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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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly clear and more bronze than red. A rough pour produces about a finger of fluffy white head that dies off quickly. Very subdued nose, but I do get some grainy cereal notes.

Medium-light body. Firm feel (a bit thin). Not very carbonated. Mild malt up front provides a nice sweet foundation for other flavors in the form of bread, cereal, and caramel. A slightly generous hop bill fleshes it out with rye, cedar, and some lemony notes. No booziness at all. Dry, herbal finish.

An enjoyable, yet unspectacular, example of the style. Solid, balanced, and tasty, but nothing I can't get from a local brewer.

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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 leinie13
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Raime
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a medium copper topped off with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Left no lacing.

S - A toasty nuttiness comes to the forefront along with caramel malts. Sweet candy and dates also come through.

T - Caramel malt and sweet candy up front shortly followed by a bit of sour cherry and toasted nuts.

M - Medium bodied with virtually no carbonation.

O - Overall, It was good, but far from great. Not complex in any way, And more than one or two would quickly get too sweet.

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Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very robust head which seems to want to make me wait. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber that appears medium when held up to the light. Good lacing is left behind.

Nose- Not much from the glass but the bottle shows a bit of caramel mixed with grain. Tiny bit of citrus (I would say lemon) but not something most would catch. I'm not even sure I smell it. But my nose might not be working so well at the moment. Swirling shows a bit of sourness to the grain that is present.

Taste- Starts off with the same lemon of the nose and moves in to a mix of light caramel which is mixed with a light bitterness. Some hints of spice. All of this pretty clean but also pretty boring. At the moment, it seems to lack both complexity and presence. Some malts that taste mostly of grain, cereal, and a receding caramel. Lots of balance but nothing that stands out. Touch of rye probably describes the spice adequately. At times, it flirts with complexity but never really does. This is not a bad beer but it is a safe beer. Touch of wood (pine) at the end. Very sessionable. No heat despite the relaxed profile.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied. At bit thicker than would expect. A little bit of zip at the end but at the lower end of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Otter Creek Copper was one of my first go to beers and I think this is probably even cleaner and more crisp than that beer. Standard Lagunitas prices. Not an amazing beer but I will buy this again. Doesn't hurt that it's almost 7%.

Overall- Above average, almost good beer. I like its accessibility but it is a little boring. It's a drinking beer more than a sipping beer. Worth a try. I know I will keep buying it from time to time.

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

Photo of CNoj012
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a one finger head with decent retention and a clear red color. No date on the bottle.

There is a faint smell but a good smell of biscuity malts. Hop presence is hard to detect and the biscuityness is not too strong. It seems like this will be a tame amber ale.

There is a biscuity maltiness and a slight bit of toastiness. The caramel malts provide a decent sweetness that is cut by some tame hops. This is sort of a straightforward, sessionable amber ale.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the malts are a little creamy. I just take off some points here because the taste isn't quite 4.0.

This is a sessionable amber that I could make a night out of. Give it a try.

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Photo of sliverX
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

presented with a deep copper brown pint with a thick 1/8 head with plenty of lacing
smell is sweet malt with a hint of citrus hops
taste is big and malty but very balanced out with pineapple and citrus hops
mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied
drinkability is absolutely wonderful will be looking for this in bottles

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

Pours a nice looking copper colour with a fairly thick head that leaves a pretty good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is first and foremost sweet: caramel wit ha touch of general candy. There are some piney, forest-like hop notes along with some earthy malt aromas as well.

The flavour hits on the aromas but also brings in a bit more of a floral and/or citrus characteristic. It's nice but a bit too sweet at times. Caramel is definitely still present along with mild earth notes and even a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy at times.

This one wasn't bad but, as mentioned, overly sweet in places. Nothing bad about this one per se, and in fact it's quite good overall, but it does need a bit of restraint in the sweetness area.

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Photo of doucmehu
5/5  rDev +33%

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

Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper, small white head around the edges.

Smells of sweet malt, and a little molasses not a whole lot of aroma on this one.

Tastes like light caramel malty very drinkable beer. Very light hop presence, low to medium mouthfeel and a good overall amber ale. Would be able to put a few of these down and I do not think they would be offensive to the uneducated beer drinker who tends to lear towards budweiser.

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

It pours a slightly hazy coppery amber. A finger of off-white head flattens soon to frothy surface pips. Fingers of lacing trace the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a light air of toasted malt along with a floral hop perfume. A mellow spiciness drifts softly as well, in time with an understated tempo of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the malt is considerably more assertive, flashing toasty sweet and with touches of caramel and distant berry, or maybe cherry. A very casual hop florality and spiciness pairing flits peripherally. The finish is a straightforward march to a dry, lingering bitterness. It's very simple, and quite tasty for that simplicity.

Between light and medium bodied, it manages to lay feathery on the palate in a pillowy coating.

OK, so maybe this won't exactly stand out in a crowd, but it's certainly enjoyable while you're drinking it. It's not the kind of profile that conjures fond memories later on, but the fun is in the here and now. The easy nature and mellow elements, not to mention the well-disguised ABV, make this a pleasure to drink. So if nothing else, I'll remember I like it enough to willingly have it again.

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Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head but a huge amount of floating chunks of yeast. Not at all appealing.
Aroma is big on toffee and caramel notes.
Tastes pretty good. Biscuits and toffee with a nice bitter bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly well carbonated.
Not bad but the floaties were not pleasant. Won't buy again.

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Photo of Lelampp
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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