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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 Iceman77
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color that is quite translucent for a double IPA, nice fluffy head that recedes slowly throughout the glass. The nose is fairly hoppy but not overpowering, with a soft citrus aroma, like tangerine. Did not find the taste to be very complex, mostly consisting of crisp hops with a little piney aftertaste. It is a bit dry on the tongue, with a decent bite of carbonation. A nice double IPA, could def throw down a couple of these but nothing special. I do enjoy the tribute to Zappa for sure though...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decanted cool into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip. Picked this bottle up at Capone's in Norristown, Pa.
A - A golden color more on the side of amber w/ a 3 finger soap sud head that has good stickage. The bead is of medium size.

S - Citrusy aroma hops that are Amarillo most likely. Very sweet and floral w/ an almost orange rind-like aroma. Subtle malt notes w/ a gentle woody note.

M - A nice tangy and hoppy mixture of sweet and bitter w/ moderate carbonation. The feel is slick and resnious w/ a round smooth texture at the finish.

T - The taste of hops w/ slight bitter and slightly sweet flavors. There is a light malt sweetness backing up the citrusy oily hop dominant flavor. A fresh and green taste that maintains a low roar as the bomber makes its way from the glass to stomach in 3 easy steps. Herbal and fruity ale flavors w/ mild sweetness and gently bitter finish.

D - A fine full hop flavored ale in the west coast tradition of IPA's. A fitting tribute to FZ w/ a fresh and flavorful blend of sweet and bitter. Not too intense, yet plenty of vigor. A very good choice, I will look forward to tasting this again.

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Photo of beerking1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy, medium gold, with a big rocky head that lasts as a 1/4 inch cap to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is huge citrus hops, with some pine notes. Very clean. Flavor is big hops up front (citrus and pine again), but with some malt backbone behind it. Finish is a bit dry, with lots more citrus hops. Finishes very clean.

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Photo of pwoods
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Crystal clear golden orange pour. Nice big fluffy white head forms and turns a bit rocky. Decent retention especially for how big the bubbles are. Nice chunks of lacing from the large head but cease after that.

S: Hops galore! Floral and citrus hops dominate with a nice touch of earthy pine in the back. Sweet and slightly doughy malts bring up the rear.

T/M: Bitterness at a nice level... a nice balancing malt backbone helps with that. Hops are big grapefruit resin with a bit of a spice pepper bite. Malts are nice and sweet adding to the hops citrus... almost blending to a lemon jolly ranger but not extremely sugary. Body is a tad bit weaker than I had hoped probably from a lack of malt creaminess. Carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: Nice tasty brew. If it was more widely available I'd try it again.

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Photo of stephendr
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. glass glass bottle- color of honey gold, with a off white colored head - nose of citrus, hops, caramel, earthy, and alcohol – taste of resin, grapefruit, earthy, and dry - body is chewy, and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of resin, tobacco, and citrus

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's so nice to see Laganitas available on the East Coast. They've come a long way since their days of "eye of the hairball," hair of the eyeball," etc.

The beer pours the protypical light orange peach IPA/DIPA color with very good head retention and outstanding lacing. On the nose... just gorgeous. The beer has aromas of citrus, rose petals and pine. It smells just superb. On the palate the beer is so light and soft, one would guess this is a 5% or 6% abv., the abv. is so well disguised. As noted above, the mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and the beer comes across as very drinkable with the abv. not the least bit obtrusive. The malt profile on this beer is really dialed down, making the beer all the more drinkable, with a pretty dry and light finish. There is almost a slight butterscoth flavor at the very end, which adds to the uniqueness of this excellent beer.

Sure, there are better IPA/ DIPA's out there, but this is pretty impressive. It's the sort of DIPA that teases you into believing it's not a very big beer at all... but at 7.8%, yeah you could hurt yourself if you drank too much of this. A very good beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out into a glass mug.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with no real head but a small, white lacing along the top of the beer. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass as I drank it.

S: Smelled of slight bittering hops and sweet citrus (specifically grapefruit) notes.

T: Nice, strong hoppy taste with hints of citrus. Strong, hoppy aftertaste, especially towards the finish of the beer.

M: Decent, full-bodied beer. Fairly smooth and crisp.

D: Pretty drinkable overall. Tastes excellent and goes down very easily. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel makes this a very good brew.

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Photo of bashiba
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark golden with a thick creamy off white head, decent lacing and mild retention.

Smell was great, big fresh lemony hops, with a nice bit of buiscuity malt.

Taste was suprisingly mild after the huge nose. A light and clean toasted malt flavor balanced out by a mildy citrus and juniper hoppiness, finishes on a bitter minty note.

Mouthfeel was creamy with a mild bit of sticky oilyness to it.

Easy to drink with a very hidden 7.8% ABV, Good but I wouldn't put it on par with some of the other great hoppy bombers Lagunitas has put out recently like the undercover and lucky 13.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a heavy orange hue to it. Off white/crème head with some pretty good staying power. Nose is oh so piney with that sticky sweet tar kind of residue just jumping out at my nose. Flavor is almost of two sides. One side of my mouth (literally) gets the double IPA action, and the other side almost feels like soda water. It mellows out a bit with a few more sips, but still isn't meshing all that well. Just falls off a bit too quickly. Feel is decent on the liquid and the carbonation is good. I feel like the liquid could have a bit more body though. The verdict on this one is just an okay DIPA. There are much better examples out there, and I certainly expected more coming from Lagunitas.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden beer with a finger and a half of head that leaves a lot of lacing as you go.

Smell: Hoppy. Good combination of piney and citrusy hops make up the bulk of the smell, along with a slight bit of maltiness.

Taste: Good grapefruity hop flavor up front. You get a bit of the malt in the middle and then the citrusy hops come back. Good hoppy flavor without being overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Kind of light in the mouth. The flavor is nice but it disappears too quickly. Smooth and easy to drink though.

Drinkability: Good, easy drinking IPA. This beer does not have the obnoxious, one dimensional hop flavor that many IPA's rely on. Good beer, worth a try.

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Photo of caminiti
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very similiar to the wet hopped Sierra Nevada Fall seasonal, pours deep orange with a light, tight head, carbonation is not overwhelming.
Smell is hops, hops, and a bit of sweetness, then more hops. Good, very good.
Taste is as expected from an IPA, aftertaste is hops, again.
A great value, a great tasting beer, and a great alternative to the slam dunk that Sierra Nevada put out in the fall.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear honey color. The fluffy white head holds stands proud and leaves behind its markings.

Smells of piny oily hops, spices and grapefruit.

Tastes of hop oils, pine, lots of citrus and a barely noticeable pale malt. After the first few sips I started to enjoy this offering from Lagunitas, but it was not my favorite at first.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw color, very clear with plentiful white bubbly head. Aroma is very pleasing; tons of citrus and piney hop notes, very fruity, lemon like notes are also there. I really love the aroma of this beer, the hops are extremely bright and it is just well rounded. On the palate, things are a little different. Being a very light bodied ale, the hops come very aggressively with little coming from the malts, albeit a very bready finish. This reminds me of a Johnny Rawtin Pils I had at DFH a month ago. Being 7.8% abv, it needs a higher final gravity to help combat all these hops, the beer is just too thin and dry.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" eggshell head over the clear orangey golden brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with hearty coating white lace. Aroma is ample prickly hops. Taste is quite balanced, especially for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is smooth albeit a bit thin for the style, and drinking is reasonably good. I would think this is more a West Coast IPA than a DIPA. But as a beer, irrespective of style, I like it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bonus surprise in a recent trade with the mighty msubulldog25, thanks Brian! I had this on one other occasion, on Brian's home turf of Portland, at Hot Lips pizza. Thought it was good, but being in the middle of a week-long NW hops exploration, it didn't stand out. Let's see how it does in this calmer domestic setting...

Pours a mildly hop-hazed gold/copper color, and the head is a big gorgeous fluffy thing, reducing in a few minutes to a thin layer, leaving cloudy lace forms in its wake. A lovely thing.

Hops are light, springy and aromatic...they stick firmly on the fruity/sweet side, leaning just a smidge toward grapefruity goodness. Hard to dislike this nice bright smell, alive with the sacred flower.

Flavor is sweet and hoppy at and citrus rind take center stage. They battle against a toasty, nearly burnt malt character that provides sharpness on the bready end. This results in a overly toasted finish, detracting a little from the hops, but still an interesting, even enjoyable take on the style (I'd consider this more an IPA than a Double IPA, but who asked me?).

Mouth is springy and punctuated by carbonation, with buttery thinness that prevents it from feeling too prickly. All in all, an enjoyable IPA with a leafy roughness I kind of enjoyed but wouldn't hold up as an ultimate example of the style. And who can resist the Frank Zappa theme? Not me. Since we're on the subject, the best Zappa album is still 'Apostrophe'. Who disagrees? Would love to hear from you.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

A-Brilliant gold body, clear body. Thin, but very sticky head that clings all over the glass.

S-Super fresh hop aroma. Big hints of peach and pine from hops. Very crisp and unique aroma that definitely stands out.

T-Peach and apricot taste is dominant with hop backbone. The grassy hop flavor comes through mid-mouth and leads to a semi-dry finish. Maltiness is noticeable and adds a soft doughy flavor.

M-Big flavor, but a bit thin in the body. The sweetness does a good job of balancing out the dryness of the hops.

D-Very unique and refreshing aroma and flavor make this easy to drink. Not the best IIPA from Lagunitas, but still decent.

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Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is clear, light golden-orange with a fairly small off-white head that doesn't stick around. It does leave plenty of lacing on the way down, however.

S: Great nose, full of the usual suspects for an American IPA/DIPA -- citrusy, grassy and piney from the hops. Just a hint of the herb as well.

T: Follows the nose, more or less. Starts out with some malt underneath it all, in the middle there's the resiny, piney hops, and it finishes with a lemony hoppy bitterness, with maybe a hint of grapefruit. There's also a slightly spicey "bite" to it as well at the end, but I didn't notice the alcohol at all.

M: Medium in heft -- lighter than expected for a beer characterized as an Imperial/DIPA. Full, bigger-bubbled carbonation, if that makes sense, helps with the clean, fairly dry finish.

D: Very good. Goes down clean and easy. Especially when you only paid $3.59 for a bomber. . . .

Notes: Another tasty offering from Lagunitas. My only gripe with this is that I don't think it's "big" enough to warrant the Imperial/DIPA description. I described it to a friend as a "big American IPA that's not quite as big as an American DIPA" -- I guess that makes it a 1.5-IPA. . . . Sometimes it even reminded me of an "Imperial" Pilsner because of the crisp, clean finish and hint of spice bit. . . .Whatever you call it, it's tasty and goes down pretty easily. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber a slightly hazy golden orange color. Creates an attractive 1" off-white head with superb retention. Some spotty lacing noted as snifter empties.

Extremely pleasant fruity hop aromas of Juicy Fruit gum, fresh cut grapefruit and orange with just a hint of lemon. I’m sensing lots of Amarillo hops here? Much more subdued background aromas of lightly toasted malts and pine needles make their way through also.

Mouthfeel was light but smooth and creamy with a fine bead carbonation.

Flavor profile much like the aroma. Starts out on the sweet fruity side (again like the flavor of Juicy Fruit gum) but is quickly followed up with a firm clean and crisp citrus rind notes. Finish is well balanced with some faint malty sweetness makinf an appearance.

At 7.8% its on the light side for a DIPA, but quite tasty and easy drinking for sure. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange color at first. Has settled and warmed to a brilliant deep golden color. Big hoppy and grassy aroma. Grapefruit hop blast. Quite puckering. Some malt sweetness. Body could use a slight kick in the pants. A bit more resiny and full for me. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I would again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very strong and apply, more like a cider than an ale, but with a strong hop undertone. Color is transparent orangy amber, and the head is fairly thick and persistent. Flavor is very hoppy, with just the right amount of bitterness so you taste it but you don't feel as it it is assaulting your tongue. Very smooth, an ale to be sipped and contemplated.

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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 Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear golden color with tiny rising bubbles and a thick and fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Lots of grapefruit in the aroma, along with some hops and caramel malt. Medium-bodied with a strong citrus character, mostly grapefruit. Touches of piney hops and malt as well. The finish is lemony hops with a touch of sweetness. An interesting beer that tastes like a cross between an IPA and an Imperial Pilsener. I would try this again.

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Photo of wvbelgique
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked the album so I tried the beer.
From a 22 oz. bottle in Nov. 2007

A. Bright amber, a bit cloudy (Great label too)

S. Lots of Cascade or similar. Citrusy up front. Background of malt.

T. Spicy, citursy, with a touch of sharpness and plenty of hop bitterness. Noticed the alcohol.

M. Thick and rich. Effervescence tickled my tongue.

D. Very nice overall and really fun to drink.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into several Pint Glasses

A – Poured a very nice and light bright amber with a good three finger towering head of foamy and sticky white lace across the top. Nice slow fade left behind lots of concentric side glass rings. There was a good deal of carbonation that was present and kept replenishing the layer of lace that formed on the top. Very nice overall color and clarity on this one.

S – The smell was very fresh and highly hopped with a good deal of citrus flare to it. It was a very bright citrus, sharp with a big cutoff of grapefruit or even lemon. Really could clear the senses, but it laced that big sugar pushes you usually see associated with these. This was more of a big fresh bitter west coast IPA type of smell, very nice.

T – The flavor was very light which was actually quite surprising and it had a really nice long lasting finish. The big players here again were defiantly the grapefruit and a touch of lemon on the finish that made you pucker up just a touch. Not a lot of depth as this was straightforward hop assault. Well I can take that back there was depth just not a lot of balance. What else was there was a nice light grain that seemed to just mix itself into the foreground enough to let you know it was there then go back into hiding. This was just up my alley, love the hops and this was all about them.

M – The feel was nice and light, nothing really big and filling about this as the nice bright flavor profile really lended itself well to the overall feel. Great carbonation really kept it up and let the flavor speak for itself. This was almost refreshing it was so light. Very well done.

D – This was perfect here. I could have had this forever it seemed like. Very light feel and great carbonation combined with a really nice bright hop character and just the right amount of bitter in the finish lended this to be session ale, well at least to me. No hint of the BAV at all which could sneak up on you I suppose, but this was nice.

Overall I was not sure what to expect when I started this but was very happy to find a nice west coast hop monster. It was refreshing and light with a big enough palate to keep me satisfied. Really a fine job here and to be honest of the best I have had from them. I was glad I picked up a few as I will be enjoying this one again for sure.

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Photo of ralree
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden cloudy honey-colored with a nice 2-finger head and good lacing.

S: VERY tart fruit - smells really good, like candy. Apples, peaches, grapes. This is awesome! Slight hop undertones.

T: Tastes as good as it smells! Hops are much stronger in the taste than the fruit. Wonderful flowering pine hops with great bitterness backed up by a nice sweet malt and some fruit notes. Absolutely delightful to drink. Ends on some bready notes with some bitterness tagging along.

M: Medium-light bodied, very astringent (which is good for this style), pretty highly carbonated (which is also OK in this style), and a slight oily finish.

D: This drinks great. I will be buying again.

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Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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