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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by unklesyd on 08-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 243
Photo of RoyalT
2.14/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – This DIPA poured a beautiful, thick but clear orange in color with a gorgeous white head.

Smell – The hops here are very light. I think this is Amarillo that I’m smelling. I can’t find the malt base to save my life.

Taste – WTF? I am a fan of Lagunitas and a huge aficionado of double IPAs, but I don’t have any idea what this is. The Amarillo from the nose is all that made it to the taste and, as noted earlier, the big malt base is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel – A double IPA? This is just a bit bigger than light-bodied. The carbonation is spot on though and the texture of the beer is quite pleasing, so it’s not a total loss.

Sinkability – I’ve had a couple not-so-stellar beers from Lagunitas but in general I appreciate the brewery. I have no idea what happened here but this was an insult. I want my 2.99 back.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.37/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip on 3/18/11
Split with MbpBugeye

Though it looks murky while poured, it manages to look something of a pleasant, dirty amber tinged color. Hazy pineapple juice. The two finger head might be smaller in a less tapered glass, but no matter. The head is slow thin and lacing is pretty good.

Smells like dead hops. At best Kill Ugly Radio has shimmied its way into that oh-so-awkward category of DIPA walking the line of barleywine. That's a generous assessment, though. Caramel, butter toffee, candied fruits. Toasty sugar, but not terribly sweet. Thin ghosts of earthy hops and some papery notes. I picked out a timid Orange Crush citric remnant.

This certainly tastes like a dead IPA. Dry and papery. Spritzes of orange zest and residual bitterness. A little earthy, but mostly bitter; kind of astringent at this time. Toasted malts with an underlying candied notion. Faded orange pith and peel as it warms. At least it doesn't taste like a barleywine.

The medium weighted beer is riddled with a weird feel comprised of carbonation, paper, dried resin and, well, paper. Bitter finish is surprisingly devoid of dirtiness.

Drinkable but not really enjoyable. Smeat'll do that to you, I suppose. Tastes better than it smells if only because it was far from sweet.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.41/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a rather thin-bodied pale apricot (almost brass) with scattered streams of bubbles, a nice, frothy cap of head, and sheet-like lacing. Smell kind of reminds me of burnt rubber, motor oil, and burning gasoline. Some definite "chivey" herbal hop tones lurk beneath this. The malt "backbone" seems thin and uninteresting. Taste starts off with burnt rubber hops which slowly make way for pine and some spicier flavors. Malt does not really stand up: it tastes thin and almost watery, aside from the big hop presence. Little bit of metallic edge in the finish along with some aggressive bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, but at least the carbonation isn't going absolutely wild on my tongue. This isn't a drain pour, really, but I guess it should be easy to finish off, given its overall lightness. I don't see how this is classified as an IPA, let alone a DIPA. Unimpressed.

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Photo of 0tt0
2.51/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

large format, poured into the trusty Duvel glass...

Pours a golden hued, slightly amber tinted yellow with a 1/4 inch very loose bubbly head. Nothing particularly appealing about the overall look. If only slightly more yellow, it would appear to be an average pilsner. Scent, however, is suggestive of grapefruit and pine (saaz and goldings, perhaps?) A tad bit of malt creeping around in the back. Call it a double IPA if you like, but this ain't it. Not even close. Thin bodied, with a decent malt presence, but the hops are subdued. This is, in my opinion, just a run of the mill pale ale. Nothing special at all. Lagunitas has made some terrific beers, but for the money, I can find better any day of the week, and probably even so at a gas station. How funny that a beer with Zappa on the front would turn out to be a beer with all the proper ingredients but no clue what it intends to do with it. Messiness can be a plus, but carelessness, not so much. Failure.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.54/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Ryan011235 on a night of libation, trepidation and oxidation.

Visual oxidation
This beer didn't look too bad. Its a clouded, bright orange with a pure white head. Retention was fair and lace was sporadic and spotty. The first pours were much clearer but our glasses quickly became clouded. All's well with that though.

Oxidized aromas
Yeah, this is a case study in faded hops and oxidation more than a review or evening drink. There is lots of cereal grains, but some candied malts and hops are still there. I'm pleasantly surprised to find the sweet smells of orange pith. Salty water and lots of dry cardboard dust. Aromas of hot attic, stacks of paper and Boulevard Carry-out.

The flavors of beers past
It really does start out ok. Light hints of orange zest can be found. There is lots of oxidation though, and the hops are well faded. Dry flavors that are really a melange of stationery stores and dusty warehouses. Plenty of grains, some caramel malt here and there and some toasty malts interspersed. The strange thing I've noticed before is that even though hops fade and lose most of their flavor, their bitterness still remains, especially on the finish. This is a more of a "dead" worthless bitterness with out the nice hop flavors to make it worth while.

Can I get a glass of water?
Dry, but not good dry. I suspect that the bottle conditioning thats presumably been going in this DIPA for some odd 3 years how has REALLY dried this beer out. Its a dusty, papery dryness that really takes its toll on the palate, tongue and throat.

Its MY tick and MY opinion
This stuff has suffered the hardship of years. In all though, I think it held up fairly well. At times it was even barleywine-ish, almost, kinda. Oxidation has stormed the beaches of Kill Ugly Radio and striped its shores bare with shock and awe. Its left a shattered, skeleton of a beer.

I don't even listen to Frank Zappa.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll try almost anything with Zappa on it.
Pours a clean, semi-clear golden color with a huge white head, which chunked up and laced very well.
Oily pine and resin, light citrus and alcohol dominate the nose. It's a bit weak for a IIPA.
Taste follows the nose. Resin, pine, a bit oily, citrus. Some biscuity flavors peak through in the middle.
Very thin and light for the style. Bite isn't strong, some bitterness, flavors die down quickly. I would classify it as a APA.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a thin creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is dirty peppery, piney hops with some doughy malts.

The flavor is floral hops that are kind of medicinal and metallic. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment. Normally I like Lagunitas, but this one didn't do it for me.

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big citrus hop aroma with a light honey malt in the background. Smells a little like lemon peel.

Golden colored and very clear with some rising carbonation. Small white head that leaves no lacing.

Very strong bittering hops. There is some malt flavor but it is kind of grainy or like breakfast cereal. I get Grape Nuts. Follow up is very bitter citrus hop flavors of orange and grapefruit. Pretty over the top citrus flavor. It lingers and makes me feel like a took a bite of rind.

Fizzy mouthfeel with medium body.

Well, west coast hopheads, I'll leave this one for you. Just doesn't do it for me. Very one dimensional

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Photo of elricorico
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange gold with very active carbonation supporting a two finger thick white head. Seems to have decent retention.

The smell is sharply citric, grapefruit really. Something a little flowery there as well, but faintly so.

Very sharp carbonation picks at the front of the tongue, and really seems to kill any taste up there. Impression through the middle is a bit watery, and the finish really doesn't seem to have the hoppy bite I would expect. There is a citrus taste to finish, but the smell was much more potent.

Too much carbonation and a relatively thin body make this one less than impressive in the mouthfeel. Overall it isn't hard to drink, but I'd call it one of the blandest DIPAs I've ever come across.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a sweet maltiness. In the taste, malty and sweet, with a dry end. A smooth and malty mouthfeel and a small sticky dry aftertaste. A decent ale, but not much to it, but got to love anything with Frank Zappa!

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Photo of tonistruth
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden straw with 1 finger of thin white foam, decent retent

S- citrus rind, citrus, fruity esters

T- citrus throughout with a zesty citrus aftertaste. Sweet citrus to start, some soapy flavors, grainy, like fermented sprite

M- dry and carbonated medium body

D- not bad but nothing outstanding, seriously if you like sprite you'll like this brew, citrus like crazy here. worth a shot

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK - take this review w/ a grain of malt (that's my little joke). I LOVE Frank Zappa but do not really care for IPA's, but this is still a good drink. Poured a nice, small head into glass and gave a light auburn appearance that was seethru when held to light but still retained its color. Had that sharp, distinctive taste that an Imperial IPA does w/o overpowering my tastebuds, and I could detect different aspects of the beer, including a hint of apple. I am more of a wheat beer or scottish ale guy, so I prefer a smoother, thinner feel down my throat than an IPA, especially a 22 oz. bottle. I will say this, if you are a moderate fan of IPA's, then this is a definite try and if you are an ardent drinker of this style and haven't tried, you must.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Kind of a dark straw color; a little too light for a DIPA if you ask me. Small white head of about one finger in size, leaves quickly and turns into a steamed milk type foam that lightly coats the top. Small amount of lacing.

Aroma is fruity hoppy with a lot of caramel malt to slightly balance things out. Hops are fruity and citrusy, mainly sweet grapefruit. Sweet malts and a slight caramel maltiness as well. Slightly off kilter but not bad.

Plenty of hop flavor but hardly any hop bitterness. I just imagine this one being a DIPA. Oddly enough, there isnt any real sweetness to this so what hops were used balance things out quite nicely. More along the lines of a dry hopped Pale Ale leaning toward AIPA, but a DIPA this is not.

Average at best for the style. Nice flavors and farely well balanced. Slightly watery and thin on the mouthfeel and slightly dry, but a somewhat slick feeling is left (kind of odd). Average overall.

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Photo of albern
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sold on this beer. It pours a deep yellow, decent head, lacing, retention. The smell is the high point in that you get a blast of piney hop resins, some citrus, and that's about it. The carbonation is modest and the consistency is light to medium bodied. As for taste, this beer is all hops, biting, citrusy, maybe even a little soapy tasting, and just plain bitter. Unlike the British bitters which balance out the hops with other more refined characteristics, this one is just a simple hop head delight, and not much else going on. I didn't find it all that refreshing, interesting, or overly enjoyable. This falls into the category of a beer over hopping for the sake of driving up the bitterness qualities with no discernible counter balancing. This ale is a one and done.

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Photo of calir1
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer smells good, but without knowing what it was when i opened it, I figured it was a pale ale. The aroma is not what a double should be.

The flavor is just not there agagin. It tasted like an IPA but still good.

I think I am, just spoiled by Russian River's Pliny the Elder.

For those of you who think this is a huge aroma and flavorful DIPA, think again.

It is a good beer, but if I am going to drink something that is 8%abv, I want that Pliny

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bottle.

Clear light amber, sticky tan head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is piney and resiny, with a dose of carmel and a touch of citrus.

Flavor is mostly pine with a light caramel back.

Body is a little thin, but otherwise a solid offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BA has this beer listed as a Double IPA, and I'm certain it is not that. However it does seem to have that home brew IPA taste, which would make it slightly above your typical IPA.

Anyway, beer pours with an awesome head that decorated my glass very nicely from top to bottom. Flavor has plenty of citrus overtones that reminds me of the way my friends and I used to brew our "Moon your Mom" IPA.

Overall, KUR is a nice follow up to Lagunitas latest Undercover seasonal.

/A+, would drink again!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden-orangish color with some good carbonation, great white fluffy head that stuck around. Nose is some malts, piney hops and smelled dry. Taste was disappointing. It was very bitter and hoppy on the taste and the finsih was the same. A little citrus on the finish too. I have had better Imperials for sure.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great with thick lacing running all the way down my pint glass, There's a big, killer aroma too with big tropical fruit hops with a harsh citrus rind ground into it. Sadly, the flavor doesn't match. There's a decent finishing bitterness, but it feels thin and neither big hops or malt flavors come up in here. It might be more appropriate it call it and Imperial Extra Pale Ale... No, that'd just be silly.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Pours with viscosity similar to water. Frothy and seemingly aerated head sits a top a mainly yellow, orange hued body.

Smell is very pleasant, and reminds me almost exactly of DFH 60 minute. Loads of pale crystal malt, with delicate floral hops.

Taste is quite different from your normal DIPAs. Starts out with a very neutral water driven, pale malt infused taste. Which soon gives into a barrage of some herbacous/floral driven hops. Sticky, resinous, and straight from the earth. Fresh and definitely leave a long lasting, strong bitter. Small notes of pineapples, lemon peels, and bread. Pretty solid taste, that is nearly 90% hops.

Mouthfeel is bad, watery, and definitely does not have enough body.

This beer suffers from many flaws. Weak watery mouthfeel, bad malt to hop balance, and just not enough flavor. No complexity at all.
Besides all this, it's still a good beer, and yes it's drinkable.
Maximus > Kill Ugly Radio

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at approx. 48 degrees F
Brewed to commemorate 40th anniversary of Zappa's "Absolutely Free" album

A - Pours a beautiful light pumpkin orange color that is unmistakably clear. Eggshell colored head is small at about 1/2 inch. Lacing is minimal, but this is still a good lookin' brew.

S - Slightly sour citrus notes with a bit of pine dominate the hops in this brew. Nice malt backbone that adds a balancing touch of sweetness. Pleasant, but not great.

T - Starts off with mild carbonation and a bit of breaded sweetness, followed by a heavy dose of grapefruity hops. A very filling beer courtesy of strong and doughy malt backbone. Overly bitter at the finish. Not exactly my favorite tasting DIPA as the flavors seem a bit distant from one another.

M - Mild carbonation and a mid to full body that is extremely drying in the finish.

D - Not my favorite DIPA by any means, but it might be worth trying if you find it. It does stand up to spicy foods however, as I am eating it with a spicy pasta sauce that I made and the flavors are still detectable although my tongue is slightly torched.

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Photo of briman
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a golden amber color, hazy, with about a 1 inch fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention, settling into abundant lace.

Aroma contains light sweet malt, with a light to moderate citrus presence. Hop aroma is not intense.

Flavor has light malt and is moderately hoppy, with some citrus notes. Moderate hop bitterness at best into the finish, and only lingers for a moment.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, with mild alcohol warming but without any clear evidence of alcohol in aroma or taste. Overall seems to lack punch for an Imperial IPA, might be better charactized as a basic American IPA. It's a good beer, and I would drink it again, but judging it as an Imperial IPA causes it to lose points due to overall lack of intensity.

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Photo of sstackho
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle puchased from Bauer Wines in Boston for $5. Pours a clear medium straw with decent head and little carbonation. Aroma is reasonably hoppy. Flavour has some piney hops that are slightly understated. Wasn't knowing what to expect from the bottle at first, but then I expected a bit too much from some of the reviews I read.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Head starts out fizzy, but surprisingly enough forms a decent head of sand colored bubbles. Body is crisp and clean copper color leaning towards the golden side.

S: Skunky hops, redwood resin, grapefruit rind and some honey tangerine.

T: First thing that hits is bitterness across the front of the palate. This is interesting because bitterness usually comes after the swallow. Bitterness is dry, woody and mineralistic. Frankly, the whole beers takes on minerally qualities after this point. Hop profile is very piney and woody, with out many tells from the tangerine in the aroma. Finishes with a really earthy bitterness…sort of dirty.

M: Medium body, hard across the palate.

D: Not a bad beer. I like my IPA’s to be on the sweeter side opposed to dry, so this one isn’t totally up my alley.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a airy large bubbled white head, not much height but sticky looking. Big hop aromas that are more herbal and floral than citrus character, and nice earthy malt balance. The hop flavor is pretty even keeled, drying bitterness, mild citrus, and mild spice at the end. Dry grains, bready, and light sugar sweetness for balance and also a steady light tartness throughout. A descent beer at best, it just seemed to fall short for something adorned by Frank and The Mothers.

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