but less than I expected from a Lagunitas brew.
Taste is similarly sweet and quite malty, with some bisquit and wheat toast notes. Nutty (cashew?) flavor is present in the background. Again, hops are present but very mild.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth on the palate. Ideal carbonation level.

It finishes with some bitter hops finally making their presence felt, and it leaves a semi-bitter herbal aftertaste that is pleasant enough. This is definately a sipping beer, not a sessioner. The alcohol creeps up on you pretty fast.

This was interesting, if nothing else. The high ABV , creamy mouthfell and supringly heavy body would makes this a brew worthy of a cool winter night. I'd love to try it with my smoky bacon and potato chowder.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hellooo Hops!

This is a nice beer that hits you with hops right off the bat. The color is a nice partially cloudy reddish/gold color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and floral, very pleasant. Nice hops with a touch of malt, and a lingering hop influenced aftertaste. I can't help but pick the slightest metallic twinge in the flavor and aftertaste, not sure where that could be coming from. Not a bad strong ale at all, definitely worth revisiting but probably not distinguishable enough to stand in the upper echelon of style.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper with a thin head. Roasty malt on the nose, a little chocolate, cherry perhaps. Sweet, but not overpowering. Nice flavor. Malt lingers and dances on your tongue.

Nicely complemented by some Achadinha Capricious aged goat cheese. Makes for a great Petaluma 1-2 punch.

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Photo of gerite
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a nice golden amber with a double finger head that quickly dissipated to a single finger and then died. There was good lacing in-spite of the bad head.

S: Initial smell was sweet and earthy with a slight biscuit aroma.

T: The taste was light and crisp with a little hops, close to a pale ale. I thought there was a slight flowery aftertaste but it may have been the 6.7% ABV.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Well balanced mix of hops and malt.

O: This beer really lives up to it's Copper Ale name. A very balanced and refreshing brew that would be great on a spring or summer day. Just close your eyes and think of an Alpine meadow.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich but somewhat hazy copper/dark amber, with little tan head. Rich malty aroma. I was shocked when I opened this beer, this team is legendary for their hopped up the wazoo beers. Flavor is rich malty sweetness, but the hop bitterness is high enough to keep it from being too sweet. Caramel/toasty malt flavors dominate the flavor profile. Carbonation is actually on the high end of medium. Finishes fairly even for such malty sweetness upfront. Medium mouthfeel. I will end up drinking a BUNCH of this beer...

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

Lagunitas has made a big impression around here with a collection of well-made IPAs (Undercover) and others like this Censored. We had this on draught and enjoyed it a lot. Deep clear copper red in the glass with a modest head. Fairly muted nose. Palate is complex mixture of fruit, malt, caramel, baking spices, no sharp edges or overstatement, but an interesting and rewarding and easy drinking pint.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper-carmel with slightyly disappointing 1 inch head that quickly disapated, left minimal lacing at the top of the glass during the first few sips then nothing.

S - Sweet malty and brown sugar with a carmel and slight hoppy bitterness.

T - Simiple flavors has a buttery smoooth taste that focuses on sweetness that comes form the malts, sweet carmel and maybe butterscotch and a hint of citrus at the end.

M - Med bodied, smooth and clean finish, left a decent lasting after taste.

D - Easy to drink but doesn't stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/coppery/tan with a thin head. Like most of Lagunitas' beer, hops is king. It hits you in the face when you stick your nose into the glass. Notes of citrus and fruit with a light scent of alcohol in the mix. The taste is simple, yet complex. With notes citrus, caramel, and alcohol one would think it too overbearing, yet the hops really help balance out the taste. It's a smooth drinking ale with a great mouthfeel. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Easily my favorite Copper Ale (well, there is Otter Creek too)!

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Has the copper color, beige head that doesn't retain that long.

S: I get a buttery smell, some butterscotch. A bit of malt.

T: Has a very bready malt taste. I get that buttery smell in the aftertaste a little. Grassy hops in the finish, not that strong but noticeable.

M: The mouthfeel is what made this beer weird to me. The carbonation is great, the sip felt fine, it was the aftertaste. Somewhat chewy and oily which is odd for an amber ale.

D: It's drinkable. Not that bad but not one of my favorite amber ales. I like the maltiness of it, but the hop flavor doesn't balance it out.

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Photo of natemort13
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours A golden amber with ruby highlights and a fizzy short head that disappears quickly.

Nose has slight grass with a decent amount of pepper. Amber malt (duh) with a subdued caramel note to it. Hops are very vegetal over the sweetness of the malt.

First sip is crisp and bready with earthy hops. Slight metallic kick to it. Finish drops off a lot and is quite watery with nothing outstanding. Just a very light version of the mid palate. As it warms the sweet malt takes over and the earthy hops stand as a nice contrast.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a stinging carbonation to it.

Overall a decent but pretty unremarkable beer.

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

poured into a snifter, one finger off white head, nice dark amber color.

Smell is of sweet malt, fig, mild hops, a little other dark fruit.

Taste follows aroma except that I sense a little more balance with the hops.

Mouthfeel is average

overall I like reds and will seek out again.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Definitely is a deep copper as the bottle says, pours with a decent tan head that is medium thick and dissipates at a normal rate.

S- Malt, a little toastiness, a little hops, nothing too powerful

T- Lots of malts, both toasted and not toasted, with a decent amount of malt sweetness. A light citrus hop character is detectable.

M- Medium body, medium-high carbonation, very crisp in mouthfeel.

D- Pretty good beer, a good example mix of flavors with hitting both the red and amber aspects of style.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice copper color with a weak head with OK lacing.

S: Toasted malt and light hoppiness.

T: Rich malt flavor and citrus hoppy flavors of grapefruit and orange.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and a warmness.

D: Good beer definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown stubby.

A: Beautiful amber-red, clear brew with a fluffy white head.

S: nicely balanced aromas of sweet malt and hops bitterness.

T&M: I'm biased as a fan of Amber/Red Ales to begin with, so I went in with high hopes and was not disappointed! This is a very tasty, well balanced Amber Ale that goes down smoothly and is quite drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth, with enough hop bite to round out the experience. A very nice brew.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

long lasting off white head atop a amber beer (shock)

aromas wafting from glass are remarkable. this beer smells like dessert. it's loaded with carmelly and toffee aromas. there is also an underlying bright hop not, well integrated and appealing.

on the palate, it is rich and heavy with more intense malty and carmel flavors. the hop note comes back on the finish, delicate but noticeable. the bitterness is never enough to take away from the sheer decadence of this beer. truly delicious.

this finish is perhaps a tad sweet for the average session but as a night cap or even with a rich dessert (think creme breulee) this would be marvellous.

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Photo of Lothar666
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Just as the name implies, this brew has a dark red copper body that is translucent and topped by a creamy white head. Not all that different from many red ales I have seen.

S- Smell is barely present at all; what is noticeable is some sweet malts, grass and metallic notes. There is little else.

T- Taste is better than expected. Sweet malts and sugar up front balanced by a bit of hops in the finish. What almost ruins it is the copper penny aftertaste that sets in a few seconds later, though even this becomes quite tolerable after a few sips, and the rich malts become more complex with each sip.

M- Full bodied, smooth and very rich and creamy. The translucent body is very deceptive in this regard, leading me to believe this would be a thin gulping beer, the kind one can only tolerate ice cold. Not so. A very pleasant surprise.

D- For what it is worth, this one goes down very easy and the fairly low ABV makes this a good one to enjoy while cooking, doing homework or working on the house.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I can see why they call this the kronic.

A: Poured into a stange glass it created a luminous light bronze.

S: Slight sensation of charcoal mixed with plum.

T: An almond-y full bodied flavor with some fruit and noticeable hops.

M: Very creamy and full. Just enough bitterness

D: Delicious fulfilling beer, a good first exposure to amber ale.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice clear amber color, not cloudy or dark at all.

The smell is pleasant. It has a balanced combination of malt, sugar, and barley. Literally, every scent is present.

The taste is, of course, directly related to the smell. The malt is in the forefront of the flavor but is quickly balanced by a a sweet aroma that is like brown sugar and and caramel at the same time.

The mouthfeel is nice. I am drinking these in February but wouldn't be unhappy drinking them in July. This beer is smooth, I think because of the sweetness. At 6.75% the beer isn't light but also isn't too heavy, which is why it would still be drinkable in the hotter seasons.

Overall the beer has a great balance of flavor, sweetness, density, and alcohol content. It seems like the kind of brew that you could drink all night. Good beer!

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Photo of iBeer16
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A: pours a nice coppery color with about 1 finger white head t when dissipates leaves nice lacing around the glass.

S: very earthy aroma, mostly sweet malts.

T: Very light flavor, mostly bread like flavor. A sweet malty flavor with a slight presence of hops toward the end of the drink.

M: highly carbonated. Great body. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, does not compare to the rest of lagunitas line up. Easy to drink, some flavor but nothing stands out. Not very impressive but not bad at the same time.

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

Orange-red brew with a generous creamy head. The head is dissipating slowly. I smell malt, spicy and floral hops, and some bread-like yeast. So far, very nice. Bread and malt is definitely in the taste, along with a prevalent hop bitterness and spiciness. While the bitterness is quite forward, its not elbowing out the other qualities in the taste. This beer also has a nice medium mouth feel.

Overall this is a nice balanced beer with a lot of good things going on. This one can easily become a regular with me.

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Photo of uberabr
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured well from a 12oz bottle into a tulip, filling the glass perfectly with a one finger head up top that settles quickly. Appearance is clear and color is a deep amber with a sparkling golden gue. Good carbonation. Smell is moderate but nice, fruity and sweet like sugar candy.

Taste is a pine hop followed by bitter woodsy aftertaste. It has a mild sweet maltyness of honey and brown sugar. The subtle fruity malt complements the sweetness and hops well, making a superbly well rounded and drinakble brew. Mouthfeel is excellent as well: full, satisfying and clean without being overly watery. A very pleasant brew all around, another great California ale from Lagunitas.

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Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper look with a small head

Smell: Sweet malty smell with hints of hops and a slight biscuit smell

Taste: Malt sweetness balances out the hop bitterness nicely

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink more than one of these

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