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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of schoolcb
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +14.1%
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 -3.2%
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%
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 +0.3%
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 -3.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.6%
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 AleMan66
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Kakaraht
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +17.5%
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 +16.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +10.9%
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 +11.4%
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 -7.2%
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 +14.1%
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 +10.3%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of Serge
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color; creamy head. Simple aroma, with some caramel, brown sugar, fennel; at times perfumy (I guess they are by-products of the fermentation). Good body strength, huge caramel flavor, a bit dry, some toffee. The hopping is both bold and also lightly aromatic. Simple but enjoyable.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 Soilworker
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Smell: Aroma is quite earthy with strong notes of sweet bread, ripe fruit, honey and caramel.

Taste: Compliments the nose quite well. Strong notes of freshly baked bread and sweet yeast. Syrupy sweet taste come through in the background.

Mouthfeel: Heavy amount of carbonation and slight dryness come through.

Drinkability: Overall this was a very malty beer with little presence of hops. I greatly enjoyed the balance of baked bread and caramel in the taste. Very good representation of an amber ale in my opinion.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a clear deep amber (copper) color with a 1 finger light tan foamy head. Nice lacing.

Decent aroma of predominantly malts with hoppy notes.

Sweet malty flavor with hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes also stands out. Balance is decent, but a little too malty for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, but over all decent. Carbonation is nice and fairly smooth.

I liked this, but the malty flavor caught up to me.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper hue with a light, off white head that settles quickly. Smell is much more bold than I would have though. Very sweet and caramelly malty. Smells highly of alcohol. Beer is thick, and definitely was sweet, but i dont think it holds up to the smell. Less bold than I predicted. The ops are subdoed, but come poking out arbitrarily in the flavor, making for an overall nice herterogenous mixture. Taste is finished off by a grapefruit like, citric acidity, which I dont believe fits very well with the rest of the beer. Overall, I'm quite pleased, but mostly with the smell.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour, there was great color and clarity. It had a nice golden color with a hint of red. The head on it was pretty good. The smell was rich with honey, hops and little citrusy. The flavor lingers for a while. I would recommend this beer on a warm summer day out by the pool. It is very refreshing and full-bodied.

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