2009 Correction Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2009 Correction Ale2009 Correction Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.33%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rockwell on 04-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 232
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden pour with a big soapy white head,lively carbonation. Aroma of citrus rind , piny hops,a little grain and maybe honey. Flavor is really fresh with grapefruit and pine hop notes,may be a touch of tangerine, nice bitterness , the malt is there just enough to balance things out a bit , but not sweet at all , a nice dry finish and resiny mouthfeel,light to medium body, very sessionable . A solid PA.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich honey hue with a frothy white head.
Very active carbonation, a beautiful sight.

S: Great floral hop nose that makes the nose
tingle a bit. Good citrus notes with very mild
notes of alcohola and grass.

T: Heavenly 74IBU imbalance! One gulp makes the
mouth tingle and water. Very zesty and a little

M/D: Great body with a fantastic mouthfeel thus
adding to the overall great drinkability of
the brew.

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Photo of marvin213
2.47/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a bit dark for an IPA. Though the label says it's not a DIPA, it still seems malty-looking for even "an American ale." A very thin layer of head rests atop the pour, and the bacteria-like circles actually make it look DIPA-ish. It's not yellow and fizzy, but it's neither bronze nor golden either. I guess that means its appearance is best classified as average.

The smell is distinctively hops, again more suggestive of a DIPA than anything else. I detect neither fruit nor pine, so it appeals to me less than many of its hoppy West Coast counterparts. Hops smell good, so I declare the beer smells better than it looks.

The taste is like dry hops. It's as if it's more likely to leave me parched than it is to quench my thirst. It tastes like a low-grade DIPA without the usual alcohol punch. So far, not so good. I wonder why a brewery that makes Hop Stoopid would bother with a beer like this. What is the "correction" in this ale? After I go back and read the label, I deduce it's a play on 2009 economics. Though the narrative is clever and funny, this beer's taste remains unimpressive...my biggest disappointment from Lagunitas. It's like light brown hop water, and I don't think that's the identity for which it's aiming.

The mouthfeel is the worst part. If you soaked hops in water and then put them in your mouth, this is how it would taste...and that's without any cool enamel-pulling. This beer is dry like a cabernet savignon. I simply don't dig it.

Drinkability suffers because the beverage isn't that good. Still, its dry characteristics don't make it heavy. You could partake in one--maybe even two--without feeling bloated, but it's as if you'd have to incorporate some water so as not to be dried out. I expect this 2009 recipe will similarly die out.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a bomber @ Deciccio's in Ardlsey, NY...Pours clear, bright almond amber, with bubbles continuing to rise. Off white, thick head, slowly dissolving thick, thick film and leaving plenty of rich layers of lace. Heavy nose of HOPS....Citric hops on the tongue and riding through the finish. pleasant, full Hop assault brew, California style hoppy beer lovers rejoice and go get some.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is still on the shelves in Dallas, but I am not sure how old it is. Since Lagunitas doesn't date their bottles with a bottling date or a best by date (at least this one is not dated), I am going to assume they don't care if people drink old IPAs from them and rate accordingly.

The beer pours a hazy tannish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, with a lot of sugar and orange marmalade notes. I also get some biscuit malt.

The flavor is very sweet and boozy. I get some orange and caramel, but also some brown sugar and a little bit of pine from the hops. Low bitterness, and a lot more alcohol than I expected for a beer that is just more than 6 percent.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of goatxpower
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I'm coming down with a bit of a stuffy nose. This may affect my impression of the beer, but I like it, so I don't think that matters.

A- Crystal clear orange amber, with a descent head.

S- "C" hops, caramel, citrus, pine (chinook?)

T- This is fantastic. Bready notes, with a huge hop flavor. Some fruit and honey. Very well balanced, between the massive hops and the strong malt.

M- Oily, resinous, almost buttery. Sort of grips to your tongue.

D- This is a delicious, easy drinking IPA. I'm not chugging it--I only chug beers that I DON'T like--but I'm seriously looking forward to the next sip.

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Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a 2 finger white head. Minimal lacing. Ripe grapefruit and wet pine needle aroma, grassy, with a little bit of fresh cut pine wood. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, some stickiness in the finish. Resiny flavor without the syrup mouthfeel, less citrus than expected (with the aroma) and a slightly cereal grain finish. Bitter, leans more towards the English IPA in the finish as well. With how sharp the hops are in this beer, it comes close to a "fresh hop" type IPA. Nice.

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Photo of ironlung
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pump @ Toronado S.F. 4/18/09

Hazy orange. Thin head. Great lacing. Smell is muted, I can make out some c-hops. Taste is really smooth. Almost no bite, and I can't taste any alcohol. Thin mouthfeel. Very high drinkability.

Overall: I bet this beer would be better cold and not casked. It was just lacking in the taste department. I'll try a bottle of it and give it another shot.

EDIT 4.22.09:

Bomber. 4.22.09 4 bux up the street. Into Green Flash "pint" glass...

I was right. This beer beer is much nicer cold and not casked.

I haven't had a new dogtown in over a mounth. I swear this the same brew only stepped-up in the crispness/dryness. The hops shine thru a bunch more as well. The bottle weighs in at 6.33% with 74.20 IBU's. I like it so I guess I'm "another bozo on the bus".

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another damn good offering from Lagunitas. Pours orange, craggy head. Aroma, hop blast, that becomes subdued in comparison once you taste it. Hallmarks of Lagunitas, citrus and pine hop feel, deliciouso! A little to the hop side balance wise, but nothing I don't prefer, or to put it completely out of whack.

Mouthfeel, a little less bitter, probably from the palate adjusting. Very drinkable, and affordable. Highly recommend. Its a Lagunitas IPA, you know its gonna be worth it.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass golden yellow with a nice two finger white head. Minimal lacing. Smell isn't very strong to my weak nose. Taste is very average of an IPA. Nothing special, nothing strong. Maybe the hops have mellowed some, but I doubt it. The flavor is well balanced, however I would like to have a little more malted back end to the palette. The mouthfeel is good, just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep caramel amber hue with a large light tan beige head forming thick. 22oz offering from Lagunitas found in the Burgh. Twist off cap at that. Aroma has a tone of citrus and tropical fruit notes with big loads of caramel, a really nice brew that I could sit with and smell for the enjoyment. There's grapefruit, pine, and earthy goodness in the hops here. Not over the board in the flavor yes it's hoppy but the bitterness doesn't kill your palate and alcohol is pretty moderate for this style it did have a weird biscuit twang, almost sour dough in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed it the hop oils due coat the palate and carbonation worked well for the style. How long have these guys been using the hop extract, I couldn't pin my finger on it but this seems to be the new trend for their brewing. Tasty and goes down incredible smooth for a brew with this much hops, still brash but it had enough balance and hop flavor to make it a nice drinking beer.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bomber...the first from the first case to arrive at my local beer outlet.

A-Damn fine looking beer. Light honey with extreme clarity. Nice ample eggshell head with decent lacing.

S-Pungent citrus hops with grapefruit dominating...smells like a much stronger than the ABV suggests, and an extremely nice nose considering the chill.

T-Sweet caramel malts balanced by a nice clean refreshing citrus hop as it crosses the palate, with a clean bitter lingering finish. Extremely well balanced, and enjoyable. I'm liking this alot, as it has some hop characteristics normally found in bigger beers with the ability to toss back a few of these. Well done.

M-Well balanced overall with a medium mouthfeel tending toward some lightness.

D-Very drinkable beer...I could easily have another without tiring of this profile.

Another hit from a brewery that rarely lets me down...If a recession provides the inspiration for such a good brew, bring it on!

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- beautiful golden honey color with a frothy white head leaving a nice lace.

S- Pine and citrus hoppy aroma; excellent aroma.

T- All hops, but not super bitter, a great IPA.

M- Medium body, quite smooth.

D- I could drink this beer all day and be very happy.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tastybeer
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is extra clear, amber-gold in color with an oily looking head comprised of a variety of bubble sizes. Aroma is stinky with pungent hops, piles of flowers, pineapple, pear, banana, bubblegum, orange, refreshingly mint-like, pine needles, lemon + pepper, over sweet bready-doughy, lightly coating malt. Taste is nice however I appreciate how you can pick out the particulars in the nose more than in the flavor. The flavors mesh into a very well balanced swirlable, nicely bitter hopped brew. Texture is slightly syrupy, moderately chewy, resinous and slick.

Interesting brew, especially in the nose + texture. I'm curious about the draft version of this.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head ran rampant from a reckless pour and formed a mass of yellowy white aired foam. I was able to spot some chunks and craters forming on the top with sticky remnants left all over. The pour was light yellow and when rested in the glass it fused a glowing orange gold hue

S: a good hit of oranges, lemons, half a passion fruit and other near whiffs of tropical fruits. Sweets are of caramel and brown sugar with roasted notes. I am just really digging it tonight...

T: the taste differs from the smell only slightly. The hops are a bit on the tart side with lemons, orange peels, and a squeeze of grapefruit. Unbeknownst, is a stiff showing of pine needles that I did not gather in the nose. Not a problem. The hops steal the show and the roasted malt support is way in the back. This beer also houses a nice caramel chunked flavor that melds everything together in goodness

M: the body is where I am baffled. A good dose of hops always leads me to think a sticky or gooey mouthfeel, not this one. The body weight is very mild and finishes light with a little hop pop on the licker, it is a good IPA body

D: it is an IPA with an extra handful of hops. I find it to be a good drinking west coast IPA

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice white head that lingers fairly well.

Lots of west coast hop resin in the nose, smells kinda centennially. Unlike the usual lagunitas, the malt profile actually smells a bit subdued...i am hopeful.

Wow. This is actually quite nice. A good hop profile, nice and crisp. The malt body balances well without getting in the hops way. You can tell this IPA has a little extra put on it, hops wise. The finish is very bitter, just like we like em. I would like just a tad more diversity in the hop profile, and a little more resin, but this one isnt exactly fresh, so that may be entirely my fault.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it oughta be, maybe just a tad thick. carbonation is good.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but you would have to be an exprienced hophead to drink this as a session beer, as the hop profile would be brashly bitter for your average yuppie 60 minute fan.

Overall a very nice IPA that i would be happy to revisit if it were brewed again. There are better ones out there for sure, but this one is nothing to be scoffed at. Enjoyable, to style, and doesn't get tiring. A nice IPA by lagunitas. I'm liking their hoppier stuff a little bit more as of late, I like how they have begun to lay of the malt a little bit. Good work.

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Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden bronze hued sporting a thick, sticky, and lasting ivory head.
Tropical fruit nose, full of apricot, papaya, grapefruit, backed up with a spritely mintiness. Malt adds a touch of sweetness and little else.
Tastewise, the malt lays down a blanket of shortbread, then simply steps back and gets out of the way. Hops bring peaches, melons, ruby grapefruits, and spearmint.
Just shy of medium bodied with a rushing carbonation that gives it a fleecier texture.
This is a good, straight forward, fruity hop firecracker. It's not hugely different from several other Lagunitas brews, but it has its charms.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant drinkable IPA with a good bitterness and above-average IBU. Pours grapefruit body with a decent white head. Citrus hop aromas. Above average mouthfeel. The C-hop imparts some citrus taste. This is a good thirst quencher though did not go with my fish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 Correction Ale pours a clear deep-amber body beneath an average sized head of yellowed off-white. The head retention is very good, but not great. The lacing is thin but still attractive.

Lots of bright juicy hops hit you in the nose. It smells like Amarillo and Simcoe to me, and perhaps Cascade, but there's also something giving it a good dash of pine. The fruitiness expresses grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, lime, tangerine and apples and berries - wow! pretty varied!!! Not unlike Hop Stoopid, I don't get a lot of malt coming through as it just can't make it past the hops!

The flavor does, however, have more maltiness to it. Not much, but enough to support the hop resins and immerse the fruit flavors. It's lightly caramelish, and offers just a slight bit of sweetness that works with the hops. A bold bitterness balances it, and it finishes fairly dry, and then absolutely bone-dry after a few moments. Only some raspy, piney hop flavor is left behind.

It's a big beer, but the body isn't too full. It's what I like to call medium with a dextrinous edge. It appears thinner at the front of the tongue, but then the sugars become apparent midway and it seems fuller going into the finish. Gently zesty carbonation.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. It's not Hop Stoopid, but it's a very enjoyable, super-hoppy brew with a little bit of kick. The focus is on hop-flavor, and the malt is allowed to act just as a spring-board for it. The bitterness is also kept in check, although the label reads 74.2 IBU's ( ...that has to do with malt and perception... it's bitter, but because there's not a lot of sugar to hold it on the palate you don't seem to notice it as much). Except for the strength, I could drink a lot of this!!! I'm really glad I caught this one! Now I need more.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow golden color, topped by a small, creamy white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Interesting aroma of fruity hops, a touch of pine and grapefruit, and a light bready character from the pale malt. Palate is nice and hoppy up front, with heavy grapefruit notes. Pale malt balances out the bitterness a bit, but the hops linger long after the finish. Although not an over-the-top hop bomb, this is a solid bitter hitter. Body is a bit creamy, but not overly so. A nicely drinkable ale, another solid offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
2009 Vintage

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark golden amber color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel and packed with a good dose of citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with the malt and caramel flavors and finishes with a nice bitterness from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another solid beer from Lagunitas that is definitely worth a shot. Recommended!

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Photo of prototypic
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Correction Ale is very clear and a light copper color. A fluffy off-white head tops it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. It was pretty quick to dissipate to light layer covering the surface. Sticky strands of lace lined the glass.

The nose is a tad weak and could use some work. It's very citrus heavy initially and features the usual grapefruit, pineapple, and mango notes derived from the hops. It definitely smells sweet, perhaps a little sugary. After that short honeymoon, caramel malts announce their presence very clearly. They seem to bury any other aromas from that point on. The bottle clearly states that Correction Ale is not a DIPA, but that aspect of it surely is more fitting than a standard American IPA. Kind of weird.

The flavor profile kicks off with a citrusy sweet blast. Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are noted. Those flavors are attributable to the hops, but clearly evaporate in the wealth of caramel malt. For an American IPA, this tastes way off and it's not good. The hop flavor should not be this lost. In addition to the caramel malts, there's some pale and perhaps even a little toasted malt. Toward the end, the hops seem to reappear and have a spicy quality. Still not working. Alcohol is not noted. My bottle lists abv as 6.3% (rather than 7.2%). Finishes sweet and spicy.

Correction Ale has a medium body that's pretty good, but not quite smooth. The spicy aspect of it (and somewhat active carbonation) mask any smooth characteristics it might have. Drinkability is average at best. For an American IPA, I'm having a really tough time getting into the flavor. It goes down okay, but I'm certain that this is the only bottle I'll consume.

Correction Ale is in no position to preach. It might not need as much correction as the market, but a little correction is in order. It's way too caramel malt heavy and much of the hop flavor is lost as a result. Not a good thing for an American IPA. While it states that it's not a DIPA and the abv is relatively low, the flavor is certainly more consistent with a lot of caramel malt heavy DIPAs out there. I really don't care for the evolution of the spicy hop flavor either. Those aspects of it really need to be addressed (at least IMHO). I typically enjoy most releases from Lagunitas, but this one just seems out of whack. Correction? Nah. If I didn't know better, I'd believe this is a high-minded joke. A rare miss by Lagunitas.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love IPAs and after the long (still here) winter I'm ready for a few hoppy beers.

This one poured in a 16oz pint glass was mostly yellow in color with a slightly off white head, about a finger. Sticky lacing collected on the sides of the glass as I drank.

The nose was a lot of citrus, clear and watery. Taste was mostly pine sap and citrus.

The mouth was light good carbonation, hoppy bite at the end which is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability is very good for a piney IPA.

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2009 Correction Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 260 ratings